I don’t profess to listen or know much about rap music. I’ll spin the occasional Kendrick , Chance or Anderson.Paak album but that is about the end of my knowledge. But with the help of my pal, Nick; I’m a massive fan of Run The Jewels. I haven’t enjoyed a hip-hop act this much since A Tribe Called Quest (who’s new album is excellent) back in the early 90s.
Nick brought me to see RTJ at the end of a long day of SXSW and I was blown away. They are an old-school hip-hop act with no bullshit. Just earnest lyrics and furious energy. Their live show has the energy of a punk show.
Tim is back!!!! Following up on the 2014′s game-changing HEAL, Strand of Oaks is set to release Dark Love on 2/17/17 via the fine folks of Dead Oceans. To say we’re fans of Tim is an understatement. I think I speak for everybody who’s ever been associated with HearYa when I say, we feel a bond with his music that we don’t with may other acts. In my warped mind, I feel like we have a vested interest in his career. Anyway, the new album kicks ass. Have a listen to the first single and circle February 17th on your calendar. Here’s some more info on the album.
Tim had this to say, “Some records are built like monuments, set in stone,” says Showalter. “I want this record to be burned in effigy, in celebration of the limited time we have on this earth.”
Hard Love walks a tightrope of emotions — from rock ‘n’ roll abandon to harrowing self-reflection — and Showalter has lived every minute of it. From a life-changing psychedelic awakening at the Boogie Festival in Australia (“On The Hill“) to his own domestic troubles (“Hard Love”) and the near-death of his brother from cardiac arrest (“Taking Acid and Talking With My Brother“), Hard Love is a sledgehammer of a record rife with unrestrained sonic expression.
Written and conceptualized during Showalter’s post-tour break as he reveled in what he considered to be a life-changing experience, the initial sessions for Hard Love were scrapped. Showalter brought in producer Nicolas Vernhes to capture the loose, hedonistic vibe he was searching for. “In a time of calculation and overthinking, I wanted to bring back the raw, impulsive nature that is the DNA of so many records I love,” says Showalter, who draws from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub tapes and Jane’s Addiction throughout the album’s nine tracks.
But that rocking intensity is tempered by the wounded ballad “Cry,” a sobering moment of clarity that serves as the emotional fulcrum of the record. It’s this strain of honesty and self-reflection that helps mark ‘Hard Love’ as the most fearless work of Showalter’s career — a growing up record that lobbies just as hard for holding on to youthful foibles.
The main benefit of this high-powered job as indie music blogger and tastemaker is that I get a heads up on new albums. With that in mind, how did I not get alerted to the new Horse Thief album. I love me some Horse Thief and their brand of psych-folk / indie rock. I first caught them as SXSW a few years back on some mega Oklahoma bill with Parker Millsap and John Fullbright and have been smitten ever since.
So here they are with their sophomore effort and Bella Union debut, Trials and Truths. Here’s a little more on the album. nfluenced by their life on the road, love, relationships and home, Neal says, “The title Trials And Truths is about us: we’re still a young band, figuring out how to make things work and to have a purpose, so we can get through any hard times. But the band is very much together—it feels like a brotherhood, we’re all in it for the same reason.”
Dominic Angella is a long-time Philly musician, a Renaissance man as described by his PR release; has played in a couple of rock bands around town as well as some session work with Kendrick Lamar among others. He also happens to be Frances Quinlan of Hop Along’s roommate. In an interview with Quinlan, Dominic had [...]
A.D. 2016 and England is in flux. This bastard island is divided, shot through with doubt and self-loathing, ruled by the feverish egos of passing power hungry-dilettantes, two-bit aristocrats and smiling psychopaths. Swathes of the country have been sold off, paved over, neon-lit. England is at war with itself and this time the enemy is [...]
Photo by Martin Vielma Moonsville Collective is a five-piece string-band that play a brand of Americana that should appeal to fans of earlier Avett Bros stuff and Trampled By Turtles. The track below is from a four-part EP series they’ll be releasing next year titled Moonsville. The track below leans a bit more towards the [...]
I just learned that Moloch is an ancient god, who ate children and demanded sacrifice. Sounds pretty ominous to me but as the driving force behind The Molochs, Lucas Fitzsimons equates it; it sounds like getting a career going in music. The Molochs have a distinctively old-timey feel to it. Has hints of Allah-Las and [...]
Photo Credit – Alex Loops Andrew Marlin & Emily Frantz, aka Mandolin Orange, continue to fill the void that was left after The Everybodyfields broke up. Like The Everybodyfields, Mandolin Orange ply their trade in Americana music. And much like Jill & Sam, Andrew & Emily’s voices play off each other so well. It is [...]
Photo by Bryan Allen Lamb Chicago’s NE-HI are set to release their sophomore effort, Offers via the fine folks at Grand Jury. Following up on their s/t debut the band is pushing forward with their anthemic blend of post-punk and garage rock. Here’s a little something on the new album. Offers drones, it captivates with [...]