We See The Same Thing So Differently

23 Jul

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things as far as new music is concerned, it should be reflected here……

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Crusaders Of Love

“Good Time All The Time” – mp3

Crusaders Of Love

Whenever I talk to friends back in Indy I find myself falling short when attempting to explain how drastic the attitudes and vibes differ in Austin from anywhere else I’ve ever been. Everyone is so positive and absolutely content with their place in life, the city feels like a cocoon of contentment, like an excited energetic peace coming from self-expression and self-acceptance, these next two songs are the closest I’ll ever get to describing what living in Austin feels like, and what the general consensus on life within this city is.

Crusaders Of Love play simplistic lo-fi garage-punk with unabated confidence. “Good Time All The Time” feels like an exact translation of the hip live-in-the-moment mindset that is non-conformist pro-teenage America, I’m not sure why but the fact that they are French really catches me off guard.

If I had heard this song sooner it would have, without a doubt, been included on the Summer mixtape…there is always next year.

Crusaders Of LoveFacebook

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The Bad Lovers

“You And I” – mp3

The Bad Lovers - Actin Strange

For months I’ve heard about how great these guys are live but managed to miss every show of theirs since getting here, that is until two weeks ago when I caught them twice and experienced the adrenalin cooled in confidence that is The Bad Lovers. More importantly I was able to see them close out their set with this song and see each individual in the room meld into this collective embracing the exact moment they are living in.

On very rare occasions you can actually catch yourself experiencing a memory, the first time I saw The Bad Lovers play this song was one of those moments of awareness for myself. They were playing at The Sahara Lounge which is a dive out on the far-east which feels like most people who end up there are probably lost. The place was practically empty with maybe thirty people scattered throughout. There were six bands scheduled to play and I remember thinking it was going to be a long night if I was going to hang around for TBL.

With each band that played there was a building chemistry between those of us watching the music being played and the guys playing it who were increasingly taking on this kind of “well this show kind of sucks lets just have fun” attitude, if you want to see whether a band is worth a shit see how they play for a nearly empty room, I’m a firm believer in that.

One of the opening bands was Neighbor, who as I’ve said multiple times on HCK! are one of my favorite bands in Austin to catch live, once they got into their set things became clear that for some  lame-ass Tuesday night this one was worth turning off  Netflix and coming out.

The  Bad Lovers play like they’ve been perpetually on tour for thirty years and have loved it. It’s hard to keep in mind that all of the members are younger than I am with sage wisdom flooding out of their amps. The Bad Lovers are Rock And Roll! This song transcends even their embodiment of cool and talent, this song is not theirs it is ours, “You And I” is the Koolaid we’re drinking. The moment this song kicked off I watched fourteen sweaty dudes throw their arms around each others shoulders, learn forward towards the stage, and scream the lyrics into the night, every girl in the room was dancing like it was some black and white film footage of a fifties sock-hop, and there I was standing off to the left taking it all in, feeling as Kerouac must have the first time he caught some real jazz with Cassidy.

I saw The Bad Lovers again at their record release party a few days later and with a packed Spider House crowd going insane all of us became one passionate cry singing with angelic voices to a world which may never understand “you and I will never die.”

Simple and honest and real… this is our anthem.

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The Bad LoversBandcamp | Facebook

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The Raveonettes

“Observations” – mp3

The Raveonettes

From an analytical standpoint “Observations” is probably the best song on this weeks mix. I’ve been beyond infatuated with their previous material, especially “Forget That You’re Young,” but The Raveonettes have really elevated themselves with these new songs, proving there is a longevity to their sound that wasn’t nearly as drastic or apparent before.

The lead at 1:20 is perfection; from the tone to each spacious yet ideally fitting notes, they pull everything back coming out of the solo with a bass line that leaves us on the edge of our seats wondering where the song could possibly go next only for the piano to take us right up to the point of feeling almost lost, then nearly out of nowhere the entire song kicks back into the familiar, it barely makes sense to come full circle in such a way, it’s creatively-untypical without pretentiously sounding like it.

Go ahead and pencil this one in as part of the best songs of 2012 list.

The other new song The Raveonettes have given us is “She Owns The Streets” which should be getting played with a fierceness by pretty much everyone with even a moderate understanding of what good music sounds like, this is the sound that ignites metaphysical forest fires.

