Pop Your Culture (Volume 1)

Welcome to POP YOUR CULTURE, a monthly (aka infrequent) series where I ask artistic friends to tell me what culture they’re crushing on at the moment. Continue reading “Pop Your Culture (Volume 1)”

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Ep. 10: Liam McCormack | yellowbirddd

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Liam McCormack is a talented songwriter who performs under the moniker yellowbirddd. His earnest lyrics and intricate compositions allow listeners into a deeply personal diary of emotions and reactions. He’s released four full-length albums and a handful of EPs in addition to playing bass in nationally touring bands like the pop-punk outfit Allison Weiss. Continue reading “Ep. 10: Liam McCormack | yellowbirddd”

“Grit and Glitter” playlist

The name doesn’t really make sense. I was going to put really gritty songs and some synthy pop on a playlist and sorta changed a lot of the songs eventually. The flow isn’t perfect, but there are some good up beat songs as well as some slower, melodic ones. I made a Spotify playlist, so you can listen to that here.

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  1. “Future People” – Alabama Shakes
  2. “She’s Not Me” – Jenny Lewis
  3. “Video Girl” – FKA twigs
  4. “Sober” – Childish Gambino
  5. “Colony (Sombear Reach 4 Remix)” – Now, Now
  6. “I Was a Fool” – Tegan and Sara
  7. “Bright” Echosmith
  8. “Crystals” – Of Monsters and Men
  9. “Master Pretender” – First Aid Kit
  10. “Call Your Girlfriend (Robyn cover)” – Allison Weiss
  11. “I Love You, Honeybear” – Father John Misty
  12. “Flying Saucer Blues” – Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
  13. “Who is You Lover?” – yellowbirddd
  14. “Allston” – Tancred
  15. “Digital Witness” – St. Vincent

“Waiting” (live) – yellowbirddd

Photo by Adam Vitcavage

My good buddy, Liam McCormack, played a gig over the weekend at the Living Room in the Lower East Side where he premiered tons of new tracks with the help of some amazing backing musicians. Among them was a new jam called “Waiting” which I had the pleasure of watching him perform underneath a tree in Brooklyn Park Bride earlier that day. We chatted about his music throughout the weekend and what he felt about his latest album (and first full band one) and what’s up next for yellowbirddd. He’s recently been playing with a stripped down version of a full band, usually with some combination of a piano, upright bass, pedal steel and drums. While he may be a ways away from recording a new LP, he’s been busy working on tons of new material, which further expands on his amazing lyrical skills.

Check out “Waiting” below. I filmed it on my mobile phone, so the quality isn’t too terrific, but you can still live the magic that is yellowbirddd.

‘Laaadies’

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a themed-playlist. Luckily, I’ve been thinking of a few and this one is a set of songs that have beautiful ladies’ names in the titles. I’m not sure if I have perfected the flow yet, but this is as close as I’m going to get for the moment. he list features some popular songs from their respected bands, as well as some of my favorite tracks and even some I don’t listen to as much as I should.

You can enjoy the playlist here via Spotify. It is also availble via Rdio here. (Note: David Wax Museum and yellowbirddd are not currently on Rdio and have been left off…)

  1.  “Sweet Louise” – The Belle Brigade
  2.  “Lorelai” – Fleet Foxes
  3. “Yes, Maria, Yes” – David Wax Museum
  4. “Hannah” – Freelance Whales
  5. “Chloe in the Afternoon” – St. Vincent
  6. “Shannon” – Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
  7. “Miranda” – Surfer Blood
  8. “Alex” – Girls
  9. “Katy With a Y” – yellowbirddd
  10. “Mariah” – Cass McCombs
  11. “Willetta” – Dear and the Headlights
  12. “Jade” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  13. “Emmylou” – First Aid Kit
  14. “Ada” – The National
  15.  “Betty’s a Bombshell” – Grouplove