Saturday, June 25, 2016

"My Twin Sister" by Cruising

Neil, Benni, Claire and Sarah, who variously are members of Sea Pinks Logikparty, Girls Names and September Girls, all too infrequently put our music as the Ireland/Northern Ireland band Cruising.  Their latest is the swaggering "My Twin Sister", a digital release which is available to purchase, but is free if you buy a Cruising tote bag.  Both are offered at the Bandcamp link at the bottom of the post.




And just because it is such an awesome blast of music, here one of their prior releases, "You Made Me Do That".




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Friday, June 24, 2016

Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Delivered EP

On Fridays we here an WYMA world headquarters like our indie rock loud, scrappy, and enthusiastic.  You know, the prefect soundtrack for Friday activities such as a few minutes of editing, a few minutes of glancing at the mail, a few minutes depositing the bribes from all the big labels, and a couple of hours of cleaning up empties and pizza boxes.  Now, we don't mean to suggest the the Delivered EP by Scott & Charlene's Wedding is only good for such Fridays, because it works very well driving, at backyard keggers, and working out.  Trust me, I'm a professional and have played it in all those situations.  But it is one of many perfect times for this EP.

The Delivered EP bridges the gap between the band's well-received Any Port In A Storm LP from a couple of years ago and the follow up album set for release this fall, and displays the first-take immediacy that is the essential element of good garage rock.  The title track, which will be on the upcoming album, is a hard and jagged ode to happy substances with Craig Dermody's shouted vocals giving the tune a sense of urgency.  The following tunes continue the garage rock vein with a bit more jangle.  The closer is a turn-it-up-to-11 cover of Elton's "Bennie and the Jets".  Good stuff, and you can stream the entire EP at the Bandcamp link below.



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

"Sticky Leaves" by Linying

With the voice of an angel, and an undeniable talent for songwriting, we think Singapore's Linying has got a bright future in music world.  Her melodies have met an enthusiastic reception with DJs around the globe, and it is time for her to be more widely recognized.  Press play on her debut single below, close your eyes and dream.



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Fear Of Men - Fall Forever

We first featured Brighton's Fear of Men here in 2011, and it has been a pleasure to watch the band develop since then.  The recently released Fall Forever is their second LP, following several singles, EPs and an album compiling several of those shorter releases.  The band was, and is, intensely melodic.  The defining characteristic in the band's sound remains the pristine tone and melancholic delivery of Jess Weiss's vocals, but the growth of the band features increased use of electronic instrumentation to feature the previously more lo-fi guitar pop set up.  The sound is denser, although the strong melodies allow manage to give the album a sense of space and breadth.  However, the real triumph in Fall Forever is not the adept and more fulsome instrumentation, or the band's obvious comfort in its own skin and mutual trust of each other's instinct to experiment, although both are impressive.  The triumph is that lyrically Fear Of Men may now be the perfect dark pop band.  The songs reveal exposed nerves, regrets, anxieties, failures, disappointments, fears, and injuries -- and all in a direct, vivid manner with concise but clever songwriting.  The delivery eschews showy emotions or pleas for sympathy, and thus, Weiss' trauma becomes more universal and accessible.

Fall Forever is out now via Kanine Records in digital, CD and vinyl formats.  Fear of Men are touring in North America until late July, and then in Europe into September.






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Ette - Attack of the Glam Soul Cheerleaders (parts 1 & 2)


On most days, Carla Easton is the lead vocalist for indie pop band TeenCanteen, and Joe Kane plys his musical trade with Dr Cosmos Tapelab.  But on some days Carla and Joe are Ette.  And on one of those days (well, maybe a couple, I wasn't there to count), Ette laid down the tracks that became the single Attack of the Glam Soul Cheerleaders (parts 1 & 2).  The release includes the title track - a throwback sing-a-long with echos of Motown, plus the slower tempo electropop "Fireworks (Joe Kane Disco Dub)", and it it available as a digital download for the ever popular "name your price".  The lead track is to be included on Homemade Lemonade, Ette's debut LP which will be released by Olive Grove Records on July 22.




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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Let It Out" by Janski

Jan Lindvaag is an experienced producer and has been in several bands.  The Norwegian musician has decided that the time is right to launch his solo career under the name Janski.  His first offering is the banging, late-night house song "Let It Out".  Enjoy the stream below, and look for the digital release later this summer.

Warning -- you may want to dance and turn the room lights on and off rapidly during this song.



