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Rathborne- Last Forgiven

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Bring in the Noyse

The best band I discovered in 2012 was Aunt Martha. I heard a song called “Bloodshot”, and then proceeded to buy their entire discography off iTunes. Their most recent release was February 2011 so I started digging, and discovered that Aunt Martha is now defunct, however Tim Noyes (the voice of Aunt Martha) released an 8-song album called “In Hands” this past February. These tunes are rock solid and need to be heard. “In Hands” kicks off with “Fade With You” featuring Noyes’ smooth vocals set to dreamy distorted guitars. “Saturday”, the album’s second cut, is complex and beautiful with sonic guitars in rhythm with Noyes’ a little more than slightly hushed vocals. Noyes then proceeds to knock the dust off of one of my favorite Aunt Martha songs in a beautifully re-worked “Blue Buildings”. Noyes makes damn sure not to waste any time on these 8 tracks delivering songs that are sure to shimmer and shine all summer long. Do yourself a favor and dig into the Noyse, Aunt Martha and everything after.

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I Am Reappeared! Frank Turner returns to steal your Tape Deck Heart!

It has been far too long! I spent the winter trying to turn myself into a machine with a crazy workout routine but I am back now, still in human form enjoying an I.P.A. and listening to Frank Turner’s “Tape Deck Heart”. I feel like I just took “England Keep My Bones” out of my car because “I Am Disappeared” is one of the coolest songs I have ever heard. Tape Deck Heart is even more brilliant, full of vibrant songs packed with punch, punk, and piano including “Plain Sailing Weather”, “Recovery”, and the ever so epic “The Way I Tend To Be”. This is  a record will have you spinning all summer long. Polaroid Picture is the perfect windows rolled down nostalgia song with lyrics like “in the stillness of the moment make sure you take a polaroid picture and keep it with you forever to remind yourself that there was this one time when things were okay.” Right now is the perfect time to discover Frank Turner.

Pickwick’s First Full-Length Debut…Finally

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“Can’t Talk Medicine” is a soul-infused garage rock record. “Halls of Columbia” is a rock solid piano driven opener. “The Round” and”Hacienda Motel” are re-done from their previous “Myths” and sound even better than the originals. “Brother Roland” is a vintage soul ballad at its finest. Songs like “Well,Well”, “Letter Box” and “Window Sill” prove the bands evolution from “Myths” and they’re what define the album as they dirty it up a bit. “Can’t Talk Medicine” is going to be one of the best things you hear this year! The album is streaming over at The Stranger. 

“Can’t Talk Medicine” is available Tuesday at Pickwick Music and iTunes!

“And our happy hearts are twice as fast, splitting hairs and getting by, trying everyday and always, to belong.”

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Brooklyn Duo, The Last Royals released their full length debut in January. Twistification is an American indie infused electronic pop record full of reflective lyrics tangled up in inside of upbeat music. The album opens with the weepy “Winter Waltz” however the mood quickly changes into “Friday Night”, which will at the very least make you bop your head. “Wake Up” is a song about facing inevitable change and is one of the strongest anthems on the album. Twistification comes full circle on “Always to belong” which is pound for pound the best track on the album and is full of earnest lyrics set to dreamy guitars and a simple beat. Twistification is an album about the brutal honesty of change. The Royals capture those intimate moments that we can all relate to and hold so dearly in our hearts. Nostalgia is one of the many reasons we love music because it allows us to feel young again. The visceral “I Hate California” stops Twistification in its tracks before settling into the “Barefoot Winter Waltz”. This album is a stellar find for the summer that lies ahead. It will punch you in the gut, and twist you up into knots, yet leave you feeling infinite like a great album should. Eric James and Mason Ingram are The Last Royals, and they have arrived and hopefully will be on the radar for years to come!
Stream Twistification and buy it on their Band Camp page.

It’s Tuesday and it’s Blurry and that’s a beautiful thing.

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The Rouge’s new EP “Blurry” is now streaming over at Spinner and it is hands-down the best material I have heard so far this year. The Rouge offer up a vintage rock sound with raw vocals and catchy hooks like in “Handcuffs” with lyrics like “You said I look blurry in the cop-lights falling in love you, I’m in handcuffs; you took me home and laid me down and we made love until we threw up; this love is so messed up.”  The song “Sinners” is a beautiful work of art and is my personal favorite as of right now. The EP is available on iTunes for $6.99 and it is worth every single penny so check it out! Here is a video of Cocaine Hero live!

Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse Streaming Now!

Stream Frightened Rabbit’s upcoming Pedestrian Verse!Imagehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2013/jan/28/frightened-rabbit-pedestrian-verse-stream

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The Paradox of Choice

I saw this a while ago and I enjoyed it. Schwartz really poses a great argument about the inordinate amount of choices that are put in front of us anywhere we go in today’s society. Are more choices better? Or would we really gain more by having less?

“The Wild Things” by Dave Eggers

wild thingsI spent the last Sunday morning of 2012 book surfing at Barnes & Noble, and I was looking for a book called A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, but it appeared it was not in stock.  However, as I was looking, I stumbled upon the Dave Eggers section and picked up The Wild Things and didn’t put it down until I was finished. It’s a story most of us have been familiar with since childhood as it is a visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. It follows Max’s lonely journey through being a boy. Eggers takes us back to being eight years old through Max the main character, who is having difficulty growing up in a world he realizes he cannot control. Max is into all sorts of nostalgic shenanigans and one night after a quarrel with his mother he accidentally journeys into the unknown.  The Wild Things finds a boy stumbling through the weird and dark trials of childhood.  Like Maurice Sendak’s classic dark and twisted children’s story, Max finds himself at odds with several beasts.  Upon crowning himself king of the wild things, Max did not comprehend how complex things could become. Overall this was an enjoyable read. Eggers does an excellent job transcending Sendak’s work into an adventurous novel about the love and hate that scars our youth, sending us screaming towards our future.

“January Snap & the April Winter Thaw, Rough & Tumble Summers Underneath the Midnight Sun.”

  Rural Alberta Advantageraa                                   

“In the Summertime” [audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/15czutmmw5/13_in_the_summertime.mp3]

“The Ballad of the RAA” [audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/82hb0s3f50/01_the_ballad_of_the_raa.mp3]

When I first heard The Rural Alberta Advantage back in 2008, my only criticism was that their songs were not long enough because they left me wanting so much more. They have an eclectic sound that has the ability to take you back to those defining moments in life where you constantly traveled back and forth between insecure and infinite. Their two releases “Hometowns” and “Departing” compliment one another by being completely opposite. “Hometowns” is that epic summer when you found love in life. It was when you met the people who made you feel completely at home. This is that feeling you have spent trying to duplicate each summer as you grow older but for some reason nothing ever seems to compare. “Departing” is when life got a little serious and maybe you felt a little pain for the first time. It’s that car ride in attempt to empty your mind and ease your soul. It’s a beautiful winter day full of hope and all you can do is think to yourself…oh my God do you remember when? Personally, I favor “Departing” because it is well-thought out, gorgeous music and the album flows from the Neutral Milk Hotel-esque “Two Lovers” all the way to one of the most beautiful nostalgic “those were the golden days” songs ever written called “Goodnight”. “Departing” is also one of those perfect post-holiday depressing January records. It sure does feel good to slow down.
Be sure to check out Rural Alberta Advantage on Spotify.

“Goodnight”
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goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, to the northern winters (goodnight)
and the heartless sinners (goodnight)
I haven’t seen you now for a while (goodnight)
going to miss you more with time (goodnight)

goodnight to the workers on compress (goodnight)
and the equally depressed (goodnight)
I haven’t seen you now for awhile (goodnight)
you have burned yourself in my mind (goodnight)

plug the radiator in the car
so i can see the words you’re screaming in the frost
rushing to the woods where we first felt god
red quilled to our veins from the moment when we touched

the cities love is cold and the cities love is harsh
locked into our veins from the first September’s frost
and someday if you get back together in your heart
maybe when can back back together

but goodnight to the Alberta advantage (goodnight)
I’m leaving just like we planned it (goodnight)
and you can still escape with your life (goodnight)
so I’ve just escaped with my life (goodnight)

goodnight, to the five, twos, and sixers
please look after my sister
let her know that I’ve missed her tonight
and I miss her more with time

the cities love is cold and the cities love is harsh
locks into our veins from the first September’s frost
January snap and the April winter thaw
rough and tumble summers underneath the midnight sun

rushing to the woods where we first felt God
locked into our veins from the moment when we touched
and someday if you get back together in your heart
maybe we might get back together

but goodnight and goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight