roger lion “a dead man’s song” – new joe pernice band


not sure how i feel about this? joe hooked up with budo who is apparently a musician and producer from seattle, who is signed to rhymesayers, and they formed a band called roger lion. the record is due out 9.18 via team love records.

big rock candy mountain “sister sun”

unnamed (1)

the last time i “wrote” about new orleans’ big rock candy mountain, they were loud and louder. at least thats what i remember, but my old age is making my memory fuzzy. they have a new record out entitled brother moon, their first fist full length. yeah their still loud, but seem to taking cues from some more melodic garage rock bands. i definitely dig the road they’re traveling. hopefully hear more from them, more frequently, in the near future.

buy brother moon via their bandcamp page

the minders “it’s going to break out”


the long story, short. the minders are from portland, they’re touring with neutral milk hotel, the have a kickstarter going on right now for their new record, into the river – their first in 13 years, they’re kind of part of the elephant 6 collective, etc… the minders on facebook

destroyer “dream lover”


holy springsteen, dan bejar! i, admittedly, have not dug too much of bejar’s work since the first destroyer record, which is like one of the best bowie records bowie never released, and is still one of my favorites to this day. i love the thought of his work, but in reality we dont alway connect. its ok though, these things happen. this song, though, off his upcoming destroyer record poison season, which is due out on 8.28. this song makes me very excited about this record. you can read more about it via consequence of sound, here.

hop along “powerful man”


just happened to be on the facebooks the other day, and legendary producer producer/engineer/etc john agnello posted a link to story about hop along. the lead to the story was something about hop along’s lead singer, frances quinlan, having the best voice in music. im here to tell ya that i have not been so in awe and blown away by voice in many many years. here’s the thing that kinda pisses me off, she’s been doing this for ten years and i am now just hearing about her? better late than never, i suppose, but doesnt make the not knowing any easier to swallow. yeah she’s great, but the rest of hop along are no fucking slouches. everything about painted shut, from the lyrics, to frances’ voice, to the music is to put it plainly fucking awesome. i cannot get enough of this record, there is not one song on painted shut that doesnt kick all kinds of ass. as it stands right now, this is definitely my favorite record of the year. my favorite song off the record is “texas funeral” which you can find right down there.

buy painted shut via their bandcamp page or where you usually buy your records

follow em on twitter

loudness war “the bum named stan”

photo by collin richie

hailing from baton rouge are loudness war and they are putting out a new record entitled extraterrestrial hangover – due out on 5.26. its being put out by lagniappe records which is my new favorite record store, but also, and obviously, a label. i have not heard the record, but this song kicks all kinds of ass. i think you kids are gonna dig em. read more about em here an article written by matthew sigur of the great local band, the widowers. oh, theres a release party on may 30 at lagniappe at 8 pm. so if youre in the area, should be pretty cool

like em on facebook

smug brothers “meet a changing world”


i love smug brothers even though i havent written about them as much as i should have. i apologize for that. they have a new record out woodpecker paradise and its phenomenal. they’re from dayton, ohio, don trasher is in the band – ex-gbv, but kyle melton wrote all the songs. see where i am going with this? just listen to the damn song, enjoy, and buy their records. they got a bunch, but i would say this is their best one so far. definitely top 15 record status.

buy woodpecker paradise and their other releases via their bandcamp page

like em on facebook follow em on twitter

jodi james “kiss lonely goodbye” & “crazy sometimes”


before i wind down the road, and leave you all, i wanted to touch on a couple records that i thought deserved attention. the first being baton rouge’s jodi james, whom i have gushed over before, and her new record things i leave behind. i cannot speak more highly of jodi’s music, its absolutely gorgeous, and if there was ever an artist i would peg with the “should be huge” tag, it would be jodi. her lyrics are great, her voice is lovely, and just all around an artist you should without a doubt listen to. her new record is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

buy things i leave behind via her bandcamp page

“new” stuff from thee speaking canaries


back in 1995, i was way addicted to the damon che’s speaking canaries’ songs for the terrestrially challenged. 21 year old me was blow away by its weirdness. listening to it now, its really not all that strange, its just kind of all over the place – in a good way, but young greg was ill prepared. for those that dont know damon che formed the highly influential band, don caballero – who i dug quite a bit as well. any who, henry owings aka mr chunklet has released a recording of demos that damon did way back when that had never been heard, at least to the public, until now. you can read all about the release entitled platter base must be constructed of moon rock here, cause i am way too lazy to get into such detail.

there are only 350 copies of moon rock being pressed, not sure if any are still available, but you can pick one up here, maybe.

if you’ve never listened to terrestrially challenged.., check it out down there via spotify, and check out those demos right before it.