Friday, August 5, 2022

Walter Alice Sickert Covers Mazzy Star

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If you're of a certain age and disposition, you probably have roughly a thousand memories associated with Mazzy Star's iconic "Fade Into You." You know that it's one of the greatest and most beautiful songs of all time. However, it doesn't seem to get covered as much as you'd (or at least I'd) expect it to. As part of their streaming talk/variety show Bunker Buds, Walter Alice Sickert recorded a solo cover of the song. It's just Sickert and their guitar, and it's spectacular. I don't think any vocals on "Fade Into You" could top Hope Sandoval's, but Sickert does a fabulous job, and this cover is quite simply stunning. With the theatrics and bombast of the Army of Broken Toys, it's easy to miss how spectacular of a vocalist they can be. "Fade Into You" helps remind us all of Sickert's talents.

You can watch Walter Alice Sickert cover "Fade Into You" below. For more on the artist, check out Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys' website.

Miracle Blood - "Pomeranian"

Boston's Miracle Blood might have just released the heaviest song about wanting to be a small dog of all time. "Pomeranian" is a ferocious song with just enough yelling and droning guitar fuzz to perfectly blend punk, metal, and indie rock. Its pounding drums keep the song at a plodding pace that threatens to explode but never quite does, which makes the song even more intriguing. Instead of the whole indie rock loud/quiet/loud template it goes more along the lines of loud/louder/not quite as loud/even louder/loud. This song is a force of nature, and then turns into a frenetic and more upbeat jam towards the end.

You can listen to "Pomeranian" below. The song is available now via Bandcamp. For more on Miracle Blood, check out the band's Facebook.

Bella White - "The Way I Oughta Go"

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We adored Bella White's 2020 album Just Like Leaving. If I hadn't discovered it in 2021, it would have landed quite high on my best of 2020 list. It had this perfect blend of classic, traditional bluegrass but with a fresh voice. On her latest single, White takes a bit of a turn into pure country. "The Way I Oughta Go" is a song about lamenting the lack of love in your life in the most classic country tradition. It's a sad song with that joyful sound that all the best lovesick country songs have. This one will stand right up with your favorites from Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and others. It's great to see a young artist like White take on a different style of music so early in her career, and knock it out of the park.

In the YouTube post for the video, Bella White says of her new song:

“'The Way I Oughta Go' is a song about not being sure where you should land, when you should take off, or even knowing how. Writing while staring at the ceiling of my Nashville bedroom amidst the late August heat, I felt stifled. I wrote a song about love and the lack thereof that I was experiencing -- where to find it, or if I even believed that it was out there after one profound disappointment on top of another. It’s a song about self, and moving around until you find your place in the world."

You can watch the video for "The Way I Oughta Go" below. For more on Bella White, check out the artist's website.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Bonny Light Horseman - "Exile"

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The fact that a new song from Bonny Light Horseman is great shouldn't be surprising at this point. What's surprising about "Exile" is just how great it is. In other hands the song could easily slip into the easy listening/yacht rock side of things, and that's not to say that Bonny Light Horseman aren't edging into 70's AM radio territory here. But with just the intermingling vocals of Anais Mitchell and Eric D. Johnson's vocals, along with piano, banjo, and synths, the folk rock supergroup have crafted a song that is truly special. 

Eric D. Johnson says of the new song:

The lyrics of this one, open-ended as they may be, are filled with primal and mythological fearslion's dens, hurricanes, wild eyes and the deep dark. Fears that are conquered by, naturally, love love love. But please, feel free to take what you want from this one, story-wise. And if nothing more, throw it on and do a slow-spin groove in front of your speakers.” 

You can listen to "Exile" below. Rolling Golden Holy is due out October 7 on 37d03d Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Bonny Light Horseman, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.

