Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Banquets - This Is Our Concern, Dude 7"

"In keeping with their weird Big Lebowski fetish, the guys released this record as a one-sided 12" with two bonus songs under the name "Nothing is Fucked Here" through German label Coffee Breath and Heartache (the art for the German version was done by Jamie from The Arteries). Like most things created outside the US, the German version kicks the American version's ass which I'm man enough to admit."

Compare theirs:


To the new 7 inch:


...and you'll see what I mean. Take a look at German soccer, BMW's, and that thing called beer, and the release turning out this way was really bound to happen.

Pressing info:

500 7"s
100 - Red
150 - White
250 - Blue

For fans of The Get Up Kids, Hey Mercedes, and Gaslight Anthem, "This is Our Concern, Dude" is the the project from former Let Me Run singer Travis Omilian.

Download "Eleanor, I Need a Garden"

Or off the Beard Party Compilation.

Friday, 16 July 2010

christopherwalken - Rough Mix EP

christopherwalken, a band from Philadelphia, PA, via the Lehigh Valley. sounding in the vein of Snowing or Hightide Hotel, has given us what was going to be their first studio EP The album, which originally intended to have 6 songs, got cut short due to a hot headed meltdown between memebers. This 3 song "Rough Mix" Ep is all that remained. Though, short-lived, they managed to tour PA and Delaware and playwith bands like Hightide Hotel, Everyone, Everywhere, Joint Chiefs of Math and Spraynard. Though they have broken up, they are pretty much all in a new band called Science Fair which will be releasing 5 songs in August. Keep a lookout for more from them!

Winter Songs EP

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Mane Horse - Untitled Demos

Frenso, California which I know nothing about but keep hearing about is the the home of Mane Horse, an up and coming indie band with an emo feel. They sound like Cap Santé!, they are kinda twinkly, kinda screamy, kinda sing-alongish, kinda group vocalized. They have an upbeat, simple, fun attitude. They only have 2 songs out now, but I have word they are finishing their EP by the end of the month. I expect them to explode on the scene especially playing with seasoned bands like My Heart To Joy and Slingshot Dakota.

Download their 2 released songs:

Friday, 9 July 2010

The Parlour Suite - Welcome to the Garden Party

If you haven't listened to The Parlour Suite, a band originally out of Minneapolis fronted by husband and wife team Joel & Inga Roberts, you don't know what you're missing. Thankfully, their underlooked EP Welcome to the Garden Party is being released on CD this Friday, providing the perfect opportunity to step into their tastefully appointed parlour and enjoy their refreshing take on the oft trampled vintage pop soundscape.

Like most good acts, it's hard to pin them to any particular genre or place the label of a movement or style on there sound. If you were to go in blind you might find yourself wondering if you were listening to a song by some unfairly forgotten band from the 60s, or if you had stumbled upon the bleeding edge of yet another splinter genre poised to blow up the scene and spawn countless empty imitations. Anyone foolish enough to attempt that will find the task impossible however, because a large part of what gives The Parlour Suite their delightfully soulful mellowness in Welcome to the Garden Party is their readily apparent dedication to a truly authentic approach to a vintage sound. According to their self-description the sound of the album was heavily influenced by the compression produced by their analog recording techniques, and it is a testament to the effectiveness of this approach that it took that revelation for me to realize that is what the second half of their winning combination had been.

The first half, of course, is the genuine talent on display at all levels. Nothing in any track stands out as merely competent, every aspect, from the authentic analog organs and subtle guitar use, displays both an extreme professionalism as well as a decidedly playful nostalgic style that wears it's influences on it's sleeves.

The titular track Welcome to the Garden Party and The Goldenhand appear to be the stand out tracks in popular opinion, and I am inclined to wholeheartedly agree. Garden Party is soulful piece which lyrics contain some heartfelt and interesting poetical imagery that you won't notice on the first listen because of how god damn good it sounds. The Goldenhand is on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum contained in the album, a peppy and upbeat love song sung by Inga Roberts, who performs most of the vocal duties on the album. This song wouldn't sound out of place coming out of a transistor radio or an iPod touch.

When Welcome to the Garden Party isn't radiating off almost visible waves of nostalgia it is astounding you with it's innovation. Is it a freshly discovered vintage track you're listening to or a song so fresh it could pass for vintage? The Parlour Suite extends to you a second invitation to their garden party to find out for yourself. I think you should go, you'll like it there.

Get promo tracks "Welcome To Your Garden Party" and "The Goldenhand" below.



Thursday, 8 July 2010

CHALK TALK - Penny On Heads

Cake Life Collective members Chalk Talk have released their new EP Penny On Heads via bandcamp for free digital download. It's only 2 songs including a re-recording of "Horny", but the oher track "Everybody's Doing It" provides fun upbeat jams that have really stepped up from their full length Killing Spree. This leaves good things to be expected from this Massachusetts trio.


Sunday, 4 July 2010

Stophouse - Recession Music

Normally this blog doesn't focus much on rap, but the Stophouse Collective definitely is worth checking out no matter what taste in music you have. Recession Music sounds like a mix between Jay-Z with the flow of Outkast. Their entire discography is available for free off bandcamp for download and streaming. I rarely see good free hip-hop/rap so give it a listen at least.


Friday, 2 July 2010

Defiance, Ohio - Midwestern Minutes

Defiance, Ohio's album Midwestern Minutes(Which leaked a while ago, I know) was officially released for a free legal leak from their website today. The album follows The Fear, The Fear, The Fear and is probably one of my favorite so far. I am excited that they did a studio version of "Hairpool" in which a live version was featured If You Make It. Other great tracks are re-dos of tracks off Songs for the Icarus Project like "Cigarettes" and "You Are Loved". Defiance, Ohio is one of my favorite bands and I am excited to hear they are continuing their work on creative commons.

Download here!