Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelstin, but it’s probably more of a forlorn love now. One forgotten after a two year absence. After some time abroad in Russia creating a documentary about their experience hobnobbing with Russian diplomats (Perks of naming yourself after a Russian president. Also, the exact reason I am naming my new band The Prince Harrys), maybe you and SSLYBY grew apart. But with their latest single “Nightwater Girlfriend,” it’s a love quickly reignited when the music is just as catchy as when they left.
To keep riffing on band-name-related-puns, if “Nightwater Girlfriend” were a romantic comedy, it wouldn’t be the one where, after a long absence the lovers reunite, reconnect and reminisce about all the things they once loved about each other. It’s the kind of movie where the couple finds themselves and just starts making out all messy like they had never been apart. A song that immediately gets you going with hand claps and sophisticated garage rock sensibilities that SSLYBY most likely picked up from their once upon a time tour mates, Tokyo Police Club.
Someone still loves you (again), SSLYBY, because this time you have promised me that there’s more music on the way: Fly By Wire is out on 9/17/13 . Just promise you’ll never leave me again.
In their lead single “Wear Me Out” Summer Cannibals ask that you not wear them down. Probably because this Portland-based band knows a thing or two about that already. It’s what can happen when you are a band producing, creating all the original artwork for, and releasing your debut album (No Makeup, due out on August 6th) on none other than your own record label. (more…)
I’m not going to SXSW (le sad…) but I do want to listen to the best and the brightest of the festival. Usually it isn’t until after the Austin Madness that we can see clearly who makes the cut, but Time Magazine submitted their list of the 9 Must-Sees. I wanted to listen. Maybe you do too. Here’s a playlist:
Which other bands are must-sees at SXSW?
Tell me and I’ll make a playlist of your recommendations.
More love for one of my favorite labels, Hidden Pony. Last week I showed you The Danks. This week I bring you one of my personal favorites from the label, the 7-piece indie pop band from Regina, Rah Rah. Their sophomore album Breaking Hearts, which had its U.S. debut last November, is sensational and does everything from tug on the heartstrings to propel feet and fling arms for joy.
This 7″ single Little Poems is out on June 7th as a taste of their third full-length Poet’s Dead coming later this fall (although neither of the tracks on this 7″ will be available on the later release). The notes of Neil Young on the title track are strong with twang-tinged molasses rock n’ roll and the sleepy male vocals of Marshall Burns, complimented preciously by the sweet and honest alto of Erin Passmore. If you haven’t heard her solo music on the Downtown EP, I highly recommend it.
And guys, just to let you in on the fun, I’ve heard demos of the upcoming LP and promise that you’re in for a treat.
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros just released a new track “That’s What’s Up” from their upcoming record Here, out May 29th on Community Music. Catch them in SoCal on May 4th at the Greek or on the 5th at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
My feelings on Best Coast are generally mediocre at best, but this song caught me off guard–in an amazing way. This is the title track on their upcoming album The Only Place on Mexican Summer out on May 15th and I’m definitely excited to see where this record takes them. Perhaps a little less noisy, a little more poppy, and perfect for a West Coast summer!
The minimal and downbeat electronic undulating mixed with lo-fi guitar and a Karen-O like female vocalist on this track “Wait” from London’s quickly ascending star Airhead (aka Rob McAndrews) is magical. It only takes a few seconds to find yourself completely enraptured. It’s stunning. Breathtaking. Awe-inspiring, rocking you involuntarily like a puppet to its beats.
If you hear the James Blake connection, it’s no accident. They went to school together and have always written and performed together. “He’s one of my closest friends and an incredible musician to work alongside,” says McAndrews.
Wait/South Congress was released as a ten-inch single on 3/19, their first release on R&S Records. Their debut album will follow later this year and I’m anxiously waiting.