Archive for ‘Week Starter’

June 27, 2022

Week Starter – dichotomi

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.

After Friday’s news I think we could all use a positive note to start this week on and here comes Canadian rapper dichotomi to the rescue, or at least to the momentary distraction. “STF 17” is as perfectly light and breezy as you’d want from a summer jam, and while the lyrics reflect that vibe too they also never forget the struggles and ugliness of life in a post-capitalist decaying democracy. It’s the optimism in the darkness that reminds us that even if everything feels like shit right now, there are still small personal victories to acknowledge and beauty still there if you look for it. It’s also catchy as fuck.

June 20, 2022

Week Starter – The Bad Man

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.

Ooooooohhhhhhh shit this is good. Also, good morning, how are you? Good? Have a nice weekend? Great, now back to this good shit. “Time” by The Bad Man is skronky, grimy, gritty, funky, sweaty, dirty rock n’ roll of the finest kind and if you ain’t ready for that kind of week GET ON OUR LEVEL. There’s a hint of young Rollins in the vocals, but instead of Black Flag it’s as if he got to fill in for Iggy on a loose Stooges jam session where they played around with a ska riff. It not only grooves but it moves like street walking cheetah going one step beyond and is one of the best things to be sent to us in a long, long time.

June 13, 2022

Week Starter – [brysonthealien]

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.

We’re still feeling those summer vibes coming on and here to keep those breezy feels going is [brysonthealien] with “I’m Out (Featuring Signe Baburin).” The sunshine and self love atmosphere comes courtesy of drums + bongos and a melodic bass line that is pure bubblegum soul the likes of the Jackson 5 (classic, not Victory era). Bryson’s flow is laid back and assured and rocks a bit like MF Doom during his more intimate and less verbose moments. Lyrically the song deals with recognizing the dysfunction in a relationship and moving on. Combined with the music it makes it less of a dark tale and more of a positive mantra and an affirmation. And the chorus. Good lord the chorus. If this isn’t immediately lodged in your brain upon listening you better check your hearing aide because this schoolyard singalong catchiness of this one is another level. All in all one of the more impressive hip hop tracks we’ve had come our way in long time.

June 6, 2022

Week Starter – Harkness

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.

It may not technically be summer yet, but don’t tell Harkness that. “Ciao To The Beauty” is the first song of that magical season of youth, a swooning and sweeping piece of indie rock that combines the psych pop influences of the paisley underground with the ambitious playfulness of Arcade Fire. Melodies rise and crescendo like the California surf, a gritty bass drips with the sweat of a block party, a dog barks somewhere in the distance and the whole thing zigs and zags like a barefoot child chasing butterflies in the park. Forget about the mosquitos, sun damage and your allergies and fall face first into the Summer of Harkness.

April 18, 2022

Week Starter – Pulse Park

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.

The 90’s alternative movement is often remembered in broad either/or strokes. Amps to 11, hushed acoustics, mumbled personal lyrics, screamed non sequiturs, flannel this, sunflower dress that. But the reality is that a lot of bands mined the sweet spot between those extremes – noisy but melodic, loud but gentle – not alternating back and forth, but riding the line itself. It is from that tradition draws Pulse Park with their latest “Sine Wave,” a driving song that doesn’t feel so much like someone pushing you as it does someone leading you hand in hand. It feels open and airy while still being powerful and it’s that combination that had us returning to it over and over this past weekend and on through into the start of this week.

April 11, 2022

Week Starter – Life Stuff

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.

If there’s one piece of optimism we’ve gleaned from running this blog over the years it is this: lo-fi bedroom/basement rock n’ roll will never die. No matter what the world throws at us, young people (and occasionally not so young people) will fight the boredom and the darkness with a couple of mics and banger of a tune. One does not fight the darkness by sending demos to big labels, the darkness is fought by those who say “fuck it, this rips, let’s just put it out there.” Life Stuff is such a darkness fighter and “Finger Gun” is their silver bullets filled with garlic punching holes of light through the haters.

(Full disclosure, we watched the Blade series this weekend)

Anyway, all that is to say this song does indeed rip, and even if you didn’t spend your weekend with Wesley Snipes it’ll still find it’s way onto your favorites playlist.

April 4, 2022

Week Starter – French Alps Tiger

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.

Opening with reverby staccato guitar hits and a machine gun snare drum “Lost Boys” by French Alps Tiger flys out of that intro into a fast and nervy indie rock banger that feels a bit like Bloc Party reimagining The Strokes. It’s an organic high energy blast and was custom made to kick you out of bed and out the door into the working week.

March 28, 2022

Week Starter – Jodie Langford

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.

From “Radio Radio” and “Don’t Believe the Hype” to “Television, the Drug of a Nation” and “Kill Your Television” there’s a long proud tradition of artists pointing out the manipulative nature of mass media. Northern England spoken word artist Jodie Langford joins that lineage with “TV Or Not TV” a mix of tinkling piano and breakneck glitch beats that focuses on the way TV targets the young and the negative fallout of it. From the social critique and defiant lyrics to minimalist arrangement there’s a hint of Sleaford Mods here, but Langford makes this her own by spitting fast and precise and with passion.

March 21, 2022

Week Starter – Fire Ant Season

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.

“All pain hurts the same” might philosophically be true, but there’s no denying that the existential malaise that many people feel is, perhaps, not quite the same as trying to emotionally (and quite literally) survive a military invasion of your homeland or sleeping on the streets of (checks notes) the “greatest nation on Earth.” Luckily, folk punkers Fire Ant Season are here to remind us to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves with the “Privilege Blues.” Not only is it a good daily affirmation to call yourself on your bullshit, but it’s a catchy little number with an unexpected synth solo that helps make this already charming number a sure thing for your next PMA playlist.

March 14, 2022

Week Starter – Electric Candlelight

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.

It’s spring break week here in the midwestern college town that PE is based in, and though our days of storming the beaches of Florida like some horny Normandy are long behind us, some habits die hard. Seasonal habits like cranking tunes that make us feel wild and invincible, at least until the hangover kicks in and the new tattoo we don’t remember getting starts to scab over. “Don’t Turn” by Electric Candlelight is such a song. There’s a deep seated, almost genetic, love of classic rock imbued in every midwesterner, and so a barn burner that sounds like John Fogerty fronting the James Gang has our number in a way that few things ever will. Whenever a band wears their influences so prominently there’s a conversation to be had about authenticity and intent, but when the song in question is this good do we really care? As another band that moved past their own tribute phase once said “It’s only rock n’ roll, but I like it.”

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