Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Tree Ring, “Wore It Deep”

I may have just found my new favorite band.  More to follow.

“Wore It Deep”, by the Tree Ring

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Time Travels

“Don’t you know my type from the way I like my coffee?”

It’s almost like he has done a bit of spring cleaning.  Upstate New Yorker Frank McGinnis is back with a new project, a new album, and a new name. The new self-titled Time Travels LP is a step in directions that McGinnis hasn’t quite gone with previous bands Frankie and His Fingers and By Land or By Sea.  Armed with just an acoustic guitar and a few other accoutrements, Time Travels is his new lo-fi pet project. The album is packed with twelve semi-themed tracks, and is a celebration of the great things that can be done with a bit of time, a penchant for songwriting, and the skillful effectuation of that knack.  Been listening for years and will continue to do so.

Time Travels – Jonah
Time Travels – The Eye
 
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Spring Offensive, “A Stutter and a Start”

“I am not in control, I’m not sure I ever was.”

After seeing the band play live for the first time earlier this month, I’m  now officially caught up in the Spring Offensive machine.  The recently released Between You and Me acoustic EP has been in and out of the iPod earbuds on a near-constant rotation.  The new single comes out today, and featured above is the clever one-shot video the band organized in tandem with the release. For any and all Londoners – come out to see them support the wonderful Jeniferever tonight at the Lexington.

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Among Brothers, “Homes” EP

“Fighting the ebb and the flow of the current.”

Tips from friends are always the best, and sometimes its quite nice to be on the receiving end.  Cardiff’s Among Brothers made its way into the new music pipeline after a quick exchange with an aquaintance sometime last week. Their new EP, Homes, is available as a ‘name your price’ on Bandcamp, and is well worth the standard 1gbp per track if you’re willing and able to pay it.  Otherwise, I’m sure the band’s priority is to reach the greatest number of ears, and they have given you the option of downloading it for free.  They will be playing with Olympians on the 20th, both bands hopefully armed with a few Weezer covers for the Surf Wax America #9 at Old Blue Last here in London.

Among Brothers – Sam, Isaiah and the Wolf

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Southeast Engine, “Canary”

“New growth is what I’m looking for.”

Besides being fond of Midwesterners and Misra Records, the seasoned alt-folk vets behind Ohio’s Southeast Engine simply do not leave me much of which to be critical.  Canary, released early last week, impresses just as much as its predecessors and has been well-received by an indie press armed to the teeth with nice things to say about the band’s 5th studio album. Well written bits of alt-country and roots-rock couple with colorful strokes of Appalachia for a welcome throwback to something and somewhere that most of us don’t know and never will, but the result is something curious and fantastic.

Southeast Engine – New Growth

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