Sponsor: Genesee Hotel Release New EP

Genesee Hotel

Hair is the second EP from Buffalo-based pop rock quartet Genesee Hotel. Building on the catchy pop melodies and late 90s summer vibes of their debut EP, Strawberry, Hair is an electrifying listen, sending your follicles straight-up with voltaic themes of deep love and pure devotion. Inspired by the pop rock zenith brought on by bands like Third Eye Blind and the Goo Goo Dolls, Genesee Hotel strips songs down to their bare minimum, bringing out the catchiest songwriting elements without sacrificing the deep distilled essence of their emo-revival backgrounds.

There are elements for everyone found throughout Hair – you might enjoy the blistering guitar solo found in album opener “Bones.” “Light Me Up” received a fun music video treatment that the band filmed exclusively using a Ring doorbell. “Worth It” is the band at their darkest with a ruthlessly catchy chorus. Title track “Hair” is true lightning-in-a-bottle, a once-in-a-career anthem about nostalgia, love, and tenderness.

Check it out on all of your favorite streaming platforms.

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Review: Avril Lavigne – Love Sux

The first studio album in three years from the “Pop Punk Queen,” Avril Lavigne, delivers on all of its potential. Her seventh album in total, Love Sux was produced by veteran hit-maker John Feldman (among others including Mod Sun and Travis Barker) and has a ton of aggressive and hard-hitting songs that are sure to grab your attention. In a recent interview with NYLON Magazine, Lavigne shared this about the direction of the new record, “This is the first one that’s just rock all the way through. There was a point in music where the label was like, ‘Radio don’t want to hear guitars anymore.’ Live drums went away. Live electric guitars weren’t getting played. There’s always been that fine line that I’m going to make my music that I’m feeling but also you have a company behind you who influences what you’re doing.” This dedication to making the music she was driven to create makes for one of her most accessible and rewarding albums to date.

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Interview: Nick Comanici of Sadurday

Sadurday

This past week I was able to connect via a Zoom call with Nick Comanici of a band called Sadurday. We discussed his new single, “Out of Touch,” that features vocalist Mae Sexton (of WREX), and drummer Tucker Rule (of Thursday), and was produced by Jon Markson (Drug Church, Soul Blind). Also in this feature, I asked Nick about his plans for touring on the new material, other artists he’s influenced by, and how Sadurday’s sound continues to evolve over time. “Out of Touch” is available at all of your favorite streaming services now.

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Phoebe Bridgers Playboy Interview

Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers was interviewed with Carmen Maria Machado for Playboy:

Actually, this is a conundrum too: My most literal lyrics sometimes sound like my spookiest. In “Garden Song,” the line “The doctor put her hands over my liver and told me my resentment is getting smaller”—that was a nutritionist in Los Angeles who literally did that to me. My imagination is not as creative as my reality.

The link is NSFW, but it’s a good interview.

Bad Bunny Tops the Charts

Bad Bunny has the number one album in the country:

Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti bounces back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 9) for a third nonconsecutive week on top, as the set climbs 2-1 in its eighth week. The album earned 115,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending June 30 (down 5%), according to Luminate.

Interview: Mitski

Mitski

It’s hard to put into words the effect of Mitski’s music. Her voice is as clear and sharp as a knife, and the instruments wrap around you with the warmth of a blanket on a cold day. Even though the name of her new album, Puberty 2, sounds like a cheesy American teen movie a la American Pie, Mitski reminds us that life is messy, the question of where you belong is complex, and we can’t always have the things we want. I had the pleasure of talking with Mitski during the lead up to this new album about everything from the music to the in-between.

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Now Playing: My Raspberry Pi Weekend Project

Raspberry Pi

A few weeks ago I started working on a new weekend project. I wanted to build a mini-computer that could sit on my desk and display what I was currently listening to. A simple idea. After completing it, I figured I should write up the entire process, because if I don’t blog about it … did it really happen?

I’ve compiled everything I used in making the little device, and walked through the process below. Most of it is pretty straight forward if you’ve ever worked with a Raspberry Pi or Unix before, and I documented the tutorials I used as well as the actual code I used for the website.

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