Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jam of the Day: The Horrors - "Something to Remember Me By"

Gorgeous, synth-soaked dance track from The Horrors, which moves them far away from their punk-noir beginnings.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jam of the Day: HEALTH - "Blue Monday (New Order Cover)"

The best cover versions pay homage to the original while making your own distinct version. HEALTH completely nail it on this sublime cover version for the Atomic Blonde soundtrack.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jam of the Day P!nk - "What About Us"

A lovely melody and gorgeous vocals propel this new track from P!nk from her upcoming recording, out in October.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Jam of the Day: DEDE ft. Ed Droste and Kingdom - "Faultline"

Sublime collaboration between singer DEDE, from Tiny Hearts, and Grizzly Bear singer Ed Droste. The song was produced by Kingdom, and is a moving meditation on the state of things today.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jam of the Day: Sharon Van Etten - "Not Myself (Hercules and Love Affair Remix)"

Wonderful club-leaning remix of this beautiful song, done In Memory of the Victims of Orlando and in support of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jam of the Day: Everything Everything - "A Fever Dream"

The title track to Everything Everything's new record starts quietly as a somber piano ballad, but builds to a apex of swirling synths, meaty piano chords, and pulsating drums.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jam of the Day: Purity Ring - "Asido"

In honor of the fifth anniversary of their debut record Shrines, Purity Ring release this new track "Asido." It's a gorgeous song that finds them moving into more subtle territory.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Jam of the Day: Plaitum - "Ovation"

Dark and dramatic electronic track from up and coming UK duo Plaitum, which echoes the dense work of bands like Purity Ring and Crystal Castles. It is off their debut album Constraint, and it's a killer record.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jam of the Day: Charli XCX - "Boys"

Yesterday was a bit of a heavy day, and while I am not forgetting what's going on in this country, sometimes you need to take a minute for some pure joy. "Boys" from Charli XCX is simply a wonderful pop song and makes me smile, and the video is super cute too. Take three minutes to just chill and dream about boys.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jam of the Day: Cloud - "Foliage"

Bristol singer Claudia Cross, who goes by the name Cloud, releases this meditative track that is perfect for a sleepy morning.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jam of the Day: Blue Hawaii - "No One Like You"

Blue Hawaii, the collaboration between Raphaelle Standell of Braids and Alex Kerby, usually create icy, detached experimental synth pop. "No One Like You," from their upcoming record Tenderness is a 180° turn, luxuriating in a slinky, disco-ey vibe, complete with warm analog synth squeltches and swirling strings. It's a wonderfully surprising song.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Jam of the Day: The War on Drugs - "Strangest Thing"

I think this song is a perfect definition of the word epic. Building from an almost muted beginning, and ending up in a maelstrom of stadium ready guitars and swirling synths, "Strangest Things" is one of the best songs The War on Drugs has ever done.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jam of the Day: Lana Del Rey ft. A$AP Rocky & Palyboi Carti - "Summer Bummer"

Sort of the anti-summer jam song, Lana Del Rey's moody "Summer Bummer" is a somber, melodramatic track that is still pretty irresistible.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jam of the Day: Rostam - "Bike Dream"

Bittersweet track about unrequited love, Rostam's "Bike Dream" is wondrously queer amid its thunderous drums and swirling cellos and synths. I eagerly anticipate the former Vampire Weekend's debut record Half Light.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jam of the Day: Mount Kimbie ft. King Krule - "Blue Train Lines"

I never would have imagined Mount Kimbie moving into a post-punk direction, however, it amazingly works well. Very well. This blistering track off their upcoming record Love What Survives jettisons their post-dubstep past, and opens the door wide to new sounds and experiments. Should be a fascinating record.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jam of the Day: Allie X - "Old Habits Die Hard"

Fans of Robyn and Chvrches will love Allie X. Her latest record Collxtion II is a fun synthpop record, and single "Old Habits Die Hard" is a good way to fall under her spell.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Jam of the Day: Broken Social Scene - "Vanity Pail Kids"

This song from Broken Social Scene's new album Hug of Thunder almost has too much going on but, in true BSS fashion, they are able to keep all its elements in check. That killer chorus though; so good.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Jam of the Day: HAIM - "Walking Away"

HAIM's new record Something to Tell You is one of the best pop records of the year. "Walking Away" is a bit of an anomaly, as it leans towards a more future R&B sound, but it still captures the essence of their great songwriting and rapport as musicians.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Jam of the Day: Coldplay - "A L I E N S"