8/05-06 – Edmonton, Canada – Edmonton Folk Festival
8/11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West
9/07-10 – Park City, UT – Park City Song Summit
9/17 – Easthampton, VA – Arcadia Folk Festival
9/18 – Queens, NY – The Big Climate Thing at Forest Hills Stadium
9/30 – Sonoma, CA – Sonoma Winery Barn at Gundlach Bundschu
10/02 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
10/04 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater 
10/05 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
10/07 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
12/1-4 – Key West, FL – COAST Is Clear Festival
12/06 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
12/07 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
12/08 – Asheville, NC – Masonic Lodge Theatre
12/09 – Durham, NC – MotorCo Music Hall
12/10 – Washington, DC – Howard Theatre 
12/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
12/13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
12/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/16 – Westerly, RI – United Theatre
12/17 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music
12/18 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02/04/23 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
02/05/23 – Glasgow – St. Luke's (Celtic Connection)
02/06/23 – Manchester – Band On The Wall
02/07/23 – London – Union Chapel

Crow Follow - "Indiana Line"

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Crow Follow are a "Boston urban cabaret and velvet shaman swamp rock brigade." That description might not make a whole lot of sense until you listen to their new single. "Indiana Line" is rooted in rock 'n' roll and the kind of rockabilly infused punk that bands like X created. It's a raucous and groove filled track that also leans into the sound of someone like The B-52's. "Indiana Line" is a party waiting to happen, but it also seems to have a level of darkness hidden deep within. This is a great song if you're looking for weirdo rock and punk based party music that won't scare the normies... too much.

Crow Follow's ringleader, Tim Sprague, says of the new song:

“‘Indiana Line’ has a few layers. On one level, it’s a road trip song made of little scenes seen out the window as you drive through the wreckage of American family farming and the post-apocalyptic shell of American industrial culture. ‘Indiana Line’ is also, more deeply, a song about the immortality of love in the face of death and wrecked dreams.”

You can watch the video for "Indiana Line" below. Red Velvet Radio is due out September 30. For more on Crow Follow, check out the band's website.

Stella Donelly - "How Was Your Day?"

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I don't think any song captures Stella Donnelly's unique blend of indie rock, folk, and pop as much as "How Was Your Day?" This new song has a charmingly upbeat sound with verses mostly spoken and verses sung. It's a little too quirky and occasionally noisy to be pop, far too dance friendly to be folk, but too pop to be indie rock. "How Was Your Day?" sits right in the middle of those genres refusing to decisively choose any particular one. This is a really lovely and fun song that anyone not afraid to enjoy a joyful song is going to love.

Stella Donnelly says of the new song:

This is my attempt at building a song out of a very specific dynamic between two monogamously involved people. The verses are just excerpts from real conversations, fragments of what two people talk about when they both know they need to have a real talk but neither wants to be the one to bring it up. This song came out of lockdown and seeing a lot of friends break up or get married.”

You can watch the video for "How Was Your Day?" below. Flood is due out August 26 on Secretly Canadian. The album can be pre-ordered and pre-saved here. For more on Stella Donnelly, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

Sun. Sept. 11 - San Diego, CA @ CasbahMon. Sept. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy TheatreTue. Sept. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ IndependentThu. Sept. 15 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi StudiosFri. Sept. 16 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore CabaretSat. Sept. 17 - Seattle, WA @ NeumosWed. Sept. 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music CafeThu. Sept. 22 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln HallFri. Sept. 23 - Detroit, MI @ SanctuarySat. Sept. 24 - Toronto, ON @ Longboat HallMon. Sept. 26 - Boston, MA @ Crystal BallroomWed. Sept. 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ ElsewhereFri. Sept. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe LiveSat. Oct. 1 - Washington, DC @ SongbyrdTue. Nov. 1 - Leeds, UK @ WardrobeWed. Nov. 2 - Glasgow @ MonoThu. Nov. 3 - Manchester @ Band On The WallFri. Nov. 4 - Dublin, IE @ Whelan'sSun. Nov. 6 - Liverpool, UK @ ZanzibarTue. Nov. 8 Nottingham, UK @ MetronomeWed. Nov. 9 - Bristol, UK @ TheklaThu. Nov. 10 - London, UK @ Electric BrixtonSat. Nov. 12 - Cardiff, UK @ The GateSun. Nov. 13 - Birmingham, UK @ Hare and HoundsMon. Nov. 14 - Brighton, UK @ KomediaWed. Nov. 16 - Paris, FR @  FMRThu. Nov. 17 - Cologne, DE @ ArtheatreFri. Nov. 18 - Brussels, BE @ Rotonde - BotaniqueSun. Nov. 20 - Amsterdam, NL @ BitterzoetMon. Nov. 21 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow SkybarTue. Nov. 22 - Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel CecilThu. Nov. 24 - Berlin, DE @ BadehausFri. Nov. 25 - Munich, DE @ Strom ! ! w/ Julia Jacklin

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Joyeria - "Colour Film"

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Joyeria is a Canadian born, London based musician. His new single, "Colour Film," is this bizarre rootsy Americana blend of indie rock. Joyeria has an oddly quirky vocal delivery that's going to remind you of Stephen Malkmus and even has a little bit of that ramblin' country sound certain Pavement songs, but "Colour Film" is both more rootsy and more hard rockin' than you would expect. The song is going to sound instantly familiar, but the more time you spend with it the more and more unique it starts to sound to you. 

