Sunday, November 19, 2017

Singles Club: Cock & Swan + Dream Police + PINS

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

Seattle's Cock & Swan hits a bewitching bullseye with "Flock Descending," a lusciously dark, noir synthpop treasure. Full of shadows, this  mesmeric slow burner is a standout.  



It's seriously hard to believe Dream Police is a side project. But when not doing good things with The Men, good things happen with Dream Police. New song "Revenge" is a nice and sleazy, wee hours of the night ditty, a shady spectacle that I just can't get enough of. 



As a nice middle finger to the upper classes, PINS gets a little snarly on "Serve The Rich." The video was filmed during an anti-Conservative march in Manchester, and is rather self-explanatory. As is the biting cut of the song itself.   



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On The Road Again: Diet Cig

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

Sweet and sour sasspots Diet Cig are still touring in support of their debut record, Swear I'm Good at This, and 2018 kicks off with a heaping helping of new live dates for Alex and Noah. The new dates will be their first as a four-piece, with members of The Spook School and Plush providing additional noisemaking. For a good time, get out there and check out Diet Cig. 

DIET CIG TOUR DATES

Jan 29 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place # ^
Jan 30 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison # ^
Jan 31 - Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar # ^
Feb 01 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge & #
Feb 02 - Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin & #
Feb 03 - Minneapolis, MN @ University of Minnesota & #
Feb 05 - Lawrence, KS @ White Schoolhouse #
Feb 06 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge & #
Feb 07 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge #
Feb 08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
Feb 09 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux & #
Feb 10 - Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt & #
Feb 11 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey #
Feb 12 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater #
Feb 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
Feb 15 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst & #
Feb 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
Feb 17 - San Diego, CA @ You Are Going To Hate This Fest 3 #
Feb 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley (w/ Bully)
Feb 19 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress & #
Feb 21 - Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder & #
Feb 22 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links & #
Feb 23 - New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge & #
Feb 24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade & #
Feb 25 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight & #
Feb 26 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre & #
Feb 27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle & #
Feb 28 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel & #
Mar 01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere & #
Mar 02 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall & #
Mar 03 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church & #

# = w/ The Spook School
^ = w/ Lala Lala
& = w/ Great Grandpa



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Singles Club: Dan Rico + Hovvdy + Small Reactions

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

With a very T. Rex-esque kind of grimy glam swagger, Dan Rico's "Flesh & Bone" hits the spot. This Chicago fellow plays up the pop along with the grit, and the result is rather addictive.  



Austin duo Hovvdy's ode to anxiety, hindsight, and understanding, "Late," is a testament to the twosome's shared love of quiet music. There's some intensity, though, in "Late," a soft insistence that commands attention.  



Georgia boys Small Reactions are back with a heck of a new song. "Dinner Song" is played with an urgency, and this breathless pop tart treasure hits the sweetest of spots with a marriage of 60s jangle and 80s angularity (with some modern day bombast thrown in for good measure). Pure dynamite.  



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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: I Was Britpopped

We've all seen the onslaught of ads telling us that holiday shopping season has officially begun. Pressure to open they wallet as some kind of duty aside, presents are fun. And giving is a pretty great thing to do, so I've pulled together some ideas to bring a little seasonal joy to the life of your favorite music lover.

What to get the Britpop enthusiast in your life? May I suggest the new book I Was Britpopped? Written by Jenny Natasha and Tim Boniface-Webb, this tome covers the golden era of the 1990s when the UK was churning out some of the most memorable (and, in truth, not-so-memorable) music of the time. 

So good an idea is this here book that yours truly has it on her own holiday wish list (hint hint).



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Crossing The Pond: BE GOOD + The Night Café + Party Hardly

Much great music is made on the other side of the Atlantic. Here your hostess indulges her love of all things Brit to bring you some songs you should be listening to from the British Isles.

