I swear cheesecake is made of sleeping pills.
Giving off a hybrid Joan Jett / Pretty Girls Make Graves vibe, this art-punk quartet is nothing short of fantastic. This melody-rich track is masterfully carried by the reassuring, and at times, romantic guitar-work of Heather Gmucs. The video fits the energy well. Just a girl band and their dog in an empty apartment. Despite the fact that today’s pick was released in 2008, it’s still new to me, and HotChaCha is becoming one of my top 5 favorite bands to listen to this year so far. I will thoroughly enjoy my dive into their discography.
“It’s Hard To Be A White Boy in 1992″ by HotChaCha
album Rifle, I Knew You When You Were Just A Pistol
When I was in college, I bought two sconces at CVS for like $9 and installed them in my room. I loved them immediately. They brought a sense of elegance to the room that allowed you to forget about the old fruit loops under the bed that I couldn’t reach.
Quick pick today by a band name Posse. Their latest album Soft Opening is due out March 4th. I’m working on a few last details for an album reviews section on the site. If you interested in doing a guest review, contact me on Twitter @raindogcomic or like my Facebook page.
“Shut Up” by Posse
album Soft Opening
Recently, the most awesome espresso machine has come into my possession from two of the coolest people I know, and I can’t stop using it. I’ve only had 3 espresso drinks today for the sole reason that I had to work. Normally, i would make 8, easily. I’m drinking one right now even. It’s a scientific fact, low maintenance espresso machines are one of the best inventions to have ever happened to the world of roasted bean water.
Bands like the Screaming Females don’t come around too often, and when they do, most critics will shout loud and proud from the warm, glow of their cubicle laptops that they’ve found the next rock and roll demi-gods. But, perhaps this time they wouldn’t be so misguided with their impatience. With the immense energy flowing throughout their discography, it’s easy to forget that a mere 3-person lineup sits behind the scenes. Already, singer/guitarist Paternoster has been listed by Spin magazine as #77 on the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time. Today’s pick, though a 7-year old track, is still indicative of the power that a catchy guitar hook and Paternoster’s trademark howling vibrato can bring in creating a gritty, caustic jam. So, demigods?…give it time.
“Humanity Arranged” by The Screaming Females
album What if Someone is Watching Their T.V.?
Some restaurants are just a little too exclusive I guess…Or maybe some hostesses are just blind…and also jerks…
As the breakthrough album for Standard Fare, The Noyelle Beat succeeded in solidifying a spot as one of the must-haves of the indie-pop genre. The playful unsteadiness of the guitar progression, the nervous drum line, and the undertones of sexual frustration in the lyrics all contribute in making Standard Fare…well, a standard. There’s a certain understated hilarity with the singer, Emma Kupa, that shines through as well. Today’s pick is a borderline manipulative love song that teeters on the edge of begging; almost like, “I want you back but don’t freak out cause I’m not weird I swear.” Check out their bandcamp page (with lyrics) Here.
“Let’s Get Back Together” by Standard Fare
album The Noyelle Beat
Who ya gonna call?….Probably Paul Simon…
Australian natives Cut Copy deliver synthpop gold in today’s pick from their sophomore album released in 2009. The over-compressed syncopation alongside the breathy vocals of Dan Whitford blend together seamlessly to create an ethereal sound. Though sounding somewhat like a blend of the vocals from Phoenix & the music of Neon Indian, this indietronica quartet is well-worth a discography binge. “Strangers in the Wind” is best listened to with a new tablet computer and a tour through buildings with futuristic architecture.
“Strangers In The Wind” by Cut Copy
album In Ghost Colours
A special Princess Bride Valentines day strip for you guys.
Cast from left to right….as you wish:
- Joni - The Impressive Clergyman
- Cheat Code - Princess Buttercup
- Giuseppe – Inigo Montoya
- Max - Westley / The Man in Black
- Ron - Fezzik
- Girl Clothes – Vizzini
Today’s pick is one of my favorite love songs. It’s been said that it’s about the last moments of true love making as nuclear bombs fall around melting the world below.
“Melt With You” by Modern English
album After The Snow
Today’s strip is for those poor souls who have flushed many hours down the drain in defeat brought on by the unfair, 50/50 shot-in-the-dark MineSweeper scenario in panel 3. It’s the worst form of torture. If you win you get sweet, succulent closure, but if you lose, the rage that builds within you is greater than a thousand Freecell losses. It’s the reason I’ve been attending therapy sessions since the late 90s.
Given the title of “electronic wizard”, underground artist Dan Casey is the mind behind the funk-electronica band Yalls. Though this alter-ego predates the current guitar-inspired iteration of his career as himself, the level of experimentation in today’s pick is not to be ignored. “Settle Down,” an ironic title from the get-go, delivers a beat-driven dance worthy track that builds, self-destructs and then rebuilds again to close out on such an enlightening jam.
Listen with the link below & be sure to check out his tumblr page.
“Settle Down” by Yalls
album Fantasy 7″
This would be a great prank to pull on a rival small business to lower their morale. Just make sure they don’t have a silent alarm. Make sure you wear face-pantyhose too.
I’m a sucker for girl singers. I always have been, especially when accompanied by catchy hooks and synth swells, as is the case with Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches. Released last September, this album is incredibly accessible, and transcends the commonly hated-on label they’ve been given of “synth-pop”. Backed by Iain Cook (formerly of Unwinding Hours & Aerogramme) and Martin Doherty (of the Twilight Sad) this Scottish band is relentless on the road, and have built their fanbase from the ground up. I’ve joked that they sound as though M83 hired Kiera Knightley, but that’s unfair, since they’re so much better than this analogy.
Today’s pick is the first track off of the album. It begins with a synth intro seemingly straight out of an M83 song, followed by one of the most feel-good choruses of the year. Listen to Chvrches. They’re my new guilty pleasure. Enjoy!
“The Mother We Share” by Chvrches
album The Bones Of What You Believe
Panel 2 is directly inspired from one of my favorite memes from a few years ago, the “I’m not a model” lady.
During the tenth anniversary of it’s original release last December, The Disintegration Loops, by William Basinski was pressed onto vinyl for the first time ever. This four volume collection of his work spanning two decades was originally an attempt at salvaging the rapidly deteriorating tapes that originally held his loops. While transferring the tracks to a digital format, the 20 year old tapes literally began disintegrating, forever remaining as they were recorded that day: the bittersweet artifacts of an entire career.
Basinski has a sound that is ethereal. DLP 1.3 is a meditative masterpiece that speaks wonders to his talents as an ambient artist. Today’s pick should be listened with your eyes closed in complete focus, and with nothing heavy on the mind.
You can pick up the vinyl set here.
“Dlp 1.3″ by William Basinski
album The Disintegration Loops
Poor Keith…Seriously, though if you say “yoghurt” and stress the “H”, I am well within my legal right to grundle-punch you and take your groceries. You better have Oreos too or it’s gonna start raining elbows in the parking lot, and it won’t stop until you get the double-stuffed kind that I like.
Ben Khan is somewhat underground by most standards; in the sense that you would be hard-pressed to find a significant online presence for this electro-soul artist. Nonetheless, the mystery is intriguing, and his funk-based sound cannot be ignored. Hailing from London, Khan ‘s Eden is a neurotic blending of sensual lyrics, and clap-driven synth swells.The song seems somewhat of an attempt at a dance track, but transcends its own ambitions into something quite enjoyable. Aside from the the intermittent horns throughout the song, Eden contains elements which show influence from artists such as Beck or Jamiroquai.
“Eden” by Ben Khan
album self-released single