Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry

Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry

Upon listening to Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free,” one might imagine that the slow, fingerpicked guitar and subtle harmonies were recorded far before the internet, on a tape in some far-off corner of America. In reality, Time (the Revelator) was recorded in 2001 in Studio B in Nashville, shortly after Welch and her longtime musical … Continue reading “Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry”

The Reworking of “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”: A Forgotten Mistake

The Reworking of “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”: A Forgotten Mistake

In 1964, you might have been surprised to hear that the teenage folk duo Tom and Jerry were still making music together, under the new name of Simon and Garfunkel. In all likelihood, however, you wouldn’t have heard of them for another two years, when their first big hit under their new name reached the … Continue reading “The Reworking of “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”: A Forgotten Mistake”

Free Cake For Every Creature Release Single “around you” and Announce New Album “the bluest star”

Free Cake For Every Creature Release Single “around you” and Announce New Album “the bluest star”

Katie Bennett, who has been releasing music under the name Free Cake For Every Creature since 2012, released a lead single off her upcoming album “the bluest star” this past Thursday, and announced a tour for August, which will be coming through Everybody Hits 8/3. The single, “around you,” is inspired by Sarah Gerard’s essay … Continue reading “Free Cake For Every Creature Release Single “around you” and Announce New Album “the bluest star””

Sophie’s Selections: Unwrapping “The Gift”

Sophie’s Selections: Unwrapping “The Gift”

Nestled between the Velvet Underground’s impressive debut The Velvet Underground & Nico and their eponymous third album The Velvet Underground is the comparably overlooked LP, White Light/White Heat. Running just over 40 minutes in length, this 6-track album is the last of the group’s work with John Cale, a masterful multi-instrumentalist and founding member of … Continue reading “Sophie’s Selections: Unwrapping “The Gift””

Greyson Chance: Reaching High with “Low”

Greyson Chance: Reaching High with “Low”

It was like a declaration: against a glaring white background on a mid-sized stage, before a crowd of no more than a couple hundred, attended by the faded purple hue of the venue and the faint smell of booze… The name Greyson Chance in thick, black print sits squarely in the middle of the projection … Continue reading “Greyson Chance: Reaching High with “Low””

Single Review: “How Simple” by Hop Along

Single Review: “How Simple” by Hop Along

After a week of teasing the album artwork on social media, Hop Along have finally announced their new album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog and released the first track off the album, “How Simple,” along with a tour across North America in the summer. It’s a departure from their typical rock sound and incorporates elements … Continue reading “Single Review: “How Simple” by Hop Along”

Single Review: “Fay” by (Sandy) Alex G

Single Review: “Fay” by (Sandy) Alex G

A cryptic new single from Philly-fave (Sandy) Alex G was quietly released on his personal Youtube channel last night, January 18th. Though the song’s lyrics can be easily fit in a single line, (“In the car, knocking at my door, reer-reer-reer, what’s the problem officer? what’s your knocking for?”) it is hardly his least verbose. … Continue reading “Single Review: “Fay” by (Sandy) Alex G”

Single Review: “Medication” by Nick Murphy

Nick Murphy’s new single, “Medication,” opens with a series of heavy instrumentals that sound as if they were designed to accompany a slow-motion action movie scene, complete with billowing mushroom cloud and rugged action hero wiping ash from his brow.  It’s a startling opening, especially coming from an artist who, under his previous name of … Continue reading “Single Review: “Medication” by Nick Murphy”

SINGLE OF THE WEEK: MILKK – Pacific Kiss

SINGLE OF THE WEEK: MILKK – Pacific Kiss

Despite only having been a full trio for less than a month, and only existing for almost two, indie-pop group MILKK are making waves with their first single, “Pacific Kiss.” The Nashville/Minneapolis based group took inspiration from LA for their newest single, referencing Malibu and Pacific Coast Highway (highway one, as they call it), drawing … Continue reading “SINGLE OF THE WEEK: MILKK – Pacific Kiss”

Single Review: “Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast

Single Review: “Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast (the solo project of Philadelphia-based artist Michelle Zauner) has announced her sophomore album, titled, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, or S.S.F.A.P for short, and released the first single, called “Machinist,” with a video to accompany it. When I saw Japanese Breakfast perform at First Unitarian Church, Zauner explained that the song is about the … Continue reading “Single Review: “Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast”