Monthly Archives: March 2007

Novah

“I just can’t get started yet…”

This city is always striking gold. Unbeknown to me until about 3 days ago is the mellow melodicism of Atlanta’s Novah. While it wasn’t my intention to do a post today, these songs are the perfect accompaniment to a lazy Sunday afternoon – I couldn’t resist. I don’t have much time to elaborate…my study habits have been ultra poor, and I’m paying for it now. The tracks were taken from the band’s Deadly Waterparks EP. Hopefully we’ll all be hearing more about them soon.

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Dear and the Headlights

“I haven’t had a day alone since I met you.”
Small Steps, Heavy Hooves
(its out now, you should find it)

I saw it coming from a million miles away. Upon hearing some of the band’s early demo tracks over a year back, I knew Dear and the Headlights were destined for greatness. You might think I’m being a bit overemphatic, but I assure you I’m not. Though I’ve already declared my undying allegiance, don’t take this review with a grain of salt. This band deserves every bit of praise that I’m about to put forward.

Though this Arizona quintet seems to draw from an amalgam of influences, they still retain a substantial amount of originality. The band so effortlessly combines some irrestible pop/rock melodies with the slightly less contrived sounds of the alt-country and folk rock domains. The raw, unrehearsed vocal stylings of frontman Ian Metzger only further contributes to the band’s signature rough and tumble sound. “Small Steps, Heavy Hooves” commences with a rousing, airy little acoustic romp before delving into the more acerbic (yet still completely delightful at the same time – if you can imagine that) and uninhibited sounds of “Sweet Talk.” While I assure you that the band’s debut is of the “do not press skip” type, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you that there are a few tracks I hold more dear than others. “Daysleeper”, which appears in it’s original, unaffected demo version, is an acoustic testament to the ever so painful ordeal of unrequited love. “Happy In Love”, a minimalistic, ethereal ballad, as well “I’m Bored, You’re Amourous”, which renders a completely different mood, might just take the cake. Metzger’s incredibly fluid and conversational style of lyricism that pervades the entire disc simply makes it all the more compelling.

Debut records usually leave room to grow. Since the band has already crafted a stunning record in their early years, I can’t even imagine what they’re capable of at full capacity. Though it’s only Feburary, I can assure you that “Small Steps, Heavy Hooves” will see its way into my top 5 of 2007.

Dear and the Headlights – Oh No!
Dear and the Headlights – I’m Bored, You’re Amorous

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Limbeck

Showed up to the Triple Rock at 4 o’clock…”

The weather here in London has been absolutely beautiful this past week or so – it has me pining for my summer out and about on the lakes in Minnesota. Perhaps the Twin Cities aren’t topping your list of places to visit – but I promise you…they should. My summer playlists consist largely of anything Americana. Limbeck mixes pop, rock and Americana to perfection. While I’ve stuck with tracks from the band’s previous releases, Let Me Come Home and Hi, Everything’s Great, they’re set to release their new disc on April 10th. Please, pick it up. I’m also just looking for an excuse to post their rendition of the Police’s “So Lonely.” I think it’s fantastic.

Limbeck – Home (Is Where The Van Is)
Limbeck – This Place Is Desterted
Limbeck – So Lonely

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Thom Stone

“She knows which way the wind blows…”


I had first heard the music of Thom Stone months ago back in the states. He was ever so kind enough to send me some demos, but I held off on posting them simply because they were just too rough – not because I didn’t completely dig them. I’ve finally gotten around to seeing him play over here in London, and was given his newly released single, Big House, in the process. His new EP, Harmony On A Jetplane, is available for pre-order. I’ve actually have yet to hear it, but I know I can suggest it regardless. There is no way you won’t enjoy it. Also, I’ve included one of Thom’s original demos – just for good measure. Again, if you’re in the London area, stop by to see Thom play at Nambucca on Sunday (11th). It’s a charity event, you can’t go wrong…

Big House
She Knows (demo)

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Dramarama

I love this song for no reason in particular. Dramarama was a fantastic band that, unfortunately, never really got much recognition. Though this track isn’t on it, they released their best disc, Cinema Veritae, in 1985. I suggest you pick it up if you’re a fan of either the Ramones or the Replacements (and who isn’t…) Frontman John Easdale’s likeness to Westerberg is kind of uncanny.

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