Archive for ‘Week Starter’

October 3, 2022

Week Starter – Goalkeeper

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Sometimes you just gotta take a break from the old music blog grind and give the ears a rest so you can once again appreciate the whole magic that is notes and chords and melodies and words and singing ya know? Well after just such a break we’re happy to be back, and thanks to Goalkeeper, back in style. “Car Wreck” is the very finest of catchy as hell, melodic punk (Pop Punk feels too one dimensional for how good this song is) that is built for driving too fast with the windows down or a sweaty sing along with friends in the front row at a show. It’s big energy, big hooks and feels like a big welcome back sign not only for us but to anyone who has been looking to feel 17 again.

September 6, 2022

Week Starter – Laveda

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Did you have a good Labor Day? Did you chill in the pool and hang with friends? Did you eat too much and enter a near trance state of satiated bliss? Well if you want to keep that good feeling going a little longer might we suggest “Surprise” by Laveda. Falling on the poppier side of shoegaze, it’s a hazy slice of indie rock goodness that isn’t so much a throwback to the classic 80’s/90’s sg sound as it is a timeless addition to that tradition. Turn it up and keep the dream of summertime three day weekends going.

August 29, 2022

Week Starter – Forty Feet Tall

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

As summer comes to an end and another work week, you might need a little extra kick in the pants to push on through. Enter Forty Feet Tall with “On And On And On,” a push-pull of quiet and melodic classic left of the dial college rock parts occasionally body slammed by fuzzed out explosions of bash pop. It grooves, it’s chaotic, it’s glorious. This is the hastily thrown together end of season rager that fights off the autumn.

August 22, 2022

Week Starter – Strange Bouquets

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

“Mirrors” by Strange Bouquets comes on hot and heavy with drums and bass racing out of the gates before a vaguely middle-eastern sounding guitar lick leads us into the verses. As the first half of the song goes by the guitar morphs into a demented surf lick and it’s then you realize that the whole affair feels a bit like a modernized take on the classic Dead Kennedys sound. That is right up until the 2:40 mark when it drops into a Sabbath-esque doomy blues stomp that is as epic as it is unexpected. From the chugging coffee and rushing out the door madness of a Monday morning to the disassociated mid-afternoon feeling of yet another work week, this one has you covered.

August 16, 2022

Week Starter – Martha

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Look, sometimes you have to start your week on Tuesday because Monday is a wash, and that was the case for the PE offices this week. Regardless, it’s never too late to start it up with a perfect slice of power pop indie rock like the kind from the kids in Martha. Why do we call these clearly young adults kids? Because they got the youthful energy to make you want to dance in your bedroom like you’re 15 again. “Baby, Does Your Heart Sink?” is perfect. End of sentence. It has hooks and heart and hell yeah and all of it. Who would’ve thought a contender for song of the summer would squeak in just under the wire, but it is and it has. Turn it up and feel the warm rays a little longer.

August 8, 2022

Week Starter – Odie Leigh

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Fuck dude. This song is so good, it’s just like “fuuuuuuuck.” You know? “A Month Or Two” by Odie Leigh is like if Nico kicked heroin, stayed away from bicycles and after 40 years in hiding dropped an unreleased song to blow your mind and heal your soul. Sublime and poetic without being pretentious, orchestral folk without feeling gimmicky, this is just a perfect song done perfectly and is the kind of swear words inducing beauty we want to send you into the week with.

August 1, 2022

Week Starter – The Tracks

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Reverbed out garage rock that skews more Cramps and Misfits in vibe than bubble gum and sunshine, “Shut Your Mouth” by LA band The Tracks is a classic hot rod going too fast on a gravel road. The song is slipping and sliding and drifting and kicking up rocks and dust but always under control, seemingly right on the edge of danger but for the ones behind the wheel, never in doubt. In other words, it’s rock and roll. Real ass, straight ahead rock and roll. Get your week (and perhaps your life) right by getting this song in your ears as you head out to rip and run through your week.

July 25, 2022

Week Starter – Crooner

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

There are opening lines that grab you and then there are opening lines that not only grab you but make you go “damn, now THAT is an opening line.” Such is “Voice of God” by Crooner, which starts with some simple acoustic guitar strumming before evocatively dropping “Woke up this morning to the voice of God / It sounded just like my neighbor’s shotgun.” Similar lyrics of ominousness are dropped throughout the song, balanced by the gentle melodic indie folk sounds of the group and a recurring line of “I think we’ll be alright.” It’s an enticing mix of light and dark tones, the sound of shrugging ones way through the end times, something we’ve all become too familiar with of late.

July 18, 2022

Week Starter – The Kindling

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

This week is gearing up to be one of the hottest on record in many places around the globe, so we advise you to take it easy and do what you can to stay cool. Something that should help is “Milk Teeth” by the London band The Kindling. A slow motion strut with enough space in the minimalist arrangement for a good cross breeze, it is simultaneously the shimmering heat mirage rising and the cool damp cloth on the base of your neck. If the key to staying cool is thinking cool until you feel cool this song should get you there. It’s got vibes for days and does it with the effortlessness of a lazy river. Not what we typically think of when we think of a summer jam, but this isn’t the summer jam you want, it’s the summer jam you need.

July 11, 2022

Week Starter – Mystic Peach

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Hello and welcome to the day that we thought due to things we read online that we could stop quarantining after our bout of Covid, but actually the doctor said we have to keep cooped up for another four days. The internet: not always correct, who knew? So to say that we’re feeling a bit restless and angsty would be accurate and so let us kick the week off with a bit of angsty rock n’ roll. “Ursodfrnt” by UK band Mystic Peach combines classic grunge thrash with a reverbed out oddball jangle that makes it feel like several 90’s alternative sounds rolled into one. Tripping Daisy jamming with Nirvana with a riff from The Melvins thrown in occasionally? We’re in. We are way in.

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