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32 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 26
Discover Simone Felice, Foxy Shazam, Secrets, Shonen Knife, Clockwise and Kill Lincoln. Artist #1: Simone Felice Album: Strangers Song: Molly-O Release Date: Out Now (CD | Vinyl) Label: DualTone www.facebook.com/SimoneFeliceMusic Artist #2: Foxy Shazam Album: Gonzo Song: Shoe Box Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Self Released www.foxyshazam.com Artist #3: Secrets Album: Fragile Figures Song: Maybe next May Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Rise Records www.secretsofficial.com Artist #4: Shonen Knife Album: Overdrive Song: Bad Luck Song Release Date: Out Now (Digital | CD) Label: Good Charamel Records www.shonenknife.net Artist #5: Clockwise Album: Dancing World Song: Dancing World Release Date: September Label:Self Released www.clockwisemusic.net Artist #6: Kill Lincoln Album: Single Song: I'm Getting Too Old For This Shit Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Jump Start Records http://hellotower.com
31 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 25
Discover Runaway Brother, Goddamnit, The Afghan Whigs, Matt Pryor, Hundreds and hear a brand new song from Daniel G. Harmann.
24 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 24
Discover Farpoint, Lyla Foy, Naive Thieves, Off & On, Get Busy Living and hear a brand new song from Daniel G. Harmann. Artist #1: Farpoint Album: Think About The Future Song: Are We Gonna Make It Release Date: Out Now (Digital | CD)) Label: Lost Tape Collective defendpoppunk.com Artist #2: Lyla Foy Album: Mirrors The Sky Song: Feather Tongue Release Date: Out Now (Digital | CD | Vinyl) Label: Sub Pop http://lylafoy.com/ Artist #3: Naive Thieves Album: Vámonos Song: Anxiété Release Date: April 29th, 2014 (Pre-order) Label: Cave & Canary Goods http://naivethieves.com/ Artist #4: Off & On Album: Good Talk Vol. 1 Song: Madison Release Date: Out Now (Digital | CD | Vinyl) Label: Broken Circles https://www.facebook.com/dreamtigersmusic Artist #5: Get Busy Living Album: All Good Memories Fade Song: Unfamiliar Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Self Released https://www.facebook.com/getbusylivingkc Artist #6: Daniel G. Harmann Album: Fastback Sessions 4 Song: Doors Lock From the Inside Release Date: April 24th, 2014 (Digital) Label: Self Released http://hellotower.com
7 minutes | 7 years ago
Music Review – The Hotelier “Home, Like Noplace Is There”
Pop-punk collided with Emo-rock and hit critical mass in the early 2000s with bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Saves The Day, New Found Glory and The Ataris taking over the airwaves all over the country. The trend seemed to die off culturally in the mid to late 2000s and seemed to head back underground by 2010. Enter Worcester, MA’s The Hotelier (previously called The Hotel Year) who seem to argue that melodic punk rock is not dead and very much alive. Their debut album It Never Goes Out hit in 2011 and has been a moderate success putting the band on the map and turning heads back toward this genre who some can argue has never left.
28 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 23
Discover Antillectual, Falling Off Maps, Malaena Cadiz, Dreamtigers, Adam Faucett, & Daniel G. Harmann
30 minutes | 7 years ago
Backstage Pass: Retro Edition – Episode 10
In 2007 I discovered the band Medicated Kisses and fell in love with singer Alanna Quinn-Broadus' amazing voice. I was positive they were going to hit it big and they had the momentum to do so. Much to my surprise, the band broke up after the release of their fantastic EP in 2008. When doing research for this episode of the Retro Edition, I was happy to discover that Alanna's soulful voice is still going strong with Alanna Royale. Here is my 2007 interview with Alanna.
