song review

“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