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
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
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
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.
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 rockhere, 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.
i have never been a road weary musician longing for the comfort of my own bed, familiar surroundings and having a constant support system of family and friends. only part of that is true, i have never been a road weary musician. i moved away from my home twelve years ago, leaving behind comfort, family, friends and a place i called home. on the surface there may not seem much of a correlation tween say the men of american aquarium and myself, but they have lived life, and i so have i. we have taken roads, we have made decisions, some or maybe a lot regrettable, some i/they wouldnt take back the world. since my days of leaving home, i have grown, had kids, started paying bills on time, etc… there’s only so long you can go acting like an asshole before it catches up to you. take a listen to wolves, and the themes are the same. although mine are much much less sexy….
if burn.flicker.die was supposed to be american aquariums swan song, then wolves is the sound of band taking that swan out back, fucking it up royally, and burying it in the ground. wolves is about growing up, but not giving in to what is maybe expected of you. i have no idea where im going with all of this, but wolves is their masterpiece. not taking anything away from their other records, but this is their “thinking mans” record, whatever the fuck that means? they’ve replaced anthems, with introspective songs about what life is really all about. “family problems” right down there, is probably the best song they’ve put to tape. those freakin horns, love em! and then the wilco-esque white noise lead out, i mean c’mon! in all seriousness, record is incredible, recommend even if you have never liked an american aquarium record before, for some fucking reason.
top of the saturday to you all! one of my favorite bands in my 20s was the poster children and their brand of high energy power pop mixed with a whole bunch of other styles. admittedly, its been a few years since i popped a poster kids record into my ear drums, but look back on them very very fondly. maybe, the release of rick’s moniker thoughts detecting machines release work the circuits, due out on march 16, will jumpstart getting back into em? definitely looking forward to giving this a spin. if you’ve never checked out the poster kids, and use spotify, theres a few of my favorite records down there or pick something up via amazon
been a big fan of joe aka elephant micah for years now, and cant wait to hear this one entitled where in our woods which was just released couple days ago. buy it via his bandcamp page. this could be a top ten contender or i am hoping that it is.