OPE!

The ranch dressing of music blogs by Brady Gerber.
Brady Gerber


OPE!, the ranch dressing of music blogs by Brady Gerber (me, hi), a music journalist and critic from Indiana. Song reviews most weekdays. The OPE! newsletter includes my weekly column, more song reviews, and my favorite links of the week. Original OPE! logo by Claire Kuang. All typos are intentional.

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Johnny Blue Skies – “Right Kind of Dream”

Sturgill Simpson will not stand for Zach Bryan taking his spotlight

Wishy – “Sick Sweet”

Shoegaze that doesn't suck???

MJ Lenderman – “She’s Leaving You”

I hated MJ Lenderman and now I've change my mind!

Clairo – “Sexy to Someone”

Clairo is boring but not grating

Matty – “FOOL 4 U”

I'll gift this guy my firstborn

Phish – “Oblivion”

Phish sucks and I love Phish

Vince Staples – “Shame on the Devil”

Technically impressive and immediately forgettable, which means Vince is back!

Billie Eillish – “LUNCH”

Billie hired an actual bass player

Hagop Tchaparian – “Treacle”

Hagop Tchaparian on Bandcamp. I have a snake in my boot and it’s telling me that liking Hagop

The Bug Club – “Quality Pints”

The Bug Club on Bandcamp. Someone make sure Edgar Wright hasn’t had a spasm and a half from

beabadoobee – “Take A Bite”

beabadoobee online. beabadoobee, why are you listening to

Gryphon Rue – “High Priestess”

Gryphon Rue on Bandcamp. Gryphon Rue makes me want to steal Tom Ripley’s sweater vest and

Kendrick Lamar – “Not Like Us”

Kendrick Lamar on YouTube. The dust has settled for now and it seems like “Not Like Us”

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “Yeah x10”

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross on YouTube. Are we so desperate for sex and human connection that

Dua Lipa – “Illusion”

Dua Lipa on YouTube. Dua Lipa, by nature of being a pop musician who isn’t Taylor Swift,

Jessica Pratt – “The Last Year”

Jessica Pratt on Bandcamp. Is Jessica Pratt the indie Adele? Pops up every few years, dominates the

The Joy – “Amaqatha Amancane”

The Joy on YouTube. The bass singer deserves a raise. Beautiful harmonies. Forgive the bad wordplay

Charly Bliss – “Nineteen”

Charly Bliss on Bandcamp. I mean, I guess Lady Gaga and 2018-era The 1975 are cool again. Did Charly

Sabrina Carpenter – “Espresso”

Sabrina Carpenter online. I like Sabrina Carpenter and “Espresso” how I like seltzer

Yannis & The Yaw – “Walk Through Fire” feat. Tony Allen

Yannis & The Yaw online. Bad music video, good jam, great Tony Allen, really great first

Hockey Dad – “Safety Pin”

Hockey Dad on Bandcamp. I have to be a little guarded talking about Hockey Dad because I’m

Finom – “Haircut”

Finom on Bandcamp. LCD Soundsystem if the bandleader wasn’t shit. Good music video, too. I

dust – “Trust U See”

dust on Bandcamp. Longtime OPE! readers will know that a band like dust is right up my alley: spooky

Ben Seretan – “New Air”

Ben Seretan on Bandcamp. Ben Seretan felt like a great open secret in 2020 until I realized this

Noé Socha – “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”

Noé Socha online. My buddy Adam just turned me on to Noé Socha, who’s making the rounds on the

Taylor Swift – “The Tortured Poets Department”

Taylor Swift online. Yesterday I was walking past The Grove in Los Angeles and saw a dog urinating

Nia Archives – “Silence Is Loud”

Nia Archives online. Another entry in OPE! ever-growing “I’m very very very late to the

Fontaines D.C. – “Starburster”

Fontaines D.C. online. Oh no, Fontaines D.C. discovered bright colors and drum machines and novels

Jamie xx – “Baddy On The Floor” (feat. Honey Dijon)

Jamie xx online. I like “Baddy On The Floor” and I am now officially worried about the

Cindy Lee – “DIAMOND JUBILEE”

Cindy Lee online. OPE! is all about song reviews, yet Cindy Lee decided to smear our good name and

Jhariah – “PIN-EYE”

Jhariah on YouTube. Dog bless the theater kid with a truckload of confidence. Jhariah is a

Katie Pruitt – “Self Sabotage”

Katie Pruitt on Bandcamp. Phoebe Bridgers if she was more of a Jaco “Portrait of Tracy”

DOLLHOUSE – “Be Nice to Me (Part II)”

DOLLHOUSE on Bandcamp. I have nothing smart to say about this DOLLHOUSE song (and EP) that makes me

Antenna – “Lost”

Antenna on Bandcamp. Another winner from the recent see/saw round-up of amazing Bandcamp punk

Alien Nosejob – “The Executioner”

Alien Nosejob on Bandcamp. Evan Minsker starts a new punk blog (see/saw) and immediately shares a

Wisp – “Pandora”

Wisp on YouTube. Happy EP release day to an artist who blew me away when I saw her live—her

bad tuner – “repeat to fade” (feat. Pollena)

bad tuner on Bandcamp. I meant to write about bad tuner back when “24 hours” came out

