Sunday, December 09, 2018

Currently Listening

As I work on my end of the year posts, and fixate on my Your Top Songs 2018 playlist, I decided I needed a bit of a palate cleanser.  This playlist was inspired by a recent episode of The Album Club podcast, my ALL/Descendents weekend in Tulsa, and a desire to just hear some random stuff.

1.  "Christmas Vacation" by Descendents (from I Don't Want To Grow Up)
2.  "State of Grace" by American Steel (from State of Grace)
3.  "What Do You Want Me To Do" by Bob Mould (from What Do You Want Me To Do)
4.  "I Want You Back" by Sincere Engineer (from [Not The] Same Old Songs: A Tribute to Motown)
5.  "Last Nite" by The Strokes (from Is This It)
6.  "Fall in Love with Me, Please" by Billy Pettinger (from Pick Up Your Tiny Burden)
7.  "Fire In The Rain" by Agent Orange (from This Is The Voice)
8.  "Alright" by The Gomes (from Pronounced Nirvana)
9.  "Freakin' U Out" by Antarctigo Vespucci (from Love in the Time of E-Mail)
10.  "Hold My Bed" by Chuck Ragan and Austin Lucas (from Bristle Ridge)
11.  "The Good Fight" by Benchmarks (from Bud Bronson & The Good Timers / Benchmarks: Split)
12.  "Carpetbaggers" by Jenny Lewis (from Acid Tongue)
13.  "I'm in the Band" by Bratmobile (from Girls Get Busy)
14.  "Don't Bother Me" by The Odd Numbers (from About Time)
15.  "Jamie" by Broadcaster (from A Million Hours)
16.  "Life in Pink" by Kate Nash (from Yesterday Was Forever)
17.  "Divorce Song" by Liz Phair (from Exile In Guyville)
18.  "Watch The Girl Destroy Me" by Possum Dixon (from Possum Dixon)
19.  "Fake English Accent" by The Rentiers (from Fake English Accent)
20.  "Until the Next Cliffhanger" by Doug McKean (from Concerto for Second Fiddle)

Friday, December 07, 2018

My Year in Music According to Spotify (2018)

"You listen to non-mainstream artists 123% more than the average Spotify listener--so here's to being different."

That quote made me smile.

It's that time of year once again:  the year end lists, the last minute releases (though why anyone would release a record in December is beyond me), the endless holiday spending, and Spotify's annual end of the year celebration--2018 Wrapped!  After nerding out over last year's 2017 Wrapped, I made a conscious decision to make Spotify my primary avenue/application for listening to music.  I still buy music (both physically and digitally) but I decided to primarily use Spotify out of convenience, in hopes to get some royalties to the bands that I listen to (though I do understand that the payout for artists isn't that great, I figured every little bit, and stream, helps), and because I wanted to make sure that my 2018 Wrapped was as accurate reflection of my listening habits as possible.  And while I think my 2017 Wrapped was pretty darned accurate, I know that Sincere Engineer's Rhombithian spent a LOT of time in my car CD player.  Now unless I want to listen to something that isn't on Spotify (BYO Records, I'm looking at you), I do all of my music consumption with the service.

According to my 2018 Wrapped my Top Artist was Frank Turner followed by The Replacements, Sincere Engineer, Harker, and U2.  I'm honestly not at all surprised by this list.  At some point over the summer, I even remarked that if the Spotify list for the year came out then that Frank Turner and Sincere Engineer would probably be on top.  I wasn't wrong.  Frank Turner released a brilliant record in 2018 (plus put on a spectacular show down in Dallas) and Sincere Engineer released my favorite record of 2017 (and possibly the best record of the decade), so it is a no-brainer that they are in my top 5 artists on the year.  Harker released the first great album of 2018 in February so that makes perfect sense for them to be on the list.  Which leaves The Replacements and U2, two of my all-time favorite bands (that top 5, for those who might be curious -- U2, The Replacements, Frank Turner, Beach Slang, and ALL).  All the songs listed in the Top Songs come from Frank Turner's Be More Kind, but despite the 79 hours I spent listening to Mr. Turner, my Your Top Songs 2018 playlist is actually fairly diverse.

