“Performance” opens Bodega Bay’s sensational, 33-track debut release, Our Brand Could Be Your Life. The album is one of this year’s under the radar highlights and works as both an of the moment document of DIY culture in Brooklyn circa 2015, and also a funny, provocative lo-fi, art rock romp packed to the gills with dexterous wordplay and sub-three-minute blasts of perception that are surprisingly tuneful in spite of their non-production (all songs were recorded with an internal Mac mic in Garageband). “Performance” serves as the perfect opener for what is to come, throwing out observations on what it means to be a part of the “rock and pop apparatus” in this day and age, doing so in a way that is energetic, all-inclusive, slightly shambolic, and wholly entertaining.
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Best known for her 2010 hit “Mr. Immature”, which was a sassy update on the early 2000s singer-songwriter model set by Michelle Branch, Canadian artist Stef Lang has since relocated to New York City and reinvented herself. Now creating a hybrid of pop, R&B, and hip hop, Lang’s trademark wit and personality is still present on the new EP ARROWS Part 1, but there’s more of a sense of adventurousness, ranging from steamy tracks similar to Banks and more playful fare like the fun “Burn It to the Ground”. It’s a winner.
The ever-lovable indie rock duo of David Dewese and Jerry James, most commonly known as Foxymorons, are back with a new album called Fake Yoga, which will be released on 6 November. A gonzo, and not to mention strangely funny video for the track “Always Come Back” has been pieced together in typically idiosyncratic fashion, and is well worth watching below.
In the wake of a lineup change that saw three of six members leave in 2014, Fort Wayne, Indiana band James and the Drifters have been reborn, and will release the new EP Get the Spirit on 20 November. Engineered by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and recorded at the legendary FAME studios, the guys dig deep into 1960s soul on the new record, which you hear immediately on the beautiful title track.