Remembering Is Nothing

28 May

I moved [again] last week so I’ve been without internet which is why there wasn’t any new music from Heycoolkid! these last few days… I’m about to make up for it in a big way.

If you can’t find something to love with your entire being on this week’s mix maybe I could direct you to something more your taste: Link. There’s a little bit of everything mixed in from just released to mid-nineties greatness, all genre’s are touched upon and each song I’ve been digging on a personal level for a few days now.

Also, I realize I’ve been neglecting the playlist aspect of HCK! for a few months, which is personally one of my favoritists things in the world, so in the coming weeks I’ll be making up for lost time with one hell of a Summer mixtape and a four part series I’ve been compiling for over a year now. Yesterday I asked via Facebook for suggestions to be included on said Summer Mix, if you’ve got any input head over there and make your opinion official.

I realize on a good day my writing is bordering on elementary yet I do want to point out that it is four-thirty in the morning and I’m sitting at a coffee shop (internet is still down) trying to get this up before going home and calling it a night so there may be some outrageous errors due to a lack of opportunity to proof-read and still get this up without putting it off another day. Enough of that… here’s the music to help find some comfort within the chaos, hopefully it will help us in realizing something new about ourselves.

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The Owsley Brothers 

“Hot Mess” – mp3

The Owsley Brothers

Authentic roots rock covered in east coast grime, “Hot Mess” kicks off this weeks mix with the exact vibe I’m feeling with the onset of my first Texas summer grinding down on me. No one in The Owsley Brothers bares the name Owsley or are brothers which is a twist I enjoy.

The Owsley Brothers Bandcamp | Facebook

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Screaming Females 

“Expire” – mp3

Screaming Females

There isn’t a band that fits more in line with what I hope for out of a female fronted band than Screaming Females.  So many punk influences are reflected within their sound making “Expire” as much a nod to all that was pure about music in the 70’s and 80’s as it is a killer new song worth listening to regardless.  Marissa’s vocals apart from being the most notable example of this transparency of influences are gnarly beyond anything else I’ve heard this year, in general I’ve seen more woman fail in their attempt for a similar sound than I can even remember, all from trying too hard without being authentic which makes hearing someone get it right bring as much relief as enjoyment.

Screaming FemalesFacebook | Blog | Website

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Lower 

“Escape” – mp3

Lower

I’ve been quite heavy on garage rock lately, I had no idea when I landed in Texas what kind of scene I was about to be immersed in, as long as I keep uncovering songs like “Escape” I doubt I’ll be getting many complaints.

Lower are out of København, Denmark. All of their songs are equally as untamed as this track is. If you’re looking for a new band to make your own these guys are as good [if not better] as any.

Lower Bandcamp | Blog

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Holograms 

“Chasing My Mind” – mp3

Holograms

Holograms have a way of combining addictive synth with dirty guitar that emanates pure indie perfection. “Chasing My Mind” winds its way through multiple breaks and change-ups right into my heart.

The keyboard part, especially at 1:40ish, has been in the back of my mind for days due to it’s similarity to another song I couldn’t figure out. It finally got to the point that I had to ask the other guys at LBYB to help me work it out and finally we were able to clear it up, MGMT‘s “Time To Pretend,” that’s what it sounds close to.

HologramsFacebook | Website

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Till Death

“Forever” – mp3

Till Death

Till Death, the new project from Owl Vision and Frank Major,  is as sick and infecting as you can get with a keyboard… this is baby making music for bangers and the recreational bath salt swimmers.

Check out my entire review of “Forever”  here.

Till DeathFacebook | Soundcloud

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Crocodiles 

“Endless Flowers” – mp3

Crocodiles - Endless-Flowers

While going over songs for the summer playlist I came across the always great “Summer Of Hate” which reminded me that Crocodiles recently released their Endless Flowers album. The title track, as well as with the album in general, lives up to and exceeds all expectations. I’m rather surprised by the lack of coverage to this point, I can only assume it will be a sleeper album gaining more and more attention as the year proceeds.

