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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Voxhaul Broadcast - Rotten Apples

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Tracklist:

01. Rotten Apples
02. Flickering Sparks
03. The Backrooms
04. The Echo
05. Lipstick Stained Coffee Cups
06. Too Much Thinking
07. Why Not
08. When The Wives Come Home

Genre: Indie
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2007-10-30
Label: Leftwing LLC

"We are often told to make the most of each day. But Voxhaul Broadcast, a four piece band from Orange County, California, took this mantra to the extreme. Frustrated with the formulaic nature of today’s indie rock scene, the band decided to record and mix their debut EP “Rotten Apples” live. In one day. So on a sunny day in June the record was recorded live by Dwayne Larring, mixed by Dave Larring and later mastered by Mark Chalecki at Capitol Mastering."

p.s. I just got my Lollapalooza early bird ticket. Get em while they last.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Venus Infers - The Truth About Venus Infers

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Tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Hit-Parade
03. The Truth (About Venus Infers)
04. Some Things Are Better The Way They're Remembered
05. You're Makin' Me Nervous
06. Waterfalls
07. You'll Never Find Gold In Silverlake
08. Outro

Genre: Indie Rock
Website: Myspace | Buy!
Release Date: 2008-11-25
Label: Venus Infers

Great band. One more that I found via Local Natives (twice removed cuz these guys play shows with The Union Line). Great album. Their past albums are pretty juicy and worth a squeeze.

"Venus Infers, on the other hand, is a small revelation. 'Everybody gonna talk, everybody gonna stare … but I don't care,' frontman Davis Fetter sang early on, and he meant it – not flippantly, just with the sort of confidence that comes from knowing you've really got something sharp to offer. With the room virtually at capacity, Fetter strolled to the microphone as the house lights dimmed, keeping the crowd waiting while he took his time to ensure equipment for this auspicious coming-out was set just right. Then he fearlessly led the quartet into 50 minutes of hearty, rousing music that in almost every regard was a cut above what passes for modern or indie rock these days. What Venus Infers has that others lack is passion, the sort you find from the Killers and Coldplay, but gratefully conveyed with much less polish. "

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Union Line - The Union Line

The Union Line

Tracklist:

01. Goldmine
02. Strangers
03. Pearls
04. Catapult
05. On The Run/California
06. Dirty Water
07. A Boy And His Harp
08. Rich Man's Tune

Genre: Soul Indie/Roots Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008-09-28
Label: The Union Line

By way of Local Native's gig schedule I discovered The Union Line. It is exactly as I've described it above but still so much more - where Local Natives bring a tribal aspect to their playfully percussive tunes The Union Line brings soul and roots to a pop indie mentality with a dash of blues for the win. This album comes in high recommendation and is an 8-track affordable monster deserving all the attention you give it. They play with Local Natives in April... that has got to be a show to see.

Note: track is in m4a format. Save it to your desktop and play it in iTunes

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Es Primavera! - A Spring Mix (repost)


Tracklist:

Update: There seemed to be a problem with my folder on the server, but they should be working now....enjoy!

Well I have been away for a while, but because Shastud has been on it, I dont feel so bad! . Between school and other endeavors such as my new site www.ilikehops.com, I've simply been away. Anways, on behalf of Earth's recently past vernal equinox, I'm suprising you all with this little spring mix. The songs aren't necessarily about spring or anything, but just a little diddy I through together....a bit of old, a bit of new, and this and that, and such. Anyways, I hope you enjoy! On a side note, I will be attending a small Ryan Montbleau show tonight where they will be recording his 2nd Live Album. I'm soooo excited! If you don't know, then you should...

Dan Dyer - Dan Dyer

Dan Dyer

Tracklist:

01. Love Chain
02. I Walk On Guilded Splinters
03. Play On Little Children
04. Stop For A Second
05. Who I Am
06. Love's A Game
07. Anne-Marie
08. Little Bird
09. Sorry Baby
10. All
11. Anne-Marie (Slight Return)

Genre: Soul/R&B
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008-08-26
Label: Fat Caddy

Much in the same way that Dan Darrah managed to bring soul and R&B grooves to crowds who mayn't have fully considered it otherwise, so Dan Dyer shepherds fans of singer songwriters to the southern feel of his heartfelt tracks. It's an emotional one.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Mocean Worker - Cinco De Mowo

Cinco De Mowo!

