Sunday, 29 January 2012
This is a new track by Hop Along was posted. The album will be released April 1st, but knowing the irony of that date, it won't actually be released out on that date. Francis takes forever to write, but this is fantastic.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Well isn't this just lovely. At nine tracks, Athaletics is a little on the short side, but there is enough within those songs to make the album really stand out. This is twinkly emo/indie that actually pulls off both elements well, with the energy of songs like 'We're Really Jazzed About The Gig' counterbalancing the more reflective and texturally focused numbers like 'Bad Scene, Jawbreaker's Fault.' Fans of bands like Algernon Cadwallader and What Price, Wonderland? will find a lot to love here. There's nothing especially new here, but it's done so well that that doesn't matter, so give it a listen, if only to prove that there's more coming out of Gainesville than gruff pop punk.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Cleveland, OH's Signals Midwest are a band very much influenced by their location, and Latitudes & Longitudes takes more than a few cues from '90s Midwestern emo. There's the power of Braid, the twinkly guitar lines of American Football and the quirkyness of Cap'n Jazz all on display here, but it is all bound together by a sense of carefully measured songwriting which really sets it apart from bands who just rehash this classic sound. Basically, this is what happens when gruff punk collides with 90's emo, and it's brilliant, with songs like ‘Monarchs’, ‘I Was Lost’ and ‘The Quiet Persuader’ being particular standouts for me. Latitudes & Longitudes basically strikes the perfect balance; it’s accessible without being overly poppy, emotional without being over the top, and technical without being bafflingly so. So yeah, give it a spin, if you’re into any of the bands mentioned then you’ll find something to love here.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
There is a bill in progress and might be passed towards anti-piracy. It effectively gives corporations the right to shut down any website that they want if it interferes with their sales. So, this site, would be taken down with no notice or court to fight against. I have gotten cease and desist letters, digital millennium copyright act letters and letters from the RIAA itself asking me to take things down, but this bill would take it to the next level of corporate control. If you want for your ability to fight against it then read up on the links below. Sites like Wikipedia, Google, and Craigslist are blacked out today to protest this bill. I figure that we can do our relatively small part in posting this as well.
Read about it
Posted by Jesse at 23:22
I really like this 7" from Birmingham, AL's Younger Siblings. There are are a lot of different influences on display here, from 60's pop and surf rock to the more toned down elements of Bomb The Music Industry's recent album. Overall, it kind of sounds like grainy, analogue indie colliding with Bright Eyes with John Flansburgh on vocals. There is also a slightly twee undertone which reminded me of certain Dead Milkmen songs, which is always a plus point, and the whole thing is drenched in analogue distortion, reverb and even a little bit of slapback which gives a nice organic feel. My only real problem is that the first song, 'Pure Mechanical Failure' is, in my opinion, a lot stronger than the other tracks, and this disparity in quality started to get to me on the third or fourth listen. It's not that the other two songs are bad, far from it, they just aren't as good as the opener. Overall though, this is a great little 7" and I will definately be keeping an ear out for what they do in the future.
Buy 7": http://springstrecords.storenvy.com/products/137316-younger-siblings-bald-eagles-aren-t-really-bald-7
Monday, 16 January 2012
Encase you're wondering where your free stickers are, they are right here in these envelopes. I'm drawing cool designs on them and writing you all personal notes. I take a while to do things, but I think it's worth it to add my personal flair to it. A lot of people requested stickers, I'm really excited that happened. The record label has a lot of cool stuff going on too, including stickers, so you'll be able to get your hands on those soon as well. Thanks for all your continued support.
Posted by Jesse at 23:27
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Normally when I think pop-punk I get bad vibes, but this band from Baltimore changes that notion. They have some folk-punk influence, not in the traditional sense, but in the sense that you would probably think they were from Gainesville, Florida if you didn't know better. I like their band name, their music ain't bad either.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Monday, 9 January 2012
We messed up big by turning down the idea of running a blog and a record label at the same time. To make it up to you guys that stuck it out and are still here, I'm running a sticker promotion. Remember all those stickers that I had a while ago? I dug 31 of these bad boys up. That means we've given out or put up 94 stickers in the time that we got them. That's a pretty awesome thing to be able to say.
What we want for the blog is for it to be a forum for our fans to tell us what they think about what we're doing and ideas for how to change for the better. If you're in a band, we'll post you. If you are a good band and we have the money, we might release you. Fans of the blog will help us decide on what to release and what they want to buy. We're always open to anything you have to say. Even if it's just to say hi, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the deal: Send your address to email@example.com with something cool to say, what you intend to do with your sticker, and your address and we'll send you one free of charge. We'll pay the postage and envelopes.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Posted by Jesse at 17:49
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Alright, so we're back and better than ever. To start, I'd like to share with you a band that never ceases to ask me my opinion on how they sound(Specifically Dominic). I initially told him that they shouldn't try to sound like they recorded through 1/8-1/4 inch adapters shoved into laptop headphone jacks so he came back and thanked me with this release. It's a refreshing Pennsylvania sounding album. I'm not talking about Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, but real heart of America, Pennsylvania. Their folk-punk roots show through into the typical twinkle-emo stuff that I hear way too much. It's also recorded by Joe from Algernon so that's pretty cool. The only downside to the album is that there are only 2 songs. It's for free download, but it will be released on CD off Littleneck Records for 3 bucks so I suggest liking them and keeping up with it if you're interested.