Monday, November 7, 2011

Rocksteady's Single Pick of the Week: The Louche FC - "Romantic" / "Rain and Thunder, Love Take Me Under"

One of my favorite little known bands from Manchester is The Louche FC. We featured them earlier this year and have been awaiting more music. The music this band makes pushes all the right buttons for me. On November 28 Sways Records are releasing The Louche FC's single "Romantic" / "Rain and Thunder, Love Take Me Under". While it isn't November 28 yet, the video for "Romantic" has been released, so I'm declaring it to by my single of the week.

The Louche FC - Romantic from Sways Records on Vimeo.

You can stream both tracks from the single here:

And the band has made the following track, "Hands", available for free download.
The Louche FC - Hands by sways

Sways Records

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pollard Update - FREE track from upcoming release - Let's Go Eat The Factory

From Let's Go Eat the Factory, due out January 1, 2012. It's gonna be a good year, because that's the first of TWO new GbV Classic Lineup studio releases planned for 2012.

Tracklist (because GbV song titles are at least as entertaining as most other bands' songs):

Laundry And Lasers
The Head
Doughnut For A Snowman
Hang Mr. Kite
God Loves Us
The Unsinkable Fats Domino
Who Invented The Sun
The Big Hat And Toy Show
Imperial Racehorsing
How I Met My Mother
My Europa
Chocolate Boy
The Things That Never Need
Either Nelson
Cyclone Utilities (Remember Your Birthday)
Old Bones
Go Rolling Home
The Room Taking Shape
We Won't Apologize For The Human Race

Here's a link to download "The Unsinkable Fats Domino". It's a Beatlesque rocker featuring pop and punk elements of the Four P's.

And here's another track, the sweet-sounding "Doughnut For a Snowman":

Guided By Voices - Doughnut For A Snowman by FIRE RECORDS

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday Night RS74 Radio

Looking at my news feed on Facebook, I have a number of songs suggested by bands I follow. Some have posted their own songs, some have posted songs by others. So I said to myself, "Self, why don't you share these recommendations with the readers of the WYMA blog." So I have.

PreTeen are a San Francisco band we covered recently. They posted this very nice song, "About A Girl".

Phil Wilson posted this Phil Wilson Band cover of an unreleased song by Granite Shore--

Teens. from Boise, Idaho posted this song from the 60s by Peter & Gordon--

Scottish band Honey posted this song by another Scottish band, The Seventeenth Century--

Reggae star Shaggy posted this video for "For Yur Eyez Only" by Shaggy ft. Alaine--

New Discovery: Republic of Letters - Stories

Republic of Letters is a San Diego band playing Britpop a la Snow Patrol, Coldplay, stuff like that - heavy emotional content, very good lead guitars and soaring melodies.

Here's the video for lead track "Lost Chord" - a big-sounding track with galloping drums and chiming guitars:

And just this week, they released a new video for "Karma", for my money, the rockingest track on the record:

Republic of Letters Website (listen and buy)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Get to Know: The Blue Runes

Gabriel Albelo (guitars, vocals), Eugenio Jimenez (bass), and Ricardo Santana (drums) are The Blue Runes, a rock band with blues, roadhouse and psychedelic (check out "We Call Out the Birds") shadings. The band was formed in Puerto Rico in late 2010, and recently released the following five-song album.

In my view, the boys rock hard but they don't ignore melody.


The Soul Corner - Harlem Shuffle

Here's a great song that needs no introduction, though I suspect many of you have never heard this original version:
George Harrison reportedly called Bob and Earl's version of "Harlem Shuffle", released in 1963, his favorite song of all time. The song was arranged by a then unknown musician named Barry White who had been the bass player for Bob and Earl in earlier bands.

Love that groove. I appreciate the Stones bringing this song to a larger audience. Here's their version, wonderful, true to the original, but not better in any way in my view:
Shake a tailfeather baby!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seattle Show: Seapony, Brave Irene; and Generifus

For readers who are in or around Seattle this weekend, we'd like to alert you to a show that includes a band we've written about this year, Seattle's Seapony, a band we probably should have written about at some point, Brave Irene, and Olympia, Washington's folk/pop Generifus. The show is sponsored by The Vera Project, which is located at the corner of Warren & Republican Ave N, in Seattle. The show starts at 7:30 pm, and only costs $10.

As a reminder of the sounds of Seapony, here is "Go Away"--

Seapony - Facebook
Seapony - Label page

Brave Irene is headed by Rose Melburg (of The Softies and Tiger Trap). They released a self titled EP on Slumberland Records earlier this year. Here is "Bank Holiday" from that album--

Brave Irene - Facebook

For a taste of Generifus, here is the album they released in February. It is full of delightful, carefree tunes. The band is the project of Spencer Sult, with Eli Moore, Karl Blau and others helping out.

Generifus - Website
Generifus - Bandcamp

Cool Video Thursday

I've been busy with other projects for the Blog, so we only have one new video this week, but I hope you'll agree that it is a good one.

