Posts tagged ‘Indie Rock’

February 26, 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 new music from Ivan Moon, Mia Joy, The Daily Spreadsheets, Neu Sierra and Broken Radio.

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February 26, 2021

The B-Side: Izy Bandha

From Germany we get “Only Lovers” from Izy Bandha, a post-goth indie rock number that balances dark lyrics such as “I feel the poison runnin’ through my chest” and the chorus refrain of “Only Lovers, I’m trying to hold my demons together” with an upbeat melody that bristles with life. Inspired by the Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive the song trades in the languid lushness of the film for the infectious urgency of youth, and in the hands of Bandha it’s a fair trade indeed.

February 25, 2021

Talk Thursday to Me – Coolidge

Today we catch up with Coolidge’s Chris Smail and chat about making old influences new again and a few stand out songs from their new album Condition Transmission.

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February 25, 2021

The B-Side: goodcomposer/DEADCOMPOSER

“Little Bird” by goodcomposer/DEADCOMPOSER (aka Simon Brown) is part of a four album octophonic mother and son art installation, but then what isn’t these days right? All joking aside, it’s definitely ambitious enough to grab our attention, and the song is enough of a delightful Talking Heads-esque indie rock/pop number to stand on it’s own. The zero budget clever video is the icing on the cake.

February 24, 2021

The Midweekly – Chicano Batman

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

This is cruising, windows down, breeze through your hair music. Headed to a sunny spot with a beautiful person music. Chicano Batman, out of LA, give us a set of tunes on their latest release, Invisible People, that bounce and strut across a dance floor. Funk rock with a touch of that psychedelic. The songwriting stays in the happy zone, for the most part, keeping the lyrics simply about joy and love. But they do take a few serious turns, like the title track and its lamentations on being part of a marginalized people. Or a harrowing story about an uncle who became a refugee after getting on the wrong side of the cartel. The whole record has a slick but scratched vintage texture from producer Leon Michels (Big Crown Records, Sharon Jones, Black Keys). The closing track is about the death of a loved one, which I think puts the whole album into perspective. Find that breeze, that sunny spot, squeeze your beautiful companion tight, and hold on to that lovely moment.

February 23, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Lord Huron

Lord Huron have a new single, “Not Dead Yet” (see above), and a new four part livestream series called Alive From Whispering Pines – which seems to be a Twin Peaks meets WandaVision as a late night variety show sort of thing. We could try and explain further, but episodes are $18 a pop which is more than the blog’s annual budget. Still, if you’re a big Port Huron fan and want to support this admittedly creative endeavor you can check it out at https://www.lordhuron.com/. If you’re a cheapskate like us, you can enjoy them performing tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

February 23, 2021

The B-Side: Adi Sun

Adi Sun has left behind the shoegaze leaning alt rock of their band Phenomenal Sun to strike out solo. The result is a more meditative and vulnerable sound that spools out lush and languid. The gauzy sonics of Sun’s former work are still there, only now they are subtler and more refined, and an exciting jumping off point for where they’ll go next.

February 20, 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.

Our inbox must be working out, because it’s straight swole with good tunes. Today we have new music from Ryan Innes, MYLO BYBEE, Pop Cautious, Jahi Sundance, Stephen G. Clayton, Chris Portka, Mystic Seers, Bird Concerns and Art d’Ecco.

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February 19, 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 new music from Delespin, Meet Me On Saturn, Robert Connely Farr, SHEEPLE and Flippin.

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February 19, 2021

The B-Side: Ghost of Vroom

Mike Doughty has spent most of his post Soul Coughing solo career putting as much distance between himself and the group’s sample heavy jazz funk trademark sound, putting out albums that showcased his masterful songwriting in more straight forward settings. In the last few years though, Doughty has started to revisit the sound that made him indie rock famous. He’s rerecorded and reinterpreted Soul Coughing songs and now he has a new band with Andrew Livingston, the Ruby Vroom referential Ghost of Vroom. The group sees a return to the samples, genre mashing and openness to unconventional song structure of SC, while showcasing Doughty’s continued growth as a lyricist. Following up on September’s three song EP Ghost of Vroom 2, the group is releasing their first full length on March 19th, the anachronistic Ghost of Vroom 1, which is available for pre-order now.

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