Today it came to our attention that for a short period of time, our Tumblr had been hacked, and some less than savory posts had been made. We apologize for anyone who might have taken offense to these posts, and promise that they were made completely unbeknownst to us. But fear not, our regularly scheduled programming shall continue from here on out, hopefully uninterrupted.
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-Tom, Shawn, Shibby, Brian, Steve, and Kevin
Toulouse, France and foosball. Albeit a bit of an odd combination, it sparked a friendship that led to a magnificent split from emo titans Joie De Vivre and Prawn. At first glance they seem like another set of bands along for the wild emo ride, but this split sets them apart. The music is expertly crafted and sonically the best recordings these bands have produced.
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Prawn are a band that seem to fly under the radar in the emo/indie community. They’re not the most active band but their music would lead you to believe otherwise. In their most recent work from their split with Joie De Vivre, you get the feeling like they’re gearing up for something big this year. They’ve laid the groundwork to have a huge year, leaving you yearning for more. Definitely a band that everyone needs to pay close attention to this year. Check out their new split with Joie De Vivre streaming on their bandcamp or on the side of our page.
I’m sure everyone has one of these stories about this particular album, about how it changed their life for the better and opened a door for every band that you listen to today. Do I remember the first time I listened to Dookie? No, I was a bit too young but I remember something more important than that. At the ripe age of 5 I remember my mom buying the cassette so she could listen to it in the car. It eventually made it’s way into the stereo system in the house where we would dance around singing every song, line for line, from front to back, until the album ended…and then we would hit play again. Eventually Dookie made its way into my walkman where it would stay for the duration of my childhood. My parents didn’t sing me lullabies at night, instead I hit play on my walkman and let Billy Joe sing his angsty punk music until I fell asleep. It’s stories like these, along with many others, that have kept Dookie relevant for the past 20 years.
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Shortly into the new year, I sat down to organise my calendar and to book time off work for all the shows I would be going to in 2014. One of the shows I’m looking forward to most is You Blew It! & Modern Baseball, who are playing a show in London in May, supporting Real Friends. In anticipation, I’ve been listening to both bands even more than usual, and one release that I feel I’ve neglected since its’ release is Modern Baseballs split with The Hundred Acre Woods, released in August of last year. It’s a great split, but in revisiting it I found myself listening to the THAW tracks more than the MB songs. Upon its initial release, I pretty much just focussed on the MB tracks, so enamoured was I with their 2012 release, ‘Sports’ and I can’t recall having any particular opinion on the THAW tracks.
At a glance, you would be forgiven for lumping them in with the twinkly/emo bands that seem to thrive in Philadelphia, purely through association, but a closer look reveals a band with their feet planted in two different worlds. One foot is firmly planted in the current emo/punk scene, with their raw energy and introspective lyricism. The other foot is rooted in the world of a more traditional folk style, with their songwriting style, implementation of string instruments and knack for vocal harmonies. On revisiting this split, the songs on offer reminded me slightly of Death Cab For Cutie, probably due to Winthrop Stevens vocal stylings. A few days after rediscovering them, I got an email from Bandcamp telling me that the guys had just released a new ep, “Cold In The Morning” which I checked out immediately.
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A couple of days ago a friend and I were talking about music and how it’s changed as a whole in a really short time span. We were talking about the days when getting your video played on MTV was “making it,” or how if you didn’t get home in time to catch the new episode of TRL after school you’d be completely out of the loop. Gradually, our discussion turned more from nostalgia to a great longing for artists of the past. We both agreed that the last great songwriter we’d had in the past 20 or so years was Elliott Smith, and how he had that certain air about him that was extremely reminiscent of such revolutionary artists as the Beatles. Smith, along with Kurt Cobain, was one of the last greats of our kind. They weren’t the most technical of musicians, but Cobain and Smith both shared this songwriting ability that has been unrivaled by any other being since. Well, albeit on a smaller scale, the boys in You Blew It! are giving them a run for their money with their new record Keep Doing What You’re Doing.
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Check out The Hundred Acre Woods performing an acoustic version of “City Lights” below after the jump.
Just in case you missed our acoustic session with The Hundred Acre Woods, check it out on PropertyOfZack!