Photo Credit: Alex Blouin & Jodi Heartz

Nap Eyes are back for their third album and they seem ready to take a quantum leap forward. I dug their first two efforts but if this track is a sign of what’s to come, count me among the excited. Here’s some info on the lead single.

On the video, the band notes: “People are scared of Mark Zuckerberg. You look at him before Congress and think, ‘Is this the bogeyman? Is he a CIA plant? Can he read my mind with some sort of God-mode search feature in all my chat transcripts?’ This video leads us to believe that Mark wants to enjoy and surveil whatever world he inhabits, whether it’s starting a band with ghastly apparitions in the spirit realm or changing size according to his whim while observing natural and urban landscapes with equal awe. He wants you to accept his friend request and let him watch over you. ‘When there was only one set of footprints in the sand…’”

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Vundabar are set to follow up 2018’s Smell Smoke with Either Light. They were one of my most pleasant surprises of SXSW 2018. Here’s some info on the first track below.

“‘Burned Off’ details time spent waiting out a low. It’s bad, it’s bad, it’s bad, then it’s not, it burns off,” explains Vundabar’s guitarist/singer Brandon Hagen. “The song explores that surreal and sometimes inexplicable moment of interior shift, the fog lifting, and the way our internal state informs our external experience. It could turn light into a puddle or a puddle into light, but then it burns off! Temporary and dual. We see our protagonist wet, we see our protagonist dry, we see our protagonist ruminating and then looking to the future, finally finding solace in the ephemeral, the chorus a reassurance of what’s now known.”

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Futurebirds – Teamwork (album review)

by Woody on January 20, 2020

Time waits for no man. We all get old. The trick is to mature while holding on a part of your youth. It is a big reason I still love going to see loud brash punk bands as turning 50 looms on the horizon. As Futurebirds celebrates ten years, this album seems to nail that dynamic on the proverbial head. It is a reflective look back on the past while keeping one on the future.

After a quick intro, the album kicks off with Crazy Boys sung by Carter Page; a mid-tempo cosmic Americana track that has become the hallmark of Futurebirds albums. Back during one of our sessions, the boys regaled us with their hard-partying ways with a headliner they were opening for and this song title seems apt for them. That follows with Trippin’ sung by Thomas Johnson, which feels like a history of their band and their friendship. My Broken Arm has that trademark steel in another track I interpret as them looking back at good ol’ days when they were just getting going with one eye on the future. The video seems to lean into that as the band celebrate with a damn tasty low country boil.

You know what you’re going to get with a Futurebirds album and their live shows. But it doesn’t feel tired; not one bit. They remain one of my favorites out there today.

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Portland’s Mo Troper is set to release his third album and first with Tender Loving Empire. Had never heard of Mo prior today but I’m digging what I’ve heard so far. This is some quality power pop. And lucky for me, he’ll be down at SXSW. Here’s what he had to say about the track below.

“This is some Springsteen shit about lamenting unrealized potential from your adolescence and early adulthood when everyone has fewer responsibilities and more free time. Some people really do take advantage of that time in their lives. I, however, am a dumbass.”

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Anna Burch announces If You’re Dreaming for 4/3 release

January 16, 2020

Anna Burch is following up on her 2018 effort Quit The Curse. If You’re Dreaming is set to be released via the fine folks at Polyvinyl on 4/3. Caught a great set by her at SXSW in 2018 and plan on doing the same this year. Here’s some info on the first track from Anna. […]

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Tre Burt announces Caught It From The Rye for 1/31 re-release

January 15, 2020

Credit: Luis Rua Tre Burt is about to become your new favorite singer-songwriter, cause he just became mine. His voice is weathered and rich with expression. His lyrics are captivating. I want to hear lots of more of his music and I’ll get the chance to catch him at SXSW. Here’s Tre on the track […]

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Nadia Reid announces Out Of My Province for 3/6 release

January 15, 2020

Photo Credit: Alex Lovell-Smith Nadia Reid hails from New Zealand and she is set to release her sophomore album, Out Of My Province on March 6 via the fine folks at Spacebomb. As I have said, if I see Spacebomb or Matthew E. White included on an email, I will always click through to check […]

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Lilly Hiatt announces Walking Proof for 3/27

January 13, 2020

Photo By David McClister Lilly Hiatt is back with her follow up to 2017’s excellent Trinity Lane. Walking Proof will see the light of day on March 27th via the fine folks at New West. I saw Lilly this past weekend opening up for Hiss Golden Messenger and she played a couple of the new […]

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Other Lives announce For Their Love for 4/24 release

January 9, 2020

About a month or so ago, I went down an Other Lives wormhole. I usually wind up doing that every six months or so; pining for a new album. Well, my voodoo seems to have worked as Oklahoma’s finest are set to release their fourth LP, For Their Love, on 4/24 via the fine folks […]

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Disq announce debut LP, Collector out 3/6

January 8, 2020

Photo Credit – Sean Kelly Every year I get older and my knees hurt more. Yet, these bands stay the same age. I’m the Wooderson of music bloggers that nobody reads any more. Anyway, I had heard a couple of songs by these fellas from Madison last year and made a special late night voyage […]

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