I am young enough to be considered the age of Rock Band the video game and later MTV, which is where most people my age got their introduction to Karen O- the wild, and often hard to ignore singer of The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. I can certainly remember the first time I ever heard 2003’s A Fever To Tell, and the music video for Maps, which I could have pretty much said at the time was one of the coolest things I had listened to and seen at that point (I was only ten and couldn’t get over Karen’s punk rock attitude). Now Karen O comes to us with her debut solo album, Crush Songs. Out September 9th on Cult Records- an independent label owned by Jack White and a division of Kobalt Label Services. O is an Oscar-nominated artist and this was her chance to show us all what she’s made of. After how many albums The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s have released, and Karen O’s own collaboration with other artists and directors it is a surprise that it took this long for her to finally record an official full-length solo album. Crush Songs comes after The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s disappointing April 2013 release of Mosquito, and some could say it was a continuation of that disappointment- but Karen O still fights her own fight on the fifteen-track.
Eight years after the accidental release of KO at Home comes this work, whose title says it all- every song is about a crush. One can only guess that the album is a collection of songs she wrong about or for boys she’s dated- most notably director Spike Jonze and husband Barnaby Clay. None of these tracks are of any notable standard length- the longest track is barely three minutes, with most of them being about a minute and a half long, keeping with the idea that most of these were demos that she recorded at random times. She manages to maintain her glam-rock goddess persona without her usual musical backing- impressive in its’ own right.
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What do we have here? Check out the new Foresterr EP titled “A Different Animal” featuring approximately 16 minutes of hard hitting music with time signatures changing at the drop of a hat. Check it out after the jump!
FFO: The Fall of Troy, Tera Melos, At The Drive In
The Connecticut quintet is back at it again with their new effort, Die On Stage. The new record brings a breath of fresh air to the current state of the scene. In a time where Emo is all the rage, (to the point where people are worried about how many fictitious ‘points’ they’ve incurred in a Facebook group dedicated to real Emo), it’s refreshing to hear a record like this. Hostage Calm manages to blend pop songwriting much like that of Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen with punk roots, creating an entirely original and genre-spanning sound.
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The Fossil Youth are a pop-punk band from Oklahoma. I know what you’re thinking, they’re pop-punk so they must be like every other band in the genre. WRONG. Wanna know the main difference between The Fossil Youth and most of the pop-punk market? They’re actually a great band. They haven’t pigeonholed themselves into the genre and have hints of many other styles to branch out from. Check out their full length album titled “Empty Handed, Heavy Hearted” streaming on the side of page or on their bandcamp page!
The love longs that you’re not sure if they are love songs but still stick in your head because you can relate to them. The chill indie drums that you cant seem to shake. For fans of the beach fossil or if you have every wanted to hear a more exciting version of best coast, listen up. There are some catchy tunes out there that I swear will have you humming later on.
Alvvays, pronounced [All-vays], is a newly popular, indie-surf pop, band fetching from Toronto, Ontario. This five piece band stared in 2012 with: Molly Rankin(Vocals), Kerri Maclellan (Keys), Alec O’Hanley (Guitar), Brian Murphy (Bass & Didgeridoo), Phil Maclssac (Drums). Can you believe that? They have a didgeridoo! Prior to Murphy and Maclssac, the three piece worked together on Rankins’ EP that released in 2010. After playing to this past years SXSW, Alvvays was signed to Polyvinyl Record. Most recently, after only a month and a half, Alvvays self titled reached #1 on college charts on Aug 5.
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Lions is one of those bands that I casually listened to the few songs I knew and was content until I saw them live. Their musicianship is top notch and they’re even better people. These guys immediately went towards the top of my list of bands to watch for the future. If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, check out their Ep “MTNZ” streaming on the side of our page or on their bandcamp!
FFO: This Town Needs Guns, Circa Survive, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves