I wait all year for this time of year. I love coming in from the scorching outside into the cool breeze of the air conditioning. I love beer more in summer and it loves me. Cooking outside is much easier and then there are all those interesting drinks and margaritas to fulfill the soul.
Summer...It's Gone by Grandaddy
Noisy Summer by The Raveonettes
Summer Teeth by Jeff Tweedy(live solo)
Summer U.S.A. by the Rip Chords from Michael Shelly Cut that Out! Vol.2
Because you like it hot:
Hot Summer Mix 2009
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I like bands that are born out of boredom the right way vs lost emo kids pretending to be wolves. The Enthusiasts are proud suburbanites brought-up the right way by annoying their neighbors making rockn'roll even gilfy grandmas could admit to liking. We encourage you to help them in their quest to keep their amps fuzzed out, cigarettes lit and their city dreams by getting yerself their IN THE CITY debut 7" from infirmary phonographic. So what if I'm giving you one of tracks here. it's much cooler way to impress the girls by spinning the wax. Both sides are great. We particularly like the spaced out jam at the end of My Two Worlds. The A side is about.. well going to the city. Enjoy.
side A: IN THE CITY
side B: MY TWO WORLDS
Also, in case you want more rock like this check out the free album from Sympathy for the record industry on Amazon with music by ROcket from the CryPt and The Oblivians
Thursday, May 20, 2010
ALBUM REVIEW: I like my 90's rock and love it when bands take slices and load squealing droning distorted guitars and paste them up in their songs in a melodic format. This is not your monotone indie rock-band and I wouldn't dare call Free Electric State's - Caress retro in the least but there are hints of undeniable dark influences like Sioux and the Banshees backed with the equal nod to pop sentiment of The Breeders; mixed in there when the band breaks it down and turns the fuzz-off, you get a blast of warm vocal air. Holistically it's raw enough to please your shoe-geezer crowd and way better than most ironically groomed facial hair bands.
The dueling guitars are led by David Koslowski and Nick Williams which are complimented gracefully by the vocals of Shirlé Hale. Koslowski and Hale are North Carolina transplants who had played previously together in Baltimore's Gerty! and Ex-Members. Koslowski foremerly fronted local grungesters Liquor Bike and made infamous Melody Lane their home. Needless to say these folks can be my DJ's anytime and that is saying a lot.
"Six is one" By Free Electric State
Catch them live in 2010:
May 20th CAT'S CRADLE w/ Silver CARRBORO, NC
May 28 THE WINDUP SPACE w/ Hammer No More The Fingers BALTIMORE, MD
May 29 The RED & The BLACK w/ Hammer No More The Fingers WASHINGTON, DC
Jun 4 NEW FRENCH BAR w/ Hammer No More The Fingers ASHEVILLE, NC
Jun 5 Annual Daniel Festival w/ Hammer No More The Fingers PULASKI, VA
Jun 10 RESERVOIR CARRBORO, NC
Jun 11 THE SOAPBOX WILMINGTON, NC
Jun 12 Art Bar COLUMBIA, SC
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Because it's relative man:
Free Electric State vs Panther
Ten North Carolina Bands You should hear right now
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Just, yesterday I was walking down 10th Ave and I saw this chick wearing an old unknown pleasures T-shirt and I thought to myself. Nobody wears or makes cool band art anymore. This design is a simple classic illustration that you can almost hear. Created by the band that originally came in a textured sleeve with no track listing on the back cover to speak of. Just black and mysterious. Such an awesome place in time when you discover this record helps you creep inside into the impossible. Then you realize there is this guy Peter Hook who plays the bass as the lead instrument and your musical world explodes.
Side one "Outside"Disorder Side two "Inside" Shadowplay
from Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
I love vinyl records. In my basement that I just finished I made sure there was built in shelving to house my minuscule record collection which pales in comparison to the WFMU record library featured here in a video series by Michael Cumella for www.goldminemag.com.
Monday, May 17, 2010
The new video for Following the River was not on Taxile on Main Street bootleg listing but who knows this could have been recorded back then. Sure sounds nice and not the edgy bluesy stones present on Exile. The Stones typically recorded twice as many songs as they needed and then culled from there; over-dubbed and put an album together. For some Exile on Main Street is the best album The Rolling Stones ever released. I'm partial to Let It Bleed and my good friend Steve remembers buying this on 8track when he was 12. I can't wait to hear the whole thing mastered end-to end which would make this not a double album but a double-double? Regardless looking forward to this release a lot.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Hey ironic mustaches! Can you focus on the music and less on your retro brown pants? I dig the tats but those will get saggy in due time. I dig openness but most of you will get conservative soon too but what will last is your attention to music and your legacy. Not going to directly slag your scene but this year yet again The Oldsters are kicking music's punkless-asses all over Fulton Street like a sober pathetic drunk. It should be an all out knife fight with the jukebook but it mostly sounds like a tuneless teen idle worship. I'm begging for somebody to point me to some new dish. Seriously this is your last chance.
Here's 7 of my Top 10 Music List of 2010 (so far):
Teenage Fanclub - Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Seconds: A Short Cut T Damn talk about a pop-tart vocal triumph. Try this T on for size "Ain't That Enough" mp3
The Fall - The Future of Clutter Wow on first listen its like peeling the wax out of my ears with pretty distorted things like solvent is to glue is to the desperate need of fresh air in this lame new music landscape. Taste this download "Hot Cake" - mp3
The New Pornographers - Together Has already made billboard waves. It's going to be huge this year no denying the songster genius. Kick down the clutch and download "If You Can’t See My Mirrors" - mp3
The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever Ironically mustacheless with one man down there is no stopping Craig Finn and this band. Toping their last release it gives a big fat lip to Aerosmith greatest hits like it was nothing. Have a drink my fellows and sample "The Weekenders" mp3
Sweetapple - Love & Desperation Dude you like kiss and big monster drug rock guitars with solos? If Witch, Cobra Verde and J Mascis started a band they would sound like this... oh wait. You can't be metaphor to yourself or can you? Chomp on this one geeks (Hint: sounds nothin' like Country Life but the cover sure is nice)"Flying Up A Mountain" m4a
Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts You know your local record store dorks have made this record just for you when think it just flows naturally after listening to all the bands listed above no matter the track. They cut out the schwagg and just give you the raw parts. Sort of like Obits meets Crystal Stilts. It's raw like the smell of a hot plastic cassette mix in the summer which you bank on upping you chances of getting some(From London so Brooklyn you just had your teeth given to you neatly wrapped in under 29 minutes and 34 seconds. Try "Year's Not Long" mp3
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks Jersey always performs well with Bloomfield local with this one being Ted's 9th release. This batch of songs is up there with The Tyranny of Distance in my humble opinion. It's raw in all the right places and never trying to be something he's not so super huge amount of respect to this brand of punkrock. Dig "Gimme The Wire" mp3