Wednesday, June 04, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat

Josh Berwanger – “Oh Bis!” (Hot on the heels of his stellar debut solo album, Strange Stains, released last fall on Good Land Records, comes a new 7” from the former member of The Anniversary.  Released this week on limited edition colored vinyl via the podcast Too Much Rock - it’s the third in their singles series.  The A-side - heard here - is a raging, two-and-a-half minute power-pop anthem about an unrequited love and the B-side is Josh’s unique spin of the The Jags' 1978 under-the-radar classic, "Back Of My Hand".)     

Centro-matic – “Cross Path” (The Texas-based indie-rock/alt-country veterans led by Will Johnson released their eleventh studio album, Take Pride In Your Long Odds this week via Navigational Transmissions/Thirty Tigers.  The new album finds Johnson and Co. recharged with a solid collection of upbeat, ragged guitar-led anthems that recall Springsteen, especially with the propulsive fuzzed-out chug of the standout single here.)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Coming Down” (Down to just two original members - drummer Sean Greenhalgh and frontman Alec Ounworth - CYHSY have reinvented themselves for their  experimental yet familiar fourth album, Only Run, out now via the band’s Bandcamp page.  The first single is a buzzing fuzz-leaden stomp with spiraling synths that matches Alec’s distinctly quirky yelp with the booming baritone of guest Matt Berninger from The National for a standout moment.  Be sure to check out the band on tour this summer.)  


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