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!
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
april 24 & 25 – buffalo, ny @ the sportsmen tavern
with the sheila divine
may 9th – portland, me @ bunker brewing company
with foam castles
today, im just doing my favorite record of the year, and it really should come as no surprise to anyone. that may be assuming way too much, but i have talked about this record a lot whether it be here, twitter, facebook, etc… i love this record as if it was my own stepchild. admittedly, my first go around with have you ever done something evil as not all what i expected. i wanted to be blown away, but i was left a little flat. maybe it was my mood, my expectations, my soberness or too much beer? who the hell knows? this was my problem, not theirs, though. i wrote a drunken ramblings piece on it back in may which pretty much sums everything up, in a absolutely incoherent way. feel free to read that or dont, it dont matter. what does matter is that this is the finest record i have heard this year, last year, and maybe the last 5 years? its pretty much as close to perfect as any band/artist could ever hope to get.
oh, so im going to finish up top twenty in two more posts probably later this week.
its just about june, and i think i have been doing this halfway point top 5 for more than a few years now. im a little early on a couple of these records aka centro-matic and the strand of oaks, but trust me they are worth the wait. there are a bunch of records coming out, or are already out, that may blow all of this all up. but here on may 29 here are my top 5 records of 2014, thus far. EDIT: i realize that i am a bit early on the whole “midway” point thing. eh who gives a shit?
1. hallelujah the hills – have you ever done something evil
3. sturgill simpson – metamodern sounds in country music
4. lee bains III & the glory fires – dreconstructed
5. strand of oaks – heal due out 6.24
hallelujah the hills….. so here we are again. your 2012 record, no one knows what happens next, ended up at number 3 on my favorite records of that year. looking back, knowing what i know now about that record, it maybe should’ve been number one. you know why? i still listen to it all the fucking time. here’s their deal, you may listen to one of their records, once. thats fine, you do whatever you want, but if you’re paying attention at all, you’ll realize something is there, and you’ll keep coming back. they make music that is equivalent to crack. i have never tried crack, but ive seen some documentaries, so im pretty much an expert. that first listen, it will burrow into your brain, or soul, or wherever you keep the precious. you probably wont even realize that it has happened, and thats the beauty of hallelujah the hills. that first time, you may not be impressed, but theres that hook, or lyric that will bring you back. then from there, its not one lyric, its 10, its not one hook, but 20…. this has been my experience with this band. their newest, and definitely greatest, have you ever done something evil, admittedly took about 3/4 listens to understand and its no way as immediately as “accessible” as “no one…” but its in the fucking sauce! they are not a band you’re just going to throw on for a good time, even though its a hell of a ride, they just aint that kind of band. ryan walsh is a master lyricist, his lyrics may seem to mean nothing, sometimes at least, but they can absolutely crush you. you can look at it, and so “oh thats nice” or look a little longer, and be like “holy shit!” i think i said last year that they were hitting their stride, but with this record, i will say they are pulling away from just about every band out there. if it doesnt continue to be and end up my favorite record of the year, i would be so very very very surprised.
this apparently premiered on spin early today. all i have to say is c’mon ryan who reads spin?!?!?!?!? still saying this is my favorite record of the year, but a new record was brought to me today that, honestly, will probably overthrow it.
what we have here is the new hallelujah the hills record, or at least the announcement. its called have you ever done something evil and is due out on 5.13. you can pre-order it here via their bandcamp page. im not saying its their best record to date, but im also not not saying that.
well, couch by couchwest 2014 is over. it was tons o’ fun, but also just like every year, frustrating as hell. hopefully, y’all had a chance to check out some of the submissions. if not, here are just a few of my favorites of the 350+ that were posted. i could have probably added about 20 more, but alas, i am a lazy fuck.
american aquarium “wolves” – a cxcw exclusive which was pretty awesome
rosanne cash and the thread “a feather’s not a bird” – yeah this was pretty awesome to get
cory call of arliss nancy and a brand new song called “andy dufresne” yes named after the shawshank character
kent goolsby “brilliant disguise” – springsteen cover
hallelujah the hills “you got fooled” an outtake from their upcoming record
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if youve been around these parts for a while, you know i absolutely love boston’s hallelujah the hills. their 2012 release, no one knows what happens next, is one of those records that just grows and grows and grow. it was already one of my favorite records from last year, but ill be damned if it aint something ill be listening to for years to come. they put out a collection record this year, which is also great, called portrait of the artist as a young trashcan which features one of my favorite songs of the year, “three minute mark,” and you can check it out down there. they just did a kickstarter for their 2014 record, do you have romantic courage, which is due out in may. i dont care what else comes out next year, but this is probably my most anticipated.