Tag: mp3

“The Weight”, Mikal Cronin, MCII

Best known for his collaborations with modern day Marc Bolanite, Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin is starting to carve a name for himself with his own homage to the music of old.  His debut 2011 LP, Mikal Cronin, was a home-spun affair, a psych-garage rock album that brought the roll back in rock.   This time around […]

“Big Love”, Matthew E. White

Label: Hometapes (released August 21, 2012) Big Inner is by far one of the more intriguing debut albums to come out this year: it’s equal parts experimental Beck, cynical Randy Newman, brooding The National and Big Easy celebrating Allen Toussaint.  "Big Love" grooves with a percolating bass line and a fantastic jazzy piano hook that could have […]

Treat Her Fine: A Mixtape

As finals draw near and the first semester comes to a close, here’s a little playlist to get you through. 1. Hank – Treat Her Right (off of Tied to the Tracks) 2. Maybe Baby (Buddy Holly Cover) – Justin Townes Earle (off of Rave On Buddy Holly) 3. Let’s Go Young – Hundred Visions (off of […]

“California”, Cheers Elephant, Man Is Nature (2011)

The eighth track off  Philadelphia based Cheers Elephant’s 2011 release, Man Is Nature, “California” is an absolute stunner of a pop melody. Starting off with a bouncy jazz guitar riff, “California” bursts with the energy of Beatlesque harmonies and sly, tongue-in-cheek, lyrics that are reminiscent of Queen’s “Killer Queen”. A stellar track on a stellar album […]

Dr. Dog “Exit For Sale”, Wild Race EP

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Dog ever since I first heard the Grateful Dead/Beatle harmonies of “Worst Trip” and The Band homage of “Alaska”. Yes when they first started, they were a “revivalist” band, perfectly happy to ape the ‘60s status quo.  Things started to change around Shame, Shame when they released the biting “Take Me […]

For the endless deluge of indie bands out there that have tried to follow through on the sounds like Talking Heads witty world pop mantle (see Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend), UK transplant Theme Park are looking like the best challenge yet, though with an updated sound. It’s really “Milk” one of their first singles from […]