Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



The Helio Sequence – “Stoic Resemblance” (The Portland indie-rock duo of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel released their self-titled sixth album this week via Sub Pop.  The new album was written during a fast-paced and adventurous demoing process that gave the band new life as they enter their third decade together.  The thumping propulsive rhythm and poppy sing-along chorus of the standout single here is the perfect introduction to the stunning album's vibe.) http://www.heliosequence.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/subpop/the-helio-sequence-stoic-resemblance

 
Valkyrie – “Mountain Stomp” (The Virginia sludge-rockers, led by brothers Jake and Pete Adams - the latter also of Baroness – released their third album, Shadows this week via Relapse after a long, seven year wait.  The epic aptly-titled album opener, “Mountain Stomp” is the perfect blend of melodic dual guitar leads, prog-rock tangents, thunderous blues-rock riffs and soulful, classic rock-era vocal melodies for a triumphant return.) http://thevalkyrierides.bandcamp.com/

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/valkyrie-mountain-stomp

 
Tanlines – “Slipping Away” (The NYC-based indie-pop duo consisting of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm released their long-awaited sophomore album, Highlights, this week via True Panther Sounds.  After their computer blew up, they chose to focus on a more guitar-heavy approach that along with the addition of some world music vibes and some danceable hip-hop and techno-inspired beats serves the band well.  Check out the loping and jangly 80’s-indebted standout single below.) http://tanlinesinternet.com/

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat


Surfer Blood – “Island” (For their recently released third album, 1000 Palms, the Florida-based indie-rock band found a new label home with Joyful Noise that allowed them the creative control to create their rawest yet most poppy and polished album to date.  The standout single heard here, is filled with surf-y guitar melodies that alternate between clean and crunchy alongside a catchy, super-charged chorus.) http://www.surferblood.com/

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Gruesome – “Closed Casket” (Led by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of Exhumed along with members of Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, Gruesome pays heavy homage to the Florida death metal scene of the early 90’s with their nostalgia-inducing debut album, Savage Land, out now via Relapse Records.  Every gory detail - down to the artwork from the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Massacre, Megadeth), to the old school death metal riffs and Chuck Schuldiner-sounding vocals - is in tribute to the influential band Death.  The standout track here features a gnarly guest guitar solo from former Death, Obituary and Testament guitarist James Murphy.) https://www.facebook.com/gruesomedeathmetal  


My Morning Jacket – “Spring (Among The Living)” (Last week, after a four-year wait, My Morning Jacket released their highly-anticipated seventh album, The Waterfall via ATO/Capitol Records.  Gone is the Prince-like funk of their last album, Circuital, but always adventurous; Jim James and crew have blended ethereal electronics, Middle Eastern themes and some of James’ most personal lyrics into their already eclectic Americana and classic rock-leaning sound for one their most soulful and cohesive albums yet.) http://www.mymorningjacket.com/

Stream the haunting, bluesy force of nature “Spring (Among The Living)” here: 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Hop Along – “Waitress” (Led by the Blues-soaked powerhouse vocals of Frances Quinlan, the Philadelphia-based quartet released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Painted Shut, this week via Saddle Creek Records.  Their catchy, folk-leaning brand of punk rock incorporates grungy alt-rock guitar melodies – sounding like Janis Joplin fronting Rilo Kiley for a sophomore-slump busting album that should top many year-end lists this year.) https://hopalong.bandcamp.com/album/painted-shut    
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/saddlecreek/hopalong-waitress

 
Sam Cohen – “Let the Mountain Come To You” (Singer-songwriter Sam Cohen, formerly of Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds, recently released his debut solo album, Cool It, on Easy Sound Recording Co.  Traces of his previous bands sounds remain alongside his quirky, synth-smeared indie-rock that is laced with touches of prog, laid-back sun-drenched psychedelia and catchy, power-pop for a very promising debut.) http://www.easysoundrecordingcompany.com/store/Cohen-Band

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/easysoundrecordingco/sam-cohen-let-the-mountain-come-to-you-1

 
Calexico – “Falling From The Sky” (Joey Burns and John Convertino of genre-defiant indie mainstays Calexico recently released their new album, Edge Of The Sun via Anti-.  Much of the album was conceived in the historic Mexico city, Coyoacán to capture the Latin flavor of their Southwestern-influenced early sound.  Additionally, they are joined by a host of collaborators including, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, members of Devotchka and the Greek band Takim among others along with Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses lends his distinct voice to the soaring pop-leaning standout single heard here.) http://www.casadecalexico.com/     

