It’s a remarkably good search and results for this week. It’s always a challenge this time of year, however, what is making it a tad easier is now artists are contacting me directly. I’m getting people following me on Twitter, SoundCloud and Facebook. That is awesome. So let me fill you in on this week’s discoveries.
I started the show with The John Steel Singers. (BTW, there is no one in the band named John Steel). The John Steel Singers are a creative Alt. Pop quintet out of Brisbane, Australia. I found them because of a Facebook post by another band I follow; The Hungry Kids of Hungary. Hungry Kids are also from Brisbane and I’m sure they know each other. Anyway…they posted that the John Steel Singers just released a “sick” album. (Sick in a good way, of course!) That prompted me to find it on these internets and give it a listen. What I found was this song, “Common Thread.” It’s off the new album; EVERYTHING’S A THREAD, which is not yet released here in the States.
I completed that two-song set of the opening hour with a track from Tei Shi. Her given name is Valerie Teicher, which is I’m guessing how she pronounces her last name. She’s originally from Argentina; grew up in Bogota, Columbia; and now makes her base of operations in Brooklyn. I was checking out her Facebook page and she describes her art as “Mermaid Music,” which I think is lovely and appropriate. She has just released her debut EP, SAUDADE, and I sampled track number two, “Nevermind The End.”
Changing musical direction with The Growlers. They are a five-piece band based out of Southern California. I read that they are listed as an Indie Rock outfit, which I guess could be a descriptor, however, I think “Electrified Folk” would be more accurate. But keep in mind the quote, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” (I think Frank Zappa said that). I do find creating the descriptives for the music I discover, very difficult to construct. Anyway, The Growlers have just released their third album, GILDED PLEASURES, and it’s a dandy. The song I had for my show was “Humdrum Blues.” If you like the style of that song…you will definitely like the whole album.
Then came a tune from BESTiE. The interesting thing about Bestie (at least to me) is that I found out about them because they follow me on Twitter. Ya…I got notified that I had a new follower and I saw it was this band called Bestie, which made me look into who they were. I found out that they are an Indie-Pop band out of Vancouver, British Columbia and they’ve self-released a couple of singles. The tune I aired is their latest, it’s called “Asleep On The Bus” and it can be downloaded for free via their SoundCloud page.
Next up is Honeydrop. Now…I’ve played Honeydrop before…about a month ago. They are a female-fronted, five-piece Indie Post-Rock Dream Pop band from Cebu, Philippines. The reason I’m featuring them again is because they are from The Philippines, which is still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan. Cebu City is not far from the storms initial landfall and I was concerned about my new Filipino friends…so I sent them a note via Facebook and heard back from them right away. They thanked me for my concern and informed me that they were organizing a concert to help raise money for the relief efforts. After reading their story I immediately donated money to the cause, which I told them about. The band in turn, as a thank you, gave me the download code for their new album, PRELUDE. So…I played another cut from the disc and remined my listeners (and you) that the Philippines still need help. Give what you can. The deeper track I aired was “G.o.o.d.”
I then played a new one from Neil Finn. Neil has a new album coming out in February. It will be titled DIZZY HEIGHTS and I have to say…what I’ve heard so far…I like. Two songs from the new album are available now for download via i-Tunes. The one I played was “Flying In The Face Of Love,” which sounds familiar, yet fresh.
My lineage subject was Turin Brakes. Turin Brakes is essentially a duo comprised of Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, however they do have a couple of chaps that consistently tour with them. They’ve been together since 1999 and have released six studio albums and several EPs. One thing I really like about these guys is that they are constantly trying new things and styles for each of their albums. What they do doesn’t always work for me but I respect the effort and I respect the art. With their latest addition to their discography, WE WERE HERE, they’ve added some horns and put the old style, lead guitar back out front. The track I had for part one of the lineage was “Guess You Heard.”
Part two was satisfied by playing “Pain Killer (Summer Rain),” which was released on Turnin Brakes ETHER SONG album. That originally came out in 2003.
My re-issue release of the week was from The Association. The Association was a Pop Rock band that released their first album in 1966. They had several singles that made into the American Top 40, which gave them plenty of material to release a GREATEST HITS album, which I had as a kid. I got it when I joined the Columbia Record Club and I got to pick 12 albums for a penny. (I picked a ton of Best Of albums) Anyway…the Associations Greatest Hits had Pop winners on it like “Windy,” “Cherish,” “Never My Love” and the one I picked for air, “Along Comes Mary.”
I finished off that Poppy two-song set with the latest effort from Bubblegum Lemonade. Bubblegum Lemonade is really just Lawrence “Laz” McClusky. He plays a 12-string Rickenbacker and describes his music as “The Velvet Underground meets The Monkees in a massive tunnel.” I don’t know what the “massive tunnel” comment is about unless it’s his reference to his use of reverb. Anyway…the new album, SOME LIKE IT POP, just dropped last week and I aired “She Brings The Sunshine.”
Next up was another Pop ditty from Mister Goodnite. This duo from Los Angeles that refers to their music as “Loner Lounge.” To me, their music sounds like something Burt Bacharach would write. These boys also have a sense of humor. They put together a funny little video to this song, “All My Best,” which is what I played. If you stream it…you’ll have to Pay attention…it’s only a minute; thirty-four.
I followed that tune with a track from Math And Physics Club. They are a four-piece, indie-pop band based in Seattle. They have just released their third studio album, (I mean it just came out the day of the show), and it’s called OUR HEARTS BEAT OUT LOUD. It’s a nicely crafted tune called “I Know It’s Over.” (I liked the harmonica in that tune).
Keeping the music going here with something from Batman Park. They are a six-piece, mixed-gendered collective based in Melbourne, which is where they get their name; there is a public park in Melbourne called Batman Park. The band is a local super-group of kinds; with the members also having obligations to other local bands. They have just released a six-song, self-titled EP and I found this song, “Gardenings,” really catchy and so that’s why I played it.
Let me slip in one more from Delorean. This electronica-focused team has released a new album called APAR. The song I have for you is called “Unhold.” What go my attention is that Caroline Polachek, from Chairlift, handles the vocals. They also “auto-tuned” her voice, which gives me mixed feelings. I believe she could have handled it on her own but I think these guys used it in an artistic sense rather than as a utility.
Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.
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