Shannon Shaw,Clamsfront woman, has one of those voices in rock: bluesy, gritty, perhaps a tad boozy -- that makes for a raucous, growl-y good time. On sophomore release Sleep Talk, good times are flowing, as Shaw and the band rip through 12 retro charmers with energy, wit, and just the right amount of "ooga-boogas."
Check out my full review over at Phrequency, and scoop the sweet vid for the title track.
Bad Penny,the debut album from new Slumberland signees Spectrals, is full of easy-going vintage grooves perfect for easing back into these last 3 weeks of work before the holiday. This tune debuted on my radio show last week, but I liked it so much I decided to include it again here:
Something in the styling reminds me of early Sondre Lerche -- which is to say, classically-influenced, delicate, and sweet. Much <3!
Ahh Thanksgiving. America's celebration of food, family, and gluttony is almost upon us, and if you're anything like me, that means major stressing over travel and turkey-basting. But it doesn't have to be that way! Head over to Phrequency.com to check out my Thanksgiving playlist...then queue it up, and let the food coma begin!
I've already documented my love for new Philly band White Birds (see here, and also here); last Sunday I was fortunate enough to stop by the band's session for XPN's The Key and snap a couple photos. You can check 'em out there...and stay tuned for the full session shortly!
Of Monsters and Men hail from Iceland, a country I associate with Bjork, putting random v's and j's in the middle of words, and the bad guys from Mighty Ducks 2. A few years from now though, I wouldn't be surprised if these guys were the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Iceland -- so engaging and dynamic are their tunes.
also engaging: their band photos, like this lil gem (from Facebook)
No, really. On debut record My Head is an Animal the band displays a penchant for grand sweeping theatricality and cathartic tunes that burrow in your skull for days. Read my full review at Phrequency.com, and check out a live performance of standout single "Little Talks."
The Cribs, “Save Your Secrets” Ignore the Ignorant
Blur, “Country House” The Great Escape
Fruit Bats, “Tangie and Ray” Tripper
Bright Eyes, “Lover I Don’t Have to Love” Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Pulp, “This is Hardcore” This is Hardcore
Gorillaz feat. Lou Reed, “Some Kind of Nature” Plastic Beach
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, “Another Morning Stoner” Source Tags & Codes
Google result #2 for "Another Stoner." (Apparently TOD have a trademark on the phrase "Another Morning Stoner" b/c all image results for this are pics of the band. Whatevs. Animals can be stoners too.)
The Front Bottoms, “Maps” The Front Bottoms
Quasi, “Chocolate Rabbit” R&B Transmogrification
Pants Yell!, “Reject, Reject” Alison Statton
Papercuts, “Chills” Fading Parade
Dum Dum Girls, “Always Looking” Only in Dreams
Galaxie 500, “Blue Thunder” On Fire
Helium, “Superball” The Dirt of Luck
Super Furry Animals, “Sidewalk Serfer Girl” Rings Around the World
Beck, “The New Pollution” Odelay
Supertramp, “Breakfast in America" Breakfast in America
Happy Mondays, “Country Song” Bummed
The Ting Tings, “That’s Not My Name” We Started Nothing
The Danvilles, “I Tell You” East
Swimsuit, “The Grit” Swimsuit
BOAT, “Dress Like Your Idols” Dress Like Your Idols
Chicago hooligans Mannequin Men write sloppy, sloshy, easy-going rockers that combine elements of all my favorite things: power-pop euphoria; lo-fi jangle; and drunken resolution -- into a venerable sing-along of boozy joy.
Mannequin Men living up to their name
On their 4th and self-titled album, they present their strongest batch of songs yet, and the perfect soundtrack for low-key weekend, killing a case with friends. Check out my full review over at Phrequency.com, and party on.
Sometimes when I get drunk and watch TV, my brain is filled with enlightened thoughts about ideas for future episodes. Here are the results of one drunken evening with It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: 5 classic Philly-isms that have yet to be explored, plus some sloppy Photoshopping, completed while at work.
1. The Gang Gets Hip.
Ironic '90s tee? Check. Fatty in a diaper + headband? Check. Charlie photoshopped onto body of chick in tube top? Chhhheck.
Philly is full of hipsters, so how come there has not been an episode making fun of them yet? Maybe they meet some art school students and spend an episode trying to adapt to the lifestyle, wearing plaid and riding bikes, then get sad when they move to Brooklyn at the end. They could be probably even convince some of the UArts students to appear in this episode for free -- nothing says exposure like making fun yourself on national TV.
2. The Gang Gets Flash-Mobbed.
Guns of steel to the rescue
Major citywide catastrophe = majorly funny television episode. I'm thinking this would involve some sort of retaliation plan gone horribly wrong, possibly using Cricket as bait.
3. The Gang Versus the PPA.
Like Parking Wars...on crack
This would be a classic match-up of laziness and ego.
4. The Gang Steals the Rocky Statue.
Seriously, how has this not happened yet?
5. The Gang Discovers a New Favorite Bar.
No photoshopping required
The gang stumbles intoMac's Tavern (i.e., the bar Caitlin Olsen and Rob McElhenney own in real life), and is weirded out when the bartenders are their dopper-gangers and the menu items are named after them. Like the "The Bizarro" episode of Seinfield, but weirder. Plus i would love to see Charlie get in a fight with himself!
Uber-cool New York duo Phantogram craft sexy nighttime music that still sounds good during the day. Combining old-skool samples with blistering beats, hazy shoegaze guitars, and Sarah Barthel's dreamy, emotive vocals -- Phantogram manage to capture both sadness and exuberance on new EP Nightlife, detailing the emotional highs and lows of life on the road, experienced during last year's tour.
Looking dejected (From FB)
The result is a passionate musical journey that belies its 27 minute running time. Check out my full review over at Phrequency.com -- then tune in to my radio show next Monday at 6 to catch a track from Nightlife.