Mikal Cronin opens up this week’s playlist partly because I adore his approach to garage pop and partly because Spotify doesn’t have Ty Segall’s brand new album available yet (check the blog for the review of this album tomorrow!). Cronin and Segall are best buds, and have played together for years – whenever one of them has a new release out, they throw their full support behind each other, and this includes taking part in each other’s back-up bands on tour. I have 100 percent appreciation for Cronin and his loyal ways with Segall, especially since he is a viciously impressive musician all his own. The song above definitely proves that.
Also featured are tracks from some of my favorite female-fronted bands in the past five years: Heartless Bastards, Those Darlins and Courtney Barnett. It takes a lot for a female musician to stand out to me, and I think it’s because I’ve always held up Janis Joplin and Nina Simone as the queens of the industry; matching up to them is almost impossible. Barnett’s doing what she can, though, with her incredible singer-songwriter ways. Check in later tonight for my review of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, which the Aussie mastermind released last October.