TOTD: Jesse Daniel “Gracie Henrietta”

 

It’s Friday night! Are you guys partying? The second you hit a lull and need a pick me up, throw this song on the house playlist to part like it’s 1955 (but now you have MDMA and Tinder). I really can’t get enough of this song. Whoever is playing the piano is absolutely ripping!

 

“Jesse Daniel’s self-titled debut album sounds both fresh and familiar from beginning to end. Pairing classic country styling with honest and compelling lyrics, Jesse’s album plays like an old favorite with a twist that is both edgy and uniquely his own.”

– Zach Taylor, Raised Rowdy

I really couldn’t agree more with this quote from Jesse’s website. When I read a bit about Jesse on his website, it seems that he has a deeply American story to tell, full of broken families, picking yourself up by the bootstraps, homesteading, heart break, and so much more. If you are tired of pop-country that you hear on the radio, but want some intellectual twang in your life, you can’t go wrong with Jesse Daniel.

 

-Caleb

 

TOTD: Plushgun “Lukewarm”

Plushgun is back! After stepping away from music for far too long (or at least not making any new albums), they are bursting back on the scene with Just Impolite 2! No, I’m kidding. As I’ve matured as a person, so has Plushgun’s sound. Pins and Panzers was an album that definitely wore thin due to it being overplayed, but I think I may be even more excited about their new direction.

Plushgun’s new song, Lukewarm, tells a story that everyone is familiar with: unreciprocated love. Not necessarily being completely relegated to the friend zone, but you fell a lot faster than the other person.

With eloquent violins and a plucking banjo pulling together what would otherwise be a rather repetitive guitar line, the key to the song is the way that Dan Ingala’s  voice blends so well with the female vocalist (I tried to find her name everywhere) as you can feel the distance between them grow throughout the song.

And so, I think you should know,
I’m kind of a mess but I figured you’d guess
You say embrace the things that make you most scared,
Well I’m wingless and weightless and stuck in the air

Wait, maybe hesitate,
Don’t rush the choice that determines our fate
You say embrace the things that make you most scared,
If there’s no you to lose, I’ve got nothing to fear

You say it’s lukewarm,
I’m standing in fire

A verse formed on that feeling that everyone gets when jumping into a relationship is immediately followed up by doubts from the other party. (It’s important to note that if you’re following this theory I have, you have to prescribe to the idea that she is responding with the line, “If there’s no you to lose, I’ve got nothing to fear.”)We all know at that point it’s unfortunately too late to do anything about it. There are unfortunately no tethers when it comes to love. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Don’t pretend you’re too tough to feel things, you robot.

Draw your own conclusions about the song, and let me know what you think. Any way you cut it, it’s an incredible song; especially considering the same band made the soundtrack to my raucous late teens/early 20’s…okay…they weren’t raucous, but my affinity for Plushgun’s previous albums remains the same. Lukewarm is just proof that they’ve been stalking me my whole life and figuring out what I’m listening to at that time because this is straight in the vein of my current playlists.

-Seth

 

 

TOTD: Fort Hill “Marks”

Not only is this the happy drop day of a new song, it’s the first song from Ethan Heyenga operating under the name, Fort Hill. What a way to debut!

The only thing more haunting than the piano is Ethan’s falsetto. There is a disjointed brass and synth track that is a very dangerous attempt, but Ethan nails it flawlessly. Somehow disjointed horns brought the whole song together, especially going into the buildup at around the 3 minute mark.

This is a truly remarkable debut track, and we here at B-Side Guys can’t wait to work with Ethan again for any new releases he brings out. Now press play, and get ready to go on a trip.

Mid-Day Music Blast: Gabe Greenland “Only a Vibe”

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“What’s that smell? I’m smoking kush Ma.”

Man this is one of my favorite songs at the moment. There are just so many relatable moments, like the one I quoted above (not that I was telling Ma I was smoking kush haha). There’s also a lyric that references That’s So Raven, he talks about kissing strangers and the loneliness that comes with it, he talks about moving away. This song is just hitting all the right angles for me and that’s before you get to the really sick horn solo around 2:30-3:00 minute mark.

