What’s Making Me Happy This Week: Alex Lahey

Alex Lahey’s EP B-Grade University is the brightest indie rock soundtrack of a post-college quarter life crisis I’ve heard in quite some time. Whether it’s the “9-to-5 headache”of “Ivy league,” the romance of “Wes Anderson” and the exploration of relationships in “Let’s Go Out” and “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me“ Lahey’s songs are consistently charming, anthemic and on point. And her music videos are hilarious! The video for “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” is the best sports-themed rock band video since Jimmy Eat World’s Lucky Denver Mint. “Ivy League” is a louder version of Bob Ross. “Wes Anderson” is appropriately quirky. “Let’s Go Out” (above) is the broke, kalsarikännit expansion of Courtney Barnett’s “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to The Party.”

B-Grade University is out on Dead Oceans and a full length album is in the works for 2017.  The EP unfortunately isn’t available on Spotify in Germany yet, but buying it for the price of a Biergarten pint or a fancy coffee is cooler, anyway.

“The Future’s Under Fire, The Past is Gaining Ground”

The great Japandroids are back, the Candian duo will release their new album Near To The Wild Heart Of Life in January 2017, available for pre-order on bandcamp. Already streaming is the title track off the record, and it speaks for itself. 

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I’m excited.

 “Fifteen years later and we’re still in the future

The blood and money didn’t fix anything

We’ve grown accustomed to the depths of the danger

 This is the future: severe and always happening

No History is the first song of off Kevin Devine’s new record Instigator. The song is a sort of state of the dis_union 15 years after 9/11. Split the Country, Spilit the Streets is one of my favorite albums of the 2000s, and includes some of the smartest, contemporary commentary on that period, so I’m really excited about this new release. Additionally, the album is out on Procrastinate! Music Traitors, which is one of the all-time greatest label names. 

The New Torres Album is Even Better than the Hype

The new Torres album Sprinter is even better than the  hype by NPR Music had me believe.
Strange Hellos is still one of the biggest songs I’ve heard in quite a while with an amazing musical breadth and emotional depth.
A Proper Polish Welcome is as intimate and enchanting on the record as it was as a SXSW lullaby.
Yet it’s the longwinded, slow, quiet moments Ferris Wheel and The Exchange that stun me the most. The songs are built on Mackenzie Scott’s voice and guitar, and the rest of the instrumentation (PJ Harvey collaborators Robert Ellis and Ian Olliver) and production (Ellis and Portishead’s Adrian Utley) support that strong core to perfection. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the poetic lyrics.  On Sprinter, Scott’s words tell stories, reflect, and erupt into intimacy. The album manages to create a bridge between confessional poetry (in the good sense) and rock album(also in the good sense). Instant classic.

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My old band, Union Hills, released one last EP yesterday, titled Mount Everest. Because reasons. 3 songs we loved to play live and that needed to be recorded properly. So so properly, it sounds so pro. Get all songs for free on our soundcloud profile, where you can also find our Spectacular EP.

Enjoy.