Music Mondays: Remember Sports, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and Modern Studies

Remember Sports, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and Modern Studies

Let everyone else fawn all over Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, and Ray LaMontagne this week. I’d rather share Remember Sports, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and Modern Studies with you. Don’t get it twisted, I enjoyed Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel as well as Parquet Courts’ Wide Awake! They’re certainly honorable mentions this week. However, Ray LaMontagne’s Part of the Light just didn’t do anything for me at the time. On with show!

Remember Sports: Slow Buzz

Remember Sports: Slow Buzz

Remember Sports‘ third album, Slow Buzz,  begins with a slow, electronic lulling. It’s draws you closer with the promise of a whispered kiss in your ear. Then it abruptly veers away and punches you in the face for thinking it was so easy. The remaining bulk of the album is a fuzzy, muddy boulder hurtling downhill gathering no moss and leaving smiling bodies in its wake. Carmen Perry’s vocals are pixie-like and you can’t help but smile even as she winds through tales of loss & regret. All but five tracks clock in under the three-minute mark, so Remember Sports (formerly just Sports before changing their name to avoid confusion with other bands), don’t really allow much time to revel in the punk-pop frenzy before barreling on.

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Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks: Sparkle Hard

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Sparkle Hard

Former Pavement frontman, Stephen Malkmus just released his seventh album since assembling the Jicks – Sparkle Hard. The album revels in the introspection and, at times, gets quirky with its instruments and arrangements (I don’t recall Malkmus engaging in the auto-tune craze before). There are slices of Americana pie with a scoop of sentimentality on the side. All the while Malkmus hasn’t forgotten how to turn a phrase. Consider the track Solid Silk:

[Something I can’t quite understand – Pile in the?] Jack, he’s up for it

He’ll never see the butter-side of his daily bread

The album also makes time to cut loose with a 60s/70s-style guitar romp found on the track Kite.

I find it curious – especially in light of the news that Google Play will be giving way soon to YouTube music – that this album is available to stream on Google Play and Spotify, but not on YouTube. Instead, you get a brief album/movie featurette. I got a kick out of it.

For you Spotifyers:

Modern Studies: Welcome Strangers

Modern Studies: Welcome Strangers

Scotland-via-Lancashire band, Modern Studies, just released their second album entitled Welcome Strangers. As is my norm on Fridays, I listened to this album while working. Every few minutes, though, I found myself clicking back to the Google Player, stared at the genre, and thought to myself, This is considered folk music? Maybe that’s accurate. There are certainly times I hear elements of Scottish music (minus the pipes, that is). I struggled with a comparison for this band until it finally struck me. They remind me of a cross between Pearl and the Beard and Fleetwood Mac.

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