One thing that really struck me about my Your Top Songs 2017 playlist was how much of the music was older.  Case in point, of the first 10 songs on that playlist only two of them were released in this decade and only one in 2017.  When you look at the first 10 songs on my Your Top Songs 2018 playlist five of the songs were released in 2018, three were released in 2017, and two in 2016.  The other thing that this playlist reveals is that when I love something, I'm all-in.  Many of the artists on the playlist appear more than once (a few appear several times).  There's still plenty of older and classic artists and songs on this playlist including New Order's "Love Vigilantes," Billy Bragg's "A New England," Minor Threat's "Salad Days."  There's also The Loved Ones, Chainsaw Kittens, Don't Make Ghosts, Dead To Me, 7 Seconds, R.E.M., and The Cure plus 2018 releases from Brand New Friend, Tiny Stills, Aree & the Pure Heart, Muncie Girls, Swingin' Utters, and Restorations...and that's just a sampling.  It's a pretty freaking great playlist, if I do say so myself, and I've been listening to it non-stop since it came out.  For those interested, you can check it out below.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Concert Review: ALL, Drag The River, The LAST, Scott Reynolds, Slorder at IDL Ballroom

Artists:  ALL (Tumblr, Twitter, Kings Road MerchSpotify, Wikipedia), Drag The River (Official, Facebook, Twitter, InstagramBandCamp, Spotify, Merch NowWikipedia), The LAST (Official, Spotify, Wikipedia), Scott Reynolds (Facebook, Twitter, InstagramYouTube, BandCamp, Spotify, Wikipedia), Slorder (Facebook, YouTube, Spotify)
Venue:  IDL Ballroom (Official, Facebook, Twitter)
Date:  Sunday 11/18/2018

To celebrate the end of the Descendents' 2018 Tourage tour, which had it's final stop in Tulsa, OK at Cains Ballroom on Saturday November 19th, an end of tour party was book for the following night.  The weekend's events were described by Descendents/ALL guitarist Stephen Egerton in the Facebook event for the Sunday night show -- 
Hi there. This year, the last day of the Descendents tour lands in Tulsa (my hometown), so we decided to make a whole weekend out of it. On Saturday, November 17th, Descendents are playing at Cain’s Ballroom and on Sunday, November 18th, ALL is playing at the IDL Ballroom.
We’re playing with some of our favorite bands and buddies both nights (Ultimate Fakebook, Hagfish, and Radkey on Saturday; Scott Reynolds, The Last, Slorder, and Drag the River on Sunday) so we’re really looking forward to it.
We’d love to have you out for the fun.
When the Descendents' show had been announced I was pretty interested thanks largely to the reunion of Dallas, TX legends Hagfish.  I've been a big Hagfish fan for nearly 25 years and thought I'd never get to see them live again.  So my interest was piqued but I wasn't totally sold on the idea of driving up to Tulsa for the show.  Then they announced the ALL show to include both Chad Price and Scott Reynolds on vocals, plus Drag The River and Reynolds as part of the opening acts.  At that point I was sold. 

The show opened with Stephen Egerton's instrumental band Slorder, who knocked out a quick set of four songs that included an excellent rendition of "Abundance of Fluff" from Egerton's solo album The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton.  Next up was Scott Reynolds with his unique blend of jazzy, loungey, acoustic pop/folk/rock.  The set included songs from his solo records, his band Goodbye Harry, a Ramones and Misfits cover, and a song that I requested "Jesus, Satan, Gene Beeman, His Car, & Pizza Hut" from his excellent record with the Steaming Beast Adventure Boy.  The set showcased Reynolds' brilliant quirkiness, impressive guitar work, and one-of-a-kind take on pop music.  Up next was the band that, according to Egerton, was the single biggest influence on the formative years and members of the Descendents -- The LAST.  The band knocked out a surprisingly energetic set of '60s styled power pop surf music.  The final opening act was Drag The River.  Their set started as a two-piece with Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price trading songs before doing three songs with the full band and closing out with a few more as a two-piece.  The set was exactly what one would expect from a Drag The River show, brilliant songs played by two of the best songwriters in the world, with seemingly little planning going into the set (Snodgrass often asks the audience what songs they should play).  They make it look effortless and excellent all at the same time. 

