Monday, September 26, 2016

Currently Listening

1.  "Spin the Dial" by Beach Slang (from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings)
2.  "Younger Us" by Japandroids (from Celebration Rock)
3.  "Alright" by The Gomes (from Pronounced Nirvana)
4.  "You're Gonna Be Golden" by Signals Midwest (from At This Age)
5.  "Don't Have To Wait" by Nothington (from Borrowed Time)
6.  "Daisy" by The Winter Passing (from A Different Space of Mind)
7.  "Colourview" by Muskets (from Spin)
8.  "Graveyard Shift" by Uncle Tupelo (from No Depression)
9.  "Wave Goodnight To Me" by Jeff Rosenstock (from Wave Goodnight To Me)
10.  "Can't Say I Quit" by Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (from The Cross and The Switchblade)
11.  "Lookers" by The Menzingers (from Lookers)
12.  "City Lights" by The GC5 (from Kisses From Hanoi / Horseshoes & Handgrenades)
13.  "Sally, I've Been Shot" by Two Cow Garage (from Sweet Saint Me)
14.  "Teenage FBI" by Guided By Voices (from Human Amusements at Hourly Rates - The Best of Guided By Voices)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Great Band Alert: Old Fox Road

Hailing from Champaign, IL, Old Fox Road is a fantastically tight and ridiculously catchy pop punk band, as beautifully highlighted on their latest EP Moving Out.  In three short years, the band has toured the country and churned out three excellent EPs, with no signs of slowing down.  Old Fox Road is a band that shows HUGE promise (just look at their progression from acoustic folk punk on their debut EP I'll Get Over It to now) and is most definitely one to watch!

For more information on Old Fox Road check out the band's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, BandCamp, and Storenvy pages.



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Currently Listening

1.  "Bad Name" by Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (from The Cross and The Switchblade)
2.  "Down With The Kids" by Teenage Frames (from More Songs, Less Music)
3.  "Alright" by The Gomes (Pronounced Nirvana)
4.  "Superstar" by Pegboy (from Strong Reaction)
5.  "Punks in a Disco Bar" by Beach Slang (from Punks in a Disco Bar)
6.  "Waiting AWay" by Doughboys (from Home Again)
7.  "Move Like a Ghost" by toyGuitar (from Move Like a Ghost)
8.  "Bleedin' Heart Trouble" by Bear Trade (from Blood & Sand)
9.  "Don't Go to College" by The Rentiers (from Don't Go to College)
10.  "Sitting Still" by R.E.M. (from Murmur)
11.  "Invisible Tonight" by Low Culture (from Places to Hide)
12.  "What You Do To Me" by Teenage Fanclub (from Bandwagonesque)
13.  "Teenage Fanclub" by Get Fired (from Things That Are Not Rocket Science)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Album Review: 'The Cross and The Switchblade' by Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves

Title:  The Cross and The Switchblade (Wiretap Records, Gunner Records, BandCamp [Wiretap])
Artist:  Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, BandCamp)

Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves' sophomore full-length The Cross and The Switchblade is nothing short of sensational.  The Winston-Salem, NC quartet have perfected their sound precisely mixing elements of melodic and post hardcore, classic rock, alt country, and straight up punk with undeniable heart, driving energy, honesty, and purposefully poignant lyrics.  From the opening snarl of "Give Me Conviction" to the final crescendo of "Cathedral" The Cross and The Switchblade shreds and hits home with 10 anthems that challenge you to not sing along with all your heart.

Since forming in 2013, Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves have released two full-length albums and two EPs, all of which are fantastic but The Cross and The Switchblade is most definitely the band's magnum opus.  This is pretty much a flawless and certainly a timeless record.  Some records you hear and love but over the years you lose touch with those songs, only occasionally returning to them out of feelings of nostalgia.  This is not one of those records.  With each listen, you find new dynamics, new folds and twists, new lyrics that grab your heart, making you realize that you may never find all the layers but can't wait to keep trying.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Currently Listening

1.  "Shine" by Doughboys (from Crush)
2.  "Goin' Down" by Dinosaur Jr. (from Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not)
3.  "Talkin' Bout a Revolution" by Leatherface (from Razor Blades and Aspirin: 1990-1993)
4.  "Thanks Obama" by Adam Darowski (from Yay!)
5.  "Your Favorite Thing" by Sugar (from File Under: Easy Listening)
6.  "Punks In A Disco Bar" by Beach Slang (from Punks In A Disco Bar)
7.  "Hungry" by White Lung (from Paradise)
8.  "Lay It Down" by Magnapop (from Hot Boxing)
9.  "Vertigo Flowers" by Nothing (from Tired of Tomorrow)
10.  "Letter To Memphis" by Pixies (from Trompe Le Monde)
11.  "A Song for the Reptoids of Denver International Airport to Sing" by Deforesters (from Deforesters)
12.  "Between Planets" by The Jesus & Mary Chain (from Automatic)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Single Review: "Don't Go to College" by The Rentiers

Title:  Don't Go to College (BandCamp, AmazoniTunes)
Artist:  The Rentiers (OfficialSoundCloudBandCamp, Red Executive)

The Rentiers' latest single "Don't Go to College" is a fun indie-synth-pop romp dealing with the existential crisis of early adulthood.
Somebody wrote “Don’t go to college” on the wall in the green room
You saw it when you were cleaning up after the headlining act 
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college in the fall or at all 
What's always set this project apart, what's made it really something special, is Joel Tannenbaum's incredible lyrics.  Sometimes they are very simple, repeating a theme or a thought, while other times they are complex, weaving story through rhyme and melody.  But no matter what, they are always exceptionally clever.
A bonfire, mostly townies, in the woods before the Fourth of July
He was quiet, slightly older, slightly damaged
In all the ways that you liked at the time 
You said “Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe I just shouldn’t go to college in the fall or at all 
You’ve got to choose something
You’ve got to choose something
But no matter what you choose you’re gonna lose, you’re gonna lose
No matter what you choose you’re gonna lose, you’re gonna lose
No matter what you choose you’re gonna lose, you’re gonna lose
You’re gonna lose 
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college
Maybe you just shouldn’t go to college in the fall or at all 
You’ll be out the door and on the bus tomorrow morning before daybreak
With as many clothes as you can fit in your brother’s old army rucksack
You'll be widely understood as a catastrophe
But your grandmother would have understood completely
She had scars from an industrial sewing machine all over her hands 
"Don't Go to College" was recorded in Durham, NC, produced by long-time Rentiers' producer/multi-instrument contributor Scotty Sandwich, and joining Tannenbaum was Lauren Reece on co-lead vocals, Kyle Cox on drums, J Kutchma of Red Collar fame on accordion, and Jonny Clouson from Almost People on vocals.

In less than two short The Rentiers have become one of the most consistently exciting bands out there.  Each release is distinct while at the same time unmistakably Rentiers, resulting in a catalog full of gems, including "Don't Go to College."  This is a must for fans of great indie, kind of synth-y, power pop.