Archive for April, 2014

  • It’s probably no secret that Audioconfusion is one of my favorite studios in town and that Jalipaz is one of my favorite producers/engineers–I’m betting a good 33% of the bands I have written about over the last six years of covering local music have recorded with him at that studio. One thing is for sure, I’m continually surprised by the diversity of sounds he produces and the results he manages to get from bands of all genres, all styles and manner of music. I had been writing about local music for over a year before I had ever heard of...

    Audioconfusion releases “Sampler 3″!!!

    It’s probably no secret that Audioconfusion is one of my favorite studios in town and that Jalipaz is one of my favorite producers/engineers–I’m betting a good 33% of the bands I have written about over the last six years of covering local music have recorded with him at that studio. One thing is for sure, I’m continually surprised by the diversity of sounds he produces and the results he manages to get from bands of all genres, all styles and manner of music. I had been writing about local music for over a year before I had ever heard of...

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  • The season pool parties, late night madness until dawn and more noticeable warmth is well on its way and there is nothing better to celebrate the six month Summer season than some sweet singles that make the living a little easier. These three songs scream “Anthems of Summer” and they have all been released in the last week. This is all Summer time music from the surf pop rock of Party Gardens to the easy Stax soul of Samuel L Cool J to the Funky Ska of The Hourglass cats, if nothing gets you in the mood for the life...

    Singles Going Steady-Three Sizzling Summer Tunes!

    The season pool parties, late night madness until dawn and more noticeable warmth is well on its way and there is nothing better to celebrate the six month Summer season than some sweet singles that make the living a little easier. These three songs scream “Anthems of Summer” and they have all been released in the last week. This is all Summer time music from the surf pop rock of Party Gardens to the easy Stax soul of Samuel L Cool J to the Funky Ska of The Hourglass cats, if nothing gets you in the mood for the life...

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  •   I’ve been a fan of Former Friends of Young Americans practically since the start, back in the Black Cactus Records days, back when Marco and Dan were still alive. In fact, it was Dan Somers who handed me their EP in the parking lot of the Yucca Tap Room and said “You’re gonna’ love this.” I looked at the cover and the disc and said “There are no songs listed here anywhere!?” To which he replied, “Yeah, that’s Former Friends for you.” I was both amused and intrigued, so I had to play it right away and I was...

    VideosAroundTown: “Heaven’s Always Waiting” by Former Friends of Young Americans

      I’ve been a fan of Former Friends of Young Americans practically since the start, back in the Black Cactus Records days, back when Marco and Dan were still alive. In fact, it was Dan Somers who handed me their EP in the parking lot of the Yucca Tap Room and said “You’re gonna’ love this.” I looked at the cover and the disc and said “There are no songs listed here anywhere!?” To which he replied, “Yeah, that’s Former Friends for you.” I was both amused and intrigued, so I had to play it right away and I was...

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  • I’ve been checking into a lot of Field Tripp shows lately and lead main man Dan Tripp has taken his baby in a whole new direction these days–it’s a great direction that far surpasses his previous efforts. It’s an interesting thing I’ve noticed about Tripp lately, anytime he adds his essence to a project it becomes monumentally better. I guess I’m a fan of the man and the band. Recently, I witnessed him perform a searing set of Misfits covers at Rogue Bar that was both spot on and unrelenting–it was supposed to be a set of Talking Heads covers,...

    Field Tripp – Les Is Mormon EP

    I’ve been checking into a lot of Field Tripp shows lately and lead main man Dan Tripp has taken his baby in a whole new direction these days–it’s a great direction that far surpasses his previous efforts. It’s an interesting thing I’ve noticed about Tripp lately, anytime he adds his essence to a project it becomes monumentally better. I guess I’m a fan of the man and the band. Recently, I witnessed him perform a searing set of Misfits covers at Rogue Bar that was both spot on and unrelenting–it was supposed to be a set of Talking Heads covers,...

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  • You would not think that a band so solemn, and self-admittedly so, would be the kind of outfit to throw a blowout stellar release party, but that’s what The Riveras are going to do and the artistry of their brand new album alone is worthy of it. We Don’t Remember The Dream, But The Dream Remembers Us is an eight track album of beautifully orchestrated solemnity that hones in on their patented mellow, heavy sound. This is not for casual use, this is for days that you must be attuned, focused and for moments that you want to indulge yourself...

