Honestly, I’m pretty over lists at this point. They’re arbitrary and don’t really reflect anything but someone’s tastes, except here where they reflect the tastes of three individuals…because that’s how we roll. So, take this list with a grain of salt. These are the records we thought were the best, which mostly just means these are the ones we listened to on repeat throughout the year! Feel free to leave a comment on what you think we missed, or why we’re dumb; we love good comment trolls.
Also, because this list is really about crediting the art that made us happy, we wanted it to make you happy too, so we included purchasing links where we could. Read more
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you’re doing alright, physically and emotionally. We’re here to wrap up last week’s hits, or at least what we loved. This collection has a bunch of songs included from some albums that dropped on Friday, as well as new tunes from Gustaf, Dinner and the new collaboration from Living Hour + Peel Dream Magazine. Start your week off right by reviewing what we loved last week. Have a good day!
Did you order yourself a copy of Motorists new LP yet? No, well what are you waiting for? Oh, you need another hook-laden jam to tease you into throwing down some cash? Well, perhaps you want to check out the album’s title track, jamming below. It opens with a sharpness, those cutting riffs kicking those boots high in the air as you dance and stomp your way all across your bedroom floor. But, the chorus steers way clear of those angling riffs, bringing in an sort of barrage of 90s college rock attitude; it’s the sort of thing you’d expect to hear on the radio had it hit in a different time. This sort of intermingling of sounds is something I hope is prevalent throughout Surrounded; I guess we’ll find out when it drops on September 3rd via Bobo Integral/Debt Offensive/We Are Time.
Here we are amigos, welcoming you back to what is shaping up to be a really fun week. RayRay and I have to go back to our real jobs, officially, so there’s that. But, we wanted to reflect on last week, bringing you the hits of last week, only bringing them to you today. Most of the stuff we covered, or have covered, since we’re not apt to get to tons of reviews for individual albums, so I threw in a jam. Definitely got some good Austin coverage with new Half Dream, as well as a part Austin participation with Daphne Tunes on that new Central Heat Exchange track. You know, its not tough. Just press play, let the algorithm guide you.
I’m really hoping folks get captivated by the work of Motorists, as they seem to be building the components to a most excellent LP. Their second single has this song that feels like its stranded in musical territory, picking up psychedelic licks while also employing some circular jangles; the rhythm section keeps the song pushing forward too, bobbing all along. All that before I even mention how much I love Craig Fahner’s voice on this jam; he’s got this knack for throwing out a vocal hook that feels pop and punk at the same time, and I can’t help but swoon, especially when bassist Matt Learoyd adds some backing texture. They’ll be dropping their Surrounded LP on September 3rd via Bobo Integral/Debt Offensive/We Are Time.
If Bobo Integral announces a new record, you better believe I’m going to rush over to give it a listen, which is why Motorists are my new favorite band! The Canadian outfit just signed up to release their debut Surrounded LP with the label, and it’s the perfect blast of power-pop for your Thursday. In the press release you get mentions like The Nerves and the Soft Boys, but if you wanted an update list, think of a cleaner version of your favorite garage band; it kind of sounds like Deadbeat Beat with a little bit more anthemic vibes coursing through it. You can already tell there will be hooks galore filling up this listen, so don’t skip out! The release is out September 3rd, as a co-release between Bobo Integral/Debt Offensive/We Are Time.