This is not music criticism. On this blog, you will only read about music we like.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Das Phaedrus - Dark Winning
The Reds, Pinks & Purples - Still Clouds At Noon
Portland and Seattle fans should note that The Reds, Pinks & Purples will be visiting your town in the second week of August.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Near Beer - Near Beer
Near Beer are Joey Siara (vocals/guitar), Brent Stranathan (drums), and Jeremy Levy (bass/backing vocals). The album is out now via Double Helix Records.
Neil Brogan - Things Keep Getting In The Way
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
"Back To The Days Of I Don't Knows" by Yea-Ming & The Rumours
One of my favorite types of posts is a post about a current song obsession. I realize that not every reader will invariably have the same feeling about a song, but I feel better just highlighting a song that moves me. So that brings us to the perfect melancholy jangle of "Back To The Days Of I Don't Knows" by Oakland's Yea-Ming & The Rumours. The song appears on the band's recent LP So, Bird ... and the song was included in our feature of the album three months ago (link). However, a second post for the tune is timely, not just because it has been newly cast in video form (see below), but because there has been a second pressing of the album. Since the first set of vinyl was quickly snapped up, this fortunate circumstance gives those who missed out on vinyl the first time a second chance. And all of us sinners love second chances (I've been known to angle for third and fourth chances, but decline to disclose my success rate).
So don't sleep on this opportunity, folks. This is great, classic songwriting. And if the first pressing sold out, the second pressing may as well. The album is out via Dandy Boy Records in the US and Lilystars Records in the Philippines.
Lilystars Records page for album
Sunday, July 17, 2022
"Inhuman" by Gordi
Just to keep you appetite keen for the upcoming Inhuman EP from Gordi, here is the title track from the record. It was inspired by the effects of the incredibly damaging fires suffered by Australia in 2019.
Gordi is Sophie Payten a physician and signer songwriter. Inhuman will be out on August 19 via Jagjaguwar.
Friday, July 15, 2022
"Expert In A Dying Field" by The Beths
The Beths are Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair, and Tristan Deck. Expert In A Dying Field will be out September 16 via Carpark Records (US) and Ivy League Records (Australia).
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Bubblegum Lemonade - Never Have I Ever EP
One of our favorite janglepop artists is Laz McCluskey, aka Bubblegum Lemonade. A fan of, and influenced by, The Byrds, The Monkeys and other purveyors of upbeat, jangling guitar pop, the Rickenbacker-wielding dude has been thrilling us for years. Later this year he will deliver new 12-track LP Jangleadelica. But the new treats start right now, as Laz has released a three-song EP titled Never Have I Ever. The title track is taken from the upcoming album and is an effervescent delight. The other songs on the EP are "Sun Kiss Of Life" and "At The Pool", both non-album tracks. Sounds like summer, doesn't it.
The EP is available now via Matinee Recordings and other digital sellers.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
"In The Right" by The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness
This is shaping up as a very good music week. We now have "In The Right", the new power pop gem by The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness. The duo's third album -- The Third Wave Of ... -- is available to preorder, and given the quality of the singles to date, it will be legendary.
TBWTPN are Andrew Taylor and Gonzalo Marcos. "In The Right" is out now as a digital single. The album will be released on September 9 by Tear Jerk Records in Australia and Bobo Integral Records in the rest of the universe.
Emily Fairlight / The Shifting Sands - Sun Casts A Shadow
Sun Casts A Shadow sounds like the fruits of a collaboration mandated by the music gods. Two New Zealand artists, Emily Fairlight and Mike McLeod (The Shifting Sands), came together in Los Angeles and spent two days laying down nine tracks of their individual creations. While the styles of their past recordings differ, in the stripped-down approach undertaken for this album Emily and Mike sound like they were made to play on each other's songs.
