Thursday, 24 March 2011

Science Fair/Captain of Compliments - Split

Our friends from Science Fair are releasing a split with Captain of Compliments with friends from Kat Kat Records. They have 2 songs each Science Fair starting with a Trunks & Tales cover of The Importance Of Not Being Too Earnest before going into a new song with lyrics like "Listening to my the new Hightide Hotel, when did my favorite bands start selling pre-sale tickets" while they, themselves show their Hightide Hotel influences in this split. The cover was definitely a surprise throw-back to a song I haven't listened to in a while. I believe the lyrics of Previously on LOST is also referring to the pre-sale of Street Smart Cyclist while Hightide released their newest album in the weeks around then. Captain of Compliments definitely have to be from New Jersey which I can only guess because they seem to pull their influence deep within the swamps of Taking Back Sunday, Crucial Dudes, and Gaslight Anthem. They were a surprise, especially since I was drawn to this split through Science Fair.

The cassette is available for pre-order for only 4$ off DIY label Kat Kat Records. I suggest you support them. Science Fair is also playing my show in Kutztown, PA with The World Is, Mallard, Watchword, and Evan.


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Bad Banana - Crushfield

Bad Banana is part of P.S. Eliot with a more lo-fi sound. It's to my knowledge a 2-piece but I'm not sure. Regardless, it's great if you like P.S. Eliot which is pretty easy to do.


Sunday, 13 March 2011

ex wife - june ep

The EP that everybody's talking about right now. New Brunswick punk that gets kind of screamy at times. Melodic punk-core scramz rock salt. I don't really have to make up a genre for these guys, you can just listen/download for whatever you like at the link below and figure it out for yourself. It's real fresh and I'm pretty sure this is going to be their last release.

Tinyfolk - Discography (2005-2011)

Tinyfolk was a project that happened 2005-2011. Below you’ll find every song ever released.

Real Albums:
1. Thirty-Six Cat Songs (2005)
2. Love Doesn’t Grow on Trees (2005)
3. Platapeasawallaland: A Rainy-Day Owlbum (2006)
4. Bill (2007)
5. Sic Semper Equis (2008)
6. Black Bears (2010)

Real EPs:
1. Little Mice and Other Things That Go Skitter Skitter (2006)
2. Valley Forge split with Manipulator Alligator (2008)
3. Jack’s Broth (2008)
4. Steel Magnolias (2008)
5. The Things We Cherish are Small Indeed (2008)
6. Known New China (2010)
7. Oxbow Woods split with Wisdom Tooth (2010)
8. Incredible Snow (2011)

“B-sides” Albums & EPs:
1. Catfood Shotgun Goddamn (2008)
2. Look to the Sky EP (2008)
3. Remarkable Renewal of Your Body Hen (2009)
4. I Think I Am Becoming a Unicorn (2009)
5. One Day, These Children Will Be as Strong and Beautiful as Ourselves (2010)
6. Moth Hunting (2011)

1. Secret Folk collaboration with Secret Owl Society (2007)
2. A Football Fields - Battery Home EP collaboration with Mike Downey (2008)
3. Until the Very Last Moment score for Stephen Ray Morris short film (2009)
4. Dark Sun collaboration with James Eric/Garden on a Trampoline (2009)


Park Jefferson - Discography

Park Jefferson is the aftermath of Nick Stutsman(ex Merchant Ships) trying to start a band called Cougar Season which never got legs. Thankfully, Park Jefferson has survived to 3 releases so far including an ep, an acoustic ep, and a split with Bicycle Sunday. They sound more like Midwest Pen Pals than Merchant Ships with Nick singing instead of Jack. I sort of feel an east coast sound as well. I don't know why this wasn't up earlier, but I keep not posting my friend's stuff which should be the obvious first choice.

Download everything for whatever you'd like here!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

35 Conferrete - Day 2

Thursday was our first day of us covering the 35 Conferette here in Denton, TX. Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing it was. We saw 02D2, Mondo Drag, White Arrows, Analogue Rebellion, Achtone!, and Dr. Dog. We even rounded the evening out with the always fun Fishboy. We interviewed 3 members of Achtone!, and even Eric Michener(Fishboy himself).