Descendents / ALL set lists from 11/18/19 show.
When it was time for ALL to take the stage, Egerton, bassist Karl Alvarez, and drummer Bill Stevenson were joined by Milo Aukerman and treated the rabid crowd to a short Descendents' set of songs they did not play the night before.  The highlight was an incredible rendition of "Pep Talk" from the band's 1987 album All.  Out next was Chad Price who absolutely stole the show.  His energy, enthusiasm, stage presence, and performance were on this whole other level that was transcendent and awe-inspiring.  I've seen Price perform with ALL on two other occasions in 1995 and 2001 and this performance put those both to shame.  First off he has probably the best voice in all of rock 'n' roll.  Beyond that though, he's taken his performance as a lead singer and not just improved it over the last two decades but had evolved and transformed into one of the best frontmen in all of rock 'n' roll today.  It really took my breath away.  Scott Reynolds came out next and took over the stage, making it his own, belting out some of the band's greatest songs including the classics "She's My Ex," "Can't Say," and "Dot."  Both ALL sets included classics and deep cuts and both showcased the two defining eras of the most underrated band of the last 40 years.  Both Price (with the backing vocal assist from Aukerman on "Shreen") and Reynolds came out for the encore before Stevenson, Alvarez, and Egerton closed things out with one of the band's instrumental numbers. 

Here's the deal...the Descendents are this legendary band that millions of people across the world love and adore.  I love this band's music and  had a lot of fun seeing the Descendents at Cains Ballroom on Saturday night (and a few years ago at Riot Fest in Dallas).  It was crazy to be in a room of 1000-some-odd people who were losing their shit to this classic punk band, screaming along, dancing, and having a blast.  For me though, that night was absolutely dwarfed by the show the following night.  At said show I had the Descendents vs. ALL discussion with a few folks (including the super awesome Kevin Carl of Higley and G-Whiz fame) and I fall firmly on the side of ALL (which is the minority position).  For the longest time I thought of ALL and Descendents as essentially one band, and in some ways they kind of are, but then I heard an interview with Scott Reynolds where he compared Descendents and ALL to Minutemen and fIREHOSE and asked if anyone considered the latter acts to be the same band just with a different singer.  I certainly didn't and thus I started to rethink my position on ALL/Descendents.  (Note:  fIREHOSE was formed out of the ashes of the Minutemen.  There's a lot more to it than that, but that's the cliff notes version.)  Watching ALL play not just the night after but on the same night as the Descendents, I can absolutely state that these are two distinctly different bands (hell, ALL is a distinctly different band depending on who's singing).  And while I'll always love the Descendents, ALL is one of my absolutely favorite bands of all time and this show only drove that point even farther home.  I had fun watching the Descendents but I was moved and enthralled watching ALL.  It was also extremely satisfying to be in a room of 250-some-odd diehard fans, all losing their shit to ALL.  That warmed my heart. 

I must also give a big thank you to by great friends Steve and Mandy Long for driving my dumb ass to Tulsa and letting me crash in their hotel room.  Without you two I wouldn't have been able to go and I am extremely grateful. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

EP Review: 'EP2' by WAX WAV

Title:  EP2 (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  WAX WAV (Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp, SoundCloud, Spotify)

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, WAX WAV beautifully and spectacularly mixes elements of punk, power pop, emo, and indie rock into an infectious sound that is best described as universal.  Are you a fan of Beach Slang?  Then WAX WAV is for you.  Superchunk?  Yup.  The Promise Ring?  Absolutely.  The Primitives, Antarctigo Vespucci, and Cheap Trick?  Yes, yes, and yes.  The Thermals, Teen Idols, and The Replacements?  Yes, yes, and yes.  How about Japandroids, Jawbreaker, or The Epoxies?  Yes, yes, and yes.  Chainsaw Kittens, Elvis Costello, Tiny Stills, Redd Kross, Muncie Girls, Bob Mould, Fresh, Doughboys, RVIVR, Generation X?  Yes, ten times over, YES!  Seriously if you are a fan of great, catchy, punchy rock 'n' roll then this band is for you!

The band released their debut EP1 in late 2017, which I sadly missed at the time.  In fact I found the band thanks to the Fugazi Repeater episode of The Great Albums podcast which included WAX WAV's Nick Palmer as a guest.  First off, the podcast was awesome and I highly recommend it.  Second, Palmer discussed WAX WAV's new record EP2 and I was immediately intrigued.  So I headed over to my Spotify app and within the opening chords of "Modern Western World" I was hooked.  The song smacked me across the face with its punchy hooks, potent lyrics, and undeniable brilliance.  One song in and I knew that not only had I found one of the best records of the year, I'd found one of the best new bands out there today. 

