Archive for ‘We Never Asked For This’

September 21, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Cut Copy

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Remixes and glossy pop are not our usual cup of tea, but our hats are off to Cut Copy and Jacques Lu Cont. We’ll be damned if this doesn’t have us shaking it in the office on a Monday morning. This song hits like a number one smash that The Pet Shop Boys never got around to releasing and we are feeling it on repeat. Cut Copy have a new album out title Freeze, Melt available here.

September 9, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Deep Sea Diver

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver just released the second single and title track from their upcoming third album Impossible Weight. The song features Sharon Van Etten and is an absolutely perfect piece of guitar driven indie rock that feels both anthemic and personal at the same time. Combine it with the infectious driving minimalist approach of the first single “Lights Out” (see below) and you have the makings of a front runner for most anticipated release of the fall. Impossible Weight drops October 16th on High Beam Records. Pre-order your copy here.

September 2, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Heather Trost

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

On “Love It Grows” Heather Trost trades in the eastern European and Balkan folk of her group A Hawk and a Hacksaw for a psych drenched 60’s pop sound that hits like the coolest track on a collection of reissued rarities from the Summer of Love. From the hypnotic cooing vocals to the fuzzed out bass to the all toms drum part to the verse in French to the inevitable sitar this track is pitch perfect in every way. “Love It Grows” is the first single off the full length Petrichor, due November 6, 2020 via Third Man Records. Pre-order your copy here.

August 26, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Jealous of the Birds

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Huzzah to Jealous of the Birds for reminding us to always take the time to dig a little deeper. We were sent the second single off her upcoming album Peninsula, the breezy “Something Holy” – a perfectly fine entry into the ever growing (and quickly becoming overcrowded) genre that might be best described as “easy listening indie.” That’s not to say we don’t like the song, we do, but there’s just a lot of versions of this particular song out there right now. However, we noticed this was the second single, so we decided to check out the one we missed, the great “Young Neanderthal” – a song with a hint of muscle and dirt mixed into the formula that reminds us of the criminally underrated NYC band Like, Mountains – which is always a good thing in our book. That lead us to dig back one more layer to the non-album single from last year “The Grass Begins To Eat Itself” which occupies the same kind of swaggery territory that Heartless Bastards are known for. It’s rare that an email ends up having us both anticipating an upcoming release and excited to dig backwards through an artist’s catalog, but that’s exactly where we are and we ain’t mad about it.

Peninsula comes out September 18th, 2020 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

August 19, 2020

We Never Asked For This – French Mouth

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Paper Tiger, the debut EP of LA quartet French Mouth is a refreshing slice of late 90’s/early aughts style post-rock. At The Drive In is clearly a huge influence on the group, but they’ve traded in the chaos of ATDI for a tighter approach to songwriting and performance, which depending on what you’re looking for is either a plus or a minus. For a first outing though, this is a fantastic release and I look forward to seeing what they do next.

Check it out at: https://frenchmouth.bandcamp.com/

December 28, 2011

We Never Asked For This – John Amadon

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s blind submission comes from Portland singer-songwriter John Amadon.

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December 19, 2011

We Never Asked For This – Jessie Baylin

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s blind submission comes to us from throwback pop chanteuse Jessie Baylin.

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December 16, 2011

We Never Asked For This – Band of Skulls

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s blind submission comes from power trio Band of Skulls, who tantalize us with a stream of the title track to their upcoming album Sweet Sour and the video for the album’s first single “The Devil Takes Care of His Own.” Check them both out and what we think below.

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December 10, 2011

We Never Asked For This – The Slants

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s blind submission is the latest from Portland dance rockers The Slants.

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December 7, 2011

We Never Asked For This – School of Seven Bells

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who thought (or their label/manager/agent/girlfriend thought) that it would be a good idea to send us an email saying “like me! like me! like me!” (more or less).

Today’s unsolicited review is of “The Night”- the first single off of School of Seven Bells upcoming album Ghostory.

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