New single from the co-founder of Dinosaur Jr. Love it.
I’m angry at Ratboys (a group I’ve seen twice, because they’re always touring and open for everybody) for writing a song that’s absolutely brilliant and instantly catchy—but I can’t seem to hear without tearing up.
Stereogum explains why:
“I wrote this song a few days after the death of my grandma in June 2020,” says Ratboys’ Julia Steiner. “She didn’t have COVID, but because of the pandemic my grandpa wasn’t able to visit her in person at the nursing home to say goodbye. He ended up standing outside her room and saying goodbye through an open window. A lot of the lyrics are direct quotes of things he said to her in those final moments.”
Gorgeous but gutting. Damn it, got something in my eye again.
Come for the low-budget energy, stay for the piano solo at 2:55.
Does it sound like a Depeche Mode song from 40 years ago? Sure. Is that good? Absolutely.
Had this in heavy rotation lately.
Great to see New Zealand’s The Beths, an indie-pop group at the height of their powers, at a sold-out 9:30 Club in Washington.
A much larger space than where I last saw them, in October 2018 at the Songbyrd Music Hall basement in Adams Morgan, which has since moved to a bigger and far better space. Here, my view of lead singer / guitarist Elizabeth Stokes was obscured by a post.
Holiday break is over. Jury duty is over (they almost picked me for a week-long civil trial, but chickened out). I’m back at the job, full time.
Here’s a nice live version of New Zealand’s The Beths playing “Expert in a Dying Field”:
Here’s Bartees Strange performing Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.”
A great and unexpected collaboration.
“The Steps” by HAIM (2020).
“Cameo” by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (2020).
“Hard Life” by Sault (2020).