Thursday, July 26, 2012

Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"

Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings": "Much like Crooked Fingers' "Bad Blood" before it, it's a bitter, sad and raw rock stomp that I can't stop listening to. It comes in a strange, unique record that perplexes and intrigues me - and, while I learn to love the rest of the album in its own peculiar way, this is the sour jewel that I keep coming back to."

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I Break Horses - "Wired"

I Break Horses - "Wired": "A cool female vocal leads a track that starts out as crisp British new wave, but eventually tilts into increasingly woozy shoegaze, to the point that the song's speed and key start to fray by the song's end. A nice blend of influences that keep the track from being rote tribute."

Monday, April 30, 2012

Crooked Fingers - "Bad Blood"

Crooked Fingers - "Bad Blood": "It's a simple, streamlined, rootsy stomp with a good, dark rock edge, all of which let the song itself shine."

Monday, April 09, 2012

Red Aunts - "Rollerderby Queen"

Red Aunts - "Rollerderby Queen": "This was the first Red Aunts song I ever heard and I was immediately won over by their bad-assness. The song starts off slow and then kicks up the pace - going nice and rough, like a punk spin on Tina's 'Proud Mary'. These ladies want loving but they also want you to stay out of their way, so watch out."

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hospitality - "Friends of Friends"

Hospitality - "Friends of Friends": "She's your downtown friend that may sometimes be a bit too artfully playful just for attention, but ultimately you always have a good time and you realize that you're glad that you're friends...which is a doubly appropriate description of this song."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tanlines - "Green Grass"

Tanlines - "Green Grass": "A modern take on new wave, even if you could still use it for a montage soundtrack in an 80s movie."

Monday, January 30, 2012

Black Leotard Front - "Casual Friday"

Black Leotard Front - "Casual Friday": "Being in France also makes me think of French songs...or, rather, songs featuring French, like this one. This song also makes me think of my hubby, who I miss right now."

Sunday, January 29, 2012

M83 - "OK Pal"

M83 - "OK Pal": "Being in France and staying near the Rue d'Antibes in particular, I can't help but think of M83 songs. (M83's Anthony Gonzalez is from Antibes, for those of you who didn't get the connection.)"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Idlewild - "Readers & Writers"

Idlewild - "Readers & Writers": "Frontman Roddy Woomble still can't get past his fascination with writers and poets, but with the music lurching around like a marching band on a joyous road to nowhere, all you care about is wanting to follow along. Yet another great track from the perpetually underloved Idlewild."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

True Widow - "Duelist"

True Widow - "Duelist": "This is actually older True Widow than what you may have heard me rave about (last year's As High As The Highest Heavens...). It's also less heavy-sounding, but no less expansive or powerful. I can't be the only one who digs this band."

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Helium - "Vibrations"

Helium - "Vibrations": "After the other day's Wild Flag post, it was only a matter of time before I would find myself listening to Helium again...and here we are. I'm happy Mary's back in action in Wild Flag, but could we perhaps get a short Helium reunion too?"