Three Jams 5/19

A Jam That Came Out This Week – “Fool’s Errand” – Fleet Foxes

The Pacific Northwest folk phenomenon exploded a decade ago with Fleet Foxes’s first two beautiful records, lush and confident throwbacks that re-ignited acoustic power in churches and dance halls all over the country, inspiring Clear Channel copycats like The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, and even Mumford and Sons. And then they went into a deep silence, no word about upcoming projects or thoughts, no words at all, really. Which makes these first two singles eight years later seem so sudden, but hey, I’ll take it.

A Jam That I’m a Little Late On – “Harry” – Macseal

Macseal is a Long Island emo/math rock/American Football disciple, and there’s no hiding their affection in the jangly guitars and muffled anguish. But emo is smarter than it ever has been, to a point where anonymous bandcamp criers can get heavy internet rotation.

A Jam That Was a Jam and is Still a Jam – “A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays” – De La Soul

Old heads (hide your prejudices), how many early hip-hop jams still hold up? Here’s a fun trick: if you name any De La Soul song, the chances are pretty good.


Three Jams 5/12

In a poorly masked excuse for writing practice, I present the first installment of this (hopefully) weekly series, in which I share three jams.

A Jam That Came Out This Week – “Gospel” – Rich Chigga, Keith Ape, XXXTentacion

I work and socialize in a heavily Asian-American area of these United States, so it’s likely that I’m invested in this Rich Chigga phenomenon far more than the rest of the country (he only has five songs out FFS). However, it’s probably fair to declare this meme a real cultural force, now. Rich Chigga slaps.

A Jam That I’m A Little Late On – “Big Beautiful Day” – PWR BTTM

The dirty little secret about precious, anti-establishment indie-rock is that it has always been overwhelmingly straight, white, and male. PWR BTTM has the white part down, certainly not the straight, and the male part is a bit complicated. But the music is an otherwise familiar vague anger, like a polished Green Day, only gayer.

An Older Jam That’s Still A Jam – “Over and Over Aain (Lost and Found) ” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

CYHSY is a band that still exists, mostly in the memories of those who were there when they and Arctic Monkeys kinda changed everything about music marketing twelve years ago, but also in the sense that Alec Ounsworth is still making music. Very little compares to track two on their debut, however, where Ounsworth’s low register sounds like David Byrne’s falsetto, with the same emotional imperative the Talking Heads always managed.