I’m starting a new series of posts listing my top 15 bands or artists that I have only recently heard of. These posts will highlight the artists and include an example of their work along with reasons as to why you should listen to them carefully crafted by yours truly.
This will be great.
There’s a feeling out there. It comes and goes, and often with woes, but it is most commonly instigated by a song. Normally, it’s a song that that unclogs your arteries and pumps your body full of so much adrenaline that you’ll be glad you wore jeans that day. This is one of those tunes. It’s called “Fauser”.
Bursting out of the Nashville scene with 12 arms swinging comes Diarrhea Planet; a six-piece beast with rock and roll in it’s blood and destruction in it’s itinerary. The bio on the band’s blog states that they aim to “put the backbone back into rock and roll.”
I fucking believe it. They released their first LP, Loose Jewels, on Infinity Cat last September, and will be playing a few dates at SXSW next week. Their live shows are rumored to be bone-breaking and heart-shaking experiences saturated in pure rock and roll goodness, so if you get the chance to see these guys in the bloody flesh, you would be a fool not to take it. Grab “Fauser” and another track of theirs below.
Diarrhea Planet – Fauser
Diarrhea Planet – Warm Ridin’
One such band that I would like to put the spotlight on is this incredible four-piece from Nashville called Heavy Cream. They’re signed to Jeff the Brotherhood’s Infinity Cat Recordings and have released a few 7″s, a split with RTX, and a full-length titled Danny.
There’s a lot of bands out there playing their hearts out right now, and this is definitely one of them. You’ve got Mimi slaying on guitar, Seth killing it on bass, Tiffany banging it out on drums, and Jessica kicking out the motherfucking jams on vocals. It’s like the Ramones fucked MC5 in the back alley of the venue they recorded their first record at. Posted a couple of my favorite tracks below.
Fucking wig out to this shit!
Heavy Cream – Summer Bummer
Heavy Cream – Deadbeat
Can’t wait to see these girls (and guy) tear my face off at Galax Z Fair. I don’t know if the event itself has announced them yet, so consider this a ‘leak’ of sorts.
There’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding the birth of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, but that’s not what I’m going to write about today. Today I want to bring attention to a song that Jay-Z released yesterday via SoundCloud called “Glory”.
I have never been a father, but as it happens with most men or women, with every new year comes a new question I ask myself. At this very moment, I’m 22 years old. In 8 months, I’ll be 23. Four months after that, I will be graduating college. What happens then? I don’t know yet. However, I’ve recently discovered that I would not be entirely against the idea of being a father sometime in the future. So, having that in mind, I naturally put myself in ‘what if’ scenarios. I put the subject through a mental gauntlet, basically. Being a parent is one of the biggest responsibilities in the world, and is not something to take lightly whatsoever.
So, in order to understand what a father is to begin with, where better to look for an example than my own? I’m fortunate enough to have my father in my life every single day, so I like to think that I’ve grown to understand him as a person and what his role in my life has been so far. He helped raise me, feed me, wipe my butt–everything you can think of. This is where I asked myself, “would I do this for just anyone?” Of course, my answer was “no”. So, knowing that, a child is obviously something incredibly special. Or rather, someone incredibly special. Now, this reminds me of a phrase I’m all too familiar with: “love makes people do crazy things”. To quote Percy Sledge on “When A Man Loves A Woman”:
When a man loves a woman, he can’t keep his mind on nothing else
He’ll trade the world for the good thing he’s found.
To people not involved in the relationship referenced in that song, that sounds absolutely ludicrous. However, there is truth in those words. Of course, love is not limited to romance; love can be felt for anything. A pet, for example; some people care more about their pets than they do anyone or anything else. For whatever reason, their pet is the most important thing in the world to them. Bringing the conversation back to my original discussion, these same powers of love can be felt for a child. In fact, it would only make sense to care for a child as much as, if not more, than you care for yourself because a child is literally a piece of you.
Now, when I was born, both my mother and father wrote a letter to me. I didn’t read them until I was around 18 years old. In these letters, my parents told me about themselves, how proud they were of me, how much they loved me, and gave me a bit of insight into how happy I’ve made them by coming into their lives. These letters were touching to read, and helped me understand just how much a parent loves their child.
