Black Terry Cat by Xenia Rubinos

A handful of notable new releases out today, at the top of my personal anticipation list is the new album from SoCal rockers Rival Sons “Hollow Bones”.  Also, you can find new albums from the quadruple guitar attack of Diarrhea Planet on “Turn to Gold”, alt-rock/country stalwarts Band of Horses with “Why Are You OK”, […]

Winter by TV on the Radio

Winter highlights some big guitar sound from Malone as the track starts off.  The first minute is just Malone’s guitar and Adebimpe’s vocals, until a simple drum beat kicks in with some heavy underlying bass.  The underlying elements sound simple, but as the song evolves it sounds much bigger than its parts.       […]

Rainbows and Butterflies by Wussy

Rainbows and Butterflies features Cleaver on lead vocals and showcases one of their “louder” cuts.  I’m attaching a live performance because it’s not that easy to find just audio clips on YouTube.  And the live on KEXP clips are generally great to watch anyway. live performance on KEXP

Jealous Sun by The Horrors

“Jealous Sun” is a little more trippy than “So Now You Know”, featuring some swirling keyboards that provide some interesting atmosphere throughout the track.  Again, you have a steady beat and prominent bass that helps keep the song moving along through the hazy atmosphere the rest of the instruments are creating.  

So Now You Know by The Horrors

“So Now You Know” features very leisurely verses that morph into more bombastic choruses.  It’s the type of track that could have definitely earned more radio play.  The track also has some nice musical interludes, highlighting the gauzy guitar sound the band uses quite often, along with some prominent bass.    

The Horrors

The Horrors released their 4th album “Luminous” midway through last year, and I’ve been meaning to include them in this email ever since.  The band formed in 2005 in London, released singles and an E.P. over the next few years until their debut album “Strange House” came out in ’07.  The band was more punk […]

Champagne Kisses by Jessie Ware

Champagne Kisses has some flashier production than some of the other tracks, and also features a falsetto by Ware that isn’t heard very often.  The bass is a little heavier on this track as well, and it has a bigger “poppy” chorus that sticks in your mind.  However, there are still many subtle touches throughout […]

Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe by Jessie Ware

Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe is a slow burner, heavy on the atmosphere.  As you may have guessed, the title of the song is also the chorus.  There are subtle production techniques throughout, and they percolate just under the surface so you have to be paying attention in order to notice them fully.  This track is a good […]

What by Broncho

What leads off the album and is a good example of the band’s sound.  Nothing too in your face, but there’s plenty of interesting elements going on.  Effective guitar work, but nothing flashy.  Some interesting vocal tics, mostly coming out in the chorus.  It’s a short track at just over 2 minutes so it’s over […]