Archive for February, 2011
After hearing Ramona Falls is working on a new album and now word that The Wooden Birds will be dropping Two Matchsticks in June, it seems sophomore albums are all the rage. Oh yeah and this post is officially On the Couch’s 100th, I can’t believe we’ve already hit this milestone.
The Wooden Birds are fronted by Andrew Kenny, formerly of the American Analog Set, and backed up by Leslie Sisson (vocalist/guitarist), Sean Haskins (drummer), and Matt Pond (guitarist). Kenny has also done guest work with Album Leaf, Her Space Holiday, Styrofoam, Ola Podrida, Arthur & Yu, and Broken Social Scene.
I wish I had some breaking news for our readers today, but alas I only have my own hopes to pass along. Last night I was digging deep into the music collection and rediscovered Ramona Falls, a solo project by Brent Knopf. I first became aware of the release of his debut album, Intuit, when I was street teaming for Barsuk Records summer 2009. If had been writing this blog at the time the LP definitely would have been one of my ten best releases of the year.
For the last two days I have not been able to listen to music at work and it has thrown me for a loop. It is funny how a change in our routine can alter our moods and my mood has inspired me to think a little differently about how I enjoy music today, as compared to my teenage years. The sad part is that I don’t consider myself old enough to be feeling nostalgic about my “glory days”. Honestly I don’t want to relive those years but I do wish I was still as optimistic about the world of music.
I love covers. The ability for a band to take a song that you have already heard a million times, a song you have probably already fallen in love with and and bring it back to life in a new light, is one of the pinnacles of a good band. Good news though! One of my favorite bands Franz Ferdinand is going to be a subject of an EP of some of their best known songs covered by such greats as LCD Sound System and the Magnetic Fields. The EP is set to be released on Record Store day, which is April 16th. I love hearing songs that I already love changed and rearranged by a band I already like, such as LCD Sound System and The Magnetic Fields. It brings a new perspective to a song that has, frankly, gotten stale.
It is President’s Day here in the states, and I am here to tell you “The British are coming! The British are coming!!”
Does It Offend You, Yeah?, will be releasing their second full length album on March 14th, their first since 2008’s You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into.
Back in August the group leaked the first track off Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, titled “We Are Dead”. Then on January 23 “The Monkeys Are Coming” was released on iTunes, with the official video hitting YouTube on February 4th. There is a very cool pre-order bundle for the forthcoming album through Recordstore. The bundle includes a signed copy of Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, a CD Single of “The Monkeys Are Coming” (featuring remixes from Bar 9 and Disco of Doom) and some badges of the album artwork. A great deal for just 10 English pounds, wouldn’t you say?
The duo of Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger makeup the Seattle based indie/dance/pop act Beat Connection. The One the Couch staff loves synth pop groups and the Beat Connection fits like a round peg in a round hole.
They will be re-releasing their first EP titled Surf Noir through Tender Age Records. As part of expanding the duos exposure, Tender Age will be also be releasing a remixed Silver Screen EP (it is on iTunes now with hard copies arriving February 28th). The work includes the original “Silver Screen” track, along with two remixes by Young Montana? and Dreamtrak Diamond. The added bonus of the EP includes a new song titled “Space Vacation”.
I just bought and downloaded my copy of the new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs! This is what they posted on their website today.
“It’s Friday… It’s almost the weekend…It’s a full moon….
You can download ‘The King of Limbs’ now if you so wish!
Thank you good people for waiting … Have a great weekend wherever you are….”
Part of my morning routine is to watch late night talk shows from the night before and this morning I was watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and hit the jackpot of music finds. The biggest reason I watch Jimmy Fallon is to hear what The Roots play for the guest’s walk-out music. To my surprise on last night’s show Mos Def was sitting in with the band. In order to see if he had any funny lines I decided to watch the whole show and found the most memorable part of the episode to be the musical guest.
F$*#ck Coachella. That’s right I said it. Well, I’m not so mad at the actual event as I am at the thousands of scalpers who most likely purchased tickets to crank them out 2 months later at a 1000% profit. Said scalpers, assuming they exist, are my best guess at the reason for Coachella selling out in 7 days.
Save for a miracle, I will not be attending and I’m guessing unless you’ve got a DeLorean neither are you; but Foster the People is. So here’s the solution to your and my debacle: hear the music here. (wow, grammar)