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Yes Yes

yes yesUpon my first listen to Yes Yes, also known as Michael Ersing, I was instantly excited. Excited because he wasn’t putting out any dance music (and don’t get me wrong, I love love love me some dance music, but sometimes you just want to sit back in a hammock with a bowl of mango slices in your lap, basking in the sun, listening to sweet jams that would be appropriate for long road trips, campfire jams, and most activities that happen with 3 or more people in large, open fields. On his track, “beautiful&true”, I was instantly reminded of Chris Bathgate, yet more free. Ersing does not bind himself to any typical indie folk parameter; yet, he and what sounded like a pretty solid amount of friends of his sang, shouted, cooed and whistled to their hearts’ every desire! It’s inspiring! With a cadence and vocal tone similar to Conor Oberst, (minus the douchebagish vibe) Yes Yes (or Michael Ersing, if you would) takes a well known style of music, rejuvenates it, and makes you want to go out and have friends and be one with Mother Nature herself. Well done, man. On a scale of one to hot-damn-I-should-really-consider-wearing-more-hemp, I give this record an 8!

Recommended tracks: “beautiful&true”, “Shaking Wind”, “Ocean! Ocean!”

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Ty Segall – Singles

For the past 4 years, Ty Segall has been doing what many artists with more time under their belts couldn’t: put out just about a thousand songs; each one being excellent.

Though he emerged to many with his 2011 record, “Goodbye Bread”, Segall’s been kicking around and kicking out jams since 2007. His signature lo-fi garage rock sensibility, Ty Segall’s Singles record perfectly showcases his best works over the years, despite leaving out songs from Ty Rex, his cover record of T. Rex songs. For those that are into Thee Oh Sees, Jacuzzi Boys, and Black Lips, Ty Segall is a must have to complete any decent garage discography.

Having always received great reviews from Pitchfork and other indie resources, his recent team-up with friend and musical cohort Mikal Cronin, has only solidified his sound, creating this odd super-duo of awesome (not to mention quite attractive) musicians.

On a scale of one to angst, I give Singles a solid 8, because it’s what Segall does best: he takes something simple and makes you dance/rage to it. What more could one ask for?

Recommended tracks: “It, “Son of Sam”, “Happy Creeps”, “Fuzzy Cat”

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Eddy Current Suppression Ring – So Many Things

On the same order as the aforementioned Ty Segall, Eddy Current Suppression Ring (or ECSR for those who are too tied up with mouthfuls already) have released their fourth album, So Many Things; a compilation of their top songs off the other 3 albums. Having a more danceable garage rock feel to them, and also being lo-fi, they are not very comparable to Segall in many ways, but then again, who’s comparing? For those into Tyvek, the Intelligence, UV Race or Total Control (who actually feature Mikey of ECSR, and are touring with Thee Oh Sees, another complimentary band). Though they’re not very widely known, ECSR has been putting out the jams since 2003, but weren’t very substantial until about 2008. They skillfully brought back the raw emotion that this genre, which I would classify as old-school garage punk, has been missing for quite some time, and they do it very well. Interestingly enough, vocalist Brendan Suppression has this weird anxiety about performing, so he wears black gloves to counteract it. I don’t get it, but you know, I don’t question it.

On a scale of one to punch-you-in-the-breadbasket, I give this record a solid 7. It gets a little repetitive, but overall, it’s a fun record to jam to.

Recommended tracks: “You Don’t Care”, “It’s All Square”, “You Let Me Be Honest With You”, “It Ain’t Cheap”.

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Friends – I’m His Girl

Lately in music, there has been a weird flux in female artists with a lot of attitude (DOM, Twin Sister, Little Dragon, etc.) and Friends is no exception! Their debut, which is just a college sampler titled College Sampler is comprised of 4-songs, half of which are really good.

The first two, “I’m His Girl” and “Friend Crush” are fun, funky anthems of dating a guy, really being into him, but not really taking commitment too seriously. For example, on “I’m His Girl” – “So if you love someone, let them be free/I know I don’t want no one, suffocating me/Don’t settle for ownership, make a …/If you love someone, you should feel good to let them breathe”. Y’know, good ol’ fashioned fun relationships. Nothing wrong with that!

That’s basically what Friends is all about. Good times and fun beats. They’re very reminiscent of Cults on the first two tracks…however; things take an unfortunate turn on the last two. “My Boo” is a Ghostown DJs cover that Friends takes and transforms into a strange, out-of-tune, comfortable jam. I didn’t like it, but some may.

Finally, we have “Feelin’ Dank”, an odd song that is a lot of build-up and really no break down. It sounds kind of like a Best Coast song, just not as fun. It’s not that its bad. It’s just…not really complete, which could be because it is on a college sampler. It’s sort of like the spicy chicken strips on an appetizer platter. Someone’s going to like it; it’s just not for me. But overall this EP is solid. If you’re into Cults, Best Coast or DOM, you’ll really dig Friends.