Archive for September, 2011
Earlier this month I did a Q&A with Courtney E. Smith about her book, Record Collecting for Girls. In the conversation we talked about all-women rock bands. At the time I wasn’t cognizant of the lack of success from all-women rock bands. When I was going through Smith’s responses I thought to myself that she couldn’t be correct in her assessment. But, all of the examples I could come up only had women vocalists, or a duo of women.
Sometimes you can stumble onto a band and not yet realize just how rocking awesome they are. We Were Promised Jetpacks is one of those bands. A couple of months ago I played a track off their latest EP In The Last Place You’ll Look I thought it was a good track but it didn’t grab me and suck me in. Later this week I was trolling my music library and thought I’d give them another shot. Holy shit son of a bitch. I must have been deaf not to realize the awesome rock potential.
The Twilight Sad released a new acoustic EP sometime last month. You can download it for free HERE. All you have to do is sign up for their mailing list… which I have yet to receive an email from. I’ve been listening to it over and over again trying to figure it out. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great EP. It’s exactly what EPs should be: b-sides and unique tracks you wouldn’t hear on an album.
Summer is over. Labor Day has come and past and I can finally put all of my bright colors and white back in the wardrobe and bust out the black! I want to go over some of my favorite albums of the summer and some new releases that were disappointments. For me, this summer didn’t have any major new albums that stole my heart. I was listening to a lot of the albums that came out last summer. Mainly The Thermals, Stars, and The Dead Weather.
Friday was rough. It marks a month since my last radio show. But since I moved to Vermont I’m not going to be doing any radio shows or spinning any records for quite sometime. My only release will be putting out some mixes for our dedicated On The Couch readers to enjoy. There was something absolutely magical about getting off of work and heading into the radio studios to put on a great radio show. It was completely relaxing and a great way to end the work week.
Folk/punk. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the name pretty much sums it up: elements of folk melodies amped up to the tempo and volume of punk. Associated bands include The Pogues, The Violent Femmes and Flogging Molly. Although I generally don’t get too excited about music in this genre, I was pleasantly surprised when I happened across the song, “I am Disappeared”, by Frank Turner during a recent road trip to San Diego.
I want to get back to what originally got me interested in writing for On The Couch. I feel compelled to write about albums or tracks that I find particularly rocking awesome. Tracks that can still get you to close your eyes and enjoy even after the millionth time you’ve heard them. Don’t worry I will still bring you the newest bands and albums and suggest some my favorite bands. A track that I stumbled upon, after a long period in which it was being neglected, is “Still In Love Song” by The Stills.
So, my friend Yohance sent me a link to Left Lane Cruiser the other day, and I cannot thank him enough. These two guys from Fort Wayne, Indiana put together some of the most raunchy tracks I have heard in a while. Think Black Keys + Clutch + moonshine. I have just starting diving into their library, so I am not educated enough to offer any deep insight, but that wont stop me from writing about what I like about them so far.