Friday, June 29, 2012

Delta Spirit – California

Sorry for the incredibly long delay, but for some reason I just never felt inclined to post about Delta Spirit’s killer new album. Perhaps it was due to my rather embarrassing run-in with them at their Brooklyn album release event – where my friend and I jokingly ridiculed the band as they stood behind us – who knows?

Anyhoo, if you haven’t already, have a gander at the swirling video below which not only paints the most idyllic view of California, but being a young a shit-head teen – sneaking out at night, getting drunk, accidentally getting punched in the mouth, and then pretending like nothing happened when you chat with your parents the next day.

Delta Spirit’s self-titled third album is out now on Rounder Records.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Mick Jagger - MSG, 1969 - Brian Hamill 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Let’s Go + US Tour Dates

Hot damn! He’s My Brother She’s My Sister is about to head out on a 3 week tour armed with a bevy of  new rollicking, foot-stomping barn burners like “Let’s Go” and “Let it Be Free” that will hopefully make their appearance on their debut album which is expected this Fall.

Have a gander at the video for “Let’s Go” below and be sure to listen to “Let It Be Free,” which is available online as a free download here.

U.S. Tour Dates

June 28 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
June 29 – Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
June 30 – San Francisco, CA – Café Du Nord
Jul 01 – Sunnyside-Tahoe City CA – Commons Beach Music Series
Jul 5 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
July 6 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
July 7 – Chicago, IL – West Fest
July 8 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
July 10 – Arlington, VA – IOTA
July 11 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
July 12 – New York, NY – World Financial Center Plaza
July 13 – Boston, MA – Church of Boston
July 14 – New Haven, CT – Café Nine
July 15 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
July 17 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
July 18 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
July 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
July 20 – Nashvill, TN – 12th and Porter
July 21 – Memphis, TN – HI-Tone Café

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Entertainment – Shine

More 90’s inspired slacker college rock courtesy of Entertainment.

Have a listen to their latest track “Shine” below.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Vimes – Take My Breath Away (Cover)

Thanks to Vimes, a duo from Cologne, Germany, we finally have a version of “Take My Breath Away” that doesn't suck.

Removing all traces of precious over-romanticism from the Top Gun classic, Vimes has opted to create a dreamy minimal electro-pop banger that shimmers and sparkles with unrequited lust and desire.

Have a gander at the video below.

Friday, June 22, 2012

U2 – New Year’s Day (Live West Germany 1983)

It’s easy to forget, but before Bono was the richest musician in the world – before The Edge lost his hair – before the Spiderman Broadway fiasco, there was just U2, one hell of a post punk band from Dublin.

I've been on one of my Post Punk/New Wave only kicks and recently rediscovered this little gem. Live footage from a concert in West Germany in 1983 – the Edge has a healthy head of hair and Bono has more than he knows what to do with.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Abbe May – Costanza

It’s been a while since I’ve professed my undying love for Abbe May, Australia’s preeminent rock goddess.

In her honor, listen to her snarling guitar and even meaner vocals on “Costanza,” “Howl and Moan,” and “Cast That Devil Out.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

AA Loves – Fitz and the Tantrums

I seriously can’t believe I haven’t heard Fitz and the Tantrums earlier. This is probably the best Blue-Eyed soul you’ve heard since Bobby Caldwell, which was so good the record company actually used Bobby Caldwell’s shadow on his album cover to hide the fact that he was white – no joke.

Anyways, check out the video for “Moneygrabber” and the live version of “Rich Girls” below – you will seriously be hashtag mind blown – yea that good.

On a sidenote, doesn’t Michael Fitzpatrick look a lot like David Bowie circa the 2002 tour.

Monday, June 18, 2012

AA Loves – Cruiser

Holy shit-snacks does Cruiser hit the spot!

Maybe it’s because I’ve got a fever (no, not the kind that can only be cured by a cowbell), but Cruiser is bringing enormous pleasure to my earballs with some seriously “beach-in” tunes – badumph ch! Yea, writing bad puns from my day job has finally breached the AA hull – oh boy.

Anyways, Cruiser is a dude from Philly that makes insanely bright and catchy guitar-driven indie pop that’s perfect for a never ending summer with lyrics like “I don’t need to leave if you don’t need to sleep” and “Don’t want to go home now.”

Listen to “The Fritz” and “Don’t Go Alone” below and head over to bandcamp where you can score the killer self-titled EP, which is produced by Jeremy Park who also brought us Youth Lagoon.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Stone Foxes – Mr. Hangman

In case you’re like me and missed out on the rollicking Stone Foxes bandwagon, have a listen to their brand of searing blues rock below.

Dripping with wailing blues harmonica riffs, thunderous drums, brash guitars, and  plenty of bayou-tinted hollerin’, “Mr. Hangman” is everything you need to wake the dead.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Straight Dimes – Whitney Houston

A serious 60s Motown bass line, a thrashing guitar, and some great twisting, indecipherable lyrics courtesy of Los Angeles Lo-Fi rockers Straight Dimes.

Oh and did I mention that it’s amazing?

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Rest – Hey! For Horses

Tracks don’t come much catchier than The Rest’s “Hey! For Horses.” Infectious guitar lines and charming vocals collide to make some fantastically lush layers.

Listen to “Hey! For Horses” below and head over to bandcamp to download their album Seesaw.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Kimbra – Cameo Lover (Live)

Because sometimes you just need some ridiculously catchy 50s Motown tinted pop.

Kick off the weekend right with this live studio version of Kimbra’s “Cameo Lover,” which is significantly less glittery and more blue-eyed soul than the album version.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Black Boots – See Right Through You

Look out now! Black Boots is in the building and their brash brand of surf punk takes no prisoners.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Milk Maid - Summertime

Take a stroll down memory lane with the lo-fi 90s college slacker rock of Milk Maid’s “Summer Time,” the lead track from Milk Maid’s forthcoming album Mostly No, which drops on Fat Cat on July 9th.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Savages – Flying to Berlin

Ever since Savages kicked in the door and sent wood splinters flying everywhere, metaphorically speaking of course, I haven’t been able to get enough of their dark malevolence.

With a sound steeped in Joy Division, listening to Savages feels like you’ve unleashed Pandora’s Box and as the world quietly slides into chaos, you watch numbly in stunned silence. Darkly sensual, yet with an underlying malice, there’s something eerily provocative about French-born Jehnny Beth’s vocals.

Listen to “Flying to Berlin” below and get your skin crawling – but in a fun, sexy way.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sonic Youth - 100% [Friday Flashback]

Jump into the Grant Hill Sprite Time Machine and have a serious "Dream of the 90s" flashback with this amazing gem courtesy of Sonic Youth.

The video for "100%" has pretty much everything you'll ever need from the 90s in 2 minutes and 36 seconds -- baggy jeans, aimless youths at house parties, junk food, listless apathy, and that dude from Mall Rats skating around.