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ALBUM REVIEW: STRANGE DESIRE BY BLEACHERS
Imagine this: you’re a teen in the suburbs. You still haven’t figured out who you are, yet somehow, you’re your most invincible self. Alongside the greatest people you know, the town is yours to conquer. That’s what Bleachers’ Strange Desire feels like.
Jack Antonoff’s latest project takes you to a place of unabashedly juvenile times (but in the most charming way possible). The opening track, “Wild Heart,” feels straight out of a John Hughes movie with its 80s-style recurring riffs and epic interludes. Same goes for the following song, “Rollercoaster:” upbeat and powerful and undoubtedly 80s. Its lyrics scream utterly youthful confidence—the kind that makes you want to throw your fist in the air like Bender in The Breakfast Club. 
Even more brat pack anthems are “Shadow” and “I Wanna Get Better,” which are also Bleachers’ currently released singles. “I Wanna Get Better” is probably the biggest culprit for Bleachers’ eighties suburban nostalgia. With lyrics like, “While my friends were getting high and chasing girls down pathway lines" and "That’s why I’m standing on the overpass screaming at myself,” it is an ode to the tumultuous teenage world, in which you’re expected to find yourself. 
It isn’t until the fifth song that the album’s pace slows down. “Wake Me” features melancholically dissonant guitar riffs, reminiscent to the sounds of OMD or Modern English. Lyrically, it’s sweet and sensitive. It’s a promise: “I’d rather be sad with you / than anywhere away from you / And hey, I can’t believe I captured your heart / If you’re lonely, wake me." 
The latter half of the album strays from the initial eighties theme a bit. It explores elements from different genres, mostly modern pop and electronica. The song featuring Grimes and the song featuring Yoko Ono especially add an eclectic touch to the album. 
The final song, “Who I Want You to Love,” ends the album in hushed tones. The beginning, raw and unplugged, is reminiscent of the stylings of Elvis Depressedly. Even the lyrics fit the comparison: “Tired of chasing my dreams / They’re always twisting / I always scream.” The song picks up in some places with grandeur interludes, but overall, “Who I Want You to Love” is quite a melancholic conclusion. 
Overall, Strange Desire is a strong debut from Bleachers. It keeps a noticeably consistent (and charming) eighties teen theme, while also managing to venture other music stylings. Also, Antonoff isn’t afraid to get personal in his lyrics, which is always something to appreciate.
If you’ve ever wanted to live in a John Hughes movie, then Bleachers is the closest you’ve got. Listen to Strange Desire here. 

ALBUM REVIEW: STRANGE DESIRE BY BLEACHERS

Imagine this: you’re a teen in the suburbs. You still haven’t figured out who you are, yet somehow, you’re your most invincible self. Alongside the greatest people you know, the town is yours to conquer. That’s what Bleachers’ Strange Desire feels like.

Jack Antonoff’s latest project takes you to a place of unabashedly juvenile times (but in the most charming way possible). The opening track, “Wild Heart,” feels straight out of a John Hughes movie with its 80s-style recurring riffs and epic interludes. Same goes for the following song, “Rollercoaster:” upbeat and powerful and undoubtedly 80s. Its lyrics scream utterly youthful confidence—the kind that makes you want to throw your fist in the air like Bender in The Breakfast Club

Even more brat pack anthems are “Shadow” and “I Wanna Get Better,” which are also Bleachers’ currently released singles. “I Wanna Get Better” is probably the biggest culprit for Bleachers’ eighties suburban nostalgia. With lyrics like, “While my friends were getting high and chasing girls down pathway lines" and "That’s why I’m standing on the overpass screaming at myself,” it is an ode to the tumultuous teenage world, in which you’re expected to find yourself. 

It isn’t until the fifth song that the album’s pace slows down. “Wake Me” features melancholically dissonant guitar riffs, reminiscent to the sounds of OMD or Modern English. Lyrically, it’s sweet and sensitive. It’s a promise: “I’d rather be sad with you / than anywhere away from you / And hey, I can’t believe I captured your heart / If you’re lonely, wake me.

The latter half of the album strays from the initial eighties theme a bit. It explores elements from different genres, mostly modern pop and electronica. The song featuring Grimes and the song featuring Yoko Ono especially add an eclectic touch to the album. 

The final song, “Who I Want You to Love,” ends the album in hushed tones. The beginning, raw and unplugged, is reminiscent of the stylings of Elvis Depressedly. Even the lyrics fit the comparison: “Tired of chasing my dreams / They’re always twisting / I always scream.” The song picks up in some places with grandeur interludes, but overall, “Who I Want You to Love” is quite a melancholic conclusion. 

