Department of Eagles just released their archival record out yesterday. Short back story to this is a new compilation simply named “Archives 2003-2006”, which features song from years before they recorded their 2008 album “In Ear Park”, which is a favorite of mine. While listening to this and other previews, it makes me wonder the thought process to what makes the cut and what doesn’t. This song is rather brilliant.
hey man! Thanks to you I'm know hooked on Guards. I searched the web for more info on them and came up with nothing. Do you know anything more besides the little that's on bandcamp? I hope they are playing in NYC soon, since apparently they're from here.
I was hoping the internet was going to answer this mystery without me working for it, but alas, no one has yet. So… I’ve gone ahead and done the homework for the whole class.
Turns out that Guards is actually the solo project of Richie James Follin, lead singer of New York rock band The Willowz.
Thanks, Caroline, who thought her performance on the track “Trophy Queen” was “way posessed by a vision of Dolly Parton singing Thai Karaoke”)!
And if you haven’t yet heard one of the best EPs of the year yet… get on it, y’all!
Last year I blogged about a Californian musician named Erik Luebs who was living in Japan at the time performing under the moniker Magical Mistakes. He just sent me a note telling me about a new split EP Going Nowhere he’s put out with Osakan producer Masayuki Kubo (aka And Vice Versa). The whole thing is free up on their website, and I’m pulling out this track in particular as just one sample of the sweet electro dream-pop from that half the record. Do check out the whole thing, though, as Erik writes stunningly beautiful tunes in his own right [MP3: Magical Mistakes - Early Morning Come Down].
Look for Magical Mistakes to be touring the East Coast in early September. He’s putting together the tour now, not sure if Kubo will be with him or not, but I’ll keep y’all posted.
New track from the guitarist from Black Moth Super Rainbow, Ryan Graveface. I have one word for you: banjo. The banjo is a mythical instrument. Everyone I know who plays one seems to create their own weird world, yarn spinners, fishermen. I’m not sure what it is about those strange strings, but keep your eyes out… you’ll see what I mean. And you get a bunch of that in this song. Beautiful. Haunting.
According to blog pals at Winnie Cooper, these guys are ‘one of the most popular party band in Vancouver right now.’ I haven’t partied in Vancouver in a while, but with beats this fat, I don’t think I need to doubt ‘em.
Also: check their muppet cops “breaking up a kegger” music video for Bike Home and their muppet cops “watching mud wrestling” video for Doin’ Things.
Girls guitarist Ryan Lynch teamed up with Hannah Hunt in San Francisco to write a few pop gems like this. And if this track is any indication, we’ll have a lot more goodness to look forward to on their upcoming Lefse EP release Young at Love and Life, out on August 17th.
“Blogs posted these songs would inevitably say something along the lines of: “This tune would be perfect for a day at the beach” or “This is the soundtrack to summer— sounding good!” At some point after the solstice I started to wonder: Who are we kidding? We’re all sitting in front of our computers all day. We’re not listening to this stuff in our woody with our boards strapped to the hood. If we were spending so much time at the beach, we wouldn’t have time to keep up with all of the lo-fi bands writing songs about the beach.”—
I missed this piece last November when it was published, but it sure is spot on. Tho we all hate to admit it, this about sums it up. I suppose I take solace in the fact that these tunes also sound great while commuting with the windows down through the hot n’ muggy East Coast summer air. And shit, even if we spend 8 hours a day at a computer, we still have WEEEEEEKENDS!!!
Who was expecting this? I saw a teaser video on Drowned in Sound about the making of the album, and it was rumored to be released in early 2011, and yet here is a new single by the band. This is NOT the Cut Copy I am used to, but damn if they don’t know how to create an incredible melody that just situates itself in your mind and won’t let up. Earworm all the way…
“Music needs to be like water. It needs to be ubiquitous. We need to understand that this is not about MP3 files anymore; the MP3 file has become the URL and through that unique identifier I can send you something and you’ll be able to know what it is and listen to it.”—Spotify Founder Daniel Ek: “The MP3 File has Become the URL”
This shit has ‘superstar’ written all over it. Can’t stop listening to this incredible EP I wrote about yesterday. Need to share at least one track, and emphasize again: do yourself a favor and pick it up right now. One of the year’s best, hands down.
Last month I shared a great single by these Buffalo, NY mystery artists. They just dropped a new one in my inbox, and I wanted to show you. I don’t know anything about these guys yet, but I’m really loving their fresh and fluid psych-pop sound, drenched in reverb with a thick, meaty bassline pushing it along. Stay tuned for more.
My Louisville blog bro Kenny Bloggins of The Decibel Tolls has several other lives outside music writing, one of which includes psychedelic music making. He just released this radical 7-song EP Mercator Songs which hints to masters like Panda Bear and My Bloody Valentine. Parts of it space out into the heaviest drone zones while others whip up an aural frenzy fit for close-eyed dancing. Pick it up digitally for a couple of bucks, grab a couple singles like this one free, or wait for the release on Itslips Tapes on August 10th.
Dylan and Joe just sent over their brand new track that’s blazing up the airwaves in Summit, New Jersey. The crunch in this song is as heavy as the mid-summer humidity and the melody as bright as its sun. Get tan in its bronzed glory, y’all.
Jess just told me she can’t stop listening to this song, and now I’m hooked. I just missed them playing here in Philly last night which bums me out. Been a fan of Women’s oddball psych sound for a while, ever since picking up their excellent first record on a hunch.
Their new album is called Public Strain and is coming out September 28 in the U.S. on Jagjaguwar.