Wednesday, 31 March 2010
In light of Jeff Mangum's "short acoustic set" that will preform at the Chris Knox Benefit Show on May 6th, Jeff has decided to re-release several rare demos including the holy grail "Cranberry Lifecycle". It's been leaked and as every Neutral Milk Hotel fan would expect, it's beyond words. You will be able to buy a hard copy at the Chris Knox Benefit Show. "I swear to god these Cranberry Lifecycle recordings were mind-blowing, and really inspired my recordings. This is some of the best shit to ever come out of Elephant 6 EVER, loose and spontaneous and catchy and surreal lo-fi perfection" Don't ask where or how I got this. I was asked not to leak this but I felt obligated to for the sake of NMT fans everywhere.
Monday, 29 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
Under the name Pirouette, Scotty Leitch writes noodly emo jams out of the
Download!(They broke up and it's for free now)
Sunday, 21 March 2010
For the past five years, I have been a devoted follower of my good friend Seth Cudney's music. He has tackled a variety of genres and sounds, each managing to outdo the last, and his most recent project is no exception. This is without a doubt, one best records I have heard in a long, long time. It is honest, it is unique and I'm able to listen to it hundred times over without getting the slightest bit tired of it. Seth, as well as the eight other musicians within the project, are able to capture a classic country-folk sound from the past and make it fresh again.
I've been begging for the opportunity to feature this album on I Found This Song In The Road for months, and now it's here! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.
Friday, 19 March 2010
Pittsburgh, PA, for all intents and purposes, is my hometown. I grew up 30 miles outside the city on the backwater side of the tracks, can't figure out which bridge takes me where, and use "y'all" instead of "yinz" (also: Go Pens!). That said, I must concede I ain't really as in touch with the local scene as I should be, which I now sorely regret due to my heretofore lack of even cursory knowledge of a band called Lohio (pronounced "Low-High-Oh").
I first heard the song "Modern Days" from their 2008 album History, the Destroyer on an internet radio station called soma.fm (great stuff, scope it out if you're at all into musical discovery). I really dug it. Airy, sunny, and catchy, with loping basslines that spread like hot butter. The lead singer, Greg Dutton, comes on with a light, earnest croon and heartfelt lyrics that garner a lot of Shins comparisons but remind me more of Mark Mulcahy at his most poignant.
As things are wont to go with a burned-out college student, the song totally slipped my mind for a month until I read an article in Penn State's newspaper regarding their upcoming performance on campus. I got psyched, because not only did I learn they're from Pittsburgh, but also that, holy shits, free performance by a band that isn't immediately terrible!
So the set was today and, on a gorgeous day like this was in central PA, with the sun shining through the floor-to-ceiling windows, a band like Lohio was the perfect complement. Despite the small and somewhat unenthusiastic audience of maybe 30 or 40 at peak, the band was having a good time (especially the bassist, Liz, who laughed through the last couple songs) and it beamed through in their music. Everything meshed; Greg's guitar shone, Liz's bass danced and rolled, Sven's skins coiled and struck at all the appropriate moments, and Alex's keys impressed, seemingly holding the rest of the band by marionette wires.
They played all their songs with a sure-footed sound you'd expect in a band that's been on the road and developing in a steady iteration for way longer; the mix of influences they bring to the table (90s alt-rock, folk, alt-country, everything good and decent about the American indie rock scene, and on and on) can get muddled and undercut by bands with a lesser grip on form; Lohio never lets songs like Old Orchard Beach or Grandfather's Chaise, the former a nifty heartfelt pop-rocker with a slick rhythm bounce and hooky chorus that reminded me instantly of Wilco's "Heavy Metal Drummer" and the latter a stroll through the (alt-)country with a creamy psych-rock center, slip into a monotonous wreck of noise both familiar and unwelcome. Everything is uniquely their own, but recalls all the best emotions of everything that came before.
I should also mention that "Waiting for the End of the Summertime" might be my new summer anthem.
They rock, they're nice people, and they craft music as effortlessly refreshing as the spring breeze that it makes me long for on a day like this. Why did I move away from Pittsburgh? I'm missing the indie scene already.
Listen and smile.
Read and buy!
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Hey guys, I'm back! And I'm back with a really, super awesome band. Candy Hearts is an indie/punk band with songs mostly about friends and life... and its awesome. Think P.S. Eliot, but a tad poppier. Or Lemuria, but there's no male vocals. There is a song for every mood on the album and that, at least to me, just helps to make a really good album. They've got the sad times songs, the good times songs, the just friends songs, and then there's the song with the lyrics, "We go to together like the alphabet and letters that spell out our names, so perfectly together." This record is just super rad, especially if you like pop-punk, indie, or catchy music at all.
Download Courtesy of If You Make It!
Monday, 15 March 2010
Streetlight's album leaked and will be released tomorrow for real. This is volume 1 of 8 that will be released consisting of 99 cover songs. I normally hate ska, cover songs, and especially Streetlight Manifesto, but I'm really enjoying this whole thing. Good song selection and good covers.
1. "Birds Flying Away" (originally by Mason Jennings) – 3:27
2. "Hell" (originally by Squirrel Nut Zippers) – 2:56
3. "Just" (originally by Radiohead) – 3:00
4. "Skyscraper" (originally by Bad Religion) – 2:40
5. "Punk Rock Girl" (originally by The Dead Milkmen) – 2:17
6. "Linoleum" (originally by NOFX) – 2:44
7. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" (originally by Paul Simon) – 2:27
8. "They Provide the Paint for the Picture-Perfect Masterpiece That You Will Paint on the Insides of Your Eyelids" (originally by Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution) – 3:33
9. "Red Rubber Ball" (originally by The Cyrkle) – 2:49
10. "The Troubador" (originally by Louis Jordan) – 3:33
11. "Such Great Heights" (originally by The Postal Service) – 3:30
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Against Me! has a new album coming out called White Crosses that leaked. This is that leak. To be honest, it's like New Wave kind of feel starting off with the title track which is gonna be their single most likely. They've become more mainstream definitely. Maybe them leaving Fat Records made them less appealing or I'm just being conservative that "Oh, the band has changed so I don't like them". Either way, this album is pretty good, but I do miss their "As The Eternal Cowboy" sound. Tom Gabel's statement on the leak was "Our new album "White Crosses" leaked. No drama. For those of you who have heard it and would like to read the lyrics, here you go!" The lyrics and everything can be found on his blog at:
Against Me- White Crosses(Youtube Video)
This album is a diverse array of genres from 17 year old Tom Brennan that goes by Mrevaaaaa(Not pronounced Mr.). The first song I listened to was track 3 "You make me feel..." and I was entirely impressed. The beats are well put together and it somehow got stuck in my head for a couple days. The album itself seems to make fun of music taking influences from Math The Band and Bomb The Music Industry! Lyrically, it's part teen angst, part satire, part music you write for a girl. Deep down though, I think the kid's just having fun and writing music he can play for his friends. A quick note that in the zip file there are two versions of "You Make Me Feel..." and a track by "Vernon Kings" which I think is his rap group whatever you call it. I don't really know.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Enough Is Enough is a compilation to benefit marriage equality. It's free but you are free to donate to the cause. I listened to it straight through today and I've gotta say that it's worth throwing some cash in. I only knew of Shook Ones, Calculator, and Bridge and Tunnel, but the other bands features are gonna be looked into further. Also, a lot of tracks are previously unreleased so that's a plus. This is Volume 1 and I'll let you guys know on further volumes being released. My friends Trunks and Tales will be featured on some upcoming volume which I'm excited because that means they'll be on the same compilation as some seriously great artists. I'm looking forward to Volume 2.