Archive for category Rock
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)
I have been told numerous times from people in the music business that Ben Gibbard is one of the nicest guys on the face of the planet. But in recent years, he had broken my heart and killed off most of my love for his main band Death Cab For Cutie. I have written extensively about my angst and heart-break HERE.
All winter, I’ve felt like I’ve been locked in a dance hall and forced to listen to top forties till my ears bleed. Thank god its spring time and I can escape! The only way to purge yourself of that non-sense is to buckle down with some punk rock. A couple of months ago I started listening to this fantastic indie punk band called Turf War. They have one album that dropped back in October entitled Years Of Living Dangerously. With warm weather on the horizon, there is nothing like letting yourself go with some good head banging punk rock.
2011 is nearly behind us. Many other blogs are focused on the past 2011 albums, but not me. 2012 is going to be a great year of indie rock and roll! I’ve compiled a short list of upcoming albums to drool over that should be dropping sometime in 2012.
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.
There is something about pounding drums, a tight bass line, slick guitar licks, and bluesy vocals. Mostly one would say that with all those things the song you are listening to, has all the ingredients of great rock music. The sample is only enhanced when you are dredging through another Tuesday and just when you don’t think you last another minute… you check your inbox and there sits a sample of great rock & roll waiting to change your life.
Well it is Sunday morning and I find myself inspired to write. I don’t know what it is about waking up to cool mornings with a cup of coffee that injects me with the spirit to type out my thoughts on this laptop. Maybe because hot mornings rob you of your motivation, while the cooler temp reminds us that summer is ending and that we need to soak up any and all opportunities to feel alive. This morning I would like to share Wiretree with you, our readers, and hopefully you enjoy their song stylings as much as I do.
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.
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.