here), which included some free downloads. Happily, Matthew Oliver, who is the primary Goddam Nobody (although he has help from Ben Woods, Daniel Morris, Matt Cleave, and Dan E. Brown), has crafted an EP that will be available via Super Fan 99 this Friday, February 24. The man has a knack for hooks and melodies in which to place them, and his lo-fi fuzzy guitar style hits our sweet spot. For this outing Oliver's songs have a bit less of the '60s retro style and a bit more '90s alt rock style. You won't hear any complaints from us, and if you are a fan of the Brian Jonestown Massacre you may be particularly pleased. Check out showcase title tune "Dead Beat", and if you want more, stream it below.
Superfan 99 Records page for Dead Beat
Superfan 99 Records on Soundcloud
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sydney's Middle Kids are hitting 2017 at a full run. Less than a year out from their first single, the trio has just released a remarkably self-assured and satisfying six-song self-titled EP. Their scope embraces big pop hooks, sweet alt-country, chunky rock, and smokey ballads, highlighted by frontwoman Hannah Joy's powerful and nuanced vocals -- ringing in the rafters or cooing in your ear, depending on the moment -- and solid songwriting and performances from all. "Edge Of Town" generally gets the nod as the showcase tune, but you aren't going to find a weak song in the set and there probably would by votes for "Your Love", "Never Start" or one of the others if you put it to a fan vote. But why choose - you can enjoy them all.
Note that the band is touring North America now. We've included the dates and locations down below.
Middle Kids are Hannah Joy (vocals/guitar), Tim Fitz (producer/multi-instrumentalist), and Harry Day (drums). The Middle Kids EP is out now via Domino. See the Bandcamp link below for streaming and digital downloads.
February 21 || Seattle, WA || Barboza
February 22 || Portland, OR || The Fremont Theater
February 25 || Los Angeles, CA || The Echo
February 28 || Denver, CO || Lost Lake Lounge
March 1 || Kansas City, MO || The Tank Room
March 3 || Nashville, TN || The Basement
March 4 || Charleston, SC || The Music Farm *
March 5 || Charlotte, NC || The Fillmore *
March 6 || Saxapahaw, NC || Haw River Ballroom *
March 7 || Atlanta, GA || The Tabernacle *
March 10 || Baton Rouge, LA || Varisty Theatre *
March 11 || Fayetteville, AR || George's Majestic Lounge *
March 12 || Omaha, NE || Sokol Auditorium *
March 14 || Madison, WI || Majestic Theatre *
March 15-16 || Austin, TX || SXSW
March 18 || Chicago, IL || Riviera Theater *
March 19 || Indianapolis, IN || Egyptian *
March 21 || Detroit, IL || St. Andrews Hall *
March 22 || Toronto, ON || Danforth Music Hall *
March 23 || Pittsburgh, PA || Stage AE *
March 24 || Covington, KY || Madison Theater *
March 29 || Philadelphia, PA || Boot & Saddle
March 30 || Washington, DC || DC9
April 1 || Brooklyn, NY || Baby's All Right
* with Cold War Kids
Bandcamp for Middle Kids
Perhaps shockingly, When You Motor Away is starting out the week with some elevator music. Yes, the first post of the week is "Elevator" by Nashville-based duo PONCÉ. The band is comprised of identical twins Michael and Carson Ponce, and we think they have a sound that will carry them far. Enjoy the "Elevator" ride, and we'll bring you more PONCÉ when their Afterglow EP is released in early May.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
One can wonder whether the fact that II is being released by iconic New Zealand label Flying Nun means that Vancouver is now the northern-most city in New Zealand. On the other hand, it just may mean that Flying Nun has decided to conquer the world. If conquest means putting out more music like II, sign us up for the effort.
The Courtneys are Jen Twynn Payne (drums/lead vocals), Sydney Koke (bass/vocals), and Courtney Loove (guitar/vocals).
Bandcamp for II
Flying Nun pre-order page
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A Pink Sunset For No One is out now on vinyl, digital and CD formats via Fire Records. See the Bandcamp link below for details.
Bandcamp for album
Fire Records page for Noveller
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
And speaking of avoiding blame, no zebras were hunted or otherwise harmed in the recording of his song.
Bandcamp for "I Won't Blame You"
Calm Fiasco are Del Morin (lead vocals & guitar), Harry Fleming (vocals, bass, & keys), Andy McInnes (vocals & drums), and Greg Totten (lead guitar).
Monday, February 13, 2017
Of course, it probably would have been more professional to have published this post last fall when the record was released, but we don't claim to be professionals, and we certainly aren't paid like professionals. And we'll claim timeliness based on (1) the vinyl version of the album now being available, and (2) it is Valentines Day this week, which is a perfect time to celebrate Young Romance.