Friday, November 17, 2017
We highlight "When You're Mine" because it is a great song, but also because it heralds the December 8 arrival of Anglesea, a new album from NYC duo Fascinations Grand Chorus. The song has elements of power pop and bubblegum. The lyrics are sweet and yearning, but with a hint of uncertainty. This is a band that was good "out of the box", but our ears tell us they are getting even better.
Anglesea will be released on Silent Stereo Records, and can be pre-ordered at the link below.
Bandcamp link to order Anglesea
The band are Declan Welsh (vocals/songwriting), Duncan McBride (guitars), Ben Corlett (bass), and Calum Murray (drums).
Spotify link for "Useless"
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Bed Wettin' Bad Boys is Joe Sukit of Royal Headache (vocals/guitar), Ben Warnock (guitar), Nic Warnock (bass), and Doug Gibson (drums). Rot is out now via R.I.P. Society in CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats. The point of purchase depends on where you hang your hat; see the links below.
Bandcamp for Rot (American customers)
Bandcamp for Rot (rest of the world customers)
Today's word is Shame, but don't worry. We aren't addressing what you said at the pub last night, or your snitch of the last cookie (although that was bad form, indeed). We are talking about South London's Shame. The five-piece's debut album Songs of Praise (given the title, we anticipate some sincere devotional numbers that really make us think) will be released by Dead Oceans on January 12. The ten songs promise grit and post-punk energy, but we will have more on that later. For now, listen to album track "One Rizla", or watch the video below.
Shame is Eddie Green, Charlie Forbes, Josh Finerty, Sean Coyle-Smith, and Charlie Steen.
Pre-order link for Songs of Praise
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Certain bands have the unique ability to punch you in the gut while soaring melodically. The Twilight Sad has been such a band, and more recently, Mt. Doubt has proven themselves in that channel. Perhaps the Scots are predestined to thrill in this manner, but whatever the source, we are big fans. If you are a regular reader, Mt. Doubt needs no introduction. For those who are less familiar, know that the Edinburgh-based project was founded in 2014 by Leo Bargery. Prolific of late, Mt. Doubt has released the new Moon Landings EP. On this effort, Leo is joined by Ryan Firth and Annie Booth. You will find the expected mountain of doom, heralded by Leo's baritone, but also rays of almost sunny pop tones. It is a winning combination and a welcome expansion of the band's sound.
Moon Landings is out now via Scottish Fiction.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Variously termed rummage sales, yard sales, garage sales, jumble sales, among other terms, when someone clears out their attic, basement, closets and other collection points, the rest of us have an opportunity to find treasure. In the case of the UK's Martin Newell, recording as The Cleaners From Venus, a long career in music has produced a bumper crop of outtakes and other musical odds and ends. And in a fit of housecleaning, he has assembled 17 tracks from 22 years of work and packaged them as Martin Newell's Jumble Sale. So this will be one of your easiest jumble sale shopping excursions -- one stop shopping for a pre-selected set of songs. There is no need to sort through boxes of crockery, loud holiday sweaters, or vintage roller skates. Even with odds and ends of a recording session, Martin's keen observational skills, melodic sensibilities, and deft wordsmithing produce gems that others in the business should envy. Welcome to the jumble sale!
Martin Newell's Jumble Sale is out now as a digital release, as well as a limited run of CDs. Check out the Bandcamp link below or visit your preferred online store.
Bandcamp for album
Monday, November 13, 2017
Sob Stories EP is out now via Emotional Response Records in digital and vinyl formats. In addition to Cusumano (ex Talkies and Terry Six), Sob Stories includes member of Razz and Cocktails.
Bandcamp for record
Link for vinyl