It took me a few tries before I could trust this song enough to get past the first minute. As soon as someone starts “la-la-la”-ing I get suspicious. I’m really glad I tried again, because this is a real gem. Threads of George Martin-y Beatle-isms and soft-rock 70’s silliness weave a tapestry that is so damn pretty I must wrap myself in it. Brandon Schott made this record via the Internets with friends in various locations far and wide, recording drums here, another bit there. It’s a 21st century recording in that regard, while the musical style is mid-late 20th century (OMGawd I can say that now!), so much that you can almost hear the warm crackling and popping of a needle on vinyl. As for the lyric, and the sincerity of the vocal, those parts are timeless.
“Satellite” (download mp3)
from “13 Satellites”
(Golden State Music)
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What if we are among the last generations of standard issue humans on earth? What if what follows is a spectrum of robots, androids, genetically and technologically modified humans and weaponized polar bears? If so, this music will fit right it. Marshmallow Ghosts, my dear ladies and gents, regale us with “The Hearse Song.” Equal parts bleak and blissful. Goth meets Residents.
The Marshmallow Ghosts
“The Hearse Song” (download mp3)
from “The Marshmallow Ghosts”
“The Hearse Song” (play)
Plenty of men have said that women are all the same. Joe Jackson even put it in a popular song in the 80’s. God I hated that song. And I like me some JJ. But! It seems, if I am not mistaken, that we now have a gender reversal on the same topic. More women have made the claim that all men are the same, evidenced by their behavior in relationships. This driving little indie rocker from Royal Treatment Plant features a female lead vocal, reviewing her relationship “Battle Scars” and refraining “you’re all the same, you’re all the same, you’re all the same, but not on MY time!” And it rocks. Or I wouldn’t post it.
Royal Treatment Plant
“Battle Scars” (download mp3)
from “Halfway To The Sun”
“Battle Scars” (play)
(Tip Top Recordings)
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Emo often? Here is some bittersweet sap from the tree of loneliness, lovingly harvested from the oceanic bleakness of post-breakup woe. Yes. And it’s a good piece of music, too. Eminently sad and cavernous, like Radiohead stops with all the metaphors and just says it plainly and literally. The opening line is priceless.
“Dawn Did Us Part” (download mp3)
from “Listen to the Crows as They Take Flight”
“Dawn Did Us Part” (play)
Trippeh. With a vibe echoing John Lennon’s solo records, some clever turns of phrase and a right steady beat, this is high-brow fab. I like the eerie vibrato on the organ – it’s pitched halfway into the next county, and there’s a wild effect on the lead guitar as well. Excellent track from Boston’s TW Walsh.
“Make It Rhyme” (download mp3)
from “Songs of Pain and Leisure”
“Make It Rhyme” (play)
When I think about David Stith the word “prodigy” comes to mind. DM’s father, mother, and grandfather were all talented musicians in their own right. This beautifully layered track starts off on a rather sad note, only to find redemption as the song builds and builds.
“Just Once“ (play/download mp3)
Toronto songwriter Ryan Yoker loves him some Brit-pop and it shows all over this track. Crackling brilliant production matches the quality of the song, which any Oasis or Stone Roses fan will instantly fall for. “So Oh No Now” is my post for today, fellow music-hedz, proving yet again that my blog is better than commercial radio by ten bazillion country miles. This should go in mp34u.fm on the elusive and coveted “Pop” playlist. Out on the splendidly named Mint 400 Records. This one is gr8, kidz, sleepeth not pon it.
“So Oh No Now” (download mp3)
“So Oh No Now” (play)
(Mint 400 Records)
Here’s a taste of Brazilian rising star Thaís Gulin, with a sparkling track off her new record. The song is called “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ” (pronounced “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ”) and it has one leg firmly planted in a long tradition of Brazilian musics, the other finding a foothold on new musical ground. There’s a beautiful lone trombone on this, conversing with the vocals between lush and satisfying choruses.
Very dark yet bright. Shimmeringly bleak. A world of contradictions. A soul at war. Dead Black Hearts peer under the hood of that strange vehicle the human, and report back.
Dead Black Hearts
“Ambush!” (download mp3)
from “The Southern Front”
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Ah the big bigness of big strummy indie rocky post-Radiohead doom-bliss. Yes. The Great Book of John hail from Birmingham, Alabama and “Let Me Slide” is a single off their latest and gr8est. It’s quite big and beautiful. Hello instant band crush.
The Great Book of John
“Let Me Slide” (download mp3)
from “The Great Book of John”
“Let Me Slide” (play)