The next song on the EP "Comfort" attacks the privilege of suburban America while at the same time boasts one of the truest lines in a chorus that I have ever heard.  A line that had me immediately singing along because it's not only a truth, it's my truth.  "There's comfort in rock and roll" says it all.  Next up is the band's first ballad "The Blandness," a beautifully haunting song about self discovery, hope, kindness, and the ups and downs in the journey of life.
I was face to face with hope but then I turned away and set out on my own
Thought I might control the chaos of the world as if I sat upon a throne
Even though I turned my back on more than one occasion, hope kept coming home
To show me love, show me kindness, show me how to make it through the blindness   
Finally EP2 closes out with the anthem "Come to Your Senses" a powerful and poppy number that feels big enough to fill the largest stadiums.
What did you do? I could have told you so
These kinds of things you gotta see right through
They're gonna break you down to your low
They're gonna tell you what you gotta do
You're gonna run in place for a while
Before you turn around and see
Them kinds of people with the confident tone
Are gonna sell you what you gotta be
You gotta come to your senses
Don't wanna rot in a dayless room
Now come to your senses
Not too fast, not too soon 
From top to bottom this is an absolutely perfect release.  EP2 will make you want to dance, sing along, and make you think all at the same time.  Oh and if that isn't enough, this damn thing gets better each and every time you listen to it!  Seriously.  I really can't through enough praise or superlatives at this record or this band.  With just two EPs under their belt, WAX WAV have created something incredibly special and I cannot wait to hear what they do next!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Currently Listening

I've actually made a number of Currently Listening playlists lately that I never posted, mostly because I've been so busy.  Make the playlists themselves is the easy's the typing up the tracklist that's time consuming.  It's also something that I'm not going to do on my phone (hell I don't like texting so why in the world would I try to type something of any length on that bloody thing?) and since I'm not on a computer as often as I used to be, these things fall along the wayside.  That's also one of the reasons why I'm so behind on reviews.  But, there are new records that I have to recommend.

First is Restorations' LP5000.  This is the band's fourth album (though one could make a very, very compelling argument that it is actually an EP but I digress) is absolutely beautiful.  That said it is a record that may take a few listens to really get into; also I think that the two songs selected as the lead singles were nowhere near the strongest tracks on the record.  Other records that I'm really digging are Extra Arms' Headacher, Notches' Almost Ruined Everything, Jabber's Forever, and Brand New Friend's Seatbelts For Aeroplanes.  I'm also really excited to dig into Hey, Chels' self-titled record, Nightmares For A Week's Celebrations, and Sharp/Shock's Youth Club.

This past week I also discovered an excellent podcast thanks to a recommendation from the fine gentlemen at The Album Club (which is easily my favorite music related podcast and a MUST for any self-respecting music nerd) and that is The Great AlbumsThis week's episode was about Fugazi's Repeater and featured Nick Palmer from the band WAX WAV.  After listening to the episode, I had to check out Nick's band and holy crap am I glad that I did!  This is great stuff.  The band has two EPs out and both are well worth a listen.

This is a playlist that I made last night while making dinner and includes a bunch of new stuff including THICK, Swingin' Utters, Cold Years, and Squarecrow plus classics from Fugazi, The Flaming Lips, The GC5, and Guided By Voices, and that's just a sample.  For fun, I'm also including those other playlists I created over the last couple of weeks, just without typing up the tracklists.

