And so onto the songs of the day... all song links are to Spotify. If your song isn't on Spotify, I don't review it.
Gas and Matches - Deerhoof/David Bazan - This odd pairing of the Pedro singer with what is essentially the rhythm section from Deerhoof allows us to see both of the artists in a new light. Deerhoof sounds more conventional and Bazan sounds less so. While most folks focus on the A-side of this single, I found the flip to be much better - a menacing (and since when has Deerhoof sounded menacing?) 7/4 cut with Bazan's growly voice and Saunier's solid drumming (replete with ride cymbal crashes) and (I assume) Cohen's stalkerish bass.
Chair - Big Deal - What would pop-music be without 20-something's love issues? I guess writing a song about your problems is cheaper than Couples Therapy at least until ObamaCare kicks in. With just female-male vocals (mostly female) and a electrified guitar, Big Deal craft a perfect pop song about a girl who thinks her boyfriend just wants her to sit on a chair and sing along to his songs.
Big Mistake - Anthony Green - This is from Anthony Green's solo album and is his perfect storm - that is where is high pitched vocals are in tune, the instruments are slamming and the underlying guitar riff strings you up in whatever Pennsylvanian forest birthed this creature. It's not the single from the record which is a big mistake in my eyes (and ears).
Put Me To Sleep - Porcelain Raft - Been cherry-picking off this album since it came out. While Porcelain Raft is lazily described as "Dream Pop" I find this cut more like Insomnia Pop both in name and the unsettling twitchy beat and slightly faster tempo than usual. It isn't until the last 30 seconds that it seems to resolve itself and the singer appears to be on his way to the Land of Nod.
I'm His Girl - Friends - This is a silly, slinky song but I can't bear to see it taken off the playlist. With an 80's New Wave detached female vocalist who even does a Debby Harry like rap here and there, the plucky song about (I guess) post-post-feminist and modern day boyf-girlf relations wastes not a beat to keep things moving. You can almost visualize the grainy black and white video of hipsters walking down NYC alleys with heavy eye-shadow and Vulcan-like demeanor.
Love Like Rain - Cardinal - How many touchpoints to the Beatles can one put in a song (title, lyrics, song, riffs, recording style) and still stand alone as a single from a what's turning out to be a pretty great little comeback record.