Mike Gutierrez

  • Mr. Dream – “Believing and Shitting”

    Brooklyn’s Mr. Dream sounds like a more legit Foo Fighters, who were a less legit Nirvana. So if you follow the logic, Mr. Dream is essentially Nirvana. That’s a huge load off my mind because I was worried for the longest time that Kurt Cobain was dead. He’s not....
  • Flossed In Paradise – “New Hope”

    Dig this post chillwave essay in Cure inspired downer pop: Richmond, VA’s Flossed In Paradise. Crisp beats, sad synths, lovely melodies & melancholy. Also, I’m gonna say it’s got strains of #seapunk just for the hell of it. There’s blue on the cover of the HATE EP, right? Kinda...
  • Youth – “Comes and Goes”

    I promise I won’t make any Portlandia jokes — I’ll just skip straight to the rub and say I dig Portland’s Youth. They’ve got a moony, sparkly, slanted & enchanted pop vibe. Here’s a couple tracks off their older EP (or maybe it’s just a digital 7") Everything /...
  • Beat Radio – “Head Underwater”

    Another sweet classic from New York’s Beat Radio: the hard times go, part 1 album. Since this is part 1, I’m supposing there will be a part 2. Perhaps 3? Maybe a fantastic trilogy of hard times, getting harder & harder with each outing until the final showdown with...
  • Blizzardo – “Cheer”

    Night and day, right? That’s the difference between Pete Feigenbaum’s solo project Blizzardo and some of his other gigs, including Dinowalrus. Blizzardo is straight synthesized sugar cereal. Music for late late late night parties at the houses of people you don’t know, in towns you’ve never been to. Kinda...
  • Nomen Novum – “Wicca Chimes”

    A while back I wrote up the Go Primal EP by Atlanta’s Nomen Novum. The EP had the strange & unusual quality of being both very experimental and very listenable. Usually it’s one or the other. But the layers of textured aural collage & found sounds were so seductively...
  • Vacation – “We Dance (Pavement)”

    MMM-MMMP3s is not much for posting covers or remixes. Even less for the Lana Del Rey thing. But we’ll make an exception for Vacation, a New York-based outfit who we’ve covered extensively in this column. In fact, I think we’re becoming the foremost web authority on Vacation. We can...
  • Adelyn Rose – Adelyn Rose EP

    This s/t EP from Eau Claire’s Adelyn Rose is a year or so old, and she’s put out more recent stuff, but I’m digging it right now. So if you haven’t heard her stripped down indie folk stylings, get on it now. If you listen to a lot of...
  • LA Font – “The American Leagues”

    The American Leagues LP (2010) is in the rearview mirror for the West Coast band LA Font, a righteous Pavement-meets-Q and not U foursome, who are busy prepping for a new album. But it’s worth taking a look back to remind ourselves of the band’s pop chops, and, hopefully,...