This song from Ben Folds’ newest album What Matters Most is a sad ballad about how social media has allowed us to reconnect with people we were friends with when we were younger only to find that some of them have been thoroughly immersed in misinformation and hate. Folds’ narrator is very compassionate for the girl he once knew wondering what could’ve gone wrong to poison her worldview.
This song sounds to me like something Beyoncé might perform but accompanied by ukulele. CERES is a 17-year-old singer and ukulele player from Southern California. You can read more about her in this profile for the KCRW Young Creators Project.
A powerful voice is the first thing that will catch you from this song by Danielle Ponder, a former public defender turned R&B musician from Rochester, NY. Ponder’s song “Be Gentle” previously appeared in the Monthly Mixtape for March 2021.
The Baseball Project – a rock supergroup made up of former R.E.M. members Peter Buck and Mike Mills, Steve Wynn (the Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (the Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows), and Linda Pitmon (Filthy Friends, Alejandro Escovedo) – are back with an introspective song that takes its inspiration from the National Pastime.
The newest single from the all-teenage-girl Los Angeles rock band is pop punk perfection. While the Lindas earlier work is great, this song shows that they are maturing as musicians and songwriters. I eagerly anticipate their next release.
The Boston duo MEDIOCRE, Piper Torrison and Keely Martin, are better than their name implies. On “Pop Song Baby” they take on misogyny in the music business with raging guitars and joyous pop punk. The song is one of five on the band’s new EP To Know You’re Screwed. And the title track features a comic video filmed on location in Boston so here’s a bonus song of the week.
Who Is She? is a supergroup of Seattle artists Bree McKenna of Tacocat, Robin Edwards AKA Lisa Prank, and Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt. I haven’t heard of any of these artists/groups individually, but I am intrigued. The song is based on Le Tigre’s “My Metrocard” and is suitably named after a transit pass used in the Puget Sound region of Washington. Lyrically the song is a takedown of Amazon head honcho Jeffrey Bezos