Getting Wasted On Our Youth

10 Jul

A family emergency kept me from getting music up these past two weeks. I went back to Indiana for a few days after my mom was in a bad car wreck. I should have had a post up sooner but it’s been hard for me to sit down and focus on reviews, anyways there has been an over abundance of great music coming out, I can only hope that I catch most of it before it gets lost in the shuffle that is the continuous offering of solid tracks which drop every day. Here’s what I’ve snagged recently:

Young Galaxy

“Youth Is Wasted On The Young” – mp3

Young Galaxy

With only two tracks leaked so far I don’t want to jump the gun and say that Young Galaxy‘s new album is one of the best this year has to offer but these tracks are so damn good it wouldn’t be out of line for me to do so. The last single to get me this stoked was Japandroids‘ “The House That Heaven Built” and we can all agree on that being a single to set the standard for one of the most complete and sweat filled albums we’re liable to fill our ears with for a long time to come.

Youth Is Wasted On The Young” has been burning a hole in my speakers these last few weeks! The opening baseline makes me think of The Lost Boys for some reason and the lyrics only add to that whole 80’s soundtrack vibe they open up with (and I’m not talking about “Cry Little Sister“… the vibe of the movie itself… that song is killer though) . This is a song drenched in motion, the incomprehensible adrenalin bathed feeling of unrequited movement while looking back in a lesson-learned sort of remembrance, a track as easily consumed in numbers as it is a definitive one-on-one experience.

What catches me off guard the most about these two singles is that “Shoreless Kid” gives off the exact same vibe as “Youth Is Wasted On The Young” yet with an entirely alternate sound, hence why I’m stoked for the upcoming album.

Bonus: Young Galaxy – “Shoreless Kid” – mp3

Young Galaxy Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Dive

“Geist” – mp3

Dive

Let me just get right down to the fact that the breakdown at 3:20 is as gnarly as can be created! As far as I’m concerned “Geist” by Dive embodies perfection, is a full on expression of the proper way for a band to fall into a groove, and makes for the best soundtrack to every possible rad moment one can experience.

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Coyote Kisses

“Acid Wolfpack” – mp3

Coyote Kisses

Dub songs worthy of re-posting seem far and few between these days, not that there is a lack of talented artists out there, just since every idiot with a few extra dollars and some free time has found a way of taking what would be useful programs and doing as much for the genre as auto-tune did for emo in the early 00’s… the listenable tracks are getting lost in the mire.

Coyote Kisses are out of Lakeland, Florida and like so many Florida bands of the past they have a way of bringing a new level of talent to a stagnant, or at the least plateauing,  scene ( the first band that came to mind while typing that was Against Me! and yes I realize so many of you are still bitter over the major label shift, hold strong to your biased opinions the dudes have made nothing short of great music).

Coyote KissesFacebook | Soundcloud

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The Mynabirds

“Body Of Work” – mp3

The Mynabirds

There are few bands who have been more deserving of praise and recognition and haven’t received it than The Mynabirds. Saddle Creek‘s tendancy to have highly respected yet under the radar bands is put on display with what The Mynabirds have done thus far. Sure I can listen to Florence And The Machine and enjoy it, though at the same time there’s this constant voice reminding me how  The Mynabirds have been doing it in a similar way but better and for longer. Hopefully with their new album Generals they’ll begin to get the focus they deserve.

Generals is a strong (much needed) step forward for Laura Burhenn and company, finally her lyrical strength is being presented in a much more aesthetic and sing-alongable fashion.  Where as before their music was more fitting on the soundtrack for a Bujalski film now they sound like they should be headlining the Paris Pitchfork Festival.

The Mynabirds –  Facebook | Website

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Wintersleep

“In Came The Flood” – mp3

Wintersleep

What the hell has happened to Wintersleep?!? Sure they’ve been good but these new tracks are unreal. I highly doubt I’m the only one getting impatient waiting to hear the entire Hello Hum album.

In Came The Flood” shows the band shifting their focus to a more upbeat level than any song of theirs before, the closest probably being the overtly sing-alongable “Weighty Ghost” which is a great song but nowhere near as movement invoking.

Rapture” got multiple plays on my drive home from Indy and could very well be my favorite Wintersleep track to date; the entire song feels immersed in a longing realization that is as involving as a personal reflection.

