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Posted by gregor on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
oh, hey! this is pretty exciting, smug brothers have a couple new things coming out, soon. one being an ep entitled strictly triggers, which is an ep, and then in feb of next year a full length which they are calling on the way to the punchline. for those that dont know smug brothers, they are made up of don thrasher, ex-gbv/swearing at motorists, brian baker, larry evans and kyle melton all being around the dayton scene for a while, me thinks. either way loving this track/video and cant wait for to hear the entire things… oh, both releases are coming out on gas daddy go….
for the record, their 2011 release, fortune rumors, was one of my favorites of the year, which you can buy, amongst other releases via their bandcamp page. (143)
Posted by gregor on Monday, November 11th, 2013
top of the evening, all…. just in case you dont follow pitchfork anymore, and who does really? the kids do, the kids!!! either way, boston’s marissa nadler’s new song was featured on said site earlier today, and its absolutely gorgeous. the record entitled july is due out on 2.4.14 via sacred bones here in the states and bella union in the uk. definitely cant wait to hear this whole thang.
Posted by gregor on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
sadly, i have not listened to bill’s lastest offering, dream river, as of yet, but im sure its good/great. anyone got any thoughts on it? i have been listening to a lot of bill stuff lately, but pretty much dongs of sevotion and knock, knock and this song down there, and “the hard road” which i cannot find on youtube or anywhere… strange. he’s doing a bunch of touring so clicky here to check the dates
Posted by gregor on Monday, November 4th, 2013
happy monday, folks. if you havent checked out califone’s latest, stitches, definitely recommend doing so sooner than later. until then check out that there video which is kinda nsfw. buy stitches via amazon
Posted by gregor on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
so buddy of captains dead todd farrell jr & the dirty birds just released their record, which wins my favorite title of 2013 award, all our hero’s live in vans. you know i am not an eleqouent man, or at least my words arent. i try, but it just aint in me, sadly. still, there are ocassions when other folks put my thoughts to paper, or the web as it were, much better than i ever could. ill get those folks in a minute, but after spending a good amount of time with all our hero’s live in vans, i can say that it hits home right in middle of my gut, the part of the gut that holds everything i hold dear. well, at least most of it. this record is about as honest as it comes, and speaks volumes to mr farrell’s talents as a songwriter. my favorite track of said record is “pawnshops” and he hits the reality of the situation perfectly when he states “…the hardest part is when all your heros play in bands, is finding out all all your heros live in vans…” such a great freaking line, and i see/hear it on a daily basis. these folks, some i call friends, are out there touring, away from home for long stretches just trying to get their music heard, and maybe even make a little money along the way. its painful, at least to me, that this is their collective realities. most of these folks shouldnt have to spend 300 days on the road, year in and year out. anyway, this is such a great record, and again his lyrics hit me right in the “feels.” definitely one of my favorite releases of the year. getting back to those guys that pretty much summed up my thoughts on the record, but way more coherently, justin over at smoke on the killing floor and eric over at bucket full of nails both have great reviews of the record, definitely check em out.
Posted by gregor on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
sadly i feel like i am out of touch with marchelle bradanini aka pony boy. although, when i found out about her last year, i was just as confused. so maybe thats her whole “thing?” its not a bad thing to have, keep people guessing, keep people wanting more, etc… its like pulling the costanza and leaving on the high note – seinfeld reference. either way, her song “if only he were you” was the song of the day on kdhx. definitely loving this song, it almost starts off like a magnetic fields song, or at least that was my first impression… hopefully for the sake of all of us we hear more from her in the near future.
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Posted by gregor on Monday, October 28th, 2013
i dont remember many opening acts, in fact only probably a dozen or so in my 25 years of going to shows have made an impact. or at very least a lasting impact. during my time in atlanta i had the privilege of seeing ben trickey open up for, i believe, jason isbell. either way, that was prob about 6 years or so now, and i still remember his performance. so that should tell ya something right there. well, he’s got a new record out entitled rising waters, and g’damn its great. one thing i love about mr trickey is his lyrics and vocals fit perfectly together. this is not taking anything away from any other artist, but there is something about his voice/delivery and lyrics that are perfect pieces to a puzzle instead of trying to fit a square piece into a round corner. probably makes no sense at all, on paper or the screen as it were, but i think after a few listens, it may. at least, i hope. much like mr toth aka wooden wand, ben conjures up visions of backwoods or a sidewalk preachers, judging me for whatever sins i have probably committed. in the end though, its probably their own shortcomings they are railing against. such is the human condition. i am sure if i were to ask the man if he heard this in his music, he would probably say “nope,” but its all subjective, i suppose? best of 2013, no fucking doubt.
Posted by gregor on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
off missing the muse which you can download for a name your price type of dealio via their bandcamp page. they recently did a daytrotter session, which you can listen to here and are playing at the empty bottle, chicago, on 12.5. so far really dug what ive heard… // cold country facebook
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