Last Week’s Jams Today (8.29 – 9.2)

Strangely, I felt like we didn’t cover a ton of territory last week, but then I noticed we have quite a playlist, and that’s even with a few jams not quite making the streaming services of choice. I opened the playlist with “It Keeps Happening” from Germany’s Matching Outfits; I couldn’t stop playing the tune all week, so I figured it was best up front. We also got new stuff from forever-faves like Peel Dream Magazine and the Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness. Stoked on both the new Eerie Wanda and Submotile tunes, and RayRay loved that latest Disq tune. Settle in for the day and turn it up nice and loud.

Simon Love Shares L-O-T-H-A-R-I-O Video

Back in April Simon Love dropped the pop rock treasure Love, Sex, and Death, etc., which we wrote about quite frequently leading up to the release. Well, good tunes don’t fade, especially when you’re willing to piece together stock footage, as Simon did to create a video tied to the chorus-less ditty, using “Shutterstock” found photos to create the song’s narrative. There’s a fun little interlude where Simon details a failed one-night stand, which was put together by Alexander Hale, and all of this to say, its a fun piece that lets us have another chance to refresh your love of Simon here today…and to remind you the new LP is now available via Tapete.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (4.11 – 4.15)

Hello there Monday. We’re starting off with a bunch of jams this week that we gladly covered, though admittedly some were pretty obscure, which I’m totally cool with today. The most popular tunes we had out come from a couple of Tims, but we had new music from Ceremony and the Citradels. I was introduced to Guy Capecalatro III last week, and while we wait for his new album to stream, I included an older tune in hopes it finds you looking for new meaningful voices. Sit back, turn it on and let time pas you by.

Simon Love Share I Will Dance Video

Last week, Simon Love dropped the excellent Love Sex Death Etc, and there’s a video I missed as it hit, which is for the stomping rocker, “I Will Dance.” It’s a pretty dark take, lyrically speaking, with the chorus lines “when you fall/I will laugh/when you die/I will dance,” but the song’s got this catchy shimmy to it. It’s a bit old school kind of power pop, but jazzed up with these modern touches, along with horns and keys to really build the song into something huge. Fun way to kick out a Thursday; if you haven’t checked out the new LP, it’s available via Tapete Records.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (3.21-3.25)

Been a hot minute since we compiled all our weekly jams into one nice little playlist for you, but here we are again, wrapping up last week on a Monday. We’ve got tons of great jams in store, with some of the latest releases also featured. Austin gets some love, with singles/videos from Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Queen Serene and Blood (kind of/sort of). We also ran some new videos from the likes of Red Pants and Breakup Haircut, not to mention the newest jams from Jeanines and Say Sue Me…so you know, this playlist is going to be your jams.

Simon Love’s Me and You Video

I’m nearing the end of my collection of emails, and there lurks Simon Love, the former Loves frontman, waiting to unleash Love, Sex and Death etc by sharing another video. This one’s all about has all the makings of classic pop, though with Simon you get a bit more bravado. I love the way he turns on a more emphatic vocal punch, right before the band seem to plug in and let loose behind him, building in a more textured pop rock sound that wouldn’t have been too far off from early Beulah recordings. So, if you like your pop with big boisterous bops, then grab the new LP from Tapete when it drops on April 8th.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (1.31 – 2.4)

I know I know. Playlists via Spotify are quickly becoming passe, and rightfully so, but at the moment, there’s still not an easily manipulated to collect songs from various places and put them into one killer playlist. So while we wait on Bandcamp to figure it out, let’s just ignore the devil in the corner. This last week we got a brand new album from Love, Burns, courtesy of us! And Jigsaw and KUS! Our homies in Brothers Griin also dropped a tune from their debut LP, not to mention a sweet jam from Skeggs. So here you go, here’s some stuff. To start Monday.

Simon Love Shares I Love Everybody in the Whole Wide World

Simon Love returns with a brand new album this Spring, and I’m glad there’s finally a single to get out there for ya’ll today. There’s something about the former Loves songwriter that just seems like he’s perfectly content playing under his own curated pop umbrella. There’s nostalgic sounds throughout this new single, particularly when it comes to the arrangements and everything working beneath the core. But, that being said, there’s still a ballsy-ness and production value that seems larger than life, giving his music this huge punch that just doesn’t seem to be out there enough in the world. His new LP, Love, Sex and Death Etc will be out on April 8th via Tapete.

Another Single from Simon Love

About a month ago we brought you a gem of a tune from Simon Love, formerly of the Loves. Well, under the radar he went and slipped a new infectious number right on by us, but I’m here to make amends. There’s a rousing stomp from the percussion, with pounding organ/keys bounding throughout the song to match. Love offers a melodic indiepop performance, standing juxtaposed to the gallows humor of the accompanying video. Still, from start to finish, Simon’s songs always just seem so well-crafted, suited for any time of year. Sincerely, S. Love X will be released on July 6th via Tapete Records.

Premiere: Simon Love Readies New LP

Pop fans will recognize Simon Love as the driving force behind The Loves, a group that recorded several records for Fortuna Pop and Track/Field back in the 00s. Now, Simon is working the solo angle, and preparing to release Sincerely, S. Love X. Today we’ve got one of the great hits, an ode to the dearly departed Joey Ramone..or is it? That’s the thing with Simon’s work, you never know exactly what he’s getting at, and thematically, his messaging could be applied to a variety of situations. Musically, he’s fashioned a blend of garage pop rock and doo-wop. Backing vocals and layered horns drive home the song’s natural melody, but also exemplify his willingness to build a wall of sound in his own way; there’s just a classical vibe here, both poppy and enduring. The new record is being released on July 6th by the esteemable Tapete Records.