Friday, March 30, 2012
The new King Tuff 7 inch from Suicide Squeeze arrived in the mail today! It's sold out, so that's a bummer, but here is a download of the a-side for your weekend - HAVE A BLAST!
Sub Pop 2012
Spaceships? Forests?! Holy shit, HOT TRAXXX alumni Niki & the Dove really "get" me. The album comes out in May, I think on the 15th for the USA. I saw them play a few weeks ago and they were beyond terrific, so naturally I'm pretty pumped for this LP.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
We're nearly four months into the year and I guess we're due for our most beloved column. Unfortunately though, we're having to focus on a man whose music we used to defend. Long-time readers should be familiar with Markus Krunegård's former band Laakso, who Joey and I both adored. A fan since Laakso's debut EP, I cannot tell you how many people I've suggested them to, pass on songs, etc—because I found Laakso to have something more to say, lyrically and musically. Their second album My Gods was one of my favorites of the last decade.
His solo career though, has found him releasing rather emotionless bland pop music. You felt every Laakso record, like you were a part of each song. The music really pushed his typically very good lyrics into a sense of inclusion. Now, he just sings over the music, which has become so secondary he may as well release an a cappella album. I should clarify that it's getting the FUCK NO tag not because it's necessarily bad, but more because I just keep finding myself disappointed. It doesn't add anything—it's just there.
The mighty Loosegoats have returned after a decade plus absence to give Americana a boost from it's current malaise. With singer Christian Kjellvander becoming on of the most consistent singer-songwriters of the decade though, this is really no surprise. Lush vocals with distorted guitars, a driving beat and a powerful chorus—what's not to love? Enjoy.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
"Aphrodite"Wormhole Records 2012
Director: Andy Cary
I love everything about this song + video: it isn't bummer music at all - instead it's uplifting, and rather optimistic. Plus, it's rad when he flashes his twitter handle at the end against a backdrop of triumphant fireworks. If you like to smile and not be a drag, check this out. We wanna party with you!
MP3: Keep Shelly In Athens - Our Own Dreams
Keep Shelly In Athens
"Our Own Dream"
Our Own Dream
Forest Family 2012
Director: Thanasis Tsimpinis
MP3: The Men - Oscillation
Less than a year after the fantastic Leave Home, Brooklyn heroes The Men have given, with much fanfare, this week's Open Your Heart. This time around, the melodies are more exposed, yet at no times vulnerable. Instead, they used to guide the listener towards the much noisier elements, yet sonically act as foils. On this track, the seven-plus minute "Oscillation", The Men take us into controlled assault. Enjoy.
MP3: Beach House - Myth
The year has been going so nicely, and as phase 2 begins so does it's first stellar move: a new Beach House song has arrived!
"Myth" shows a band aged like a fine wine, as infectious and improved as ever. The new record is called Bloom, and it's out in May on Sub Pop. Your summer already has it's soundtrack - as the years pass, we're all going to look back at that time as the greatest of our lives, because of this. Let's not fuck it up.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
It seems like we've been waiting forever, but the new Bobby Harlow produced self titled King Tuff record is out May 29th on Sub Pop. FINALLY!!
"Bad Thing" is perfect, so stop reading and start listening.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
MP3: Mean Jeans - Anybody Out There?
2009 was a real long time ago, but that didn't stop "Are You Serious" by the Mean Jeans from ever sounding fresh. We could've all rested on that albums laurels until the end of time, but the Jeans think beyond the now and even beyond Earth, so they've taken a Jaeger-ship to Mars where they've found better production qualities and a new bass player too.
"Anybody Out There?" is the first taste of Means Jeans on Mars and it shows that while well traveled, the gents haven't forgotten how to write a helluva pop song. This one is gonna be a goddamn legend!