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.

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