Bops of the Week: July 5th – 9th

Here we are on another Monday, about halfway through the musical calendar, and while I should probably be working on one of those magically meaningless “Midway Best Of,” I feel like I’d be letting down our friends if we didn’t do our wrap-up of the goods from last week. Honestly, and I won’t throw out names, but there are some jams that would certainly make my best of the year list…one in particular. Can you guess it? Also, some of the new stuff by Love, Burns and Normil Hawaiians isn’t streaming, so I linked you to some of their other work you might enjoy. Mostly, it’s Monday, and I like to make this playlist for my friend Marc, so he doesn’t have to read anything and just gets music. Happy Monday folks!

Gary Share Blur the Difference

Gary is a recording project among friends Gary Spolarich and Jason Gerycz (of Cloud Nothings fame); the two have been jamming for some time in various forms, and this year we’ll be treated to Ideas Riding, which is finally seeing the light of day. For starters, the song’s a definite ripper, with Gary offering just enough sweetness in his vocals to really kick in that hook. For Jason’s part, well, he’s doing what he’s always done, bang away on the drums harder than any of your friends; it honestly gives this song the feel of what early Cloud Nothings created, poppy and rambunctious. All of Ideas Riding is streaming now courtesy of Old Flame Records.