Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Your moment of zen.


Whenever you're feeling particularly frenzied, just bookmark this page and return as often as you need. Sasha will make everything all right.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What was I thinking?


The reaction I have to the above Timehop capture of a Facebook post that went up a little before noon on a Sunday morning two years ago is not "boy was I productive" but instead "why the hell was I writing a PowerPoint deck for work all by myself that early in the morning on a Sunday?"

Monday, May 18, 2015

This looks "super" promising.

I can't believe I'm saying this but this extended preview for the new Supergirl series looks really great! The tone is spot on and the casting is terrific.

Friday, May 15, 2015

And once you listen to And So I Watch You From Afar you're gonna want to sidle up close.

Photo by Ciara
When I heard this band's name was And So I Watch You From Afar I totally thought what a bunch of pretentious prats. Like jeez, what kind of name is that? Some sort of mall emo or some such bullshit?

And then I started listening to their new album Heirs and was like, these kids can name themselves whatever they want if they're making music like this! There are prog elements at work here, but it's prog undergoing a massive sugar rush. Group vocals so upbeat it seems impossible poke through and ride atop the insanely weaving multiple guitar leads.

Look, you'll have to hear for yourself. Dig in.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Is it spring yet?

Judging by this weather, the answer to the title query is "apparently not."

I'm beginning to lose hope summer will either a) ever make it to Chicago or b) last longer than a day if it does make it to Chicago.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mountain song (no, not that one).

Sam Cohen's pretty happy his album is finally out.
Sam Cohen's Cool It came out recently. I listened to it a while ago and then sort of filed it away. Parts of it are a little too dreamy for my personal taste—and by dreamy I mean sleepy—but the parts that do work for me work really well. When Cohen's on his game his songs are sharp and glammy and just the sort of thing I dig. "Let The Mountain Come to you falls firmly in that category of "works for me."

Cohen was also previously in Yellowbirds, which was basically a solo project anyway, so it's not surprising his debut carries a great number of sonic similarities as that band. So if you're a fan of Yellowbird, glam rock, or dreamy pop,  then there's most likely quite a few things for you to dig on Cool It.

Now, onto that track that tickles my own solar plexus.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hey, Heyrocco!

I mean Christ, they're even posing against a Blue background!
Heyrocco come to the world straight outta Charleston and this band of early just-barely-20-somethings traffics in the noise from the '90s, particularly terrain previously mined by Weezer and their contingent. If you've been reading much of my music writing here and elsewhere over the past year it's become pretty obvious that decade is pretty much ruling the roost in the independent music scene. Well, that and the whole psychedelic rock thing. But hey, I like both music from the '90s and psychedelic rock so you'll hear no complaints from me!

Their debut, Teenage Movie Soundtrack, comes out in June but you can hear a bunch of the songs on their Soundcloud page since they've been trickling out for a couple months. I'd never heard of them until recently but they seem to have a pretty solid following and media machine—well, indie media machine—backing them, so once the album comes out you'll probably be hearing a lot of them.

They're planning on touring this summer so keep an eye out for them.

Oh, do I like the album? Fuck yeah, of course I do! Why else would I be writing this? There's just not a whole lot of deep critical digging to employ here. It's the sound of River's Cuomo's tears shorting out your amp and soaking your Super-fuzz Big Muff as stomp stomp stomp shake shake shake goes every single song. Delirious.

Friday, May 08, 2015

You'd never know Faith No More has been on hiatus for most of the last 18 years.

Photo by me.
Last night's show was tremendous. I'm so happy I finally got to see them. And, according to them, they'll be back in September!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Nai Harvest is currently blowing my mind.

Nai Harvest in action, photo by Daniel Read
File this one under "unexpected gems that make listening to thousand of unsolicited albums a year totally worth it."

Nai Harvest's entire debut album Hairball is a high octane, turbo-charged, guitar glorious sugar rush from start to finish. All of this sound from a two-piece!

The album came out last week, and here's a sample of what they sound like. Sadly they're from the UK and have zero U.S. tour dates yet, but I am really holding out hope they make it over here to promote this album because this is a show I've gotta see.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Get "Tender."

I know people hate on Jimmy Fallon, and I have no idea why. He seems to love his job with honest enthusiasm and zero cynicism, and his team are geniuses at creating content. And sometimes the two run into each other as is evidenced in the video below where his face genuinely says "I can't believe this is actually happening, this is awesome!"

Monday, May 04, 2015

Last minute travel.

I was in Texas yesterday for my uncle's funeral. It's so strange to think that this time last week I had no idea I'd be in a completely different state for a single day.

See, that's the sort of thing I reflect on in order to avoid grappling with the actual notion that a family member I loved is no longer with us. But as I've said elsewhere, the silver lining is that my dad and his brother are finally reunited.

Friday, May 01, 2015

I'm not even kidding that I teared up watching this.

I mean, how lame is that?

Get some "New Love."

I've already told what a refreshing blast Cafeine's new album is, but he just released a new video from it today so it seems like a good time to remind you he's out there. Go get the album, already. And Cafeine? Play Chicago already!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Burnout.

Green Day's Dookie is one of those albums that hasn't aged, not one whit. It gets in and gets out in a flash leaving nothing but smoking rubber on the asphalt in its wake. Just thought I'd share that with you.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Not going to pretend I'm too cool to not get giddy over this.


My first time having a table reserved for me since I started going to Metro back in the '80s! I'm sure I looked like a total nerd when I took this photo too but I don't care.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The nĂ¼-ly smooth sound of ye Yukon Blonde?


Yukon Blonde's got a new album coming out in June! You're probably not familiar with them, which is a shame both because I've already written about how great they are and jeebis how does everyone not already know how great they are! The new album, On Blonde, is supposed to be a more sophisticated take on their winning power pop, and based on this first video that seems to mean smooth as hell synths. I like 'em when they're more raw, but we'll see how the rest of the album sounds before I make any snap judgements.

Monday, April 27, 2015

WIPED. OUT.

Keep bought me a t-shirt and I thought it was bread (at first)!
Two great shows bookended a weekend that also included my bachelor party. When I came into work today the ACD I work with most often told me she had been joking with folks just before our 9 a.m. meeting that I was probably still home sleeping. BUT I  AM A TROOPER!

Thank you to every single person I saw this weekend because each of you made all the events of the past few days just feel better and better.