Last Week’s Jams (8.21 – 8.25)

There continues to be an unreasonable amount of great music coming out nowadays, and I’m absolutely baffled at how it just never ceases; there’s been nothing but week after week of tunes for me to fawn over. This week’s a little all over the place, with a little bit of rock, a little bit of pop, a little bit of songwriter and back again. Wanted to begin with the great cover of “Rock n’ Roll” by the Feelies, then jump right into some of my favorite tracks of the week. I mean, new Tony Jay and Red Pants make all of us winners. Plus, there’s a new Lewsberg tune floating about, which I definitely have included in other playlists. And, I got back on that review game with a track by track breakdown of Holy Wave’s latest. So spend some time looking back at last week!

Anna Hillburg Announces Tired Girls

It’s a shame that we always pigeonhole San Francisco as a sort of land of dreary fog, particularly when you listen to the music we’ve covered the last few days, like this Anna Hillburg tune. Something in this track provides me with this majestic wistfulness; it’s dripping with nostalgia, but by incorporating the pianos and trumpet throughout, the tune pushes you towards the sun’s rays as they break through clouds. Hillburg’s definitely got her singing pipes down too, moving in between piano lines and that constant buzz of the cymbals tapping in your ear; I love the vocal control, fluttering between short accentuated notes and stretched out belters. Tired Girls, the new LP, is out on October 13th via Speakeasy Studios SF.

Clever Girl Pop from Anna Hillburg

annaI’m a sucker for a female singer, especially one who can carefully craft a pop ditty with ease.  This is much the case with San Francisco’s Anna Hillburg who just released her self-titled album on California Clap Records.  “Wine In a Tea Cup” is a pretty simple track here, pushed forth by a quiet drum track and some keyboard-ish accompaniment.  She’s joined at times during the chorus by the perfectly placed backing vocal; all of this works together to make a joyous little number that you can definitely spin over and over again.  Girl power!

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