The New Nick Waterhouse is out. Will be spinning this all day today.
Loving the new beck tune.
Beautiful beautiful record.
Well hell, this is gooooood.
Put together a list of a few favorite songs, from favorite records this year.
Spending my morning with Coconut Records.
Review | The Technicolors - The Listener
[P]hoenix, AZ rockers The Technicolors newest album The Listener is the slickly-produced follow up to the band’s 2010 breakout album Who Are You and builds upon the foursome’s ability to take the classic rock sound and convincingly mix it with 90’s Britpop attitude to create their own rhythm heavy style.
When the opening track “Again” kicks in the listener of The Listener might think they were listening to the love child of Oasis and Supergrass, and would not be too far off. The 70’s guitar riff laden track “Sweet Time” stays on the same classic rock meets Britpop course and feels like it could be their arena anthem, hence why it was chosen as the album’s first single. A fine choice if I do say so myself. The album’s rock n’ roller is the almost 6 minute long “Hollywood,” which blends sounds and styles from all over the musical map and is tailor-made for throwing fists in the air when played live. The album’s closer is a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” and highlights lead singer Breenan Smiley’s impressive vocal range.
All in all The Listener is a good album and is sure to bring more fans to the fold. The Technicolors do rely heavily on influential bands from the past, but it is clear that they are paying tribute to that sound while defining and shaping their own.
Photos | Shovels & Rope @ Johnny D’s
Photos by Boston Concert Photography
[W]e spent Saturday night at the early show at Johnny D’s eagerly awaiting the husband and wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, also known as Shovels & Rope. We’ve already mentioned how much we love their record, we’ve posted videos, waxed poetic and just gushed again and again as we listened to the records. All that aside, Saturday night was a great night, and although they seemed to be a little tired, a little whisky and a crowd that was hanging on their every word seemed to warm them up into a fantastic night which even included a cover of Marty Robbins’ “el paso”. Their set consisted mainly of their new material from their most recent record O’ Be Joyful, with standout songs like “Birmingham,” “O’ Be Joyful,” and “Shank Hill.” It was as billed, an anything goes kind of set, and Cary Ann and Michael’s stage presence is completely endearing as you can see the chemistry between the two of them.
Check out our photographic evidence of a very special band that is extremely dynamic, fun to watch and a couple of awesome songwriters and if you’ve got the opportunity, I highly suggest checking out this band, they are one of the truly special bands to see live, and you will not regret doing so.
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New Music | Twin Oaks - Not an Exit
[T]win Oaks is the dreamfolk duo of Aaron Christopher and Lauren Brown. The pair started playing together back in ‘09 but ultimately didn’t start the Twin Oaks project up until last year. Check out their single “Not an Exit,” a track that feels like it could have been Sharon Van Etten inspired, it’s a minimal, serene, guitar and key based dream pop / folk song featuring Lauren Brown’s lovely and soothing vocals.
The Not An Exit EP is scheduled for a November release and is the band’s first self-release tracked and mixed at Aaron’s home studio.