“I’m so sick of kissing strangers

they can’t quell my craven anger

that’s so raven brazen sports….books? bras?”

Sorry I don’t know the last word, but I’m telling you, you have to go listen to this song right now. It’s only a feeling, but I guarantee you’ll love the vibe. 😉

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If you are looking for more Gabe Greenland, go spend so money on his bandcamp page right here. 

Look out for this song on our June playlist soon, in the meantime, check out our May playlist.

-Caleb

Mid Day Music Blast: Johnny Gates “Wish I Knew You”

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This seems like a perfect Friday song to me. I worked a half day today, and now I’m jamming out to this song and cracking my first beer. It really doesn’t get any better. Some of you who watch The Voice (I don’t) may recognize Johnny from last season. He also is from tiny Rhode Island, so there’s a fun connection there.

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If you’d like to know a little more about Johnny, check out his website here.  

Here is a short snippet:

Since relocating to LA, Johnny has toured the US multiple times with RUNAWAY SAINTS, has become a fixture at Hollywood’s prestigious Hotel Cafe, and also hit the road opening for Rod Stewart.

Now turning his attention to his first ever solo project, Johnny is back in the studio writing and recording with plans to launch the project in 2018. Be on the look out for that, and more RUNAWAY SAINTS music and tour dates.

As always, we will be adding this song to our end of the monthly playlist for June. If you missed anything from May, you can find that playlist here.

-Caleb

Morning Commute Double Feature: Jim Audet

Get ready for a music filled day from B-Side Guys! New music Friday means tons and tons of new music just for you guys!

“Mojave Rain” is about the procrastination of the government to do anything about mass shootings, and how it becomes too late for those who are unfortunate enough to be involved in these events.

“Sex & Money” is track 1 off “The Lookout EP” set to release June 1st on Spotify. “The Lookout EP” is an “off the wall” concept record dealing with a spectrum of socio-political problems, mainly issues surrounding our culture’s obsession with sex, money, and violence in the media.

 

Alright. Now that you’ve listened to both, let’s explore them:

 

“Mojave Rain

First of all, how great is this guy’s voice? I told him he sounds like a slightly higher pitched Jim Morrison, especially on the “Sex and Money” track. The song itself is very topical, unfortunately it’s topical about every two weeks or so, because it’s about mass shootings and the governmental response to them.

The song starts with really strong, jarring lyrics:

“They no need no control
Gonna bet a dime, little Suzie, gonna bet your soul”

Referring to the seeming willingness for our government to sacrifice children for a quick buck, or more specifically the willingness of those who lobby the government to do so. Obviously gun control is a hot button layered issue, but I think it’s art’s job to help us think about these things that effect us, and the song really makes it clear what’s at stake in this debate.

“Good God, it’s too late,
Got caught up in a downpour, in the Mojave Rain

Say son, did you make the grade?
Save a brother down with a barricade, when there was rain in the Mojave?
Was it oh, so D.F.A, with a window wide on 32? ”

 

I love the dissonance between making the grade and saving someone. These two things shouldn’t be happening side by side, and you could argue if they are happening side by side, the learning environment is going to be effected. My biggest question in the song is why the title and repetition of Mojave rain? I know the Mojave is a desert, so it doesn’t get much rain. In fact it is the driest desert in all of North America. Maybe he’s using that as a metaphor for how unlikely it is to see any change on this issue soon? What do you guys think?

 

 

“Sex and Money”

I’m not going to talk about this one too at length because (hint hint) you’re going to be seeing this one again on the podcast. But like I mentioned before, how much does this song sound like a modernized The Doors song? I also love the throwback visuals of the video. There is a lot to explore here regarding our societies relationship to sex, money, and violence, and we will be following up that discussion on our podcast in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, check out all of Jim Audet’s new EP right here, and support this dude so we can see what else he comes up with.

 

-Caleb