Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Stream It From The Mountain: Business Of Dreams – Business Of Dreams

Business Of Dreams is the synth-driven new solo project from Corey Cunningham of Magic Bullets and Terry Malts.  His self-titled debut album was released in February and is the first release on his label Parked In Hell.  After perfecting punk and post-punk with his previous bands, with Business Of Dreams, Cunningham creates moody indie-pop with icy synths and drum machines that recalls the C86 and Factory Records era but he also includes warm, acoustic guitar-led 60’s psych-folk into the mix to great effect.    
Standouts on the 9-song album include the propulsive opener, “Repossessed” and the jangly, shimmer of “Joyride” as well as Cunningham’s take on The Servants’ 1987 classic "She Grew And She Grew". 
Stream Business Of Dreams here:

Friday, May 26, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

Swarming Branch – “Diamonds In The Distance” (With sticky bubblegum-pop melodies blending with glam rock and touches of folk and psychedelia, the Columbus, OH based band has actually backed down from their experimental tendencies for their most straight-forward and infectiously catchy albums yet with their new album, Surreal Number, out today via Sofaburn Records.  The best representation of Swarming Branch’s 70’s-inspired yet synth-heavy new album is the strutting, piano-led standout single heard here.) http://www.sofaburn.com/swarming-branch   

Gideon – “Cursed” (The Alabama-based metallic hardcore band Gideon recently released, Cold, their highly-anticipated and long-awaited fourth album and first for new label, Equal Vision Records.  Recorded again with Will Putney, the new album is both stunningly heavy and their most melodic effort yet; it also features guest vocals from Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed.  Check out the crushingly catchy standout single featuring Garris here.) http://gideonal.com/

Radar State – “Spinning Wheel” (Radar State is the new collaborative punk rock project/supergroup of sorts from Josh Berwanger of The Anniversary, Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic of Get Up Kids and Adam Phillips of The Gadjits.  Their promising 3-song debut 7” will be released in September and can be pre-ordered now.  Get a taste of their poppy, emotive punk rock with the upbeat, Suptic-sung first single heard here.  It is everything you would hope it would be!) https://radarstate.merchtable.com/  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SHOW ALERT: Junkyard & Little Caesar at Courtyard Lounge in Englewood on Saturday, May 27

In the late 80’s, just before grunge would take over the mainstream, hair metal was all the rage.  Bands like Poison, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi dominated radio and MTV with their image-conscience brand of glam-influenced pop-metal.  Simultaneously and seemingly far away from Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip, in East Hollywood, another scene was shining just as bright though the bands were far more grittier and much heavier than their hairspray and makeup-covered contemporaries.  Led by Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Little Caesar, Rhino Bucket, Junkyard and even Jane’s Addiction, the East Hollywood scene traded in raw, blues-soaked rock and roll with a punk rock attitude.     
Two of those bands – Junkyard and Little Caesar - will perform at the Courtyard Lounge in Englewood on Saturday, May 27.
Junkyard formed in ’87 but broke up shortly after in 1991 but they left their permanent mark by releasing two outstanding albums on Geffen Records.  They mixed southern rock charm (the Skynryd-esque hit single “Simple Man”) and punk rock attitude (punk legend Brian Baker of Dag Nasty and Bad Religion is a founding member) into their bluesy hard rock sound that made them an under the radar favorite.
Recently the band - led by the nasally rasp of original vocalist David Roach and drummer Patrick Muzingo - reformed and released their third album and first in over twenty-six years.  Out now on Acetate Records, Hell Or High Water is pure rock and roll debauchery with their twisted Southern Rock sound but with age, Roach’s lyrics are more reflective, recalling his wasted teenage years and acknowledging facts of life such as aging and regret.  Brian Baker even returned to help write and contribute his scorching solos to the album that is both nostalgia-inducing and timeless. 
Stream the anthemic, sing-along standout single, “Styrofoam Cup” from Hell Or High Water here:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stream It From The Mountain – Fortis Amor – Fortis Amor

Fortis Amor is the one-man progressive metal project of Seattle-via-Dayton musician Ryan Duke.  After releasing a promising EP and single, his long-gestating self-titled full-length album – most of it was written between 1998 and 2005 - was recently and finally released last Friday.  The 10-song album captures his experimental yet highly melodic and multi-layered musical style that features graceful and gorgeous acoustic guitar-led orchestral moments that dissolve into heavy and twisty tech-metal that contrast with soaring, rafters-reaching sing-along choruses that appear like light breaking through the clouds.  Along the same lines, Duke’s lyrical approach is uplifting and inspiring; featuring a Gospel-centered message that offers redemption and hope in place of anger and frustration.    
The dynamic opening track “Particles” sets the tone and the heaviest, groove-leaden track, “Reneweal” stands out and features a guest guitar solo from Jack Daniels of War of Ages and Hope For The Dying. The album closes out with the epic “Take Heart” that features a guest solo from Zack Uidl, formerly of 7 Horns 7 Eyes. 
Stream Fortis Amor here:       

Friday, May 19, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

WATERS – “Molly Is A Babe” (The Californian indie-pop quintet led by Van Pierszalowski will release their highly-anticipated third album, Something More! today via Vagrant/BMG Records.  With summer approaching, the album is jammed with sunny, instantly catchy melodies and fuzzy, festival-ready alt-rock and power-pop guitar riffs that will sound great blasting out of your speakers at high volume; especially the standout single heard here, which is the perfect anthem for the first day of the weekend or the last day of school.) http://www.vagrant.com/artists/bio/91-waters      

