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.
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