Tracklist:

01. Shake Ya Boogie (Feat Steve Bernstein)
02. Tickle It
03. Olé Baby (Feat Oli Rockberger)
04. Que Bom (Feat Alana Da Fonseca)
05. Reykjavik (Feat Rahsaan Roland Kirk)
06. Changes (Feat Herb Alpert)
07. I Got You (Feat Morley)
08. Siss Boom Bah! (Feat Rahsaan Roland Kirk)
09. Brown Liquor (Feat Marcus MIler)
10. Les And Eddie (Feat Cochemea Gastelum)
11. Son Of Sanford (Feat Cochemea Gastelum)
12. Pretty
13. Songnumber3

Genre: Breakbeat Jazz/Electronic
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2007-06-26
Label: Mowo!, Inc.

Yeah yeah this album is three months shy of being two years old but it's far from old and still plays like new. MJ tuned me into this dudes music back in the college days and I immediately purchased all his albums only to then lose them all to a failure of my external harddrive (the bane of digital existence, but then again I've gotten all my CDs stolen before so there is no truly fullproof way to keep your music). While playing with Reason 4 I had a chance to read an article by him slash about him in which he describes how he does what he does. Jump the gap if interested.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

LIVE SHOW April 11, 2009 | Loyal Divide, Deadmau5, Crookers, Late of the Pier, The Whip

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LIVE at the Congress Theater on April 11th is a fantastic show which you won't want to miss. If you are a Chicago resident or live close enough to drive get your ticket and be there for the Saturday concert! Included in the ticket purchase is a 1-year subscription to Time Out Chicago worth $20 by itself (which is the cost of the ticket).

PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE


I will see you all there.

The Wooden Birds - Magnolia

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Tracklist:

01. False Alarm
02. The Other One
03. Sugar
04. Hailey
05. Hometown Fantasy
06. Choke
07. Quit You Once
08. Never Know
09. Anna Paula
10. Believe In Love
11. Seven Seventeen
12. Bad

Genre: Indie Folk
Website: Myspace | Buy!
Release Date: 2009-04-20
Label: Morr

Any fan of American Analog Set should scoop this as soon as it's released (being that it's Andrew Kenny's side project). A 12-track indie folk album in it's entirety, the minimalist percussion, simple bass, and timid guitar keep you in a mellow mood. It's a great album through and through.

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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Tracklist:

01. Lisztomania
02. 1901
03. Rome
04. Fences
05. Armistice
06. Love Like A Sunset (Planetarium)
07. Lasso
08. Countdown (Sick For The Big Sun)
09. Girlfriend

Genre: Indie Rock/Electronic
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-05-25
Label: Astralwerks

Sorry, readers, for the absence of posts relaying to your ears the wonderful things flowing into mine. Work has been crazy busy, my health has been rapidly decaying, and today I have a sick day and I will lay here in bed and spend a little bit catching up.

Phoenix is pretty much synonymous with awesomeness in just about any reference from the mythical to the marvel to the musical. This latest album from the French Indie Rock group will hit the official mainstream in late may (a ways off) and it will blow your socks off. Their other albums never ever disappointed and with expectations set so high they truly meet their own benchmarks.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The J. Davis Trio - These Things Happen

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Tracklist:

01. Hindsight Is Awesome! (Feat. Susan Voelz)
02. Do You Mind If We Dance Wif Yo Dates? (Feat. Rick Geherenbeck)
03. Breezay
04. The Stony Island Union (Feat. Lunchbox Law, Terror, LP Raven & Frank Corral)
05. Court Is Now In Session (Feat. Paul Mertens)
06. These Things Happen
07. Rock On
08. Upright (Feat. O Type Star And Paul Mertens)
09. This Again (Feat. Stolie And Susan Voelz)
10. One Time
11. Chi-Town's Finest
12. Stay Up

Genre: Jazz/Hip Hop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008-02-04
Label: Self-Released

Yesterday was my first day with J. Davis Trio music along for the ride and the smooth jazz grooves with equally smooth emceeing combine for doubly-smooth tunes in perfect execution.
I'm gonna try and see them in Chicago sometime and if your ears are wondering, yes, the instrumentation is live instruments and not breaks.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Clem Snide - Hungry Bird

Hungry Bird

Tracklist:

