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Nothin’ Matters And What If It Did

25 Jun

HCK Nothin Matters

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Thee Tsunamis

“Drag”

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If I end up remembering anything about 2014 it will be for two things; binge eating a case of donuts every five weeks like a meth addict fresh off of work release and ripping Delirium and Dark Waters (Magnetic South) to the point that I name checked them into every fringe point of conversation (oh, you like Halloween? Have you heard of Thee Tsunamis?).

For all that my love came to expect and anticipate from these rad chicks outta Bloomington,IN I still cannot believe how much of a progressive step forward Saturday Night Sweet (Magnetic South) is in craft and in texture. Where DATS found itself winsome in it’s DIY garage-pop tone, SNS feels like the ending scene in Just One of the Guys where we find out that Joyce Hyser may have been the cute boy next door type when strutting around looking all Ralph Macchio with tube-socks shoved down the front of her pants but when push comes to shove, and she finally rips that tux off, we realize as she stands topless on the beach that yes in fact she is a total babe and we all should be ashamed for not having noticed her intelligence sooner when clouded by hormones and a stunning soundtrack. The lessons we learn in life. What I’m saying is Thee Tsunamis have gone from being the cute next door types to being legitimate members of the rock n roll scene and it all comes into clarity on this latest record.

I’m tired of females dumbing down their music to not upset the scene aesthetic to feel accepted, I’m tired of quasi-feminist teenagers pretending they are fighting gender stereotypes which cause condescension while playing right into them as if by being a choice it is some outspoken representation of freedom. SNS is what happens when a band spends less time trying to paint an image for themselves and more just sitting in some hot-ass practice-space shaping songs to represent both their progress and their arrival. No longer do Thee Tsunamis want to be where the boys are, they’ve cleared that hurdle, now they are just another band in a van hoping the saturated dream really isn’t a sham, success or failure comes now at the hands of fate, not in the wake of mediocre talent cheerled by ambition and childish understanding of a very complex and defeating path to navigate.

If there were one track more likely than the others to get burnouts on the level it should be”Drag“which shows these dudes putting their usual Cramps homage on bong-ice and giving the middle finger to burger bands walking around like they are the only musicians on the planet able to hone in on that mid-sixties surf-psych revival spreading like a yawn in homeroom. How nice it is to find a band pulling on those strings of nostalgia without making me nauseous by it. I’d say we’ve come far enough into 2015 to start mentioning best albums, well consider this my write in.

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The Tsunamis – Bandcamp | Facebook | Magnetic South

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Flesh Panthers

“Elevator Girls”

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Every single song Flesh Panthers have given us has been a consistent juxtaposition of angsty noise and loosely technical craftsmanship. It’s more of the same on their latest offering.

I’ve listened through the new self-titled record (Dumpster Tapes) three times already and it is everything we would hope it to be, less motivated for a single, more ambitious in the way of proving exactly who they are. Grab a copy, play it for your friends, be cool.

As far as I can tell; this is the first record Dumpster Tapes has ever put out on vinyl, signifying a new step in a rad direction for a label that has earned it significantly.

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Flesh Panthers – Bandcamp | Facebook | Big Cartel | Dumpster Tapes

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Dumb Punts

“Hey You”

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As I pieced together the In Defense Of Lost Causes post I found myself diving headfirst into some Aussie wormhole which has been gloriously hard to pull myself out of. There are so many rad bands putting out album after album of gnarly rock n roll, reaching the point where I’m carrying this delusional belief of Australia being basically the world in which the Daggers exist in Thrashin’. If, in fact, that is the case then Dumb Punts would be their version of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers (if you haven’t seen the movie then hold your breath on that being a shitty reference).

Dumb Punts just dropped a new record Coupla Couplas (Pissfart Records) last month and although “Hey You” may be what gets me the most stoked for these dudes, it was originally not going to be included on the record (now it’s a bonus) here’s some other noise they have made on the level you’ll dig:


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Dumb Punts – Bandcamp | Facebook | Pissfart Records

 

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Küken

“Black Rose”

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For the love of god check out Küken‘s S/T record (Dumpster Tapes) .

Thrash Punk? Descriptors suck man and I’m stuck throwing them around like they actually mean something. How in the hell does one talk about four hundred bands a year and not find themselves feeling like all of the most fitting words were already spent on lesser bands when a group this dope finally comes along?

There’s a symmetry in how they sweat, I could listen to each drop crashing down onto analog all day. It’s not even what they sound like that gets the coffee streamlining to my heart it is what they are not; they aren’t a band trying too hard, they aren’t a band pompously believing they are doing something new and entertaining, they aren’t a band pretending to be better than they really are. Not to downplay the fact the rhythm concepts are accessibly intelligent, because of course that plays into Küken’s greatness, but at the core it is simply stripped down, reel to reel sounding, rock n’ roll made by a couple of dudes who would probably be alright to have a beer with.

