From their album Cover Your Eyes (Integrity) is a video made for the song “Inbetween” by Horse Party, a trio consisting of Ellie Langley (guitar & vocals), Seymour Quigley (guitar, bass & vocals), and Shannon Hope – (drums). What works about this song is the female/male dual vocals and the strength of the lyrics, teaming up with the solid music played behind it. Watch the drummer too.
Remember the indie rock band Braid? No Coast is their first album in sixteen years and have now been signed to Topshelf Records and have something to share with you, called “Bang”. Maybe it’ll be the lickashot you’ll need for your ears this time around.
The feel of this song is a bit on the Dinosaur Jr./Nirvana/Bush vibe, but get through the initial layers and you’ll find much more. In fact, when you get through more and essentially the core, it is where you will find Nothing, who offer a nice and rough song called “Bent Nail”. The song can be found in their Guilty of Everything album on Relapse, released earlier this month.
It looks and sounds like something you might have waited to see on 120 Minutes or Alternative Nation, but these are the Cosmonauts, who are rocking out with something that looks like it was shot on a super 8mm camera, or at least they may have used an 8mm filter to create “Sweet Talk”, taken from their Persona Non Grata album on Burger Records released last summer. The album is available on MP3, vinyl, CD, and cassette. If you prefer your music in a lossless manner, head over to Burger Records for ordering details.
The approach to this video is low-key but the song is bold and rich. They call themselves Stroamata, who border between punk and hard rock but show the same kind of spirit that alternative music once represented in the late 80′s/early 90′s before things became too big.
of Montreal’s “Jigsaw Puzzle” will be their contribution to a 7″ to be released for Record Store Day 2014. The B-side will be an alternate version of “Triumph of Disintegration”
Meanwhile, the group have a lot of shows planned through mid-May, and are scheduled to play at the Sasquatch this summer.
March 22… Natchitoches, LA (DemonFest @ Northwestern State University)
March 25… Zapopan, Mexico (Teatro Estudio Caveret)
March 27… Mexico City, MX (Vive Latino Festival )
March 29… Athens, GA (Velena’s Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club)
March 31… Greensboro, NC (The Blind Tiger)
April 1… Lexington, KY (Cosmic Charlie’s)
April 2… St Louis, MO (The Ready Room)
April 3… Iowa City, IA (Mission Creek Festival @ The Blue Moose Tap House)
April 4… Wichita, KS (The Crown Uptown)
April 6… Memphis, TN (The Hi Tone)
April 17… Columbia, SC (Columbia Museum of Art) (Indie Grits Festival)
May 2… Little Rock, AR (Revolution Music Room)
May 3… Austin, TX (Austin Psych Fest)
May 4… Baton Rouge, LA (Spanish Moon)
May 5… Pensacola, FL (Vinyl Music Hall)
May 6… St Petersburg, FL (State Theatre)
May 7… Miami, FL (Grand Central)
May 8… Orlando, FL (The Social)
May 9… Charlotte, NC (Chop Shop)
May 10… Baltimore, MD (The Ottobar)
May 11… New York, NY (Le Poisson Rouge)
May 12… Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer)
May 13… Buffalo, NY (Town Ballroom)
May 14… Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom)
May 15… Grand Rapids, MI (The Pyramid Scheme)
May 16… Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall)
May 17… Cincinnati, OH (The Taft Ballroom)
May 18… Carrboro, NC (Cat’s Cradle)
July 4-6… George, WA (Sasquatch Festival)
June 24th may seem like a long way off, in fact, it’s three months and two weeks away and in the music industry, that’s almost forever. It is the day that Welsh/Scottish group Gulp will be releasing an album of their brand of pop, rock, and hints of garage and ethereal-ness called Season Sun (Everloving). The group is a new project from Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, a slight departure from what he has been known for but a welcome addition to what he has done over the years. Those who are headed to SXSW next week will be able to see them at The Hideout Theater on Thurday, March 13th. Until then, listen to their very exciting sound by entering “Vast Space” with them.
James are: Tim Booth (vocals), Jim Glennie (bass), Larry Gott (guitars), Saul Davies (guitar, violin), Mark Hunter (keyboards), David Baynton-Power (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet). They’ve been around since 1982, which seems like a millennium for those who believe in such things as time. After taking a break for six years, the band are ready to release a new album on June 2nd called La Petite Mort. Singles have already been selected for the album, so remember titles like “Moving On”, “Curse Curse” and “Frozen Britain”. So far, James have two festival appearances scheduled:
July 11… Manchester, England… Castlefield Bowl (Summer In The City Festival)
August 1… Dorset, ENgland (Camp Bestival)
More festival spots will be announced soon and they will be doing an arena tour in the UK as well. No North American dates as of yet.
Picastro are the cool Toronto band who have been making music since the late 90′s and are going to break out into 2014 with a new album on Static Clang called You. March 11th is the release date for it, and Liz Hysen, Matthew Ramolo, and Nick Storring are hopeful the album will be embraced and enjoyed. As a guide, here is an official track listing to get you motivated:
2. Two Woman
5. That’s It I Mean It
7. Judas Claim
8. State Man
9. Baron In The Trees
A first taste of it can be heard with “Mountain/Relief”, which can be downloaded as well while supplies last. Picastro will be doing some shows during the first half of the year, head out if you can:
March 13… Chicago, IL (The Empty Bottle)
March 14… Queens, NY (Trans Pecos (Northern Spy curated night)
April 9… Toronto, ON (Cincecycle (Presented by Wavelength)
May 1… London, England (Cafe Oto) ⚑
May 2… Bristol, England (Cube Cinema) ⚑
May 3… TBA
May 4… Manchester, England @ “Sounds from the Other City” festival) ⚑
⚑ = with Islaja
Recorded in 2008, Plates is a very eclectic pop album, the kind of pop that you would never hear on the radio (or at least mainstream album) but should. It is performed by NNNNN, the nom de plume for singer/songwriter/musician Justin Sabaj, who throws in every influence from jazz to classical, folk, to incidental soundtrack albums, sounding like the kind of music people like Beck, Bjork, Flaming Lips, and Paul McCartney (think 1980′s McCartney II album) would smirk at for being so cleverly done. Why he waited this long to release these songs, I do not know but you will be thankful Sabaj/NNNNN did.