T. William Gooch
I guess I could be labeled a man who is still chasing dreams that have constantly teased him.
Last week I started a Ja Rule Pandora station and I have been touring through the Hip Hop Top 40 from m early 20′s. Today’s selection has been a constant presence on the channel during my time at work. It still causes me to bounce with the light and bubbly beat, plus you are treated the vocal stylings of the very underrated Ashanti.
There was a time when she was a legitimate rival to Beyoncé, J-Lo, and Mariah Carey. She may have fallen from the bright lights but her style stills holds to this day. Fat Joe is not all-time great in my opinion, but the jam was a favorite of mine at the time and it will force me to always remember the ring leader of The Terror Squad.
Hope you’re having a great Throwback Thursday!
Scottish garage-rock band PAWS will embark on a brief East Coast tour in June, which includes shows with Eternal Summers, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Fucked Up. The tour will also include a headlining show at the South Street Seaport in New York, June 14. Full tour dates listed below.
If you are an avid reader of this blog you’ll know that We Were Promised Jetpacks is an On the Couch favorite. We are jealous of those of you who will be in attendance for those shows.
PAWS released Cokefloat! last October and they are touring The States in support of the trio’s first LP release from FatCat Records. True to its name, Cokefloat! is, as the band puts it, “like a sugar high…with the sugar comedown.”
It is a shame that I didn’t come across the LP until now, but I am loving what I have heard so far. With most “sugar highs” you feel a little crummy on the come down, which is why the title to the track below is so fitting. Don’t let that stop you “Sore Tummy” is a wonderful sample of PAWS’ pulsating warm and fuzzy “noise”.
- We Were Promised Jetpacks add more U.S. shows, including Maxwell’s (updated dates) (brooklynvegan.com)
- Now Presenting: We Were Promised Jet Packs (onthecouchblog.com)
- We Were Promised Jetpacks: In The Pit of the Stomach Review (onthecouchblog.com)
After taking SWSX by storm Emily Bell fans are anxiously waiting for the release of In Technicolor. The Lone Star State songstress is full of both sophisticated soul and strutting rock ’n’ roll. Her eclectic background of musical theater, R&B, and rock has coagulated to form an elemental force that takes over the stage, all the while making it look effortless.
In Technicolor, Bell‘s debut album, has nine tracks laid through Delta blues, ‘60s rock, girl-group glam and Motown power. With John Evans, her producer, co-writer, guitarist and partner, Bell has crafted the “here I am” statement she’s been working toward for years. She likes to call it “technicolor rock ‘n’ soul.”
I have selected three tracks from the upcoming release that I found insatiable. Bell called to me like a siren today and her sassy tone brings out my inner ‘smart-ass kid’ and this kid loves Fridays.
“When I listen to a song, colors and scenery flood through my head,” Bell explains. “Music and imagery and visualization are so tied together. That’s why music is so powerful. I hope that when people listen to my music, they get an intense, visceral experience.”
- Daily Downloads (Emily Bell, Hallelujah the Hills, and more) (largeheartedboy.com)
Posted in Alternative on May 16, 2013
It is Thursday and it is time to take a trip back in time to my high school days. This selection was a favorite among my peers and a few of my friends went so far as to learn in on their guitars to impress the girls
This morning on my bike ride to work I was listening to Girl Talk’s All Day, which is a great way to rediscover some nostalgic tracks. He uses “Possum Kingdom” has the melody behind multiple artists on track number five “This is the Remix”. Hearing the familiar tune I was inspired to find it on YouTube and I have had it on repeat for the last hour.
So without further ado I give you The Toadies “Possum Kingdom”
Pittsburgh based indie-rock band ADVENTURES have announced they will be releasing a new EP, Clear My Head With You, on June 18 via No Sleep Records. “Promise” is the first single and fans are invited to pre-order the EP on vinyl 7” now at nosleeprecords.com/clearmyheadwithyou.
Recently I have been on a steady diet of Finch, Taking Back Sunday, and From Autumn to Ashes. It seems like the majority of submissions we are getting are from folk inspired indie bands, and they haven’t really driven me to write about them just because the music doesn’t match my mood as of late. “Promise” struck a chord in my heart because of the raw emotion in the vocals and simple yet meaningful march of the drums.
ADVENTURES features members Jami, Reba and Joe from reputable Deathwish Records hardcore band Code Orange Kids who, along with friends Kimi and Dominic, formed in early 2012. Only a few months later, the band recorded their debut self-titled EP and signed with No Sleep Records.
”Promise” is the first song we wrote past our last 7″ and quickly became a favorite among all of us and our friends,” says Jami. “It is not necessarily similar in sound to the rest of the songs on the record but it was the beginning of the process. The song is about making promises to yourself and letting them blow away out of weakness and anxiety.
It feels good to be back
- Adventures (3/4 of Code Orange Kids) announce new EP (stream a track) (brooklynvegan.com)
GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!!! On Sept. 4, Cat Power, also known as Chan Marshall,will be releasing Sun, her first album of original material in six years. Marshall self-produced the album, which was recorded in her Malibu, Calif., studio, and performed all of its instrumental parts herself.
No Sleep Records is announcing that Aficionado will be releasing Empty on September 18th. The release will be available digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl 7”, which can be pre-ordered now at nosleepstore.com.
I received an email today to alert me that the Dum Dum Girls have released “Lord Knows”, the first single off their upcoming EP End of Daze. First of all I LOVE IT WHEN I GET GOOD EMAILS!!! It seems like email is usually spam or work these days, but this particular message offered me hope that electronic mail isn’t a nagging reminder that the outside world sucks.
Give the title track of the new album a listen here:
If you would like to preview the entire release head on over to NPR.
Man I am so sorry I’m late on this but if you didn’t get your hands on the four tracks Scolla released back in January and February then here is your chance to hear some new tracks that are so nice that they owned Twitter for a couple of weeks before SXSW.
Late Friday night Scolla shot me a couple tweets to check up and make sure that we were doing alright out here on the left side of the country. After exchanging some pleasantries he let me know that he is finishing up some more projects and getting ready to tour this Summer. If you didn’t know he was a featured artist at SXSW, marking his third year at the festival.