Archive for July, 2011
Man I love the feeling of hard work paying off. This blog has been active for over two years, but in the last eight months we have really put our noses to the grindstone. That extra effort is beginning to pay dividends as we are getting emails from publishing companies and artists, asking us to listen to their work. To me this feels like we are definitely grabbing some attention.
Today’s post is another artists asking us to give a listen to his new track. The best part is I have written about him before, and never thought I’d be asked via email to give him some help. Good stuff in my book.
I am very lucky to get the opportunity to write a blog post on Montana native indie rocker Ryan Rebo. I’ve heard him play numerous times throughout the state of Montana. Early this month he released his first music video for one of his great songs “Lonely Scientist”.
Q: How are things going?
Have you ever had that itch to hear Scottish brogue crooning to you with an epic rock band in the background? Good news! The Twilight Sad will surely scratch your itch. They are an indie rock quartet from Kilsyth, Scotland, and their first album, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, came out back in 2007 with quite a bit of critical acclaim – both in the UK and in the States. It even led them to partake in a grand indie rock tour of the US and Canada. The Twilight Sad’s last album was back in 2009 entitled Forget the Night Ahead. I stumbled on this album some time ago. As I recall, I loved it but for some reason it passed out of my mind until last week. Now I can’t put it down.
What is with me and Canadian bands lately? I honestly do not seek out tunes from our very polite neighbours to the north but it seems no matter who I start listening to, they end up being Canadian. Today’s post is no different.
Dark Mean (Mark Dean, Billy Holmes, and Sandy Johnston) is a trio out of Hamilton, Ontario and they have been a great soundtrack for me during these dog-days of summer. The next couple of weeks will be filled with road trips and seeing family and you can bet your assets that Dark Mean will be along for the ride.
I have made a terrible mistake. Every once in a while an album or band slips beneath and goes unnoticed by the staff writers here at On The Couch. Its pretty embarrassing when that happens. Granted, not as embarrassing as getting caught naked after getting out of a cold pool. But it is particularly shameful when a band I have listed under “Staff Favorites” has a major album release and it goes un-listened to for nearly a year. Styrofoam released Disco Synthesizers & Daily Tranquilizers way back in last October. I somehow missed it. I must have been distracted by something. Perhaps pretty fall foliage or a dog with a puffy tail.
Alkaline Trio is celebrating their fifteenth year of existence with an incredible new album release. Damnesia is the band’s eighth album. The new album consists of fifteen tracks and b-sides from their previous albums. But this is not some lame “greatest hits” or “best of” album by some washed up rockers, instead it is a collection of some of the band’s favorite tracks re-recorded in a proper studio with acoustic guitar, instead of electric.
This is one of my favorite bands. I listened to them throughout high school and beyond. I love them. Alkaline Trio has been hugely formative on what bands I listen to and are partially responsible for falling for girls, dying my hair blue-black, and sporting an emo swoop, which I am aware is sort of ironic because they are a punk band. I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for Alkaline Trio.
Oh crap it feels like forever since my last post!! I must say the holiday and visiting friends was a great distraction, but I need to be a little more focused on posting even during busy times. I will do my best to fix my behavior
The upside is that I return with new music that should fit right in with your current summer playlist. Stuyvesant (pronounced Sty-vas-ent) are a fast-paced and hard-hitting classic indie rock quartet. Fret Sounds, their latest album, was released back on June 14th and it is filled with catchy melodies and killer riffs, and a tight beat to keep them in line.
There is nothing like stumbling onto a brand new artist that rocks your socks off. A couple of weeks ago I was spinning some vinyl on my radio show, when I was digging through the new rock albums and ran across We Became Actors. I had to find out who they were. Take a look at their bio “We Became Actors have a hard time standing still. They throw tambourines, clap hands, kick over cocktails. The latter on accident. Usually. Like a Sunday hangover, they’re loud, bright and soaked in gin.” I maintain that any band soaked in gin would be brilliant.