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The ranch dressing of music blogs by Brady Gerber.

Hagop Tchaparian – “Treacle”

Hagop Tchaparian on Bandcamp. I have a snake in my boot and it’s telling me that liking Hagop Tchaparian in 2005 would have made me the Prom King. Sad how we discover some music too late. “Treacle” is fine enough and adds nothing to my sonic pallet. -Brady Gerber BACK TO OPE! SIGN UP FOR […]

The Bug Club – “Quality Pints”

The Bug Club on Bandcamp. Someone make sure Edgar Wright hasn’t had a spasm and a half from listening to The Bug Club and regained the confidence to write a good movie again. Makes me want to drink a Guinness from a shoe and then slap someone with a thoughtful fish. The song is too […]

beabadoobee – “Take A Bite”

beabadoobee online. beabadoobee, why are you listening to Travis????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????? Why???????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????? Like, why? Why. Uh. Whywhy. Whywhywhywhywhywhywhy. Tell me why. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Ugh. Like. I mean. Uh. Uhhhhhh. OK. OK fine. It’s fine. Fine. It’s fine. “Take A Bite” is, uh, fine. Like drinking Trader Joe’s wine that’s been spilled over an […]

Gryphon Rue – “High Priestess”

Gryphon Rue on Bandcamp. Gryphon Rue makes me want to steal Tom Ripley’s sweater vest and invest in a medium-sized boat and only live fabulously in my own head. Maybe you’ll be invited. Y’all know my rule that I’ll listen to anything with a good drummer. Sexy stardust. -Brady Gerber BACK TO OPE! SIGN UP […]

Kendrick Lamar – “Not Like Us”

Kendrick Lamar on YouTube. The dust has settled for now and it seems like “Not Like Us” is the takeaway from this past weekend’s rap beef between Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Some of my colleagues have written about the nuances of what makes “Not Like Us” an epic diss track between the two dad rock […]

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “Yeah x10”

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross on YouTube. Are we so desperate for sex and human connection that the Internet is losing its panties over a movie with hints of a threesome and a Trent Rezor & Atticus Ross score that’s solid but reminds me of better club music from a time when we all went […]

Dua Lipa – “Illusion”

Dua Lipa on YouTube. Dua Lipa, by nature of being a pop musician who isn’t Taylor Swift, almost compelled me to bump the clunky “Illusion” up to 2.5 stars, even 3 stars. Dua’s new album also starts off pretty well. Until “Illusion.” And by the time I started writing this review, the Drake and Kendrick […]

Jessica Pratt – “The Last Year”

Jessica Pratt on Bandcamp. Is Jessica Pratt the indie Adele? Pops up every few years, dominates the year with her incredible voice and better-than-average songwriting, somehow unites music critics and fans, and then disappears again for several more years. Unlike Adele, I couldn’t tell you a single thing about Pratt, which fits and benefits her […]

The Joy – “Amaqatha Amancane”

The Joy on YouTube. The bass singer deserves a raise. Beautiful harmonies. Forgive the bad wordplay even by my standards, but listening to The Joy gives me … joy. These lads could be singing about chicken tenders and I would still be in love. -Brady Gerber BACK TO OPE! SIGN UP FOR OPE!’S NEWSLETTER TO […]

Charly Bliss – “Nineteen”

Charly Bliss on Bandcamp. I mean, I guess Lady Gaga and 2018-era The 1975 are cool again. Did Charly Bliss record their keyboard in GarageBand? I’ve never been more consistently disappointed by a band I still really like. At this point, it would be more interesting if a guitar band didn’t have a saxophone. -Brady […]

Sabrina Carpenter – “Espresso”

Sabrina Carpenter online. I like Sabrina Carpenter and “Espresso” how I like seltzer water. Refreshing, lovely in the right mood, and I don’t care about the brand because it all tastes the same to me. Is there anything cooler than us misremembering ’70s Los Angeles? -Brady Gerber BACK TO OPE! SIGN UP FOR OPE!’S NEWSLETTER […]

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

Yannis & The Yaw online. Bad music video, good jam, great Tony Allen, really great first impression that Yannis & The Yaw would crush it live. Coming to a KCRW BBQ near you. Why is it so hard to trust dudes who show off their ankles? -Brady Gerber BACK TO OPE! SIGN UP FOR OPE!’S […]

Hockey Dad – “Safety Pin”

Hockey Dad on Bandcamp. I have to be a little guarded talking about Hockey Dad because I’m writing their bio for their (excellent) new album. Y’all know I only do bios for artists I actually like, so I’m really excited for y’all to check out this LP. This didn’t make the bio draft, but “Beach […]