Saturday, June 16, 2018
D.A. Stern (whose mom probably knows him as Daniel Aaron Stern of New Jersey) has DNA that matches pretty well with pop genius Harry Nilsson, and probably has plenty of similarity with Lennon/McCartney, Brian Wilson, and the ghosts of the Brill Building. Now living in Los Angeles, the man is churning out music that simply demands listening. He released full album Aloha Hola in 2017, but it only got limited traction in an increasingly crowded music world. Fortunately for Daniel, and us, Slumberland has re-released Aloha Hola and Daniel's 2018 four track single Isn't It Obvious? So you now can have your very own D.A. Stern collection.
You man have gotten out of bed this morning unaware of the delights of Stern's music, but now you need it in your life. "Isn't It Obvious?"
Three from Aloha Hola:
Title track for Isn't It Obvious?:
Bandcamp for Aloha Hola
Bandcamp for Isn't It Obvious?
Slumberland page for Aloha Hola
Friday, June 15, 2018
Friday has arrived at WYMA headquarters, so it is time to test candidates for weekend beverage consumption (this is scientific research, people, don't scoff) and pick some weekend music. A trending candidate is Turn Around Or by Super 8. Not only is the name of the band evocative of road trips, conjuring motels, gas stations, or motels with an adjacent gas station, but the songs on Turn Around Or suggest parties, good times, and weekend beverages. The man behind the Super 8 mask is Trip, who also is known as Paul Ryan. But if we had a name that risked us being mistaken for the emasculated Speaker of the US House of Representatives, we would choose a stage name as well, and Trip works just fine.
Turn Around Or is packed with scrappy indie nuggets that should have you bouncing all weekend long. The songwriting is tight, the arrangements are bold, and there are enough hooks to prompt envy in Big Star. Trip's performance has the grit and panache that we want in a frontman. And it should be noted that while Trip did most of the work himself, he had help from the likes of Nick Bertling, Bill Philips, Owen Hodgson, and Sunnie Larson. Picking representative songs from among this consistent menu could have been done with darts, but we manned up and made four selections. Trip composed all except "Serious Drugs", the BMX Bandits standout penned by Scots heroes Duglas Stewart, Norman Blake and Joe McAlinden. This man is prolific as well as talented, as it is his second release in 2018.
Turn Around Or is out now in CD and digital formats via Futureman Records.
Bandcamp for album
Super 8/Trip on Twitter
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
You may be one of the music lovers who is not familiar with Virginia Wing, and if you are such a person you may wonder why your go-to blogs and zines are spending precious pixels discussing the Manchester band's new album, Ecstatic Arrow. We could be snarky and suggest that you read one or more of those blogs or zines to fine out, but since you are here we will offer you a more constructive suggestion - stream the songs below, realize that the album will enrich your life, and go to Bandcamp and buy the album while streaming it in its full glory. In our opinion, Ecstatic Arrow is a synthpop triumph, echoing the genre's glory days of the '80s and burnishing them for modern days. Core members Alice Merida Richards and Samuel Pillay, with able collaborators (including XAM Duo's Christopher Duffin on sax), have created music that is incisive, inventive and entertaining. While the lyrics can be serious, the arrangements are light filled and uplifting. Virginia Wing's previous recordings were always interesting and worth exploring, but after listening to Ecstatic Arrow, those efforts seem like practice for the big game, and the new album is the first team showing their stuff, full game face in place.
Ecstatic Arrow is out now in digital, CD, LP, and deluxe LP (with zine and poster) via Fire Records.
Bandcamp for Ecstatic Arrow
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Bandcamp for EP
Monday, June 11, 2018
It seems that Stewart Tudor-Jackman has been reincarnated! In the '90s, he helmed the Kensingtons, a fine indie pop band with twee leanings. But for his new project, Candybomber, the menu is power pop with buzzsaw guitars and a bit of punk. Our first taste is the new four-song Singular EP. And it is oh, so good!
In addition to Stewart (guitar), Candybomber includes Anthony (drums), Matt (vocals), Fasel (guitar), and Warren (bass). Singular EP is out now in digital and CD formats via Jigsaw Records.
Bandcamp for Singular EP
Sunday, June 10, 2018
The Rebels of Tijuana are Alex (guitar/bass/vocals), Seb (keys/backing vocals), Romain (drums/backing vocals), and Julien (bass/backing vocals). Despite the band's name, they are a French, and living in Switzerland. Obviously, their tastes run to '60s and '70s French pop, and that is quite alright with us. They will be releasing Asile, a double vinyl LP in October 2018, which promises to encompass folk rock, pop, jazz, and psychedelia. Based on the evidence of this single, our bet is that they deliver on those promises.
And we wish you a relaxing end to your weekend.