Monthly Archives: August 2006

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“Why don’t you all just come on out, and we can tear it all down.”

From the forthcoming album Supply and Demand (Blue Note), I’m all too happy to present Amos Lee‘s new single “Shout Out Loud”. We get to see a whole new side of the down to earth, blues songster on his latest effort. Instead of focusing on delicate acoustic melodies, Amos throws at us a feel-good radio anthem that I can’t imagine being anything but a hit. It’s a great track. I’ve yet to really dig much into the whole cd, but it doesn’t come out until October anyways. You know I’ll keep you updated.

Amos Lee – Shout Out Loud

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“Our horse is fast and first from the gate.”

…and on a completely different note, it’s time you got down with mewithoutyou. Similar situation – I’ve got an advance single to share with you all. The band is getting set to release their third studio album Brother, Sister in October as well. The conversational tone of lead singer Aaron Weiss’s vocals makes for an interesting track. I’m ready to hear more. I’ll have to take a listen to the rest of the disc and keep you in the know come October.

mewithoutyou – Nice and Blue (pt. 2)

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The Alarmists

“We like playing songs, we’ll help you sing along – if you know it.”

Minneapolis’s very own the Alarmists have been causing a ruckus here in the Twin Cities over the past year. As a result, they’ve been getting some great reviews from some of the area’s most reputable critics. I’ve yet to see these boys play live, so I can’t quite attest to their on-stage abilities. However, it’s hard to imagine this band being anything but exceptional. Their debut EP, “A Detail Of Soldiers”, should be able to carry them out of the cities and at least garner for them some good regional attention.

The Alarmists – New Romans
The Alarmists – Coming To Meet Me

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I Trust You To Kill Me


My love for Kiefer Sutherland is no secret. So, after getting this particular e-mail, I was pretty enthused. Enthused enough to share it with you all at least. For all practical purposes, Kiefer is what I would call a “rock star”. He not only has his own recording studio, but he owns his own independent record label called Ironworks (marry me, please?). His first signing was Rocco DeLuca, who you’ve hopefully heard of by now. Anyways, it looks like both Kiefer and Rocco and his boys are the stars of the new documentary called “I Trust You To Kill Me.”

Straight from the press release…

Special Ops Media is proud to announce the First Independent Pictures’ theatrical release of I TRUST YOU TO KILL ME. The film is a rock documentary, following “24” star, Keifer Sutherland, as he takes his indie record label act, Rocco DeLuca & the Burden on their first international tour through London, Dublin, Reykjavic and Berlin. Directed by Manu Boyer, the rockumentary chronicles a highly personal journey of a rock band & their less than qualified road manager (Sutherland), and shows the hopes, successes and disappointments of a band trying to find their audience. Shot guerilla style in High Definition color and black and white, the multi-camera crew intermingles real-life characters and captures the excitement and commotion of staged and un-staged performances, improvised interactions between the band, fans and locals.

It will only be playing in the upcoming month in NYC, San Fran, and Los Angeles, which is slightly disappointing. They plan on releasing it to DVD for the rest of us.

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Gliss

“Love down by the water’s edge, you’re kissing the blvd.”

Why hipsters (and bloggers alike) haven’t been singing this band’s praises for the last year or so is remarkably puzzling. Coming out of Los Angeles, it seems like Gliss should have built up a nice little buzz. While they’re still flying relatively below the radar (at least in the states), I think that’s all about to change. The UK has certainly taken notice, and in the process the band has landed themselves not only a record deal, but also some fairly extensive international touring. They’ve got a knack for creating lush, and often cryptic, indie-rock tracks. Included is a track from the band’s previous EP to get you interested before they release their new full length – which doesn’t hit shelves until October. While the band’s press company did send me a copy of the new disc, management wasn’t too keen on me posting the whole track (lame, I know). While I normally wouldn’t post just a clip, I like this band enough to do so.

Gliss – Kick In Your Heart
Gliss – Kissing The Blvd (advance clip)

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Elias

“You were busy sinking ships inside my dreams…”

I did indeed feature Canada’s indie-rock rookies Elias back in March, but the band has since sent me their newly finished EP – which is wholly deserving of it’s own post. The band’s new self-titled EP features not only the tracks I previously posted, but also a few new ones that I very much adore. Last time I wrote, “Keep your eyes peeled, I think Elias might do some pretty considerable things in the near feature.” I still completely stand by that statement. The band gives obvious nods to bands like Muse and early Radiohead, but is still able to retain the sound that is intrinsically their own. Nice work, boys.

Elias – Sinking Ships
Elias – Thicker Skin
Elias – Blow Away (Reprise)

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The Noises 10

“You don’t have to lie, you don’t have to tell me nothing’s wrong.”

There’s something about those dulcet Southeastern vocals. I kid you not. Every (there is room for argument, I suppose) artist I listen to from the Southeast has a very similar smooth, tonal quality to their voice – I ‘m such a sucker for it. Charlotte’s the Noises 10 are no exception. Their sweet- tempered brand of pop music is one that you certainly shouldn’t have a hard time affixing yourself to for one reason or another. After hearing “Death To The Voices”, I can’t pretend like I didn’t develop a little crush on frontman Jason Scavone (the vocals alone are enough…).

The Noises 10 – Death To The Voices
The Noises 10 – The Fix
The Noises 10 – Everyday

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The Damnwells, Air Stereo

“I never wanted to get you down or start you up.”

No qualms, and no arguments: the Damnwells are my favorite band. The past month of so has consisted of me not only listening – and loving- but reeling with the fact that I couldn’t share this with you all. Now, I can. Air Stereo came out yesterday, and quite a pleasant little surprise it is. While Bastards of the Beat tended to root itself in all things Americana, Air Stereo is undoubtedly more pop-oriented. At first, I was a bit wary. Bastards… was the reason I fell completely in love with this band, and any deviation from their strong suit seemed to me a little unsettling. After hearing some of the tracks live a couple of times, I knew there was more in store for me. The disc opens with “power” ballad “I’ve Got You”, and leaves in it’s wake a couple of tracks that, honestly, have a hard time measuring up to the rest of the album’s good repute. All complaint(s) totally and completely end there. This band’s talent is effortless, they’re a great group of completely first-class musicians. The way that they can ceaselessly roll from tracks like “I’ve Got You” and “Golden Days” into songs like the heart-wrenching “Heartbreaklist” and extended jam “God Bless America” always leaves me singing their praises. Air Stereo should absolutely be a part of your collection. Jump on board before all your hipster friends start blowing about it.


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