31 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 22
This week discover JT Woodruff, Joie de Vivre, Prawn, Mimicking Birds, Clipping, and Consider Me Dead Artist #1: JT Woodruff Album: Field Medicine Song: Field Medicine Release Date: Out Now (Digital | CD | Vinyl) Label: InVogue Records www.fieldmedicine.net Artist #2: Joie de Vivre Album: Split EP Song: Tenspopet Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Count Your Lucky Stars www.facebook.com/joiedevivreband Artist #3: Prawn Album: Split EP Song: Why You Always Leave Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Topshelf Records http://prawnnj.bandcamp.com Artist #4: Mimicking Birds Album: EONS Song: Bloodlines Release Date: May 13th, 2014 (Not Yet Available) Label: Glacial Pace Recordings http://mimickingbirds.com Artist #5: Clipping Album: CLPPNG Song: Work Work Release Date: Out Now (iTunes Pre-order | CD/Vinyl Pre-order) Label: Sub Pop Records http://www.itsclippingbitch.com/ Artist #6: Consider Me Dead Album: Young At Heart Song: Like Thunder Release Date: April 8th, 2014 (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Standby Records http://considermedead.com/
51 minutes | 7 years ago
Fireside Lounge – Episode 3: Brian Jackson and The Fastback Sessions
Brian Jackson keeps busy in many aspects of the Music Business with his PR Company The Awareness Group, but recently he got involved with The Fastback Sessions: a documentary series showcasing the talent in the Northwest with invite only acoustic performances mixed with live video/audio recordings. Show Notes Music: Artist: Kye Alfred Hillig Song: Like God (from Session Two of The Fastback Sessions) Artist: & Yet Song: When He Woke (from Session Three of The Fastback Sessions)
26 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 21
This week discover Merriment, Chad VanGaalen, Jess Williamson, Tacocat, Death Vessel, and Nai Harvest Artist #1: Merriment Album: Sway Song: Backwards Release Date: April 8, 2014 (Pre-order) Label: Equal Vision http://merrimentmusic.com/ Artist #2: Chad VanGaalen Album: Shrink Dust Song: Where Are You? Release Date: April 29th (Digital Pre-order | Vinyl Pre-order) Label: Sub Pop Records https://www.facebook.com/ChadVangaalen Artist #3: Jess Williamson Album: Native State Song: Spin The Wheel Release Date: Out Now (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Brutal Honest https://www.facebook.com/jesswilliamsonmusic Artist #4: Tacocat Album: NVM Song: Crimson Wave Release Date: Out Now (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Hardly Art https://www.facebook.com/tacocatband Artist #5: Death Vessel Album: Island Intervals Song: Mercury Dime Release Date: Out Now (Digital | CD | Vinyl) Label: Sub Pop Records http://www.deathvessel.com/ Artist #6: Nai Harvest Album: Hold Open My Head Song: Hold Open My Head Release Date: (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Top Shelf Records https://www.facebook.com/naiharvestemo
8 minutes | 7 years ago
Music Review – Owls, “Two”
When I started to broaden my horizons away from punk rock, I latched on to more melodic emo bands such as The Appleseed Cast and American Football. As I dug more into the emo scene, I knew I was supposed to like bands such as Cap’n Jazz and Joan Of Arc, but I never fully got into them. So for me, a new Owls album is already a tough sell. I didn’t care much for their 2001 release on Jade Tree Records, so I met this long awaited follow-up with shrugs. Owls probably won’t gain many new fans with Two but fans of Cap’n Jazz, Joan Of Arc and Owls’ previous effort will love this album.
7 minutes | 7 years ago
Music Review – Pillar Point, “Pillar Point”
For me, synth-pop and electronica has been hit or miss. Few electronic albums turn my head and most of them annoy the hell out of me, which is why Pillar Point’s debut self-titled album is such a stand-out. The tinge of 80′s synth mixed with Scott Reitherman’s smooth, slightly processed vocals are reminiscent of early Depeche Mode, but it doesn’t feel like an experiment in nostalgia.
27 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 20
This week discover Morningside Lane, Harbourer, John Moreland, Nightmares For A Week, Banquets, and Little Chief. Artist #1: Morningside Lane Album: A Fifth of Elvis Song: A Fifth of Elvis Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Self Released http://www.facebook.com/morningsidelaneNJ Artist #2: Harbourer Album: Harbourer Song: Lack Of Interest Release Date: Out Now (Digital | 7” Vinyl) Label: Broken Hive Records http://www.facebook.com/harbourer Artist #3: John Moreland Album: In The Throes Song: Your Spell Release Date: Out Now (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Last Chance Records http://johnmoreland.bandcamp.com/ Artist #4: Nightmares For A Week Album: Split LP Song: Bleached Blonde (Stream) Release Date: Out Now (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Black Numbers https://www.facebook.com/nightmaresforaweek Artist #5: Banquets Album: Split LP Song: Matters (Stream) Release Date: Out Now (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Black Numbers https://www.facebook.com/banquetsamerica Artist #6: Little Chief Album: Lion's Den Song: Mountain Song Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Self Released http://www.littlechiefband.com Amazon.com Widgets
26 minutes | 7 years ago
Backstage Pass: Retro Edition – Episode 9
