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.

YouTube to Become Useless

The New York Times reports that YouTube will block (and also delete?) videos from independent record labels who haven’t agreed to Google’s new licensing terms.

For German users YouTube as a music video host has been fubar for quite some time, now the ridiculousness goes global, apparently. It’s an obvious move to strong-arm small labels into agreeing to deals that, according to the indies, are worse than the deals the big 3 music corporations get.

That’s pretty evil in my book, Google.

Also, this show how problematic it is that so much of our revolutionary new media life is based on a few corporations. Their bottom line, after all, is the bottom line, not culture. When Google (or Apple. Or Amazon) flexes its muscle like this, the media future looks pretty bleak.

YouTube to Become Useless