As South By Southwest gets closer…the more new (and good) material gets released. These last few weeks have been outstanding as far as the quality of the music. I’m having the delicious dilemma of trying to decide which songs to keep and put into rotation for the regular part of my show. Decisions…decisions.
I got the show kicked off with The Good Sports. The Good Sports are a five-piece, mixed gendered, lo-fi Alt. Pop group based in Brisbane, Australia. I found them because of another Aussie band, Major Leagues. Major Leagues posted this single, “Out Of The Way,” from The Good Sports, on their Facebook page.
That was followed up with a track from Las Rosas. Jose Boyer is the frontman and the bassist for this relatively new band. They just formed in February of last year, released a handful of demos, and have just dropped a new single…”Black Cherry.” They are also on tour with Nick Waterhouse.
Changing musical direction with a decidedly electronic focus. This artist is simply called Lowell. She is originally from Calgary, moved with her father for a time to the Yukon, but now makes her home in Toronto. Lowell fits, very much, into the Pop music scene, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Her electronica writing style is very accessible, easy to follow along with the singing parts, and I am sure most people will be tapping their foot or moving their head to the beat. The new EP is titled I KILLED SARA V. and it comes out today. The song I featured was “The Bells.”
Proceeding that was a tune from Misun. Misun is back Big Time with this new, infectious single…”Travel With Me.” For my steady listeners, you know I’ve been featuring Misun for quite some time. For you newbies Misun (Me-sun) started as a mixed-gendered trio, from Washington, DC and fronted by Misun Wojcik (sounds like a nice polish girl). They have since added another member to the band and moved to Los Angeles. (Both moves, I believe, is a good idea) The force behind Misun is, of course, Misun herself, however, she works closely with her buddy and bandmate, Nacey. Nacey produces all of the band’s material. They make a great team and I just think they are destined for bigger things.
Next up was an unsigned, London based, Alt Pop, quartet that I found through The Guardian’s online newspaper music reviewers section. They are called Flyte. They actually released their only recording, an EP entitled LIVE, about six months ago. Since that time they’ve been playing to larger and larger audiences, which is now drawing the attention of many record labels and they are seriously being courted and I imagine they will cut a record deal in 2014. This fun, little tune I played on air is called “Over And Out.”
Next came a song from Norton. Norton is a four-piece Indie Pop band out of Castelo Branco, Portugal. They’ve been around for a while but haven’t had a great deal of impact outside their native Portugal. However, with the upcoming release of their new, self-titled album, they should start getting some traction. The album officially drops on March 10th and the pre-release single, “Magnets,” is already available on i-tunes. The entire album is already available to stream via the band’s BandCamp page.
My lineage subject was St. Paul and the Broken Bones. St. Paul and the Broken Bones, which is a great name for this up and coming Neo-Soul band. They are six members strong with St. Paul on lead vocals and a dynamite horn section doing some heavy lifting. They haven’t been around all that long but they are already getting a great deal of attention. (Their sound fits very nicely into the playlist of my other show…The Uptown Blues Party, and they are in heavy rotation right now). They self-released a four-song EP, GREETINGS FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL, back in December of 2012 and they just released their debut, full-length album, HALF THE CITY, last week. Spoiler alert. Three of the four songs on their debut EP also appear on the new disc. Hey…why not? The tune I picked to share was “Call Me.”
Completing the lineage with St. Paul and the Broken Bones was the tune “Sugar Dyed Honey Pants,” which was released on their debut EP, GREETINGS FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL, and that was from December of 2012. (BTW, that song also appears on the new album but the name has been shortened to “Sugar Dyed.”)
My re-issue release of the week was from Frankie Goes To Hollywood. My goodness…they were huge. The album was WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME, it came out in 1984, and the hit single, “Relax,” was actually banned from airplay in the U.K. The song made it to number six on the charts without being on the radio. It was huge in the clubs. Well it’s been re-issued and, of course, I’m went with the hit. I had to!
I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from HOTT MT. Now HOTT MT are a five-piece, mixed gendered, psyche-pop band and are on White Iris records. They have just released that single, “Kat Kastle,” and can be downloaded for free. Here’s the link.
Next up is one of wonderful new single from Early Winters. They are an international collective from Los Angeles, Toronto and London. They have an Alt. Country kind of sensibility to them. They are fronted by vocalist Carina Round and on the song had for airplay, “Love Won’t Leave Me Alone,” they remind me a great deal of early Lucinda Williams. The new album, VANISHING ACT, comes out today.
Then there was the latest material from Lily & the Palour Tricks. Lily & the Palour Tricks actually found me. They emailed me directly about their brand new single, “Requiem,” just last week and I was quite impressed…so I wanted to share it with you.
Let’s keep things moving here with an up-tempo, Alt. Country sound of Black Prairie. They can be found on the Sugar Hill record label and they have just released this single, “Let It Out.” It is the band’s lead off single from the yet-to-released CD, FORTUNE, which drops on April 22nd.
Let me slip in one more from Circa Waves. They are an Alt. Pop band out of Liverpool, England. They are getting ready to tour with Interpol and have just released this outstanding single, “Stuck In My Teeth.”
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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