we would never be the same

Built to Spill – Never Be the Same

There’s something pleasantly familiar about the bass line of this track from Built to Spill, and sometimes that’s what you want. BTS and I have a weird history, in that I got into them late, listened to them a fair amount, and then subconsciously stopped when they ended up being the soundtrack to me getting robbed while on a crowded bus in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I’ll never be the same, but it might be time to be different again.

Built to Spill hits Madison’s High Noon Saloon on May 26th. More dates here.

don’t ask me to commit a thing

ODESZA f/ Shy Girls – All We Need

The ups and downs of love can be very, very good, but the highs and lows of addiction don’t mirror that sentiment. Director Kevan Funk turns the sepia-toned glimmer of ODESZA‘s “All We Need” on its head and gives us a couple that may be happy in their own world, but from an outside perspective just seem sad.

Dance your blues away with ODESZA, on tour now.

take a bite of the apple

Beach Baby  – Ladybird

“Ladybird” by London’s Beach Baby has a golden haze that perfectly captures the late-summer ennui of our youth. The sunshine and freedom still make the days better than most, but there’s still that nagging sense that something’s lacking nipping at your heels. The Virgin Suicides homage of the video works well here, giving it the right hint of sadness without actually tipping into the drama our teenage selves often imagined surrounded us.

a game or a burden

Geographer – The Guest

Where the songs on Geographer‘s 2012 release Myths had a swinging angularity, new single “The Guest” has a pillowy build. Strings and horns crescendo in a way that makes the track worthy of an end-credits roll on a movie where you were actually rooting for the happy ending instead of rolling your eyes at its predictability.

Geographer’s third LP Ghost Modern drops today.

RCFSV Mixtape

The Rock County Folk Symposium may well be our favorite part of the summer, and we’re over the moon about sharing this mix with you. On Saturday, August 23rd, join us in the safe zone of Camp Rotamer and let the antidote of live music, local food, and interactive art steel you against the encroaching madness and heal what ails you. The main stage artists have all handpicked a piece to share with you. For a field test, retrieve your headphones and bunker down – if your body and soul feel rejuvenated it is in your best interest to enter the quarantine zone and seek the full treatment. Let heritage lead you home.
RCFSVMIXTAPE
Cover Art by Jeremy Nealis
RCFSV Mixtape
01| Leave the Dance (With the Girl You Brought) by Double Ewes
02| Chirp by Sayth f/Wealthy Relative
03| It’s a Trick by Bedtimes
04| Acceptance by Jon Mueller: Death Blues
05| King Ciccada by Dietrich Gosser
06| Good Luck by Hello Death
07| Perhaps by Adelyn Rose
08| Things I Say by Softly, Dear
09| Reunion by All Tiny Creatures

hot’n’slow

Hello! I’m excited to announce the first of at least one guest post from Valerie Burn. I have had top-of-my-lungs sing-alongs to her high school mixtapes after being well into my twenties, and thus am very pleased that Ms. Burn has been kind enough to share with us her hottest and slowest summer jams.
Everyone loves a good, hot, summer jam. Everyone. This is science. However, sometimes you need to roll it back. Slow it down a bit. And that is precisely what slow jams are for.
But what, dear readers, would it mean if a song could be both? Simultaneously a hot jam and a slow jam? Before your head explodes, allow me to explain.
Sometimes musicians, usually white ones in indie rock bands, take an amazing hot jam and slow it down – with the tempo, acoustics, or otherwise. It’s like Columbusing, but way cooler and hopefully less offensive. Certainly, some (many) covers are awful, which is why I conveniently made you this list. You’re welcome.
These hot’n’slow jams are the perfect music to listen to at the end of a long night. Party’s over, but everyone’s got time for one last singalong.
hot’n’slow
01| Are You That Somebody – Gossip
02| Umbrella – Marie Digby
03| Crazy – Emily Asen
04| Hey Ya – Obadiah Parker
05| Hot in Herre – Jenny Owen Youngs
06| Heartless – Virender Singh
07| Whatever You Like – Anya Marina
08| Cry Me a River – Glen Hansard
09| Single Ladies – Pomplamoose
10| Bitches Ain’t Shit – Ben Folds
11| Whatcha Say – Princess
12| Grenade – Julia Sheer & Tyler Ward
13| 99 Problems – Hugo
14| Pursuit of Happiness – Lissie

 

Honorable mentions (i.e., songs not on Spotify or they might be on this list):
No Diggity – Klaxons
Umbrella – Mandy Moore (starts at 0:35)
World’s Greatest – Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Cry Me a River – Selena Gomez (trust me)
We Found Love – Ed Sheeran
Valerie Burn is a very cool adult who writes things sometimes and is always looking for new and innovative ways to listen to pop music.

gravity’s just a word people say to sound smart

Babes – Isn’t It Love?

This video from Babes is totally ridiculous and totally wonderful. The song is a dreamy country-tinged lament buoyed by a narrator with stars in her eyes, and the visuals are befitting of a late-night 80s infomercial trying to capitalize on the success of Devo’s “Whip It.”  Baby Bird to Flaps to Roig’s Choice – you, too, can whip up a potential love interest.