March 6, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

It may look like water weight, but it’s just too much good music that’s stretching ye olde mail bag. Check out new tunes from MK Blank, Boh Doran, SubLuminal, Brian Elliot, Quelle Rox, Jenny Kern, The Deathray Davies, Sprints, Club Bombardier and Blood Lemon.

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March 6, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Indie Rock Volume 1

Play Listy For Me is our new column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Kicking things off with all the Indie Rock we’ve talked about on the blog this week, plus a few more just because we’re generous like that.

March 5, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we have a few (very few) words about new music from Zilched, Troubled Traveller, Dennis Ellsworth, Billy Caden and Pulsations.

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March 5, 2021

The B-Side: Joint Operation

Friday is payday and Joint Operation is here with an anthem for all of us. “Fuck You, Pay Me (featuring Bumpin’ Uglies)” is delightfully unsubtle and undeniably fun. This is the party rock anthem for the class war.

March 4, 2021

Talk Thursday To Me – Heather Porcaro

Today we catch up with one of our favorite new discoveries in the last year, Heather Porcaro, for a conversation about influences, obsessions and her new album The Heartstring Symphony.

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March 4, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Black Monument Ensemble

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Black Monument Ensemble is a group of artists, musicians, dancers, and singers led by Chicago-based creative force Damon Locks. Their new album, NOW, comes out digitally April 9th and on vinyl on July 9th. This album was recorded in a few takes outside at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio at the end of the summer of 2020.

The first single from the new album, “NOW (Forever Momentary Space),” takes you on a journey. It begins with two quotes, one about this being the beginning and not the end, and one of a woman reminiscing about a dream she had in which she was running through a green forest, laughing and dancing with a friend/partner and both of them exchanging “I love yous”. As this quote ends, you hear what sounds like telephone buttons being pressed. Communication and joy undergird this song; you can hear it in the way the song builds, highlighting one incredible performer after another, coming together in a swell and slowly fading to the sound of cicadas, also communicating with one another (the cicada chirp is a mating call from male to female cicadas).

Knowing how, when, and where the album was recorded makes this exchange between performers all the more special; through this pandemic, we have largely been removed not only from live performances, but from collaborative, communal joy. This track is a welcome shock to the system, a necessary reminder that happiness, grief, dreams, creativity, love, and humanity in general are always best served through connection, and, most importantly, that a better future depends on it. 

March 4, 2021

The B-Side: Tayong

Holy hell, this is smooth. This is smoother than smooth, this is smuhth and if that doesn’t make sense just listen to the song and feel what we’re feeling. “Self Employed” is the perfect blend of a Blackstreet style organic R&B jam with a confident classic rap flow that so many shoot for only to fall short. But not Tayong. Tayong nails it and makes it sound effortless in the process. Smuhth.

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March 3, 2021

The Midweekly – Umbra Vitae

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

If a thunderstorm came to life and started yelling scary poetry at everyone, you might mistake it for the debut album, Shadow of Life, by Umbra Vitae. It might be the first release from this Boston based band, but these guys are veterans of the scene, including members of Converge, The Red Chord, and Hatebreed. Though the sound may not surprise you, given that lineup, it’s no less impressive when it comes to what they do. Four walls of sound, closing in around you with the scorching speed of grindcore. For a nice touch, old-school style solos occasionally soar through the barrage, often during moments when the songs take their foot off the pedal for a classic breakdown. Serious lyrics invoking serious adjectives of gloom and doom, that is, if you take the time to look the lyrics up. You know, because of the monster voices. Genius metal producer Kurt Ballou assisted at the controls of this one, and fans of the genre will know that means you’re getting quality work. Get ready to dissolve into an ethereal aesthetic of polluted madness as you enter the intimate shadow of life.

March 3, 2021

The B-Side: Daughters of the Unforgiven

As we hit the one year anniversary of the pandemic and the ongoing socio-political horror show that is post-modern life it’s important, nay, crucial that we all take small moments to embrace the light. To surface and fill our lungs with sweet clean air before pushing onward through the dark waters, for who are we without inspiration and belief in ourselves? “Days Like These (Cow Girl)” by Daughters of the Unforgiven is our current moment of relief and renewal. It’s a simple, straight forward piano ballad that sounds a bit like Sheryl Crow via Carole King, and one that we’re pretty sure singing along to counts as self care.

March 2, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: The Psychedelic Furs

We cover quite a bit of new music on the blog inspired by The Psychedelic Furs, so it seems only right that we share the new single from the Furs themselves. “Wrong Train” follows the continuation that has been the 40 year evolution of the band’s sound. To everyone’s benefit that evolution hasn’t been a radical change from the group’s original heydey sound, but more of a refining of all of its subtleties and strengths. This is the finest of fine wines and we’re eager for more.

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