The Weekly Feed 9/14
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Welcome to the show! Pop-radio free, indie rock, cultured from the bowels of Blog Land – divided and conquered by the know-it-all Web Kids. It’s nearly fantastic. Enjoy.
Los Campasinos – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
I was taken aback a bit when I first heard this. Its different than what the band has done in the past, but I couldn’t help but to become surrounded by the build of the guitars and vocals. Tackling subject matter like eating disorders and deceased parents can come off underdeveloped and misplaced on most occasions, but Los Campasinos pull it off with a pretty amazing performance. Right now, this is just a single, not currently tied to an album, but I can hope we’re seeing a new direction. If they can replicate this a few times, expect to see their star rising fast.
Public Radio – Forgot Love
It’s easy to overlook a band when they’re not being preached from the rafters, but when you do dig a little deeper and find the diamond, the reward is that much the sweeter. Hidden at the very bottom of a Daily Download from Large Hearted Boy rested this song, almost sheepishly, from the Charlotte outfit. It goes against all that’s hip right now by having a HUGE sing-along chorus and definitely not being afraid to shoot for the stars. Pay attention. They’re breaking your heart with blasts of mega-sound.
Alec Ounsworth – Holy, Holy, Holy Moses
I usually get turned off pretty quickly to Alec – lead vocalist for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The songs are occasionally good (even sometimes great) but then he talks or write an email and it just feels really pretentious. I don’t know him personally, so sure, that could all be misguided, but its there. Anyway, we’ve heard a track this year from Clap, and one from another side project that I’ve already forgotten the name of. Surprisingly, this first solo outing isn’t half bad. Almost inspired. Take it, play it, but be careful of putting too much stock in it.
The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa (Alan Wilkis Remix)
I mentioned last week that I hadn’t jumped on the latest World music trend/crave with The Very Best. Sure, I guess they’re good at what they do, but World doesn’t really connect with me. However, handing it over for remixes has its personal saving grace. Wilkis gives it a fun 80’s spin and even brings on Afro-pop-compared Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) to help out (though I’m not sure how or where). Anyway, its good.
The Mary Onettes – Puzzles
How awesome is their name? Simple and playful and you wouldn’t get it if you weren’t reading it. See, this band inspires reading. Well done. I like to tune, too. I kept thinking that it gave a really strong Psychedelic Furs feeling, then looked up their site to see what they’re up to, and they’re currently touring with the Psychedelic Furs. That’s good placement, albeit a possible redundant live show.
Magic & Fur – Do Not Toll The Bell
This one is lifted from the same Daily Download as Public Radio, and maybe I was on a high from that one, so this one just kind of seeped in as well. There isn’t a ton going on Stateside yet, but they’re finding their audience in Europe from the strength of a couple singles and a new video for this track. Worth keeping an eye on.
Fulton Lights – Healing Waters
They released their new EP to limited edition 3 weeks ago, and it almost instantly sold out. So, now its been pressed again, though with new artwork (second edition artwork. Sloppy seconds artowork!). It’s a bit uneventful for my taste, but lo-fi fans will definitely dig it.
Math The Band – It’s Time To Party
This one was for the fun of it. Spinner posted this acoustic version last week and I had a good laugh with it. Its been edited a bit so the show wouldn’t get the rating of NSFW, but if you can decipher it, it’ll either put a smile on your face, or a look of disgust. Either way, the full band version is currently out – it just came out – and the band is already working on the next disc, due out early next year.
The Swimmers – What This World Is Coming To
Heather over at Fuel Friends is a big champion of these folk. Head over to read what she wrote for a passionate take on this new track. Me? Its fine.
Fredrik – Locked In The Basement
How could we have a show without a Swedish artist? Unlike most of their pop contemporaries, Fredrik keep it simple, while making it still trance-like. This is a six minute long song that doesn’t go too many places, yet I never feel like its went long enough when it ends. The Swedes win again! (By the way, how many songs mix pleasant acoustics with laser tag sounds and still feels honest? Yeah, this is it.)
Themselves & Why? – Canada
I’m not sure. Both are big buzz-bands right now, but as it goes more than not when two decent enough bands get together, the product is just… unspecial. Its not bad, its just unspecial.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Higher Than The Stars (Remix)
I like this band. Sure, they may get the Twee-pop tag, but its listenable and usually a good, fun time. They only released their big LP earlier this year, but already have moved on to other singles and now an EP while they gear up for the next one. The EP ( also called Higher Than The Stars) features a few remixes of the tune along with the track, but this one has been getting all the attention.
The Clientele – Harvest Time
This one drips with lazy 60’s summer. The harmonies nail the CSN sound closer than anything else I’ve heard, and of course, it couldn’t be too much of a coincidence for a song called Harvest Time to be released during Harvest Time. But what’s great, is that it totally encapsulates the feeling, the mood of the air right now. The corn stalks are dried out. Burnt orange surrounds us in hue and while the days have some hazy heat, the nights have the nip of cool. Other than that, the song is pretty darn boring. But if you’ve got a beer, a lawn chair, and a friend, that won’t really matter.
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