Sea Salt

I just spent 20 minutes explaining my absence from The Couch and most importantly why this band (yes they’re a band, not a solo project!) needs to be recognized. Then my computer crashed and I lost everything. So, whatever. You know what I mean. Check Quadron out. (sorry for the YouTube adverts) These guys are legit.

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The Story of Shallow Gravy

Shallow Gravy

In celebration of the Venture Bros. Season 5 premiere on Cartoon Network‘s [adult swim] this weekend I felt it was necessary to give our readers the story of Shallow Gravy.

Shallow Gravy is a band consisting of Hank Venture on bass, Dermott Fictel as the lead singer, and HELPeR on drums. Their largest gig to date has been the home-school prom at the Venture Compound where they performed their hit single Jacket from the album From the Ladle to the Grave. Their record label is Conjectural Records, which is a subsidiary of Conjectural Technologies run by Pete White and Billy Quizboy.

“It’s going to be a great season. The crew in every department of the production really stepped up their game (and new crew members brought new game)–the show’s never looked or sounded better. And as writers, Doc and I hit a really great, confident stride that, I think, combines some of the best qualities of seasons past with a uniquely season 5 freshness. A good mix of new characters and old (some of which haven’t been seen in quite a while), high adventure in exotic locations and internal strife on the home front. You will like it!” says Jackson Publick.

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Generationals Release Video for “Spinoza”, Announce Tour Dates


After releasing Heza back in April, the Generationals unveiled the video for “Spinoza” last week. The video was directed by Luther Gooch (no relation) and was shot entirely on a GoPro camera in the band’s hometown of New Orleans, LA.

Along with the exciting announcement of the video, they have released the dates and sites of their upcoming Summer tour. I have to say that I am very interested to see them live and luckily enough they will be making a stop in Salt Lake City in the middle of June. For all our Montana readers be sure to catch them when they are in Missoula. :)

BUY Heza here:

05/31 – Lafayette, LA – Downtown Alive!
05/31 – Lafayette, LA – Atmosphere ^
06/01 – Dallas, TX – Three Links #
06/02 – Austin, TX – The Parish #
06/04 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom #
06/05 – San Diego, CA – Casbah #
06/07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo #
06/08 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill #
06/11 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge #
06/12 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern #
06/13 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret #
06/14 – Missoula, MT – The Badlander #
06/15 – Boise, ID – Neurolux #
06/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
06/17 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive #
06/18 – Kansas City, Mo – Record Bar #
06/19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Meacham Auditorium (Moore Tornado Benefit)
06/20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs %
06/21 – New Orleans, LA – Maison %
06/22 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box %
06/23 – Tampa, FL – New World Brewery %
06/25 – Miami, FL – Bardot
06/26 – Orlando, FL – The Social %
06/27 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly %
06/28 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall %
07/11 – New York, NY – RiverRocks – Pier 84 *
07/26 – Diepholz, Germany – Appletree Garden Festival
07/27 – Reutlingen, Germany – Burning Eagle Festival
07/28 – Luzern, Switzerland – Radio 3Fach Volière
07/29 – Zurich, Switzerland – El Lokal
07/30 – Padova, Italy – Radar Fest
07/31 – Munich, Germany – Feierwerk
08/01 – Berlin, Germany – Puschenfest
08/02 – Paris, France – Nouveau Casino
08/03 – Liege, Belgium – Micro Festival
08/03 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
08/04 – Brighton, UK – The Hope
08/05 – London, UK – The Lexington
08/06 – Leicester, UK – The Cookie Jar
08/07 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
08/08 – Manchester, UK – Castle Hotel
08/10 – Dublin, Ireland – The Workman’s Club
08/11 – Myrtleville, Ireland – Pine Lodge
08/11 – Cork, Ireland – The Bowery
08/13 – Limerick, Ireland – Bourkes
08/24 – Monterey, CA – First City Festival
08/25 – Monterey, CA – First City Festival

^ w/ Brass Bed
# w/ Young Empires
% w/ Gringo Starr
* w/ Sallie Ford & The Sound Outsid

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fat Joe – What’s Love? Feat. Ashanti

ashanti_2150Last week I started a Ja Rule Pandora station and I have been touring through the Hip Hop Top 40 from m early 20’s. Today’s selection has been a constant presence on the channel during my time at work. It still causes me to bounce with the light and bubbly beat, plus you are treated the vocal stylings of the very underrated Ashanti.

There was a time when she was a legitimate rival to Beyoncé, J-Lo, and Mariah Carey. She may have fallen from the bright lights but her style stills holds to this day. Fat Joe is not all-time great in my opinion, but the jam was a favorite of mine at the time and it will force me to always remember the ring leader of The Terror Squad.