DeepFaith – “PATTI SMITH”

DeepFaith on YouTube. I caught DeepFaith live for the first time a few months ago in someone’s

Susan Bear – “Drift”

Susan Bear on Bandcamp. I literally reviewed Truman Black yesterday so Susan Bear must have bought a

Truman Black – “Loads of Crisps”

Truman Black on SoundCloud. As a member of the unpopular “I like electronic music when

Tommy Boys – “College Radio”

Tommy Boys on Bandcamp. Tommy Boys are new to me and apparently to most of us. Their lone 2015

Yoko Kanno – “Blue” (Feat. Maya)

Yoko Kanno online. Yoko Kanno’s original “Blue” plays out over the surreal finale

Justin Timberlake – “No Angels”

Justin Timberlake online. I’m delayed in talking about Justin Timberlake because 1) I was out

Adrianne Lenker – “Fool”

Adrianne Lenker on Bandcamp. What beautiful nonsense. I’m a recovering Big Thief fan—I enjoyed

Tanlines – “Barefoot”

Tanlines on Bandcamp. One second in and I’m hooked with a glistening trio of keys, Nashville

Ariana Grande – “we can’t be friends (wait for your love)”

Ariana Grande online. I wonder how Robyn feels about Ariana Grande. Maybe it’s a complement to

Ryan Gosling – “I’m Just Ken (Oscar’s Version)”

Ryan Gosling on IMDb (lol). Two stars for Slash. One star for Ryan Gosling for doing the bare

Margaux – “DNA”

Margaux on Massif Records. What a dreamy dream of a tune. Or maybe it’s a dreamy tune of a

Sheer Mag – “Tea On The Kettle”

Sheer Mag on Bandcamp. I reviewed the new Sheer Mag album for Pitchfork. It was a hard assignment to

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Wild God”

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds online. Like most artists I like, Nick Cave walks the thin line

Liquid Mike – “American Caveman”

Liquid Mike on Bandcamp. How folks talked about Wednesday and MJ Lenderman last year is how I feel

Faye Webster – “Lego Ring” (feat. Lil Yachty)

Faye Webster on Bandcamp. Natalie Prass walked so Faye Webster could jog into the hearts of boring

Groovy Movies – “Palm Of Her Hand”

Groovy Movies on Bandcamp. So this is what Revolver-era Beatles sounds like without all the drugs

St. Vincent – “Broken Man”

St. Vincent online. The music video CGI fire is really bad in an otherwise interesting and,

DIIV – “Brown Paper Bag”

DIIV on Bandcamp. The joke about ChatGPT writing a shoegaze song is overused but in the case of

MGMT – “Dancing In Babylon” (feat. Christine and the Queens)

MGMT on Bandcamp. MGMT might have my song of the 21st century with “Time to Pretend.” I

Kings Of Leon – “Mustang”

Kings Of Leon online. I clipped my toenails this morning and those four minutes were more fulfilling

Vampire Weekend – “Gen-X Cops”

Vampire Weekend online. I’m cheating here because I wrote the track review of “Gen-X

Asha Jefferies – “Brand New Bitch”

Asha Jefferies on Bandcamp. I’m a few weeks late on this Asha Jefferies song but better late

Beyoncé – “Texas Hold ‘Em”

Beyoncé online (imagine if she was on Bandcamp). Beyoncé’s worst song in years and, as my

Ducks Ltd. – “Hollowed Out”

Ducks Ltd. on Bandcamp. On paper, I should love the new Ducks Ltd. album. I love the last album

The Last Dinner Party – “Nothing Matters”

The Last Dinner Party on Bandcamp. The Last Dinner Party should have released this album a year ago

Oisin Leech – “Colour of the Rain”

Oisin Leech on Bandcamp. Fleet Foxes but not annoying? I’ll listen to anything with Steve

Paramore – “Burning Down the House”

Paramore on YouTube (but save your views for something else). What a boring cover. Gross. I hate

Ariel Kalma, Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer – “Écoute Au Loin”

Ariel Kalma, Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer on Bandcamp. Is International Anthem the best

Porij – “My Only Love”

Porij on Bandcamp. Glad the 22, A Million choir escaped Justin Vernon. “I love how this

Coco – “Do This Right”

Coco on Bandcamp. I’m imagining the same sad yet beautiful horizon that David Berman and Jason

David Nance & Mowed Sound – “Mock The Hours”

David Nance on Bandcamp. I’ve come around to Third Man Records core. I would kill to hear

Nick Schofield – “Picture Perfect”

Nick Schofield on Bandcamp. Looks like someone stole the synths from Uncut Gems and made better

Yard Act – “We Make Hits”

Yard Act’s website. I reviewed the last Yard Act album for Pitchfork and enjoyed it quite a

Logic1000 – “Grown On Me”

Logic1000 on Bandcamp. This is what I wish Fred again.. did more of instead of just fist-pumping to

Waxahatchee – “Right Back to It” (ft. MJ Lenderman)

Waxahatchee on Bandcamp. Look I don’t like Lenderman but don’t tell the rest of Washed