Well apparently I never did my monthly music picks for September, so this is might turn out to be a long post. I just don’t know yet, since I’m not really into “editing” my blog posts. I write all day for other people, but I write this blog for ME! And for you, my dear readers (90% of whom are related to me in some way, but no matter).
ANYWAYS. Here’s some stuff I’ve been digging lately. Per usual, I’m all over the place with genres. We’ve got a country song about doing a bunch of drugs, a hip hop song by a bunch of teenagers, and a lot of indie rock/dance/pop whatever. I hope you like these as much as I do!
Tyler Childers – I Swear (To God)
For whatever reason, I just don’t listen to a lot of country. I’ve seen Coal Miner’s Daughter and Walk the Line and I just think Dolly Parton is a goddess, but modern country? Eh. Apparently you can teach an old dogs new tricks, though, because Tyler Childers’s album Purgatory is – dare I say it – dope. His songs about living in Appalachia and his soulful voice are really doing it for me.
Matt Duncan – Tell You What I Know
Matt Duncan fits into that paradigm of “90’s kids who were influenced by their parents constantly playing 70’s soft rock”. You know, like HAIM. Other examples escape me right now. But Matt Duncan makes well-produced, easy-listening pop that you can just put on and chill out.
Donny Benet – Working Out
Well, I could have sworn the video for this was just going to be a bunch of models working out in hot pants, so I was pleasantly surprised to see two unfit-looking dudes using Shakeweights. This 80’s inspired banger is a must for your workout playlist, for obvious reasons.
Sugar Candy Mountain – Windows
Sugar Candy Mountain is the band that I hoped Best Coast would become based on some of their tracks on The Only Place (i.e. “Dreaming My Life Away”). This witchy tune would make a great addition for your autumnal playlist (or your Halloween party playlist).
BROCKHAMPTON – SWAMP
I have yet to get someone else to like this as much as I do, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying. BROCKHAMPTON is a hip hop collective based in California, self-described as “The Internet’s First Boy Band”. They’re young and fresh. My favorite is the flamboyant guy with the sparkly metallic sweater that comes in at about 3:10. I never realized hip hop and vogueing made a such great combination, but they really do.
Gus Dapperton – The Fool
Gus Dapperton is a 20-year-old dream pop musician with the same haircut as every boy in my third grade class in 1998. I suppose that’s intentional? Kids these days. Anyways, this bittersweet ballad touches me in the place that my heart used to be.
Kanye West – Addiction
Kanye is definitely becoming one of those uber prolific artists where you can listen to their back catalog and discover songs that speak to you in a new way. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about addiction, so this song has a new appeal for me.
Arcade Fire – Chemistry
Man, Stereogum really ripped this song a new asshole. But do you think I give a shit what Stereogum thinks?! Well, I do in most cases. But not today! It reminds me of hair metal classic “The Stroke” in the best possible way.
Charlie XCX – Boys
Did you think I wasn’t going to mention this song? WRONG. I mean, come on, the video features a cameo by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, one of my Dream Men™.
What have you guys been into lately? Let me know in the comments!