Video: Half Loon – Swearword

I have a concussion right now so I’m not supposed to be on a computer let alone writing on a computer about a music video I watched and listened to on a computer.  Srsly don’t tell Dr. Heinke lol.  Although my world is kinda spinning and I am squinting at my screen I’m pretty sure that this is a chill song.  Like this seems like the kinda chill song that I would play with a group of chill bros and maybe cry with or raise my glasses to or something chill like that.

-PK

mp3: Sat. Nite Duets – Stone Free

It’s been a busy past few weeks with midterms and all that college crap so let’s all just unwind with a new post and some new music from the much loved Milwaukee rockers Sat. Nite Duets.  ”Stone Free” of their upcoming Electric Manland is the exact kind of smile inducing music that I’m looking for right now.  Rock on.  All time peace.

-PK

mp3: Temple Songs – She’s Away

Another week, another new irresistible jangle-pop single from Temple Songs.  ”She’s Away” is one of the sweetest songs Temple Songs have ever written and finds the boys channeling their inner-”I Wanna Hold Your Hand” era Beatles.  If you’re a pre-pubescent boy and you want to win the hearts of that girl in your 7th grade math class, learn the chords to this song ASAP and tell her you wrote it for her before Temple Songs become as big as Justin Bieber.  Which is going to happen (if I could do anything more about it).  Or if you’re just like me and enjoy the occasional piece of guilt-free pop, bop on brethren.

-PK

mp3: Animal Eyes – Bender

Animal Eyes are an indie-rock group that remind me of the indie-rock groups that taught me what indie rock was: Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors.  Everyone has their golden-age of music I guess and I probably won’t ever have another year of wide-eyed music discovery like I did in 2008.  Like A Beacon School, Animal Eyes make intricate, multi-layered music that some people might describe as “smart” or maybe even “pretentious” but fuck it they seem like they’re having a fun time making it and I’m having a good time listening.  I don’t know if Animal Eyes listens to or is trying in any way to emulate any of the groups I’ve mentioned in this article, but they’re reminding me of why I fell in love with indie-rock and that’s cool.

-PK

Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: High Pop

Recently, Spencer Fox (the dude behind Slates and a contributor to our website) sent over a lot of music from SUNY bands he thought we should check out.  Although we’re still getting around to listening to all the great music (there’s a lot of good stuff), High Pop stuck out to me as an instant standout.  Hailing from our great and surprisingly filled with more great music than we ever though home state of Connecticut, High Pop are a group of friends making indie rock that is bursting with creativity and influences.  Last summer, the group put out the fantastic Hip Hip Hooray LP which strikes at the same nostalgically grungy and emotive sound that has been coming from a lot of great bands lately.  Tracks like “‘loner” mix sweet vocal harmonies with heavily distorted guitars like You’re Living All Over Me-era Dinosaur Jr. while tracks like “i wanna run with you” and “oh no” are perfectly out of tune skate punk rockers that references more recent acts like Wavves.  By the end of the LP, High Pop sound less like a band trying to create music in the shadow of established indie rockers and more like kids with a lot of ideas and enough talent to make those ideas into amazing music.

-PK

EP: Walrus – Lamb Girl

Last I heard from Walrus, they were making delightfully out of tune indie-rock on their Sisters EP.  Walrus have made some fidelity improvements to their sound and more importantly upped their experimentation and ambition as well with these new tracks off a split cassette with Sheepman.  Walrus’ contribution to the cassette includes the psych-rocker “Sleep” that grows from acoustic strumming to a climactic guitar solo finale and the John Lennon-channeling “Space Tigers”.  It’s awesome to see that Walrus are rising to the potential that I thought I heard from their earlier music.

-PK

mp3: Only Real – Blood Carpet

With each new breezy release, Only Real proves that his guitar-based brand of pseudo hip-hop is more than just a novelty.  While “Blood Carpet” is decidedly more rock than rap, Only Real still talks through his verses with the kind of cadence and swagger that most rappers aspire towards.  When the chorus hits, however, it’s all falsetto led sunshine pop that defines Only Real’s signature sound.  When we first heard his track “Cadillac Girl”, we were honestly unsure of how his sound would translate into more singles.  If “Blood Carpet” is any indication, we should expect plenty more great material coming from Only Real in the coming year.

-PK