many moons ago, josh rouse was an artist i was hugely excited about. i loved his first 4 records, mostly, although dressed up like nebraska and 1972 were my favorites, then something happened. he moved to spain, and i subsequently stopped caring. its been many years, and maybe i would like those records now, but at the time, hated em. he’s got a new record out entitled the embers of times, i must say, its everything i loved about josh over those first 4 records. i would even go out on a limb and say its probably his best record since his debut, dressed up like nebraska. definitely at least a top 20 record for 2015.
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.
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
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.
ive been a mountain goats fan for as long as i can remember, which is saying a long time. their new record, beat the champ, is one of my absolute favorite records of the year. i know they/him can be a bit hard to swallow, but give it a chance why dont ya? what else you have going on? if youre anything like me, not much.
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.
top of the monday to y’all. “bloom again” is off one of my favorite records of the year in 2014, jerry david decicca’s understanding land. the song, as jerry tells it was inspired by a roy orbison quote from a mtv interview. you can read more about my thoughts on understanding land, drunken as they were, by clicking here. jerry’s gonna be doing some shows in the bay area, make sure you check him out. also make sure you pick up understanding land via bandcamp or where ever you purchase your records.
may 7th at hemlock tavern w/ bob frank (vanguard/ light in the attic) & odawas
may 9th at octopus lounge w/ sylvie simmons (light in the attic/ leonard cohen biographer) and colin gilmore