So, something I always intended to do when starting this was to put together end of month mixes ala FWBA when that was still up and running. Not everyone has the time or the wherewithal to go hunting down the Hype Machine etc all day every day trying to find something to replace the endless Toto that is on everyone’s playlist. Yes, it is always total. So, voila!
Now, not everything in this playlist has been featured on Beer For The Ear this month. It’s purely a sense of choice. There is far too much music out there to continuously share everything I think worthwhile and, inevitably, I feel it is just as important to showcase acts that you may not find otherwise as opposed to the latest releases by bigger names. Don’t get me wrong, if I think something is worth sharing from a massive name I will 100% put it in, but I think most of my readers will already be aware of some of the larger presences. So this mix is a combination of my favourite featured posts and some of the other stuff I’ve had on repeat this month for you all to peruse at your leisure.
David Bazan has been a consistent and constant presence in my listening history for the past decade and more. From Pedro the Lion, Headphones and his solo records, Bazan has managed to construct my own life experience into an oeuvre that spans genres whilst maintaining his own trademark minimalist delivery, whether that be via guitar tone or laconic, silently angry, vocal performances.
He’s also a workaholic. Whilst I struggle to actually get on with my regular day, he seems to be working on endless projects. His latest solo record, “Care,” was released just three months ago and now, his latest project Lo Tom have dropped their latest single Covered Wagon for you to dip your cheeky little toes into.
As I mentioned previously, Bazan is a man that spans genres. Lo Tom, a project with Trey Many, TW Walsh and Jason Martin, has been described as “genuine rock n roll that doesn’t take itself too seriously.” Honestly, not a bad way to put it. Covered Wagon, released today, thunders away with post-grunge riffs and gives Bazan a platform for his narrative lyrical structure. It’s unashamedly taking the Pedro the Lion and Strange Negotiations legacy and twisting it into an angrier, pulsating snarl of a track. Bazan may be the eternal indie rock loyalist but still has enough fire under the butt to eschew the contemplative for the anthemic