swelo is a math teacher in New Orleans. I imagine him as one of those math teachers that changes your life, the kind that girls have crushes on because he’s cute for a teacher and the kind dudes respect because they know he’s in a band, he’s also, like, really, really good at his job.
It turns out he’s like, pretty good at making music too. His sound is still a little frayed around the edges but I appreciate how each song is as different as the next, there’s “Country Road" the rap funk indie vibe, then enchantingly produced, electronica interlude "Gypsy Break.”
This song, Brighton is from his EP, Escalator Music, that he released earlier this year. There’s something great about how this song transforms: I am just as drawn to the soothing folk build up as I am to the chorus that crackles with influences of electronica.
In truth, I think swelo excels when he’s not rapping or airing on the side of hip-hop. Brighton and his song Summer Afternoon are my favorites—a fantastic mix of indie, folk, hip hop and electronic, a sound that is fresh but familiar.
(It’s a fun song by a girl who got her start from a lyrical abomination. She’s aware of her own fame and her status as a viral sensation. The video is a fun maze of pop culture easter eggs. Just enjoy it.)
A champion of pop art and the original manager of The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol left an indelible impression on American pop culture. Listen to songs from the musicians who congregated at The Factory during the ’60s and ’70s.
Special thanks to Ava for introducing me to this playlist!
It begins and ends with a lapse in belief that plagues all self-aware listeners: “I hate music / What is it worth? / Can’t bring anyone back to this Earth.” In the intervening two minutes of “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”, Mac McCaughan and his band of indie rock lifers do everything short of raising the dead in convincing themselves—and us—that music can be worth everything. Stitching together a song out of could-have-been choruses, the band reinvigorates clichés like loading up the van and sweet summer breezes, and hangs its title line on an inspirational figure a few genres over. It’s a perfect encapsulation of how both communal experience and unlikely, treasured record store scores can silence the pesky naysaying pragmatist lurking in the heart of music fans everywhere. And, as the members of Superchunk know well, a killer sing-along refrain never hurts, either.
Here’s the one entry I wrote for PopMatters’ singles list, up today. It hasn’t been a rich year of discovery for me, since stay-at-home parenting a toddler (even part-time) takes a huge chunk out of your listening time. Started a great, full-time library job two weeks ago, complete with some headphones-friendly responsibilities and bus commute, though, so 2014’s ballot may look a little more interesting (if not necessarily better, because I stand by these choices) than this year’s:
1. Superchunk – “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” 2. Okkervil River – “Down Down the Deep River” 3. Paramore – “Still Into You” 4. Kanye West – “Bound 2” 5. Chvrches – “Gun”
The Chvrches’ tune is the only one that didn’t end up fairly high on the PM list, but “The Mother We Share” (2012, guys!) did.
In the upcoming months, a few changes will be happening on tuneage.
For one, I will be bringing in new moderators and guest posters—in the hopes of providing you guys with more regular content and a greater diversity in music. You all shouldn’t suffer because of my favoritism towards rock.
I will also begin running ads on the main page and working towards building out a new layout.
I owe all of tuneage’s success to this blog’s tremendous and passionate audience. Thank you all so much for your support these past 5 years and I hope to make 2014 tuneage’s best year yet.
Two days ago, I posted a song by Big Black Delta which had been submitted to Tuneage.
48 hours into my marathoning listening, I have discovered there is a perfect kind of malleability to “Side of the Road.” It echoes pleasantly in the morning, it vibrates with me midday, it soothes me at night, it infests my brainwaves at 2 o’clock in the morning.
Maybe it is the lyrics that are almost indecipherable, maybe it is the mixture of composed synth and familiar electronic. I can’t pin point it but what I love most about “Side of the Road" is how it fits any mood. It is a rare trait of a song, especially an electronica one like this one.
I’ll admit—I didn’t like this song on the first listen. It’s strange, it’s lo-fi hip hop reggatron. It’s just not what I’m used to.
But Lovesick Vandal is a grower, the second or third listen won me over. There’s something familiar about the song, maybe because I think of it like a Dizzee Rascal, Nine Inch Nails lovechild .
There’s also something catchy about the song: maybe the repetition, maybe the mixture of synth and raw round. You get a pleasant tapping in your ears from the static. And the featured vocals, by Asher Dust, somehow emerges strong from the complex production of Lovesick Vandal.
Lovesick Vandal isn’t like other songs out there but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.
Earlier this evening, Drake’s Nothing Was The Same hit the Internet a week early. Originally, the Toronto rap star scheduled his album for September 17, but pushed it back to September 24 to add his finishing touches. From what we’ve known so far, the album features Jhené Aiko, Detail and Jay Z. Contrary to a leaked tracklist that surfaced before, it doesn’t have Lil Wayne as a guest appearance.