Title: Haunted Homie
Artist: Bad Cello
Bad Cello // “Haunted Homie”
If the dudes at Double Double Whammy are like my brothers, then does that make my constant featuring of their work nepotism? I don’t really care because they are a quality group of people who constantly put out great releases. In case you need convincing, do yourself a favor and check out “Haunted Homie”, the first single from their upcoming Bad Cello release.
Although the songs on Bad Cello’s forthcoming album Takes sound like you’d need a five-person band minimum, it is actually the solo project of Utica, NY resident Zeno Pittarelli. “Haunted Homie” is the first track to surface from that album and it is the perfect cross-section of what you’ll get from Zeno’s music. It’s sort of a meeting ground between the rambunctious indie rock that the DDW specializes in and a more folky chamber pop sound. Controlling tempo and tone with minute detail, Bad Cello churns out expertly crafted pop music with frustrating ease. This is coffee, book, and couch music if ever there was any.
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You know it when you hear it, and we’ve all heard it before. That beat, that catchy beat, “Boom, boom boom, cha!”. In 1963 Phil Spector wrote the song “Be My Baby” for the adrobale Ronettes. The song was an instant smash hit and whether they knew it or not, the song would go on to leave an indelible mark on the music industry. Since then artists have been reusing the beat over and over again (just look at The Jesus and Mary Chain on Psychocandy).
While many have taken the beat and made it their own, no scene has adopted it with more pride than the indie rock universe. It’s almost like a longstanding joke that anyone can be in on. It wasn’t until I intentionally started seeking these songs out that I realized just how many of them were in my music collection. Artist after artist sported the beat proudly like some sort of badge of honor. As I slowly collected the songs, I realized that it would make a great (and funny) mixtape. With that being said I present you with:
We Got the Beat: The “Be My Baby” Legacy
1 Kiss Kiss Fantastic — “Violet”
2 Spectrals — “Leave Me Be”
3 Reading Rainbow — “I Will Wait”
4 The Blanche Hudson Weekend — “Crying Shame”
5 Fungi Girls — “Dream of Oz”
6 The Maine Coons — “My Kinda Luv”
7 Black Lips — “I’ll Be with You”
8 His Clancyness — “Just Like Monday (early vers)”
9 La Sera — “Never Come Around”
10 Hanoi Janes — “Sag Sag Sag”
11 Las Robertas — “Street Feelings”
12 Pure Ecstasy — “DWLDWD”
13 Eternal Summers — “I Must Winter”
14 Ghost Animal — “California Summer pt. 2”
15 Christmas Island — “My Baby”