Friday, September 27, 2019

Tincho - Home Today

It is Friday, and we are happy. Of course, the proximity of the weekend has much to do with our positive attitude, but a major contributor is the jangle and bounce of Home Today. The product of Seattle band Tincho, the album features 11 tracks of sparkling, energetic guitar pop. Perhaps because of the Seattle connection, we detect a bit of the Young Fresh Fellows spirit in this album, but quite frankly Home Today has a bit more polish while retaining an adventurous spirit, and probably will wear better in the long run. And for now, it will get a lot of play throughout our weekend.

We wrote above that Tincho is a Seattle band, but in the spirit of full disclosure we note that some of the members at the time this album were recorded have left for other places. However, there are remaining and new members, and we look forward to more great music from them.

For this album Tincho were Tyler Willey (drums), Dan Voss (bass), Anton Conner Harle (lead guitar), Marty Kaleta (rhythm guitar/vocals), and Steven Laing (percussion). Home Today is out now as a digital release - see the Bandcamp link below.

Bandcamp Home Today

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Grief Brothers - Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street

We know we are going to hear good music when the guy who takes the time to send us an album, and tells us that it is wonderful, is the boss of a label other than the label that is releasing the album. Such was out introduction to Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street by Swansea, Wales outfit The Grief Brothers. We could tell you that it is a the masterpiece. In fact, it is a masterpiece, but that is getting ahead of ourselves.

Where were we? Oh yes, we were sent the album by Wally at The Beautiful Music label.  We trust Wally, so we cued it up.  The first track, "A Lost Week In Bingoland",  began with the protagonist noticing a women in a bar, and described her thusly: "she was swaying on a bar stool, humming songs in the key of grim". In Yoda-speak, 'hooked we were'. And the hook stayed in. The album spans indie rock, folk, and a dash of country while spinning yarns of romance, failed romance, twisted families, old flames and weird scenes. In the main, the songs are nostalgic and warm, with more than a dash of humor. But they don't shy away from grittier themes and when they bite, they leave a mark.

It would break our rules to stream too many of the songs below, and even if it didn't have such rules we would want to leave you needing to head to Bandcamp for the full meal. So you get three of our favorites below, with our admonishment to not miss "The Loser's Hall of Fame", "A Confessional", "A Small Town Gone to Hell", "Scurvy Dogs of Llansawel", "Still Waiting For True Love's First Kiss" ... you get the point - don't miss any of them. For us, this is a top ten album of 2019.

The Grief Brothers are Steve, Ray, Norm, Mark, Jack and Pete, with some additional help from Jon Langford of The Mekons and Guto Dafis (Welsh melodeon player). Thirty Five Years On Woodfield Street is out now via Northport, UK's Country Mile Records.

Bandcamp for album
Country Mile Records

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

"Caught Lookin'" by Young Guv

It seems like less than two months ago that we were featuring GUV I, a very good album by Young Guv. In fact, it was less than two months ago: Link. But it seems that the man is a veritable fountain of music, and GUV II is headed to our ears on October 25 via Run For Cover Records. Reportedly, this album will have a bit more polish and a bit less garage than the last one. No matter, Young Guv appears quite capable of anything. Can we back up that opinion? Well, yes -- check out "Caught Lookin'" below.

And for those of you in the NYC, Philly, Boston, and Chicago areas, note the live dates with the Vivian Girls at the bottom of the post.

Run For Cover Records page for pre-order & mech

Young Guv Live Dates:
w/ Vivian Girls

10/17: Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
10/18: Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church 
10/20: Somerville, MA - ONCE Ballroom 
11/1: Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle 
11/2: Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Cool Sounds - More To Enjoy

Music is capable of hitting us anywhere on our emotional spectrum, so the wise aficionado carefully matches music to mood, or perhaps to a desired mood. Lately, we have wanted to be happy and have selected music accordingly. One album that never fails to make us smile, put a bounce in our step and persuade us that every cup is at least half full is the aptly titled More To Enjoy. The album is the third by Melbourne band Cool Sounds. The tunes are pop/soft rock gems from start to finish, with bountiful hooks, ace guitar fills and driving melodies. But this is an album that has even more going on than it would seem initially, because the scenes sketched out in the lyrics could be winning short stories or film shorts if they didn't happen to be recorded as music.  There is a superficial casualness to the proceedings here, but make no mistake -- we are listening to brilliance.

Cool Sounds are Dainis Lacey, Nick Kearton, Ambrin Hasnain, Lauren Huynth, Steve Foulkes, and Jack Nichols. In addition, on this album Lachlan Denton played drums and provided backing vocals, Liam 'Snowy" Halliwell played sax, and Matt Murphy worked the keys.  More To Enjoy is out now in digital, CD, and vinyl formats via Osborne Again Music, Hotel Motel Records, and Meritorio Records.

Bandcamp for album
Various links to the album
Hotel Motel Records (Facebook)
Osborne Again Music
Meritorio Records

"Sunflower" by The Springfields

This week brings happy news to indie pop fans: Slumberland Records intends to release a compilation of singles by The Springfields. The band was centered around Ric Menck and Paul Chastain, who also thrilled fans with projects such as Velvet Crush, Bag O' Shells and others.

The Springfields, whose members for these recordings also included Jeffrey Underhill, Eric Peterson, Wes Lachot, Buddy Judge and Michael Hausman, created jangling, melodic songs echoing the guitar pop of the '60s. The compilation, Singles 1986-1991, will include the band's five singles released via Sarah Records, Picture Book, Summershine, and Seminal Twang, as well as some additional, rare recordings. The album will be available in mid-November, but you can pre-order now and listen to track "Sunflower" below.

Monday, September 23, 2019

"Looking for Love (feat. Club 8)" by The Legends

Ohhhh, we like starting out our day in music with a smoldering duet (we don't mind ending our day the same way, truth be known). And we can do so with "Looking For Love". The artists are credited as The Legends with a featured performance by Karolina Komstedt from Club 8. Since The Legends is one of the artistic guises of Johan Angergard, and Club 8 consists of Johan and Karolina, one could well wonder why this isn't a Club 8 project. The answer may be that Johan may be considering the song for inclusion in a future album for his solo project, but for us - today - the answer doesn't matter. We just like the song and have it on repeat.

In addition to The Legends, Johan Angergard is a member of Acid House Kings, Djustin, Club 8, and Pallers, as well as running Labrador Records.

Various links to "Looking For Love"
Labrador Records