Drew Beskin: “Lisa Simpson Fangs”
When we last checked in with Athenian rocker Drew Beskin, he was cresting the wave of the release of his third album, Problematic for the People. Now, thick in the midst of a new project called Drew Beskin & the Sunshine (no, K.C. is not a part of it), he and his musical collaborators are releasing a series of singles in the lead-up to a new album in the works for sometime in 2022.
The concept was, of course, inspired by the classic Simpsons episode “Last Exit to Springfield,” when Lisa gets braces. It was released as a double single along with the seasonally appropriate “Horror Movie Plot.” According to a recent interview, the band wanted to capture an “Animal Collective-style beat.” Other co-conspirators on this new work include Tommy Trautwein (Well Kept), Elijah Johnston and Gideon Johnston (Hotel Fiction).
Tame Impala, Lil Yachty: “Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix)”
Rapper, American treasure and famed Drake text troll (truly, just doing the Lord’s work), Miles Parks McCollum — aka Lil Yachty — radiates smooth psychedelia in this irresistible ditty, which is part of the recently announced deluxe box set edition, due out in February 2022, of Tame Impala’s 2020 album The Slow Rush. Lil Yachty gushed that he had been a fan of the band “since high school” . . . which wasn’t that long ago.
When the 17-year-old Mableton-born Yachty first rose to fame around 2016, he was anointed “King of the Teens,” not only for his youth but because of the more light-hearted pop-y vibe to his songs. Over the last five years, and thanks in no small part to his sense of humor, confidence, and openness to new projects — in December, he jumped into the cryptocurrency craze, releasing “YachtyCoin,” a so-called “social token” — the career evolution is fast, furious, and fascinating to watch.
Case in point: When an interviewer for Rolling Stone asked Yachty “where he sees himself in five years,” he said, “Hopefully, a really successful actor. And with a bangin’ eight pack. I’ll probably cut my hair up, maybe a little beard. Real sex-symbol s**t, you know what I’m saying?” We’d bet at least five YachtyCoin that that’s precisely what winds up happening.
Monica – “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)”
R&B legend Monica Denise Arnold was born to a College Park family (her mother worked for Delta Airlines) 41 years ago last Sunday (October 24). This is a bit staggering considering that her debut album, Miss Thang, which included this blockbuster single, came out back in 1995, which meant that she was only a kid when she hit mega-superstardom. Fueled by powerhouse vocals, “Don’t Take It Personal” became such a mega-hit that Monica became one of the youngest singers to top the Billboard charts. Then, soon after, she won a Grammy for one of the all-time greatest pre-Hamilton duels, “The Boy Is Mine,” featuring fellow teen star Brandy.
After experiencing a succession of losses and traumatic events just as she was transitioning into young adulthood, the talented singer dropped out of the spotlight for a while before returning in 2003 with the aptly titled and widely praised After the Storm, executive produced by Missy Elliott.
So, a belated happy birthday to you, Monica. And an overdue thank you for this gem from so early on in your journey, which gave us all the permission and language to say when we just need to be left alone because we’re having a rough go of it. That when we’re at our lowest, it’s OK to give ourselves a pass.