Thursday, February 25, 2021

Waxahatchee, Kevin Morby • Lilacs • 2021

Waxahatchee is the performance name of Alabama native Katie Crutchfield. Singer and musician Kevin Morby is her partner in life — and sometimes when performing as well. The pair recently moved back to Morby's native Kansas City, where they both are creating new music. Morby's new album "Sundowner" came out this fall, and Waxahatchee's album "Saint Cloud" was released last spring. The two join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to perform the song "Lilacs," from Waxahatchee's album "Saint Cloud."

Junaco • Blue Room • 2021

“Jaffer’s vocals lead with a confident poise while the song’s momentum builds steadily with each passing moment. Recreating an image of a convertible cruising along the Pacific Ocean highway with the top down, no destination set while the cool breeze caresses your face.” - Ears to Feed

“Atmospheric audio wallpaper” - American Songwriter

“Junaco make folk music that feels as if it came from a secluded, shady spot where the mind is uncluttered by the entanglements of modern life. Technology and media, be gone. You too, day job. Let someone sing for you.” - Buzzbands

“Seductive serenity...Dreamy” - Atwood Magazine

“Deep, organic storytelling and atmospheric soundscapes” - Culture Collide

“Achingly gorgeous vocals, which seem to float over the song’s twangy arrangement — and much like its predecessor, and expansive song structure. And at its core, is a bitter heartache that sounds lived-in and familiar” - Joy of Violent Movement

“Stunningly melancholy” - Earmilk

Mojo JNR • You Got It (or something like that) • 2021

'You Got It' is about a feeling. The feeling you have when you lock eyes with someone for the first time, the song is based on an inner monologue while at a house party. I wrote this when I was self-isolating with my long-term girlfriend in a house we rented with out-dated 70s decor, and I wanted to reflect that in my instrumentation with my use of 70's inspired analogue synths.'

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Adult Mom • "Checking Up" • 2021

Left Field Messiah • Young Libertine • 2021

“‘Young Libertine’ was an important moment for us because we landed on a new shade of LFM blue, combining early 90s hip hop tones and soul dance melodies splashed with some nice 80s pop moments. This is a song of firsts—rhyming libertine with figurine and x-ray machine with screen—and while our productions have been referred to as “maximalist”, this is one of our more restrained moments.”

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Bishop Boys • Dark Days • 2021

Dreamy, driving, wistful, and nostalgic, “Dark Days” is both a gloomy reflection on pandemic life and the civil unrest of the past year, and a hopeful forecast of brighter days ahead. Written during the first lockdown in May of 2020, the song illustrates empty live-streamed shots of Times Square, riots erupting in Minnesota in the days after the murder of George Floyd, and the widespread appreciation for the “superhero medicine man.”

Barbarisms • I Want To Change My Mind • 2021

‘The breezy looseness of Built to Spill’s earliest releases, Herman Dune’s ingeniousness, or the late St. Thomas’ cracked folk… Nicholas Faraone’s delivery suggests we might expect intimate confessionals in the manner of Bill Callaghan.’ UNCUT

The Green Flamingos • Will You Be My Friend ? • 2021

"In a sunny and falsely nonchalant tone with a bit of sarcasm, this song evokes the relationship that some people can have on social networks: a love-hate relationship. It is easy to connect with complete strangers and difficult to keep in touch with friends from one's non-virtual life, to be spied on or harassed as well as to be ignored." The Green Flamingos

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Stef Chura - How to Rent a Room • 2019

Right before Halloween, another great indie-rock artist, Stef Chura, released her version of “How to Rent a Room,” a Silver Jews classic from 1996’s The Natural Bridge.
Mordantly funny and shabbily pretty, it’s a message from the victim of a suicide (or maybe a botched suicide), opening with the indelible line, “Now, I don’t really want to die/I only want to die in your eyes/I’m still here below the chandelier where they always used to read us our rights.” RS

Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy • "The Wild Kindness • 2021

Bill Callahan and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy shared a cover of the Silver Jews’ song “The Wild Kindness,” which was written by the group’s late frontman David Berman. The recording features the Silver Jews bassist and Berman’s widow, Cassie Berman.

Also contributing to the track were guitarist David Pajo, Lambchop keyboardist Tony Crow and Silver Jews drummer Brian Kotzur. Several others were part of a choir of backing vocalists “swimming in a river of voices” including Pajo, Meg Baird, Bill MacKay, Cory Hanson, Cassie, David Grubbs, Matt Kinsey, Haley Fohr, Emmett Kelly, Todd Rittmann, Alasdair Roberts, Matt Sweeney, George Xylouris, Azita Youssefi, Sean O’Hagan, Ben Chasny and Elisa Ambrogio. jambase