In honor of San Francisco’s 2006 NoisePop festival going on this weekend, we’re featuring a great 49er band that has already been written up by every music journalist not named Nick Sylvester (he said he interviewed them but it never actually happened). Birdmonster, a straight-up rock band out of the San Francisco scene is set to release their first full-length album, No Midnight on April 11th. Zach and the guys from the band have been kind enough to let you and us preview two tracks off the album. Totaling thirteen songs, twelve new and one hold over from the self-titled EP, the album varies its pace and spacing but never loses the attitude and edge the band ties so closely to its sound. The band plays mostly no-frills rock music with a splash of blues for the kind of people who wouldn’t find the use of “splash” as an adjective appalling. The record will probably end up on a share of year end lists so you can either buy it when it comes out ten days from now or end up feeling really out of the loop in eight months. The choice is yours.
Monthly Archives: March 2006
Don’t worry. I’m not going to develop a bad habit of re posting. In fact, I’m backed up with loads of new stuff I want you all to hear. However, I love Iko. They’re getting ready to release their new disc “I Am Zero.” So, the time is right for some pre release promo from a wonderful band.
You won’t find any Buckley tracks here. Why? They should be bought. Anything that I could give you here just simply wouldn’t be enough anyways. Someone got me into Jeff about 2 years ago, and I’ve been crazy about him ever since. I’ve got tons of tracks that remind me of him, but while I was doing this, the three I’m posting especially stood out. The first track in particular just screams Buckley; it’s immediately apparent.
Munkster – My Blood
I’m almost positive that this band has since changed their name, but for the life of me, I can’t remember it. Let me know if you really have to know, and I’ll dig it up.
Cameron Meshell – Exit Signs
This is one of Cameron’s earlier demos. His band, Forever Like Red, is going to be huge. I suggest you get to know them soon…
Owen Beverly – Stillborn
Also, this is one of Owen‘s earlier demos…so keep that in mind. His last release, The Drunk Lover EP, is definitely up high on my list. You should buy it here, I think you’ll love it.
Sorry I’ve been such an asshole about posting lately. I don’t like to miss that much. Anyways, I’ve returned with a great band. I’m usually not one to fall into the newest hyped indie pop/folk band, but Envelopes is just too good. Also, they’re pretty young. Word on the street is that the average age is about 19. I only wish I was so musically inclined. The band is from Sweden and their newest disc drops on April 4th. It’s called Demon, so be sure to pick it up if you dig the 3 tracks I put up. I see big things for them…
“JCB” single and video
“Girls” single and video
We’ve got another great artist from the UK as well. I myself am fairly new to Stephen Fretwell, but I have definitely really liked what I’ve heard. Looks like his new disc Magpie is on its way, so look for a more formal review sometime soon. As for now, I’ve got a stream of his new single. All you alt-country folks will love, I promise. Over at his official site, hes got some more full length tracks up. Make sure to check that out. Sounds like a really promising disc.
_I realize that absolutely every other blogger in the world has made a post about SOUND team. However, I’ve really been enjoying their Work EP lately. Also, someone passed along to me a new track that is going to be on their debut album, and I wanted to share it.
Crazy, mesmerizing, rough-and-tumble indie rock. Might sound to you like a strange combination, but Low Lustre has perfected it. The guitars are loud, the vocals are rough – but the music is good. Really good. The boys are from the Minneapolis area, and one of my favorite local critics, Chris Reimenschneider, likened them to NYC’s the Walkmen. The comparison is pretty dead on. However, to be honest, Low Lustre keeps me interested way longer than Hamilton and his boys were ever able to.
Low Lustre – Dancing Blind
Low Lustre – Vampire
Thanks to my new buddy Chris (who himself is in a great new band, check them here), I’ve got some new talent for you today. Those of you that have been hanging around here for awhile will hear this band and know they’re exactly what I’m into. Canadian band Elias has absolutely everything it takes to catapault themselves to indie stardom. The songs are pensive and thoughtful. Yet, this doesn’t detract from the band’s ability to assert themselves through some heavier, layered guitar arrangements. Steady, rhythmic verses allow for the band to really take flight in their choruses. Keep your eyes peeled, I think Elias might do some pretty considerable things in the near feature. As far as I know, the band already has one disc under their belt and seems to be in the process (or nearly finished) of recording a new EP.