Archive for January, 2012
There has been a wash of good albums released in the last six months, making me feel like a kid in some kind of a store that sells candy. One album, in particular, has got me excited. Kasabian released their fourth full length album entitled Velociraptor!, back in September. I love albums with exclamation points in the title, it’s always a good sign.
Friday night is the most magical night of the week, I mean they only happen once every seven days. They mark the end of the work week when everyone wants to get out the house and blow off some stress and create some havoc. Many flock to their local watering holes and get assaulted by soulless dance pop. I can see the pain on people’s faces who enjoy real music. They are usually twisted in horror and shame for dancing to a Katy Perry song. I’ve even seen a couple of indie rock chicks stop at the end of a particularly bad song to start miming blowing each others brains out in a last-ditch effort to stop the pain.
It isn’t often you can get your hands on complete albums for free these days. Especially from a large group of talented musicians. If you read my posts you know I love music that feature musicians. It is astounding how many popular artists aren’t musicians and rely on synthetic noise makers to create music.
In between long bouts of rocking out to Veronica Falls, I’ve been enjoying the latest from another British band The Big Pink. This week they have just released their second album entitled Future This. Mr. T. William turned me onto their first album A Brief History Of Love back in 2009. I adored “Velvet” and “Dominos.” I think both of them were singles for that album. The only problem with A Brief History Of Love, was that “Dominos” and “Velvet” were only two really good songs on the entire album. The rest were only… meh.
Sometimes I love the internet. One day, thanks to some social networking subscriptions I came across a video of the Bailey Hounds doing a cover of Pantera’s “The Great Southern Trendkill“. I was immediately intrigued. The cover was performed acoustically, during a radio show, and the band did a phenomenal job. It really was like hearing the song all over again. With my newfound interest in the band, I began digging for more, and found a Philly-based band, who are truly committed to their art. If you are familiar with my previous posts you will know that I have little use for labels in regards to music, I use two, good and bad, so I will not attempt to classify these guys other than to say they are good. Their debut album, Along The Gallows can be streamed and purchased from their website thebaileyhounds.com, I recommend doing so. The album for me, has an instant rapport, it is instantly personal. While you listen to the tracks, they could have been written about your life. My favorites include “Devil Tree”, and ”Always on the Wrong Side”.
“You don’t love her like you love me – You don’t look at her like you’re looking at me” Were the lyrics that got me hooked. “Oh Veronica Falls you know exactly what buttons to push” was what was pulsing through my mind when I listen to the track “Wedding Day” for the first time. I occasionally talk to albums like they are sentient beings. But so what? Veronica Falls is an indie rock band out of London. They have released their first self entitled album Veronica Falls.
X-mas break is long gone. The first week of class has hit and its time to get back in the groove. Over the break, I was able to host Music The Vander Wey once again on KGLT. It was an incredible experience. I felt like child in some kind of a store (my New Years resolution was to try to swear off clichés, which ironically maybe a cliché in of itself). While I was flooding the airwaves of Southwestern Montana with indie rock, I held in my hands The Ettes‘ newest album Wicked Will. It’s a strange feeling to hold something so rocking awesome in your hands.
It’s time to get back into the groove of new music. Let’s leave behind the repetitive monotonous Christmas music that has cast a black shadow over everything with speakers. It’s time to rock! The best way to deal with this slippery slump is with the new self titled album Wild Flag.
Unfortunately the only way I can write about this album is by gushing about how stupid awesome it really is. It’s punk, its cool, its snappy, and worst of all its addictive. After I listen to “Romances” I can’t help but notice that there is a spring in my step and a goofy smile on my face. Suddenly the world doesn’t suck quite as bad as it did a couple of minutes before.
Allo Darlin’ will be releasing their eagerly anticipated second album, Europe, on March 6, 2012. The band is also embarking on a full US tour to accompany the album release in April, so look out for their effervescent, fun-filled live show in a town near you.
In order to get your taste buds ready for the new album the quartet has leaked “Capricornia” for all to hear. It is full of pop delightfulness, with air lyrics from the voice of Elizabeth Morris.
He is at it again folks. David Bazan will be appearing in a living room near you soon! Yes you read it correctly David Bazan is participating in his second Living Room Tour. It really is a terrific concept, he asks for fans to volunteer to host a living room concert in their homes. His touring partners take care of selling the tickets and we all get a chance at a very intimate experience with a stellar singer/songwriter.