The afternoon started at 4:30 when R2B2 took the stage. They are an experimental/folk/soul 2 piece from Denton. The singer, Ryan Becker, also plays guitar while Grady Sandlin is the man behind the drums. They sounded great during instrumental parts. It felt like two dudes just jamming and making great music. Ryan's unique vocal style really adds to the overall experience, and when he's just rocking out on guitar its obvious that he loves what he does. Goon, one of the songs from their new album, was one of my favorites. It uses their classic vocals paired with Grady's drumming style to create something that's really unique and sounds great.
After R2B2, we saw Mondo Drag from Davenport Iowa. Their genre is "Psychedlic Space Rock". They had radical keyboard effects going on, the whole band was just jamming as hard as possible at times. It sounded like 80's post rock but with an indie vibe to it. It rocked, but not in an overwhelming way. It worked out really well, and I look forward to seeing them when they come into town again.
White Arrows came next, and they were pretty awesome too. The lead singer was fun and had a great vibe going on with the crowd. Random band members played a communal drum. It was very creative and helped make the performance feel one of a kind. The keyboardist used a laptop for added sound effects, and it was pretty cool to see the use of technology in music. Imagine if the Beach Boys were to form today, and had a electronic sound. That's kind of what I'd describe it as. The vocals were pretty cool with an eclectic drummer. Everything combined to create one hell of a great show!
Analogue Rebillion was awesome too. Its the product of Daniel Hunter, from Aledo, Texas who calls its genre "Stadium Lo-Fi". It's probably the best way to describe the sound - Stadium rock, but with a lo-fi feel - I'd say. Daniel was having a great time on stage with his guitar. He danced around stage and just created an awesome feel for everything. The drummer was really getting into them music as well. Like White Arrows, Analogue Rebellion used a ton of technology in their music - even with an Imac on stage. Some of the songs felt really powerful, while others were incredibly relaxing.
Following Analogue Rebellion, we went to Achtone!'s show on the square. Their music is self described by their bassist, Hunter as "Psychedlic Space Rock". Think of Pink Floyd, but in 2011 and made in Denton. There you go! It was pretty cool, and they put on a great show. Easily one of my favorite acts of the evening. We actually did an interview with the band afterward at The Hydrant so look forward to reading more about this band.
After that was the main attraction: Dr.Dog. They were awesome, which is what you'd expect. It was just getting dark as they went on, so the lighting and effects were amazing. They rocked and the crowd was insane! Everyone enjoyed it, and their keyboards, vocals, and guitars all worked really well to create their blues-ish sound that most know.
After the Dr.Dog show, we spent some time talking to Eric Mitchener before his show. He was a really nice guy and told us tons of stuff about Fishboy's past, present, and future. We're still polishing up that interview too, but look forward to it in the next day or so.

Then we ate at Geo's Pizza and drank red bull before going to Fishboy's show.(Interlude)
Fishboy rocked so hard. Fishboy is the musical vision of Eric Mitchener and last night their bassist and drummer there to create the full band. He played Taqueria girl, Aaron The Astronaut, and a ton of songs from old albums. He jumped around on stage, the bassist grooved around, and the drummer drummed his heart out, and the whole crowd was dancing and head bobbing along with the music. It was extremely amazing! They really show what good music should be. Fun, whimsical, a little silly, and just genuinely entertaining. Dan's silver leaf provided a really intimate atmosphere and Fishboy really shined.

I'm totally exhausted from last night's craziness, and we probably won't be covering much(or anything) Saturday, but look forward to Sunday's events. Portugal the man, !!!, and some other awesome bands will be playing!


Thursday, 10 March 2011

35 Conferette - COVERAGE

Well, dudes and dudettes. Its time. Starting today, our coverage the 35 Conferete has begun. If you don't know what it is, it's an amazing music festival held in downtown Denton, TX. Think of it as a more laid back little brother to SXSW. He doesn't snort coke and play the electric guitar, but man does he love a nice joint and playing the cello.

There are a ton of awesome bands and artists performing. Fishboy, !!!, Portugal The Man, RTB2, Dr.Dog, Westboro Butchers, the list just goes on and even includes headliner Big Boi from Outkast. Seriously, check it out here. Its the first time Songs From The Road is covering anything like this, and we hope to be able to bring you more in the future. Expect more festival coverage over the summer.

I'll be writing a mini review about each concert I attend, and doing an overall review at the end of each day. We also have a photographer wandering about taking pictures, so look forward to those too. Oh, and I'm going to try to interview some bands and people. We will be having our first EXCLUSIVE interviews and hopefully some big names will want to talk to us.

If you are in the Denton, TX area, go check it out. Individual venues are selling tickets and wristbands are still on sale.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The Far Away Boys - Kyleigh's Flaw

The Far Away Boys are a pop-punk band from Central Jersey with a very 90s sound. It kind of sounds like 10th grade to me, but not mainstream. It's good standard pop-punk that sounds like New Jersey complete with sing-alongs and "na na na na nas". This is their debut EP Kyleigh's Flaw. I like the name because, being from New Jersey, I know Kyleigh's Law was dumb.

Free download!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Pigeonholes - Demo

Chris from medium fidelity sent me the demo to his band Pigeonholes. They bring a nice indie/punk sound from Parkersburg, WV that I've never heard before.
2 more songs(Tapes)


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Generic insight Radio Interview - The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die

Tune in RIGHT NOW as Generic Insight Radio interviews CT based The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die (Ex-My Heart to Joy) at 5pm PT/8pm ET! Ask them stuff and things 5pm PT/8pm ET