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/calexico-falling-from-the-sky

Friday, May 01, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: By Light We Loom – “The Ignition EP”


By Light We Loom is the new project from Cleveland husband and wife duo Eric Ling and Shanna Delaney, formerly of indie-folk outfit Bethesda.  On their debut, The Ignition EP – out today - the duo transforms their anthemic folk rock and close-knit harmonies along with Shanna’s lilting vocal melodies into catchy beat-driven and sparkling vintage synth and loops-led indie-pop for a very promising debut. 

Stream the EP below which includes the twinkling piano and soaring vocal melodies of the title track and the vividly descriptive storytelling and cascading guitars of the spiritual-leaning standout track, “A Measure Of Us”. 



For more info: https://www.facebook.com/bylightweloom

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Mittenfields – “Optimists”” (After releasing their promising debut EP in 2011, the D.C.-based band has finally released their highly-anticipated debut album, Optimists.  Their fuzz-fueled 3-guitar attack lends itself to a shoegaze-like wall of sound but off-kilter post-punk rhythms, anthemic Arcade fire-like moments and some catchy 90’s indie rock-inspired guitar melodies break through to help set them apart and make their debut well worth the wait.) http://mittenfields.bandcamp.com/    
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Blur – “Go Out” (The Brit-pop vets triumphantly return with their original line-up and the release of The Magic Whip, their first album in over 16 years which is out now on Warner Brothers Records.  Of course, much has changed in the musical landscape since we last heard from Damon Albarn and co.  Fittingly, some of Gorillaz’ electronic beats sneak into the new album that blends together all versions of Blur’s music with the danceable synth-pop, fuzzy alt-rock and more psychedelic moments of their later period for a modern yet still nostalgic sound.) http://www.blur.co.uk/     

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Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)” (Michael Angelakos returns with Kindred - his new album of shiny synth-pop anthems - out now via Columbia Records.  The excellent new album is deeply personal, focusing on faith, family and his battle with mental illness which perfectly contrasts with the bright, wide-screen pop melodies and exuberant danceable rhythms.) http://www.kindredthealbum.com/

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Friday: Mew - "Exclusive +- EP"



Next week, Danish art-rock quartet, Mew are set to release their long-awaited new album titled, +- via Play It Again Sam Records.  In advance of that and to celebrate, they have released an exclusive four-song EP via Noisetrade as a free digital download. 
Led by the cherubic and soaring falsetto of frontman Jonas Bjerre and featuring a reunion of the original lineup, the excellent new album proves to be worth the wait as the band sounds refreshed and more experimental; perfectly blending new elements of infectiously catchy dream-pop, R&B, and even hip-hop into their already off-kilter and psychedelic brand of melodic prog-rock for their most accessible album yet. 

“Satellites” and “Water Slides”, two of the standout tracks from +- appear on the EP in different forms – first as shorter, more precise radio edits and then as stripped-down acoustic versions that serve to highlight each of the song’s inherent beauty.  Check out the EP below and pick up the new album, +- next week.




For more info: http://mewsite.com/

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Built To Spill – “Never Be The Same” (Doug Martsch and crew released their long-awaited eighth album, Untethered Moon via Warner Brothers Records this week.  It is the first album recorded with new rhythm section, drummer Steve Gere and bassist Jason Albertini, and is the best album since Doug’s late ‘90’s output – with the memorable melodies and classic rock-inspired guitar heroics you have come to expect from him.) http://www.builttospill.com/untetheredmoon
Stream the jangly, loping standout single here: https://soundcloud.com/builttospill/never-be-the-same

 
Dustin Kensrue – “Back To Back” (The Thrice frontman released Carry The Fire, his long-awaited sophomore solo album, this week via Staple/Vagrant Records.  On it he expands his folk and country-leaning sound to include new hints of blues, 60’s pop and opens up to rock a little more like late-era Thrice.  Lyrically, Kensrue continues to weave spiritual themes of darkness vs. light into his introspective and uplifting songs alongside his subtly catchy melodies for a welcome return.) http://dustinkensrue.com/    

