Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fangs and Twang Self-Titled Debut

With their retirement from punk rock carnival—and midwest festival favorite—known as Black Jake & The Carnies looming, the Michigan trio of Billy LaLonde (drums, vocals), Andy Benes (guitar, vocals), and Joe Bertoletti (bass, vocals) take two unlikely influences, Dale Watson and The Misfits and create a monster of a sound with their new band Fangs and Twang.
The level of musicianship from the trio takes what could've been just imitation to innovation.
When you need something irreverent and just plain fun these lads serve it up in spades.
 The trio started writing and playing shows last fall. Inspired by Joe' s trip to Austin, TX (he saw Dale Watson playing a roadhouse and providing the soundtrack for a game of chicken-shit bingo), some improvised vampire lyrics that Billy belted out (causing those in the room to spit out drinks with laughter), and Andy's twangy Telecaster licks (face melting), the 'monster country' concept was born.  "We wanted to do something fun, collaborative, and high energy" said Andy. Indeed, Fangs and Twang share writing and lead vocal duties, and definitely bring a party atmosphere to their performances.

Fangs and Twang will celebrate the release this Thursday, July 30th at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Joining them will be Modern Lady Fitness, Loose Teeth, and Violin Monster. Doors at 9:30pm, $8. Fangs will also appear at Holler Fest on August 22nd in Brooklyn, MI.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Feel Bad For You June 2015 Mixtape

ICYMI: Feel Bad For You June's theme is Summer songs!  (Very loose theme - songs about summer or whatever) oodles of lazy, hazy, breezy tunezy's. Yes it's July, but I've been very procrastidasical and didn't repost this in June. Feel bad for me. As always comments and drunken ramblings welcome

1. “It Must Be Summer”
Fountains of Wayne
Utopia Parkway (1999)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: It must be summer, because I’m falling apart.
2. “This Summer”
The Royal Sea
The Royal Sea (2011)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel
Comments: The Royal Sea’s album was a particular favourite for us in 2011, although never seemed to get the acclaim we thought it deserved. A beguiling mix of surf rock, garage and indie pop, lead track This Summer opens with a spectacularly catchy drum beat before the vocals of Timmy Sunshine come in like a rush of sugar coated adrenalin, plaintively announcing:
We crashed everybody’s parties,
we drank cheap wine and whiskey.
We partied up on the rooftops,
I’m glad it was just you and me.
One of our favourite songs of that, or any other year, “This Summer” should have been the woozy, feel good hit of that summer.
3. “Acceleration
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones EP (2012)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: My iPod gets a spring cleaning to get ready for road trips. No point trying to listen to delicate little songs with their pretty little lyrics when you’re booking down the highway with windows wide open. Thirty years these Atlanta dudes have been racking up the miles.
4. “Summer’s Kiss”
The Afghan Whigs
Black Love (1996)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: I nearly submitted Chuck Prophet’s “Summertime Thing,” but something made me keep looking until I hooked into “Summer’s Kiss.” The intro builds from an almost space jam to a driving, Lindsey Buckingham-style one note guitar solo; then explodes with big drums, bigger guitars, and Dulli. “Do you know the words? Sing along with me; and put on your rose fur coat, baby, it’s 1973.” Demons mess with his head and heart. He wishes he had her back, but admits he is alone. We are all alone.
5. “Summer Babe [Live]”
Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe (2002)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Slacker rock at its best!
6. “Constructive Summer”
The Hold Steady
Stay Positive (2008)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: When The Hold Steady was good, they were great!
7. “Summertime”
Janis Joplin
18 Essential Songs (1995)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This song still gives me chills, even in the heat of the summer.
8. “Sleep All Summer”
Crooked Fingers
Dignity and Shame (2005)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Try not to spend your summer brooding over lost love. Or something.
9. “Summer School”
Liquor Giants
Every Other Day At A Time (1998)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I was ready to listen to this band when their first album was released. Ward Dotson fronted the Liquor Giants, and I was a fan of his previous band, The Pontiac Brothers.
10. “Your Frown’s My Friend”
Greg Summerlin
The Young Meteors (2005)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: OK, so it’s not a song ABOUT summer. But it’s still a pretty kickin song by someone WITH summer in his name.
11. “Over The Red Cedar”
Charlie Parr
Sumpjumper (2015)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Great song off his latest
12. “Rainbow Sign”
The Buckstankle Boys
The New Young Fogies Vol. 1 (2012)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Met these guys at Mt. Airy, which is where they hail from. Some astounding talent.
13. “Strictly Business”
Strictly Business (1988)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Summerjam
14. “Summer Wine”
Digging You Up (1998)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Great cover of the classic Lee Hazelwood / Nancy Sinatra tune
15. “Summer Wine”
Lana Del Ray
Unreleased? (Youtube rip)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: ditto
16. “Long Hot Summer Days”
Turnpike Troubadors
Diamonds and Gasoline (2010)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Fantastic John Hartford cover. Can’t wait for their new album to be released this coming fall.
17. “You Keep Me Hanging On”
Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge (1966)
Submitted By: @PopaTunes
Comments: While there are plenty of newer summer songs, summer takes me back to my youth, spinning records on a portable record player in the woods in the mountains, sharing new music with my summer friends. This one was a staple summer after summer. One I remember most though is Archie Bell and the Drells tighten up, which is at my kid’s house.
18. “Red Umbrella”
Klassics with a “K” (1996)
Submitted by: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: Not about summer, per se (the lyrics talk about a rainy day, in fact), the vibe of this song by Kostars is summery as fuck. This song from the side project of Jill Cunniff and Vivian Trimble of Luscious Jackson brings to mind the tropicalia sound of classics like “The Girl from Ipanema” and feels like a cool breeze blowing in off the ocean.
19. “Far From Any Road”
The Handsome Family
Singing Bones (2003)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: True Detective returns June 21. What better time to recall the haunting theme song from season 1?
20. “Boss”
The Rumblers
The Roots Of The Cramps (2009)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I can’t get enough surf music, what says summer more than surf? I love how dirty and gritty this is. The whole comp “Roots Of The Cramps” is really great. I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t know how many of the Cramps songs I loved were covers until years later, and it’s fun to check out the originals.
21. “Two Kegs In The Swimming Pool”
Mike Kelly
Wake The Dead (2010)
Submitted By: @RomeoSidVicious
Comments: It’s looking like it’s going to a damp, hot summer here in Houston and I didn’t want to go with the obvious songs complaining about that state of affairs so I dug deep and pulled out this Mike Kelly tune. The summer relation is that there’s obviously a swimming pool involved and for most of the country those are only involved in summer activities. I think plenty of us have lived the night described here, although I’ve never been able to afford two kegs…
22. “Hot Fun In The Summertime”
Sly & The Family Stone
Greatest Hits (1970)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Reminds me of hot days in the excellent summers of the seventies.
23. “The Warmth of the Sun”
The Beach Boys
Endless Summer (1974)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: A little melancholy to end the mix, but what’s a summer mix without the Beach Boys? This song was originally released in 1964.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cross Town Train NEW Release Start To Fade NEW Video Water

