Sweet Bunch is what happens you take 10 track of easy going Americana (with a 70s flavor) and run them through the Spacebomb filter. Spoiler alert: what happens is goodness. I hadn’t heard of of Andy Jenkins prior to his album release but I am a massive fan of White’s music, production work and overall approach towards music.

This is one of those symbiotic relationships you read about in biology class. I think White’s touch takes Jenkins songs to another level but needless to say, all of White’s special work would be rendered useless without Jenkins tasty tunes. That being said, the title track where White helps out on the vocals is pure magic. Built around a lazy guitar riff that sounds like it originated on a back porch, Jenkins and White trade verses back with gentle backing vocals. This song is one of those slow-burning epic jams that makes me happy that I love music as much as I do.

This is the perfect summer album for me. I cranked this fucker up the other day as I was grilling and drinking a cool one. The troubles of the day just washed away from me. Some of the other top-notch jams include the opener Hazel Woods, Ascendant Hog and Get Together. In reality, the whole album kicks ass.

So in conclusion. Andy Jenkins. Cool. Matthew E. White. Cool. Phil Cook, oh yeah didn’t even mention him yet and you know I love his shit. So yeah, cool.

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The Molochs released a quality debut of 60’s influenced rock titled American Velvet Glory. They’re now back with their sophomore effort, Flowers In The Spring, for a 9/7 release via the fine folks at Innovative Leisure. Here’s what the band had to say about the track below.

“The song lies somewhere between the Beatles’ “Rain” and Psychic TV with some paisley New Zealand tinges. The words “there’s something I wanna say to you” are very liberating. They scream out. It could mean addressing someone else or addressing yourself. Sometimes you have to shake someone and yell a bit. Sometimes you have to shake yourself and yell a bit. It’s good to call yourself out from time to time.”

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Guitars, so much guitars. So much guitar goodness. At some points it almost feels like I’m listening to guitar riffs of The Mats, REM and Flying Nun laid over each other as Joe Russo (bass) and Marcel Tussie (drums) admirably keep the ship moving forward. But nope, it is Fran Keaney, Tom Russo, and Joe White who in addition to weaving tasty guitar licks are also sharing the vocal duties as well.

I loved their two EPs so to say I was hyped for the LP is an understatement. And Hope Downs delivers the goods from beginning to end. It is a dizzying and winding 35 minute trek of indie rock delight. The opener, An Air Conditioned Man brilliantly encapsulates my predicament of my day job, and wondering where my youthful dreams went.

Two tunes later, right after the excellent Talking Straight, was inspired by Tom Russo’s voyage to the island of his grandfather’s birth balanced with the struggles of refugees in Australia. Bellarine is an an absolute gem and that is followed by Cappuccino City, a tune that muses about a meandering day in a cafe. Lest I forget, the punchy closer The Hammer which bring the proceedings to a satisfying conclusion.

I love getting lost in these guys tunes and trying to pick out which direction each riff is headed. And as good as their albums are, they are better live.

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Snail Mail – Lush (album review)

by Woody on June 15, 2018

Lindsey Jordan is seven years older than my daughter. A daughter who’s binge-watching The Office and Community and figuring out social media (under the watchful eyes of mom and dad). Between her Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, Matador Records has a triumvirate of ladies that are legitimately young enough to be my daughter; yet produce music that can buckle my knees. To be honest, it kind of freaks me out a bit.

But enough about my daily struggles with old age. Jordan’s music deftly balances the fragility of being a teenager with the composed self-confidence of someone much older than 19; a trait shared by the artists I mentioned. As my daughter continues to get older, I find listening to these artists even more compelling than I did when I was in my teens or twenties.

All of that wouldn’t matter if the songwriting and execution wasn’t excellent. In addition to Jordan’s deft songwriting and vocals, she is a quality guitarist as well. Taught by Mary Timony, Jordan displays an adept and diverse scope of talent throughout the album. (She is also a scrapper in the corners as well.)

The album focuses on her teen years – the breakups, the shitty and awkward situations, the highs and lows of it all. While I am what seems to be a lifetime away from those years, I have the aforementioned daughter that is just entering this phase, which I suppose is why this album resonates with me. It is almost as if Jordan has looked into the future and let me know what I’ll be dealing with in the not too distant future. Songs like Heat Wave, Let’s Find An Out and the closer Anytime are among my favorites on an overall stunning debut.

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Smokescreens announce Used To Yesterday for 7/13 release

June 14, 2018

Photo Credit : Gina Clyne Smokescreens are an LA based band that started out when Chris Rosi and Corey Cunningham decided to put their mutual love of New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records to good use and start recording. Don’t know much more about other than that and what I read below but I am digging […]

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Erin Rae – Putting On Airs (album review)

June 13, 2018

credit: Marcus Maddox Erin Rae first came to my attention when Margo Price was talking her up on Twitter. Upon checking her out, I was immediately reminded of was Courtney Marie Andrews. Not so much that they sound the same but that they are cut from the same cloth. Brilliant voice, lovely lyrics with the […]

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Clean Spill announce new EP, Nothing’s On My Mind

June 12, 2018

Santa Barbara’s Clean Spill are set to release Nothing’s On My Mind this summer. They got themselves a nice surfy garage sound and the first track is a solid listen. Here’s some more info on the track. Doctor started out as an introspective view of life through a dog’s eyes. Specifically, we wanted to personify […]

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Deeper – s/t (album review)

June 11, 2018

Last Tuesday, I was wandering around the kitchen as the Cubs game was on. I was half-paying attention as they came out of commercial with a guitar hook I recognized. That guitar hook felt out of place; belonging to Chicago’s quarter, Deeper. To say it was weird to hear Len and JD break them down […]

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Andrew Combs announces new EP 5 Covers & A Song out July 27

June 8, 2018

photo by Balee Greer Andrew Combs released a hell of an album in 2017 titled Canyons Of My Mind. Now, he’s set to release an EP and head out on tour. The first track is a cover of Reptilia by The Strokes. Combs kicks off a US tour on release day in his hometown at […]

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Phil Cook – People Are My Drug (album review)

June 8, 2018

Phil Cook’s music makes me happy. So much that I have daydreamed about a reality, where when Phil and his band roll into town, pour out of whatever jalopy or tour van they are traveling in (Phil pulling his suspenders up around his shoulders) as the people happily and adoringly stream out of their homes […]

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