oh its on! couch by couchwest 2015

meant to do this few days ago, but been busy with the madness that is couch by couchwest. here are just a few of my favorites, thus far. there have been hundreds of videos posted, btw. i have barely gotten around to anything other than what i have done. damn shame! we got some great artists coming up. so make sure you keep yo eyes peeled to that site!

hallelujah the hills’ “devil level zero” – premiere! and tour dates

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if you know anything about me, you then know my love for hallelujah the hills knows no bounds. both have ever done something evil and no one knows what happens next were my favorite records from 2014 and 2012, respectively. without a doubt they are one of the greatest bands currently making music.

“devil level zero” is off the juvenile oratorios ep, which you can get if purchase the vinyl via re-vinyl records or at any of their shows – dates below. for the record, “devil level zero” may be the best early days guided by voices song that pollard never wrote. oh, the fun begins tonight so make sure you check em out for me, and yourself!

dates
march 6 – boston, ma @ the paramount
with the new highway hymnal
march 27 – brooklyn, ny @ the bell house
with mr. adam schatz (landlady solo)
march 28 – winooski, vt @ the monkey house
with swale
april 24 & 25 – buffalo, ny @ the sportsmen tavern
with the sheila divine
may 9th – portland, me @ bunker brewing company
with foam castles

“new” stuff from thee speaking canaries

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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.

help caleb caudle fund carolina ghost

friend of mine/captains dead, caleb caudle has an indiegogo campaign goin on right now to help fund his next record carolina ghost. for those that remember, or dont, he put out one of my favorite records of 2014, and other than being an awesome songwriter/musician, he’s a totally cool dude.

click here to contribute, and here to check out his previous releases.

follow him on twitter and like him on facebook

here’s my favorite video and one of my favorite songs from last years paint another layer on my heart

drunken ramblings: american aquarium’s wolves

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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.

buy wolves via here

follow em on twitter, although they/bj unfollwed me for some reason :/ / like em on facebook

rick valentin (poster children) “new day”

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photo by gilman chatsworth

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

it came from the youtubes! buffalo tom/bill janovitz edition

morning… i could probably find a hundred videos to post here, but here are just a few that i dig. i wrote a brief “ode to” bill janovitz, i thought it was only a year or two ago, yeah not apparently it was in 2009?!?! fuck, im getting old.

i celebrate their entire catalogue, and thusly cannot recommend it enough. buy something via amazon or wherever you shop


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william elliott whitmore live at the blue moose tap house, iowa city, 12.31.10

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photo credit chris strong

top of the morning, peoples! i dont know whats going on with mr whitmore, i guess i can google it, but the world needs a new record sooner than later and that my friends is a fact. enjoy this lovely show taped by tim, and can be downloaded in glorious flac and in zip form by clicking here.

i celebrate his entire catalogue, pick something up via amazon or wherever you shop

1. intro
2. diggin my grave
3. lift my jug
4. dry
5. sometimes our dreams float like anchors
6. hell or high water
7. hard times
8. gravel road
9. pine box
10. new years eve countdown
11. midnight
12. sally let your bangs hang down (rose maddox cover)
13. one mans shame
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