I put this song up simply for it being track one on a record I’ll be playing perpetually for the next few weeks. The cassette release is limited to 100 copies and the vinyl has 400.

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Küken – Bandcamp | Facebook | Dumpster Tapes

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Raw McCartney

“Midwest Eject”

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Raw McCartney feels like an after hours party you were probably too fucked up to stop into but did anyways, it’s four in the morning in some green lit basement, you know no one but the records getting spun kill so you kind of just go with it hoping the cops don’t show up and you don’t blackout but either way things will probably be alright.

I’ve been geeking about music for a long time and I can say without a doubt the most prolific artist I’ve ever come in contact with is Jacob Gardner. I saw the dude go from busking six hours a night, talking with star struck eyes about Devendra Banhart while playing The Black Keys covers in front of a bagel shop in Indianapolis, to landing some sweet SXSW spots last year and opening for every gnarly band that stops through Indiana (ie, Jeff the Brotherhood, Cheetah Chrome, etc,…) which although may not seem much in comparison to the major label dreams everyone assumes musicians have but when you pride yourself on the strange and kick the modus operandi to the curb the way Raw MacCartney does, the ceiling for your ambitions isn’t exactly high just wide. The dude has a vision,talent, and the ability to surround himself with ideal musicians to walk the path with, although it’s taken half a decade for this incantation to arrive, it’s been absolutely worth the wait.

I went back to Indianapolis last week and stopped through some venues to check the local talent out, the annoyances I had while living there came back ten fold… why are they so hellbent on being weird instead of good? It’s gross for the most part. I saw one drummer playing a bucket and some spoons, another guitar player going through two amps (probably for “true stereo” or some shit) when one would have perfectly sufficed to scream his jazz chords bathed in slap-back. I don’t want to go into some rant about their fear of failure fueling their need to be different, who has time for that, I mention it only to point out that yes every now and then a band such as Raw McCartney does rise out of that cesspool to blow our minds.

With so much dynamic texture to their noise I can’t help but think Zappa would have signed them to Bizarre just from the guitar tone alone, not to mention the thin lo-fi drums tic tic ticking in the back, the way everything falls over itself when the vocals come in, The Spits like driving bass, the lead so frantic with energy that every single touch is a solo waiting to rail off over everyone else but never quite does.

There’s a hint of danger, a spot of terror, where are they taking me and will I be able to escape once we’re there. They sound like a Saturday in Fountain Square before the yuppies moved in, back when the cops only ever showed up two hours late, when you didn’t worry about parking only about being robbed. They sound like freedom and J.X. Williams films, like the sort of band Darby Crash would have formed if he’d been born in the midwest during the 80’s. Raw McCartney are proof that the future does exist in all its dangerous glory.

You can grab a Midwest Eject 7″ via Italy’s Goodby Boozy Records here. Case-in-point, these dudes could get six labels in Indiana to put their shit out on vinyl but they go through some obscure yet Continue reading

I’ve Been Starting Over For A Long Time

21 May

Mikal Cronin

“Weight” – mp3

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“Don’t be bolder, golden life of mine
Sing for love, full force in my life
I’m not ready for the way you dance.” Continue reading

Definitive(ish) Summer Mixtape

12 Jul

There isn’t much better to help summer along than a solid playlist; So if you’ve got a case of pbr and a cliff to dive from or some polluted waterway to lose yourself in, start downloading cause this is a must have to bring along ….

Born Ruffians – Hummingbird [mp3]

Oregon Bike Trails- A Summer-Thing [mp3]

The One AM Radio – In A City Without Seasons[mp3]

The Format- The First Single[mp3]

Foals-This Orient [mp3]

The LK – Tandem Bikes[mp3]

The Love Language- Heart To Tell [mp3]

Said The Whale – The Light Is You [mp3]

The Honorary Title- Bridge and Tunnel [mp3]

Aidan Knight- Jasper[mp3]

Alexander-Truth [mp3]

Breathe Owl Breathe- Swimming [mp3]

MiniBoone- The Other Summer[mp3]

Your Youth- Diamond[mp3]

J Roddy Watson and the Business- Rock and Roll II [mp3]

The Sonics – Have Love Will Travel [mp3]

Floating Vibes- Surfer Blood [mp3]

Harlem Shakes- Nothing But Change Part II [mp3]

Sleigh Bells- Kids[mp3]

Bag Raiders – Sunlight [mp3]

Little Red- Rock It [mp3]

Freelance Whales- Hannah [mp3]

the cools kids ft mayer hawthorne-swimsuits [mp3]