CrocodilesFacebook | Blogspot

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Carousel 

“Let’s Go Home” – mp3

Carousel

Here’s another great song from Carousel. “Let’s Go Home” continues on with their trend of creating incredibly optimistic yet somber songs of remembrance. Every Carousel song fits ideally on a road trip mix,I can’t get enough of these guys… How in the hell are they still unsigned?!?

CarouselFacebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Website

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The Submarines

“Fire” – mp3

The Submarines

It’s been some time now since I’ve featured The Submarines, they came up in conversation on the Heycoolkid! facebook page which is as good of a reason as any to remind you of their confident approach at creating pop songs with enjoyable substance.

The Submarines Facebook | Twitter

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Ellie Goulding

“Under The Sheets” – mp3

Ellie Goulding

Honestly it’s been a slow process coming around to Ellie Goulding. I’ve been standoffish with her songs but the continual praise from those whose opinion I respect keeps me coming back with an open mind.

I realize this has been out for a few years now but it’s new to me.

Under The Sheets” is the first song from her that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, there’s never been a doubt of her talent, this is just the first song I’ve found of hers which has aligned with my own tastes.

Ellie Goulding Facebook | Website

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California Wives

“Marianne” – mp3

California Wives

One of the best signs I look for in a new song is when a band leaks it immediately after it’s finished. “Marianne” has been leaked so early California Wives don’t even have an album title or release date bypassing the less enjoyable processes bands typically go through before putting their music on display. It is one of the few times we can openly see a band putting the passion for their song in front of the business and idiosyncrasies which do nothing but impede the connection between the art and the listener.

Marianne” lives up to the expectations I have for early releases and continues to build upon the excitement I have for this bands future since hearing they signed with Vagrant.

This track gives off the same feeling as “First Day Of My Life” from Bright Eyes only with a much more upbeat delivery, it’s odd that I find such a connection between the two songs but it’s definitely there and I love it.

California Wives Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Team Me

“Show Me” – mp3

Team Me

If you’ve ever been in a relationship that reaches a point where you start noticing how much you are enjoying your life without them around then this song expresses those thoughts rather well.

It’s always a dangerous thing reading into lyrics and saying they mean one thing or another, often times what we take from a song and the place they actually came from are not one and the same, I’m not sure if  “Show Me” is a case such as that but I think I’m on the same page.

Team MeFacebook | Twitter | Website

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Kid Canaveral

“Couldn’t Dance” – mp3

Kid Canaveral

Couldn’t Dance” is my first experience with Scotland’s Kid Canaveral. I’m always a sucker for the Scottish accent left intact within a song. Their sound is a dead on mixture of my two favorite Scotland bands We Were Promised Jetpacks and Frightened Rabbit… this is a good thing.

Kid Canaveral Facebook | Website

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Flux Pavilion

“Daydreamer” Ft. Example – mp3

Flux Pavilion

There is always room on a mix for something upbeat, optimistic, and dubbed out like woah. Enter “Daydreamer” from Flux Pavilion.

Flux PavilionFacebook

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Dowsing 

“Maxwell” – mp3

Dowsing

I keep stumbling over songs that kick my thoughts back to the early 2000’s when music bordered on religious for me, working as a means of salvation and an escape when all my friends were using much shittier music to define trends and fuel their collective unconscious of mass-consumerism and bourgeois morals. I doubt those friends of my past would be any more receptive to an incredible song such as “Maxwell” today than they were nearly ten years ago but at least there’s a much larger collective of open-minded and appreciative people to share music such as this with.

When I refer to their sound as being early 2000’s sounding that’s not to say they lack relevance or talent but rather the opposite, really,seeing how songs this honest and natural will always have a place when there is as many grateful people around to experience music on a much more important level of interaction than the tongue-and-cheek mainstreamers care to be involved with.

