Songs of the Week: February 22, 2019 edition

“Butterfingers” by And the Kids

Signature Sounds Recordings

Massachusetts-based And the Kids‘ stellar LP When This Life Is Over came out today. In a crowded field of great records so far this year, this one stands out for its thumping dream pop melodies and expert songcrafting. You should listen to the entire record, but if you’re too busy, at least check out the kick-ass single “Butterfingers.”

“Heads Up” by K. Campbell

Poison Moon Records

Devoted SOMETHINGGOOD readers should remember K. Campbell from his GOODQUESTIONS Q&A last year, which covered a lot of ground with the Texas-residing musician and co-founder of Poison Moon Records — including favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, the Houston music scene and his most recent album, Pure Pop For Jaded Punks.

Earlier this week, Campbell released a killer new single that, in my opinion, is a big step forward musically. Here’s what he said about it:

“Heads Up” is a love song about living in a fucked up world. It’s for the friends who challenge you and always hold you accountable – to be more empathetic, to finally fucking finish that project you’ve been working on, and to show up for others who need the support … This song is about finding in love the difficult but rewarding inspiration to fight harder.

“Michael Bolton” by Superdestroyer

Lonely Ghost Records / Community Radio Tapes

I love the continuing musical evolution of Superdestroyer, the bedroom fuzz punk/surf emo project out of Columbus, Ohio, which gets stronger and more confident with each release. The latest one — the lovelorn “Michael Bolton” — was released on a special Valentine’s Day-themed split with the good folks at Community Radio Tapes. Tunnel Songs also is featured.

“Tracy” by The Zells

Crafted Sounds

The Zells — an indie rock five-piece formerly known as Denzell — get loose in their new, homespun video for “Tracy,” pulled from this Pittsburgh band’s spirited 2018 album Failure to Slide. It includes behind-the-scenes footage from the Zells’ recent tour of the U.S. east coast.

“Vic” by 36?

File Under: Music

Calgary indie band 36?’s gloomy single “So What?” cracked SOMETHINGGOOD’s Songs of the Week in November. Now they’re showing a different, more reflective side with new track “Vic.” 36? frontman Taylor Cochrane gave some perspective in a statement:

The message behind “Vic” is rather personal, but the basic premise is that I wanted to say to somebody that whether or not we can really be in each other’s lives again, I am grateful for the time we shared and wish them the best.  

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