D.A. Stern announces Isn’t It Obvious EP

by Woody on April 19, 2018

I had never heard of D.A. Stern until today. This is a quality pop tune and I’m happy to have it in my life. The EP will be out tomorrow via the fine folks at Slumberland Records. Here’s some more info from the PR machine.

D.A. Stern is a crafty songwriter whose sensibility marries an arch and sometimes unsettled outlook with the classic melodicism and wit of heavyweight influences like Harry Nilsson and Elvis Costello. His 2017 debut album “Aloha Hola” is a mini-masterpiece of modern pop that perfectly encapsulates that ethos and rather cannily reflects both his New Jersey roots and chosen Los Angeles home. Slumberland is pleased to have reissued “Aloha Hola” and we’re psyched to bring you some fresh D.A. Stern as well.

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It’s five long years since The Moondoggies released an album. Long labeled (by me) as one of America’s most underrated bands, A Love Sleeps Deep sees the Everett, WA quintet building on all the facets that made their first three albums so damn enjoyable. They are a throw back to when bands played guitar rock built on a rock-steady rhythm section.

What’s always stood out to me is there ability to change courses during songs without losing sight of spine of the song. Robert Terreberry and Carl Dahlen keep Caleb Quick (keys) and Jon Potrello (lead and steel) tethered as lead singer & guitarist Kevin Murphy sings often in harmony with the others. Nothing seems rushed or forced. Songs might wander into corners, but instead of panicking; the boys casually backtrack and ease out of tunes with some wonderful outros. Sick In Bed is a real nice example of this.

Songwriter, Kevin Murphy has also sharpened his game during the break. Father to two young girls and building a family with his girlfriend, Murphy’s view of the world has definitely changed. He’s watched his girlfriend of Peruvian descent experience casual racism as if it’s nothing; addressed on Cinders. He’s had run-ins with a landlord over the shitty conditions that his family was living in; addressed on Soviet Barn Fire. And like the rest of us, he’s watching out planet continually get shit on for a dollar; addressed on (Underground) A Love Sleeps Deep.

In a nutshell, they just sound so comfortable in their own skin and it shows on the music. They may never be the arena gods that so many of the bands that inspired them. But they continue to get better and better.

Our 2011 session is here

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Erin Rae is an Americana artist with a lovely voice. She writes these classic songs that you immediately connect with. Reminds me of another Americana artist who just put out a stunning album, Courtney Marie Andrews. These ladies make it look so easy. Here’s some more info on the artist.

Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs, steps into the spotlight with ‘Putting On Airs’, already landing the critical attention from influential music media, including Noisey, Nashville Scene, Vulture, Rolling Stone and NPR. Rae recently appeared on World Cafe Nashville, performing tracks and chatting with Ann Powers about the major themes of the record, including mental health, personal growth and healing, and reflections on the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child growing up in Tennessee in the 1990s. Discussing the forthcoming record, Powers noted that “Putting On Airs augments Rae’s natural grace with subtle strokes of Mellotron and pedal steel, recalling the dreamy folk-pop of artists like Jackson Browne or even the Carpenters.”

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Fresh off of seeing Philly’s Queen of Jeans at SXSW, it came as no surprise that Dig Yourself is a wonderfully addictive album. Utilizing the harmonies of Miriam Devora, Matheson Glass, and Nina Scotto; the quartet blends psych-pop, folk and surf rock to come up with their own brand of music, which they’ve affectionately termed crockpot pop. And like any good crockpot recipe, it might sound a little weird as you’re chucking the ingredients in, but it sure works when it’s done.

When I originally posted about Queen of Jeans, I noted that I was reminded of Lucius due to the lovely harmonies. After spending some considerable time with the album, I find myself referencing Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan’s album of punk covers; Take It, Its Yours. Tracks like More To Love and U R My Guy have these meaty retro hooks that allow the ladies space to weave their vocals in without losing the connection with the hook. The ladies then really show off their chops with the a cappella track, You’re Never Alone. Set over the sounds of waves lapping the coast, the ladies really make some magic here.

As Philly continues to grow as a hotbed for indie music, it is tough to keep track of all the new players. Let me assure you, Queen of Jeans is worth keeping track of.

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Petal announces Magic Gone for 6/15 release

April 16, 2018

Petal is the cathartic vehicle of Kiley Lotz. Magic Gone is going to Petal’s sophomore effort after 2015’s Shame. If you enjoy music inspired by 90s indie, than Petal should be right up your alley. Here’s some more on the album from Lotz. “‘Magic Gone’ is the physical and sonic representation of me fighting for […]

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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years (album review)

April 13, 2018

photo by John Gessner The first time I saw Sarah Shook & The Disarmers live I did Sarah a disservice. As we took in the set, I commented that her backing band, The Disarmers, was bunch of grizzled shitkickers. Reason being, is that Sarah is a grizzled shitkicker and that ethos translates on both her […]

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The Nude Party announce s/t debut for 7/6 release

April 12, 2018

photo by Sacha Lecca The Nude Party are a six-piece from North Carolina that I described as a twangy version of The Allah-Las leading up to SXSW. Don’t know how accurate that is but the tune below boogies. The fine folks at New West Records will be releasing their debut LP on July 6th. While […]

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Thunderpussy announce s/t debut LP for 5/25

April 10, 2018

On my first night down at SXSW, I did two things I normally don’t do. 1) I stayed out until 2:30 on my first night in Austin. Always a tough way to start a four day swing at SXSW 2) I ate Whataburger at 2:15. Upon reflection, I regret only one of those things as […]

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever announce debut LP Hope Downs for 6/15

April 10, 2018

After two kickass EPs, Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are set to release their debut LP, Hope Downs via the fine folks at Sub Pop. These dudes absolutely get things cooking when they play live. Here’s a little something on one of the track below, Talking Straight. In singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe White’s own words: The concept […]

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Goat Girl – s/t (album review)

April 9, 2018

photo – Holly Whitaker The debut by London’s Goat Girl is 19 songs spread out over 40 minutes. It is a wild ride and a really impressive debut LP by a band this young. The songs play as if they were born from random scribbles on a notebook with little regard to convention. Tracks like […]

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