Dowsing are out of Chicago and just released a 7″ split with Parker which you can check out through the Bandcamp link below.

DowsingBandcamp | Facebook | Tumblr

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Whipping Boy

“We Don’t Need Nobody Else” – mp3

Whipping Boy

We Don’t Need Nobody Else” came out in 1995, successfully capturing the entire mood and persona which defined all things that were alternative and grungy in the 90’s.

The second the chorus kicks in you may find yourself thinking why does this sound so good but yet disgust me; The answer is easy, this song (like so many other great songs of the nineties) was  ripped off by Rebecca Black‘s lyric writing idol Gavin Rossdale and his garbage nonsensical music that was Bush (and for the record at least Black’s lyrics followed a comprehensible train of thought). Rossdale is the man who has recently written lyrics of pure brilliance such as “gravity like a luner landing” and “the city bus sounds like a fridge” began his prophetic decent that America’s “New Rock Alternative” stations couldn’t play enough of with “Glycerine.” His poetic words spoke to the souls of a generation when he said “It must be your skin I’m sinking in, must be for real ’cause now I can feel and I didn’t mind, it’s not my kind,it’s not my time to wonder why. Every thing’s gone white and every thing’s gray, now you’re here, now you’re away,” holy fuck that’s deep…Dr. Seuss eat your heart out.

Whipping Boy were kind of a 90’s Velvet Underground or The Modern Lovers who are nearly as worthy of praise as The Pixies and Pavement were but have been left as cliff notes in a much overrated landscape of my childhood where the Pearl Jams and Soundgardens have remained unfathomably relevant for dudes with bad taste and a desire to learn terrible music to play around a campfire and in cover bands despite never creating anything of value or originality who were only signed in the fall-out of the money hungry commercial record labels draining the Seattle scene dry in hopes of finding the next Nirvana.

Whipping Boy – “We Don’t Need Nobody Else” (Acoustic) – mp3

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Oyster Boy

“Landscape Of Skin And Single Rooms” – mp3

Oyster Boy

Let me reiterate how hard I get down on Oyster Boy‘s sound! The lyrics especially are what impress me each time I play one of their albums and how those lyrics come across with a shrug of the shoulder delivery yet when broken down and digested line for line they feel more like a page in some journal we have been confided in to read. Twice I’ve pasted the entire song lyrics for “Landscape Of Skin And Single rooms” only to finally decide on just mentioning that every song on their Bandcamp page includes the lyrics and if you’re anything like me you’ll take the time to read through them along with the song.

Which brings me on a short digression: The greatest loss and injustice to music has been the birth of the mp3 and the use of them through sites such HCK!. I’m sure someone will get offended but the loss in quality although noticeable is a far cry from an injustice, it’s the loss of the tangible experience I’m talking of. When in high school I would spend a hundred dollars out of every paycheck on cd’s and I can clearly remember opening each and every one down to the place I was and what was going on in my life at the time.

Slipping the jacket from the case as I slid the disc into my cd player had this feeling of being somehow more involved with the music as an experience and focus (I’m willing to guess that if the band had chosen to include the lyrics I was probably sixty percent more likely to enjoy the album). We’ve lost that connection with music and that is upsetting. I can argue both sides of this conversation because mp3’s make it much more likely for a talented guy like Youth Lagoon to get his songs out of his bedroom in Iowa to find an audience around the world who would have quite possibly never gotten the chance to experience them otherwise.

Through mp3’s we’ve been able to circumvent the influence of labels who only think in terms of units sold rather than quality and passion of the music itself so I’m a far cry from those elitist who constantly complain about the status of music, there is a loss though which is why I’ve been putting in much more effort than I have in years to stop myself from being just another guy downloading one or two songs from a band and saying I’m a fan when that’s the only experience I’ve had with them. I guess this year’s goal has been to truly know the music I love and bands like Oyster Boy who make that extra effort to do what they can with the format they are confined within earn my respect by doing so.

