Last Week’s Jams, Today (10.17 – 10.21)

In a week where tons was going on, we hit it fairly harder than I remember. We ran a preview of Levitation (kicking off this week) by catching up with La Femme, plus we learned how to make a sweet acai bowl with Ribbon Stage. Dropped a few brand new tunes from folks like The Living Pins and Elizabeth, plus through out some encouraging album streams from Melby, Twain and more. This is a great way to catch up on all those tunes we ran, and maybe jump back in time and look at our interviews. Or, just turn it up and rock it out, cuz you know, Monday.

Vern Matz Shares Reality Bites

I totally love listening to Vern Matz‘s voice; there’s something so seemingly honest in his delivery that I just instantly find myself falling in deep. On his latest single, Matz gives you a bare-bones acoustic performance, with the weight of the strum coming through to give the song just a hint of punch. It makes sense that there’s production work from Toledo on this tune, as they share a similar laid back attitude to songwriting, though elevated from the tried and bored Americana of old. If you’re looking for something soft and smooth to set you on your way this Monday morning, then by all means, nestle up to this track; there’s a new album coming real soon!

Last Week’s Jams, Today (1.10 – 1.14)

Well, I will admit, there were so many songs last week that I loved that I may have gotten a touch carried away. I mean that new Methyl Ethyl with Stella Donnelly is a banger, plus new stuff from our friends in Blushing and the Reds Pinks and Purples! We even got to premiere some sweet tunes that only exist in special places, like our site, namely the latest from Yea-Ming and the Rumors and Good Grief. So, browse through this hour of tunes, and I beg you to find a bad one in there. You can’t! I’ll try to keep up the momentum this week!


Vern Matz Share Getting Older, Drop New LP

Last year we stumbled into Vern Matz, and we were really grateful for their mellow guitar pop. It’s simplicity proved the power of the songwriting, with little need for extra brush strokes, and it seems that we get the much of the same on the newest release, Strange Songs from a Lifetime of Unfinished iPhone Demos. The name hints at the tunes being unpolished, and perhaps even incomplete, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that listening through the strumming and little atmosphere lurking in the background. If you’re settling in for the day, as the blistering whether lurks outside, then perhaps you should settle down with this new album; it’s sure to warm you right up!

Last Week’s Jams, Today (11.8 – 11.12)

We’re here with your weekly addition of Last Week’s Jams, with a slight little spin on things this week. For starters, there were certainly some jams on our pages, so we hope you’ll revisit…may I recommend the Crabber record again? Plus, you’ve got the new hits from Slumberland Records (who had a killer week in our eyes). And, in the end, I threw in a couple of tracks from shows we were able to see last week, or the week before, just as a reminder for us when we listen to our own playlists! Listen to some songs, and have a really great week friends!

Vern Matz Share Tokyo Sounds

Feeling fragile on Friday, so what better way to immerse myself in like-minded music, such as the new single from Vern Matz. This is the sort of intimate songwriting I adore, where the strums echo like they’re hanging out in the next room and the vocals seem to strain with every drop of emotion left out there. For some reason, this feels like one of those songs that never let you escape, offering you this precious experience that’s likely to crumble to sand once you hit the song’s end. Feel free to play it until your feelings float off far away, and then wait with me as there’s a new Vern Matz tune on the horizon!

The Week in Music April 26-30

Yo. We forgot last week. Sorry. Please forgive us. Here’s a great way to start off your Monday with a playlist of last week’s hits. We added a few from some of the records we were jamming like Mope City and Phantom Handshakes…not to mention a hit from the great album ATH Records just dropped from Space Tan! Just a nice easy hour of listening to get you in through the morning Monday blues. So yeah, no need for more…just jam to some hits.

Vern Matz Offer New Single

The New Haven based duo of Daniel Belgrad and Michael Lituchy, musically known as Vern Matz, have been dropping multiple singles this Spring in anticipation of a new album coming out later this year on Nice Guy Records. One of those singles, “Funny Water”, is definitely one a suggest you check out if you’re into a sort of folk inspired, indie rock sound. Think Jackson Browne meets Wilco with a little bit of dream pop thrown in there to create something truly stunning. Stay tuned for more tunes coming our way soon from Vern Matz.

Vern Matz Share Rabbit God

We’ve covered Vern Matz before, and I think going forward, we’re all likely to hear more about the band, especially based on the quality of their latest single. Those fans of recent indie guitar pop nods will surely appreciate the guitar sounds going on throughout this number; they’re really crisp and recall the happy meandering of acts like Real Estate. For me, however, the winner is in the yearning quality of the vocal delivery; it sort of feels like I’m dreaming of the world right along with the vocals. If I’m going off my gut, I think the band have something special here, but we’ll have to wait until their debut album comes in February to really have a full understanding of their talent.

Vern Matz Shares Skyscrapers

When I first heard this track from Vern Matz, I was really taken aback by its fragility. There’s something about the song that made it seem like it could break into a million pieces inside my ears. Circling back, the depth is built into the song so subtly that it honestly took me a few turns to really hear the bending of the guitar strings in the Western horizon, riding atop a solemn drum role. Perhaps its familiarity provided an easy access point, so I figured I’d slow roll this Friday and let you slide into the weekend nice and slow.