Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Here is a bit of advice to the women in the audience: Don't do Jimi Charles Moody wrong. You see, with your average guy, you do him wrong and he may say a few unkind things, send a few angry texts, and complain to your BFF (while trying to sleep with her). But you do Jimi Charles Moody wrong, and you might have your bad acts be the subject of a song storming around the airwaves. So unless you believe that all publicity is good publicity, be nice to Jimi.
And speaking of nice things, after you enjoy "The Woman", hit the Soundcloud link and download Jimi's "Other Man" for free.
The band's cover of the Mekons' "Hello Cruel World" provides another dose of guitar grumble. Sun-kissed California jangle returns for "Arthurs Army" and "We Can Run/A Piper's Lament". "Floating Near the Sun" finds The Rightovers in a psychedelic frame of mind. The closer offers a tantalizing dose of additional variety with a funky psychedelic jam.
It would be too easy to simply tout this album as a welcome addition to your summer soundtrack. But to my ears it is more than that. These songs are going to live with me beyond Labor Day, and I'm going to hope for more music from The Rightovers.
For Blue Blood Chris was assisted by Sarah O'Brien (backing vocals) and Mike Kamoo (drums). Limited vinyl and unlimited digital are available via the band's own Bandcamp and Jigsaw Records. Jigsaw also has the album in CD format. All necessary links are below.
The Rightovers on Bandcamp
Jigsaw Records page for CD or vinyl
Bandcamp page for digital/CD/vinyl
Friday, July 24, 2015
But now we'll trigger a different emotional response -- happiness with a topping of gratitude. Why? Because four of those very same songs are now available via the Adams Apples 7". The release consists of "Adams Apples" and "Kids" on vinyl, with a download code for those songs plus "X + Y" and "Gentleman's Wash". The kind folks providing you with this rare second chance to do the right thing are Stewart Anderson and Jen Turrell of the appropriately-named Emotional Response Recordings. By the way, the song from the cassette omitted here is "Burn the Merchandise", which is on a compilation from Emotional Response Recordings that we'll discuss at a later date.
The songs deliver dream pop, garage and shoegaze with plenty of reverb, fuzz, energy and hooks. The production adopts a delightfully frayed take on Spector's wall of sound. It is all so good that if you sleep on it a second time you should sell all of your music and just watch reality TV.
The Debutantes are Paula Cullen (vocals/bass), Sarah Grimes (drums) and Leon Butler (vocals/guitar). Cullen also is in September Girls, and Grimes also is a member of September Girls and Cruising.
Order page for release
Emotional Response Recordings
Emotional Response Recordings on Facebook
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Bandcamp for Wild Heart EP
Touchstones could include Tangerine Dream, M83, Radio Dept., The Pet Shop boys and OMD. The closest genre may be dream pop, but these guys know how to ride a groove. You can test a couple of tracks below, or stream the entire EP at the Soundcloud and order page links below.
Order page for Juno Beach
Bandcamp (for previous releases)
Saint Marie Records
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Welcome You is Motopony's second album, following 2011's self-titled debut. The line-up has gone through some changes, and the music has morphed a bit as well. But the Seattle band's ability to craft interesting songs remains. Stylistically, the eleven tracks could earn tags such as folk rock, dramatic pop, synth pop, glam, jam rock, psychedelic, and glitch dance rock (there is a chance I invented that one). However, the demarcation between the genres is gleefully blurred, and what remains is a full, even lush, sound with plenty of delightful and surprising touches and a double live show dose of energy. One does not want to set unnecessary standards for measuring achievement, but I will note that there is a bit of the Fab Four in the audacity of the vision on Welcome You. This is a band that paints on a bit canvas with bold strokes and bright colors.
I think the best way to take this album is to let it take you. If you approach it with expectations of what you are going to hear you may be confused or even disappointed. But if you press play and let Motopony take you on a journey, I expect that you will have a very good time.
For Welcome You, Motopony founder Daniel Blue is joined by Forrest Mauvais, Mike Notter, Terry Mattson, Andrew Butler, and Nate Daley.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The EP is out now on Dave's Dirty // Clean label.
Stream the entire EP below --
Dirty // Clean (label)
Monday, July 20, 2015
In introducing LA band Fakers we are re-introducing two members of a long-time and sadly defunct favorite around WYMA headquarters, The Henry Clay People. Two of THCP were Joey and Andy Siara. In addition to brothers Siara, Fakers includes Travis Shettel (piebald) Cameron Dmytryk (Vanaprasta, Sun Drug), and Benjamin Heywood (Summer Darling). Given the players, the astute rock fan will demand energetic rock with a dose of punk and a liberal dose of hooks. And the astute rock fan, and anyone else bothering to listen, will get what they demand. Isn't it great when life works out that way?
This introduction includes two songs from the band. A 7" will be released soon via Chain Letter, which we understand is label founded by band member Heywood and his spouse Heather.
Chain Letter Collective