Is it too much to ask that Coldplay only ever work with Brian Eno? They truly are meant to collaborate together. "A L I E N S" is not only one of their best songs in years, it is one of their best songs ever.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jam of the Day: The National - "Guilty Party"

From their upcoming album Sleep Well Beast, The National release their second single "Guilty Party." It's a haunting meditation on a marriage falling apart for no reason. It's a delicate track that starts with glitchy Radiohead-esque electronics and percussion that slowly builds with layers upon layers of keyboards, guitars, and strings. Gorgeous.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jam of the Day: Grizzly Bear - "Four Cypresses"

Evocative track from Grizzly Bear's upcoming record Painted Ruins. Touching on impermanence and issues as personal as homelessness, and as global as war and refugees, it's a deeply moving and haunting track.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jam of the Day: Jax Jones ft. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - "Instruction"

"Bitch, I don't need introduction
Follow my simple instruction
Wind to the left, sway to the right
Drop it down low and take it back high."

Enough said.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Jam of the Day: Ride - "Lannoy Point"

From their first album since 1996, Ride showcase their signature sound (driving basslines, fuzzed out guitars, beautiful harmonies) and spike it with electronic flourishes on lead track "Lannoy Point." While Weather Diaries doesn't reach the highs of Nowhere or Going Blank Again, it is definitely a vast improvement over Tarantula.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jam of the Day: Lorde - "Supercut"

From her brilliant new record Melodrama, Lorde hits it completely out of the park with this soaring track. This is on endless repeat. You can hear it here on Spotify.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jam of the Day: Cymbals - "Decay"

Lead single from Cymbals' sophomore album Light in Your Mind, "Decay" is a haunting rumination on life and death and lingers long in the memory.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jam of the Day: CVRL ft. Karin Park - "Elysian Fields"

Gorgeous electronic pop track from CVRL, featuring the lovely vocals of Karin Park. If you are looking for a Chvrches-esque fix, this will satisfy you.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jam of the Day: SZA - "Prom"

From her amazing new record CTRL, SZA throws down this smooth pop track. You really need to check out the album, as it blurs all the lines between pop, R&B, rock, and electronic music. A true gem.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jam of the Day: Major Lazer ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, Quavo - "Know No Better"

People slag Major Lazer all the time, but you know what? They know how to throw down some serious summer jams. Really love this effortlessly catchy track.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jam of the Day: Beach Fossils - "Sugar"

Beach Fossils' new record Somersault is some of the best shimmering guitar pop of this year. What I love about the tracks on this record is that they seem to lock into a groove, but then are constantly changing directions and morphing shape, so that there is always something new to hear when you are listening. "Sugar" is a prime example.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jam of the Day: Active Child - "Cruel World"

A dear friend of mine killed himself this week. It's haunted me because I wish I had at least been able to talk to him and hopefully make him see there is such beauty in this world despite all the pressures we have. The day I found out I heard this new song from Active Child that struck a chord with me.

"I dedicate my life to something richer
And all the things that come
'Cuz that's no price at all
And I know you'll be there
And I want you to know I care because

Keep your head up, hold your head up even though
It's a cruel world."

If you feel you can't go on, please try to reach out to someone, even if they are a stranger. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is at 1-800-273-8255.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jam of the Day: Gangly - "Whole Again"

Icelandic supergroup Gangly is made up of Sin Fang’s Sindri Már Sigfússon, Oyama’s Úlfur Alexander Einarsson, and Jófríður Ákadóttir. This spectral track is hauntingly beautiful.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jam of the Day: Rita Ora - "Your Song"

The summer jams just keep coming. I really love this Rita Ora track, which is just a beautifully done pop song with an uplifting message. Enjoy!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Jam of the Day: Carly Rae Jepsen - "Cut to the Feeling"

Along with Selena Gomez' new single "Bad Liar," Carly Rae Jepsen's new song "Cut to the Feeling" is vying for summer jam of the year. It's ridiculously catchy.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jam of the Day: Slowdive - "Slomo"

Their new, self-titled album has been on endless repeats for weeks. You will likely not find a more lovely track than album opener "Slomo." It is the personification of sublime beauty.

"Give me your love, it's a curious love
Give me your heart, it's a curious thing."