“Sickle/Hammer” by Spirits

First, big thanks to Tim Whale at Emerging Indie Bands for his kind words regarding my EP, Garden Variety! Among those kind words are “honesty,” “vitality,” and “delight” (and the rest are good words, too!). But enough about me for a moment. Here’s a new track from a band that I’m enjoying…

Maybe I’m betraying my latent socialist sympathies, but I’m so glad that my friend Tom Powers turned me on to “Sickle/Hammer” by Spirits. The track opens with an acoustic guitar line that reminds me of Guster. After four measures, though, the song is pure eighties power pop. I’m thinking XTC meets Crowded House with some gorgeous backing vocals a la the Beautiful South? Some nice, fat synths in there, too. And listen for a wonderful lyrical sentiment at around the two-minute mark: “Harvest the moon. The darkness will digest the light.”

The track is a pay-what-you want deal — and so is the four-song EP that it appears on, Ubiquitous Possession. All of the tracks glow with their own magic, so check it out!

“West Philly Bedroom” by M. Zapatero

Here’s the latest Zapatero track. It’s a little different from the others. A little more rock, a little less electronic. But there’s still a nice synth break in the middle.

In any case, I’m charging $1 for it, but if that’s too rich for your blood, just drop me a line, and I’ll send you a code you can use to download the track for free.

My Birthday/Hitchbot/True Detective

Today is my birthday. Here’s what I want: A promise from Nick Pizzolatto to make up for the disappointing second season of True Detective by setting season three in Philadelphia and dedicating it to figuring out who killed Hitchbot. The twist? Hitchbot saw something he shouldn’t have, and some combination of the Philly PD, the FBI, and, I don’t know, the CIA needs to figure out what he saw… Honestly, though, I’m so disappointed that my hometown is where Hitchbot met his demise. And the guy who did it was caught on tape wearing an Eagles jersey. It’s enough to make a guy root for the Giants.

How I feel right now…