BenBen – “Endless Summer” (Video Premiere)


Today I’m thrilled to bring everyone the latest single and video from NYC-based artist, BenBen (the solo name of Ben Wigler), called “Endless Summer.” On this vibrant summer song, albeit released during winter, BenBen channels his love of radio-ready rock into a crowd-pleasing package. BenBen shared:

This is, in many ways, the very earliest song in the BenBen stable. My best friend, James Byron Schoen (who I still make music with in the storied progressive metal band Edensong), and I first played around with the melody for the chorus when we were six years old! This song, which features the stunning vocals and violin of Camellia Hartman (ConorOberst/Skullkrusher) is about youth, about being a more mature guy and trying (failing?) to imagine what it’s like to be young, about obsession with getting first moments right and the fear and elation of being a shy person who is finally seen for who they are. It’s a playful, loving homage to the kinds of “songs of the summer” that blast on the radio (not many of them feature the West African Kora) and infect you with their incessant hooks and uncomplicated energy.

Get ready to fall in love with your next favorite artist.

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The Joys of


John Voorhees, writing at MacStories:

There are a million questions that could be answered by Apple Music that aren’t, and that’s a shame.

Spotify does a better job at surfacing interesting data with Wrapped, but if you’re like me and prefer other aspects of Apple Music, sign up for, use one of the many excellent indie apps, like Marvis ProSoorAlbumsLongplayDoppler, and Air Scrobblethat support the service, and then enjoy your weekly, monthly, and annual reports in’s app or on its website.

I 100% agree. Not only does let you look into the data whenever you want, but you can also have your entire year of listening history at your disposal. And past years. There’s never a better time to start scrobbling than now, and the end of the year is a great time to begin collecting the data.

I use Marvis on iOS and Neptunes on the Mac and am happy with both. Passed the 100k scrobble mark this year and set a new personal record for number of songs listened to.

Gym Class Heroes Drummer Donates Rockefeller Tree

Gym Class Heroes

The 2023 Rockefeller Christmas tree was donated by the drummer for Gym Class Heroes:

Matt and Jackie McGinley knew the Norway spruce that towered over their Vestal home near Binghamton was impressive.

They just didn’t know how impressive. Try good enough for the Rockefeller Center.

Matt, a Geneva native, founding member of rock-rap band Gym Class Heroes and a music composer, and his wife, Jackie, a professor at Binghamton University, donated the massive tree that will begin shining over the New York City plaza this week.

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We Owe – “Slight Inconvenience” (Video Premiere)

We Owe

Today is a great day to share the new music video from We Owe (the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pravdica) called “Slight Inconvenience.” The single comes from We Owe’s full-length record, Major Inconvenience, that will be released everywhere music is sold on December 1st. As Pravdica wrote on the track:

I did this track instrumental with backing vocals. Trying for a more melodic sound. I was gonna do lyrics, but I found this patient interview that I very much related to, and I dropped it over the music. It fit so well that I was like: ‘Yo, this works!'” Video director, Jim Larson, continued: “The song ‘Slight Inconvenience’ contains an audio sample from an actual therapy session with a catatonic schizophrenic from many years ago. So I decided to sample the visual portion of the interview and edit the footage to make a new version to accompany the song.

I was also able to catch up with this artist for a brief interview below.

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