On Repeat: Japanese Breakfast, Haim, Shabazz Palaces, Kirin J Callinan

On Repeat is the good good music place for just okay people and you. 

Japanese Breakfast

'Everybody Wants to Love You'

Japanese Breakfast is the indie rock, lo-fi pop solo project of Michelle Zauner. You may recognize Zauner from her work for the emo punk-rock group Little Big League (not the movie.. obviously) where she acts as lead vocalist and guitarist. This track is from her 2016 album Psychopomp, but I recommend giving her 2017 album a listen as well, Soft Sounds from Another Planet. I don't have a whole lot to say other than check out her shit. She fucking rocks.  


'Want You Back'

This Los Angeles based trio of sisters have been making music together since they were very young. Haim formed in 2007, and have previously played in cover bands with their parents for years, but it wasn't until 2012 that the band picked up steam by opening shows for Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Florence and the Machine, and probably some other 'and the' band. Oh yeah, also Ke$ha? Anyways, they dropped an EP that year, and then in 2013 released their first full-length album Days Are Gone which was a critical hit. Haim has had a more soft rock/indie rock/pop sound, but their 2017 album Something to Tell You has an interesting 70's feel to it that I enjoy - even though it falls flat at points. Regardless of the new album being a somewhat weak sophomore LP, Want You Back is a song that I truly enjoyed and couldn't get out of my head for days. 

Shabazz Palaces

'Shine a Light'

Seattle, Washington's Experimental Hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces (Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire) have been together since 2009 and confusing me since. Truth be told, I didn't care much for them at first. Experimental music can be that way - sometimes you need to have been listening to other experimental music before you can ease into another group. However, I respected them. I understoond what they were aiming to accomplish (I think?), and I feel comfortable saying Shabazz Palaces is making objectively great music, but it wasn't something that I could casually ingest in previous years. so far, I've been enjoying this new album, and I have a strong desire to re-listen to their catalog. They make truly unique music with well written lyrics that more closely resemble poetry than they do rap. 

Kirin J Callinan

'Living Each Day'

Kirin J Callinan is fucking weird. He is seriously bizarre. The eccentric and somewhat androgynous Australian native singer/song-writer has a talent for taking the stylized electronic, pop, and rock of the 80's... and exaggerating it. At first glance, and second I'm sure for many of you, his music seems like a spoof. His lyrics are weird at random intervals, he acts and sings like a satire of the genre he aspires toward, and his music videos are almost all hilarious. All of this is true, but the brilliance of Callinan is that the show he puts on is just the outer layer to the actual music itself - music that is not only extremely catchy, but also a loving modernized tribute to 70's and 80's pop, rock, and glam. He has a wonderful and unusual sense of humor that allows him to not take himself too seriously while he passionately belts out some inspirational lyrics about living life to the fullest, or taking a break from a track to smooth talk to himself in a drugged haze. I recommend listening to his other stuff. It's oddly satisfying, and strangely addicting. You wont regret it.