Hanni El Khatib (Innovative Leisure Records) mixes emotion with generation crossing influences which surface with unique delivery and unparalleled confidence. “Come Alive,” as well as pretty much all of Hanni El Khatib‘s music, sits well with any mood in need of a soundtrack.
The list of artists I missed during SXSW is long, distinguished, and unfortunately includes Khatib. Hopefully he’ll be stopping back through Austin in the near future.
Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos (Mariel Records) were one of the first rays of hope in the Indianapolis music scene to touch my eyes, alongside Thin Fevers and Early Day Miners, they opened my closed minded approach to music and chipped away at the circle of music I thought was so great during my adolescence. Margot was the first band to show me what true substance was and how brilliant music could actually be, where Bob Dylan and John Lennon laid the foundation in my youth Margot And The Nuclear So And So’s were the perfect example of what could be built on top of it. To this day I would confidently include Dust Of Retreat on my top twenty-five greatest albums of all-time list.
It feels like lifetimes have passed in the nearly 6 years since Dust Of Retreatwas released, so many things have changed, it’s been a tough road to follow Margot along and remain stoked about them in the process. Animal!, Not Animal, and Buzzardall having a slew of negativity thrown their way for sounding like a band trying way too hard to be something they are not, myself included in the torch bearing mob of criticism. They were hard albums for fans to swallow knowing that if only they would relax and not turn their backs on writing highly personal songs rather than trying to prove how “rock” they were they could do epic things (maybe it’s the fact that it’s three in the morning when I’m typing this but I bet early Weezer fans felt the same way… only they are still waiting for some sort of redemption).
“Shannon” by no means is a return, that is apparent from the opening crunch of guitars, instead it is more or less an example of focus and hard-work paying off. All that “trying” may have changed their sound forever yet what has developed in the process is damn good music.
The band has changed, the sound has changed, but on an individual level what can be expected, we all change. There is so little in common between who I am now and who I was six years ago I’d more likely be strangers with myself than friends, which is probably the best example of how to describe Margot And The Nuclear So And So’s on their new album Rot Gut, Domestic (released Tuesday).
So here’s my concession; Rot Gut, Domestic is a new beginning and as long as they continue to put out solid music I’m going to give up hanging on to the past and just appreciate what they were for what they were and respect the band I hear now for who they have become, plain and simple.
In Texas the river of Psychedelia runs deep, outside of a few examples of random exposure it’s a fountain I’ve never drank from before… that is before moving here a month ago.
What began with embarrassment from my lack of knowledge has developed into a new found passion that is both long overdue and an exciting new area to learn about.
So in this education process I’ve found Night Beats, currently signed to Trouble In Mind Records (The Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall , The Mean Jeans). They are out of Seattle with two of it’s three members originating in Texas itself.
“Puppet On A String” is my favorite song thus far from the guys but I’m early on in hearing what they have to offer.
Since catching the amazing Cloud Nothings set last week I haven’t been able to get enough of this mid-90′s post-alternative garage rock sound. A few weeks ago I introduced Cousin Brian with a similar track, “Fear Instilled.”
Both songs showcase the energy and texture that has me looking forward to new material from these guys.
“Wild” comes on slow and passive only to develop into a swing, stomp, and clap along anthem for discontent of the place you call home. Basically this is a key addition to any proper spring soundtrack. (check out the rest of my review here).
What can I say, I’m a sucker for male/female vocals bouncing off of each other, I’m an even bigger fan when female vocals are intensely focused with screaming passion (I had to re-write that sentence probably fifteen times to keep it from sounding like some perverted innuendo).
I did a review back in December for another great Wilhelm And The Dancing Animals (Origami Records) song “Wake Up” , check it out here.
I’ve been trying for months now to fit them onto a playlist but each time the song felt slightly out of place. These Pamplona,Spain natives have created exceptional music, unfortunately their Achilles heal is they are too heavy for a chill playlist and not quite hard enough for a heavy one, they are an island by themselves yet when you are in the mood to be there it is the only place you want to be.
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Holy Hell! How absolutely perfect is this new track from Beach House? That was rhetorical. As soon as I post this I’m pre-ordering Bloom which will come out in it’s most-likely epic entirety on may 15th.
New Beach House; check. Summer playlist; Check. Fulfilled heart; Check.
With Youth Lagoon like creative brilliance and a sound aligned with Nerves Junion, eighteen year old Luca Cage looks to have masses of hype going his way in 2012.
