Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
One can wonder whether the fact that II is being released by iconic New Zealand label Flying Nun means that Vancouver is now the northern-most city in New Zealand. On the other hand, it just may mean that Flying Nun has decided to conquer the world. If conquest means putting out more music like II, sign us up for the effort.
The Courtneys are Jen Twynn Payne (drums/lead vocals), Sydney Koke (bass/vocals), and Courtney Loove (guitar/vocals).
Bandcamp for II
Flying Nun pre-order page
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A Pink Sunset For No One is out now on vinyl, digital and CD formats via Fire Records. See the Bandcamp link below for details.
Bandcamp for album
Fire Records page for Noveller
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
And speaking of avoiding blame, no zebras were hunted or otherwise harmed in the recording of his song.
Bandcamp for "I Won't Blame You"
Calm Fiasco are Del Morin (lead vocals & guitar), Harry Fleming (vocals, bass, & keys), Andy McInnes (vocals & drums), and Greg Totten (lead guitar).
Monday, February 13, 2017
Of course, it probably would have been more professional to have published this post last fall when the record was released, but we don't claim to be professionals, and we certainly aren't paid like professionals. And we'll claim timeliness based on (1) the vinyl version of the album now being available, and (2) it is Valentines Day this week, which is a perfect time to celebrate Young Romance.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Alexander Devotion EP is out February 10 via Shelflife Records.
Shelflife Records page for EP
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The Ghosts of Johnson City are songwriter Amos Libby (vocals/guitar/banjo), Douglas Porter (banjo/guitar/vocals), Erik Neilson (baritone Ukulele/vocals), Erik Winter (pump organ), Ian Riley (upright bass), Sarah Mueller (violin), and Bethany Winter (vocals). Am I Born To Die?, their first album, consisted of fresh interpretations of dark Americana songs from the past. For The Devil's Gold the band composed new songs in a similar style. And it is a credit to their talent that to my ears the new songs are better than those on the debut album. We still hear about murder, mine disasters, terminal illness, drowning, suicide, love and loss, but it all sounds so damn good that you enjoy the stories and congratulate yourself that none of them bear your name. The quality is so uniform that I struggled mightily to choose some representative tracks for this feature, only consoling myself that I couldn't fail to represent the record well with any selection. Four gems are below, but you can stream them all at the Soundcloud link. You can find purchase details at the band's website.
This is unlike most any other album you will hear, and your life will have a void if you take a pass. And besides, the kitchen is fine and the Bentley is a pain in the ass to maintain. Get the album, put on your headphones, stay home and order a pizza. Oh, and you can still drink the Jim Beam -- in fact you probably should.