Monthly Archives: December 2009
“We’re all too scared to say that we know better than to throw our lives away.”
Like the rest of middle America, it doesn’t seem that Elkhart, Indiana has much to boast about these days. You’d be wrong to assume as such. inbirdseye, a self-described “collective of four young men with musical attributes,” are ripping quickly through the post-punk scene and catching the attention of the many math-rock connoisseurs of blogosphere. Their 3 track demo is soon to be followed by a self-produced new EP entitled Speak Easy. The band submitted to me the following two tracks from the upcoming mini-album to share with the rest of you. I myself haven’t listened the new EP, but I’m excited to do so once it drops.
“You’ve got to live free to stay free.”
Young songwriter Ryan Osterman is Arizona’s enigmatic Owl & Penny. He has already released two finely crafted EPs this year, the most recent of which came out digitally only a few days ago via Phoenix indie label River Jones. Both Stolen Silver and the newest, Fever Dreams, are full of unassuming lo-fi folksy jams. Being a young man in Arizona never sounded quite so sullen, but I give Osterman mounds of credit for being able to capture the apparent drudgery so beautifully. “Freight Trains,” from his first disc, is one of my favorite tracks from the past few months.
(MP3) Owl & Penny – Freight Trains (highly rec’d)
In the event that the ukulele inexplicably reminds you of the Christmas season, or if you’re rightfully starting to tire of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” then I’m more than happy to introduce you to Nashville’s Haunting Party. The duo of Nathanael Mehrens (a CPMU favorite) and Aimee Romero bring a load of cute and kitschy cheer in the form of their six-song holiday EP. It’s pretty darling, and I think we’d all be hard pressed to find a single person who doesn’t enjoy it. Two tracks are for download below, but the entire disc can be downloaded via the band’s Bandcamp site for FREE.
“You’re cracking, I’m sorry. There’s nothing that can be done.”
My love for Lovedrug runs deep – high school deep. I was pretty much permanently spoken for after hearing the band’s Rock N Roll EP years back, and haven’t parted ways with them since. After splitting with indie label the Militia Group, the band has made a go of it by themselves and has recorded a fantastic new round of demos this year. Two are downloadable below, and the other two are available to stream from their Myspace page. Spread the news, circulate the tracks – I implore you.
(MP3) Lovedrug – We Were Owls
“The sky is getting heavy tonight.”
After the mid-September release of their mini album Vivarium, young Glaswegian band Twin Atlantic seems to be making a good run of things to close out 2009. The newest single, “What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?” follows the disc’s debut, “Lightspeed.” An acoustic b-side of the track is posted below, along with the video that the band shot on their recent, and first, visit to the United States. I’ve been sweating this band for the past year or so now. If you already have Vivarium, I suggest you look into buying last year’s A Guidance From Colour EP as well as poking through the band’s live videos.
“We’ll watch the world fall from the inside.”
My last year’s posts are pretty telling, and it’s more than obvious that I’ve got a thing for the Scots. I still can’t put down Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight, I become more acquainted each passing day with the Twilight Sad’s entire catalouge, and the smattering of young Scottish bands that I’ve been spinning in-between have yet to outwear their welcome. Today’s discovery of the Brother Louis Collective, from Glasgow, thus only fuels my Scottish fervor. The band’s debut single, “These Barren Years”, which I heard for the first time all but 20 minutes ago, was great enough for me to literally stop my day’s doings in their tracks to share with you.
“You’re not the only one who feels like this.”
As a follow up to last month’s Kurran and the Wolfnotes post, albeit an untimely one, the band has since released their debut single, “Whatabitch,” early last month. After seeing them perform a few weeks back at London’s Borderline, I’m pretty much trying to soak up anything and everything Wolfnotes related. Posted below is the single’s b-side, courtesy of NME’s Daily Download feature. If you’re in or around London, catch the bands Puregroove in-store on the 14th.