Monthly Archives: April 2006

and it rains, and rains.

photograph by Chris Strong

It’s been raining for the past 2 days. I don’t mind a bit of rain, but 2 straight days isn’t just a bit. Good thing Minnesota summers are absolutely gorgeous, it makes up for stuff like this.

Whiskeytown – Sit and Listen to the Rain
*Buy Pneumonia, it’s in my top 3 of all time.
Jettie – Aimie Rain
I Am Kloot – Morning Rain
Lo Mass Republic – Cold Rain
Remy Zero – Life In Rain

You can find Jettie and Lo Mass Republic here and here, respectively.

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Struggle In The Hive

“It’s alright. Take a chance.”

I literally just got an e-mail about these guys, so don’t expect an extended entry – I know very little about them. I do know this though – I dig them. And I like their label – Future Appletree. They’ve got some awesome stuff. Remember Grogshow from awhile back? Check the archives if you missed them, they’re great. I bring to you the meandering, mid tempo, less than perfect indie rock tracks from Struggle in the Hive. It sounds like a cut, but indeed it isn’t. I actually really enjoyed them.

Struggle In The Hive – Summer Nights
Struggle In The Hive – Angela

more info…
Official Site
Myspace


**Thanks to Adam for his rather lengthy entry yesterday. Awesome. **

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Best of British

Klaxons seem to be getting a bit of press at the moment in the UK with an NME live review and some shouts in several other magazines. Difficult to pin down to one sound but eclectic if nothing else they remind me of Bloc Party or Art Brut with perhaps the haphazard attitude of Test-Icicles (R.I.P.). Maybe a case of image over substance but this track is definitly worth a try.

Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow


The Fratellis sound may not be the most unique out their but they are still doing their thing very strongly. This Glaswegian outfit didn’t impress me too much when I saw them early last year but rumour has it they kick ass live at the moment. You may hear certain bits of everything else going at the moment in a Monkeys/Libs type of vain but you are kidding yourself if you say you don’t find the chorus to this track massively infectious.

The Fratellis – Creeping Up the Backstairs


Fields seem to me to be something like a British version of the sound between Death Cab For Cutie and Stars; not sure if you’ll hear it but hopefully. Almost chilled out but with a slight apprehension its never quite comfortable. Really good music though and I could really see this band going somewhere. Anyone visiting this page who has enjoyed the Guillemots tracks should really take a look at this band.

Fields – If You Fail We All Fail
Fields – Song for the Fields

BONUS (and not British)

When this appeared the other week I had to get it straight away as this is the first of the solo effort from the lead singer of excellent Candian band, Stars. This is the first track to appear from lead singer Amy Milan’s debut solo effort and I think it is absolutely sublime. If you can, have yourself wake up to this track.
Amy Milan – Skinny Boy

Later…

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Voicst

“Dazzled kids looking at the high score. What is that we see?”

Let’s go international again today, should we? I was pretty impressed with this band that appeared in my inbox last week. Voicst, all the way over in Amsterdam, appear to be making their way into the states. They’ve got some people backing them in NYC (who we all have to thank for the tracks) and it looks as though their debut U.S. release 11-11, from their very own Duurtlang Records will be out July 11th. I’m actually looking forward to this. I really was impressed with the songs. It’s not too often that you get e-mails and are genuinely blown away by what you year. They’ve got their own blend of noisy pop/rock music that should be pretty easy for a lot of you to grab hold of. As always, the accented vocals are a plus as well.

Voicst – Whatever You Want From Life
Voicst – Dazzled Kids

more info…
Official Site
Myspace
Duurtlang Records

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Kiefer = stud


So, I saw The Sentinel last night. I actually really enjoyed it. First off, Kiefer Sutherland is a stud. After reading his Rolling Stone interview, I’m all eyes. I’ve got a new crush (I know, a new one everyday…). He is soooo bad ass. Seriously, check this out. Kiefer is sportin’ cigs in both hands. I have never seen an episode of 24 in my life, but I think its necessary now that I invest in the first season. What do you think? And since I was just on the subject of cigarettes…I’ve also got a song for you. I myself am not too into cigarettes, but this track, and this band…i’ve been completely digging for the past few months now.

The Voom Blooms – Politics and Cigarettes

More info…
Official Site
Myspace

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Hey Hey My My

“There’s too much silence in your head.”

…And Paris came knocking at our door. Some nice people over in France sent us this demo and asked us if we’d post a few tracks. I was all too happy. They’re fun, jovial, and just a bit outlandish. Delicate, sometimes dreamy acoustic arrangements mixed with some uptempo pop tracks from a french indie-folk duo? That’s hot. There no way that I was going to pass them up with a name like Hey Hey My My anyways. I completely dig it. As they’ve been described in their bio…”two heys, two mys, two guys named Julian and two guitars..” See what you think, they’ve got me all too interested.

Hey Hey My My – Too Much Space
Hey Hey My My – Morricone

more info…
Official Site
Myspace

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Kid Theodore

“Won’t you please invite me to stay for awhile? Because the ride home is long.”

I haven’t got much time today, but I still wanted to do a feature. Kid Theodore, another great band from the SLC area, creates quirky jazz-influenced indie rock songs. They’re eccentric, but also very willing to slow it down with some melodious, lo-fi folk tracks. I chose one of both for you all to check out. I’ve since bought their cd, and just recieved it yesterday. I’m really digging it so far. If you like what you hear, their EP Goodnight…Goodnight is definitely something to “invest” in. The guys were all too happy to let me share some tracks with you, so enjoy.

Kid Theodore – Lonely Angel
Kid Theodore – I Am A Moth

more info…
Official Site
Myspace
*Purchase available through Myspace

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