Tuesday, December 30, 2014
In my opinion, you are unlikely to find a guitar band that penned a more infectious set of songs this year. Consider that the ten tracks will likely include your favorite songs about hangovers and dogs, and most certainly the best song you'll hear about Diane Keaton. And to think that a few minutes ago you probably didn't know there was a song about Diane Keaton. I'll be including this album on my end of the year list, give it a listen.
Weak Boys are Chris Yates, Craig Lyons and Matt Banham. Weekdays/Weekends is available now via Strong Look Records. You can source a digital copy at the Bandcamp link below.
Strong Look Records
Mitski is SUNY-Purchase grad Mitski Miyawaki, and I suggest that you get to know her music. Fierce, sincere, personal, observational, with soaring and crunching guitars, her November release Bury Me at Make Out Creek has flown under the radar, and we would like to do our part in remedying that.
The lyrics are clever, the theme follows the cycle of a relationship from first spark to literal dying sigh, and the musical parchment on which it is written throbs and shreds, hooks and glides. You can stream the entire album below. It is available in digital form at the Bandcamp link below, where you also can find her previous albums.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Duncan is son of two classical musicians, and has earned a degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also is a visual artist, and created the cover art for the single. Download For at the Soundcloud link below.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Of course, some songs will work better for you than others. But the entire set is strong, and there is a reason that several of the top DJs at influential KEXP included Heal among their top ten albums of the year. If you hear what I hear, you'll note influences such as Built to Spill, and Neil Young. I've included a few of my favorites below, including "JM", in which Showalter discusses the importance of Jason Molina's music to his life. Heal is out now on the Dead Oceans label.
The Brisbane based band consists of Matthew Ford, Patrick Bryon, Daniel Ford, and Dusty Anastassiou. In the past James Cassidy stood in on bass when Ford was unavailable; in the future, the substitute bass duties will fall to Hayden Night.
Bandcamp for this release
Bandcamp for prior releases