Posts tagged ‘Indie Rock’

April 22, 2022

Friday 6×6!

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 – but today we’re mixing it up, or should we say….sixing it up.

What madness and chaos is this? Six songs described in six words instead of the usual five and five? Well, we’re going on vacation for a few weeks starting next week and if there’s one thing Timbaland taught us it’s that we should never leave you (leave you) without a dope beat to step to (step to). So enjoy a bonus song this week and feast your ears on new tracks from The North Country, Captain Frederickson, Benlirico, Shawn Williams, Today’s Outfit and LIJO.
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April 21, 2022

The B-Side: Mal

“Oven” by Mal is a short and sweet number that occupies the same sort of melancholic and hypnotic state that Mark Linkous explored with later era Sparklehorse. Gentle vocals and acoustic guitars become enveloped in a loop of reversed sounds and a loose drum part that acts as the songs anchor, preventing it from dissolving entirely. It’s mysterious and fleeting, like a waking dream too slippery to hold onto but too beautiful to let go.

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April 19, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Eyal Zuzman & Amir Lev

There’s a distinct pleasure in listening to music in another language, your brain and ears deprived of lyrical meaning are allowed to focus on and hear things they might otherwise not notice. The way all the other parts, including vocal melody, fit and fight with one another. The push and pull and dance of the music and voice free from the analyzation and judgement that we usually run songs through so that it rests in a very different space inside of us. “One Stork” by Eyal Zuzman and Amir Lev lands not only lands in that space, but sets up shop there. A quietly driving number that blends acoustic instruments and percussion with a restrained drum loop and female backing vocals for a vibe that feels a bit like modernized Leonard Cohen. It’s a beautiful ride, even if we don’t know what the conductor is saying.

April 18, 2022

Week Starter – Pulse Park

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

The 90’s alternative movement is often remembered in broad either/or strokes. Amps to 11, hushed acoustics, mumbled personal lyrics, screamed non sequiturs, flannel this, sunflower dress that. But the reality is that a lot of bands mined the sweet spot between those extremes – noisy but melodic, loud but gentle – not alternating back and forth, but riding the line itself. It is from that tradition draws Pulse Park with their latest “Sine Wave,” a driving song that doesn’t feel so much like someone pushing you as it does someone leading you hand in hand. It feels open and airy while still being powerful and it’s that combination that had us returning to it over and over this past weekend and on through into the start of this week.

April 15, 2022

Week Ender – Billy Nomates

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

I know this is going to be a bad look for a music blog, whose job is to describe in words what a song sounds like in a way that is compelling enough for you, the reader (you), to go “sounds cool, I’ll check it out” but trust us – just skip the middle man (us) and click play on “Blue Bones” by Billy Nomates. We assure you, you don’t want to be wasting time reading our paltry words that cannot accurately describe how damn good this song is. Do you really need us to tell you it’s charming and wistful with a hook so sneakily sublime it will refresh your ears in a way that few things can? Is that what you need? Are you still reading this? WHY? Just click play and turn up this perfect song already and thank us later!

April 15, 2022

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 keep the Good Friday sermon short and sweet so that you can develop your own personal relationship with these rapturous new songs from Eternal ideal diamonds for you, Family Time, The Uncle Steves, FonFon Ru and Kerin Maguire.
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April 11, 2022

Week Starter – Life Stuff

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

If there’s one piece of optimism we’ve gleaned from running this blog over the years it is this: lo-fi bedroom/basement rock n’ roll will never die. No matter what the world throws at us, young people (and occasionally not so young people) will fight the boredom and the darkness with a couple of mics and banger of a tune. One does not fight the darkness by sending demos to big labels, the darkness is fought by those who say “fuck it, this rips, let’s just put it out there.” Life Stuff is such a darkness fighter and “Finger Gun” is their silver bullets filled with garlic punching holes of light through the haters.

(Full disclosure, we watched the Blade series this weekend)

Anyway, all that is to say this song does indeed rip, and even if you didn’t spend your weekend with Wesley Snipes it’ll still find it’s way onto your favorites playlist.

April 6, 2022

The Midweekly – Mitski

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

A few years ago Mitski thought she was done with music for good. The multiplying complexities of new stardom in an often disillusioning industry became a bit too overwhelming for the Nashville based singer. But much to her fans’ glee, Mitski wasn’t done. And navigating this dilemma of celebrity only inspired new ideas, many of which are definitely the focus of her latest release, Laurel Hell. The tunes are simple in structure. Many forgo a typical refrain for just back to back verses. Lyrics about escape and abandonment, to and from the people and the career she struggles to maintain. Resentment weighs heavy in some of these themes, like a hardening of the soul, but in these words Mitski also finds a way to cope, to continue loving what she does. The music pushes the synth to the front of the production, swaying between sweet and sad electro pop, with big build ups to some really epic melodies. And of course an album like this wouldn’t be complete without a few 80s style bangers about heartbreak, made specifically for you to dance those feels out. These tracks are where the chorus’ have been hiding. The title comes from a term used when one is stuck in a tangle of laurels. Likely the figurative situation Mitski was in before approaching this record. Hopefully it helped untangle them a bit.

April 4, 2022

Week Starter – French Alps Tiger

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Opening with reverby staccato guitar hits and a machine gun snare drum “Lost Boys” by French Alps Tiger flys out of that intro into a fast and nervy indie rock banger that feels a bit like Bloc Party reimagining The Strokes. It’s an organic high energy blast and was custom made to kick you out of bed and out the door into the working week.

April 1, 2022

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.

No foolin’ we got five great songs that need little help from us to sell them, because they’re that good. Check out the latest from Andrew Vogt, a-tota-so, Monokino, Declan McNulty and Wrong Eagle after the jump.
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