Yet another killer indie pop band from Australia, here’s Jenny Broke the Window. With infectious tracks like “Rum N’ Cola,” “Abracadabra,” and “Ravel” they are making quite a name for themselves. My personal favorite though is lead off track off their 2013 self titled EP, “Wash Your Mouth.”
A bit late on this one admittedly but the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know” is a fantasticly dark single. It reminds me a lot of Arcade Fire for some reason which is weird because I can’t get into the latter’s new single Reflektor at all. If for some odd reason you haven’t heard “Do I Wanna Know” yet, check it out.
Based out of Berlin, Mighty Oaks has two EPs out to date. Their latter, “Just One Day” features some really catchy alternative folk that fans of Of Monsters and Men and Mumford are sure to like. Here they are with the debut single, “Just One Day”
“The allure of unthinking animal bliss is powerful; it always calls to us, in the same ways as the edge of a cliff or the waves of the ocean: Jump. It is a necessary part of our natures, full of delight and danger in equal measure. Yet to the mind trained in language, taught to spy subtleties and take joy in them, such crude, baser matters can pale after a while. But there lies grave peril also: The propensity to empathize with pain expressed in words encourages a poet to avoid the real thing, and a too-passionate love of books can mew one in a cloister, putting up walls where there should be free range. I decided long ago—to keep myself sane amongst the illiterate and unthinking—that there would be poetry in my life. But there would also be fucking. I would have them both, but follow the sage advice of modern beer commercials and enjoy responsibly.”—Atticus O’Sullivan, Trapped
I heard Of Monsters and Men’s new single “Dirty Paws” in the trailer for the new Ben Stiller movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, yesterday. The movie looks pretty awesome and I remember really liking the short story when I read it. Anyway, I also really like Of Monsters and Men so…check it out.
“It’s too late to crawl off and miss this
I’m so tired of razor blade kisses
My chest gets the best of the carving line
Freedom at any time
There’s no fear; no boundary lines
No questions; No one to fight
No answers; No coming back this time
Seal it and let it fly”—Matthew Mayfield, Razorblade
Loving me some Bronze Radio Return these days. Another great find from my buddy Hanser aka Ron Weasley. One of my new favorite tracks from them is “Melting in my Icebox,” off their album Up, On & Over.
“She said “My life’s a movie.
My whole life’s a movie.
If movies made you wanna
Jump off a bridge.
I got one who moves me.
And one who sees through me.
But all I really want is a kiss.”—Matt Nathanson, "Annie’s Always Waiting"
“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little act. But give him a questions and he’ll look for his own answers. That way when he finds them, they’ll be previous to him. The harder the question, the harder we hunt. The harder we hunt, the more we learn.”—Patrick Rothuss, The Wise Man’s Fears
Here’s Seattle’s indie folk rock golden children Fleet Foxes with a brilliant cover of Elvis Presley’s “Cant Help Falling in Love.” Now, I know this song has been covered a hundred times by a hundred different artists but this one is definitely worth checking out.
Here’s one of my favorite tracks off Tristan Prettyman’s album Cedar & Gold. Not only is it one of those albums where I like every single song individually but it’s one of those albums where taken as a whole it tells a really good story; something I tend to only find in albums by Springsteen, Counting Crows and Matt Nathanson.
“I’m decided to give you the “super secret” advice that I’ve learned from personal experience. Atropine, while a great dilator of the pupils, does not make you faster reader. Giving yourself eight B12 shots before the test does not give you superhuman blood that oxygenates the brain better. And heroin, though making the test more enjoyable, is not what bumps you up into the 240’s. So don’t make the same mistakes that I did and just stick to getting really drunk after the test.”—Chris Lewis, M.D., Chief Educator for Doctors in Training
Blame Canada. Blame Canada for the great album that is Two Hours Traffic’s Foolish Blood. Hailing from Charlottetown, Prince Edward, the Canadian quartet have come up with some really solid indie-pop/power-pop tunes on their fourth full length studio album. Check out album lead off track, “Magic.”
“I was pretty young when I first heard the term “training bra” and I remember being pretty freaked out. I said “Did you say ‘training’ bra?” I didn’t know they used bras for the training process. You see some old lady and her boobs are everywhere…”Whats her deal?” Those are untrained titties. You gotta train em when they’re young or they go wild. You can’t leave em free range; boobs doing whatever they want! They need discipline!”—Demetri Martin, Standup Comedian
I got my first Merchbox this month and while the Barkhouse album didn’t really do it for me, the Clintongore album is pretty solid. They’re definitely more electro-pop than my usual indie/alt tastes but they mix it up with some sweet guitar (synth?) solos like the one near the end of this track, “I Need a Star.” They’re definitely worth checking out and are currently serving as really solid background music while I make flashcards for my medical boards.
“So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”—Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear
I’ve been listening to The Gospel Whiskey Runners pretty much nonstop for the past week. Fans of indie rock, acoustic singer-songwriter, bands with male and female vocalists, and folk music alike should definitely enjoy these guys. Think Mumford and Sons meets The Lumineers meets Of Monsters and Men and you’re pretty close. Here’s “Hold On.”
“Somehow, though, neither her clothes nor her features seemed to matter—they were the adornments of a painting or picture, not the real thing. What made her so captivating was something else, not so easily named: the way she moved, the glance of her eyes, the manner and sound and form.”—Benedict Jacka, Cursed