Indie Rock

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. 

   

Single Premiere: Tautologic "That's What I Hear"

We are proud to be able to premiere the first single, "That's What I Hear", from the forthcoming album, Wheels Fall Off, from Tautologic. The album, which is due out in 2021 via Turtle Down, will be the Progressive Pop group's third and first since their 2018 album, Re​:​Psychle.

This first single is a protest song or sorts and 50% of their proceeds from bandcamp will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Tautologic is the work of singer/songwriter Ethan Taylor Sellers along side Emily Albright (violin, vocals), Pat Buzby (drums), Nathan Britsch (bass), Chris Greene (tenor and soprano sax), and Jay Montana (electric guitars).

   

Elizabeth Moen "Studio Apartment"

Elizabeth Moen has released the fourth and final single, "Studio Apartment", from her forthcoming EP, "Creature of Habit", which is due out December 11th.

"Studio Apartment" was written prior to Moen's move to Chicago and explores that dream of moving to the big city to "make it".

   

The Deals "The Levee"

The Deals have released the lead single, "The Levee", from their forthcoming debut full-length album, Clear And Severe, which is due out on January 15th via Hobbies. The album was record over the summer of 2019 at Pallet Sound, but the lyrics on this single feel so relevant the times we find ourselves in.

This is the Power Pop of Ben Cruz (Bass), Bin (Lead Guitar), Emerson Hunton (Drums), Joe Suihkonen (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals) Margaret McCarthy (Vocals).