Overall, Strange Desire is a strong debut from Bleachers. It keeps a noticeably consistent (and charming) eighties teen theme, while also managing to venture other music stylings. Also, Antonoff isn’t afraid to get personal in his lyrics, which is always something to appreciate.

If you’ve ever wanted to live in a John Hughes movie, then Bleachers is the closest you’ve got. Listen to Strange Desire here

(Source: touchmusicpress.com)

ALEX G & ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY SUMMER TOUR
The Alex G and Elvis Depressedly North American tour sets off in Maryland today. According to Alex G’s Facebook, some scheduling has changed. Above are the correct dates listed collectively.

ALEX G & ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY SUMMER TOUR

The Alex G and Elvis Depressedly North American tour sets off in Maryland today. According to Alex G’s Facebook, some scheduling has changed. Above are the correct dates listed collectively.

ANDREW MCMAHON PUTS OUT NEW TUNE
Andrew McMahon (formerly of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin) released a new song today—this time under the moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. The song is “Cecilia and the Satellite,” in which McMahon keeps his familiar piano-playing style, but also experiments with new, pop elements.
To debut the song, McMahon included a statement on Facebook that reads:

"I’ve been writing music most of my life. Songs have always been the place where I’ve sorted out the events of day. If you trace these songs back far enough they tell a story of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen along the way. That said, most people don’t have the time to sort through the hundreds of songs that have collected in the wake of my 20 plus years behind a piano, and that’s why I love “Cecilia and the Satellite”. As a song it encapsulate so much living against the back drop of a new life. Cecilia was written with the knowledge that my wife and I would soon meet our first child. With the hope of avoiding territory this type of song often treads, I tried to create a road map of the life I had lived leading up to that moment. One my daughter might look back on some day. A strange life of constant motion, spent traveling in the pursuit of music. A life I’ve nearly lost on more than one occasion and one which I am thankful for, now more than ever. Deep down this song is about more than me and where I’ve been, it’s about more than my daughter and what I want for her. It’s about being proud of where you come from and wanting the most for the people you share your world with.”

Listen to “Cecilia and the Satellite” here.

ANDREW MCMAHON PUTS OUT NEW TUNE

Andrew McMahon (formerly of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin) released a new song today—this time under the moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. The song is “Cecilia and the Satellite,” in which McMahon keeps his familiar piano-playing style, but also experiments with new, pop elements.

To debut the song, McMahon included a statement on Facebook that reads:

"I’ve been writing music most of my life. Songs have always been the place where I’ve sorted out the events of day. If you trace these songs back far enough they tell a story of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen along the way. That said, most people don’t have the time to sort through the hundreds of songs that have collected in the wake of my 20 plus years behind a piano, and that’s why I love “Cecilia and the Satellite”. As a song it encapsulate so much living against the back drop of a new life. Cecilia was written with the knowledge that my wife and I would soon meet our first child. With the hope of avoiding territory this type of song often treads, I tried to create a road map of the life I had lived leading up to that moment. One my daughter might look back on some day. A strange life of constant motion, spent traveling in the pursuit of music. A life I’ve nearly lost on more than one occasion and one which I am thankful for, now more than ever. Deep down this song is about more than me and where I’ve been, it’s about more than my daughter and what I want for her. It’s about being proud of where you come from and wanting the most for the people you share your world with.”

Listen to “Cecilia and the Satellite” here.

STREAM NEW JOYCE MANOR ALBUM
Joyce Manor's upcoming album, Never Hungover Again, is now available to stream via NPR. The 10-track album is the band’s third studio LP as well as the band’s first release since signing with Epitaph.
Track Listing:

1. Christmas Card 2. Falling in Love Again 3. End of the Summer 4. Victoria 5. Schley 6. Heart Tattoo 7. The Jerk 8. In the Army Now 9. Catalina Fight Song 10. Heated Swimming Pool

Listen to Never Hungover Again here.

STREAM NEW JOYCE MANOR ALBUM

Joyce Manor's upcoming album, Never Hungover Again, is now available to stream via NPR. The 10-track album is the band’s third studio LP as well as the band’s first release since signing with Epitaph.

Track Listing:

1. Christmas Card
2. Falling in Love Again
3. End of the Summer
4. Victoria
5. Schley
6. Heart Tattoo
7. The Jerk
8. In the Army Now
9. Catalina Fight Song
10. Heated Swimming Pool

Listen to Never Hungover Again here.

FREE DOWNLOAD OF MILES DAVIS CLASSIC
Courtesy of The Jazz Labels and Concord Music Group, you can now download a digital copy of Miles Davis’ “Oleo” for free.
Click here to get yours!

FREE DOWNLOAD OF MILES DAVIS CLASSIC

Courtesy of The Jazz Labels and Concord Music Group, you can now download a digital copy of Miles Davis’ “Oleo” for free.

Click here to get yours!