Florida’s You Blew It! got the highly sought after Pitchfork coverage with the announcement of their new album Keep Doing What You’re Doing and matching wordy single Award of the Year Award.
What few remain of the twiddly midwest originators, so called “emo revivalists” now seem to be turning away from the endearing, messy fretwork that gave them their identity in the first place (Nai Harvest is a UK example for you). Good, clean production is now turning to be the desirable route to go down. Produced (and somewhat mentored) by possibly the busiest man on the planet, Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It., Their/They’re/There) You Blew It! have wielded the scissors, cut the remaining fat and given us a taster of where this genre might be heading in 2014. I guess everyone’s gotta grow up, dude.
Another corker of a release by those sharp shooters over at Exploding in Sound Records (home of Ovlov, Porches., Speedy Ortiz), Palehound is the brainchild of New Yorker Ellen Kempner. Her latest Ben Nail EP is a shrill and hugely pleasant piece of lo-fi dramatica (yes new word there) that’ll thaw those chilly winter toes o’ yours right through.
South by Midwest or North of Eastside, call what you will a home, this compilation by Holyhell Records is intended as a fundraiser for people bereft of a safe living environment. Habitat for Humanity is a UK registered charity looking to change just that.
This compilation features some corkers from old favourites such as football, etc to Pswingset as well as some new and/or unreleased tracks from Cleanup, Send Away Stranger, Jonah Vin, You Blew It!, Joust & Parry (A REAL HIGHLIGHT FOR ME) and Look Mexico. Boom. wow. Give it a listen & donate what you can good people!
I stumbled across this luring video from Brisbane post-punks Per Purpose while chomping on some noodles yesterday. Signed to Australian label Bedroom Suck Records, a home to musical delights including Boomgates and Bitch Perfect, Kerbside Collection in all it’s wobbly, experimental glory can be found on the bands newest LP Circle The Stains.
These guys in touch with us due to our coverage of rock and roll sensation(s), Radiator Hospital (thoroughly glad they did)! Joining the latest sprawl of female-fronted indie bands like All Dogs, Cayetana & Giant Peach is Philidelphia’s ThinLips. The bands first demo, Gemini Moon is a generous helping of fizzy garage-rock that’s all the more complimented by the exciting vocal range of singer Chrissy Tashjian. Look forward to seeing how these guys turn out!
This video features members of London psychedelics Vision Fortune prancing round a pool doing some lovely aquatic shapes. Filmed in Italy by the aunt of drummer Andres Cuatroquesos, the moving imagery is homage to an upcoming documentary about synchronized-swimming legend Stan Shtoro, who took his own life in the summer of 1960 (via the405).
Basic Ways To Crack a Whip is taken from their Titanic Part II… The Legend Goes On (2000) EP out now on Italian Beach Babes. This song sounds almost trip-hoppy in a way so who knows what the rest will turn out like.
Been a bit quiet this week and last sorting out (and recovering from) the necessaries of a 17 band all-day festival. Here is a picture of me giving out lime wristbands on the door and here’s another of people looking at some fairy lights.
Back to the music and excitingly with a spanker from Derby’s tortoise loving Papayér. Two years on from a split with Nai Harvest in late 2011, and a short 4 songs on the Clam EP in 2012, I was beginning to worry these Derby trio had gone and done the split up thing, but oh no. Latest track Baby Boo is a oddly assorted mix of sombre twiddly guitars and riffy instrumentation that does little in the way of moderation. As far as I’m aware no-one has stepped forward to put it out, so it might come down to me digging deep and releasing this on Barely Regal’s and our new label thing Vested Interest (my non-existent financial advisor will be in tatters if he could see me now).
Here’s some exceptional female-front indie-rock from Brookyln, New York. Having listened to this one song all weekend I’ve come to the conclusion that they sound, sentimentally, a little like Football, etc.
Troubled Sleep feature member(s) of End of A Year/Self Defense Family and the legendary Bridge and Tunnel. Spread Out, streamable below, is taken from a new 7″ out on strictly no capital letters next month. In other rather exciting news, the band will be flying over to the UK in December (which is also next month!) to play a series of dates with pop-mo’s Losing Sleep. We’re helping do the London show, so watch this space for more.
When bands like Colossal and Owls bagged all the weird noodley riffs in the early 00’s, what they probably didn’t realise was the affect this would have on the egos of guitarists 10 years down the line. You options are: go weirder, play harder or get someone in with vocals that span wider than a driving range. Foxing from Saint Louis latest track, The Medic represents all three, showcasing the bands darker-experimental ear for producing quirky off-kilter indie rock.
The Medic is set to feature on Foxing’s first full-length The Albatross out November 12th on Count Your Lucky Stars. Listen to it here.
Muscle & Bone is guitarist Chris French from Joie De Vivre‘s latest band after relocating to the North Carolina area. Leaving those Mineral sentiments behind, Muscle & Bone sound like they could have made the cut for one of the very early Emo Diaries, that is if we put this very polished recording to one side.
When I Love You is set to feature on their upcoming self-titled EP out on Bitter Melody Records. (here’s the last one if you missed it).