Archive for ‘Week Ender’

April 22, 2022

Week Ender – LDRDO (Premier)

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

As often is the case, the universe conspires to send the right song to you at just the right time. We at PE are taking a well deserved vacation for a few weeks, and we are indeed out of the country, so what a gift “Sandoval” by LDRDO. Don’t worry, just because this barn burner of an instrumental jam is perfect for our bag packing, it’ll also light up your dance party, make your windows down cruising more free or just generally perk up your day. A mix of north African rhythms and Latin grooves, it feels a bit like Calexico broadening their horizons and opening up the throttle a bit. While it might be a bit premature to say this is the song of the summer, it’s definitely a solid contender.

April 15, 2022

Week Ender – Billy Nomates

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

I know this is going to be a bad look for a music blog, whose job is to describe in words what a song sounds like in a way that is compelling enough for you, the reader (you), to go “sounds cool, I’ll check it out” but trust us – just skip the middle man (us) and click play on “Blue Bones” by Billy Nomates. We assure you, you don’t want to be wasting time reading our paltry words that cannot accurately describe how damn good this song is. Do you really need us to tell you it’s charming and wistful with a hook so sneakily sublime it will refresh your ears in a way that few things can? Is that what you need? Are you still reading this? WHY? Just click play and turn up this perfect song already and thank us later!

April 8, 2022

Week Ender – I Used To Be Sam

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Typically with the Week Ender column we give you a big energy rock n’ roll or hip-hop number to get the weekend started, or maybe some sexy R&B to make that weekend spicy, or occasionally as we did last week a “keep your head up, we can get through this” style anthem. Today we want to mix it up and send you into the weekend thinking about empathy. How we can all get to a better place by doing our best to understand and respect others journeys. I Used To Be Sam is the latest project from Annie Goodchild and is her most personal date, unpacking her search for identity as a transracial adoptee. Goodchild’s voice is a powerhouse, no doubt, but the real power is in it’s control and subtlety, the emotional resonance. On “Mountains” it weaves in and out and rides atop a slinky and inventive R&B track that brings to mind Solange’s masterpiece A Seat At The Table. Similarly to that album, Goodchild incorporates clips of interviews into the track, but in this case with other transracial adoptees sharing their stories. It’s a lush and lovely song that flourishes in the ears but opens the eyes and ultimately rests in the heart – if you let it.

April 1, 2022

Week Ender – Jonivan Jones

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Spring still springs forth, despite the ongoing awfulness of most things these days, and in all that cyclical action we are reminded that eventually the light will break through – and with it a promise of better days, or at least a brief respite. What a perfect song for such times “Across The River” by Jonivan Jones is. A Lanegan-esque dark and smoky croak starts the song, but before too long Jones’ voice has opened up like the storm clouds dissipating at dawn. The song tells the story of an inmate working on prison farms but whose spirit and connection to life cannot be taken from them. It works not only as a classic story song but also as metaphor and a new “keep your head up” anthem.

March 25, 2022

Week Ender – Grocer

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Praise Jebus! The kids are getting weird again!

We get a lot of submissions and most of them fall under the current trend of “what if erectile dysfunction was a sound?” Why the majority of indie rock has decided making un-ironic easy listening yacht rock dreck is beyond us, but once more a shout out to J dawg for sending us Grocer and their track “Mountain Home.” Sludgy, noisy and hitting a bit like a less flashy Primus this song is a wild eyed return to the 90’s when oddballs could become full on rock stars and getting out there was encouraged, not something to be squashed by the algorithm. This is what the world needs, more laying down in the mud with amps turned up to 11 and less songs for an Anthropologie store playlist.

March 18, 2022

Week Ender – Leon In The Wild

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

And so comes to an end another work week of the usual highs and lows of this human existence. Time to kick back and relax and what better way to do it than with “Track Shoes” by Leon In The Wild. Lush and groovy (in the indie rock sense) with a sardonic streak there’s a definite vibe that Leon is a descendent of Grandaddy (see what we did there) but there’s also a healthy dose of underrated pop rock geniuses Self in the mix as well. This is not to say that LITW is derivative of those two great acts, but rather stands shoulder to should with them.

March 11, 2022

Week Ender – Dust Raps The Blues

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

Ooooh this is that good shit. That good shit you probably need after another week of global uncertainty mixed with the good old fashioned day to day hassle that is being alive. But as Dust Raps The Blues reminds us, sometimes you gotta embody being alive with some serious attitude and defiance. “I’m Alive” is a mix of classic battle rapper boasting and vulnerability that brings to mind the great Brother Ali, which is amplified by the production that has a similar vibe to the work of Ant who produced the first several Ali albums. If you’re going to have influences, there are few finer ones to have, but Dust also puts his own spin on things lyrically and flow wise. The guest verse from Mac Lethal is great because of course it is, he’s one of the GOATS of underground rap, and then add some classic scratching over a hook to take us out? Like we said, the good shit.

February 25, 2022

Week Ender – Crossroad Crooks

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

Ooooooo doggie, does “In Waiting” by Crossroad Crooks scratch a very specific itch from our youth and it does so really, really well. Like when there’s just the right amount of fingernails in the scratching but not so much to leave a weird mark you have to explain later. That itch is a specific nexus of hard rock, heavy alternative and grunge with hints of metal and heaps of melody. Chuggy guitars and soaring vocals and delicate break downs place this somewhere between Living Colour (the vocals remind us a lot of Corey Glover) and Soundgarden. Some may feel this has a bit of a throwback vibe to it, but when it’s done this well it transcends throwback and moves on up to transcendent and timeless.

February 18, 2022

Week Ender – Arm The Poor

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

Usually when we think of punk we think of the bops that blitzkrieg; the dead sprint to the finish: guitars, bass, drums at full throttle and a vocalist surfing on top of it all in yelps and growls and whoooooaaaaas. But do not overlook the A+ mid-tempo punk chugger, that muscled up melodic rocker more suited to head nodding than getting crucial in the pit. Arm The Poor bring such a top notch number with “Yacht Rock,” the title itself a clever little nod to the slowed down nature of the jam. There’s a vibe of reflective thoughtfulness that runs through this one that would’ve been lost at 200bpm, and while it might be cheap to say that slowed down rock implies a certain maturity, it certainly does have that feel. Punk’s not dead, it’s just occasionally wistful and that’s a-ok with us.

February 11, 2022

Week Ender – Juniper Berries

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

It’s funny how certain songs find you just when you need them. Lately it feels like most of the world have been dealing with the motivational fatigue that comes from living in a multi-year pandemic surrounded by idiots who seem determined to make sure it never ends. Whole lot of back and forth of “gotta soldier on” to “why bother?” these days, whether that be working on large scale projects or working on personal goals like doing laundry, buying groceries or taking a shower. If you’re reading this and you can’t remember the last time you showered, go do that first and then come back.

All clean? Doesn’t that feel better? Yeah it does. You know what else feels good? “My Ambition” by the Juniper Berries. While written about JB’s own personal struggles with the ups and downs of that artist life, it certainly captures a wider mood and serves it up in an absolutely perfect slice of sunshine rock. Vocal harmonies ride over a bopping tune that gives us the wryness of indie rock with the kaleidoscope arrangements of power pop. It’s the salty sweet you need to get off the couch and take another stab at that book you’ve been wanting to write, or at the very lease take the piled up delivery boxes out to the recycling.

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