IN OUR EARS: Songs We Loved This Week
    • SATURDAY, JUNE 04, 2016

    • Posted by: Baeble Staff


    James Blake ft. Bon Iver "I Need A Forest Fire"
    This song gets my head where it needs to go. It's kind of one of those songs where you just kinda breathe, nod your head a bit, and let whatever comes to your mind bloom into a beautiful picture.

    Andrew Bird - "Are You Serious"
    Hold on one sec... I'm trying to think of an Andrew Bird song with this much of rhythmic drive to it. Nope, can't think of one. Which is why this is so refreshing. I mean, all the elements you're looking for out of an Andrew Bird song are here. The whistling, the symphonic cuts of violin, his cool-as-a-cucumber vocal deliveries. But, seriously, this song kind of rocks! Has an Andrew Bird song ever rocked before?

    The National "Peggy-O"
    Because it's been just over three years without any new music from The National in our lives. Which is fine. I can return to anyone of their albums at almost any time and still get that same warm, fuzzy feeling that I had the first time I heard them. But this is new... even if it is a Grateful Dead song. And guys? I'm stalking you on Instagram! I know that new album is just around the corner, right?


    ASTRONAUTALIS - "Kurt Cobain"
    This has been on heavy repeat this week at my desktop. I am lucky enough to have the session we did with him (not released yet) to play relentlessly. He is an explosive performer and this comes through in the live session. When I fired up Spotify and listened to this tune, it felt like a shadow of itself. I cant wait for this session to be live for the rest of you to enjoy.

    Sense a theme -White suburban boys rapping? This tune came on in the car to work and it truly struck home. Prince died of a Fentanyl overdose. American Pharmaceuticals have done a masterful job of creating a nation of junkies. The CEO's of the companies that make opioid painkillers should join El Chappo in jail as the greatest narco terrorists of all time. It is inconceivable to think that the huge spike in consumption of prescription painkillers was met by the drug companies saying to themselves "wow there must be more people legitimately in pain - let's crank up production." We now live in a nation where more people die of accidental drug overdoses than car wrecks. Why arent there massive product liability lawsuits against these companies? The Airbag manufacturer Takata has been nearly driven out of business when it was found that its airbags malfunctioned and killed a handful of people. Where is the justice?


    Catfish and the Bottlemen - "7"
    I've been a Catfish and the Bottlemen fan for quite some time, but they are seriously at an all time high right now at this point in their career. They've been touring extensively, they're playing at Governors Ball this weekend, and they just dropped their second LP which certainly lives up to my expectations. "7" is one of my favorite tracks on the album, you'll hear why.

    Laurel - "San Francisco"
    We recently featured this track on the site, and I've been obsessed with it ever since. Laurels low growl, honest lyrics, and raw production sensibilities are what make this a beautiful DIY dream. The only critique I have is that it's too short!


    A Great Big Pile of Leaves - "Alligator Bop" and "Snack Attack"
    I can never pick one song so I usually listen to their albums straight through. I've loved this band since I saw them live back in 2013 and I can't wait for them to release their next record. If you don't like their name, you're wrong!

    Meg Mac - "Roll Up Your Sleeves"
    Meg Mac will be played on an endless loop until I become so desensitized that I have to retire her music for a decade. The Australian singer and songwriter has only released a handful of songs and I can already say with confidence that she's my favorite artist of 2016.

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