Seattle soul rockers Pickwick sing an a capella rendition of 'Blackout' to the Suzzallo Reading Room at the University of Washington.

Pickwick - Blackout (Suzzallo Reading Room) from Tyler Kalberg on Vimeo.


REVIEW: The Windsor Player - The Windsor Player

The Windsor Player is a new group led by Troy Stewart, who plays guitar with Snow Patrol... he's recruited something of an all-star cast: Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows), Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), Jote Osahn (Elbow, Gorillaz), Chris Schleyer (Prick, Kidneythieves) and additional players Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5) and Richard Coburn (Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol).

The sound varies from well-played folk rock - song 1, "Release" - to country rock that calls to mind 70's stalwarts like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Poco - "Big Texas Sky" - to laid-back sprawling guitar rock on the 8-minute "Best Friend". The influences are good ones, and the vision of country rock is well realized.

Plenty of great guitar sounds throughout - rock guitar, acoustic strumming and pedal steel - are underpinned by a good rhythm section and augmented by strings, piano and mandolin (the aforementioned Peter Buck). There are even well-placed horn parts among the guitars on "Best Friend", too.

Closing track "Big Texas Sky" captures the ethos pretty well - big, sprawling and warm... You can listen and order at Windsor Player Website.

New Video from Black Keys upcoming album El Camino - "Lonely Boy"

Great video, great song... looking forward to this one, and grateful they are giving us a new record so soon:

You Got Your Punk In My Garage

I'm a shameless kind of guy, so I'll make no apologies for shilling You Got Your Punk in My Garage - The Best of the GaragePunk Hideout, Vol. 3, a delightful collection of punk/garage rock from bands you've likely never heard of. And yes, it is 22 tracks for $6.99. The album is released by GRGPNK Records which is a social network-based label created to release the Hideout Comp series. If you click to the Bandcamp page linked below, you'll be able to access other releases in the series.

I've listened to the compilation below, and a few others in the series. I highly recommend them to any garage rock fan.

GRGPNK Records website
GRGPNK Facebook page
GRGPNK on Twitter

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Midweek Roundup: Wet Nuns, New Cassettes, Glossary

This week's Midweek Roundup sounds like the first rainy day at a parochial school... but it's only rock & roll:

Wet Nuns is a Sheffield band that describes itself as "death blues". They've got a single coming out 11/11, which will apparently be available free at their website. They have a real heavy rock sound - reminds me a little bit of Motorhead. Here's a live video:

Wet Nuns Live @ The Bowery from Bowery Sheffield on Vimeo.

Here's "No Death"... more available to stream at Soundcloud:

No Death by Wet Nuns

New Cassettes, another British group, plays a punky style of dance-rock... check it out for yourself:

Download and Stream via Pure Volume:

And finally, here are a couple of entertaining videos from Murfreesboro, TN pop rockers Glossary - trailers for their new record, Long Live All Of Us:

Love the soul influences by way of their Memphis visitors - Jim Spake (Al Green, Alex Chilton) and Nahshon Benford (Snowglobe, Lucero)... Horns, percussion, falsetto vocals in spots, it's another good rock record from Tennessee. They're on tour, check out dates and more info at the Glossary website.

Get to Know: Sun Wizard

Vancouver, BC's Sun Wizard are James Younger, Francesco Lyon, Malcolm Jack, and Ben Frey. They play muscular, crunchy power pop with harmonized vocals, which usually is a winning combination around When You Motor Away. Earlier this year the band released Positively 4th Avenue on Light Organ Records, an excellent LP that unfortunately has been flying under everyone's radar. You can stream the entire album below. But first, we have a video the band shot for one of the songs:

Sun Wizard "World's Got A Handle" from Light Organ Records on Vimeo.

The Quit Acting Cold 7" was released in 2010, and shows the band's promise.

I think it would have been nice to discover these guys before the summer started, but better late than never. Enjoy!

Light Organ Records

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Witches - A Haunted Person's Guide To The Witches

They're out on a "Halloween Tour", and playing as good a variety of psychedelic garage rock as you will hear. This is a compilation album - I hesitate to use the term "greatest hits" because well, I wish more people knew about The Witches... so maybe "greatest songs"?

At any rate, this is just the kind of stuff you want to play on Halloween. Or anytime you want some good spooky rock, psychedelic and surf guitar and reverb... really, anytime.

Check out "Down On Ugly Street" and know their greatness:

The Witches - Down On Ugly Street by alivenaturalsound

They're from Detroit, so they share a birthright and a worldview with artists like Mitch Ryder and The Stooges... and they boast bass player (and founder) Troy Gregory (Dirtbombs, Killing Joke), John Nash (Electric Six, LCD Soundsystem) on guitar, and producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Von Bondies) on electric twelve-string. If like me, you missed them the first time around, this is the perfect way to catch up.

Here's a fan video for "On The Haunted Side of the House":

The Witches at AliveNaturalsound Records