Tokyo Police Club- Wait-Up (Boots-Of-Danger)- RAC Remix [mp3]

The Gaslight Anthem- Stay Lucky [mp3]

Lucky Boys Confusion- Hey Driver [mp3]

The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s on fire[mp3]

Minus The Bear – Pachuca Sunrise [mp3]

Mayer Hawthorne – Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin_’ [mp3]

Two Door Cinema Club- This Is The Life [mp3]

Crystal Fighters- At Home[mp3]

Psychic Powers-Dreamboat- RAC remix [mp3]

Atlas Genius- Trojans [mp3]

She’s Spanish, I’m American- These Long Summer Days [mp3]

Stornoway- Zorbing [mp3]

Animal Collective – My Girls [mp3]

Baths- Apologetic Shoulder Blades [mp3]

Yuksek- Dead or Alive [mp3]

Jookabox- Phantom Don’t Go [mp3]

Passion Pit – Eyes As Candles[mp3]

That’s all I meant by “relationship.” You want me to grab a dictionary?

21 Jun

let’s get into this thing

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Ringo Deathstarr- So High

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I’ve been ecstatically kicking Colour Trip around since Ringo Deathstarr put it out (Finally!) in february. Shoegaze with energy and they’re from Austin…enough said.

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Miniature Tigers- Cannibal Queen

Summer always makes me reshuffle through songs that encapsulated summers of the past (last year it was Foals Total Life Forever, The Head and the heart (self-titled), and The Love Language’s Libraries), about all i can remember from 2008 is Bishop Allen and Miniature tigers. I take that back that’s what good i can remember from 2008. I also remember M.I.A. being played at every damn party i went to and hating my life evertime fly like papers came on and everyone feeling the need to tell me how “talented” she is. whatever between M.I.A. and kanye west you are wasting your breath. I see the for sale sign and i’m not buying.

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Winter Gloves- Dancing My Heart Out

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My last two posts had Beverlay and honheehonhee on them, it just wouldn’t be right if i left out the third part of this holy Montreal trinity. This is where the pop aspect of Beverly comes from and i”m not talking britney spears pop, i’m talking the good pop. The best way i can describe the difference is that when someone tells me they like Death Cab For Cutie i tell them they will probably love Winter Gloves …that kind of pop.

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Courtesy Tier- Rescue

Everyday i’m thankful for taking the time to add bands i dig on facebook. Courtesy Tier’s yet to be released The Resolution is a perfect example of why. Today they posted it before it’s actually release, For Free,  and sent the link out on FB. The album is a little less energetic than what i’d already picked up from them (my favorite so far has been “Buddy Casey”) but that’s not a bad thing. The instrumentation is not only solid but well placed. Each song has it’s own touch so the album never feels monotonous. The strongest song is probably the closing track “Home” but “Rescue” mixes much better along with the other tracks i’ve picked out for this playlist. here’s a link to there FB page so next time you don’t have to take second hand gifts when you can get them for yourself  : Courtesy Tier’s facebook page .

Here’s a solid video of Buddy Casey

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Young Buffalo- Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl (broken social scene cover)

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Broken Social Scene are another band (like wilco) that i never have been able to fully  get into, and believe my i have tried(hard) but i just can’t. There’s something that immediately turns me off about the majority of their songs (although lovers spit makes my top 50 of all time). It may be brilliant and leagues above everyone else, it might even be ground breaking and have opened doors for so many other (better) bands, but they just don’t connect with me the way  i feel  they are hyped up to. This is why Young Buffalo impress me. Not only do they have a sound that’s SO DAMN ADDICTING they somehow have found a way to take a song i don’t already  like and make me LOVE IT. And how often do we get to hear a cover that’s better than the original?  This version will be getting played on my headphones for a long time to come. It even makes me appreciate BSS for once, who knows it may, by some miracle, make me end up being a fan of them someday.

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Harlan Pepper- Great Lakes

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I’m not sure what makes this my favorite song on this weeks post but it is.  Catchy bluegrass folk. I can’t describe many songs that way. I think what i like so much about this song is that i’ve seen so many unsigned bands try to write songs like this and not even realize they’d failed at creating something other than an annoying background song to what would have been a decent conversation at the bar. The lyrics may not be perfect but they work…really really well.

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Hey Hey Melodica- Birds In Cages

This is one my favorite songs ever to be created in Indy.  It’s also from a band that’s relatively inactive in the local scene.Hopefully they’ll start playing shows frequently around town because they’ve got as good, if not a better, chance of being able to accomplish something with their music as similar bands in the local genre like Jascha and The Accordians who play shows every week in Indy. There’s a couple of free songs posted up on musical family tree from them and if you want to hear some strong solo stuff check in onAnthoney Scroggins myspace page. Before hey hey melodica I was already a fan of his and am really impressed with what the bands been able to do with what he brings to the table.

