For most residents of the United States people have Monday off for the Memorial Day holiday, which is nice. However, for me, I still have to put together a show for Tuesday and most of my holiday Monday I was looking new music and this is what I found.
The show started with Colony House. Colony House is three young lads out of Franklin, Tennessee that refer to their music as Alternative Rock, however, I feel a touch of Pop sensibility on this track I found over the holiday weekend. The band’s name comes from an apartment complex in which all three band members at one time lived. This trio is readying to release their debut, full-length album, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, which will hit the streets on July 22nd. The song I had for the program was the lead off track…it is “Silhouettes.”
Then it was a track from Misun closing off the opening hour two-song set. If you listen to my show with any frequency you probably already know Misun. 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. The new single I just aired, “Eli Eli,” is part of a compilation by Kitsune. (Kitsune is a French Fashion label and a record label, as well. They are tastemakers in Fashion & Music). This pairing with Kitsune is just perfect for Misun.
Changing musical direction with a duo that are already getting a lot of attention and have only released a solitary single…but it’s a good single. They are Mexico City Blondes, which are Greg Doscher and Allie Thompson. I pulled this description about the band from their bio; it’s succinct and I thought why would I try to recreate something that is already spot on. “Greg Doscher was previously a guitarist in Tripdavon with which he recorded and co-produced 3 albums touring in Asia, Europe and North America. Their debut album reached number 12 on the UK charts and their songs have been featured on shows such as HBO’s Entourage and The OC. Allie was raised on American folk and grew up playing other peoples’ music on her piano. Adulthood brought a desire to learn guitar and also a fascination with synthetic sounds and dreamy, trip-hop vocals. Learning to play guitar led her to begin writing her own songs. They met in Santa Barbara, California, and after bonding over shared musical influences decided to make a record.” The result is this single, “Fade.”
I then threw in a new tune from Emma Ruth Rundle. I can’t recall how I found Miss Emma Ruth Rundle; it’s a very stream of consciousness process when I look for new music. Anyway, while prepping for the show, I research online about who these artists are and in this case with Ms. Rundle, there was not a lot to be had. I checked out her Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter and linked to these pages from her own website…because her website states (under the “About” section…me thinking there would be a full bio there), “ERR is a musician and visual artist born and based in Los Angeles, CA.” I had to laugh. So…ERR’s new album is SOME HEAVY OCEAN and the track I featured was “Run Forever.”
Next up is a new track from Eric Frisch. Eric is based in New York and he sits squarely, music wise, in the Indie Pop section. He has just self-released a seven-song album entitled GOODBYE BIRDCAGE. The new disc may be too Poppy for some, however, some of the tunes, for me, harken back to the Everly Brothers or Buddy Holly. I could see putting on this music at a Summer picnic and it adding to the texture of the event. The selected single is “Learn To Swim,” however I went with the lead off track…”Pretty Girls.”
I then featured new music from Allison Weiss. I first found Allison Weiss back in 2009. She was based in Athens, Georgia and just starting out. I went back into my notes and this is what I wrote back then. “Allison is the epitome of the contemporary singer/songwriter for these modern times. She is media savvy with Facebook accounts, I-like pages and twitters up a storm. She also engages her budding fan base by soliciting them for donations to help launch her debut, full-length album, which they did. The result is called ALLISON WEISS…WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.” Since that time Allison has released an EP, an album, and from February 2012 to January 2013…Allison did a new song a month project. She is readying the release of a new EP…entitled REMEMBER WHEN. She has also scored herself a place on the VAN’S WARPED TOUR as part of the acoustic basement. The track I aired was “Giving Up.”
My lineage subject was The Creases. They are an Indie Alt. Pop band out of Brisbane, Australia fronted by Joe Agius and Jarrod Mahon. I discovered these guys because of following another band, The Preatures. An Australian music website had just published a review of The Preatures, Major Leagues and The Creases. So…I was thinking…I like the two former bands, I should check out this Creases band. I was rewarded with a dynamite single…well more about that later. I reached out to these guys and I got the chance to meet up with them at this year’s SXSW. We had a blast. They are great kids…and very talented. Anyway…so the boys sent me a note about their new single, “Static Lines.” And that’s what I have for part one of this feature.
Part two of the lineage featuring The Creases was fulfilled by “I Won’t Wait,” which came out as a stand-alone single in 2013.
My re-issue release of the week was from Depeche Mode. The album that has been re-released is SPEAK & SPELL. It was the band’s debut album, which was released back in 1981. The band’s original line up was David Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Vince Clarke. (Vince Clarke left the band in 1981, shortly after the release of this album to combine talents with Alison Moyet and create the band Yaz, which was one of my favorite New Wave bands of the early Eighties). So the debut album by Depeche Mode contained the songs “New Life,” “Dreaming Of Me” and this one…”Just Can’t Get Enough.”
I completed that two-song set with the latest effort from Paperwhite. Paperwhite is Katie and Ben Marshall; siblings originally from Newtown, Pennsylvania but now make their base of operations out of Brooklyn. They focus on synthesizer based Pop and if you tuned into the show, the song I played, “Magic,” fits nicely into that genre. So far, Paperwhite has only released two singles so far…both of which are self-released.
Keeping the tunes going here is something from Ivory Hours. This is another band that reached out to me directly via my website, which is very cool. They are getting ready to release their new album, MARY, which is due out May 30th. This unsigned, Alt. Pop, mixed-gender quartet out of London, Ontario, Canada sent me the link download the entire album. (That is so cool) So I had a chance to listen through the whole disc over the weekend. The lead off single is the title track, which has a nice video to it, however I went with “The Attic.” So what you think.
Next came the latest material from Naïve Thieves. Naïve Thieves is a trio fronted by Casey Crescenzo. (He used front The Dear Hunter). I ran across the new album, VAMONOS, over the weekend and I was thoroughly impressed with the entire effort. (I have put it on my preliminary Best Of list for 2014). The lead off single, “Anxiete,” which was what I picked for air, really caught my ear. I was also drawn to deeper cuts on the disc. BTW, if you click on the song like you can get the free download of this track. Bonus!
Let’s keep things going here with a tune from Freeman. Fronted by Aaron Freeman, Freeman is an Alt. Pop quintet out of Woodstock, New York. Their new, self-titled album, out on Partisan Records, is due out July 22nd. The track I had for air was “The English and Western Stallion.”
That was followed by a tune from The Bulletproof Bomb. The tune I spun, “Suitcase,” was originally released in March of this year but I just ran across it and I thought you might like to check it out. This post-punk oriented five-some is based in London has been releasing a series of singles to try to gain some traction.
Let me slip in one more from Haunted Hearts. It’s a side project of Dee Dee Penny (of the Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (of The Crocodiles). The new album, INITIATION, is out today and this is “Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good.”
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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