Better Late Than Never: RAZZMATAZZ by I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

Better Late Than Never: RAZZMATAZZ by I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

One of my favorite annual traditions is writing retrospective pieces about the year (or decade) in music. And then, as soon as I publish my vast and all-encompassing thoughts about dozens of albums, I find a great new piece of music from that year that I’ve never heard before. And which I, therefore, haven't written [...]

I Love Everything About The Aces’ Under My Influence

I Love Everything About The Aces’ Under My Influence

When I stumbled across The Aces earlier this year, they felt like HAIM, if the HAIM sisters had spent less time listening to Wilson Phillips and more time listening to New Found Glory. Their songs are undeniably summery and their hooks are undeniably catchy. The short version: If you care about pop music, you should [...]

The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue is a recurring excuse for me to talk about songs or albums in short form. This week I examine a catchy Head Automatica track, my slow-growing love for Canadian pop star Lights and a great finale from Michelle Branch. Let’s investigate. Head Automatica – "Laughing at You" Head Automatica's 2004 debut Decadence is, [...]

The Guilt of Bad Albums

The Guilt of Bad Albums

By the time Third Eye Blind released Ursa Major in 2009 it had been six years since the band's last album (2003's Out of the Vein) and nine years since the band's last substantial hit ("Never Let You Go"). The only people who cared about Ursa Major were the people who cared about Third Eye [...]