1. There are some interesting trends in this installment, including lots of different takes on the singer-songwriter and moving that sound forward. This guy had a front row seat on how do it from the best. Discovering it in my stream on This Is My Jam, I actually really enjoyed this tune before I discovered that Harper Simon is the son of legend Paul Simon so I think that qualifies for succeeded on his own merits. This tune is called "Bonnie Brae".
2. Kurt Vile funnels a lot of lo-fi psych rock influence through his singer-songwriter filter. The result, "Waking On A Pretty Day", is both hummable and pretty in that slightly unsettling and extended way.
3. Yellowbirds pour on the fuzz for a much more retro/60's effect on "No Need For A Leader"
4. Phosphorescent is one of those "bands" that's just code word for one guy, Matthew Houck. His style is used to great affect on "Ride On / Right On", with hints of his Southern roots coming through in sophisticated sonic layers and urgent vocals that give the tune a cohesive feel that belies its origin.
5. Chile seems like an unlikely place weird music. But joining previous Chileans Holydrug Couple, on one of these lists is Follakzoid, with a tune that embodies the term "heady", as if composed fully formed in the mind's eye during a wild psychedelic night. After viewing the darkened-night-drive-via-strobe music video its almost impossible to think of anything else while listening to "Trees".
6. Jason Molina passed away on March 16th and I was remarked about how little I knew about this artist -- especially given the reaction of the music community. It was so disappointing that it was tragedy that inspired me to dive deeper into his catalog, but I was soon reminded about what had inspired so much grief amongst my peers. This tune, "Transmission Failure" from his band Songs: Ohia popped up on my TIMJ timeline soon after, and its melancholy Neil Young-like feel was the punctation on my mini-immersion into Jason's music.