Last Week’s Jams (6.17 – 6.21)

What started off as a slow week quickly hit hard once the Softies announced their return to the scene after a few decades away. While that may have overshadowed my personal adoration, there was still plenty of cool things to jam out to, or so I thought. The Teenage Tom Petties take on a power pop version of doo-wop, while Chime School announced what seems to be the purest of jangle pop record ever to exist. We had some outsider stuff too that I was super into, like the new Robber Robber single…plus some 7 degrees of Austin made easy with new music from Blood and Lunar Vacation. And, if you need sweet pop feels, try out the new 7ebra or Emma Russack jams. All in all, some great new finds for you here, if you’ll only press play.

Max Blansjaar Shares Like a Bad Dream + Drops False Comforts

Today, Max Blansjaar celebrates the release of his brand new record, False Comforts, which we’ve covered pretty extensively on this site. But, before you go jump off and listen, Max wanted to offer one more tease, enticing you to get the full listen on today. There’s something about Blansjaar that exudes confidence; he’s able to coolly deliver each line with stated indifference, just letting the track’s natural charm draw you into the fray. In a way, there’s a lot on this song, and the whole record that remind me of Jeffrey Lewis, offering up classic pop styles that just feel slightly left of center, just enough to make it feel like you’re rooting for the outsider. False Comforts can be streamed HERE.

Last Week’s Jams (5.20 – 5.24)

Sorry for being absent, but gotta take a day off when the government allows. Looking back at last week, we covered a ton of stuff, and I couldn’t even post it all, as there’s a few tracks missing from DSPs like the new Dennis Callaci/Heimito Kunst collaboration. But, my new flavor of the year, My Best Unbeaten Brother returned with a new tune, as did Oh Boland, so all sorts of really sweet pop made its way in here. Stoked to see there’s another Nightshift album coming out from Trouble In Mind later this year, thus you’ll hear that early in the mix. Somehow ended up with several great tunes stretching over 5 minutes, so if you’ve got time, be sure to not skip ahead! Bunch of tunes from your favorite ADHD curator! Also, if you’re on the site, be sure to check our friend Michael Maly’s photos from the recent Idles set here in town!

Max Blansjaar Shares Red Tiger

As a teacher, I’m looking forward to a summer break where I can just sit back and digest long-playing albums, and Max Blansjaar‘s new LP is definitely on my list. In his latest single, he’s operating in the territory that we’d offer up to Dan Bejar or maybe even Bill Callahan; the storytelling is the clear focus, particularly with the way the vocals hang out front, deep and affecting. That’s not to say there’s not a musical element, as notes are orchestrated behind to provide lift and accents in all the right places, whether that’s a sharp twanging guitar string or a deep piano note that fluttering in the air…you get this deep emotional sensation that sends you tumbling into the tune. If you’re interest is piqued, then keep an eye out for False Comforts, out on June 21st via Beanie Tapes.

Premiere: New Single from Max Blansjaar

You may not know the name Max Blansjaar just yet, but, if proper time is given, you might just have a songwriter who will be with you for years to come. Upon first listen to his latest track, you’re likely going to find his clever wordplay supremely charming, recalling folks like John Darnielle or Jeffrey Lewis; it’s both witty and narrative, making up for an album that you can get lost inside. In the first 45 seconds, you’re sitting right next to Max while he’s strumming and making everyone in the room swoon; arrangements then drop into the mix, with overlapping guitar lines that blossom into this whimsical piece you won’t be able to escape. If you champion great lyrical work matched by a lively bit of folk pop, then find your way to picking up a copy of False Comforts, out on June 21st via Beanie Tapes.

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