01. Me No
02. Born A Man
03. Hum
04. Burn The Light
05. Encounter at 3 A.M.
06. The Endless Ending
07. Our Time Will Come
08. Beard of Bees
09. Pray
10. With All My Hear

Genre: Indie Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-02-24
Label: 429

"The mystery of indie rock semi-legends Clem Snide's missing 6th recording 'Hungry Bird' is finally solved as the much anticipated album will finally see the light of day. Self-described by Barzelay as a 'loosely-conceived, post-apocalyptic fairytale'."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

King Creosote - Flick The Vs

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Tracklist:

01. No One Had It Better
02. Two Frocks At A Wedding
03. Camels Swapped For Wives
04. No Way She Exists
05. Fell An Ox
06. Coast On By
07. Nothing Rings True
08. Curtain Craft
09. Rims
10. Saw Circular Prowess

Genre: Indie/Folk
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-04-20
Label: Domino

Yeah!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Esser - Braveface

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Tracklist:

01. Satisfied
02. Headlock
03. Work It Out
04. Braveface
05. Stop Dancing


Genre: Indie/Electronic
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-04-21
Label: Merok

I don't have much time right now to say anything about this in my own words. Some music is self-explanatory and self-promoting. For those that don't agree:

"XL Records' underling label, Merok, has scooped up another hip artist [supposedly] on the rise right now: Esser.

The young London-based singer is really quite appealing, though. Hokey, weirdly catchy synth lines (usually in the key of E!) underline Esser's heavily-accented singing voice to make for an awesome, sort of glitchy, lo-fi pop extravaganza. Depeche Mode turned on its head and brightened up, perhaps.

Check out the new single, "I Love You," below and pick the release up when it's out on April 21! Exciting."

Whitefield Brothers - In The Raw

In the Raw

Tracklist:

01. Rampage
02. Chokin'
03. Weiya (Serengeti Beat)
04. In The Raw
05. Prowlin'
06. Weiya
07. Yakuba
08. Witch-Jam
09. EJI
10. Sol Walk
11. Thunderbird
12. Buster
Genre: Funk
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-03-10
Label: Now Again

This is a remastered release of a Whitefield Brothers album that was originally let out of the bag on November 13, 2001. The jams are about as sick as anything funky that you've ever felt slap the surface of your eardrums. Perfect timing too because today is the first of a few temperate days we're going to experience here in Chicago and I hope you can use these grooves to get you back into the swing of spring.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Melissa McClelland - Victoria Day

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Tracklist:

01. A Girl Can Dream
02. Glen Rio
03. Segovia
04. God Loves Me
05. Victoria Day (April Showers)
06. Victoria Day (May Flowers)
07. I Blame You
08. Cry On My Shoulder
09. When The Lights Went Off In Hogtown
10. Seasoned Lovers
11. Brake
12. Money Shot

Genre: Blues/Folk/Pop/Country
Website: Myspace | Buy!
Release Date: 2009-06-02
Label: Six Shooter

Melissa McClelland is back with another action packed bluesy pop album. Her last album Thumbelina's One Night Stand blew me out of the water and I'm hoping the rest of you are as excited as I am to get ahold of this newest release. Melissa will be playing at SXSW along with so many other amazing artists... I just hope that you will try and get to her as well. Check back in a few months and get this album!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Down Dexter - Follows You Back

Follows You Back (UK Import)

Tracklist:

01. No Great Mystery
02. High Noon
03. TV (It's The End)
04. Intertwined
05. Fullgrown
06. Love Song Of Michelangelo Dupris
07. The Stops
08. Everything
09. Untitled
10. Home Schooling
11. Flying Blind

Genre: Folk Rock
Website: Myspace | Buy!
Release Date: 2005
Label: Unknown

I bought this album in 2005 and have never regretted it. I was turned onto this by my love for primary member Jeff Himmelman's former duo group Brown Couch (I'll have to post that stuff later) and it takes you somewhere you're gonna wanna wish you were at much sooner. Anywhere from Wilco to Josh Rouse to Stevie Wonder... all of the above mixed into the acoustic folk rock genre and you have music spotlighting one immensely talented vocalist that never got much attention.