Everything about this song is worth putting on repeat from the sweet horn sounds and the funk like groove to how the vocals feel as if we are hearing them from a jukebox across a smoke thick pool hall filled of bad people with bad intentions.
It’s not much of a stretch saying there is huge potential for Caves in the future psyche of our indie music landscape. – (via)
So the Cloud Nothings show last weekend was the first since moving to Austin I had been overtly stoked for and I overslept. Getting super tired at like 2 in the afternoon, and being a lifelong fan of naps, thought it a good idea to lay down for a few minutes. Fast forward seven and a half hours and I was still sound asleep. I really want to catch Cloud Nothings in the wild sometime soon. This song is a sort of atonement for my mistake.
“Forget You All The Time” was the first song that completely sold me on Dylan Baldi. It captures every aspect of the music I grew up on without sounding contrived.
I’m new to Sun Buffalo so not much I can tell you. There isn’t anything about them worth repeating on their facebook page or through any outlet I’ve looked to other than they are a 3 piece out of Maryland, luckily they have a few free albums to grab on bandcamp so we can both get to know them a little better through the music.
As far as electric-guitar goes this is the sound I love the most; simple yet intricate, sparse yet fitting, kind of reminds me of early The Junior Varsity but more chill.
“Fear Instilled” is a prime example of everything that has been great about the resurgence of 90′s garage rock with that rad low-fi touch we have all come to appreciate.
Cousin Brian are out of Philly and still relatively unknown. It may be a few minutes before people catch on to this noise but take my word for it, there are some solid early summer must-haves coming from these guys.
Big Gigantic are one of the rare Electronic/Dubstep groups I’m willing to make an effort to catch “Live” because these guys actually do something on stage rather than stand behind an Apple and dance around with some sporadic unintelligible mumbles into the microphone.
I know this video isn’t exactly a live cut but you get what I’m talking about.
I dug this 80′s track up over the weekend when putting a mix together to go along with a couple of Wealth tracks I was sending over to a friend who mentioned looking for similar songs to what is on the Drive soundtrack.
I completely forgot how much I love this song. Baltinore weren’t by any means groundbreaking but still there is a valid relation between what they were doing in ’85 with what is flooding the indie scene lately.
In all honesty I’ve been on the fence with Pickwick; not that I have anything against their music it just hasn’t connected with me all that much before. This live take of “Hacienda Motel” may be the catalyst to change that. The delivery is smooth and comfortable, I may be starting to comprehend what they have been about which has remained out of my grasp before now.
Since moving to Austin this has been the style of music I’m getting more and more into daily. Small Faces and similar bands are the major reason for the delay in today’s mix since I’ve been spending as much time educating myself on all of the incredible music I’ve been neglecting for so long since devoting all of my time focusing on new bands and new music. I would definitely count on hearing much more of this style in the coming weeks on Heycoolkid!.
Odonis Odonis are creating music that directly reflects what all those psychedelic bands from the 60′s would be creating if they were making music today…at least that’s what I hear when “Ledged Up” is playing.
Still to this day Vagrant is one of my favorite labels. They put out a consistent stream of solid bands (and yes my love-fest started with Dashboard Confessional; I’ll stand by Carrabba’s music for the rest of my life no-matter how uncool it makes me in certain pretentious self-righteous circles, even friends whose opinions I respect give me shit for it but DC is in my top 5 hands down… ah get)
Anyways back to Reptar and the feel good, cheer the hell up and sing along song “Sebastian“. This is one of those you can’t help but look forward to sharing with a hundred other sweaty kids. So much fun with an energetic laid back vibe, kind of what I expected would be coming from Tokyo Police Club (that is if TPC weren’t putting out shitty Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus covers and put some real music out again, it is long overdue).
“Brave New Machine” is my favorite track off of American Wolf‘s recently released Tales Of Kamanakera which is an album truly worth digesting in its entirety. These guys are out of Chicago, make the time to check em out.
“Balloon” is delicate romanticism softly delivered yet remaining honest where so many others just appear less than academic and plastic. When in the right mood for Mozey I just can’t help but enjoy a song like this with a fullness of appreciation.
I’m ending this week with an instrumental track from Billy Yu.
“How We Saved A Tree” comes across like a modern touch on the whole Explosions In The Sky sound I love so much.
You can get the entire The Loving Ghost album for free through his bandcamp link (throw the guy some denari if you got it though). The entire album is just as enjoyable, I’ve been using it lately when the stress of being in a new place and trying to get everything started has had me in need of a temporary release.