Thursday, May 29, 2008

They are The Gang...We are the reason

Zero HitsThe Gang
"One Up the Sun" (mp3)
from "Zero Hits"
(Absolutely Kosher)

More On This Album



"As simply as it could possibly be put--we love doing what we do which is playing music for people. We are just trying to lend form to a feeling. Make a contribution. Get it out of us and our living rooms, cars and walkmen and into yours.......
So we started a band.... We are The Gang....You are the reason."

That is a pretty simple concept for a band these days, when everyone is trying to be the next big thing. The Gang makes music for the the fun of it and for the fans, especially fans of Fugazi, Les Savy Fav and Absolutely Kosher labelmates, Sunset Rubdown. The album, "Zero Hits" comes out June 3rd. You can download the track "One Up The Sun" above and then get more info. on the band here: http://www.absolutelykosher.com/thegang.html

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Benji Hughes on tour with Rilo Kiley

No, it's not Edgar Winter or his son. It's Benji Hughes and he is touring with Rilo Kiley. Benji proves that you can't judge a book by its cover. I would think his music would sound like the Allman Brothers or My Morning Jacket...but with his smooth and polished voice, it sounds more like Rufus Wainwright mixed with Prince and some humor. He is like Robert Pollard in that he is a very prolific songwriter. The mp3 below of "So Well" comes from the "A Little Extreme" (EP) out now on New West Records. They will also release the full 25 track album "A Love Extreme" on July 22nd.
Check him out on tour with Rilo Kiley or hear more from Benji here: http://benjihughes.newwestrecords.com/.
Download an mp3 of "So Well" here:
http://www.toolshed-media.com/ts/benji-hughes-so-well.mp3 (right click to download).

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Kyle Fischer (ex-Rainer Maria) New Solo Release

Kyle Fischer, from Rainer Maria, has finally released his second solo offering. It's called "Black Milk" and it is being offered as a free download or you can "kick him some dough." I suggest the the latter because it also features some great guests including, Mates of State, Mike Kinsella, and even his old band mate, Caithlin de Marrais. It is being released by Brooklyn's Endup Records and before you buy or not buy it, you can listen to the whole thing first!
Check it out here: http://endup.org/artists/kylefischer/

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New CD: Julie Ocean - "long gone and nearly there"


I have been excited about this cd since I read about it last year when they just had songs posted on their Myspace. Now their debut, "Long Gone and Nearly There" will be released on the Transit Of Venus label on May 29th.

Julie Ocean, includes ex-members of Velocity Girl (remember them 90's alternative fans?), Glo-Worm, Severin and even as far back as the D.C. hardcore band Goverment Issue. With that in mind, this D.C. band really sounds nothing like their punk past, although they have created a sound that mixes The Shins' love of the 60's, The Undertones and The Jam from the 70's with the energy and spirit of The Decendents and Dag Nasty from the 80's. The second song on the album, "Number 1 Song" is a perfect example of this and a great introduction to this great new band. You can download the mp3 of "Number 1 Song" here: http://www.toolshed-media.com/ts/julie-ocean-1-song.mp3 (right click to download)

Hear more songs here: www.myspace.com/julieoceandc and then order their cd here: http://www.transitofvenusmusic.com/.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

New Robert Pollard - "Robert Pollard Is Off To Business"

Robert Pollard is all business! This guy has created more songs than anyone else ever (may or may not be true)! "Robert Pollard Is Off To Business will be released on Robert Pollard's new Guided By Voices Inc. label on June 3rd. The tracklist includes 10 songs, with most of them clocking in at 3 mins or longer. Without the usual 20 or more tracks, these 10 seem to be more fleshed out with bigger riffs and some of Robert's best vocals yet. Check out the mp3 of "Gratification to Concrete" here: http://www.toolshed-media.com/ts/robert-pollard-gratification.mp3 (right click to download).

Website of the Week: Createspace.com

This week the website is Amazon.com's new http://www.createspace.com/. Starving musicians, authors, and other artists can use this service to have Amazon create your CD and publish your book and then have a way of selling it to the masses.
It is not very affordable, for example, if you sell a CD for $25.00, Amazon gets $8.70 for creating the CD as it's ordered and to list it on the E-store, and you would get $16.30. Ok, but who is going to buy a CD for 25 bucks? Actually, a lot of labels are planning on using this service to sell long out of print titles. However, for those who can afford it, this could be a nice tool.
What attracted me is that you can buy live DVDs of some great indie rock bands, like Appleseed Cast, Big Sleep, Dirty On Purpose, The Hold Steady and Maritime for $14.99 each. Check out the link here: http://www.createspace.com/Customer/VideoShopCategory.jsp?id=20 The descriptions are lacking...I would like to see a date and tracklist. It looks interesting though. Check it out!