Stream the upbeat, "heartland" rock-inspired single here: https://soundcloud.com/dustin-kensrue/back-to-back

 
UnWed – “Raise The Kids” (The Brooklyn band consisting of members of Hot Water Music, Primitive Weapons and Small Brown Bike recently released their debut album, Raise The Kids, via 6131 Records.  Together they combine their punk and hardcore roots with touches of hard rock and Midwestern emo-tinged indie rock with female/male vocal leads for an anthemic sound that references both Quicksand and Rainer Maria but sounds fresh and modern at the same time for an impressive and promising debut.) http://music.6131records.com/album/raise-the-kids

Stream the raging, 90’s-loving title track here: https://soundcloud.com/unwed/raise-the-kids/s-lI0D0

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



A Is For Atom – “Bombs Away” (A Is For Atom is the solo project of Brooklyn based musician Mike Cykoski; working with producer and former NYU classmate Julian Cassia, Mike has released two acclaimed EPs of his smart, fine-crafted brand of orchestrated indie-rock over the last couple of years.  The most recent EP titled, Song For You is highlighted by the standout single, “Bombs Away”, which is a bittersweet love song aided by a bouncy synth-leaden groove and infectious refrain that recalls 90’s alt-pop favorites Eels.  Look for more new music from this emerging songwriter soon.) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/song-for-you-ep-ep/id875273202  
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/aisforatom/03-a-is-for-atom-bombs-away-song-for-you-ep

 
Protomartyr – “Blues Festival” (Hot on the heels of their highly-praised sophomore album, the genre-defiant Detroit post-punk band returns with a brand new 7” single titled, Half Of Seven with the new song, “Blues Festival” that features vocals from Kelley Deal of R. Ring and The Breeders.  The B-side is a new song from R. Ring, Kelley’s lo-fi project with Mike Montgomery of Ampline.  The 7” is out now digitally and will be released physically via Hardly Art on June 16.) http://www.hardlyart.com/protomartyr.html

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/hardlyartrecords/protomartyr-blues-festival/

 
Big Data – “Snowed In” (Big Data is the recording moniker of synth-pop producer Alan Wilkis, his long-awaited debut album, 2.0 – led by the standout single and collaboration with the likeminded Joywave; “Dangerous” - was recently released on Warner Bros Records.  The guest heavy album features vocal performances from Twin Shadow, Jamie Lidell, Kimbra, and Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner among others.  The new single heard here features vocals from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and like the rest of the album comments on technology and paranoia while remaining danceable and fun.) http://bigdata.fm/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/bigdatabigdata/big-data-snowed-in-feat-rivers-cuomo

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Andy Gabbard – “More” (The Dayton-based singer-songwriter has traded in the trippy, stoner psych-rock of the Buffalo Killers for the highly-melodic grunge-informed power-pop found on his debut solo album, Fluff, out now via Alive Naturalsound Records.  Performed entirely by Gabbard in one 12-hour session, the stellar album doesn’t feel rushed even though a rush of fuzzed-out Dinosaur Jr.-esque guitar riffs and loads of infectious melodies create a nostalgia-inducing wall of sound that recalls everything from 90’s alt-rock to 60’s psych-pop.  Also, look for a new Buffalo Killers album later this year!) http://www.alive-records.com/artist/andy-gabbard/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/alivenaturalsound/andy-gabbard-more     

 
Pokey LaFarge – “Something In The Water” (The St. Louis-based Americana singer-songwriter released Something In The Water, his seventh album and debut for Rounder Records this week.  This new collection of timeless-sounding songs offer up more of the rollicking ragtime rhythms – with the use of drums more prominent for the first time – jazzy Dixieland instrumentation, dusty country-blues and of course, the vividly folksy storytelling and unique voice that puts Pokey in a class all his own.) http://www.pokeylafarge.net/

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/rounder-records/11-something-in-the-water

 
Doldrums – “HOTFOOT” (The band led by Airick Woodhead creates a punk-inspired brand of sample-heavy electronic music constructed with abrasive yet textural synths that collide with aggressively banging beats and a dark aura for a sound both modern and reminiscent of 90’s electronica on their stunning sophomore album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, out now via Sub Pop.) https://www.subpop.com/artists/doldrums   

