Monthly Archives: August 2010

Tired Pony, “Dead American Writers”

“I have read your words a thousand times.”

So, I’m going to be pretty unapologetic about this one.  Quite frankly, the Snow Patrol news ticker isn’t something I follow religiously – and I’ve only just heard about thew new side project today on public radio.  Gary Lightbody does, however, have a voice of pure gold that I could listen to for hours on end.  For his new project, Tired Pony, Lightbody enlisted the help of former bandmate Iain Archer and his wife, Peter Buck of R.E.M., and Belle and Sebastian’s Richard Colburn (a supergroup indeed…).  While I wouldn’t call it a “country” album, as the band self-describes,  it certainly sits along the alt-country, folk-pop fringes.  Lightbody doesn’t steer far from the radio anthems that Snow Patrol is both loved and lambasted for, but the record is nonetheless quite stunning.  The band currently has two October shows, NYC and Los Angeles, on the grid.  The disc is already out in the UK, and can pre-ordered in the States for a September 28th release date.

Tired Pony – Dead American Writers

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Last Lungs, “Look At That Old Grizzly Bear”

Since I last posted about Deep Elm’s newest singing Last Lungs back in July, the label has since released the Preston, UK band’s debut, Look at That Old Grizzly Bear, earlier this month.  The entire album is stacked heavy with bouts of post-rock brilliance, and I’m thankful for having stumbled upon the five piece sometime over two months ago. Downloadable below is an album sampler mp3 courtesy of Deep Elm.  The disc is available digitally in pretty much all corners of the internet – so you’ve no excuse not to find it.

Last Lungs – Album preview (mp3)

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Tubelord, “Ratchet” – Tezcatlipoca EP

“Take the picture, start over.”

Find Our First American Friends, and consider yourself all the better for it.  Tubelord‘s first full length knocked me off my feet, a blow from which I still haven’t fully recovered.  I love the record, and though their bearing of intelligent indie rock has gained considerable attention in the appropriate UK scene circles – it’s gone mostly unnoticed here in the States.  The Greater London three piece followed the debut this month with their Tezcatlipoca EP, by which I am equally impressed.  The EP precedes the upcoming sophomore release Over In Brooklyn, which is still “a long way off” and due out sometime in 2011.  Find all the release on Tubelord’s Bandcamp site.  They’ll also be touring the UK and Ireland in late August all the way through to early September – dates are on Myspace.

Tubelord – Ratchet

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Magic Man, “Real Life Color”

“Glaring at grins like they’ve done the impossible.”

If there’s one genre descriptor I just can’t get down with – it’s anything with an “electro” prefix.  I’ve nearly shut myself out of an entire genre, and it’s a shame.  Every once in awhile something remarkable comes along and restores my faith, or at least my interest, in the genre.  Boston’s Magic Man takes the cake this time around.  They are giving their entire full-length, Real Life Magic, away for free via Bandcamp, and it’s one track greater than the next. Apparently I’ve jumped on the Sam and Alex train months too late, but I’m happy to pass along the info to those who were just as shortsighted as myself…

Magic Man – Monster
Magic Man – Like Sailors

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Airship, “Spirit Party”

“Coming out the woodwork to tell us what they really heard.”

Cast a net over the wonderfully abundant talent pool that is Manchester, England, and  you’ll come up with Airship as one of its best and brightest. The band has been burning through my brain since I heard them on a holiday sometime over a year ago.  I love the new Algebra EP just as much as I love its precursor, Spirit of the Beehive.  The two seem to bleed completely into each other anyway, sharing the standout track “Algebra” that initiated the whole love affair.  Rich, melodic indie rock – with equal parts slow meandering riffs, group shouts, and bona fide alt-pop choruses. You can download an additional track, “Kids”, via the band’s Myspace page.  Not that Manchester is a hop, skip and a jump from London, but I’m on a serious mission to see this band play in the next few months…

Airship – Spirit Party

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Spouse, “Confidence”

“Let’s not forget what got you there in the first place.”

Consider Spouse the most painfully and unjustly underrated band that you’ve never heard. I’ve been listening for years upon years, and still can’t find a single critical thing to say.  In fact, a few of their tracks (“Are You Gonna Kiss Or Wave Goodbye?”, “Sad Not Trashed”, and “London”) would be near the top of my top 25 favorite songs list – if anyone ever forced me to undertake such a painstaking task.  Highly recommended that you put your media literacy skills to work and dive deeper into the band’s catalogue.  Members seem to rotate frequently – but the one constant is frontman Jose Ayerve. The new disc, which is entitled Confidence, follows the four or five remarkable records that came before it.  Two tracks are available to preview, and a purchase link sits below.

Spouse – Keep Being You
Spouse – Grand Motif

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Dad Rocks!, “Nothing Keeps”

“Dads can be cool,” he says. Not sure why he’s chosen to run with the ‘dad’ schtick, but I can’t say that he doesn’t make it sound cool. Mimas (find. listen. and then listen ten time more) frontman Snævar Njáll Albertsson (say that five times fast – or once, even) makes anything and everything sound good, actually. Dad Rocks! is his  lo-fi acoustic side project, a creative outlet for his decidedly less electric offerings.  Find the Digital Age EP on Bandcamp.

Dad Rocks! – Nothing Keeps

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