“Money” – The Drums

by bryan on March 15, 2015

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A bouncy traveling bass line and sparse keys underscore the indie pop number “Money” by The Drums on their album “Portamento” released in 2011 on Frenchkiss Records.

You will be joining in when the band gets to the chorus… even on the first listen. Why? Because it’s SUPER catchy.

The singer wants to buy his girlfriend a makeup gift… but he has no cash…

The Drums ask the question, how do you make things rights with your girl if you have empty pockets? They assert that it’s too late… you can’t.

They only leave you singing… “But I don’t have any money… but I don’t have any money.”

But in real life… a kind word, a hug, a sweet gesture, a walk in the park, or a love note in a hand made card may work just as well. Unless she wants a wedding ring… then The Drums are right.

Get the Record: Portamento

Go to their Website: The Drums


“Young Folks” – Peter, Bjorn & John

by bryan on March 7, 2015

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Drum roll, shakers… now put your lips together and whistle like this….

“Young Folks” is the first single off of the Swedish indie pop band, Peter, Bjorn & John’s third album Writer’s Block released in 2006 on Wichita Recordings. The duet has Peter Morén’s singing accompanied by Victoria Bergsman of The Concretes and Taken by Trees. Muted bass line (sounds like Björn Yttling shoved some toilet paper under the strings close to the bridge… or the digital equivalent) over a shuffle punctuated by the hands of John Eriksson on congas.

This upbeat number illustrates a new couple contemplating their relationship and the time they spend together. Sorta like this: If you really knew me… would you stick around? You say you will? Sweet! Now we don’t care about anybody but us. Let’s be into each other. Hooray!

I dare you to listen without whistling along.

Get the Record: Writer’s Block

Go to their Website: Peter, Bjorn & John


“Clean Shirt” – Railroad Jerk

by bryan on March 2, 2015

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“Clean Shirt” is one of my favorite tracks off of Railroad Jerks’s last album, The Third Rail, released on Matador records in 1996. Drummer, Dave Varenka and bassist Tony Lee relentlessly hammer the rhythm home with thundering low tones in perfect unison. It’s angular guitar melodies and vocal moaning express the DYI punk ethos and the difficulty in making a name for yourself.

The way to do it you ask? I suggest you do it like Marcellus Hall sings… don’t be afraid to ask for help… but it’s up to you to to pick yourself up, get up off the the dirt, put on something nice like your best clean shirt and make your mother proud. In that next big meeting, remember to treat people right, look sharp, get up if you fall and swing for the fences. That’s what Railroad Jerk would want.

Get the Record: The Third Rail

Go to their Website: Railroad Jerk


“Concrete Bed” – Nada Surf

by bryan on February 26, 2015

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“Concrete Bed” is the lead track off of Nada Surf’s The Weight is a Gift produced by Chris Walla (of Death Cab for Cutie), recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco and released on Barsuk Records in 2008. The jangly guitars and driving baseline support a melody that anyone can sing along to. Indie rock overtones underpinned with pop sensibilities make the two and a half minutes fly by setting the stage for the rest of the album.

“Concrete Bed” explores the lifelong pursuit of love by straightforwardly pronouncing that “to find someone you love, you’ve gotta be someone you love”. As we grow and get set in our ways we realize that before we can love another we have to love ourselves.

Listen to this song in your car while driving on the freeway… and sing at the top of your lungs with the windows down, wink at yourself in the rearview mirror and give yourself some love!

Get the Record: Weight Is a Gift

Go to their Website: Nada Surf