A tip courtesy of Cadien James from my favourite Chicago punks Twin Peaks today. Todays Hits (no apostrophe) is a name that’s cropped up a couple of times whenever our paths have crossed, but recently it’s been on my radar thanks to the self-titled Burger Records cassette which came out last Friday (September 18).
Largely a one-man project from James Swanberg – a member of The Lemons and, as Cadien puts it, “a centre piece to Chi scene” – the 17 songs on the album are sprawling and gloriously DIY, yet also laced with the kind of pop sensibilities that make you wonder whether Swanberg is a secret Beach Boys obsessive at heart. You could easily imagine a full band devouring them onstage.
Here’s Swanberg talking about the album’s creation: “I wrote/recorded/released all of these songs the same day. Not a single song on this collection was touched or changed within 24 hours. These ‘hits’ you hear are flukes in my life. On the days that I recorded them I didn’t even wake up knowing them.”
And here’s the album:
Away from recording, Swanberg is also in a project called Twin Hits, where Twin Peaks play live as his backing band. And if that wasn’t enough, he runs a label called Tripp Tapes which is well worth your time.
Elsewhere, here’s his other band The Lemons’ latest tune:
And finally the fantastically titled ‘Nuggish’, by Slushy – another Chicago act he’s involved with: