December 9, 2019

Gems of 2019: Part 1

As 2019 winds to a close, I'm looking back on some of my favorite albums and EPs from the year. This episode is part 1 of 4 "Gems of 2019," where I chat about some of my favorite music released in the past year from Queen of Jeans, Chastity Belt, pushflowers, Sass, and more.

Nicolle Maroulis keeps busy. When talked over the phone, the frontperson of the Montclair, NJ band Hit Like A Girl was in between two tours, in the midst of two new releases, and managing their non-profit organization. Maroulis and I chatted about one of Hit Like A Girl's newest singles, "No More Dysphoria," tackling onstage nerves, and the secrets to building the perfect Taco Bell order.

Songs included: "No More Dysphoria" and "It's Not Me"

When Scrunchies released their debut album Stunner in June 2018, it seemed like this supergroup of Minneapolis musicians dropped from the sky — and that’s because they didn’t tell anyone about the band until after they had recorded an entire album, made a music video, and booked their first show.

Songs included: "Wichita" and "Double Vision"

Somewhere in Minnesota, there's an underground bunker turning out some of the happiest and loudest rock in the state. Courtney, Alyse, and Erik make up the trio ahem, and together they tap into a youthful joy to write playful songs about climbing trees and taking the winding path through life. I sat down with the band and discovered that our recording location played a key role in the creation of their debut album, "Try Again."

Songs included: "Sideways" and "Wishing Well" 

The Grey Estates is one of the Internet's most influential indie music blogs, and also one of its most heartwarming. Lauren Rearick founded the blog in 2013 and since then, it has built connections between musicians and listeners across the world. I caught up with Lauren to talk about falling in love with indie music through The O.C., launching new features like The Beat, and learning when to close your email inbox and make time for yourself.

Katharine Seggerman is the drummer, vocalist, and songwriter for Lunch Duchess, which just released its debut full-length album, "Crying for Fun." In this episode, Katharine and I talk about how she uses her background as a drummer to write catchy songs with powerfully personal lyrics that draw on everything from allergies and bodily autonomy to emotional releases.

For the first episode of the Pass The Mic Podcast, I'm joined by Miri Devora and Mattie Glass of the Philly band Queen of Jeans. We talk about how the band recorded their latest album "If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid" with producer Will Yip, their musical influences (which range from doo-wop to Dashboard Confessional), and writing slow-burning, but cathartic songs that find strength in loss.

Last year, I created the blog Pass The Mic out of of my love of music, and also my frustration with the way that media outlets were representing (or not representing) non-men in their coverage.

Now, I'm launching The Pass The Mic Podcast: a space where musicians, booking agents, and recording engineers can share their stories, talk about the people who inspire them, and engage in unfiltered conversations.