The new album Observator will be out on Sept 11.

Bonus: The Raveonettes – “She Owns The Streets” – mp3

The RaveonettesFacebook | Twitter | Website

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Metric

“Artificial Nocturne”

Metric

When I heard the first leak, “Youth Without Youth,” from the upcoming Metric album Synthetica the first thought was along the lines of “well here’s Metric‘s first official attempt at commercial success,” I’m glad I gave the other songs a chance because this opening track “Artificial Nocturne” is fucking solid, turns out there’s still some creative energy left in the band, I’m glad to hear it too, there was a time when they had me excited for the future of pop within the indie realm, it would be sad to see them ride off into the Live Nation sunset so soon.

MetricSoundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Teepee

“Time Meant Nothing” – mp3

Teepee

Teepee is the moniker of Miami’s Erix S. Laurent. “Time Meant Nothing” has my attention, since it is the first song I’m experiencing from him I’m exceptionally stoked for hearing what else he has to offer.

TeepeeFacebook | Website

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Boxed Wine

“Oh NO!!!” – mp3

Boxed Wine

Boxed Wine’s brand of upbeat indie sells itself, the only way to do them any justice is to just let you press play. I will note that I received a submission email the same day that I posted “Feral,” for a band to be humble enough to be sending out “hey check us out” emails when at the same time I’ve already heard of them and dug their sound is a cool coincidence. That’s my major motivator for putting them up again this week. There’s no reason that a band with a solid sound, who is putting in effort to get recognition, should go unheard.

Boxed WineFacebook | Website

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State Lines

“Driver” – mp3

State Lines

I was being serious with an absoluteness when I said that State Lines are one of my new favorite bands. Someone better implement the six inch rule before I start getting all sorts of inappropriate with these Long Island natives’ music. I would say that I’m disappointed by not having heard Hoffman Manor when it first came out but having it with me here in this place at this time giving off that fresh new music scent feels just right so there are no regrets.

I’ve been trying to keep from overplaying “Cancer,” my favorite track of theirs, and in the process have found myself beginning to think the same thing about “Driver” since I’ve merely substituted one for the other as the one song I seem to always want to have playing.

State LinesBandcamp | Facebook

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Wildcat! Wildcat!

“The Chief” – mp3

Wildcat! Wildcat!

The Chief” shifts things into a more nod-and-sway direction. It is after all summer and Wildcat! Wildcat! make absolutely perfect songs to get things drenched in a feel-good vibe.

Wildcat! Wildcat!Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Yes Nice

“Hot River” – mp3

Yes Nice

Hot River” is the new track from Yes Nice, I did a review of it a few days ago on LBYB, check it out here.

Yes NiceSoundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Trails And Ways

“Miracle” (Ghost Beach Cover) – mp3

Trails And Ways

Trails And Ways put a nice islandesc touch on an already great song. If you haven’t caught the original yet you can check it out here.

Trails And WaysFacebook | Twitter | Website

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Gardens & Villa

“Spacetime” – mp3

Gardesn & Villa

On “Spacetime Gardens & Villa mesh subtle emotional outbursts and chill-wave with hints of psychedelia practially filtering in through the walls, a combination you need to hear in order to understand how those elements can actually work well together.

Gardens & VillaFacebook | Website

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Milo Greene

“1957” – mp3

Milo Greene

I’ve been staring at the screen for nearly five minutes restarting “1957” over and over trying to figure exactly how to translate the connection I feel with this song and exactly how great I find this song to be, hopefully the first part of this sentence does enough. I have a feeling this is one of those songs that no introduction will change someones opinion on, you either like it or you don’t, although I’m not sure what kind of mindset someone would carry to fall into the “don’t” category.

Milo GreenFacebook | Twitter | Website

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Shearwater

“You As You Were” – mp3

Shearwater

You As You Were” is montage music bordering on arena-ambition that is just good enough to disregard the later. This is a chorus that leaves an impact, makes you feel like you’re moving even if your not,  even stronger is this understanding emitting from the lyrics that this song is as much for you as it is for Shearwater themselves.

Shearwater have been at it for a while now, they are one of the few few few bands who seem to actually get better with time.

