jam of the day

SBTRKT – “New Dorp, New York”

London producer SBTRKT released “New Drop, New York” from his next album Wonder When We Land yesterday on BBC. The track borrows vocals from Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend. The single has a significantly different sound from his self-titled debut album and instrumental EP, Transitions. “New Drop, New York” has more of a pop aura about it that is likely to be better received by the general public. Don’t worry though – that deep dancey beat we expect from SBTRKT still lingers in the background of the song.


Words by Shelby Doyle

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Ghost Mice Split

I was introduced to the folk/punk duo Ghost Mice with their 2007 Andrew Jackson Jihad split album after spending months delving into AJJ’s extensive discography. Ghost Mice is made up of Chris Johnston and Hannah Jones both former members of pop/punk bands before switching to folk for more venue options when touring. Hannah switched from bass guitar to violin and thus the band was born. Johnston and Jones both have small, pretty, innocent voices which are strange to listen to as they talk about child molesting priests, but the juxtaposition of themes leads to a confusing calming yet infuriating mood after listening. Their split also includes a song about D&D called Critical Hit (which I had happened to listen to hours after playing my first bout of Dungeons and Dragons) and a happy song called Cementville about kid gangs and befriending enemies, not to mention their closing song named Please Quit Smoking, Mom.


Words by Eric Finkler

Grimes – Genesis

In 2010 Grimes hit the music scene by releasing her debut album Geidi Primes. Since then Claire Boucher or better known as Grimes has been hard at work producing her synthy pop/electronic music. Not only did Grimes kill it at Pitchfork this past weekend but she also showed off all of her hard work while winning over the crowd with her personality and voice. Grimes was the second to last performance of the night before Kendrick Lamar hit the stage. Her song Genesis was the last song of her set to win the crowd over. Not only does her music bring people of all varieties together but it also brought the people of Pitchfork together for one last time.


Words by Sami Leonardo
Photo by Eric White

Interpol – All The Rage Back Home

For the first time since 2010 we’ve gotten a new track from New York post-punkish indie rock band, Interpol. I was really in love the sounds of their debut “Turn on the Bright Lights” (let’s be real, who wasn’t) but haven’t really given the rest of their discography much of a chance. This new single seems to be going back more to their TOTBL sound, with a little more focus on pop appeal. Either way, if you’ve missed Interpol, or haven’t heard of them, this new track is pretty good and is totally worth a shot.

Words by Jacob Richards

Wild Beasts – Mecca (Sohn Remix)

Wild Beasts released their latest album Present Tense back in February (available here). The band has coordinated remixes of their single “Mecca” from British producer SOHN and Detroit producer Juan Atkins. SOHN’s version of “Mecca” strategically places echoes of electronic elements between the perfectly-paired airy vocals of Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe.

Wild Beasts will be performing at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 19th. Tune in to our Top 5 at 5 Wednesday, July 16 for your chance to win a pair of tickets (did we mention it’s sold out?????)

Words by Shelby Doyle

Tigers Jaw – Cool

Who would have guessed that I’d pick a Tigers Jaw track for Jam of the Day? Charmer, released in early June of this year, is their first full length album since 2010. I had already heard the singles, but I listened to it for the first time all the way through last week on my all too often drive from East Lansing to Sterling Heights. And then I listened to it again. And again. Cool is the first track on the album, and it’s my favorite to sing along to. I hope that it rips your heart to shreds the way it does mine ;-*

Words by Makenzie McNeill

Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough

For this week’s jam of the day I’m throwing it back to the ’13, with Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough. Not only is Dev Hynes talented in so many ways, but this album of his in 2013 rocked my world. The song itself is so catchy and reminds me that you never have to settle, as corny as that is. So in order to represent my sentimental feelings towards this album, I’m making this the Jam of the Day.

Words by Sami Leonardo

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – Art School Crush

This super drunk British man at his friend’s bachelor party stumbled up to me because I was speaking in English and proceeded to slurrily discuss how awesome The Who is. Then, before being pulled away by his mates and before he puked on me, he kept telling me to check out this dude named Nnamdi. So I did, and this is a song of his. And it’s awesome.

Words by Ian Wendrow

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