Hood Smoke, the Chicago-based pop quintet, released a new single a couple weeks ago and I’m just now catching up to it. It’s a bit hypnotic in it’s structure, giving me the same kind of feeling I got the first time I heard Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” which I played endlessly on a cassette I dubbed off the radio back in the day. It’s … Continue reading Hood Smoke-“Depending On The Fool”
Three years ago I ordered the 4-song “Jump Rope” 7″ by Gingerlys. I’ve returned to it often since then, but the band has been pretty quiet since it was released. Until about a month ago I didn’t even know if they were still a band. Then word came that they’d recorded a new album, which came out a week ago. If you’ve heard them before, … Continue reading Gingerlys-Gingerlys
It’s been a while since I’ve heard any new music from one of my favorite Chicago bands, Fort Frances. It was six years ago today that the singer/songwriter David McMillin stopped by Handwritten Recording to lay down a solo version of the band’s amazing song “City By The Sea.” Sadly, it’ll be a while before we get new stuff from them, but David has been … Continue reading Grand Am-“All That I Ever Do”
If you’re a fan of indie-folk you may recognize Anna Burch as a member of Michigan’s finest, frontier ruckus. After years working with the band she’s decided to strike out on her own. The debut LP won’t be out until early next year, but “2 Cool 2 Care” gives us a nice peek into her world. If you want to hear more, Anna is opening … Continue reading Anna Burch-“2 Cool 2 Care”
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