(Download the track and play in iTunes)

Aaron Espe - My Whole Life

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Tracklist:

01. Settling
02. The Recluse
03. Roads
04. Grace
05. Bold Son
06. Complacency
07. Advice From Them
08. Melody
09. Dragons
10. Jesse Kline
11. Home

Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Singer Songwriter
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2005-10-14
Label: Aaron Espe

Way old school up in here. My job is being really time consuming but I get stuff up here when I can for my friends out there. This one is from 2005 and although you can find maybe one or two blog posts about his more recent 2008 album (Songs From A Small Town) nobody seems to say much about this killer acoustic/folk album. Melancholic in all the right ways, it will do you some good if you let it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Local Natives Update


For those of you who were smart enough to check out Local Natives when I last posted about them the greatness that their music exudes comes as no surprise. If, by chance, you frequent this digital grotto and haven't heard them then please do us all a favor and click both links above before continuing.

Taylor (of Local Natives) has always been kind enough to keep me in the loop of his tribalistic ensemble and the loop has some new curves to it. A couple of new unreleased songs, a slew of SXSW shows followed by a west coast tour, and to top it all off a live version video of my thus-far favorite Local Natives song Airplanes shot on an abandoned 7th floor of a NYC building. It was recorded live with minimal instrumentation (percussion aux pieds et mains), maximum reverb, and you will be surprised at how cohesive their song remains regardless of their setup. Sexy stuff.

If you go to SXSW here are their showtimes... and if I find out you went and did not attend at least one of their shows I will never forgive you:

March 18th
DAY -12:00pm Spaceland/Myspace Showcase@Maggie Maes 512 Trinity St.
- 1:30pm Swing House Party@The Rusty Spurs 405 E. 7th St.
NIGHT-12:00am I Heart Austin Benefit@One 2 One 121 E. 5th St.

March 19th
DAY - 5:00pm San Jose Hotel Showcase w/Wild Beasts 1316 S. Congress Ave.
NIGHT - 1:00am Official SXSW showcase w/Elvis Perkins and Grizzly Bear@Central Presbyterian Church 200 E. 8th St.

March 20th
DAY - 4:00pm Buzz Bands- Ambush on 6th! Party w/Red Cortez@Cheers 416 6th St.
NIGHT - 7:00pm@ Fast Folks Bike Shop 2512 E. 6th St.

March 21st
NIGHT - 8:00pm House Party 2604 Diaz St.

Last but not least there is an awesome poster and map for their shows - wish I had a hard copy so snag me one if you see one down there.

And did you think I'd forgotten? To keep you all smart and up to date you had to make it to the bottom in order to get the sweet sweet nectar from the fruits of their labor:

Local Natives - World News

Everybody give a big thanks to Taylor and the band!

The Broken Family Band - Please & Thank You

Please and Thank You

Tracklist:

01. Please Yourself
02. Salivating
03. St. Albans
04. You Did A Bad Thing
05. Cinema Vs House
06. Borrowed Time
07. Mimi
08. Dont Bury Us
09. Stay Friendly
10. Son Of The Man
11. The Girls In This Town
12. Old Wounds


Genre: Indie/Folk/Alt-Country
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-04-24
Label: Indigo

Albeit already plentifully publicized The Broken Family Band has a strangely captivating take on a pretty common blend of genres. Lyrics that don't follow intuitively until they've come and gone provide a smooth finish. I didn't do my homework but I do know they have at least two other releases which you can check out on iTunes while you wait for this release to hit the streets.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Perhapsy - Perhapsy

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Tracklist:

01. Monterey, 1997
02. The Eliphant Vanishes
03. The Balanced Equation of Professor
04. Bow Song
05. Swanni
06. Injera
07. Indianapolis, IN
08. You Can't Go Back

Genre: Electronic/Acoustic/Ambient
Website: Myspace | Info!
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Label: The Record Machine

This future release was brought to my attention by Nathan from The Record Machine. The self-titled LP is the kind of album that once you give it a listen one time through you decide it is an album that needs no excessive promotion - once it hits a pair of ears it is destined to spiderweb beyond. Immaculately crafted beats, licks, and layers all come together in the right amount of electronically infused instrumental acoustic music bordering on post-rock. It's the work of Derek Barber, formerly the guitarist of The Winston Jazz Routine and Every Gentle Air.

