I Saw The Best Minds Of My Generation Choking On Birthday Cake

24 Feb

I began this playlist before moving and actually thought I’d posted it, things have been so hectic I’m not even surprised. Although a bit delayed… here’s some great music to check out.

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1. The Record Company – “Dont Let Me Get Lonely”

Don’t Let Me Get Lonely” has been on constantly since I found it a few weeks ago. Anyone whose been within three feet of me has been bombarded by this song… I dig it plain and simple. It’s like a less pretentious Black Keys meets a more Ray Charles and less Janice Joplinish Alabama Shakes. If you want to know the one sound that steals my heart every-time is the exact one The Record Company have captured.

Music from the late 50’s early 60’s  had a vintage swagger that is nearly impossible to reproduce and The Record Company make it sound easy. Things are happening fast for these three guys out of LA so if you have any desire to keep good music to yourself you better do as I am and get what you can out of this song before everyone else gets a hold of it.

Read my Listen Before You Buy review of “Don’t Let Me Get Lonelyhere.

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2. Secret Colours – “Follow the Drone”

Secret Colours

Follow The Drone” from Chicago‘s Secret Colours feels like I’m watching some tripped out scene from a 70’s B movie spliced with random weather beaten early big wave surfing Super 8 footage. What I’m trying to say is this song evokes imagery from every note in the best kind of way possible.

Make friends with Secret ColoursWebsite| Facebook | Twitter

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3. Bass Drum Of Death – “Get Found”

Bass Drum Of Death

I’m not sure what’s got me in this flat-out rock mood today but it feels good so I’m running with it.

Bass Drum Of Death are from Mississippi and they sound like it. Picture everything that is glorified by the anti-mainstream southern rock crowd, throw on a couple of leather jackets and some good old-fashion hipster savy then make it sound a hundred times better than this description and you will come close to understanding what Bass Drum Of Death are all about.

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4. Bleached – “Think Of You”

Bleached

If you’re a female in a punk band there’s huge potential you are going to be over-hyped and make very generic (read: incredibly shitty) music. This isn’t the case with Bleached, the female fronted four chord throwbacks to when punk was more about getting drenched in sweat than about pretending to be hard.

Although rare, every once in a while a punk band surfaces that actually has something to offer the genre whose extended death rattle refuses to let it die, I’m thankful for what little remains.

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5. Luminal – “Panopticon”

Luminal

Luminal is Matt Spire and JD Saris, two unsigned guys out of Maryland. I stumbled over their free album, Overdraft, on Bandcamp and have been slowly getting into this early model of what they hope to accomplish in the future. Although as a collective the album is pretty rough around the edges, never quite settling in. There are a few spots though , “Panopticon” being one, where there are more than a few sparks that give me the impression there’s a lot to come from these two guys.

Make friends with LuminalFacebook | Bandcamp

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6. Say Hi – “Dots On Maps”

Say Hi

I’ve been into Say Hi for a long time. I’m still not sure how I feel about the name change,though I do understand Eric Elbogen‘s thought process behind it. The change makes much more sense with “Dots On Maps” which is a definitive switch from the more familiar Say Hi To Your Mom sound, and what an incredible switch at that. Eric looks to finally solidify his place in the future relevance of our musical landscape. I truly hope this one sinks in with you as it has with me.

Make friends with Say Hi- Website | Facebook | Twitter

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7. Cheerleader – “Do What You Want”

Cheerleader

I’ve been trying to put this one up for a few weeks and just haven’t been on top of things. This is the newest release from Cheerleader.

Every song they put out impresses me, “Do What You Want” is far from an exception.  If I could only predict one band having a huge year it would be Cheerleader, they are aligned for greatness and seem to be pretty cool dudes worthy of all that is about to come their way.

Do What You Want” strips back the low-fi haze that carried “New Daze” into the hipster ether leaving a sound as layered and dripping with sugary goodness as they had eight months ago just slightly more polished… and that opening whistle… Peter Bjorn And John eat your heart out.

Pay attention… 2012 is Cheerleader‘s year.

Make friends with CheerleaderFacebook | Soundcloud | Bandcamp

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8.  Seatraffic – “Leave It Alone”

Seatraffic

Seatraffic‘s “Leave It Alone” is another song that has had an active role in my day to day soundtrack as of late. This is synth-pop gold.

I put this one up on Listen Before You Buy back in November and when I still feel the same way as I did then when I put “This is a stand alone song of implemented greatness. Each note and every word sung is precise and fitting, honestly from the second I pressed play I could not help but ask myself, ‘Why hasn’t this been done before.’ This song is important.

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9. Strange Fur – “Riptides”

Strange Fur

I was dozing off at my computer listening through newly downloaded tracks when “Riptide” came up and immediately gave me chills. There’s something deep and passionate beneath this song, you can feel it with every note sung, every swaying orchestrated string breathes a living sadness, this is the kind of song that steals my heart. Strange Fur really have gotten “Riptide” absolutely right.

