So you see kids, Jesus was all, “YOLO” but then he was like, “Siiiiike! I’m back. I’mma hand out these chocolate eggs for real though. But first…let me take a #selfie.” And that is the story of Easter.
Finally getting around to listening to “Slingshot to Heaven,” the 5th studio album from Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s and I’ve got to say, it might be the best album since Dust of Retreat. While I liked the albums since Dust—Not Animal, Animal, Buzzard, and Rot Gut Domestic—and they’ve each had some amazing tracks, they never really matched the overall feel of Dust of Retreat. This new album seems to have recaptured the magic while managing to pull in the best aspects from the albums between Dust and Slingshot.
Formed just over a year ago, Mansions on the Moon, consists of Shaw and Ben Hazlegrove (of Pnuma Trio) along with singer/songwriter, Ted Wendler. The band’s debut EP, Full Moon, was released in October 2013 and features some great indie-synth-pop tracks. A friend sent this song, “More Than Nothing” my way recently, and now they are definitely on my bands to watch list for 2014.
“A chapter pertaining to the string of noble friends in my life whom I would call best. I am lucky enough to have counted several, and I’m still young by gad. The adhesive joining us, always, has been a sense of confederacy. A penchant for mischief and irreverent humor. Us against Them. As long as we were together, we managed to have as much fun as possible, because really, otherwise, what’s the fucking point?”—Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson), “Paddle Your Own Canoe.”
I recently had someone on Tumblr ask me if I was on Spotify so they could follow me for music suggestions, having liked the music I post here. I’m not sure how to link directly to my Spotify account (if that’s even possible) so I decided to link to two playlists that have become my “catch alls” for new music I find.
The playlist above, “PRDR, Fishbowls & Mexican Mondays” came about sometime in August 2013 while studying for my first round of medical boards as a way to share some songs I was really into with a few friends. It served and continues to serve as a waystation for tracks that have already been vetted from my on-going (and currently 510 track, 31 hour long) “To Listen To” playlist and that might make it onto the “New for 34th” playlist. Basically, when I find a song I really like out of an album and listen to it over and over again, it gets bumped up to this playlist which means this playlist, on shuffle, is also pretty solid for long drives in the car.
Currently at 90 tracks and 5h 28 minutes, “PRDR, Fishbowls, & Mexican Mondays” features tracks by artists like Matthew Mayfield, Mighty Oaks, Bronze Radio Return, Moon Taxi, Smallpools, Johnnyswim and more.
I heard this song playing in Chipotle yesterday and have been listening to it ever since. AKW’s voice is great and while the instrumentation is pretty simple, the subtle changes make a huge difference.
I continually forget how great The Damnwells are until I randomly listen to a song by them and go on a hardcore binge. Their latest album is perfect with it’s mix of distorted guitars, gravely vocals, sweeping acoustic guitars and killer lyrics. It’s like gettin a right hook to the ear courtesy of Alternative Americana. Here’s “She Goes Around.”
Matthew Mayfield has been one of my favorite singer-songwriters for months now and I continually get blown away by his tracks as I delve deeper into his repertoire. This time around it was track “Maybe Next Christmas” off the similarly titled EP. It’s use of repetition is perfect and brutally honest, if not biographical lyrics makes it the kind of song almost everyone can relate to.
"A singer-songwriter from Australia putting out good music? How shocking!" said no one ever.
This time around it’s indie-folk artist Hudson who has released two EP’s that I’m aware of. This track, “One & One” comes off the latter of the two, The Undertow EP. Hudson’s voice might take a bit to get used to, at least it did for me. The first time I heard this track, I liked it well enough but by the 3rd time through, I realized just how good it was.
I was listening to Twin Forks - EP today and thought, “This sounds like a grown up Dashboard Confessional.” Lo and behold, Twin Forks is the side project of long time Dashboard frontman Chris Carraba. Here they are with “Something We Just Know.”
YES! Finally some new music from Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s and it happens to kick ass. The new single, “Hello, San Francisco” seems to find Richard Edwards taking things back in the Dust of Retreat/Animal! direction as opposed to the last two albums which seemed to be a bit heavier and more electric guitar driven. Either way, I’m pumped for them to have a new album out and be touring again.
Raylan:He said women were put here on Earth to turn mens' heads to mush.
Boyd:Raylan, what are we talking about?
Raylan:What do you make of a man who divorces a woman THEN gets her pregnant THEN wonders if maybe they should move in together?
Boyd:Well now, Raylan, you're talking to a man who is sleeping with his dead brother's widow and murderess so if you are looking for someone to cast stones at you on this matter, I think you've picked the wrong sinner.
“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”—
William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (Preface)
Most definitely NOT Ernest Hemingway despite it often being mis-attributed.
I’ve recently gotten into Glasgow’s indie electropop trio Chvrches after my buddy started posting a bunch of their music in the group we have to share music. Here’s “The Mother We Share” off their debut album The Bones of What You Believe.
I listened to a ton of Mighty Oaks and Aunt Martha today on my drive up from D.C. and since I’ve already posted something by the former, I figured it was time to throw something out there by New England based singer-songwriter Tim Noyes aka Aunt Martha.
Noyes has been making a name for himself with the band since 2008 but really took off after his Bonaroo performances and the covers of fellow Bonaroo artists he recorded and posted to Youtube prior to said shows. Here though, we’ve got “Nassau” off the Norway, ME album. Check it out.