I featured this song back in March but for some reason have been yearning to hear it lately so it’s getting included.

ShearwaterFacebook | Twitter

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Mike Clark

“Smooth Sailin” – mp3

Mike Clark

Whether it’s tomorrow or 2014, eventually “Smooth Sailin’” will leak into the mainstream and will forever be destroyed for us, until then this is one hell of a great song. Some songs are ruined by those who partake in the communion of them and this, more likely than not, is the perfect example.

Mike Clark Facebook | Website

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The Novel Ideas

“News” – mp3

The Novel Ideas - Heycoolkid!

My sleeper album for 2012 is Home from The Novel Ideas, I listen to the album at least twice a week. Every couple of years some band comes along where the lyrics own my soul in a very unique way such as these guys have, the last one was probably Phineas And The Lonely Leaves or The Head And The Heart, this is the kind of music I spend hours upon hours searching for every night.

I think we both want the same thing but we both see the same thing so differently” is one of the most real and truthful lines I’ve heard in so long that it stopped everything I was doing for one brief moment. It’s through art that simple truths become realized, truths we vaguely understood before, it’s the light of someone else shining into the abyss that allow us to examine with a clarity we might never have caught a glimpse of had they not been there to guide the way, that one line was a brief and fantastic beacon for myself.

I have no idea which of The Novel Ideas songs is my favorite but I do know that this one cuts really close, though instead of pain it brings about an understanding that some of those feelings kept locked up deep beneath the surface are universal and through the mutual appreciation of them there’s a true comfort that only music can bring.

The Novel Ideas Bandcamp | Facebook | Website

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The Vulgar Boatmen

“You Don’t Love Me Yet” – mp3

The Vulgar Boatmen

Seems like as good of time as ever to include the great “You Don’t Love Me Yet” from the obscure and perpetually underground The Vulgar Boatmen.

One of the better friend-crush tracks ever created, this one is an almost required addition to a mix for a friend with the hopes of something more in the future.

The Vulgar BoatmenFacebook | Last.fm

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Seryn

“We Will Be Changed” – mp3

Seryn

I’m a sucker for a chorus that demands to be yelled along with, so of course I dig “We Will Be Changed.”

These guys are out of  Denton,TX a town I’d never heard of before moving to Texas, it seems to be rather a thriving scene with the diverse sound of bands I’m coming across frequently both by word of mouth and by way of live shows. Oddly the only friends of mine who are already fans of Seryn live in the midwest, I’m beginning to notice how music spreads itself in strange ways.

SerynBandcamp | Facebook | Website

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Future Of What

“Party In Heaven” – mp3

Future Of What

Enjoyable pop songs are worth their weight in gold. Future Of What are the new face on the indie-pop block having only formed earlier this year in Brooklyn. The lead singer Blair has been performing for a few years opening for the likes of Neon Indiana and Say Hi so I don’t want to make them out to be another Lana Del Rey with a “came out of nowhere” kind of angle, they are still a fresh face though.

Although “Party In Heaven” is my favorite from FOW I imagine “I Wait For You” will probably be the song people are more receptive to. Is it just me or does it sound like it should have been included on the Drive soundtrack?

Bonus: Future Of What – “I Wait For You” – mp3

Future Of WhatBandcamp | Facebook

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JJ

“Big Hearts Big Dreams” – mp3

JJ

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about JJ, they somehow fell off my radar.  They’re back in a good way with “Big Hearts Big Dreams.” This is one of five tracks on their High Summer EP (Sincerely Yours) which you can grab for free here.

JJ –  Facebook | Blogspot

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Jessie Ware

“Wildest Moments” – mp3

Jessie Ware

There’s a place for generic optimist sentiments, when you’re there “Wildest Moments” will sound perfect.

Jessie WareFacebook | Twitter | Website

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Sweet Valley

“Total Carnage” – mp3

Sweet Valley

I haven’t really been a huge fan of Wavves (personally I find them way over-hyped) but I am digging this new project from Nathan Williams and his brother Kynan.

Total Carnage” is simple and that’s what makes it sound so solid, like an electronic Ducktails where they create something that feels good and let it breathe for a while.

Their debut album Stay Calm will be released on August 7 via Fools Gold.

Sweet ValleyFools Gold

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