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Blue Jeans - Songs Are Easy

Blue Jeans may be taunting me with the title of their new album -- Songs Are Easy.  Maybe creating catchy songs is easy for Tim Sendra, Heather Phares, David Serra, and Justin Dykehouse, with Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good To Me) at the engineering controls and playing a few instruments, while most of us can only watch with envy.  But I'm not a guy who is going to dwell on my own deficiencies, and certainly not when such a great set of summer songs is available.  Kicking off with a pop-smeared J&MC style "Kara Keely", and then sliding into the indie romp "Ratz Revenge", which in turn is followed by the perfect bubblegum rock of "Make Up ll Make Up", this album shouldered its way into my "take anywhere" list.  It now resides on my home computer, my phone, my laptop, and my car's CD player.

The songs are concise, sweet - even cute, with some touches of bratty attitude, '60s sensibilities, and surf rock flair.   Male and female vocals tell the stories and the rhythm section keeps the party bouncing along at a brisk pace.  The album is over in about a half hour, and then you press "replay".  It likely will happen without thinking.  Don't worry, you aren't alone.

The bottom line is that many folks waste time that could be better spent soaking sunshine, making out, or downing beers just trying to make a good summer playlist.  Tim, Heather and company have hacked the problem -- just get Songs Are Easy and get on with your summer.







Songs Are Easy is out now in digital and CD formats via Jigsaw Records.  By the way, Blue Jeans formerly was known as Santa Monica Swim and Dive Club.  In the early '90s, Tim Sendra was a member of Veronica Lake.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"I'm In Love" by Teenage Fanclub

One band that should need no introduction to guitar pop fans is Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub.  Well into their third decade as a band, prolific as a group as well as with individual projects, they have announced the September 9 release of new album Here.  It is their tenth studio album and their first in six years.  Pre-orders are available now from PeMa/Republic of Music and (in North America) Merge Records.  And you don't even have to order without hearing a note, although many fans, teenage and otherwise, will do so, because the lead track is available to stream below.

The band will be touring in the UK and Europe in support of the album September-December.  Ten of the twenty-two scheduled shows are already sole out.


For Here Teenage Fanclub are Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley, Gerard Love, Francis Macdonald, and Dave McGowan.  Core members Blake, McGinley, and Love each contributed four songs to the album.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

All The Real Girls - Elk City

As album origin stories go, Elk City has one of the more unusual ones.  Singer songwriter, actor, and indie movie director/producer Peter Donovan was in a bar in California, having finished work on the movie Lost On Purpose when he met a chainsmoking woman in her '70s.  Many drinks and many smokes later Peter had an album worth of fantastic stories inspired by the woman's (likely embellished) tales of multiple generations of her extended family in Oklahoma.  Peter the thirsty actor heard the stories, and Peter the writer translated them to song soon thereafter.  And luckily for music fans, Peter also is the frontman for Seattle's All The Real Girls, a band with few actual girls (although on talent alone Shelby Earl should be counted multiple times), but in addition to Donovan and Earl includes Jason McGerr (Death Cab For Cutie), Jim Roth (Built To Spill), Erik Corson (The Long Winters), Steve Fisk (Pell Mell), Erik Howk (The Lashes).  Replete with the sort of Americana instrumentation the stories deserve, and the indie guitar work we crave, Elk City delivers on multiple levels: Great stories; rock guitar shredding; pastoral twang; and top quality performances.  Test drive Elk City with "Lizzie", a tale of loss and regret, and the title track, about the wake on the passing of a loved one.  Other highlights in my opinion include "Massacre At The Mystic", "That King Of The Night", "Three Piece Suit", but all twelve songs truly are gems.  This is the sort of album you discover and play obsessively on your own, and then feel guilty you haven't told all your friends so they can enjoy it too.

Elk City is out now as a digital download.  Check your favorite online retailer.



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

"Roses" and "Summer In The City (Living Is For Someone Else)" by The Legends


I may be wrong, but I get the impression that Stockholm's Johan AngergĂ„rd gets more done in a week than it do.  Or at least more that is useful.  His bands/projects include The Legends, Acid House Kings, Club 8, Djustin, Eternal Death, and Pallers.  Oh, and he runs Labrador Records, as well.  Today's feature concerns the first band.  The Legends were once touted as a nine piece band, but really has always been a one man project.  His summer plan for The Legends is a series of singles.  The first one was the disco tune "Summer In The City (Living Is For Someone Else)".  The second is the first cover Johan has done, in this instance it is "Roses", originally performed by The Chainsmokers.  In Johan's hands, the song is a smokey electro pop romp.






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