I know it's over two months away but I assure you it is a must-have for your collection.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Myles Turney - Ordinary Suffering EP

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Tracklist:

01. Lose Your Head
02. No One Cries Like A Saint
03. Ape Of God
04. A Team Comes Here
05. My Mothers Son

Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Blues
Website: Myspace
Release Date: 2009-01
Label: Unsigned

This is a great little EP and as described by Myles himself:

"The entire EP was recorded live to a 1/2" 8 track... no overdubs, no punches, no computers, no click tracks, no effects... not even reverb. It was recorded and mixed in one day.
Lets see the Jonas Brothers do that.

Please burn the shit out of it and give it to everyone you know
...except me, I have plenty"

You can only get a physical copy from the Union Square Virgin store in NYC...

Howling Bells - Radio Wars Special Edition

Radio Wars: Special Edition

Tracklist:

01. Treasure Hunt
02. Cities Burning Down
03. It Ain’t You
04. Nightingale
05. Let’s Be Kids
06. Ms. Bell’s Song (Radio Wars Theme)
07. Golden Web
08. Into The Chaos
09. Digital Hearts
10. How Long

01. Setting Sun (Live)
02. Wishing Stone (Live)
03. Cities Burning Down (Live)
04. Treasure Hunt (Live)
05. Nightingale (Live)
06. Into The Chaos (Live)
07. Radio Wars Theme (Live)

Genre: Indie/Electronic/Rock
Website: Myspace | Buy!
Release Date: 2009-03-02
Label: Independiente

This album came out a few months ago but this is the newer edition with a second disc of live songs. I enjoy their live songs just as much as their studio ones - a sign that at least they can reproduce their studio material. None of their material is available to the US population via iTunes so you'll have to go with some other lesser known digital download site or perhaps get crazy and go for a physical copy (omg!).

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Flight

The Midnight Organ Fight

Tracklist:

01. The Modern Leper
02. I Feel Better
03. Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
04. Fast Blood
05. Old Old Fashioned
06. The Twist
07. Bright Pink Bookmark
08. Head Rolls Off
09. My Backwards Walk
10. Keep Yourself Warm
11. Extrasupervery
12. Poke
13. Floating In The Forth
14. Who'd You Kill Now

Genre: Indie Folk/Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008-04-15
Label: Fat Cat

I know this is going backwards about 11 months but I came to the realization this morning that I hadn't ever gotten this album up here. It's an epic album that listens well in a good number of moods and never fails to deliver. Keep Yourself Warm youtube video can be found here and it's a pretty fun video.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

ear it now forum

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I took this first part of my last free Thursday to get a forum set up for anybody out there interested in doing some of their own posting. I'm not sure if it'll get used by if anybody wants to post ideas for things theyd like to see there (or here) or wants to make recommendations/requests, discuss bands, or help other readers find the music they're looking for it will be there for you to do so.

Old School Freight Train - Six Years

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Tracklist:

01. Heart Of Glass
02. Millionare
03. Let Me Go
04. Memphis
05. Wake Up
06. Seems Like It's Over
07. I Won't Say Anything
08. Six Years
09. Get Down
10. Dunedin
11.Like You

Genre: Folk Rock/Americana/Acoustic
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-03-17
Label: Megaforce

I'm pretty sure David Grisman had something to do with this getting produced/recorded but the internet is sayin all sorts of stuff about the label and I'm just gonna stop looking into it and cut to the chase. This is their third release (that I know of) and you can get some nice hints of maybe a little Ben Harper in the voice, Chris Thile in the mandolin, and sometimes I'm even left with the lingering scent of Chris Thile in the way the songs develop too. It's a great album - I dare say my favorite acoustic/folk album in the last couple of months because of it's solidarity throughout.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Plantlife - Time Traveller

Time Traveller

Tracklist:

01. Time Traveller
02. Sun Shines Through Your Love
03. Sumthin About Her
04. Freee
05. Take It Off
06. Your Love
07. What A World (Babygirl)
08. U Messed It Up So We Took It Back
09. Rollerskate Jam
10. Don’t Go Around Looking For A Broken Heart
11. Agirllikeudeservesamanwhotreatsuhowulike
12. Outta Control
13. They Pay Me 4 This (Typqlsupastar)
14. Love Toy
15. Be Beautiful (Luvboogie2)
16. Got 2 Find A Better Way
17. Tear The House Down
18. Believers
19. Fool For U

Genre: Experimental/Electronic/Hip Hop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008-05-13
Label: Decon

