Indie Rock

Young Man in a Hurry "A Blue and Red Taxi and Bernie"

Young Man in a Hurry has released a video for the fifth single, "A Blue and Red Taxi and Bernie", from their debut album, Jarvis.

Lead singer and songwriter Matt Baron co-wrote this song with Grandmother, Dee, near the end of her life about his Grandfather.

Baron has this to say about the song and video; "The lyrics are about what it might be like to reconvene with a long-lost love on the other side, either physical or astral. The video subtly explores the idea of how we’re always trying to go somewhere new, and when we get there, we’re just there".

   

Avery Springer "Earlybird"

Avery Springer of Retirement Party has released a new solo single called "Earlybird". This is Springer's second single of 2020 following up "Jackson", which was released back in October.

The single is accompanied by the fun self-directed video below.

   

Tamar Berk "Shadow Clues"

Tamar Berk has released the lead single, "Shadow Clues", from her forthcoming debut full-length album, The Restless Dreams of Youth.

Berk is mostly known locally for her work in the band Starball, but has played in bands like Sweet Heat, The Pynnacles, Paradise, and The Countdown over the years in both Chicago and Portland.

   

Pom Pom Squad's "Last Christmas"

Pom Pom Squad’s cover of Wham’s “Last Christmas” is the best version of the Eighties seasonal perennial at least since the one Crazy Frog did (Ariana Grande pffft) but did Crazy Frog add a dramatic soliloquy to the George Michael composition or curse out the song’s errant lover-to-never-be at its conclusion? I think not. The CGI amphibian went top-ten in both Sweden and Belgium with the song in 2006 which makes me think PPS should be a lock for a top-five chart placing at minimum.

Band frontperson & Orlando-to-Brooklyn refugee Mia Berrin (pictured) heightens both the wistful melancholia and the implied tension of the original version and plus the Pom Pom’s update advocates staying at home for the holidays so win-win. And while you’re at home you can pop in the new “Simply Having A Wonderful Compilation” compilation (released last friday) into your virtual CD changer alongside Tiny Tim’s Christmas Album and that Hanukkah record from last year with Haim and Flaming Lips and Jack Black and Yo La Tengo and have yourself a grand ol’ time.

“Wonderful Compilation” featues Pom Pom Squad alongside a full slate of indie small-stars all wishing you a dream-poppy, grungy holiday (sample title: “Santa Is A Neocon”) but with the occassional foray into 16th-century caroling which all makes sense since it’s a co-production of indie mainstay Father/Daughter Records alongside Wax Nine, the latter of which being both a sister label to D.C.’s Carpark Records and a friggin poetry journal which is the brainchild of Sadie Depuis of Speedy Ortiz and Sad13, the latter of which having been discussed in the post right before this one so you see how everything in the universe is connected.

But before closing just two last words about Pom Pom Squad. And those two words are "Heavy Heavy" for they are both of those things.

   

Secret Colours "Oblivion"

Psych Rock group Secret Colours has returned with their first new music since 2017 in the form of a single called "Oblivion". The b-side to the single is a fantastically hazy instrumental cover of Donna Summer's classic "I Feel Love", and the two songs together provide a great little escape into a colorful psychedelic world beyond our own.