1.  "Modern Western World" by WAX WAV (from Ep2)
2.  "Styrofoam" by Fugazi (from Repeater)
3.  "Melt" by Jabber (from Forever)
4.  "Trains Brains And Rain" by The Flaming Lips (from Hear It Is)
5.  "Under Surveillance" by Extra Arms (from Headacher)
6.  "Zest" by The Friday Prophets (from Zest)
7.  "People Who Died" by Against Me! (from People Who Died)
8.  "Be Myself" by THICK (from Would You Rather?)
9.  "Pristine" by Snail Mail (from Lush)
10.  "Saints" by The Breeders (from Last Splash)
11.  "The Blame" by Brand New Friend (from Seatbelts For Aeroplanes)
12.  "Soap Opera Box" by Squarecrow (from Before the Sun Catches Us All)
13.  "Shades of You" by Notches (from Almost Ruined Everything)
14.  "I Am A Scientist" by Guided By Voices (from Bee Thousand)
15.  "Miss Ohio" by The 1984 Draft (from Makes Good Choices)
16.  "Dead End Town" by Sharp/Shock (from Youth Club)
17.  "Camo Jacket" by Two Cow Garage (from III)
18.  "Demons of Springtime" by Swingin' Utters (from Peace and Love)
19.  "In Between Bands" by Muncie Girls (from Fixed Ideals)
20.  "Refused" by The GC5 (from Kisses From Hanoi / Horseshoes and Handgrenades)
21.  "Dear Me, 2003" by Hey, Chels (from Hey, Chels)
22.  "St." by Restorations (from LP5000)
23.  "Apathy Kills Again" by Dead End Drive-In (from Mea Culpa)
24.  "Burnin' Up" by The Goo Goo Dolls (from A Boy Named Goo)
25.  "No Fun at All" by Kurt Baker Combo (from Let's Go Wild!)
26.  "Arrows" by Nightmares For A Week (from Celebrations)
27.  "Slip Away" by Basement (from Beside Myself)
28.  "Fix It" by Bob Mould (from Beauty & Ruin)
29.  "Endless" by Cold Years (from Endless)
30.  "Reagan Youth" by Superchunk (from What a Time to Be Alive)

The Extras...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Currently Listening

Since I was a teenager, I've wanted to run an alternative radio station.  After going to school for broadcast journalism, I quickly learned that radio and music really having nothing to do with each other.  This realization sucked and I gave up on the idea of running a station (or a show) that played new and classic underground music.  And yet that desire to share the music that I love never went away and eventually took over this website.  These Currently Listening playlists are my way of doing the 21st century version of doing a radio show (and yes I have done a podcast before but that takes a lot more time and energy than I have to give). 

This week's Currently Listening is actually two playlists, one created on 9/18 and the other on 9/21.  Both are a mix of new releases (including great stuff from Somerset Thrower, Lone Wolf, A Vulture Wake, The 1984 Draft, Restorations, and Hey, Chels) and classics (including Redd Kross, ALL, Teenage Frames, Helmet, and Wakeland) and all are worth checking out. 

9/18/18 Playlist
1.  "Hangovers" by Muncie Girls (from Fixed Ideals)
2.  "People Have the Power" by Patti Smith (from Dream Of Life)
3.  "Say Goodbye" by Lone Wolf (from Lone Wolf)
4.  "Reason, Where Are You?" by The Friday Prophets (from Reason, Where Are You?)
5.  "Need Some Air" by Urge Overkill (from Exit The Dragon)
6.  "Crazy?" by ALL (from She's My Ex)
7.  "Sitting Still" by R.E.M. (from Murmur)
8.  "Wake Up, Motherfucker! It's Casual Friday!" by Somerset Thrower (from Godspeed)
9.  "A Murder Of One" by Counting Crows (from August And Everything After)
10.  "True Believers" by The Bouncing Souls (from How I Spent My Summer Vacation)
11.  "Then & Tomorrow" by Down By Law (from All In)
12.  "Right All Along" by Tiny Stills (from Laughing into the Void)
13.  "Screw Up" by Sincere Engineer (from Rhombithian)
14.  "Morrissey of Mandys" by The 1984 Draft (from Makes Good Choices)
15.  "Pressed 2 Death" by illuminati hotties (from Kiss Yr Frenemies)
16.  "Whole World Girl" by Free Cake For Every Creature (from The Bluest Star)
17.  "Brookfield" by Drag The River (from You Can't Live This Way)
18.  "Lovin" by Drawstring (from Four [Heaven, Hell and a Small House in Between])
19.  "Karaoke Kiss" by Kate Nash (from Yesterday Was Forever)
20.  "Get It Right" by Frank Turner (from Be More Kind)
21.  "Blessed Unrest" by The Penske File (from Salvation)
22.  "Exposure" by Colour Me Wednesday (from Counting Pennies in the Afterlife)
23.  "Push Me Through the Wall" by Placeholder (from Placeholder // Jail Socks)
24.  "Dead Languages" by A Vulture Wake (from The Appropriate Level of Outrage)
25.  "The Ballad of Me and My Friends" by The All Brights (from The White Album EP)
26.  "High School Weirdness" by The Stayawakes (from Dogs ans Cats / Living Together)
27.  "Still Life" by Katie Ellen (from Still Life)
28.  "Heartbreak, Radio, Cars and Rain" by Mixtape Saints (from Everything We Used To Be)
29.  "Why Are You So Tired" by Brand New Friend (from Seatbelts For Aeroplanes)
30.  "Shades of You" by Notches (from Almost Ruined Everything)
31.  "H.L.S." by Swingin' Utters (from Peace and Love)
32.  "The Good Fight" by Benchmarks (from Bud Bronson & The Good Timers / Benchmarks)
33.  "Hit the Lights" by The Dirty Nil (from Master Volume)
34.  "Let's Call It Off" by The Addisons (from Here It Comes Again)
35.  "The Earth Trembles" by Re-Volts (from Wages)
36.  "A New England" by Billy Bragg (from Life's a Riot With Spy vs. Spy)
37.  "Barbed Wire Love" by Stiff Little Fingers (from Inflammable Material)
38.  "Who's Got The Action?" by Teenage Frames (from More Songs, Less Music)
39.  "Nowhere Is My Home" by The Replacements (from Tim [Expanded Edition])

