i know it may seem like everything i “write” about is awesome, its only cause it is. i dont waste my time with crap, its been this way for 9 years, and hopefully will be continuing that tradition for at least a few more years to come. anyway, again, way late to the party on mentioning this record, but fire mountain’s debut, all dies down, has been one of my go to records for the past 4/5 months. its a southern record that isnt…. sure its got its roots in the south, but it is borderless. its just a damn fine rock record. i mean, cmon i hear a xylophone, i think, how many southern rock records can you hear said instrument? one thing i love about this record, is that it is not pigeon holed into one constraint of a certain genre, and i hope they continue to “really explore the studio space” – google it. how about this, fire mountain, you make all dies down, then you make a double record. i think you have it in you! definitely a band i have huge hopes for.
well hold up here! hold up a god damn second! st paul’s the persian leaps are killing my little brain this morning, or by the time i finish these possibly 6-10 sentences it will be afternoon, cause thats how long it takes me to do stuff. either way, they got a new ep out entitled drive drive delay and this thing is freaking awesome! c’mon the first song “firestarter” sounds like something gbv would have put out during the propeller-era. shit the entire thing is pure fuzzy pop greatness. my only complaint is its over way too quickly, i need, and demand more! they do have two other releases that i shall be checking out asap, and i recommend you do the same. srsly if you dig teenage fanclub, gbv, the smiths, 90’s fuzz pop, etc you shall love these guys. def the best ep ive heard this year. btw, they’re playing some shows around minny make sure you check em out.
if you’ve frequented these pages over the past few years, dtcv, or detective as they used to be known by, will be no strangers to you. if you have no idea who they are, they are james greer, ex-gbv, the lovely tones of guylaine vivarat and chris dunn, and they’ve put out a couple killer eps, basket of masks and very fallen world and also have a compilation of early material entitled the early year, and a 2013 release hilarious heaven. the latter kinda pisses me off, cause i didnt even know it existed! even more evidence that i need a damn intern. they have a new record coming in out in ’15 entitled uptime, and yeah its freaking awesome. oh, and this killer blondie cover is on their 7″ single entitled part time punks, which you can purchase down there.
boston’s american thread has got a new record out, their sophomore, entitled, songs in the war, and its a good ‘un. if were to generalize geographical regions and their musical output, they do not sound as if they were straight outta boston. stupid generalizations! anyway, my first listen to songs in the war really reminded me of a little band that came out of arizona, dead hot workshop, and their record 1001, which was one of my favorite records of the 90s. with that being said, this is a super good record – as i alluded to in the first sentence. they are also couch by couchwest alums, so you know they’re solid folks. highly recommended if you dig the rollicking americana stuff, like i do.
happy sunday fools! we moved this past week so its been a wee bit hectic over in van dyke land. if you follow me on twitter you’ve probably heard some of the many stories i have shared about my old neighborhood, which were sometimes hilarious and sometimes frightening. either way, we are now living in idyllic area of baton rouge.
so, im probably 3 or 4 months behind talking about these gents out of oxford, ms called the holy ghost electric show and, what i believe is their debut, the great american holy ghost record show. ive been really digging into it the past couple weeks. this record is really hard to pin down, sometimes its a pretty stright forward rock record, then there are moments of “where did the hell did this come from?” definitely a lot of influences going on here, which sometimes can mean a straight up mess of a record, but in the case of the great american… they know how to take said influences, and make them their own. definitely a top record of 2014.
my man, daniel markham, has a new record coming out on halloween entitled, pretty bitchin, which is my favorite record title of the year. its his follow up to the very awesome 2013 record ruined my life. this is definitely on my radar on shit i need to hear in 2014.
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howdy gang… sadly, i have not kept up with athens’ futurebirds their record from a couple years ago, hamptons lullaby, was one of my faves on the year, but for whatever reason didnt listen to their last one. i believe it was called baba yaga. anywho, they have a new ep coming out on the 16th entitled baba java, which is tied into jittery joes, but im too lazy to read the whole press release. this rem conver is from the ep as well 3 other tracks.