Oxford has quite a reputation for education among all those dreaming spires, but "awkward pop" music? Absolutely. BE GOOD brings some serious late night slink to the party with their jam "Nightbus," a song rife with come hitherness and all manner of potential misbehavior.     



Liverpool's The Night Café makes a heck of a pretty noise with their single "Turn." This is a song all aquiver with youth and young manhood, defiant and spunky and totally irrepressible. Raucous yet polished, who knows what lies in store for this bunch after their forthcoming headline tour in early 2018. 



New Party Hardly single "Living In Moths" takes inspiration from the depressing pit of despair that is the modern news (and the newspapers that peddle it), and the Leeds outfit's droll, fuzzy snarkpop plays up the absurdity of it all with a snide panache. 



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On The Road Again: Moon Duo

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

Brit and Irish friends, this one's for you. If you haven't yet seen the fantastical psych wonderland that is a Moon Duo live show, you're in luck. This dynamic duo is coming to play you many wonderful songs, and if you're in the path of these 2018 dates you should definitely go to a show. Or several. 

MOON DUO UK/IRELAND TOUR DATES  

Jan 26th - Button Factory, DUBLIN
Jan 27th - Black Box, BELFAST
Jan 28th - Crane Lane, CORK
Jan 30th - Hare and Hounds, BIRMINGHAM
Jan 31st - La Belle Angele, EDINBURGH
Feb 1st - White Hotel, MANCHESTER
Feb 2nd - District, LIVERPOOL
Feb 3rd - Brudenell, LEEDS
Feb 4th - XOYO, LONDON



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Singles Club: Alex Bloom + Crater + Pinkshinyultrablast

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

Influenced by the production stylings of Beatles and Beach Boys records, on "One More Shot" Alex Bloom manages to capture something timeless. A reminiscence of Bloom's first heartbreak, the song carries a sense of lovelorn disappointment. It's a tender, sweet effort, and shows a heck of a lot of promise.  



Pacific Northwest twosome Crater keeps it supple and serpentine with their electropop "Novocaine." An underlying darkness cuts through the sugary synths, making this sparkler a work of substance and style.  



Russian shoegaze exporters Pinkshinyultrablast keep things interesting on new effort "In The Hanging Gardens" by adding some sumptuous synth play to their noise, with much success. It's a shimmering, radiant sound indeed.   



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Good Cover Version: Day Wave and Hazel English Do Interpol

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights was a big, big part of a certain time in my life, and it's a treat to hear one of the biggest songs from that record given such a lovely reinterpretation. Frequent colleagues Day Wave and Hazel English joined forces vocally for the first time to give "PDA" a daydreamy, Left Coast jangle that nods to the angular New York finesse of the original while giving it a certain golden California something.    



[posted 11.19.17]

Video of The Day #371: The Velveteins

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

"Strange Side of The Street" is a bit on the dreamy side, with delightful waves of fuzzy, scuzzed-out surf rock jangle capped with a bit of an instrumental freakout at the back end. The video for this gem from Edmonton's The Velveteins, dedicated in loving memory to Jerry Garcia, sets the action smack in the middle of some California sunshine - art imitating life, in a way. All the thumbs up for this one.     



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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Video of The Day #370: New Candys

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Coming across like some kind of vintage avant garde film, the video for New Candys' "Tempera" may lead to a serious case of visual (not to mention aural) fixation. As the Venetian psychsmiths create foggy, sinister sinews of luxurious noise, the video's simplicity makes both the song and video somehow feel more intense. Very highly recommended.  






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Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Priests @ 9:30 Club, 12/1/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to the following upcoming 9:30/IMP show.

It's always something special when the homegrown bands headline the 9:30 Club, and that's exactly what's happening on 12/1 when the much-buzzed art punks Priests bring their snarly swagger to the club.

If you've got a hankering to see Priests do their thing here in DC, keep reading. You see, I have a pair of tickets to the show that could be all yours. Just email me and let me know you want to go to the show. I consider style and substance, so make it good, y'all. 

FINE PRINT: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this here show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Wednesday, 11/29/17.  



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