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/subpop/doldrums-hotfoot

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Death Cab For Cutie – “No Room In Frame” (Check out the biting, bittersweet opening track from DCFC’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated new album Kintsugi, out now via Atlantic Records.  The new album finds the band in a newfound state of transition as founding member and producer Chris Walla has left since finishing the album and this is the first album written since Ben Gibbard’s divorce.  The music relies on synths and electronics a little more than before, with New Order-like textures but Ben’s distinct voice and melancholic yet poppy melodies remain for yet another solid album to add to their canon.) http://deathcabforcutie.com/home/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/deathcabforcutie/death-cab-for-cutie-no-room-in-frame 

 
Prong – “Banned In D.C. (Bad Brains Cover)” (This week the veteran NYC post-metal trio led by Tommy Victor released Songs From The Black Hole, an new album of cover songs via eOne Music / SPV Records.  On it they pay homage to some of their punk rock peers and influences by putting their own signature hybrid hardcore-punk and thrash-metal spin on songs from Fugazi, Black Flag, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü  and Sisters Of Mercy among others.  Heard here is their unique take on the iconic Bad Brains track, “Banned In D.C.”.  The album is also highlighted by a pretty faithful yet more metallic version of Neil Young’s epic, “Cortez The Killer”.)  http://prongmusic.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/eone-music/prong-banned-in-dc   

 
Van Dale – “Speak Yellow” (In order to display their infectiously catchy, fuzzy Weezer-loving alt-pop melodies, the Columbus-based trio - featuring members of Way Yes - released their excellent self-titled debut album this week via Fleeting Youth Records.  The standout single heard here with its head-nodding rhythm and noisy fuzzed-out guitars; sounds like a nostalgia-laced nugget from the mid-90’s, when MTV still mattered and actually played videos.)  https://fleetingyouthrecords.bandcamp.com/album/van-dale
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/fleetingyouthrecords/van-dale-speak-yellow

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat – featuring a premiere from Blade Of Grass


Blade Of Grass – “She Was” (The Los Angeles-based psych-rock band led by songwriters Josh James and Mike Hurst released their new 2-song EP/single late last summer.  The EP is led by the standout title track and lover’s lament, “She Was” with its laid-back head-nodding rhythm that is bolstered by a surge of warbling cosmic synth melodies and a soaring, sing-along refrain.  Fans of likeminded acts such as Tame Impala and The Big Pink will embrace their futuristic yet nostalgic 90’s alt-rock inspired brand of psych-pop that blends organic and electronic instrumentation with ease and charm to spare.) http://bladeofgrassmusic.com/

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/bladeofgrass/she-was

Watch the mind-altering video for “She Was” here:



Vetiver – “Loose Ends” (Since the early 2000’s during the “psych-folk”-era, San Francisco’s Vetiver, led by Andy Cabic has been a consistent mainstay in the scene.  This week he released his sixth album and debut for Easy Sound Recordings, Complete Strangers.  This time around he has focused more on rhythm, adding in propulsive electronic Krautrock and danceable tropicalia beats to his sunny yet melancholic blend of 60’s psychedelic pop and subtle folk rock to great effect.  Friends and collaborators Devendra Banhart, Bart Davenport and Adrianne deLanda of Extra Classic contribute.) http://vetiverse.com/     

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/easysoundrecordingco/vetiver-loose-ends-1

Tobias Jesso Jr. – “Hollywood” (Emerging singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. plays a retro-inspired blend of piano-led pop and soft rock that harkens back to 70’s legends Taylor, Newman and Nilsson.  His stunning debut album, GOON was released last week via True Panther.  The spotlight is clearly focused on his strong songwriting, memorable melodies and raw yet emotive voice though he worked with several different producers such as Pat Carney of The Black Keys, Jonathan Rado of Foxygen, JR White of Girls and Ariel Rechstaid who helped shaped his vision in the studio with their perfectly timeless arrangements and subtle ornamentation for a very promising debut.) http://www.tobiasjessojr.com/      
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/pauzee/hollywood

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Jazz June – Entire Discography Reissue Collection



