This website is for discovering new music. If you find a band you really enjoy, go to their show, buy a shirt, or do something to show your support. Bands don't make much money from album sales anyways. However, if you just download their music and that's it, then the band doesn't make anything at all and they probably won't make anymore music for you to listen to. The music on this blog is for promotional uses only.
When I first heard Hop Along's 2005 solo effort, Freshman Year, I fell in love. I suppose you could say I figuratively fell in love because I’ve never actually met the woman behind the voice.. But her voice is enough for me; there is a lot to love and I’m a man of simple desires and basic needs. There’s something extremely infectious about the way she whimsically allowed her bellows to weave in and out of her spazzy folk driven guitar stylings. I would argue that Freshman Year holds down some of the more interesting vocal melodies recorded in quite some time. Get Disowned is their newest gem; I say ‘their’ because unless you’re totally not hip what’s happening these days, you know that Hop Along is a full band. I feel like for the first time as a group that they are sounding super together; not to say that the other stuff wasn’t good, but on Get Disowned they sound really good. It’s the same Hop Along from Freshman Year, but a better Hop Along, a more refined Hop Along. The melodies are sharper, the word play is more playful, but at the same time more introspective, all around the feel is more concise and tighter. It’s music from a girl who is figuring out how to make her elastic melodies work in a way that is super exciting; ultimate survival mode achieved. Seriously though, if you are at all interested in female fronted groups who can tug on your heart strings, while at the same time evoke playful pockets of nostalgia and a weird weather warmth, get this record, buy it, buy it now.. the dude’s from Algernon Cadwallader are putting this thing out, and you like them, so uhhh summer is here, time to ante up and start spinning this harpie. don’t miss the train, idiot.
Kind of Like: Titus Andronicus, Restorations, The Sidekicks, Kite Party Genres: Indie, Punk, Folk, Pop Punk, Rock Buy: Salinas Records or Answer Key Records Preview:
These two new songs from the State Lottery shows them trying their take at having “walls of sound”. Instead of being mainly a punk/pop punk band, these songs have a ton of folk/indieness to them that I really enjoy. It makes me wonder if they are working on a full length/ep, and if so, is this the direction it will be going in? At reminds me a bit of Kite Party’s Baseball Season, which is not bad at all seeing as how that was one of my favorite albums last year which I still spin quite a bit still.
This was recorded in Detroit at Roshambo Records, which is also where The Summer Pledge did some of their recording for their latest full length we featured on here a week or so ago.
This was featured on IfYouMakeIt.com, which is a great resource for finding new music and is also run by people from The State Lottery.
Warning. Fans of old Maps & Atlases that don’t like the direction they are going, you might as well stop reading now. They haven’t regressed back to their original EP. If you are looking for that kind of music, check this out.
Oh, you’re still here? Well, that means you are open to where they were heading slowly but surely, or actually already are very into electronic/indie music.
Olympians are four strapping young lads from Norwich who play exhilarating sing-along math-pop/indie-pop. They started out by playing a guitar, bass, and some drums in one of the member’s basements for fun. Since then, they’ve expanded to two guitars, a keyboard, a glockenspiel (one of my favorite instruments/favorite words in the English language), and a trumpet. They do a lot of cute ba-ba-ba-ing in their songs, like in the video for “Wake Up Old”:
The song I put up for the preview portion starts off slowly, but if you hang on and listen to the whole thing, it’s worth it! Their Bandcamp has a lot of stuff on sale as well as some free downloads.
Seeing Justin Vernon surrounded by his massive touring band, churning out the jams on an ever-growing stage, is a magical thing. Or so I’ve heard. If you’re like me and have regrettably managed to miss their live performances the last couple of times they’ve rolled into town, you can settle (at least for the time being) for seeing him and Sean Carey in a studio, re-interpreting their songs into smaller and more subtle re-inventions. This video is most definitely worth your time if you’re a fan of Bon Iver.
Kind of Like: Seasick Steve, The Snake the Cross the Crown, O’Death Genres: Folk, Indie, Rock, Punk Preview:
When I mentioned these guys in the last post, I realized I never really shared them on here. It may not be something you all will like, but hopefully some of you will. It was hard pinning a genre on them because they have been in so many forms since they began.
I was first exposed to them in a trailer/showcase for Michigan’s Scrambled Visual, a group that used to record different artists including The Suicide Machines, Snoop Dogg, Murder By Death, Anti-Flag, and fordirelifesake. I have no idea what happened to them, I always liked their videos. Here is the song I heard on that showcase/trailer that first got me into this band like 8 years ago.
This is one of their earlier albums and it kind of electronic/folk/post-rock going on. I never shared this, but I became so obsessed with the chord progression in this song, I used it in a song I wrote for a ska band at the time. Listen to the trombone part after the dumb intro thing in the song Rethink and Regroup, then go back and listen to the above Murder by Death video, can’t miss it. And yes, I have a ska history. So does Max from Signals Midwest. We had a good time talking about being in ska bands.
Rethink and Regroup Rethink and Regroup (I also did the skramz in the chorus, how embarrassing. Kenny is going to love this post.)
Anyways, I only liked a couple songs on that album besides “…Virginia Wolfe”, and then In Bocca Al Luppo came out, and I was shocked with how much their sound had changed. I didn’t like it at first. This album was a prime example of a grower for me. They were much folkier, not electronic at all, and somewhat old-fashioned. Eventually, I came to love the old-fashioned folk/western feel to it and I especially loved the narrative throughout the whole album. Each story seems like a clip out of an old western movie, and even Adam has provided all the lyrics to the songs on their website along with an explanation of them.
The artwork to the album is awesome, I had the CD at one point and I remember it folded out into an elaborate insert that followed the tree’s roots down through the bowels of the earth. I wasn’t into record collecting when I first heard this album, but I really would like this to be part of my collection now.