9/21/18 Playlist
1.  "Heaven" by Charly Bliss (from Heaven)
2.  "Can't Stand Me Now" by The Libertines (from The Libertines)
3.  "Feed the Machine" by A Vulture Wake (from Feed the Machine)
4.  "Know I Shouldn't, Know I Will" by Stuck Out Here (from Last Night, This Morning)
5.  "Caretaker" by Restorations (from Caretaker)
6.  "I Hate My School" by Redd Kross (from Annette's Got the Hits)
7.  "Think I'm Still In Love With You" by Joyce Manor (from Million Dollars to Kill Me)
8.  "Take Me Anywhere" by School Of Fish (from Human Cannonball)
9.  "Callow" by Therapy? (from Cleave)
10.  "Take Me Anywhere" by Hey, Chels (from Hey, Chels)
11.  "The Science of Myth" by Screeching Weasel (from My Brain Hurts)
12.  "I Don't Want a Nuclear Family" by Sharp Shock (from Youth Club)
13.  "Living in Darkness" by Agent Orange (from Living in Darkness)
14.  "Wanna Type" by The Bigger Empty (from Lakes & Oceans, Vol. 3: Erie)
15.  "Holiday in Cambodia" by Dead Kennedys (from Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables)
16.  "August" by Aspiga (from Dragged Through the Years)
17.  "Supernova" by Liz Phair (from Whip-Smart)
18.  "Blackbird" by Alkaline Trio (from Is This Thing Cursed?)
19.  "Unsung" by Helmet (from Meantime)
20.  "6 Weeks" by Beach Bunny (from Prom Queen)
21.  "Misconstrued" by Wakeland (from To See The Sun)
22.  "Boil Through" by Odd Robot (from Amnesiatic)
23.  "Going Underground" by The Jam (from Setting Sons)
24.  "For the Lonely One" by Lucero (from Among the Ghosts)
25.  "Step On" by Happy Mondays (from Pill 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

10 Questions with S. Reidy; Announces 'And Here With You, I Am' EP

Hailing from Norman, OK S. Reidy will release his latest EP And Here With You, I Am on October 5th, 2018.  The EP will be available on Spotify, iTunes, and is currently available for pre-order on BandCamp.

About the EP --
Following up his 2017 full length album, Until the Darkness Comes. S. Reidy is striking while the iron is hot, and just a little over a year later will release his new EP And Here With You, I Am.
The EP will contain 5 new songs that continue the narrative of Until the Darkness Comes, one of which “Dustin’s Mustache” was released along with a music video in June of this year.
The EP was written, produced, mixed, and mastered all entirely by Reidy himself. The new release will also feature a guest appearance from Signor Benedict the Moor, Death Bomb Arc signee from Sacramento, CA. As well as a guest verse from Oklahoma’s own Huckwheat.
This new release features S. Reidy at the sharpest his song writing has ever been, all while maintaining his Indie Rap spirit we’ve come to know. 

Tracklist --
1. Fall
2. Lost Kite Theory (Feat. Signor Benedict the Moor)
3. Dustin’s Mustache
4. Let Down Machine
5. Mangled (Feat. Huckwheat)

This interview was conducted via email September 18-22, 2018.

For more information  check out S. Reidy on Twitter, InstagramBandCamp, SoundCloud, YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify.