Bonus: Wintersleep – “Rapture” – mp3

WintersleepFacebook | Twitter | Website

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Baby Monster

“City Of Lovers” – mp3

Baby Monster

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I’ve written about Baby Monster. My very first LBYB post was for “The Fear Of Charlie Sunrise.” A song that ranks in the top 25 most played songs in my itunes as well as has one of my favorite videos.

Well the L.A. duo are back with “City Of Lovers” and show us what they’ve been up to these last few months in a big way.

Baby MonsterFacebook | Twitter | Website

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Sucré

“When We Were Young” – mp3

Sucre

Sucré walks a dangerous line between mainstream and Indie, only time will tell if I’ve chosen the correct side by supporting this song (my apologies for buying into the LDR hype last year… I’m trying hard not to be a repeat offender). I’m not nervous though, when I appreciate a song nothing else matters, this is a strong song.

Sucré feels like a perfect example of a bands ambitions working at odds with how they are being marketed. The Last.fm bio alone is nearly enough to turn me away forever yet when I press play and clear the biases from my mind the only thing left is the reality that “When We Were Young” is a solid song.

Sucré Facebook | Website

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Lights Out!

“Origin” – mp3

Origin” is my first experience with Romania’s Lights Out! and their memorable soul-pop blend of influences. Hopefully the rest of their songs hold up to this one… bands with a sound like this are hard to come by.

Lights Out!Bandcamp | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | Website

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Suns

“Happy Sounds” – mp3

For those of you who have been following HCK! for a while you’re already aware of my love for anything that remotely resembles 90’s Emo, it pains me how negative that label has come to represent, I’m still trying to shine a light into this area of music which is more honest and expressive on an individual level than any other genre (personal I feel it’s the most honest form of art in general).

Happy Sounds” from Suns keeps my faith going as an example of how there are in-fact relevant modern bands creating important passionate music with a less than commercial sound that aims a little deeper.

SunsBandcamp

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Boxed Wine

“Feral” – mp3

Boxed Wine

You can’t have yin without the yang or some shit like that so for all those moments I find myself digging a band like Suns there are just as many nights spent getting down on something less heart-meet-sleeve in a more viceral foot-meet-floor kind of way such as with “Feral” from Boxed Wine.

These guys are out of New Jersey and bare it with pride albeit the typical angst is shaded with a more hip expression. I wonder if my co-workers are sick of this song yet, I throw it on daily.

Boxed WineFacebook | Website

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Turbonegro

“The Age Of Pamparius” – mp3

Turbonegro

Is there any way to describe “The Age Of Pamparius” other than great? If you took only the raddest tangents to every “rock” genre since the 70’s and fused it into a 5 minute track you’d basically have this classic from Turbonegro.

*the proper definition of classic: any song older than two years where I can remember both artist and song title, and is more enjoyable now than it was the first time I heard (and loved) it.

Turbonegro Facebook

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State Lines

“Cancer” – mp3

State Lines

With “Cancer” I’d like to introduce you to one of my new favorite bands, State Lines. This song has been out since last year but it’s new to me, it would be  a tragedy not to share it. If this song is fictitious forget everything I have/will say about SL’s, if it’s real then these guys have more backbone than all the p4k fueled bands in Brooklyn combined.

State Lines are out of Long Island… I really hope the distance doesn’t keep me from catching them live.

State LinesBandcamp | Facebook

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David Little g

“I’ll Figure It All Out” – mp3

David Little G

I’ve found myself listening to a whole lot of David Little g lately and in the process am realizing I’ve never posted any of his songs before, although “My Heart Breeze” is my personal favorite, here are two songs of his he put out last summer which are perfect examples of why I find it confusing for this guy to still be floating way under the radar, I’m as much at fault for this as anyone else, a very sad realization for me to have.

David Little g – “Cold Wind Warm Heart” – mp3

David Little gBandcamp | Facebook

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Patrick Watson

“Words In The Fire” – mp3

Patrick Watson

Those David Little g tracks have me thirsting for something acoustic, where the weight of the scales are completely held in balance by strength of lyrics. This Patrick Watson song is the first and most obvious example that comes to mind. As most often happens when I close with an acoustic track I’ll let the song speak for itself; so wherever you are, forget about the distractions and stress and for three and a half glorious minutes take this song in all it’s completeness and tell me it doesn’t speak to whatever place your at in life, in this summer, in this moment… it does for me anyways, I can’t help but feel like I’m not alone in this.

Patrick Watson Facebook | Website

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