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


Wussy formed back in 2001 in Cincinnati, OH.  Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker, guitarists, vocalists and lead songwriters for the band formed after Cleaver asked Walker to perform with him at an awards show because his stage fright was hampering him from performing alone.  The band released their 6th album “Attica!” last year, and have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Out Days by Phantogram

Black Out Days precedes Fall In Love on the album, and while overshadowed by the monster track it follows, it’s still a solid song.  Barthel is on vocals again (I prefer her voice over Carter’s), and her vocals are more subtle on this track.  Again, this song displays the key sound elements from Phantogram – […]

Fall In Love by Phantogram

Fall in Love has the immediate sound of a classic.  There are so many things I like about this track.  First off, this song sounds great with a solid pair of headphones, there’s subtlety in the electronic sounds, levels of depth and bass and presence that really help boost the enjoyment when listening to this […]

Right On, Frankenstein! by Death From Above 1979   

I had to highlight this track if only just for the title alone.  The band lets loose on this track, it’s a serious drum and bass workout and a great example of how these guys can just let go and play.  My favorite part of the song though is when there just under a minute […]

Trainwreck 1979 by Death From Above 1979  

This was their first single that they released this summer prior to the album coming out.  The song starts out with Keeler’s trademark bass sound which bounces along driving the song forward.  Grainger’s vocals start off with the line “I was born – on a highway – in a trainwreck – with a heart – […]