Hope you’re having a great Throwback Thursday! :)

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PAWS Announce East Coast Summer Tour Dates


Scottish garage-rock band PAWS will embark on a brief East Coast tour in June, which includes shows with Eternal SummersWe Were Promised Jetpacks and Fucked Up. The tour will also include a headlining show at the South Street Seaport in New York, June 14. Full tour dates listed below.

If you are an avid reader of this blog you’ll know that We Were Promised Jetpacks is an On the Couch favorite. We are jealous of those of you who will be in attendance for those shows.

PAWS released Cokefloat! last October and they are touring The States in support of the trio’s first LP release from FatCat Records. True to its name, Cokefloat! is, as the band puts it, “like a sugar high…with the sugar comedown.”

It is a shame that I didn’t come across the LP until now, but I am loving what I have heard so far. With most “sugar highs” you feel a little crummy on the come down, which is why the title to the track below is so fitting. Don’t let that stop you “Sore Tummy” is a wonderful sample of PAWS’ pulsating warm and fuzzy “noise”.

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Emily Bell Has Her Own Voice

After taking SWSX by storm Emily Bell fans are anxiously waiting for the release of In Technicolor. The Lone Star State songstress is  full of both sophisticated soul and strutting rock ’n’ roll. Her eclectic background of musical theater, R&B, and rock has coagulated to form an elemental force that takes over the stage, all the while making it look effortless.

In Technicolor, Bell‘s debut album, has nine tracks laid through Delta blues, ‘60s rock, girl-group glam and Motown power. With John Evans, her producer, co-writer, guitarist and partner, Bell has crafted the “here I am” statement she’s been working toward for years. She likes to call it “technicolor rock ‘n’ soul.”

I have selected three tracks from the upcoming release that I found insatiable. Bell called to me like a siren today and her sassy tone brings out my inner ‘smart-ass kid’ and this kid loves Fridays.

“When I listen to a song, colors and scenery flood through my head,” Bell explains. “Music and imagery and visualization are so tied together. That’s why music is so powerful. I hope that when people listen to my music, they get an intense, visceral experience.”




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Throwback Thursday: The Toadies – Possum Kingdom

The Toadies TBTIt is Thursday and it is time to take a trip back in time to my high school days. This selection was a favorite among my peers and a few of my friends went so far as to learn in on their guitars to impress the girls :)

This morning on my bike ride to work I was listening to Girl Talk’s All Day, which is a great way to rediscover some nostalgic tracks. He uses “Possum Kingdom” has the melody behind multiple artists on track number five “This is the Remix”. Hearing the familiar tune I was inspired to find it on YouTube and I have had it on repeat for the last hour.

So without further ado I give you The Toadies “Possum Kingdom”

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Clear My Head With You EP

Pittsburgh based indie-rock band ADVENTURES have announced they will be releasing a new EP, Clear My Head With You, on June 18 via No Sleep Records. “Promise” is the first single and fans are invited to pre-order the EP on vinyl 7” now at

Recently I have been on a steady diet of FinchTaking Back Sunday, and From Autumn to Ashes. It seems like the majority of submissions we are getting are from folk inspired indie bands, and they haven’t really driven me to write about them just because the music doesn’t match my mood as of late. “Promise” struck a chord in my heart because of the raw emotion in the vocals and simple yet meaningful march of the drums.

ADVENTURES features members Jami, Reba and Joe from reputable Deathwish Records hardcore band Code Orange Kids who, along with friends Kimi and Dominic, formed in early 2012. Only a few months later, the band recorded their debut self-titled EP and signed with No Sleep Records.

”Promise” is the first song we wrote past our last 7″ and quickly became a favorite among all of us and our friends,” says Jami.  “It is not necessarily similar in sound to the rest of the songs on the record but it was the beginning of the process. The song is about making promises to yourself and letting them blow away out of weakness and anxiety.

It feels good to be back



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Deluxe LP Version of Cat Power’s ‘Sun’

GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!!! On Sept. 4, Cat Power, also known as Chan Marshall,will be releasing Sun, her first album of original material in six years. Marshall self-produced the album, which was recorded in her Malibu, Calif., studio, and performed all of its instrumental parts herself.

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Ben Gibbard Solo Album?


I have been told numerous times from people in the music business that Ben Gibbard is one of the nicest guys on the face of the planet. But in recent years, he had broken my heart and killed off most of my love for his main band Death Cab For Cutie. I have written extensively about my angst and heart-break HERE.

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