Working out in a gym can be a joyless activity if you can’t get yourself into the right frame of mind. (Not to mention the obnoxious people around you.) Instead of cranking up the EDM or metal, think of this charming slacker pop hit by Izzy True. Or better yet, just kick back and watch the video.
Izzy True’s new ep Troll is out on Don Giovanni Records, available on their bandcamp page
Now we all cry to purple rain.
This week in “punk bands I discover on NPR:” Bleached with "Wednesday Night Melody. The sound reminds me of pre-midlife crisis Weezer, the video is an alt. Weekend at Bernie’s, part unsettling, part fun. Hauntingly catchy.
Their new record Welcome The Worms is out April 1 on Dead Oceans.
This acoustic version of “The Opening Act of Spring” has everything that I like about Frank Turner. I’m so looking forward to his new album Positive Songs for Negative People, out sometime soon, I hope.
The Underachievers is trippy dropout hotness with a perfect sample/hook by Portugal the Man. I like it.
Few things pick me up when feeling down like this old Mixtapes / Direct Hit video for Werewolf Shame.
put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint
you tell me I’m exceptional and I promise to exploit you
give me all your money and I’ll make some origami honey
I think you’re a joke but I don’t find you very funny
“Pedestrian At Best” is another slacker garage rock anthem by Courtney Barnett, first release off of her first proper album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. I’m hooked ever since I heard it first on NPR All Songs Considered. Great in the same way as 2013’s “Avant Gardener.”
This song really fits to this weekend’s still-winter-but-feels-like-spring vibe, too.
BTW: I have a spotify playlist where I’ll collect all (or at least most) songs I’m into this year as I go.
This amazing video for “Dancer” by Kevin Morby centers on Clare Kelly, who choreographed her dance in the heart of Manhattan.
Adventures are also reviving the music I talked about yesterday, Reach Out to You is one of my recent favorite songs. Heavenly is the first video off of their debut full-length Supersonic Home out 02/17 via Run For Cover Records.
I like it.
I feel drained today, so here’s a song with the word drain in it: The Distillers* Drain the Blood.
I used to hear that song a lot when I still went out on Friday nights..