Archive for October, 2013

  • One of my favorite debut bands of 2013 is, without a doubt, Fairy Bones. One of four bands born from the ashes of Born Loser and The Hangers On, Fairy Bones is a dynamite four piece who released their debut on October 15th. First off, singer Chelsey Louise is a goddamned firecracker on stage and the band supports her histrionics and indulgences with smiles, grins and a furious garage groove.  Until last month, I wasn’t entirely sure how their performance would play out on record, but I had nothing to worry about—the recordings have come out with enough visceral energy,...

    Fairy Bones: Debut EP, Debut Video and a Label Deal!

    One of my favorite debut bands of 2013 is, without a doubt, Fairy Bones. One of four bands born from the ashes of Born Loser and The Hangers On, Fairy Bones is a dynamite four piece who released their debut on October 15th. First off, singer Chelsey Louise is a goddamned firecracker on stage and the band supports her histrionics and indulgences with smiles, grins and a furious garage groove.  Until last month, I wasn’t entirely sure how their performance would play out on record, but I had nothing to worry about—the recordings have come out with enough visceral energy,...

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  • (Author’s Note: I first heard of Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl through Mike Montoya of Fatigo…he and I had met in September of 2009 and somewhere in the following Spring I ended up interviewing him for a feature in JAVA…this was the first time I had heard of them and his recommendations have always carried a lot of weight with me…I picked up their first two releases and loved them, at some point Montoya had gotten a hold of my address and one day a new CD called Children Of Fortune arrived in my mailbox, it had been  months...

    Farewell to Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl…

    (Author’s Note: I first heard of Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl through Mike Montoya of Fatigo…he and I had met in September of 2009 and somewhere in the following Spring I ended up interviewing him for a feature in JAVA…this was the first time I had heard of them and his recommendations have always carried a lot of weight with me…I picked up their first two releases and loved them, at some point Montoya had gotten a hold of my address and one day a new CD called Children Of Fortune arrived in my mailbox, it had been  months...

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  • (Author’s Note: I originally wrote the article below on January 8, 2013 for echocloud.tv, but the link there no longer works. In light of yesterday’s news concerning Andrew’s death in France, I thought the best way to pay tribute to his life would be to share a celebration of his music. After I wrote this article, Andrew introduced me to his father who gave me some of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received on anything I’ve ever written, it was a truly touching moment. I was also touched when on his Facebook music page, under “Description” for his music, he...

    In Memory of Andrew Duncan Brown

    (Author’s Note: I originally wrote the article below on January 8, 2013 for echocloud.tv, but the link there no longer works. In light of yesterday’s news concerning Andrew’s death in France, I thought the best way to pay tribute to his life would be to share a celebration of his music. After I wrote this article, Andrew introduced me to his father who gave me some of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received on anything I’ve ever written, it was a truly touching moment. I was also touched when on his Facebook music page, under “Description” for his music, he...

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  • When I first heard Blanche Beach, I very nearly lost my mind. Why? Well, mainly because this is the kind of music I was built for, the kind of music I live for, the music that gets my gears going. If I made music, this is pretty much what it would sound like. Strange to say, sure, but they’ve apparently saved me the time of picking up a guitar again. Composed of members of The Tremulants, Midnight Vitals, Dogbreth and Drainbow—this is something of a local indie supergroup and the results are stellar. The first two songs on the EP...

    Blanche Beach

    When I first heard Blanche Beach, I very nearly lost my mind. Why? Well, mainly because this is the kind of music I was built for, the kind of music I live for, the music that gets my gears going. If I made music, this is pretty much what it would sound like. Strange to say, sure, but they’ve apparently saved me the time of picking up a guitar again. Composed of members of The Tremulants, Midnight Vitals, Dogbreth and Drainbow—this is something of a local indie supergroup and the results are stellar. The first two songs on the EP...

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  • Rock’n’roll doesn’t have to be complicated to be great. In fact, sometimes the less complicated it is, the better. I’ve always loved garage rock, mod rock and punk because they can sum up everything necessary in three minutes or less.  I remember Pete Townshend’s reaction to the film Fight Club (paraphrased here) that it “Wasn’t anything that wasn’t expressed in three minutes of ‘My Generation’.”  I’ve always loved short terse songs that blow your mind and totally sum up an urgent need for expression. The Dead Eyes Of London do exactly that in 3:03 with a total of 33 words...

    “You’re My Queen” by The Dead Eyes Of London—Tuesday’s Tune

    Rock’n’roll doesn’t have to be complicated to be great. In fact, sometimes the less complicated it is, the better. I’ve always loved garage rock, mod rock and punk because they can sum up everything necessary in three minutes or less.  I remember Pete Townshend’s reaction to the film Fight Club (paraphrased here) that it “Wasn’t anything that wasn’t expressed in three minutes of ‘My Generation’.”  I’ve always loved short terse songs that blow your mind and totally sum up an urgent need for expression. The Dead Eyes Of London do exactly that in 3:03 with a total of 33 words...

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  • I’ve never had a chance to write about Darkness Dear Boy before, I’ve mentioned them in articles and on the  radio, but I’ve never gotten to really write about my love for this rock’n’roll band. And its Autumn and that’s where my head is at. They somehow completely flew under my radar when they released Brand New Carrot On A String in April of 2010—but at that time I was slightly overwhelmed at just how great the local music scene had become in the first two years I had been writing about it. This was totally my bad, that album...

    “Knob” by Darkness Dear Boy—Tuesday’s Tune

    I’ve never had a chance to write about Darkness Dear Boy before, I’ve mentioned them in articles and on the  radio, but I’ve never gotten to really write about my love for this rock’n’roll band. And its Autumn and that’s where my head is at. They somehow completely flew under my radar when they released Brand New Carrot On A String in April of 2010—but at that time I was slightly overwhelmed at just how great the local music scene had become in the first two years I had been writing about it. This was totally my bad, that album...

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