Monday, February 23, 2015

The Vaccines - Handsome VIDEO

The Vaccines are back with a very similar sound to what we have heard in the past from them with their new single "Handsome". The best quality from The Vaccines is their ability to create one hell of a catchy song, and once again they did not disappoint. "Handsome" is the first listen on the bands third album English Graffiti which will be released via Columbia Records later in the Spring.

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tune Of The Day: The Subways - Taking All The Blame

The Subways are set to release their 4th studio album on February 9th, but in the meantime they have just released their new single "Taking All The Blame" which comes with a shiny new original video. Lead Singer Billy Lunn has this take on "Taking All The Blame"...
"I’d been playing around with the chorus riff for a while, but I just couldn’t find the right lyrics to match. I then somehow started writing an apology to Charlotte for how I’d behaved when we were breaking up. I was young; we were both really young. At the time of writing I felt like I'd been a bit of an arsehole to everyone. Eventually I came up with an idea: Charlotte and I could talk about our relationship and our eventual breakup from dual perspectives. I recorded my verse and sent it over to Charlotte, without telling her what it was about, but I think she knew…she sent me back her verse lyrics and we recorded them for real the next day. I’m really pleased and proud of what we both came up with, and how honest we can be with each other."
The song has a much needed emotional recharge from the bands last effort 'Money and Celebrity' and given Lunn's sincere statement above, "Taking All The Blame" has a real life feel to it and it shows in the lyrics and the banter in both Billy's and Charlotte's vocals throughout the song.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tune Of The Day: Hinds (fka Deers) - Bamboo

Newcomers "Hinds" were forced to change their band name after their original name Deers was too close for comfort for Canadian band The Dears. The fourpiece girl band are gaining some nice traction in the up and coming music acts in 2015. They are a band to keep an eye on and hail from Madrid and offer a sound that resembles something that we might have heard from HAIM in the past but with a lot more goofiness.

This particular track "Bamboo" is a straight up fun and catchy track that will leave you wanting to hear more from the band.

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Field Report Release "Marigolden"



Wisconsin bands have been in the spotlight for some time now with up and coming bands such as PHOX, Blessed Feathers and Field Report among others. In 2012 frontman Chris Porterfield found himself in the studio recording what was to become the debut self titled Field Report album. After a support tour in 2013, the quartet took a large batch of songs and retreated to Ontario to record their followup album Marigolden.

Marigolden starts with the acoustic driven ballad, “Decision Day”, described as a “sunrise”, ending full circle with the album's closing track “Enchantment,” which bring a sense of balance to the various themes throughout. The album deals with life on the road and what was left back home, which can be heard on pop esque single “Home.” The piano inspired “Ambrosia,” addresses Porterfield's relationship with alcohol (a reoccurring topic heard throughout), while “Wings,” widens the range within the genre sounding a bit more electronic, yet fiting within the album as a whole without exceeding its boundaries.

In the never ending Ontario blizzard, Field report built the songs up only to strip them down and rebuilt them “using only their essential elements,” breaking only to feed logs to the fire, which reflect upon the intimacy heard on Marigolden. Regardless of the themes, the album is arranged in a way that speaks to everyone, leaving the listener with distinct and familiar feeling.

Marigolden is out now, purchase the album on the Field Report Website where you can find more info on the band along with tour dates, videos, etc. You can catch them live at The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, on October 22nd along with a list of dates seen below.




   
Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/7: The Bishop // Bloomington, IN
10/8: Zanzabar // Louisville, KY
10/9: Mercy Lounge (High Watt) // Nashville, TN
10/11: Hootenanny Harvest Festival // Hannibal, MO
10/12: Indie On Main // Kansas City, MO
10/14: The Varsity Theater // Minneapolis, MN
10/15: The Frequency // Madison, WI
10/17: Daytrotter @ Codfish Hollow // Maquoketa, IA
11/6: Meyer Theater // Green Bay, WI
11/7: House of Rock // Eau Claire, WI 
11/8: Schubas // Chicago, IL 
11/11: Hi-Dive // Denver, CO
11/13: The Satellite // Los Angeles, CA
11/15: The Crepe Place // Santa Cruz, CA
11/16: Brick & Mortar // San Francisco, CA
11/18: Bunk Bar // Portland, OR
11/19: Sunset Tavern // Seattle, WA

Visit www.fieldreportmusic.com/tour for more information on tickets and dates.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LISTEN: New Track from Kendrick Lamar - "i"

The world is abuzz today, and two words (one man) are being said by many, many people today: Kendrick Lamar.

Perhaps the world's best hip hop artist currently, Kendrick released his new track "i" today, which was produced by Rakhi (sampling a song by The Isley Brothers) is streaming below. To say it's really good would be an understatement; listen to it today, and be ready to listen to the uplifting track many, many (many...many...many) times in days to come.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

CONCERT PREVIEW: Spoon w/ EMA at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee 9/17



It's concert season in the Milwaukee. No more festivals. We now get to huddle around each other in the warmth of the best theaters in the Midwest. Fall brings in tons of fantastic shows, and Wednesday, September 17th starts the beginning of a fantastic month and a half of shows, as Milwaukee brings in indie rock group Spoon with special guest EMA.

Erika M Anderson, or EMA as she's known in the music world, is a singer-songwriter from South Dakota (yes... South Dakota), who got her start in drone rock outfit Gowns. She's been heavily talked about since her debut solo album, "Past Life Martyred Saints" was released in 2011, gaining notoriety with tracks like "California" and rave reviews from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the like.

Her follow up "The Future's Void" is straddling the fine line between electronic and organic rock music, with heavy amounts of noise and even more heavy lyrics that provide dark, startling imagery, focusing on technology while not succumbing to stereotypical uses of electronics in music. EMA feeds off of improvisation, and that will typically give way to a fantastic live show. For a taste of the live goods, check out her recent network television debut, performing "Neuromancer" on Late Show w/ David Letterman.



EMA will provide a fine opening set for indie rockers Spoon, who dabble in experimentation on stage themselves.

Recently releasing their eighth studio album, They Want My Soul, Spoon is back on the road, trying to showcase new tricks, after releasing two of the best albums of the last ten years with Gimme Fiction in 2005, and following up with Ga Ga Ga Ga in 2007. Their following, self-produced album Transference, fell a little short but nevertheless still provided enough solid music to keep Spoon in listeners hearts. And, let's be honest, it was going to be difficult to follow up two of the most popular rock albums of the times.

They Want My Soul picks up where Transference left off, with plenty of electronic drum beats, keys, guitar riffs, and Britt Daniel's raspy, growling voice. I was pleasantly surprised by their latest album, going in to my first listen not expecting too much. But tracks like "Do You", "Rent I Pay" and "Inside Out" will fit right in to a Spoon live set next Wednesday.

Check out their full performance from KEXP below, and purchase your tickets for the show here.