Dyan Valdés – “Fade Away”

A few years back, I was on a boat ride for someone’s birthday. A girl had scribbled on my arm, there was a paper crown on my head and I’d had lots to drink. There’s something about Dyan Valdes’ “Fade Away” that takes me there. The song is deceptively simple: drum machine, synths and a …

We Are Scientists – “You’ve Lost Your Shit”

Are you ready to party like we did in the aughties? We Are Scientists give us the perfect soundtrack with “You’ve Lost Your Shit”—loud / quiet / loud guitar, a catchy chorus with an expletive in it, layers of harmony and an extended solo that’s great for downing another beer to. It sounds like singer …

Girl Ray – “Give Me Your Love”

Fall is in the air and you know what that means: grey clouds, rain and regret. Did the summer end too soon? If that’s your line of thinking, please check out Girl Ray’s “Give Me Your Love” which is a beam of golden light that can warm any listener. Singer Poppy Hankin sounds like an …

Shannon and the Clams – “All of My Cryin’”

Shannon and the Clams tackle toxic masculinity with aplomb in the two minute “All of My Cryin’”. Guitarist Cody Blanchard sings from a boy’s perspective, and in the third verse, you hear how the child becomes a man: “Little shoes I was tying / When I heard a man’s voice / Tears on thе sidewalk …

Parquet Courts – “Walking at a Downtown Pace”

Here’s the plan. When all this is over, we’re going to walk into a crowd together to eat and drink and sing and the world that we once shunned will be beautiful again. Will you be there? Waiting for me? This is the narrative of “Walking at a Downtown Pace” by Parquet Courts. The video …