That being said, “Glory” is Jay-Z’s letter to his daughter. I think it’s a beautiful manifestation of his feelings as a father and couldn’t be happier for him. I’m sure Blue Ivy will cherish the song very much when she’s old enough to understand it. My favorite part of this song is at the end, where you hear what I’m assuming is Blue Ivy making sounds. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a rapper sampling their newborn before.
You could say I’ve had this one in the chamber for a little while. I haven’t been lending my ears to that many new bands lately, but this particular band recently took my ears by storm.
They’re called Night Manager and they hail from the Brooklyn/Manhattan area of New York. I first heard of them on Facebook when I was invited to Frankie Rose’s LP-release party some time ago. I discovered through the event page that these guys (and girl) were slated to open the show. A week or so later, I came across their Bandcamp page and started listening to everything they had online. As of right now they have three small releases, two 5-track EPs and the most recent, a 3-track EP.
This selection bears the same name as the EP it’s on, which is called Ghost.
I highly recommend you take a listen to the rest of their music on their Bandcamp page linked above. The band is currently in the process of getting their first full-length album mixed, so keep both an eye and an ear out for that if you know what’s good for you.
I’ve discovered that a slang term has developed among the many heps I’ve come across at countless shows in the past year. This term is “the jam”. It is commonly used to refer to a song that the user thoroughly enjoys, and feels so strongly about their enjoyment of the song that they feel compelled to declare that it is not only a relatively good song but, in fact, a universally good song. The common format of usage is as follows: “X song is the jam”. Note, this term is not used lightly. It is the crown of crowns of which a song can be adorned with when being recommended in common conversation with a fellow music-lover, and is thus reserved for “those really fucking good songs dude, you know?” That being said, here’s my first post in a long time.
I’ve posted about Moi Je Joue on here before and talked about how much I liked them when they were going to open for Twin Sister way back in June. They were a fresh new band in the Rio Grande Valley that I very much wanted to bring attention to.
Well, a lot has happened since then. In fact, you could say that what was once fresh is now new again.
To bring you up to speed (which is right where you should be, friends), Moi Je Joue have changed their name.
They are now:
Along with this new name comes a new song, in a new sound. Out of the neatly paved spaces they once called home comes this garage rock mammoth of a pop tune breaking every piece of pavement the band has already laid down. This new track is called “Crutches”. It is…:deep breath:…the fucking jam.
Loving the vocals, loving the guitar, loving everything on this damn track! I especially love the tambourines in the bridge; you can’t beat that.
Vatican Beach will be going on a tour of Texas today with Aux (Austin), and The Alldays (Brownsville). Their tour kickoff show will be this Friday at Galeria 409 in Brownsville.
They will be out 10 days. I wish them the best of luck.
This makes me happy for several reasons. Mainly, I fucking love of Montreal, and seeing them in my own neck of the woods will be amazing, as I’m sure watching your favorite band in your home town must feel for anyone in that situation. However, this means something for the Rio Grande Valley. Allow me to elaborate.
These are the posters that I’ve seen around UTPA promoting Galax Z Fair. Each poster has a ‘quote’ on it that reads “The valley never gets kewl bands”.
There was once truth to those words. I must admit I’ve said them myself before. However, that grim veil of obscurity has not touched down in the Rio Grande Valley for quite some time. This is because people took initiative; people who believe in this place and it’s potential. These people made efforts to push away the dark cloud of doubt that made this place seem so very desolate and thanks to them, things began happening here; things we hadn’t experienced yet; special things. Before we knew it, bands we’ve grown to know and love as fans and friends began sharing stages with their influences. The ‘unthinkable’ was now very much thinkable. Our world is growing ever larger. To use a Legend of Zelda reference, bit by bit, our world map is slowly being lured out from under the clouds.
Citizens of the Rio Grande Valley, we are in an age of enlightenment. At the current pinnacle of that enlightenment is the Galax Z Fair with of Montreal at the forefront. This is the beginning of something great. I can feel it in my bones. I can’t wait to see how this all comes together. I can’t wait to see who else is playing this event. I can’t wait to get my ticket tomorrow at the early bird pre-sale. I can’t miss this for the life of me.