The emo – or whatever you want to call it – revival is in full swing and nostalgia for those poppy punk-fuelled musical diaries of the mid-to-late 90’s and early 2000’s is at its peak.  One of the most influential yet criminally underappreciated bands of that era was Kutztown, Pennsylvania’s The Jazz June.  However, it wasn’t exactly fair to pigeon-hole the band mainly as an “emo” band, as they referenced everything from prog, jazz and pop to post-hardcore and indie rock for a dynamic, genre-defiant sound.  The prolific band went on hiatus in 2003 and reunited shortly after in 2006 for a handful of shows and to release The Scars To Prove It, an odds-and-ends collection via Universal Warning Records in 2007.  It wasn’t until last year that the band led by vocalist/guitarist Andrew Low and featuring drummer Justin Max, guitarist Bryan Gassler and bassist Daniel O’Neill reunited once more and released both a new album, After the Earthquake, via Topshelf Records as well as a split 7” with Dikembe on Tiny Engines to great praise.    
And now after being out of print for nearly fifteen years - starting with their promising debut, They Love Those Who Make the Music released in 1997, The Boom, the Motion, and the Music (1998) and the next three releases originally issued by Initial Records - Breakdance Suburbia EP (1998), their beloved breakout The Medicine (2000) and their experimental final album, 2002’s Better Off Without Air - Universal Warning is set to reissue The Jazz June’s entire discography on CD for a whole new generation of fans.       

Additionally, Universal Warning has added in some exciting bonus material featuring 33 tracks of rare recordings and live performances and a live video from 2006 as a digital download included with every order.

So order these great albums and discover or relive and rediscover one of the great punk bands of the “emo”-era!   

 


For more info: https://www.facebook.com/thejazzjune

Friday, March 20, 2015

Free Friday: Fury Things/Brilliant Beast – Split EP



This week the Minneapolis-based label Guilt Ridden Pop released a new split EP from two of their dream-pop and shoegaze-inspired bands, Fury Things and Brilliant Beast.  It is available as a limited run CDR and they have also made the digital version available as a pay-what-you-want download via their Bandcamp page.
Brilliant Beast – a quartet led by sibling dual-vocalists/guitarists - contributes an emotionally-charged new song, “No Fate” as well as a noise-addled cover of “Heaven” by the Talking Heads, turning it into a slower-paced distorted dirge. 

On their side, the trio Fury Things recorded their two fuzzed-out new songs in just one take, quickly after writing them to preserve the raw energy and excitement of the moment.    


Download the split EP here:



Watch the jittery, disorientating video for Brilliant Beast’s “No Fate” here:


For more info: http://guiltriddenpop.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/furythingsband and http://www.thebrilliantbeast.com/

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



The Sidekicks – “Deer” (The Columbus based band brought in producer Phil Ek for their stellar new album, Runners in the Nerved World, out now via Epitaph Records.  Rightfully so, their highly-melodic rootsy indie rock is heavily indebted to a trio of legendary bands Ek has recorded in the past - Band Of Horses, The Shins and Built To Spill – and further distances themselves from the crustier punk of their past.  The arena-worthy 90’s guitar tones and catchy hooks are carried by frontman Steve Ciolek’s Bridwell and Mercer-like high-registered vocals for their strongest album yet.) http://sidekicksohio.bandcamp.com/   
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/epitaph-records/the-sidekicks-deer

 
Title Fight – “Chlorine” (The Pennsylvania punk crew recently released Hyperview, their highly-anticipated third album and debut for new label Anti-.  On the new album they sharpen their pop-punk and hardcore-rooted sound with a newfound focus on dynamic effect-heavy guitars that are both ambient and abrasive and dissonantly melodic; with layers of post-punk textures and New Romantic-esque vocal melodies.) http://titlefightmusic.bandcamp.com/       

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/title-fight-chlorine-1

 
Torche – "Annihilation Affair” (Over the past several years and releases the influential quartet led by vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks have been leaning more and more towards featuring melody and harmony with catchy elements of 90’s alt-rock blended into their heavy, sludge-rock.  Their latest album, Restarter, out now on Relapse retains that melody but embraces the heavy once again and the colossal, stomping album opener and standout single, “Annihilation Affair” is the perfect example.) http://www.torchemusic.com/

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/torche-annihilation-affair

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Iron And Wine – “Archive Series Volume No. 1” & Dreamers and Makers are my Favorite People - A Short Film



Late last February, Sam Beam of Iron And Wine released Archive Series Volume No. 1, a new compilation album of four track recordings and songs, most of which reach back to the same time as his excellent debut album, 2002’s The Creek Drank The Cradle.  Released as the first of an ongoing series via his own label, Black Cricket Recording Co., the nostalgia-inducing first volume focuses on the hushed, mostly unadorned folk that became his calling card during his early years.  Standouts include the first single, “Everyone’s Summer of ‘95”, album opener “Slow Black River” and the plucky rhythm of “Judgment”. 

