If You Listen to Five Songs this Week


My car is parked in a two-hour spot and I’ve been sifting through this week’s releases for well over that amount of time; that’s how dedicated I am to bringing you the best of the best.

Now that I’ve got a parking ticket, the least you could do is enjoy this stellar list of the top 5 tracks of this first week of December.
(Ps: You owe me $106)

Femny – “Duck Jesus”

This band seems to be ungooglable, which is no easy feat these days. I seriously can’t even find out where they are from or how many people are involved. All I could find out if that their drummer ‘won’t stop talking about ABBA’, which I fully back. This is the first single from their upcoming EP, Instant Star, out January 17th, 2017, and it reminds me of The Strokes before they got really famous and became ineffectual.

Hurray for the Riff Raff – “Rican Beach”

Good protests songs are few and far between, and one could reasonably argue that there hasn’t been one since Rage Against the Machine broke up. But then Alynda Segarra, AKA Hurry for the Riff Raff, dropped this soulful war cry for the water protectors of Standing Rock this week, and it’s as catchy as it is moving. The single is off her upcoming album, The Navigator, which arrives March 10, 2017.

The Orwells – “Double Feature”

The Orwells were the first band I ever reviewed on this here website. The Chicago five-piece were still in High School when their debut album, Remember When, came out in 2012. Since then, they’ve graduated, matured, released Disgraceland (album name of the century, BTW), and now they’ve got a new bun in the oven set for release Feb 17 next year. This is the album closer of that warming bun, and if the other songs preceding it sound half as good as this seven minute epic, Febuary can’t come soon enough.

QTY – “World Breaker”

This song should come with an addiction warning, cause once you pop you seriously can’t stop. The cracker of a duet comes from the mouths and minds of Alex Niemetz and Dan Lardner, who together make up QTY. Hailing from New York, the duo are so new they have but two songs under their belt; this and another great track called ‘Rodeo.’ Dan met Alex at the tender age of 17, and now, years later, they’ve finally made the music they were destined to make.


Time to put the guitar down and turn the tempo up, ‘cause France’s finest electro enthusiasts, Justice, are back and ready to party with Susan Sarandon. I don’t think a song has made me howl ‘Ayyyooo’ with my hands in the air since Outhere Brothers released their seminal classic, “Boom Boom Boom.” This song prompts the same response, but seems to be more socially acceptable to listen to at a high volume.

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