I used to do this series called “Hype Machine Thursdays” where I randomly compile tracks from Hype Machine’s Weekly Popular lists, write about my first thoughts upon listening, and give it a rating. Previously, the rating scale was just thumbs up or down, but for this one I actually gave solid numeral score out of 10. That sounded more fun. So here are nine tracks by artists I have no idea about that I chose solely by name.
This music video was uploaded a week ago, so it’s not so new. Regardless, fantastic song as this Jenny Lewis single deserves an equally memorable video — directed by the singer herself, might I add. I’ll let you choose your own favorite parts of the video. (Mine is probably when Jenny Lewis is flicking people off because duh.)
It’s a light-hearted video full of goofy acting and wardrobe, fitting for the warm guitar pop, but inside Jenny Lewis hits straight where it hurts. There are bunch of thorny things she once sang: the fear of getting old; screaming and no one hearing; stuck in your own sadness. And new stuff more relevant to now about societal expectations of her as a woman of her age. But ultimately, it’s an inspiring song about getting back up, sticking up for yourself, and spitting back at “the man” (figuratively and literally). Just check her kiss goodbye: “I’m not gonna break for you/ I’m not gonna pray for you/ because that’s not what ladies do.”
Jenny Lewis’ long awaited new album, The Voyager, drops next week. You can stream it now on NPR’s First Listen.
I had myself a brief Dum Dum Girls marathon, so I thought this album would be an appropriate next step to take. For those that need the refresher, Haunted Hearts is Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls and her husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles. The debut is OK, pretty enjoyable; I’d recommend to Dum Dum Girls fans who like DDG around 2011.