New Music Wednesday: Jesca Hoop, Mieka Pauley & More

Sorry for the delay on this week’s new music reviews! It seems as though my brain and body are still trying to recover from a full week of insanely fun Pride events including a comedy event with our very own Bridget McManus.

(Photo by Emily Hoskins who also took a bunch of
other great photos of the weekend. Thank you!)

Obviously I was excited to see her (maybe a little too excited) and be reunited with some of the other castmates from our upcoming web series The Throwaways. Without further ado, here’s some music!

Jesca Hoop  The House That Jack Built (self-released)
Jesca Hoop Photo by Aga Debiec
(Photo by Aga Debiec)

It surprises me that Hoop seems to be an artist flying a bit under the radar because her songs are filled with energy and her sound is familiar but incredibly unique in their presentation. Much like Tori Amos and St. Vincent, Jesca is able to combine certain genres you wouldn’t normally think would mesh very well together. A musician’s ability to do this well is what allows for a more theatrical experience for their listeners in that each sound stands out as its own character in whatever scene is being played out in your mind while you listen. Stream it and enjoy right here.

Mieka Pauley  The Science of Making Choices (self-released)

(Photo courtesy of Facebook)

I am picking up what this concept album is putting down and I’m really enjoying it despite possibly needing to talk to a therapist about some of the choices I’ve made in life. I was never great at science, though — maybe I can blame it on that. Pauley’s voice slithers in and means business. This could actually be a great companion album to Norah Jones‘ most recent, and highly recommended, release. Stream the album in its entirety over at Spinner!

Maya Solovey  Forte (Womb Room Music)

(Photo by Eric Dahan)

I missed posting about Solovey’s sweet and delicate EP last week but am making up for that mistake by telling you to celebrate her entire collection of songs when you’re done taking Forte for a spin. Maya has a very pretty voice which only gets better when she sings in Spanish. (Check out her 2009 self-titled debut for that goodness.)

Honorable Mentions: R. Kelly, The Offspring, Lil Scrappy, Linkin Park, Marcy Playground, El Trono de Mexico, Blues Traveler, Casey Abrams and Maroon 5.

More Music News: Here’s a new free track from The Raveonettes entitled “Observations” from their forthcoming album Observator (out September 11th on Vice Records).

Download Carol Kleyn‘s song “Jethro” from the upcoming reissue of her album Takin’ The Time (out August 21st on Drag City).

My friend Jackie told me about this incredible electronic instrumental version of “Crystallized” and today I received a press release about it so it’s obvious you need it in your life, too.

Check out and download Nick Zinner‘s (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) tasty remix of Chew Lips “Do You Chew?”

Diamond Rings is not a lady but he is a part of our queer family and this song is too great not to share. Brace yourselves:

That’s all for this week but feel free to drop me an email, tweet at me or stalk me add me as a friend on Facebook. Me love you all long time all the time.