I had heard stuff from the last Plantlife album The Return Of Jack Splash a couple years ago, fell in love, and promptly forgot about it until I saw a track from Time Traveller on a TV radio station at my friends house a few weeks ago. It's a pipin' hot blend of soul, groove, funk, and all things related to Jamiroquai and Prince and maybe a pinch of Outkast. It's the kinda album that gets the mood goin' and I hope to ear you usin' it appropriately.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Prime Ape Got The Blues - It's Not Easy Being A Digital Being

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Tracklist:

01. Ain't But One Kind Of Blues
02. Baggage
03. Kewl Wit It
04. Micromantic
05. Wassup
06. A Good One Percent
07. Monkey Boy Wit A Chain 'Round His Wrist
08. All I Have Is My Spit
09. My Last Complaints
10. My Happy Valentine
11. Funeral Interlude
12. Deal Wit The Devil

Genre: IDM/Hip Hop/Rock
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008
Label: Gourmé!

Was contacted by Oscar from Gourmé! Records and am really happy he did so because Prime Ape Got The Blues is a refreshingly little-found blend of IDM, Hip Hop, and Rock. As he put it "If you appreciate fuzzy agressive basslines, anti-gangsta lyrics and humour blacker then the darkest night" then you're sure to get ya ears off to this. Baggage is a great spun-up track but make a point of getting to their myspace and checking out their other songs because it will help you make the right choice: buying their album. ChainsawBaby is the label's website and it's a well-made site so you can pick it and preview it there too.

Staggering Statistics - I'm Thinking About Changing


Tracklist:


01. Learned Quarry
02. Crossword Puzzle
03. Not For Me
04. Sharecropper's Hands
05. Blue Skies and Sunshine
06. Winter Mind
07. Dog and Pony Show
08. Turnstile
09. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
10. Bonafide
11. Queen Bee

Genre: Indie/Rock/Pop
Website: Myspace | Free!
Release Date: Early 2008
Label: n/a

So while browsing 75orLess records for Coltrane Motion's single (which isn't up yet) I found a band called Staggering Statistics. After checking out their website I found out that their latest album is available for f-r-e-e. Everybody loves a free album that's worth having. Doing a bit of research I found out that this Cincinnati band broke up shortly before the release of this record and nobody knows why. Surprising because the album has great production and musicianship and is the strongest of their music I've encountered so far. Oh well, they will be missed but remembered.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Coltrane Motion - The Year Without A Summer EP

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Tracklist:

01. The Year Without A Summer
02. Maya Blue

Genre: Electronic/Indie/Dance
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-Spring
Label: Datawaslost (Vinyl) and 75orLess (CD with Remixes)

Last time I talked about Coltrane Motion was a little after I saw them at Halfway to Forecastle Festival in Louisville at Headliners. They were great when I saw them and now I'm happy to report that Michael Bond (the mastermind behind it all) has finally seen fit to release a couple more tracks for us fans of his. He's kicking off a spring tour this thursday with a show at The Whistler here in Chicago. It's free, so go if you're in the area. Also - the vinyl will be colored (cool!) and the 75orLess release will be limited edition screen print with remixes so that'll be a snag too. In an interview with Mr. Bond he said the following... you might find it as amusing as I did:

"Given that our particular brand of electro-dance-noise often attracts an audience that's not only lonely, attractive, but also far too drunk, we're hoping to inspire as many regrettable hook-ups among our fans as possible. We supply the kick, snare, and bass, you supply the bodies. We hope to leave a trail of awkward restroom makeout sessions across the country this summer, igniting the sexual tension that no doubt consumes the population of say, Wichita, Kansas. Other bands want to sell records? We've got a higher goal: propagation of the species."

Francis - Francis EP


Tracklist:

01. Drunk Stranger
02. Beat, Beat, Beat
03. Take It Easy
04. Oh, Devil
05. Never Trust A Burning Thing

Genre: Folk/Blues/Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-04-14
Label: LOMG

Had a great email to wake up to this morning. A Swedish band made up of four souls that live in the woods passed me a promotional copy of their new self-titled EP due for release worldwide on LOMG records on the 14th of April. It's an EP that humbly and unmistakeably points to what one would imagine could happen to folk and blues if you mixed it with some liquor and many a night in the backwoods with some friends. Francis is born. Their other material can be found via the iTunes link and have a gander because it's just as tasty as what you can expect from this EP. Thanks Francis!

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