Daily Dose: Melody’s Echo Chamber, “Cross My Heart”

I am totally obsessed with this album. It feels so fresh, mixing 1960s French psychedelia with Britpop nuances, a dose of funky jazz flute, and some subtle hip hop riffs in the middle for good measure.

If I close my eyes, I can almost imagine myself floating through Paris as an extra in an unmade Serge Gainsbourg film.

Daily Dose: Cake, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”

Musicians sometimes takes themselves too seriously, making their music remote. Not Cake, never Cake. This band was omnipresent on KROQ, a Southern California radio station, in the 1990s and early 2000s, and, as such, was in the background of every stolen summer moment at the beach during that period. While I never caught the Cake obsession like so many of my peers, I know the lyrics to most of their songs despite never having purchased an album. Their music is unquestionably a Nostos Algos trigger for me, and since our whiskey brains were listening to their early catalog at an in-home hangout session last night…well…I had to include a sliver of their contribution to my youth in this Daily Dose. As the saying goes, “Let them eat Cake!”