SHOW: IndieUprising #11 AIR DATE: Wed, 27 June 2007 I discovered Pierce The Veil in 2007 when I received the Equal Vision press release announcing their debut album, A Flair For The Dramatic which released the week of this original podcast. I was able to talk to lead singer Vic Fuentes about the album and the band. I'm glad that Pierce The Veil has continued, unlike so many of the bands I had interviewed. Now on Fearless Records, their newest album Collide With The Sky was released in 2012 and it's their best yet. The band has also released a documentary called This Is A Wasteland documenting their most recent world tour. Discography
30 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 19
This week discover Mannequin Pussy, The Rich Hands, Kithkin, Accents, Moonlit Sailor, and Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires Show Notes Artist #1: Mannequin Pussy Album: Gypsy Pervert Song: Clue Juice (Video | Download) Release Date: Summer 2014 (Digital | LP) Label: Tiny Engines https://www.facebook.com/meatslave Artist #2: The Rich Hands Album: Out Of My Head Song: Teenager (Download) Release Date: May 6, 2014 (Release Info) Label: Fountain Records http://therichhands.bandcamp.com Artist #3: Kithkin Album: Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in Face of The Collapse Song: Fallen Giants (Video) Release Date: May 20, 2014 (No Release Info Yet) Label: Pesanta Urfolk http://kithkin.bandcamp.com/ Artist #4: Accents Album: Tall Tales Song: Hold Me Close (Stream) Release Date: March 25, 2014 (Digital) Label: Deep Elm http://accents.bandcamp.com/ Artist #5: Moonlit Sailor Album: We Come From Exploding Stars Song: Minutes From Somewhere Else Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Deep Elm http://www.moonlitsailor.com/ Artist #6: Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires Album: Dereconstructed Song: The Company Man Release Date: May 27, 2014 (Digital | Vinyl) Label: Sub Pop http://thegloryfires.com/
6 minutes | 7 years ago
Music Review – Moonlit Sailor, “We Come From Exploding Stars”
Artist: Moonlit Sailor Album: We Come From Exploding Stars Label: Deep Elm Release Date: Out Now (Digital | Spotify) RIYL: U137, Lights & Motion, Dorena, Explosions In The Sky, M83 This review originally posted over at PopSyn.com Music is often the product of the environment it is bred in. Instrumental Post-Rock band Moonlit Sailor resides in Boras, Sweden where they often experience weeks without sunlight; Sweden is also known for stunning vistas and full seasons. This connection to nature and beauty has always been apparent in their past albums, as well as the side project U137. Deep Elm's first official release of 2014 with Moonlit Sailor's We Come From Exploding Stars is an emotionally overwhelming experience. The beauty, steadiness and craft put into each song makes this a landmark release for year, and will be a tough one to beat. Moonlit Sailor is Adam Tornblad (drums, piano, guitars, synthesizers, programming), Markus Rundlof (bass guitar, piano, programming), Oscar Gulbrandsen (guitar, piano, synthesizers, programming) and Joakim Wiik (guitars, piano, programming). We Come From Exploding Stars was recorded at Nacksving Studio (Dorena, Immanu El, Neneh Cherry, The Spotnicks) in Gothenburg, Sweden from September to December 2013. The album was recorded, produced and mixed by Anders Lagerfors (also of the band Obliq) and mastered by Martin at Cutting Room (In Flames, Red One, Dungen, Mando Diao) in Stockholm. With all the talent behind every aspect of the album, it's no surprise We Come From Exploding Stars sounds incredible. The dreamy guitars, thick yet clean bass and intricate percussion are clear and layered marvelously. With these types of albums, it is impossible to list any songs individually. My first listen to Moonlit Sailor's album was alone, eyes closed, on my couch with the stereo blaring. Emptying my mind of all the day's thoughts and stress, I let the music envelope me. It's amazing the visuals you can imagine when listening to music like this. We Come From Exploding Stars is a rich story of creation, beauty, love and death without one word muttered or sung. It is an astonishing accomplishment. Moonlit Sailor has given us another incredible sound-scape to digest. Highly Recommended. This album (as well as Deep Elm's entire catalog of 200+ releases) is now available on a Name Your Price basis here: http://www.deepelm.com/music
62 minutes | 7 years ago
Fireside Lounge – Episode 2: Daniel G. Harmann
The last seven years, Daniel G. Harmann has been making music with his band The Trouble Starts. On February 26th, they played their last show and have all gone their separate ways. Harmann is now working on solo material and has released two digital releases on Bandcamp. The Westroy Sessions 1 and The Westroy Sessions 2. Together we sit down in the lounge and discuss his future as a solo artist. Buy/Download all Daniel's music at his Bandcamp. You can find the other Trouble Starts members' projects here: Actual Years :: https://www.facebook.com/ActualYears Gibraltar :: https://www.facebook.com/gibraltarsongs Werebearcat! :: https://www.facebook.com/werebearcat
29 minutes | 7 years ago
The Geekcouch: Backstage Pass – Episode 18