Oyster BoyFacebook | Bandcamp

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Park Jefferson

“Astronauts” – mp3

Park Jefferson

Park Jefferson are another band that bare the early 2000’s like a cross. There was a time when a name such as Park Jefferson would let us know immediately what to expect from the band without having heard a single note from them, those were good time’s… at least until auto-tune came into the mix.

Unfortunately Park Jefferson are in the midst of breaking up; As of a few hours ago they announced they will be recording one more album before throwing in the towel. I’m sure there will be more music from these dudes out of Michigan/Indiana through some other outlet, I’ll make sure to let you guys hear some of that when it happens as well.

Video: Obviously I don’t know what your local scene is like but if it’s anything like the one I loved being a part of back in Indiana you’ve probably seen this song covered five hundred times and this is how the crowd reacted every single time. This is one of the best covers I’ve seen of “Cute Without The E” so I’m including it.

Park Jefferson Bandcamp | Facebook | Tumblr

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Like Pioneers

“Boggs” – mp3

Like Pioneers

I found this track over at rcrdlbl.com, which in general is a pretty sweet site to grab solid music from.

Boggs” is my first experience with Like Pioneers and there large indie sound. You can tell this is a band worth seeing live, I imagine for how good this song sounds through my headphones that it’s a different animal of energy and sweat in person. If a band can capture confidence on an album without feeling contrived it almost always translates into a very memorable show, I can’t wait to catch these guys in the near future.

Like Pioneers Facebook | Website

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Ravens & Chimes

“Arrow” –  mp3

Ravens And Chimes

Arrow” is an incredible song, distinct and unique, worthy of the three minutes of uninterrupted attention it takes to allow it to fully settle and develop. When I started putting this mix together “Arrow” was the track I was the most excited to share. After listening through all of these songs five or six times it’s much harder to make that statement, that’s not to say there is any sort of loss in appreciation for this song just that how much I’m digging some of the other tracks continues to grow.

Ravens & Chimes remind me a lot of  Phineas And The Lonely Leaves and Big Red Marbles who are two of my all-time favorite bands, R&C definitely have the potential to one day make it onto that list as well

Ravens & ChimesBandcamp

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Sea Of Bees

“Broke” – mp3

Sea Of Bees

This is the main song I had in mind when saying  it is much harder to say which song is my favorite this week, especially after catching the video of Julie playing it live. I already had my heart wrapped around this track the first time I heard it but seeing her perform it as part of her Mahogony Session took things to an entirely new level.

The first time I heard Sea Of Bees I knew I’d found an artist who I would want to carry with me for the rest of my life. She seems so real and almost timid about her music and then as she plays you can literally see the passion transform before your eyes. Her music comes from a place that only a handful of artists in history have been brave enough to pull from. There’s not a single thread of doubt what she was feeling and which experience she was drawing from when writing her songs.

What made that live video so impressive to me is that all of the work she’s put in these last few years has created a live performance that is more than just the amazing voice which has carried her to this point. She’s a performer now whose performance is as beautiful and awe inspiring as the artist who created it. I throw the word love around often, without counting I’ve probably used it fifteen times in this post alone and I mean it every time I say it, it’s not a generic term I throw in at random though there most definitely are different stages of love, so when I use it for Sea Of Bees let it be clearly known I mean it in fullest most meaningful way.

I did a short review of the video itself which you can check out here.

Sea Of Bees Facebook | Tumblr | Website

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Kishi Bashi

“Manchester” – mp3

Kishi Bashi

I am consistently impressed with each new song Kishi Bashi creates. His most recent batch on 151a are unbelievably insane, start to finish it should go down as one of the best albums ever made. “It All Began With A Burst” is probably the most notable track from the album but it’s “Manchester” which I dig the  most.

