Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Singles Club: Summerays

Since it's the middle of summer, I've decided that summer music needs to be paid special attention to. When I caught site of an email about Summerays, I knew this mission could be undertaken on several fronts. 

Not only is the name very much in the time of the season, but the song I have the pleasure of sharing with you now also happens to be in possession of mass quantities of that summertime jangle that sounds so very nice. Luke Teeters, the one man show behind Summerays, is but a young pup of 22, but already his recordings show a maturity lurking behind all that youthful breathlessness. "Toyohashi" has all the loveable jangle of Beach Fossils, the cooler than cool chill of Wild Nothing, and something marvelously mellow just under the surface. A great song, and a rather impressive introduction. 

The Summerays Daydream EP is released today on Cool Summer (naturally!) Records. Get your hands on it and get some sunshine.


Super Furryism #2

For those that don't know, this blog borrows its' name from the title of the debut long player record by wily Welsh cosmic psych poppers Super Furry Animals. As far as I'm concerned, that's certainly reason enough to start talking about them at random times, and for no real reason other than just because I darned well feel like it.

It's a well-known fact that we writers like fancy words. And I'm pretty sure "juxtaposition" has shown up in many a paper written by yours truly over the years. Naturally, then, my love of the Super Furry Animals song "Juxtapozed With U" was bound to happen. After all, the juxtaposition of the slightly seedy, cosmic lounge grooves and hilarious lyrics ("I'm not in love with you/But I won't hold that against you") is nigh on irresistible. If you don't already, you will most certainly love this song. As an added bonus, the video is great, of course. 

So then, friends, in the spirit of the song, let's get juxtaposed.

Video Vixens: Hundred Reasons

Seeing as Blighty is all over the place these days, what with the Olympics and all, yours truly is feeling a little bit nostalgic. And so, I decided to look to the past a wee bit for this latest vixeny little clip. 

The year was 2002. There were countless hordes of bands making shouty, guitar-heavy rock on both sides of the Atlantic (with varying degrees of success and appeal). For one reason or another, English scamps Hundred Reasons became a shouty, guitar-heavy band that I verily enjoyed. Listening to "If I Could" ten years on, not even my much more discerning palate can put the kibosh on my enjoyment of this song. This song was everywhere back then, and I was all about it. Something about that beefy intro and all those raw, shouty vocals still get to me. It's a big, big song, perhaps a little on the mass quantity appeal side, but still good, catchy fun all the same. 

Try some Hundred Reasons on for size for yourself, I've thrown in a 2002 Kerrang! Awards performance (with seriously dodgy camera work) as well as the recorded version of the song. 


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Through A Lens Fuzzily #11: Sister Hiatus

This past weekend I was down in Richmond for a special show. My darling friends The Diamond Center were playing their last show for the rest of 2012, and had roped in three other amazing bands to play this temporary farewell with them (Canary Oh Canary, Ttotals, and Creepoid, I'm lookin' at y'all), and so obviously, I had to be there. This here photo was taken well after last call, when The Diamond Center had called upon seemingly all and sundry (give or take) from the other bands on the bill for a glorious cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray." I love the red glow highlighting the lovely Miss Brandi Price as she casts her spell on the assembled. It was a magic moment, among a show full of such moments.

Here's a double Diamond Center ditty to tide you over until the band emerges from their hibernation. 

[photo copyright Megan Petty]

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bands On Film #27: Creepoid @ Strange Matter, 7/21/12

[photos copyright Megan Petty]

Bands On Film #26: Ttotals @ Strange Matter, 7/21/12

[photos copyright Megan Petty]

Bands On Film #25: Canary Oh Canary @ Strange Matter, 7/21/12

[photos copyright Megan Petty]