Posts tagged indie

So I got an email that 34th & Now turned 4 years old which is kind of insane and I realized how little I’ve been posting due to the insanity that is 12 weeks of surgery rotation so I’m back and have the perfect artist to make that comeback with: Shakey Graves.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Shakey Graves is an insanely talented artist who mixes folk, American, distorted hollow-body guitar, a raspy voice and an insane multi-tasking ability to play the guitar, and drums at the same time in an epic 1 man band capacity. Here he is performing “Unlucky Skin” live.

Latest musical obsession: “Kathleen” by Catfish & The Bottlemen.

I mean the song is only 2:44 but when that guitar riff kicks in at “I gotta give it to you, YOU GIVE ME PROBLEMS?!” Oh man..that’s the kind of crank your stereo with the windows down kinda shit that I just associate with a great summer. 

Their debut album comes out in September. Here’s there Last.fm bio:

Catfish and The Bottlemen are a rock and roll band. Four lads with songs that are loud, explosive, sexy and young – and full of guitars.Songs about regular stuff, everyday tales of love and lust. What happens when the lights go down. All delivered with a bright-eyed charm which is all their own. Relentless touring has honed an explosive live performance which belongs on a big stage. Catfish and The Bottlemen are going places and want to take you with them…


My church offers no absolution
She tells me ‘worship in the bedroom’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to

With two EP’s and an upcoming solo album on the way, Irish singer-songwriter and indie blues-folk artist Hozier is certainly making a strong push to be the next big thing. His debut EP, Take Me To Church, released in 2013 is picking up much more mainstream steam now that it’s titular track has hit the indie/Alt music stations here in the US. Check it out.

Alabama’s Matthew Mayfield just released a new single, “Desire,” complete with a new music video. As a big fan of Mayfield’s I was definitely expecting a lot  from the new single, and luckily I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. As

The 2nd single from Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo, “Habits” is pretty amazing. It was the first I’ve heard of her but I have a feeling she is about to blow up huge, especially based on this live performance of the track. She sounds better live than a lot of people do on their albums post-production.

I eat my dinner in my bathtub then I go to sex clubs
Watching freaky people getting it on
It doesn’t make me nervous, if anything I’m restless
Yeah I’ve been around and I’ve seen it all

I get home, I got the munchies,
binge on all my Twinkies
Throw up in the tub, then I go to sleep
And I drank up all my money
Days been kind of lonely

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Margot & The Nukes are streaming their latest album, Slingshot to Heaven, at Paste Magazine. In related news, everyone go to Paste and stream it because it’s Margot & The Nukes. Check it out here.

I know, I know…they’re Canadian, but hey, how could I not talk about a band named 41st and Home on a blog called 34th & Now. It had to be done. Plus their music is pretty solid. A friend sent me a bunch of new music yesterday to check out and these guys were top of the pile with solid vocals/lyrics and a band that features a cello, a violin, and a lot of floor toms. Fans of artists like The Spring Standards and Ra Ra Riot will definitely dig these guys.

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 spent a good portion of my summer listening to Lord Huron and it wasn’t until recently, on a flight between NYC and Miami that I found myself really getting back into them. Their songs run the gamut from mellow folk/acoustic to more upbeat sing-a-long quasi-Mumford tracks which seems to be the genre that is really falling in my current wheelhouse. Here they are with a live version of “Time to Run.”

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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. 

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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.”

The video for “Nunca” by California’s Trails & Ways is so epically 80’s (possibly 70s). The boomboxes alone are worth watching. Not to mention that the song itself is pretty rad.

#newmusicmonday

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.