Dave:  When did you first start playing and writing music?

S. Reidy:  Oh you know, honestly it's a super typical story of boy in the 7th grade attempts to learn how to play guitar to win over cute girls. When I was 12 I asked for an acoustic guitar for my Christmas, and once I had one in my possession I spent a majority of my days learning how to play songs off Enema of the State by blink-182. I wrote a song when I was 13 for a girl and I played it for her at the talent show. She was less than impressed from what I remember, haha.

Dave:  On your BandCamp page you describe your music as "I make rap songs for the sleepy."  How is your music different from tradition/mainstream rap?

S. Reidy:  Well it absolutely is sleepy music, and so much radio rap seems so mad and screamy and mad now haha. I don't have any issues with mainstream rap I like a lot of it. Artists like Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, and Juice WRLD all inspire me a lot. But for some reason ever since I was young I've always been the type of person to equalize whatever is going on in the room. When people were loud, I was quite. When people were calm, I was the one being rowdy. So that never really changed when it came to trying to make a sound that was unique to myself. But I enjoy music most when I blend all of the influences I have in ways I rarely hear.

Dave:  You have a new EP coming out October 5th called And Here With You, I Am.  What the story behind the record?

S. Reidy:  I knew when I finished my first album "Until the Darkness Comes" that the narrative I had in mind for the album wasn't quite finished. If anything it was the first chapter of what I envisioned. This EP continues the stories and ideals of the album, and while the narrative I have in mind is STILL not quite done, this EP puts a cap on the 1st act I would say.

Dave:  Do you have any plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?

S. Reidy:  Oh yes, I'll for sure be hitting the road to support this release come winter. At the very least me and my partner in crime Lonemoon are going to do a west coast tour spanning over a week or so. Lonemoon has a super good record coming out October 19th too, so well probably do a double headline tour situation. I've loved playing in LA, and I'm super excited to be back there. But I really enjoyed playing in Chicago a few weeks back, so I'm hoping to get back out there by spring time as well!

Dave:  Looking over your catalog (via BandCamp), it looks like you have taken a very do-it-yourself route to producing and releasing music.  What made you decide to follow this path over working with a traditional record label?  Subsequently, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?

S. Reidy:  When I first started rapping, I was hitting up record labels all the time. But once I had a few releases under my belt I just lost all interested. I've talked to a ton of record labels since, and I'm still open to the idea if it feels right, but it just doesn't right now. Especially growing up idolizing people like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye for helping me understand that things don't have to be glossy and well polished to be intriguing and captivating art. But growing up going to shows at the Opolis in Norman, and having Norman Music Festival ever year since I was 12, I grew up in super positive artistic space.     

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

S. Reidy:  Man, I used too. My "process" is super all over the place at this point. But it makes since because the lyrics I write are just bits and pieces of ponderings and claims that come into my head throughout the day. But if I have any process it would be taking those ponderings and claims together in a cohesive story.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

S. Reidy:  Its great. There are so many great acts Limp Wizurdz, Annie Oakley, Planet What, Lonemoon, GWIZ, Young Readers, Sativa Prophets, Abbigale Dawn, The Big News, Dresden Bombers. All those bands have their own sound and represent Oklahoma so well and that's just the tip of the iceberg. But I could go on for hours. haha.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

S. Reidy:  I will be 100% honest I really can only do this with bands and albums haha.

1. Neutral Milk Hotel
2. blink-182
3. Lucero
4. Pedro the Lion
5. Minor Threat

1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
2. The Money Store by Death Grips
3. Nobody's Darlings by Lucero
4. Control by Pedro the Lion
5. Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

(These answers literally change every day so don't hold me to this. Haha.)

But I do love shows like Regular Show, Spongebob, and We Bare Bears. I love Nightmare Before Christmas and Spirited Away. And honestly Ive read about 2 books in my whole life. Basically I'm a 9 year old child, Haha.

Dave:  What’s next for you?

S. Reidy:  I would love to tell you, but unfortunately it's a secret. Kind of a surprise of sorts.  What I can tell you is that this EP will be the last release of it's kind for me..

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

S. Reidy:  Everyone reading please come to my EP release party October 19th at The Resonator in Norman!! Young Readers and Sativa Prophets are performing along with me and there will be free coffee and tea, as well as guest appearances! Thank you so much for helping me announce my new EP and I hope this isn't the last time we talk like this!