Blog Notes for 10-21-14

This catches me up…whew! What a task. Let me fill you in to what I found for this week’s show.

I got things started with a tune from the Twerps. They are a four-piece, Indie Alt. Pop, mixed-gendered band out of Melbourne, Australia. They’ve been together for a little over four years. I found them originally because of a record label called Chapter Music. They still are affiliated with them; however, the Twerps got them a distribution deal here in the States with Merge Records, which is a wonder match for them. Merge released an introductory EP from The Twerps in August in anticipation of the full-length, sophomore release. The new collection will be titled RANGE ANXIETY and it will officially hit the streets in January of 2015. The track I had for show is the pre-release single…it’s called Back To You.” (I just read Twerps are going to be playing at next year’s SXSW)

The opening hour song set was closed off with a tune from Penguin Prison. Penguin Prison is really just singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist…Christopher Glover. That pure Pop tune was Calling Out,” which was just released last week and as a stand alone single. If you would like to catch this performer live; Penguin Prison happens to be coming to Boston tomorrow night at the Royale. He is opening for RAC. I’m sure it would be a fantastic show.

Changing musical direction with an artist by the name of Robbie Miller. He is a very new singer/songwriter from Brisbane, Australia. He officially started pursuing a career in music in 2013 when he won a unsigned singer/songwriter contest in his homeland, which landed him a spot performing at a Music Awards show and got him a spot on tour with another…more well known…Australian band. He’s still unsigned and his music is not really available outside of Australia and New Zealand, however, I got a hold of his new single and it is lovely and I wanted to share it with you. It’s called Sunday.”

The follow up song was the latest material from Good Morning. I mentioned the “latest material” from Good Morning but as far as I know it’s the only material. Good Morning is Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons; they are from Brisbane, Australia; and they are Solitaire recordings. And…I believe this is the only song they have released. It’s a nice one and it’s titled Don’t Come Home Today.” You can check it out on Solitaire’s SoundCloud page or on Solitaire’s BandCamp page…where you can name your own price to purchase it.

Next up is an up and coming independent artist from Adelaide, Australia. His name is Thom Lion and his band The Tamers. They produce a nice blend of Folk, Rock and Pop; layer it and then combine it with some clever phrasing. Thom’s band, The Tamers, is Jamie Wood on Bass and Wade Francis on the Drum Kit. They are readying to release this single, Fruition,” on November 7th. No word on it’s release here, however, you can download it for free and I’ve provided the link here housed in my website.

Moving on with more new music from Drug Cabin. Drug Cabin is Nathan Thelen (Pretty Girls Make Graves & Moonrats) and Marcus Congleton (Ambulance Ltd.); they are supported by Eugene Owens, Sheridan Riley and Frankie Palmer. The boys have just released their sophomore effort, via BandCamp, and it called YARD WORK. The track I sampled for airplay was California.”

My lineage subject was Katie Costello. Katie is a lovely singer/songwriter originally from Hermosa Beach, in California, but now makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. I first found her in 2011 with the release of her wonderful LAMPLIGHT album, which made it into my Top Ten for that year. Her music has been featured on television shows like ONE TREE HILL, 90210, and PRIVATE PRACTICE. Katie is now working on a new album and I just happen to have the pre-release single for you. It’s called New World.”

Katie’s follow up track to complete the lineage was Cassette Tape,” which can be found on their 2011 album; LAMPLIGHT.

My re-issue release of the week was from Siouxsie and the Banshees…and the album that’s been re-issued is SUPERSTITION, which originally came out in 1991. Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. Initially associated with the English punk rock scene, the band evolved into a Post-Punk Pop band. Edgy…yet very accessible. Their career, as a band, lasted from 1978 to 1995. That is very impressive. The song I picked from the re-issued SUPERSTITION was Kiss Them For Me,” which climbed to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart.

Completing that two-song set was the new single from the band Totally Mild. The song I aired, Take Today,” is just one of twenty-seven songs compiled for the special album release, 5 YEARS OF BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS. Bedroom Suck is a small Australian label located in Brisbane. I stumbled upon it over the weekend because of another band I follow, Terrible Truths, is also a contributor to the compilation. (I might play Terrible Truths track next week) Anyway…it’s a wonderful collection; it is available on U.S. i-Tunes and you can get the whole thing for just $9.99.

Keeping the tunes going here with a reprised tune from Leisure Suite. They are an unsigned, mixed-gendered, Electronic Pop trio out of Melbourne, Australia. They have released this single, Great Expectations,” back in May of this in anticipation of a new EP that is in the works. Well…the self-titled EP has dropped and I thought I’d play it again. This song has such a smooth feel to it. The young woman lead-singer, Bridget Le, croons beautifully.

Then came the latest from Future Of What. They are a mixed-gendered, quartet based in Brooklyn, NY. They just formed in 2012 and are fronted by the single-named singer, Blair. They self-released an EP, MOONSTRUCK, in March of this 2012. Well…after two years in the making, they are back with their debut, full-length album entitled PRO DREAMS, which will officially come out in January of 2015. The new track that I featured was No War Dance Floor and I am looking forward to checking out the rest of the CD when it gets released.

Next up is the new single from Vok. V-O-K with an umlaut over the “O”. They are a three-piece, mixed-gendered, electronica based band from Reykjavik, Iceland. They have released a series of singles this year (four of them) with the latest being called Before.” The new album, which includes all of those singles gets released this week and it’s titled TENSION.

Then I played new music from Brighter Later. Brighter Later is the musical vehicle for singer/songwriter, Jaye Kranz. She has just released this stand alone single, which is titled Brace.”

Let me slip in one more from The Henry Millers. The Henry Millers are fronted by John MacCallum and Kate Schecter and they make some Pop oriented, electronica based Rock. They have just released their second album of 2014 and it’s titled POSIES and I spun the title track.

Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.

Come listen LIVE on wmfo.org from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (I could use the support) ;^)

If you missed the live version…check out the archived one. Here’s the LINK.

I suggest you follow me on Twitter and get an early taste on new music that comes out each week.

Also…follow along on SoundCloud where I post music streams way before I play them on air.

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