Always a good call: Seeing A Place to Bury Strangers live.
Check the band out tonight at the Empty Bottle.
My friend Andersonville Dan and I recently broke down what we like about the latest Destroyer album, Poison Season. The release is a follow-up to another intriguing Bejar record, the 2011 album Kaputt.
Punks: Poison Season has a distinct ’70s vibe. The track Times Square sounds like a Lou Reed number from the early ’70s. That song speaks to the gritty Times Square from Reed’s New York rather than the sanitized version today. Midnight Meet the Rain is another highlight.
AD: Midnight Meet the Rain is the best. Even the title sounds like a ’70s crime movie I’d Kill to see.
He is picking up where he left off on Kaputt. He absolutely nails the moody, seedy sounds with the squealing horns. Then there’s Dream Lover, which has an E Street Band greeting followed by dueling forces of strings and percussion.
Punks: Dream Lover is one of my favorite tracks on this album — and one of my favorite songs this year. It does have that E Street Band sound, which is interesting since Bejar told the New York Times that he never really cared for the Boss.
For me, what distinguishes Poison Season from Kaputt is the choice of instruments. Kaputt has a lot of synthesizer, while the new album relies more heavily on piano, horns, guitar and other traditional instruments. Lyrically, the last two albums have a lot more in common.
A new Wavves album guarantees at least a few things: It will be catchy, it will be fast and upbeat and it will be a lot of fun. Next week, Wavves, the project of California surf-punk-pop rocker Nathan Williams, releases V.
From lead singer Rebecca Valeriano-Flores’ ferocious and earnest vocals to the frenetic pace of the music to the general ethos of this band, Negative Scanner needs to be heard.
Clocking in under 30 minutes, there’s not a single throwaway song on this album. I highly recommend it.
Indianapolis-based label Joyful Noise just started a series of limited-edition live recordings on 7-inch releases. Kicking things off: Melvins joined by Le Butcherettes’ lead singer Teri Gender Bender covering Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl.
Unfortunately, this release is already sold out, according to the folks at Joyful Noise. The live songs are all being performed in Indy, the label says.
Here’s a video for Reactor, a track from Nots‘ debut We Are Nots.
I really like this album, which was released last year. Here’s the band performing live songs off We Are Nots.
I’m a big fan of Drownin’ on a Mountaintop, the new album from T. Hardy Morris.
Here’s a video for the standout track, My Me.
Swell Content is a track from Speedy Ortiz’s (recommended) new release, Foil Deer.
Wolf Eyes plans to release a new album, I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces, at the end of October.
Listen to T.O.D.D., a track off the new album.