September 14, 2020

Various Re-post-ions: Creem

As the saying goes, those who don’t know history are doomed to miss out on some sweet rock n’ roll. The Creem documentary will help you experience a simpler time when music journalism didn’t come to you as a promoted tweet in conjunction with Chase Bank. Stream it through your loudest device here.

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September 11, 2020

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our new segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words. It is also a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference because we have good taste.

Today we have new tunes from Bob Mould, Opus Vitae, James Tilman, The Hives and French Mouth.

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September 11, 2020

This Day In Music History

One year ago today we lost singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston. Johnston’s earnest and almost childlike songs won him a legion of devoted fans, including Kurt Cobain who described him as the “best songwriter on Earth.” The 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston detailed Johnston’s lifelong battle with bi-polar disorder and how it effected his music and art. Here is a great short set from Johnston for the NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert series.

September 10, 2020

Where the Internet Took Us

Sometimes you just want to goth dance with your friends like no one but an inverted night vision camera is watching.

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 9, 2020

While We Were Sleeping – Bassdbler

While We Were Sleeping is our new segment where we check out releases that we missed during our lengthy hiatus. Today’s catch up is “May HIs Passing Cleanse the World” from Bassdbler.

Longtime friend of the blog Bassdbler released his third album while we were away, the masterful May His Passing Cleanse the World. All of Bassdbler’s trademark elements are here again – bass driven, sprawling, trip-hop influenced instrumentals, intricate arrangements, Dune references a plenty – but May His Passing… brings a new sense of pulsating urgency to the mix. Basdsdbler’s work has always played like cinematic scores to unmade sci-fi classics, but this new release feels like the final 20 minutes, when the stakes are high and we’re not quite sure that the heroes will make it. It’s an intoxicating soundscape guaranteed to make your workday, commute or jog epic. Available at Bandcamp here.

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September 8, 2020

Tuesday Tip-Off: Wife Patrol

After dropping an EP, a single and a series of socially distanced quarantine covers Indianapolis’s Wife Patrol have released their first full length, the inventive genre blending Too Prickly For This World. The album regularly swings from new wave tinged post punk with hooks for days to 90’s grunge / alt rock and straight up metal to quieter reflective numbers. It’s a testament to the band that they’re able to weave such diverse elements into a unified sound that feels both fresh and familiar at the same time. The vocal interplay and harmonies of Nicole and Natasha serve as a common ground for the songs, giving the album a consistent feel while their rhythm work and Greg’s guitar run wild through multiple genres, often within the same song. It’s the sort of thing that on paper doesn’t seem like it should work, but it does, and in a big way. Too Prickly… is an album that would fit on a dozen different genre playlists and that a fan of any style of rock n’ roll can connect to. Available via Bandcamp here.

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September 8, 2020

The All New Gloria Jones Challenge – Round 1

The All New Gloria Jones Challenge is the reboot of our examination of the many, many, many covers of Jones’ classic Northern Soul jam “Tainted Love” – to see how they stack up compared to the original.

Just as we’re back, so is one of our most popular segments – The Gloria Jones Challenge. Turns out the song has not lost it’s popularity as a cover for musicians from all walks of life, and so we proudly present The All New Gloria Jones Challenge and the first challenger, The Rockabilly Ravens.

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September 4, 2020

This Day In Music History

Today is the birthday of Gary Duncan guitarist and vocalist of early psych rock pioneers Quicksilver Messenger Service. Duncan’s intricate guitar work and complex interplay with fellow guitarist John Cipollina helped give Quicksilver their signature sound and laid a blueprint for many psych rock bands to come. We lost Duncan last June, but you can see him doing what he did best in this clip from 1975.

September 4, 2020

Various Re-post-ions: Bandcamp Friday

Today is another Bandcamp Friday, which is the best time to do some sampling and shopping of indie music on the site.

Bandcamp launched their Bandcamp Fridays program back in March as a way to support artists impacted by the pandemic by waiving all of their normal revenue share fees. In the six Bandcamp Fridays since the launch they and the music fans using the site have put more than $20 million directly into the pockets of indie artists and labels, which is pretty damn impressive.

Bandcamp has always been the best thing going as far as supporting artists in an ethical way (as opposed to streaming which pays artists fractions of a penny per play) and Bandcamp Friday is just another example of good people with their heads and hearts in the right place, which is a rare truffle like treat in the music industry. Hit up Bandcamp today and get in on the goodness here.

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