Make friends with Strange Fur Facebook | Website

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10. Dreamers Of The Ghetto – “Connection”

Dreamers Of The Ghetto

It’s been barely over a year since I first wrote about Dreamers Of The Ghetto. In the twelve months which have passed these guys have been growing in force daily, wrapping the year up on top of many best albums of 2011 lists and seemingly catching the attention of every one whose heard them along the way. This local band has a very unique sound and a live show I hope each and everyone of you are blessed enough to catch for yourselves.

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11. Novi Split – “Creeping Around Your Face”

Novi Split

She says we’re all essentially lonely I ain’t lonely when I’m holding you…. She says we all leave in the end and she should be getting ready to go

Creeping Around Your Face” has my heart completely wrapped up in it’s four minute perfection. In an ideal world I’d fall asleep with someone in my arms every night with this song playing.

Make friends with Novi SplitFacebook | Blogspot

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12. Polica – “Dark Star”

POLICA

I’ve heard quite a few people already putting “Dark Star” in the best song of 2012 category. Who am I to argue with them? This song is a groove that never lets up with it’s part electro/soul sound kicking up traces of James Brown, Mazzy Star, and Active Child in the process.

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13. Red Violet – “Little Boxes”

Red Violet

Little Boxes” kind of caught me off guard. In my new found love for Red Violet’s track “Oceans” I came across this song on his The Language Of Lions album. It doesn’t even sound like the same artist which is promising when thinking of what we can expect in the future from this guy, I know potential when I hear it and Red Violet is overflowing with it.

Little Boxes” sounds like a dead on mixture of Phineas And The Lonely Leaves and Big Red Marbles, two of my personal favorite artists. I’m so glad to have found Red Violet so early in his career.

Make friends with Red VioletFacebook | Bandcamp | Blog | Website

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14. Oyster Boy – “Low Generation”

Oyster Boy

Oyster Boy puts the utmost focus on lyrical content and each of their songs is flawlessly written, angsty, and realistically personal. “Low Generation” reminds me a lot of Alkaline Trio with a modern touch.

I saw the best minds of my generation choke on birthday cake” award these guys some bonus points for one sweet Kerouac reference.

Make friends with Oyster BoyFacebook | Bandcamp | Last.fm

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15. Joe Shlabotnik – “The Other One”

It’s no secret how huge of a fan I am of Cap’N Jazz. Joe Shlabotnik channels them in a way that stirs my dormant Emo heart stoking the fire back up full force once again, I was hope these guys would come through Austin to fullfill my desire to swap sweat with them but unfortunately they recently broke up. Good bands always break up and shitty bands like Nickleback keep on playing forever… it just doesn’t seem right.

Make friends with Joe ShlabotnikFacebook | Bandcamp

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16. Old Gray – “Vulcan Death Grip”

Old Gray

Thanks to Bandcamp’s section for bands to recommend other bands I have like twenty new groups to check out, I had no idea how thriving the Maryland area still was. When I moved to D.C. back in 2003 I remember just having my mind blown by the scene there, I’m glad to see things haven’t changed.

Old Gray‘s “Vulcan Death Grip” works as a time machine to when I stepped into my first basement show and screamed my heart out along with Armor For Sleep. These bands of post-adolescent artists should not go overlooked, they are the trend setters and the remaining hope scene followers like Alternative Press haven’t been able to choke out… yet.

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17. Figure/Ground – “Giving Up The Ghost”

If you don’t like screamo then you may want to skip over “Giving Up The Ghost.” I haven’t been shy about trying to keep this genre which I still feel as passionate as ever going, so  Figure/Ground have as valid of a place on this weeks mix as any other artist. The hard part for me is putting into words what it is that draws me in with songs like this one, it’s something I’ve always struggled with, “Giving Up The Ghost” just feels right to me there’s no other way to put it.

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18. Standard Fare – “Nuit Avec Une Ami”

Feel good indie rock with some sweet vocal pairings “Nuit Avec Une Ami” keeps everything moving at a solid upbeat pace. Standard Fare may sound like they’ve been listening to some Los Campesinos! on repeat on this one… who’s complaining when we end up with a song like this in the process.

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19. Faux Fir – “Send In the Models”

Count on getting a steady dose of Faux Fir coming your way in the coming weeks, I may be late to the party but I’m that doesn’t keep me from appreciating how impressive these Milwaukee natives are.

Make friends with Faux FirBandcamp | Facebook

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20. Orca Orca – “When the Sun Comes Up (feat. QUALMS)”

I was driving my friends Jeep back home the other night with six friends jammed in and had this song itching in my mind. Even without actually having it on I knew that it embody everything I was experiencing after a great night with some new friends where all of us were on the same page, riding the same vibe, and feeling alive. This was the first song I played on my ipod once climbing into bed and it helped close out a night that was ideal… Just another reason I love music.

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All songs are for promotional purposes only. If you or an artist you represent would like  some content removed email me at Heycoolkid@yahoo.com.

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