In addition, Beam has also released a short film, Dreamers and Makers are my Favorite People.  It was filmed at the Jerry Run Summer Theater in Cleveland, WV and documents the origin of the theater with interviews from the owners, Dusty and Renee Anderson as well as candid interviews with Sam as he reminisces about his decade-long musical journey.  Highlighting the film is special footage of Sam performing several of the songs from the new album, many of which had not ever been performed live.       

Watch Dreamers and Makers are my Favorite People - A Short Film here:



Stream “Everyone’s Summer of ‘95” here: https://soundcloud.com/blackcricketrecordingco/everyones-summer-of-95-1

For more info: http://www.ironandwine.com/ and http://www.blackcricketrecording.co/

To purchase the film: http://merch.ambientinks.com/collections/ironandwine/products/dreamers-and-makers-are-my-favorite-people-a-short-film

Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Friday: Henrietta – “The Trick Is Reimagined Acoustic”


The experimental Orlando-based indie-punk quartet, Henrietta released their long-awaited debut album, The Trick Is Not Minding late last summer via Animal Style Records.  Now they have quickly followed that up with a new EP titled, The Trick Is Reimagined Acoustic, where they have re-recorded new reimagined and acoustic arrangements for five of the tracks from their promising debut.  It is available now as a pay-what-you-want digital download via their Bandcamp page. 

The rolling squalls of feedback and tight, math-y rhythm of standout track “A Spectrum” is now reimagined with twinkling guitars and a loose, shuffling rhythm that allows the catchy vocal harmonies to take the spotlight. 


Download The Trick Is Reimagined Acoustic here:    


For more info: https://www.facebook.com/Henriettafl and http://www.animalstylerecords.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Diet Cig – “Scene Sick” (The New Paltz, NY based duo of vocalist/guitarist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman of Earl Boykins released their debut EP, Over Easy recently via Father/Daughter Records.  Alex’s personal, conversational lyrical style and infectious pop sense are backed by jangly, upbeat punk-fuelled pop that recalls K Records’ output from the 90’s along with joyous, danceable rhythms and 60’s pop flavor.) http://dietcig.bandcamp.com/  

Stream the domestically-descriptive and danceable opening track “Breathless” here:




Lieutenant – “Belle Epoque” (Under the moniker Lieutenant, Nate Mendel, bassist of Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate released his promising debut solo album, If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week, this week via Dine Alone Records.  While the album - produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) - is heavy on guests including, Page Hamilton of Helmet, Josiah Johnson of Head and the Heart and former bandmate Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate, Nate really shines through in his first stint as vocalist, guitarist and songwriter.  His songs are dynamic and original with elements of catchy 60’s pop but feature some of the surging anthemic guitar riffs and passionate vocal melodies reminiscent of his influential current and former bands.) https://www.facebook.com/lieutenantband

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/dine-alone-records/lieutenant-belle-epoque  

 
Lightouts – “Interzone (Joy Division cover)” (The Brooklyn-based band released a new maxi-single, “More Than Ever” this week - their first release to feature new vocalist Skip Greer also of the Dead Kennedys and the Wynona Ryders.  As with all of their singles, it features a cover track, this time they impart their fuzz-drenched post-rock meets shoegaze sound onto Joy Division’s rare demo, “Interzone”.) http://www.lightouts.com/    
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/lightouts/interzone-joy-division-cover

Friday, March 06, 2015

Free Friday: Twin Peaks – “Mind Frames” (Wild Onion Demos)



Emerging Chicago-based garage-rockers Twin Peaks released their stunning sophomore album, Wild Onion last year on Grand Jury records to great praise and now they have released Mind Frames, an album consisting of ten demos from that album which they have made available as a pay-what-you-want download via their Bandcamp page.
The quartet of twenty year olds create an impressive retro-inspired rock-and-roll sound that takes influence from both the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys, sounding like a lost transmission from the 60’s.  These lo-fi bedroom recordings reveal a scruffy swagger and give a glimpse into the process as the demo version of the standout track, “I Found A Way” is drenched with vintage organ, howling vocals and flickering hi-hats that were tamed down slightly for the final version.    

