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long mic cablecore, totally liarspilled
model/actriz, channel tres, slow pulp, softcult, otodojo
Ah the end of February and the end of Fool’s Spring! What a time to be alive.
Here are a few good links to round out your Tuesday before the music:
Yeuck! The Clipse are doing a full reunion at Hyde Park Summerfest??
Paul McCartney’s usual is a WHAT? Foster Kamer talks to NYC’s most important maître d's and it’s not really music content but it’s wildly readable.
A Wiki deep dive you’ll never forget – Jason O. Gilbert on what he learned looking a little too close into Next’s “Too Close” on Wikipedia
Model/Actriz - Slate
This record makes me wish “band kills 20 shows at SXSW wearing fucked up sunglasses, get a notable slot at Fader Fort where people post photos of major R&B grooving to their set that leads to a pre-Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon set but right now they’re just sort of murdering it in the bright daylight while everything smells like SoCo and the one dude has a super long mic cord threading through dorks in badges and it’s noble, underappreciated work” was still a viable lane. Either way, this record fucks.
Channel Tres - Big Time
Every great Channel Tres song feels like it was built to serve the greater good of losing it at a house party, even if increasingly his music is built to work for increasingly massive crowds and larger headline gigs. “Big Time” hits that mark at 0:55 with a chant-like refrain and rubbery LA sidechain on the kick and bass, the type of club track that makes even the biggest stage feel like a joyful, small “get the strobe light from the closet” living room dance party.
Slow Pulp - Cramps
“Cramps” is a perfect, fuzzy indie rock single from Slow Pulp, inspired by (yup) period cramps at practice. “The song came out of a jam at practice right after I had proclaimed that my period cramps were particularly bad that day,” singer Emily Massey said, “It is about searching for things you wish you had in other people and creating this character in your head that has all the physical and emotional attributes you feel that you are lacking.” That feeling hits hardest when the multi-layered “everythiiiiing” in the chorus finds the perfect mix of sneering and yearning.
Softcult - Love Song
“Love Song” is a hazy, sharp dreampop song from Canadian sibling duo Softcult. I dismissed the song when I first heard it, but without thinking I played the song three times in a row. Deceptively simple but its hooks sink in fast and deep. The video is also very cute!
Otodojo - Hebi Water
Found on last week’s First Floor, “Hebi Water” is a throbbing minimal techno jam that marries a swirling bassline with sinister bedazzles of resonant percussion and floating synth pads.
Norma Tanega - A Street That Rhymes At 6 AM
This is a funky folk-rocker I found via NYC rapper/DJ Edan’s Instagram Story. Tanega had a hit in 1966 with “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,” and her “Dead Song” is the theme song for What We Do In The Shadows. “A Street That Rhymes At 6 AM” has the slightly off-center major key sunshine of Donovan, with a slight trace of the Shaggs in Tanega’s unusual melodies.