Wednesday, January 23, 2019

"Daddy Issues" by Pip Blom


Midweek blahs -- we think everyone gets them, but the challenge is dealing with them.  We can settle in and wait for them to pass, or we can be proactive and wash them away.  Here at WMYA, we prefer the latter tactic.  So we will cue up some upbeat music to start our day.  Here, for everyone's benefit, is "Daddy Issues" by Dutch artist Pip Bloom.  Her debut album is titled Boat, and it will be released by Heavenly Recordings on May 31.  If opening track "Daddy Issues" is representative, it will be a good album.  We may have to play it every midweek morning.

Pip Blom will be at SXSW this year.



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Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Cupholders - The Tractor EP

I once bought a used German luxury car that I thought had every convenience I would need in my typical trip on the road.  But one day as I was driving with a beverage in my hand I decided to put the beverage in the cupholder (as the statute of limitations may not have expired, we will use the generic term "beverage", and in the singular).  However, this luxury car was a 1991 sedan that the German engineers had not equipped with a cupholder.  I guess Germans were expected to drive 100mph on the Autobahn holding their, um, beverage.  OK for them, I suppose, but they haven't seen Seattle traffic.

The point for us here is that cupholders are one of those conveniences that we don't think about until we need one and it isn't available.  But when we need one and have one, we cherish it.  And that brings us to The Cupholders.  You may not have known heard their music before.  OK, chances are very high that you have never heard of them.  However, now you will hear them, and you will want to hear them again and cherish them.  Today's edition is The Tractor EP, which is the first of a series of EPs dedicated to watering holes in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle that have tolerated the members of The Cupholders over the years.  You will want to collect these EPs like those little Russian nesting dolls you Aunt collected, only while less colorful, the EPs will be a lot more fun.

The Cupholders are Bart Cameron (vocals/lead guitar), Casey Ruff (vocals/acoustic guitar), and Sam Russell (vocals/rhythm guitar), all veterans of other Seattle bands.  Friends Paul Beaudry, Kubby Casual, Dave Forrester, Colin J. Nelson, Ken Nottingham, and Shadrack Scott helped out with a variety of instruments and vocals, and Nelson recorded and mixed the songs.  The first song features Cameron, the second Ruff, and the third, Russell.  Don't ask me about the fourth song, I'm the guy who buys a car without a cupholder.

This is my kind of music, made by my kind of guys.  Like me, Cameron and Russell are from Wisconsin but have found their way to Seattle (Ruff is from Montana, but they have cows too, so it is all good).  This is honest, soulful rock, made for good times, good friends and plenty of beverages.  They will supply The Cupholders.




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Friday, January 18, 2019

Lying On Ice - The Dream

We increasingly receive dream pop offerings at WYMA, and most of them are very good.  Still, as we have limited time to devote to this hobby, we are selective (and sometimes arbitrary) in our choices.  However, we have no hesitation and make no apologies about bringing you The Dream.  The aptly named album by Lying In Ice, the duo consisting of Jesse Maddox and Angela Cross, have created a deeply textured and richly detailed tapestry of dreamy pop.  Warm and inventive, it is the perfect album to take a chill off of your winter days.

The Dream is out now in digital and CD formats; see the Bandcamp link below.





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Thursday, January 17, 2019

"Backseat Warriors" by Misty Coast


Linn Fr√łkedal and Richard Myklebust are Misty Coast, a dream pop/shoegaze band from Bergen, Norway.  Their 2017 debut album earned a Norwegian Grammy nomination, and they are set to release their second LP, Melodaze, later this month.  You can take it for a test drive with "Backseat Warriors", their third single from the new record.  Featuring robust, but hazy, instrumentation, a pop-oriented melody and Fr√łkedal’s superb vocals, the song just makes our day better.

"Backseat Warriors" is out now via Norwegian label Brilliance/Moorworks, which also will release the new album.




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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vicious Petals - Main Street Lights


We recently were invited to attend a show in Seattle featuring Vicious Petals, but prior conflicts prevailed.  However, after checking out the band's 2016 album, Main Street Lights,  our regret became profound indeed.  The band has a completely wired soulful rock sound with great vocals, horns, passion and swagger.  The main focal points are songwriters Ayako Okano and Cooper Smith, but the ensemble numbers 8, and they hit like a freight train.










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"I've Got Too Many Friends" by Acrylic

Glasgow's Acrylic was formed in 2014, and has been gathering enthusiastic review for their live shows and critical acclaim for their spring 2018 EP All I Am.  This week the band started a new chapter with the taut but jangling "I've Got Too Many Friends".  A cautionary tale of souring relationships in a fine, rocking package, it shows the kind of talent that should keep this five-piece on your short list.

Acrylic are Andreas Christodoulidis, Ross Patrizio, Jack Lyall, Lewis Doig, and Ruairidh Smith.  "I've Got Too Many Friends" is out this week as a digital download.



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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"Religion" by Pink Chameleons

We have enthusiastically followed Finnish band Black Lizard for a number of years, so we were thrilled to check out Pink Chameleons, which not only follow the same naming format (color + reptile), and the same country of origin, but boasts BL's Paltsa-Kai Salama on vocals and guitar.  The trio is completed by Antti Sauli on bass and Iiro Tulkki on drums and keys.  And Iiro also supplied the stop action animation for the video for their introductory single, "Religion.  Suffice it to say that the single is a good reason for you to check out Pink Chameleons as well.

"Religion" is out January 1 via Soliti Music.



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Monday, January 14, 2019

"Keep The Blues Away" by Business of Dreams

We know Corey Cunningham via his other projects, Smokescreens (link to coverage of 2018 debut), Terry Malts and Magic Bullets.  But we now have another CC project.   This one, Business of Dreams, has is origins in the emotional catharsis and reflection after the death of Corey's father.  But the resulting music also is varied guitar pop of the highest quality.  The new album Ripe for Anarchy will be available February 1 via Slumberland Records (see Bandcamp link below to pre-order), but you can test drive album closer "Keep The Blues Away" below.

The band is touring beginning Wednesday, January 16.  Dates and locations are at the bottom of this post.




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Jan 16 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill (album release show w/The Love-Birds & Blues Lawyer)
Jan 17 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater (album release show w/Night Shop, AO Gerber & Nelson Hallonquist)
Jan 21 Toronto, ON – The Beguiling %
Jan 22 Ottawa, ON – Black Squirrel Books %
Jan 23 Montreal, QC – Brasserie Beaubien %
Jan 25 Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville *
Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA – Super Wimpy HQ *
Jan 27 Baltimore, MD – Joe 2 *
Jan 29 Indianapolis, IN – State Street Pub
Jan 30 Detroit, MI – Outer Limits
May 1 Paris, FR – Mains D’Oeuvres
May 5 Berlin, DE – Internet Explorer

% - with Tough Age
* - with Corduroy