    The Riveras – We Don’t Remember The Dream, But The Dream Remembers Us

    You would not think that a band so solemn, and self-admittedly so, would be the kind of outfit to throw a blowout stellar release party, but that’s what The Riveras are going to do and the artistry of their brand new album alone is worthy of it. We Don’t Remember The Dream, But The Dream Remembers Us is an eight track album of beautifully orchestrated solemnity that hones in on their patented mellow, heavy sound. This is not for casual use, this is for days that you must be attuned, focused and for moments that you want to indulge yourself...

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  • The Prowling Kind was one of my favorite debuts of last year, along with the likes of Celebration Guns, Twin Ponies, Northern Hustle and of course Fairy Bones, this was one band that rocked my world in 2013–unlike the other bands listed, I unfortunately never got to write about their album at the time. I blame it on the fact that JAVA Magazine has no August issue and by the time I did get their album it was long past its release, so I’m fixing that now, because I love their debut Tennessee. It’s not like I didn’t know the...

    The Prowling Kind – Tennessee

    The Prowling Kind was one of my favorite debuts of last year, along with the likes of Celebration Guns, Twin Ponies, Northern Hustle and of course Fairy Bones, this was one band that rocked my world in 2013–unlike the other bands listed, I unfortunately never got to write about their album at the time. I blame it on the fact that JAVA Magazine has no August issue and by the time I did get their album it was long past its release, so I’m fixing that now, because I love their debut Tennessee. It’s not like I didn’t know the...

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  • I’ve got to admit that I never thought in a million years that I would recommend an album that was recorded by a fourteen year old singer/songwriter. It never even crossed my mind that I would even be interested in what a girl that age could say or play without thinking they had so much more territory to cross, so much more life to do, so much more to realize and maybe find their course of talent. This was until I heard the debut album by Taylor Upsahl.  I actually didn’t realize her youth until reading the description on CDBaby,...

    Taylor Upsahl’s Precocious Debut Album

    I’ve got to admit that I never thought in a million years that I would recommend an album that was recorded by a fourteen year old singer/songwriter. It never even crossed my mind that I would even be interested in what a girl that age could say or play without thinking they had so much more territory to cross, so much more life to do, so much more to realize and maybe find their course of talent. This was until I heard the debut album by Taylor Upsahl.  I actually didn’t realize her youth until reading the description on CDBaby,...

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  • There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has...

    TMI on KWSS Presents the 3rd Annual Phochella Music Fest!

    There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has...

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  • So, for the last few months I’ve been watching the recently founded and fairly mysterious Moone Records out of the corner of my eye. They seem to be collecting a strange array of bands and sounds that are both fascinating and elegant at once, low-fi yet dreamy with a gauzy pop sensibility. One of their premiere bands is the up and coming Bear State who have released a terrifically hypnotizing six song EP today called Hello Alexander on the aforementioned Moone Records. To highlight the release of the EP they will top off the day by opening for The Naked...

    Bear State Release “Hello Alexander” EP Today!

    So, for the last few months I’ve been watching the recently founded and fairly mysterious Moone Records out of the corner of my eye. They seem to be collecting a strange array of bands and sounds that are both fascinating and elegant at once, low-fi yet dreamy with a gauzy pop sensibility. One of their premiere bands is the up and coming Bear State who have released a terrifically hypnotizing six song EP today called Hello Alexander on the aforementioned Moone Records. To highlight the release of the EP they will top off the day by opening for The Naked...

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  • Last month, somewhat unexpectedly, Future Loves Past released a cassette through Rubber Brother Records showing off their latest recordings with Bob Hoag as a preview of the album to be released later this year as Our Solar System. It’s amazing. I could pretty much end the review there, I mean I don’t really need to say more, except that this excerpt assures me that this will be one of the best albums of the year should it be released in 2014. Today they have released the full version of that EP with some heavy expansion on the binaural sound experiments...

    Future Loves Past – Our Solar System EP

    Last month, somewhat unexpectedly, Future Loves Past released a cassette through Rubber Brother Records showing off their latest recordings with Bob Hoag as a preview of the album to be released later this year as Our Solar System. It’s amazing. I could pretty much end the review there, I mean I don’t really need to say more, except that this excerpt assures me that this will be one of the best albums of the year should it be released in 2014. Today they have released the full version of that EP with some heavy expansion on the binaural sound experiments...

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