"For Love" by The Legends
Johan Angergard is a bit of a legend in Nordic music circles, as a member of Acid House Kings and Club 8, among others, as well as running Labrador Records. However, in his solo guise he is, in fact, The Legends. He has dropped a perfectly breezy, light-filled summer track titled "For Love". Check it out below and look for it at your favorite digital outlet.
Monday, July 11, 2022
The Reds, Pinks & Purples - The World Should Be Ashamed
See the links below for digital versions of this release and prior releases. For vinyl versions of the band's releases, contact Slumberland Records or Tough Love Records.
Bandcamp for other releases by The Reds, Pinks & Purples
Sunday, July 10, 2022
"Chelsea" by Subshine
Flowertown - Half Yesterday
Karina Gill also heads San Francisco band Cindy, and Michael Ramos records and performs as Tony Jay. Half Yesterday is out now via Mt.St.Mtn. (vinyl) and Paisley Shirt Records (digital/cassette). Unfortunately, it appears that the cassette is sold out, but vinyl and digital remain available. And by the way, dear readers, both Paisley Shirt Records and Mt.St.Mtn. are terrific labels and their rosters deserve your attention.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
The Mary Onettes - What I Feel In Some Places
The Mary Onettes are Philip Ekstrom, Henrik Ekstrom, Simon Fransson, and Petter Aguren. The EP is out now via Westside Music and Welfare Sounds.
"Way I Go" by Gordi
One of the most special emails today bore notice of a singer songwriter who wasn't familiar to me. Her name is Sophie Payten, and she performs as Gordi. Her recent works have been collaborations with other artists, but she will release her six-track Inhuman EP on August 19 via Jagjaguwar. Today's missive contained a link to her first single from the EP -- the stunning "Way I Go". The song is a reflection on the transformative effects of being in love, told simply with Payten's guitar and her reverbed vocals. We highly recommend that you watch the video below.
By way of background, Sophie Payten is from Sydney, although she travels and may now be residing in Los Angeles. She also is a physician.
"Once A Bombshell" by Northern Portrait
Last fall we had a new single titled "At Attention" from Danish band Northern Portrait (link). After a long wait, we now have "Once A Bomshell", which is the second single from the upcoming album The Swiss Army. Unlike the racing jangle of "At Attention", this new song hits a mid-tempo groove for a somewhat moody tale of the fading glory of a former bombshell. Our conclusion is that Northern Portrait have lost none of the mastery of the art of a pop song.
The Swiss Army will be out August 5 in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Matinee Recordings.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
"Didn't It Rain Last Night" by First Rodeo
Bandcamp for "Didn't It Rain Last Night"
"The Soft" by Slim Wrist
We are quite take with "The Soft", which is the new single by Edinburgh duo Slim Wrist. The song adeptly walks the line between melancholy dream pop and more upbeat electro pop. There is a nice dichotomy between the glitchy rhythms and the smoother chorus. The single is out now and is taken from the upcoming album Closer For Comforting.
Slim Wrist are Fern Morris and Brian Polora. They formerly were known as Super Inuit. Closer For Comforting will be released in September.
Monday, July 4, 2022
"Soaking Up The Sickness" by Dream Ivory
Welcome to the dream pop of Christian and Louie Baello, two early-20s California brothers who record as Dream, Ivory. They are unafraid to express vulnerability and heartache, and willing to push conventions with respect to instrumentation, influences and arrangements. The new single is "Soaking Up The Sickness", and we were quite impressed. If this is the new dream pop, give us more. In any case, we want more Dream, Ivory. And we will get it because new album About a Boy is due September 30 via AWAL.
Friday, July 1, 2022
"Life After Winter" by Wireheads
Dom Trimboli's talk-sing. And we expect that it will be one of our favorite albums of the year.
"Dead Drummers" by Near Beer
Near Beer - formed on the foundations of The Henry Clay People - are Joey Siara (vocals/guitar), Brent Stranathan (drums), and Jeremy Levy (bass/backing vocals). The album will be released July 15 via Double Helix Records.