Archive for June, 2011
A new self titled Taking Back Sunday album dropped this week. Don’t worry the On The Couch staff is hot on the case. I have been a fan of Taking Back Sunday since their first album. I’ve even got to see them live a few times when they were apart of the Warped Tour. I absolutely loved their first two albums Tell All your Friends and Where You Want To Be. In fact, Where You Want To Be is one of the first albums I ever played on my radio show. I can remember playing one of my favorite songs “One-Eighty by Summer” on the air and then having some of the older more experienced DJs wander through the studio and exclaim “Wow this is actually really good! Who are these guys?!”
It has been awhile since a music video has caused me to like a song even more, but Does It Offend You, Yeah? found a way. I freakin’ love the video for “Pull Out My Insides”. Maybe it is the little boy inside of me who is frustrated with his lot in life or I just want to knock some out, but this visual interpretation of the song has really grabbed my attention for the last few days. One cannot love the Lord of the Flies undertones, especially when the protagonist reaches down an smears the mud all over his face… classic!
Does It Offend You, Yeah? is a favorite of On the Couch and their latest release Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You has been a great addition to the musical catalog. You can get your hands on a digital or physical copy HERE. Check out my take on the new album HERE, and Music the Vander Wey weighs in HERE.
I want to stay on the theme of indie rocking summer bands. are one of those fantastic bands that make the summer air a bit sweeter. They have three albums in total, with Bury Me In My Rings which dropped in May. Blake Sennett, formerly of a part of Rilo Kiley, is the creative force behind the quartet. I’ve listened to The Elected off and on through the years, but I have to say with the new release I love them more now than ever.
This week the solstice finally passed us by and summer has finally begun. I don’t know about you, but a lot of my song and band choices change with the seasons. Admittedly, I enjoy slower more acoustic songs in the winter, but during the summer I need to have, as T William puts it, unbridled rock.
This week a couple have bands have taken over my playlists. The band that has melted my mind and my ears, is an epic legendary indie rock band out of promised land of hip indie rockability Portlandia. The Thermals have been turning out stripped down balls to the wall rock for quite sometime. For a couple of summers now, I’ve been cruising around rocking out to The Thermals. Its perfect summer drive time music.
In my old age I have forgotten how unbridled rock can improve one’s outlook on the day. I remember being able to scream at the top of my lunges along with Chino Moreno, Zach de la Rocha, and Maynard James Keenan when I was 18 years old and how that could relieve all of my stress. Now I no longer use that kind of release, but I am thinking I should get back to it soon.
The Dirty Nil, a trio out of Ontario, can be blamed for the wake call I received today. Luke Bentham (guitar & vocals), Kyle Fisher (drums), and Dave Nardi (bass) are sonic equivalent of the passion and frustration that fill the youth of every generation. The product isn’t clear or clean, but it was never intended to be. That is what makes us old folk yearn for nostalgia, we want that emotional connection to everything that we had when we were young.
Normally, I am not all that big on love songs. In fact, most of the time they trigger my natural gag reflex when I hear more than five in a row. But for some reason I am feeling sentimental tonight. Mainly, I suspect, because of this photo I stumbled across on the huffingtonpost.com.
I am going to make a point of not repeating any cliches about photos, but I do strongly believe this is a pretty remarkable photo. No, not because its a rare photo of Canadians rioting over something as lame as hockey. Rather, the image of violence, fire, and danger contrasted with that of unrepentant love. Like any good emo/indie rocker this image was enough to inspire me to make a mix tape. This is a mix tape of some of my favorite love songs. I want to point out that they aren’t bitter love songs or songs about love and the breaking up. Just pure at heart glurpy puppy dog love songs.
There’s nothing like a British rock album filled to the brim with sexual innuendo. With song titles like “Piledriver Waltz” and “Suck it and See” you can’t help but have a wicked grin on your face. I love announcing on my radio show that I’m playing the “Piledriver Waltz” I can just imagine people doing a double take at their radios. This summer has a lot of great album titles. Alkaline Trio has Damnesia, but I think the Arctic Monkeys might have the most brilliant title with Suck It and See. According to NME magazine, the Arctic Monkeys debated about what to call this new album. Here is a list of some of the names that didn’t make the cut: “The Rain-Shaped Shimmer Trap”, “The Thunder-Suckle Fuzz Canyon”, “The Blondo-Sonic Rape Alarm”. All brilliant!
GPitts, a members of The RLES Society, has leaked a track off his upcoming mixtape Brain Food. My boys over at The RLES Society alerted me to “I Dig It” today and it has def added a bounce to my afternoon. Stream it here and then be sure click the art work to download a copy for your personal playlist.
GPitts – I Dig It
I have been fighting an epic cold these past few days. It feels like it came from post apocalyptic America or something. In my feverish daze that has become my life, I wake up, produce phlegm, and then try to come up with creative solutions to dispose of it. At one point, the combination of NyQuil and too many hours of sleep left my brain addled. I even tried re-listening to Death Cab For Cutie‘s Codes & Keys thinking that maybe I was wrong. Sadly, about half way through the album I started having a hard time discerning Codes & Keys album art from my pile of used snot rags. There was only one solution, which maybe painfully obvious to the reader, but to my fever ridden mind it was an elusive one, turn off my stereo! It’s come to that.
It is time to revisit the land of indie-electro-rock. I have been away on a vacation on hip-hop island for a couple of weeks, but a new and exciting band has brought me back to my first love. New Look (Sarah Ruba & Adam Pavao) will release a new single “The Ballad” on June 27th. For those of you who haven’t seen the video yet, it is below. If the single is any indication of what can be expected on their full length album, they are going to be your new favorite band when September rolls around.
The Canadian future pop duo first emerged in 2008, landing in Europe with a self-released EP of perfect pitch, experimental pop entitled How’s My Hair?. They have now taken the next step to record and release a full-length album.