Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Beyond Love” by Beach House

Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Beyond Love” by Beach House

beyond love. i was on my way back from new york. the megabus was relatively empty. it was quiet enough.    july 2018. i wasn’t on talking terms with my best friend. i wasn’t on talking terms with my mom, too. so i directed my energy towards this one person. gave them my full attention.  … Continue reading “Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Beyond Love” by Beach House”

Robyn Joins Kindness on Single “Cry Everything”

Robyn Joins Kindness on Single “Cry Everything”

“Cry Everything” is Adam Bainbridge’s first release as Kindness since their 2014 album, Otherness. For an artist as devoted to collaborations as Bainbridge, this apparent absence can be misleading. In the time since Otherness, they have contributed to Solange’s A Seat at the Table, as well as Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound and Negro Swan. This … Continue reading “Robyn Joins Kindness on Single “Cry Everything””

Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey

Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey

When I first listened to Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy,” I was completely unaware of its sheer importance. I was unaware of its musical relevance and its impressive commercial success. I just remember bopping my head up and down a little to the Tom Tom Club’s sampled beat and wondering why I never looked into Mariah Carey’s … Continue reading “Songs That Are Important to Me, Gene: “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey”

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”