Friday, March 7, 2014
Vivian Girls are Dead. Long Live Vivian Girls. More importantly, Vivian Girl's have given us a number of fantastic new artistic outlets including Katy Goodman's La Sera. "Losing to the Dark" is the first single from La Sera's up coming album. If I were to guess, the subject of the song will not be invited to the album release party. "Losing to the Dark" is a straight ahead rocker that reminds me equal parts the Long Blondes and Mika Miko. La Sera return with their third album, Hour of the Dawn, for Hardly Art on May 13th.
Monday, March 3, 2014
"Raise" is the first official video for Fuzz, the stoner rock side project of man of a million records - Ty Segall. Seriously, I don't know when the dude sleeps. "Raise" is the appropriate amount of slime, stoned riff, and paranoid 80's horror flick. Fuzz's self titled debut album came out on In the Red in 2013.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have returned with a new single from their forthcoming third album. "Simple and Sure" goes another new direction for the band, which is pure pop. Previous releases have had pop tendencies that were mixed with shoegaze, twee, and other indie rock genres. This is the first time the band has gone straight for Top of the Pops. TPBPH latest album, Days of Abandon, is out April 22nd on Yebo Music.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
For the first time since 2009, Woods did not release a new album. They remedying this by releasing With Light and With Love this April on Woodsist. I could take time to talk about the songs strummy, jangly jam, but at this point its expected by these guys. Just sit back and enjoy the tune.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Andrew Bird's I Want to See the Bright Lights isn't quite an album or EP, but more of a classical piece or movement. A classical movement with an outstanding single at the heart of it. Numerous themes are returned to throughout the release. With the middle trio of songs "Logan's Loop"/"Pulaski at Night"/"Hover 1" exploring and morphing into one exquisite composition. "Logan's Loop" evokes a feeling of a train at night, with plucks of the violin quickly sinking away. "Pulaski at Night" is the star of the show as the single. It is the lone track with lyrics and one of the best pop songs of Andrew Bird's career. "Hover 1" finishes the filling of being on a train at night, exiting the city and continuing to speed away. "Ethio Invention No. 1" & "Ethio Invention No. 2" open and close the piece and feature almost raga style playing.
Monday, November 25, 2013
You'd be forgiven to think there were two bands going by the title of Bombay Bicycle Club. The quiet, pleasant folk band of mid-2000's has evolved into one of the most interesting pop-psych bands around. BBC has incorporated parts of electronic, psych, and experimental music to become leaders in a new emerging British scene. "Carry Me" features an off kilter beat, gauzy vocals, and synth parts that remind me of a quieter TNGHT. After the success of A Different Kind of Fix it is great to see the band is still exploring and evolving their sound. "Carry Me" is the first single from the forthcoming album out on Vagrant.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Paws played Brooklyn's Glasslands on Friday, November 15th. On record they sound a little light and flimsy. The songs are certainly enjoyable, but never fully captured my attention. Live they bring a focus and intensity to their songs that isn't always present on the debut album. Where the album is thin, in person they beef up the rhythm section and play classic pop punk. They sounded like a combination of Wavves and Frightened Rabbit.
Paws played most of Cokefloat plus a number of new songs. The new songs seemed to be even catchier, but with extra guitar jams. I am eager to hear what the new album will sound like. Also, these guys are hilarious. Some of the best stage banter I have heard in a long time. Definitely go check them out if you have the opportunity.
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