Flashback to May 2013. Terriers were about to release their debut album, Unrequited Admiration Society and I invited them to come to Handwritten Recording and do a tune for my Hasty Revelations project. I posted the song as some extra coverage for their record release, though the song was new and didn’t appear on that first album. Now, over four years later, “Anything” is the … Continue reading Terriers-I Don’t Still Want To Unless You Want To
A new band is born every 2.8 seconds in New York City. Many of them have the same parents, so they end up sounding similar and get lost in the noise. The only way to stand out is to be a little different, and The Fluids excel at avoiding traditional rock values. There’s something unnervingly intense about their music that makes it impossible to stop … Continue reading The Fluids-No Kidding!
It’s been a little over six years since Mister Heavenly formed and released the brilliant Out Of Love. I was fortunate enough to see one of their early shows here in Chicago, when they had Michael Cera playing bass and making bad cheese-related jokes at a Tomorrow Never Knows performance. As a fan of the band Islands, it didn’t take me long to fall in … Continue reading Mister Heavenly-Boxing The Moonlight
The greatest joys in life come at you unexpectedly, and that is the case with the new single from Dan Rico. Despite being a Chicago-based singer/songwriter, I was completely unfamiliar with him until a couple days ago. His brash garage-pop is immensely enjoyable. It feels like a basement freak out with your friends, only with much better results. The guitar sounds harken back to Marc … Continue reading Dan Rico-Flesh & Bone
There is something infectious about Alex Lahey’s music that gets into your brain and refuses to leave. She’s a very sincere songwriter who doesn’t gussy up what she’s trying to say. She trades clever barbs for straightforward statements about deep-seated fears and desires. This is the third single off her upcoming debut, I Love You Like A Brother, and each one sounds better than the … Continue reading Alex Lahey-“I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself”
I put in my pre-order for the new Mister Heavenly album, Boxing The Moonlight, about 5 seconds after I saw the announcement. So, if you’re looking for objectivity you’ll have to search elsewhere. My unabashed love for this supergroup (Nick Thorburn of Islands, Ryan Kattner of Man Man, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse) has no end. Ever since the first time I heard them … Continue reading Mister Heavenly-“Makin’ Excuses”
Young Jesus have been fairly quiet since my classic resurrection joke when they released Grow/Decompose back in March of 2015. They’re coming back in a big way, with a new self-titled album out September 12th on Gigantic Noise. They just released a video for the single “Green” today, directed by Jordan Epstein. It finds the band in a different place than we last left them-the … Continue reading Young Jesus-Green (Video)