This week discover: Koji, Head North, Miserable, Seagulls, Whether I, and Slinger Francisco. Artist #1: Koji Album: Matters EP Song: Matters (of the heart and mind) Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label: Self Released http://kojisaysaloha.tumblr.com Artist #2: Head North Album: Scrapbook Minds Song: Tremors Release Date: Out Now (Digital) Label:Self Released http://headnorthny.bandcamp.com/ Artist #3: Miserable Album: Halloween Dream Song: Orchid Release Date: Out Now (Stream | Digital | LP) Label: The Native Sound www.facebook.com/miserablegrl Artist #4: Seagulls Album: The Royal We Song: Santa’s Little Helper Release Date: Available For Pre-Order 3/7/2014 Label:Autumn + Colours https://www.facebook.com/seagullsatl Artist #5: Whether, I Album: Dreamcatcher Song: Is It Too Late? Release Date: April, 1 2014 Label: InVogue Records http://facebook.com/whetheriband Artist #6: Slinger Francisco Album: N/A Song: Bad News Release Date: Out Now (iTunes Digital Single) Label: Autumn + Colours https://www.facebook.com/slingerfranciscomusic
7 minutes | 7 years ago
Music Review – Save Ends, “Warm Hearts, Cold Hands”
Artist: Save Ends Album: Warm Hearts, Cold Hands Label: Tiny Engines Release Date: Out Now - Vinyl / Digital RIYL: The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, Farewell Continental, Lemuria, Slingshot Dakota ★★★★☆ Boston's Save Ends is a band that has consistently improved with each release. I first discovered the band in 2010 with their EP Ten or Better. It was rough around the edges, but I could tell after the first couple of songs that this band had potential. In 2012, they blew me away with their EP Strength vs Will. The song writing was dialed in, more focused and I loved the vocal melodies traded between the sweet, airy voice of Christine Atturio (guitar, vocals) and the harsher voice of Brendan Cahill (keyboard, vocals). These two EPs were mere stepping stones to their new fantastic full-length Warm Hearts, Cold Hands by blending the energy of Ten or Better with the softer and catchier melodies of Strength vs Will. One of my favorite examples of this is the song "A Life They Wrote" Warm Hearts, Cold Hands takes the groundwork laid by their previous EPs and improves their craft in every way. As someone who particularly connects with vocal melodies, I absolutely love the combination of Christine and Brendan's vocals here. The sweet and sour elements of their vocals have never sounded better and the choruses are even more memorable. Musically the album has the unbridled energy and passion of Ten or Better combined with the sweetness, heart, and maturity of Strength vs Will. Needless to say, Save Ends have exceeded all expectations with this album. If you were obsessed with bands like The Get Up Kids, Brandtson and The Anniversary like I was, then you'll instantly love this band and this record. But even on their own terms, you can't deny the raw energy, fantastic vocal harmonies and catchy songwriting Save Ends brings to the table. Warm Hearts, Cold Hands can gladly share my LP crate with The Get Up Kids' Something To Write Home About and The Anniversary's Designing a Nervous Breakdown. Recommended.
28 minutes | 7 years ago
Backstage Pass: Retro Edition – Episode 8
SHOW: Sean's Unsigned Rock Show #14 AIR DATE: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 I really dug the band Everdae. They were from Downey, CA and put out a solid EP. However, their singer Omar decided to leave the band to start his own pop-synth solo project, Ohmie. Here is the interview with Paul and Omar that took place right after their EP came out. Everdae Discography: 2006: Lights Out At The Sound of Hysteria EP [Download Now] 2008: Don't Make A Sound EP [Download Now] Ohmie [SoundCloud | Facebook]
7 minutes | 7 years ago
Music Review – Arliss Nancy, “Wild American Runners”
Artist: Arliss Nancy Album: Wild American Runner Label: Black Numbers Release Date: Out Now - Vinyl / Digital RIYL: Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, The Replacements, The Hold Steady, The Gaslight Anthem ★★★★½ I've always felt that if an album can garner the feel of a live performance then that album is guaranteed to age incredibly well. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Paul Westerberg, even Bad Religion and Pennywise have all accomplished a sense of timelessness with each album. Arliss Nancy blends Americana, Country and a dash of punk together into an enticing listen with their third studio album Wild American Runners. Whether you're driving down an old highway, out on the porch drinking and smoking or just spinning the record with headphones on, Arliss Nancy feels like a band already weathered from the road. Each song conjures up a smokey bar and whiskey soaked booths. Formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Cory Call, Arliss Nancy has 6 years, 3 full length albums and 2 EPs under their belt. They can still be considered a fairly young band but Wild American Runner is mature and polished. Cory's rough voice is remnant of Springsteen with some Westerberg thrown in for good measure, a perfectly imperfect touch that compliments the music. Call is joined in the songwriting tasks by bassist Kyle Oppold. Together with the rest the band, they've filled an album with dust covered anthems that will stick with you warranting a few more listens as you cruise down the road. If you're looking for a consistently good blend of Americana and Punk then Arliss Nancy is your jam. Gravely vocals over solid songwriting and some memorable hooks, Wild American Runner will be spinning in my record player for quite some time. Worth checking out.
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