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Secret Knives- Wicker Park

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New Animal- When They Come

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Atlanta newcomers are already making an impression and it seems like they came out of nowhere.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they swell into one of this falls hype bands and since they actually deliver the goods i’m alright with that.

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Holy Ghost!- Do It Again

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Even though parts are a throwback to the eighties,something i rarely get into, holy ghost! pull it off successfully and have created a perfect addition to any party playlist be it club, house, or basement.

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A lull- Weapons For War

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Hopefully they won’t skip over us on their next tour as has been there usual m.o. on recent tours, i’d really like to see them work their magic live.

The field and woods shots in the video were done in Chesterton,IN.

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Arron Dean- The Extraordinary Things We Fear

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Moneybrother- Born Under A Bad Sign

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I’ve read mixed reviews on Real Control and anyone who says this album is anything short of solid has no idea what they are talking about, especially the guy who wanted to hound on Anders Wendin for having been influenced by the clash…it’s hard to find a band out there without some influence from the clash. That’s like all the critics who hated Brand New for there similarities to the smiths. Good music is good  music let’s leave it at that.

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The Speed Of Sound In Seawater- The Huge Wheel

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In Tall Buildings- The Way To A Monster’s Lair

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American Babies- Dance All Night

This songs great to put on late night when you’re not yet tired and not yet ready for the night to be over.  Great lyrics. This is my first taste of American Babies (not literally), i’m looking forward to seeing what else they have to offer.

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David Wax Museum- Born With A Broken Heart

I’d read a few articles and album reviews on David Wax Museum, i even went as far as downloading a couple songs but for some reason nothing sank in, then I heard them on npr last week and decided to give  them another chance. I’m glad i did. I’m not sure what kept me from committing before but i’m definitely into them now.

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King Of Spain- Animals (part one)

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Another great band in the tampa based New Granada family(Sleepy Vikings, New Times Roman, sunbears). I’m having trouble finding anything out about them yet and googling “king of spain” is an obvious waste of time. I’ll let you know more as soon as i do.

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Rah Rah- Salty Cities

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Another Canadian band rubbing it in our face about how much better they are at creating music than their neighbors to the south.

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Wild Flag- Future Crimes

Nice little combination of talent and energy, i can’t wait to sweat with these girls in some stuffy indy venue (the smaller the better!!)

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Suckers- Save Your Love For Me

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This is the opening track off of wild smiles and for how good “save your love for me” is the album just keeps getting better which doesn’t seem possible.  I’m seeing that stupid baboon in my dreams, that’s how often i’ve been pulling the album up on my ipod.

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Black Light Dinner Party- Older Together

This song is crafted flawlessly all the way down to the closed high hat they use coming out of the chorus and back into the main piano track…perfection. Even better Alexander Jorgensen has created a video for Older Together that is just as great as the song itself. I’m equally in love with both

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Darren Hanlon- I wish that i was beautiful for you

I hadn’t heard anything about Hanlon before seeing him open for David Dondero. Darren took the stage and completely stole the show with his amazing songs and magnetic stage presence. Seriously, people were laughing before one song, crying during another, and then he sold out of hard copies of his cd’s afterwards. Take all that and reverse it and that’s what watching David Dondero play was like. I saw DD  open for bright eyes years earlier for a crowd that couldn’t have cared less about the opening act, i  always thought that it was the crowds fault and not dondero’s that i wasn’t impressed…  now that i’ve seen him as a headliner my main opinion is that for one of the great songwriters of all-time David Dondero is a dick. He stumbled onstage half-drunk and fumbled through half his songs then went into a four minute rant about daytrotter and how they’re stealing money from him and then went back into a lackluster set of his worst songs. I’ll never pay to see dondero again or buy another album but i’ll be more than happy to drive an hour to see Hanlon play and you can believe that i try to promote his songs as often as possible.

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League- Golden Maps

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Shenandoah and the night- These Arms

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Right now in Austin my girlfriend is interviewing for jobs . I was going through songs to send her while she’s gone and of all the ones i put together this one stood out more than any other. Ableman sells the sentiment and, like hallmark, says things better than i ever could.

So that’s it. If you represent an artist whose songs are on this page and would like it removed i’ll be more than happy to both oblige and never recommend their music in a positive light again, that’s the agreement. I completely understand the need for bands to make money so they continue creating art but spreading some free love from time to time is really the most humble and appreciated thing i can find in music right now. If you need the money that bad you can have it, but i have no reason to promote you anymore.

Also if there’s any music i’m missing or missing the point on here’s the comments section… i’m listening:)

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