Relying solely on his voice and sparse instrumentation to carry this song he delivers in a huge way. We know he has the ability to create frantically danceable tracks, “Manchester” even feels like it’s about to jump off at any moment but it doesn’t, keeping the emotional chillness intact to the songs end and the result is incredible. The fact he opens the album with a very similar instrumental which blends into this song allows the following track “Bright Whites” to drive in that feeling throughout 151a of Kishi Bashi having the ability to do anything he wants and to do it beyond the abilities the rest of his peers possess.

Kishi Bashi Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Isaac Pierce

“Your Own Kite” – mp3

Isaac Pierce

Isaac Pierce has a sound that falls directly between Damien Rice and Sam Means with a bare and broken form of story-telling that is easily comparable to Damien Jurado. His words are like an anchor pulling us beneath the water-line, down to the still and dark bottom where all those feelings of sadness and longing lie hidden and dormant, shining this light of evaluating clarity with a looking forward/looking back duality that is honest and open and relating.

Like so many great tracks, I found this over at Fuel/Friends.

Isaac Pierce Bandcamp

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Human Tetris

“Silver Tears” mp3

Human Tetris

Moscow’s Human Tetris may have broken up a few weeks ago but they most definitely have left us with some great music to remember them by. Another band giving up too soon, bummer.

Human Tetris Bandcamp | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

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Kalle Mattson 

“The Shore” – mp3

Kalle Mattson

Kalle Mattson‘s entire Lives In Between EP has been owning my ears, it is the best acoustic album I’ve heard since Radical Face‘s The Family Tree.

Although to call Lives In Between an acoustic album isn’t exactly spot on because it’s got as much of a War On Drugs feel to it as northwest-folk. I’m drawn between “The Shore” and “Water Falls” as the most important to share due to their polar opposite sound. Why choose when the music is this good, Here’s “Waterfalls”

Kelle Matson – “Water Falls” – mp3

The entire Lives In Between album is up for a name-your-price on his bandcamp page, throw him some bones and give him some attention.

Kalle MattsonBandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

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The Bigger Lovers

“Private Party” – mp3

The Bigger Lovers

I pulled this up on grooveshark the other day and started remembering just how much The Bigger Lovers meant to me just a few short years ago, these guys did it all and they did it really well. This was a bonus track they included on the timeless How I Learned to Stop Worrying when it was re-released last march.

The Bigger Lovers Bandcamp

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Jon Russell 

“Beacon Hill” (Damien Jurado Cover) – mp3

Jon Russell

In my longing for something new from The Head And The Heart I’m pacified by this incredible cover from THATH’s Jon Russell who I once stood next to as he was purchasing a Talking Heads album at Luna Music in Indianapolis. I knew they were in the midst of a grueling tour and were dealing with the stress of a last minute cancelled show so I didn’t interrupt him but was about as star struck as I get.  I’ve seen THATH play four times now and although I’ve seen probably a thousand shows in my lifetime, making it hard to distinguish who exactly I thought put on the best show, I won’t even blink an eye to have THATH confidently in the conversation and Jon Russell‘s presence and talent is a key factor. (They went on to find a last minute venue and played what is still getting talked about as one of the sweatiest and intensely-collective shows Indy has ever had in their city)

I have a feeling that one day we’ll see a solo album from Russell which more likely than not will be as songwriteresc as the artist he has chosen to cover on this song. He definitely does “Beacon Hill” justice with his own unique style taking the front seat where as with Jurado it’s always lyrics-first performer-second.

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The Tallest Man On Earth

“1904” – mp3

the tallest man on Earth

So it looks like we’ll be getting a new album from The Tallest Man On Earth in June. This is the first release from it and does as much to get me stoked for the new material as it does to remind me once again how underrated this guys absolute presence is.

The Tallest Man On EarthWebsite

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So that’s it for this week. Check back soon, The Summer Mixtape will be up in the next few days, here’s last year’s Definitive(ish) Summer Playlist check it out  here to get an idea of what’s in store, this one should be even better.

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