Things are starting to open up a little bit in the new music field. I filtered through a lot more music this week than I had in week’s past. More doesn’t always equal better, which is why “I listen to everything…so you don’t have to!” (I love that tag line). So…let me tell you about what I discovered musically this week.
I kicked off The New Release show with Satellite Stories. They are a four-piece, Indie Rock/Pop band out of Finland. They’ve been together since 2008 but did not release their first album until four years later. However, on the strength of that release they signed a publishing deal with BMG in 2012 and began touring Europe and Japan in 2013. The lads have just released their sophomore effort entitled PINE TRAILS. The track I had for this show was “Australia (Don’t Ever Let Her Go).”
Completing that two-song set of the opening hour was a track from Little Odessa. Little Odessa is a four-piece, Rock and Roll band based in Brisbane, Australia. They have a penchant for 60’s style Rock and Roll, which they like performing covers of…but under the band pseudonym – The Rebel Cosmonauts. They ARE fun. I first featured them last year with “My Girl,” which was released as a single. They are following the same path with another single called “All Night.”
Changing musical direction with a band called Thief. Thief is really just the musical vehicle for PJ Wolf. (Originally…the project was titled Thief Urban, which is a funny name). Anyway…this young talented singer/songwriter/instrumentalist is from Sydney, Australia. His career really got launched after winning a radio station’s Song Competition and he received a Buzz Grant from the Foundation for Young Australians. The guy has some serious chops. The single I got my hands on, “Broken Boy,” was released in his homeland in September of 2013. (so technically…it’s not that new; however, if YOU haven’t heard it before…it’ll be new to you!)
Next was a tune from Ivory League. Ivory League is currently an enigmatic trio out of New York. I wasn’t able to find much information on them other than they released a seven-song, mini-album, MONSTER, in September of last year. The track I sampled, “The Future Song,” was released last week; as a single.
Then came the band…Misterwives, which is also a funny name to me. This band is part of the Island Deaf Jam Music group, which I usually would not invest too much time reviewing their material; however, this one track, “Twisted Tongue,” which appears on a six-song EP entitled REFLECTIONS…caught my attention. While the other five songs fit nicely into a top-forty radio station format…this tune has more of funky/soul feel to it, which is why I thought I’d share it with you.
Silversun Pickups are back…kind of…with the release of THE SINGLES COLLECTION. This is how their website describes the effort: “The career-spanning vinyl boxed set collection featuring all hit Silversun Pickups singles on 6 pieces of 7” vinyl. Includes the brand new song “Cannibal“ and the exclusive track “Devil’s Cup” from the 2009 SWOON album recording sessions.” That about covers it.
My lineage subject was The Tontons. The Tontons are a mixed-gendered, Indie Alt. Rock quartet based out of Houston, Texas. They are hard to classify. They definitely have a Rock sensibility and sometimes I hear kind of a Soul/R&B feel to it; but the driving guitars set the tone. I found them originally back in October of last year and I was totally smitten. That prompted me to look further into their catalog and I even liked the EP they released in 2011. These guys are the real thing. Their brand new release is MAKE OUT KING AND OTHER STORIES OF LOVE and the track I had to kick off this feature was “Magic Hour.”
Part two from The Tontons was the track “Veida,” which was the first track I discovered from them. (I also reached out to the band and they’ve been kind enough to follow me on SoundCloud) I am really getting behind this band. I just think they have “IT.” By the way, “Veida,” has been released as a single, as part of their debut, self-titled EP, and the debut, full-length album MAKE OUT KING AND OTHER STORIES OF LOVE.
My re-issue release of the week was from Lucinda Williams. The album that’s been reissued is her self-titled, debut album. Even though the album didn’t garner immediate commercial success for Miss Williams, it came to her later when Mary Chapin Carpenter covered “Passionate Kisses” in 1994 and ended getting a Grammy Award for Lucinda. I had been following Lucinda Williams over several albums and years. (She has a reputation for working slowly and deliberately on her material). This album was really underrated and I’m glad to see it get some attention even after 26 years. It had tracks on it like “Changed The Locks,” “I Just Wanted To See You So Bad” and the one I played…”Passionate Kisses.”
Finishing off that two-song set with the latest effort from Bart Davenport. Bart’s brand new effort, PHYSICAL WORLD, will be officially released on March 4th on Lovemonk and Burger records. He also is planning appearances at this year’s SXSW, which I am going to. (Yay!) That tune I had for airplay was “Wearing The Changes.”
Next up is a fuzz band by the name of Solids. They place nicely in the modern, Alternative Rock category. They will use feedback, scratchy guitars and muffled vocals but also have a slight Pop accessibility to what they do. The new album, BLAME CONFUSION, officially drops February 18th and the lead off single is “Traces,” however, I picked a deeper track to feature for this show and came up with “Haze Away.”
Then what came next was the latest material from Hospitality. Hospitality is back with their sophomore release entitled TROUBLE. I played “I Miss Your Bones” back in November but with the impeding release of the album…I wanted to play something else. The track I selected was “Rockets and Jets.”
Keeping the music going here this morning with Lisbon. They are an up-and-coming quartet out of the UK that has an amazing Indie Pop sound and energy. Lisbon has released, in the UK, the single, “Blue Love,” and I hope it will be released here in the States soon.
Let me slip in one more from Ed Thomas. Thomas is a singer/songwriter/producer from the UK. He has just released this single: “On My Own.” The track is only a week old and it is already getting a great deal of attention from the Blog-o-sphere.
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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