Every week the Monday Mix showcases three new songs from the opbmusic broadcast. This week we feature the title track from Alex Lahey’s debut full-length, a cut from My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James’ covers album, and a song from Jessica Boudreaux’s new solo album.
Alex Lahey - I Love You Like a Brother
Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey just dropped her first album, “I Love You Like a Brother.” The title track is a witty, pop-punk sing along with huge, spitting guitars. In an unexpectedly literal move, “I Love You Like a Brother” is about Lahey’s actual brother. She sings about appreciating the shared experiences that come with growing up together. Catch Alex Lahey in Portland on December 11 at Mississippi Studios.
Jim James - I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
Jim James sings the classics on his latest album of covers, entitled “Tribute to 2.” Included is a cover of The Beach Boys’ “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.” James’ version is slower and more brooding than the original. His voice smooth and nicely controlled with tight harmonies. Fans of The Beach Boys and My Morning Jacket alike should enjoy hearing the classic song reimagined.
Jessica Boudreaux - Pulling Away
Jessica Boudreaux, singer and guitarist for Portland rock band Summer Cannibals, has just released her first solo album, “No Fury.” The album was co-written and produced by longtime collaborator Hutch Harris of The Thermals. In the song “Pulling Away,” Boudreaux sings about the struggles of having unmatched emotional needs in a relationship. The album is stylistically poppier than her work in Summer Cannibals, but still retains a nice grit around the edges that compliments the album’s raw subject matter.