Download Mind Frames here:


For more info: http://twinpeaksdudes.com/

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Josh Berwanger/Dwight Twilley – Split 7” single (Out now on limited edition blue vinyl is the debut release of Good Land Records’ new 7” split series – “the Blues Series”.  The first volume proudly features old school power-pop purveyor Dwight Twilley and new school power-pop prince Josh Berwanger – formerly of The Anniversary – who go side-by-side with two new exclusive songs.  Look for more releases in the series that combine influential songwriters with those that have been influenced by their work.  Also, look for Twilley’s new full-length Always due this Spring on Good Land.) http://goodlandrecords.com/  
Preview Berwanger’s infectious and jangly “Some Other Guy” here: http://goodlandrecords.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/sample-some-other-guy.mp3

Preview Twilley’s piano-led Lennon-esque “Shooting Stars” here: http://goodlandrecords.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/sample-shooting-star.mp3

 
The Cherry Wave – “Culture ‘90” (The Glasgow-based quartet recently released their aptly-titled new album, Avalancher, via Saint Marie Records.  The group stands apart from the pack by melding a heavy, roaring avalanche of hardcore punk and catchy yet understated hooks to their noise-addled and distortion-fuelled shoegaze sound.  Check out the pummeling opening track here.) http://www.saintmarierecords.com/products/538980-the-cherry-wave-avalancher

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/#saintmarie-records/the-cherry-wave-culture-90?in=saintmarie-records/sets/the-cherry-wave-avalancher/s-DrRqs

 
Passenger Peru – “Break My Neck” (The Brooklyn duo of multi-instrumentalists Justin Stivers and Justin Gonzales return with their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Light Places, out now on cassette via Fleeting Youth Records.  Their dynamic brand of fuzzed out psych-pop is raw; not fussed over yet carefully crafted and sharply melodic.  Check out the emotionally-charged standout single below.) https://fleetingyouthrecords.bandcamp.com/album/light-places

Download: https://soundcloud.com/fleetingyouthrecords/passenger-peru-break-my-neck

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Smug Brothers – “Meet A Changing World” (The Dayton indie rock institution led by Kyle Melton released their new album, Woodpecker Paradise this week on CD and as a name-your-price download via Gas Daddy Go Records.  Their Dayton-bred lo-fi aesthetic is given a boost by engineer Darryl Robbins of the Motel Beds and the album was recorded live by its members for the first time adding in a sense of urgency and energy usually reserved for their live show.  The catchy, arena-worthy guitar melodies of the standout single heard here is the perfect summation of the excellent new album.) http://gasdaddygo.bandcamp.com/album/gdg-013-woodpecker-paradise-cd    
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/smugbrothers/meet-a-changing-world

 

Ball Of Flame Shoot Fire – “San Remo” (The experimental Brooklyn art-rock band released their fourth album, ‘Tis Only Wine this week.  The band’s three singer-songwriters, Jess Tambellini, Tim Good and Winston Cook-Wilson blend their off-kilter pop sense with theatrical vocals, free-form jazz-inspired horns, tumbling rhythms and strange 80’s synth outbursts for a highly unique and very melodic yet avant-garde sound.) http://ballofflameshootfire.bandcamp.com/album/tis-only-wine   
Stream the standout single, “San Remo” with its spooky synths and female backing vocals here: https://soundcloud.com/bofsf/san-remo-1

 

Pelican – “The Cliff (Vocal Version)” (Chicago post-metal instrumentalists return with a new EP, The Cliff, out now on Southern Lord.  The 4-song EP takes its name from the standout single from their 2013 album Forever Becoming which is reprised in its original form and includes intriguing remixes by Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and from Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms.  Also included is the explosive new song, “The Wait”, taken from the Forever Becoming sessions and a version of “The Cliff” with added vocals from Allen Epley of Shiner and The Life And Times – only the second time in their 14 year existence that they have had vocals in one of their songs.) http://pelicansl.bandcamp.com/album/the-cliff-ep
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/pelican-song/the-cliff-vocal-version