Come Alive For Me Tonight

23 Mar

A handful of songs I put together for my drive to work last night.

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Hanni El Khatib – “Come Alive” – mp3

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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.

Make friends with Hanni El KhatibWebsite| Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

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Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos- “Shannon” – mp3

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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 Retreat was 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 Buzzard all 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.

Make friends with Margot And The Nuclear So And So’sWebsite | Facebook | Twitter

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Night Beats – “Puppet On A String” – mp3

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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.

Make friends with Night Beats Facebook | Trouble In Mind Records

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Cousin Brian – “Pushed Away” – mp3

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 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.

Make friends  with Cousin BrianBandcamp | Facebook

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Gulls – “Wild” –mp3

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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).

Make friends with Gulls Facebook | Bandcamp

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Wilhelm and the Dancing Animals – “Twice Alone” – mp3

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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.

Make friends with Wilhelm And The Dancing AnimalsFacebook | Bandcamp | Tumblr

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If you know a band or are in a band that would like to have their music reviewed email me at the above address as well, hard copies of albums won’t guarantee you a spot on a playlist but they will most definitely guarantee you a spot in my heart.

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