Joyeria says of the new single:

"'Colour Film' is about the mindless daily routine of being alive, what David Foster Wallace called 'water'.  I apparently have the ability to choose how I feel or think as I participate in being alive just as I can choose how I feel and think when I explain songs which is to say at times, very uneasy. But this song is also about worry beads, American G.I.’s running fighter pilot drills over Mediterranean islands, stray cats, ice creams and falling rotten oranges. 

"Like I said, I’m in a colour film, in fact we might all be."

You can watch the video for "Colour Film" below. FIM is due out October 14 on Speedy Wunderground, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Joyeria, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter.

Mad Mojo Jett - "Missing Stairs"

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We have a history of stumbling on killer bands out of Minneapolis and bringing you some of the most killer garage rock out there. These two finally collide with Mad Mojo Jett. The Minneapolis quartet has a new single out. "Missing Stairs" is vintage garage rocked mixed with the distortion of grunge and the edge of the new generation of punk bands. It's 60's groove, 90's aggression, and a tiny bit of modern pop. "Missing Stairs" is a swirling whirlwind of noise that is just barely being held in control. It constantly threatens to bust loose, but Mad Mojo Jett somehow keep it mostly under control.

You can listen to "Missing Stairs" below. Get Your Mind Straight is due out September 9 on Rum Bar Records, and can be pre-ordered through Bandcamp. For more on Mad Mojo Jett, check out the artist's Facebook and Bandcamp.

The Pharcyde - "My Bad"

There's some controversy on whether "My Bad" is a new track from 90's hip hop legends The Pharcyde or just a Fatlip solo song that features verses from Slimkid3, Imani, and Bootie Brown that weren't originally planned for a Pharcyde song. (We're not going to get into that as it's pretty drama filled and convoluted, but if you're curious there's an extensive Rolling Stone article about it.) But, if you're a fan of The Pharcyde from way back in the Bizarre Ride II... days, hearing these four all on one song is absolutely thrilling. Is this as great as the songs off Bizarre Ride II...? It's not, but what truly is? "My Bad" is more along the lines of 1995's Labcabincalifornia, and that is not a bad thing. It's a laid back track that seems to show all four members apologizing to each other, which can only make diehard fans dream of what could be.

You can watch the video for "My Bad" below. The song is currently available on Fatlip's album Sccit & Siavash The Grouch Present... Torpor which you can find over at Bandcamp. For more on Fatlip, check out his Instagram.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

First Listen: New Releases for 22 and 29 July 2022

Two weeks of music in one convenient package!
22 July 2022
Artist: Pool Kids
Album: Pool Kids
Quick Thoughts: Pool Kids are the alt-rock band you've wanted for a while. "Conscious Uncoupling" grabbed me nearly immediately, and the rest of the album ended up being surprise after surprise. It's great, and it's one of the recent highlights of the summer.
Songs of Note: "Conscious Uncoupling," "Comes in Waves," "I Hope You're Right"

Artist: Alex the Astronaut
Album: How to Grow a Sunflower Underwater
Quick Thoughts: I loved loved loved Alex the Astronaut's debut, and while her follow-up is definitely a little different, it has more than enough of the endearing qualities that set her apart to be worth the time and the listen. "Octopus" is the best of the collection of tracks without filler, and this should be part of your rotation.
Songs of Note: "Octopus"

Artist: Nina Nastasia
Album: Riderless Horse
Quick Thoughts: If quiet-but-intense folk music is your thing, you need to check out Nina Nastasia. I had not heard of her prior to Ken sending this one over, but if you're able to listen to "Just Stay In Bed" and not be moved, I might start asking some questions. A really great listen.
Songs of Note: "Just Stay in Bed," "This is Love"

Artist: Rico Nasty
Album: Las Ruinas
Quick Thoughts: I unironically love Rico Nasty. I don't always feel like she takes herself all that seriously, but this album is seriously great. It has hints of hyperpop, hints of some heavy hitting dance beats, and the whole album is a good time. A worthwhile listen, whether you're a fan or new to her work.
Songs of Note: "Black Punk," Gotsta Get Paid," "Watch Your Man"

