Barrence Whitfield & The Savages live in Chicago

by Woody on September 2, 2015


Barrence Whitfield & The Savages has just released their second album on Bloodshot after reuniting in 2011. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing them live, local people in Chicago will have two chances – Tonight at Schubas and tomorrow at Space. It is a high energy show that will leave you sweaty and satisfied.

Here’s a little taste to get you off your couch tonight and tomorrow. Under The Savage Sky is out now via the fine folks at Bloodshot Records.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages is here

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages The Corner Man Later with Jools Holland from TKA on Vimeo.



Car Seat Headrest, aka Will Toledo, has signed to the legendary Matador Records. Toledo started this project back in 2010, recording in solace in the family ride back in his hometown of Leesburg, VA. Recording a slew of album over his teenage years, his catalog deals with youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties and 2nd century theologians.

Toledo relocated to the Seattle area in 2014 and got himself a band with bassist Ethan Ives and drummer Andrew Katz. Recording with full band fleshed out his sound giving it a whole lot more bang. He’s going to release Teens Of Style on 10/30. On Teens of Style, Toledo has taken material from the first three years of the band’s existence and reworked it to generate some of the most realized arrangements to date. Drawing material from 3 (2010), My Back Is Killing Me Baby (2011), and Monomania (2012), Teens of Style provides a concise overview of the band’s many sonic and emotional facets, with the songs ranging from electronic psychedelia to punky anthems to melancholic acoustic numbers.

Come 2016, Car Seat Headrest will release Teens Of Denial. And based on the buzz, he’s been generating, it will be one of the most anticipated albums of 2016. For now, check out the video for Something Soon and watch Car Seat Headrest beat the fucking daylights out of an abandoned house before lighting some shit on fire.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Car Seat Headrest is here


Pony Boy – Blue Gold [album review]

by Woody on August 31, 2015


I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile. My anticipation only increased when I read that Pony Boy (aka Marchelle Bradanini) was going to record in Nashville with Adam Landry. They’ve subsequently started their own label, Cosmic Thug of which Blue Gold is the first release. The collaboration really paid dividends as Landry helped refine the twantg-noir sound that Pony Boy delivers.

Pony Boy’s music is stylish and her voice is cinematic. Combined with her lyrics, I always get visions of scenes in my head as I listen. “I’ve always really liked writing, almost more than the musical part, that’s why I’ve studied disciplines from screenwriting to poetry to music of various structures and lengths, ..” Its clear from her videos below that she cares about those visions as well.

“The record is looking at California in the rear-view mirror,” explains the artist, who currently splits time between Nashville and England. “Sometimes you gain perspective on a place when you leave it.” Throughout the album, synths swirl and guitars arrive sporadically throughout to punch up her tales.

I am massive fan of Pony Boy’s sound and style. it was refreshing to listen to her album on my way to work this morning a night after my twitter feed exploded with the nonsense of some so-called female musicians.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Pony Boy is here


The Domestics – s/t (album review)

by Woody on August 28, 2015


I caught wind of The Domestics on Spin’s site when they likened them to Wilco and From a Basement on the Hill-era Elliott Smith. Um, yes please, I’ll have some of that. The Portland based quintet is fronted by songwriters Michael Finn and Leo London.

This album is good old-fashion American rock and roll. The duo have battled through the ending of relationships, mental health and drug dependency among other issues. Their ability to to address the issues head on gives the ten songs a very genuine feel. The Willamette Week said this about their music and it is spot-on, “Two strangers in a bar at closing time, swapping stories of relationships gone bad until their voices conjoin in bittersweet harmony.”

The album is filled to the brim with jangly mid-tempo brilliance. One after another they pop out of the speaker as Finn and London trade the lead vocals back and forth, and when they harmonize – well that’s just special. The two tunes that open the album, American Drag & Jenny Says, are so god damn good that I almost didn’t make it through the rest of the album. Thankfully I did as It Came To Me, Tower Blocks and Blue Tarp Moon are all genius. Fuck it, the whole album is genius.

Finn and London have jokingly labeled themselves as the Portland version of Lennon and McCartney. If you dig bands influenced The Beatles, Wilco and Elliott Smith; run don’t walk to pick this one up.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

The Domestics are here


Whiskerman announce NOMAD 10/9

August 26, 2015

I have been so busy lately that the emails have been piling up. And truth be told, I only opened this email because I liked the band name. Once opened, there was a quote from The SF Chronicle – “When they’re revved up, Whiskerman sounds like a gospel and soul band that can make you [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy [album review]

August 21, 2015

There was a great article on NPR regarding the challenges of digesting super-sized albums. As a father of 3 with a full-time job, 80 minute albums provide quite the challenge as it is tough to find the time during car pools and phone calls. The big 80 minute album in my life now is The [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Springtime Carnivore – Other Side of the Boundary [music video]

August 20, 2015

Springtime Carnivore, the project of Los Angeles-based, Chicago-bred Greta Morgan, released her debut album last fall via Aquarium Drunkard’s Autumn Tone Records. I haven’t spent too much time with the s/t debut but that won’t stop me from stating that this is one of the best videos you’ll see this year. It’s brilliance is in [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Saintseneca annouce new release, Such Things 10/9/15

August 18, 2015

Saintseneca are set to release their third album and follow up to the excellent 2014 effort, Dark Arc. I was digging these guys, caught them live and have been hooked since. Here’s some info on Such Things. Moving away from the cinematic, linear quality of Dark Arc, Little sought even higher ground for the new [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Sweet Disorder 7

August 17, 2015

If you follow Lee Bains on Twitter, you’ll know that he is a vocal proponent for social change and justice. His passion is unquestioned and he’s turned that passion into his new 7″. Some info on the track is below. For good measure I included a video of them doing Dirt Track with Jam In [...]

0 comments Read the full article →

Sydney Eloise & The Palms announces debut LP, Faces

August 14, 2015

Atlanta singer-songwriter, Sydney Eloise & The Palms is set to release her debut album, Faces, on 9/22/15. Eloise’s music has a timeless retro-pop sound in the spirit of Natalie Prass. Thematically, this very personal record’s dozen songs deal heavily with the changing perspectives, personal growth and self-discovery that come during one’s 20s. “The songs on [...]

0 comments Read the full article →