Jersey post-punk poppers, Cross Town Train are not starting to fade, that's just the name of their latest release, 'Start To Fade'. No, far from it the Central Jersey alt-rockers are furiously barreling forward, on track and on schedule with a robust, rambunctious new release that's bound to pick up new passengers as they tour behind this release.
Tight as tungsten steel the lads lay down tracks with flippant veracity, angst and animosity abound, the songs are powerful and poignant from a maturing band, the train has left the station, but it's not too late, I suggest you catch it at the next stop......

Upcoming Shows
Jun 28 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, NJ
Jul 07 The Sidebar Baltimore, MD
Jul 08 The Electric Maid Washington, DC
Jul 09 Mr. Roboto Project Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 10 Donatos Basement Columbus, OH
Jul 11 The White House Terre Haute, IN
Jul 12 The House Cafe Dekalb, IL
Jul 13 The Upper Room Grand Rapids, MI
Jul 15 The Central Toronto, Canada
Jul 16 Sugar City Buffalo, NY
Jul 18 The Puppy Palace Allston, MA
Jul 19 DV8 Providence, RI
Jul 21 Soul Sounds Sayville, NY

Saturday, June 20, 2015

LISTEN Australian folk/roots Band The Settlement debut single STOMP!

Formerly known as Buddha in a Chocolate Box, a five-piece rare alternative/folk outfit, sticking to their southern stomp roots, their new journey with the new band name, The Settlement is to develop and spread an Australian folk/roots sound, fuelled by fiddle and strong rhythm their music is bound to invoke!
An exciting year looms in 2015, with constant festival gigging, and the release of their debut album it all starts with their debut single Stomp. which will be released 10th July 2015 on A&R Records is an anthemic crowd involver with a purpose. STOMP! CLAP! AND HOOT!

Kuki and The Bard's Groovy NEW Video Dalai Lama from 7" Release

Kuki and The Bard  NEW 7"single Dalai Lama / Journey
New video for Dalai Lama is full of all kinds of good karma vibes and feel-good reggae poplicious grooves.
Journey is a folk rocker spiced with poppy seeds and flourishing vocals from Kuki.
Having never heard the band before, I gotta say I'm hooked on these fresh faces, and they've got good giving souls.
British-born, Kuki Warburton and her brother, Isambard live a life far from the ordinary, Ever since they can remember they say they've been on an extraordinary journey in search of peace, harmony and sustainable eco-friendly way of life. There is hope for the future if this generation keeps turning out remarkable human beings as these two.

Learn more about Kuki and Isambard from this recent interview with Fresh Independence.

Kuki and the Bard have pledged 10% of their proceeds from the single to Tibet Relief Fund. available now RAK Singles Club

Twin Berlin NEW Single Nates Volvo from forthcoming album entitled "Drowner"

Twin Berlin drop scrunched out garage rocker, Nates Volvo from the band's forthcoming album entitled "Drowner". The 10 song album was recorded, mixed and mastered in four days. The recordings were produced with minimal overdubs as to preserve the "live" feel of the band.
Nate's Volvo is where dreams are made and shattered and pieced back together again.

Vocals/Guitar - Matt Lopez
Bass - Sean O'Neil
Drums - Peter Landi

Upcoming Shows:
Jun 20
Snapper Magee's
Torrington, CT
Jul 09
Arlene's Grocery
New York, NY
Jul 10
Brooklyn, NY
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