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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



The Amazing – “Picture You” (Led by vocalist/guitarist Christoffer Gunrup and ex-Dungen guitarist Reine Fiske, the Swedish quintet spins lush, dreamy and atmospheric prog-leaning folk-rock on their new album, Picture You, out now via Partisan Records.  Their crafty panoramic pastoral psych-folk sound recalls everyone from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to Fleet Foxes and Tame Impala.  The soaring, dynamic two-part single and title track heard here is the perfect introduction.) http://www.theamazing.se/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/partisan-records/the-amazing-picture-you/  

 
Colleen Green “TV” (The L.A. singer/songwriter ditches the bedroom and hits the studio for the first time and with a backing band featuring JEFF the Brotherhood's Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch on her third album, I Want To Grow Up, out now via Hardly Art.  The result is an infectiously catchy batch of Veruca Salt and Juliana Hatfield-like 90’s alt-rock and punk-infused power-pop songs that after turning 30, are also her most personal and cathartic yet.)   http://www.hardlyart.com/colleengreen.html

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/hardlyartrecords/colleengreen-tv  

 
All Eyes West – “Lie In Wait” (Out now on Jump Start Records is Doomer, the stellar sophomore album from Chicago’s All Eyes West.  The album was produced by the legendary J. Robbins and features Tucker Rule of Thursday on drums.  On it the trio creates a roaring punk-rock riot with the anthemic catchiness of the Foo Fighters and the propulsive charge of Drive Like Yehu for a retro yet modern take on punk-informed rock.) http://jumpstartrecords.bandcamp.com/album/doomer  

Stream the pummeling opening track here:


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Martin Sexton – “You (My Mind Is Woo)” (Inspired by long drives and the mixtapes used to keep us sane during those drives, the soulful singer/songwriter with the dynamic voice has created an excellent eclectic collection of jazz-leaning folk and doo wop-inspired rock on his long-awaited eighth studio album, Mixtape of the Open Road, out now via his Kitchen Table Records imprint.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, check out the sweet and soaring standout single below.) www.martinsexton.com
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/missingpiecegroup/02-you-my-mind-is-woo-44k16b/s-UTZsi?in=missingpiecegroup/sets/martin-sexton-mix-tape-of-the-open-road/s-Q6ZHj

 
The Fireworks – “Runaround” (On the heels of their two successful singles and self-titled EP, the London-based band, consisting of Emma Hall (Pocketbooks), Matthew Rimell (Big Pink Cake), visual artist Isabel Albiol, and Shaun Charman (The Wedding Present/ThePopguns), released their highly-anticipated debut album, Switch Me On this week via Shelflife Records.  With alternately fuzzy and shimmering guitars, infectiously danceable rhythms and instantly catchy classic pop melodies they create an explosion of punk-fuelled pop on their very promising debut.) http://www.shelflife.com/catalogue/LIFE117.html

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/shelflife/02-runaround

 
QUARTERBACKS – “Center” (The New Paltz, NY based trio led by songwriter Dean Engle released their impressive self-titled debut album this week on hometown label Team Love Records.  They combine their love of jangly twee-pop and K Records with urgent and energetic punk rock, banging out nineteen songs dripping with love and loss all in under twenty-two minutes.  The songs may breeze by but the memorable melodies remain long after you have hit the repeat button a few times.) http://teamlove.myshopify.com/products/tl077-quarterbacks   

Stream: https://soundcloud.com/teamlove/quarterbacks-03-center

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat



Two Gallants – “We Are Undone” (The blues-punk duo Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel return with their fifth album, We Are Undone, out now via ATO Records.  Recorded in one month’s time with producer Karl Derfler (Tom Waits) the album opens with the noisy, damaged slide guitar-enhanced blues groove of the standout single and title track heard here and captures the immediacy and energy of the quick recording session.) http://www.twogallants.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/twogallants/we-are-undone

 
Bob Dylan – (One musical legend takes on another as Dylan has recorded and released an album of songs originally made famous by Frank Sinatra.  With the aptly-tilted Shadows In The Night, out now on Columbia Records, Bob pays homage to the crooner by imparting the songs with his own unique voice and haunting and bluesy arrangements.) www.bobdylan.com

Stream the wispy pedal steel-led and twilight-lit standout track, “Full Moon And Empty Hearts” at Dylan’s site here: http://www.bobdylan.com/ca

 
Belle And Sebastian – “Nobody’s Empire” (The Scottish indie-pop group returns with their long-awaited ninth album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, out now on Matador.  The pretty, chiming piano-led first single heard here opens the album which was produced and mixed by Ben H. Allen III (Animal Collective) and blends in touches of danceable synth-led rhythms and melodies to their signature bookish, 60’s pop sound.  Also, Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls contributes guest vocals.) http://www.belleandsebastian.com/

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