She-Devils – “Hey Boy” (The duo of Kyle Jukka and Audrey Ann Boucher are set to release their self-titled debut album today on Secretly Canadian.  With Jukka’s sample-heavy style and Boucher’s beguiling voice, the duo creates a sensational sonic space that borrows from 80’s electro-punk and 60’s psych-pop and surf-rock with vintage electronics, a quirky pop sense and a headphones-worthy swirl of strange sounds for an impressive debut.) https://www.shedevilsinc.com/

Jade Jackson – “Finish Line” (Newcomer Jade Jackson creates an emotionally-rich and timeless brand of country-rock with traces of Hank Williams and Lucinda Williams’ melancholic melodies on her debut album, Gilded, out today via Anti Records.  Her mentor, Mike Ness of Social Distortion produced the album on which Jackson channels the country & western crooners of the past and blends it with a youthful, punk rock spirit with her raspy yet gorgeous voice for an album that should attract listeners from all musical corners.) http://www.anti.com/artists/jade-jackson/  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition

This article takes on a different light with the news of Chris Cornell's passing last night.  Such somber news.  His was the best rock voice of our generation.  Let's all remember his music today.
Filmed in the early 90’s just before the Seattle music scene was to gain worldwide attention, Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Singles - starring Matt Damon, Bridget Fonda, Kyra Sedgwick, Bill Pullman and others as Seattle twentysomethings - focused on the music scene and introduced many to bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains just as they were taking over mainstream music with the so-called “grunge” movement. 
The cult classic film was released in 1992 and to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Epic Soundtrax/Legacy Recordings is releasing a remastered and expanded edition of its acclaimed, multi-platinum soundtrack.  The Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition is out tomorrow and comes in a 2-LP or 2-CD set that is loaded with features such as extensive liner notes from Cameron Crowe, tons of photos and previously unreleased recordings from Chris Cornell, Mudhoney, Paul Westerberg (including an acoustic performance of “Dyslexic Heart”) and Mike McCready.  Also included, for the first time, is “Touch Me I’m Dick”, the song performed by the fictional band Citizen Dick - led by Matt Dillon’s character Cliff Poncier along with members of Pearl Jam.  Additionally, Chris Cornell’s 1992 EP Poncier is included and features an early rendition of “Spoonman” of which Crowe says in his liner notes that the song was “originally a novelty, later an anthem”.  Best of all, the live performances in the film from Alice In Chains – “Would?” and “It Ain’t Like That” and Soundgarden’s scorching single, “Birth Ritual” appear on CD for the first time as well. 
The original soundtrack - which also included music from Smashing Pumpkins, Mother Love Bone and Screaming Trees – and the film itself were an important and lasting document of the emerging Seattle music scene and this new reissued version of the Singles soundtrack completes Cameron Crowe’s vision and is a must have for fans. 
Watch Alice In Chains – “Would?” here:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stream It From The Mountain: Matthew Ryan – Hustle Up Starlings

Veteran Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan recently released his thirteenth album, Hustle Up Starlings.  The excellent new album seamlessly veers from beautifully melancholic piano-led balladry to shimmering, atmospheric guitar-rock and was produced by and features contributions from Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem; who is the perfect fit for Ryan’s rich, gravely and worn-in voice and poetic lyrics.   
Since his impressive 1997 debut album, May Day (A&M Records) Matthew Ryan has been criminally underrated and has flown just under the radar but this new album is his strongest yet and should convert new listeners and please old fans equally.          
Stream Hustle Up Starlings here:

Friday, May 12, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Dreamcar – “Born To Lie” (Dreamcar is the new supergroup of 90’s era alt-punk vets – featuring Davey Havok of AFI and Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont from No Doubt.   Channeling both the Cure and INXS, with taut and funky rhythms, shimmering guitars, neon-lit synths and swaying New Romantic melodies, they deliver a glycerin-slick 80’s-inspired sound on their self-titled debut album, out today on Columbia Records.) http://dreamcarmusic.com/       

Slowdive – “Star Roving” (Sparked by their 2014 live reunion and subsequent live dates, after 22 years the UK shoegaze trailblazers - led by Neil Halstead – recently released their stunning and gorgeous self-titled fourth album via Dead Oceans.  After all of this time their sound remains a rapturous swirl of guitars and subtle synths with breathy, breath-taking dream-pop melodies rising above the hypnotic haze for a most welcomed return.) http://www.slowdiveofficial.com/      

Mew – “Twist Quest” (The Danish art-pop band recently released their seventh album, Visuals, via Play It Again Sam.  The album is their first as a trio and on it they smooth out some of their proggier tendencies to allow Tears For Fears-like 80’s synth-pop to permeate the moods and melodies of the album; though their experimental streak is continued by jazz-informed trumpets and jammy, classic rock moments.) https://mewsite.com/    

Have Mercy – “Coexist” (The Baltimore-based band recently released their long-awaited third album, Make The Best Of It, via Hopeless Records.  Led by the impassioned and slightly gruff vocals of Brian Swindle – the only remaining member – they create a Jimmy Eat World-like radio-ready brand of emo-laced punk that builds off of their last album. Catch them on tour now with Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside and Nothing, Nowhere.)     

Walter Martin – “Hey Matt” (The former Walkmen multi-instrumentalist recently released My Kinda Music, his third overall solo album and second kids music album.  Out now on Ile Flottante Music, the album features his unique voice and quirky pop sense along with his equally quirky and humorous personal narratives about his family history, crushes and more.  Guests include Laura Gibson and Matt Berninger of The National, who gives Walter singing lessons on the standout single, heard here.) www.waltermartinmusic.com
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/waltermartinmusic/hey-matt