Of note:

* Flo Milli - You Still Here, Ho? (Flo Milli remains underrated.)
* She and Him - Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson (A lot of solid Beach Boys/Wilson covers.)
* Jack White - Entering Heaven Alive (The back half in particular is excellent.)
* Krista Papista = Fucklore
* Ty Segall - "Hello, Hi"
* Twen - One Stop Shop
* Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller
* Nicole Galyon - firstborn.
* The Gypsy Moths - Following the Races
* RZA - Bobby Digital and the Pit of Snakes
* Rafael Anton Irisarri - Agitas Al Sol
* John Moreland - Birds in the Ceiling
* The Sadies - Colder Streams
* 1991 - Odyssey
* Beach Bunny - Emotional Creature
* Jitwam - Third
* Gabbie Hanna - Trauma Queen
* Sam Prekop and John McEntire - Sons Of
* Hologram Teen - Day-Glo Chaos
* gyrofield - Evangelion for Beginners
* TRAAMS - Personal Best


* clipping. - CLBBNG
* NVDES - Vibe Mountain Love
* Arc Iris - We Found Home
* dropbear - Spiralized
* Julien Baker - B-Sides

Live albums/Compilations/Reissues:

* Purity Ring - Shrines X (Rerelease of their debut.)
Also out:

* ODESZA - The Last Goodbye
* Ben Harper - Bloodline Maintenance

29 July 2022

Artist: Wombo
Album: Fairy Rust
Quick Thoughts: Wombo has been on my radar for some time, and their new album is an unexpected delight. An indie rock album with some really fascinating musicality throughout, I love this album as much for the songwriting as I do the surprises. Don't miss out.
Songs of Note: "She Go," "One of These"

Artist: Tallies
Album: Patina
Quick Thoughts: Tallies carries a torch for the college rock of our youth in all the best ways, and Patina consistently impresses throughout its runtime. Songs like "Special" drill themselves into your brain and don't let go, and every time they popped up on a playlist I was pleasantly surprised. An underrated listen this week.
Songs of Note: "Special," "No Dreams of Fayres"

Artist: Damn the Witch Siren
Album: Gold Magic
Quick Thoughts: I like Damn the Witch Siren quite a bit, and the duo's latest album is a car crash in the best way possible. The chaos of "Claire Danes" sets the tone for a noisy, rocking, rollicking record that just doesn't let go, and I loved every minute. Do not miss out on this: there's no one quite like them making music quite like this.
Songs of Note: "Claire Danes," "Boys Don't Cry," "Red Velvet Cake," "Big Mouth"

Artist: cheerbleederz
Album: even in jest
Quick Thoughts: cheerbleederz sounds like a band that should be an ironic metal act, or at least louder than the sort of midtempo alt-rock they specialize in. Still, "notes app apologies" stuck with me the first time I heard it, and I am pleasantly surprised that the full album is as good. Make time for this one.
Songs of Note: "nail biters," "notes app apologies"

Of note:

* Beyonce - RENAISSANCE (A good listen, although I feel like she's channeling her inner FKA Twigs?)
* Deaton Chris Anthony - SID THE KID (The type of oddball indie music that just works. Loved a lot of this.)
* QUINQUIS - SEIM (Smart, interesting electronic music.)
* Florist - Florist
* Throwaway - Hand That Takes
* Amanda Shires - Take It Like a Man
* Friendship - Love The Stranger
* Sarah Bethe Nelson - Mental Picture
* Kenji Araki - Leidenzwang
* King Princess - Hold On Baby
* Josh Rouse - Going Places
* Murder By Death - Spell/Bound
* Wilder Maker - Male Models
* Maggie Rogers - Surrender
* Mix Master Mike - Ready Slayer One


* Sun's Signature - Sun's Signature
* Tommy Genesis and Charlie Heat - World on Fire
* Holiday Ghosts - Credit Note EP
* Of Montreal - Freewave Lucifer fck

Live albums/Compilations/Reissues:

* Orbital - 30 Something
* Dhovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful (10th Anniversary Edition)
* Joywave - Live

Also out:

* Beach Rats - Rat Beat
* $uicideboy$ - Sing Me a Lullaby, My Sweet Temptation