. . . I was never that good at the words anyways - bn

. . . you're not punk and i'm tellin everyone, save your breath i never was one - bs

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spinner Listening Party

AOL Spinner offers an on-going feature where they stream a selection of newly released albums for a limited period of time. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how long they are available.

Currently they've got two good ones.

Gaslight Anthem - iTunes Sessions, which came out today, features one new Gaslight song, a reworked version of "Boxer", and covers of "Baba O'Riley" (The Who),"Refugee" (Petty), "State of Love and Trust" (Pearl Jam), and "House of the Rising Sun" (The Animals). Click Here to Listen.

Deep Dark Woods - The Place I Left Behind - Which I mentioned back in July. Click Here to Listen.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Glossary - Long Live All of Us

Glossary's new album, Long Live All of Us, is out today. Buy it (and listen to it) here for only $5.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Yet Another Band New to Me - Prison Book Club

I've stumbled across alot of pretty good new music lately, or at least stuff that's new to me, and these guys may be the best of the recent bunch.

Prison Book Club includes members of The Fox Hunt and The Demon Beat (both of which you should check out if you aren't already familiar). In terms of their sound I'll spare you my attempt at a description because you can listen to both of their albums below, but if you're a fan of early Lucero and grittier DBT (think Cooley songs) you're likely a fan of Prison Book Club.

Prison Book Club released August 2011:

Required Reading released September 2009:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Band - Alabama Shakes

Just recently discovered The Alabama Shakes from Athens, AL. Nice southern rock with a nostalgic nod to classic soul and vintage blues. Check out their recently released debut EP below courtesy of bandcamp, where you can buy it for $4.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Band that's new to me - Alone at 3am

So just discovered these guys via the SH playlist posted earlier today. To me sounds like Hot Water Music meets Lucero. Pretty good initial impression. Here's some more stuff from them.


This thing seems to take awhile to buffer, so if your impatient you can go here.

Pre-Order HGWT's New Album get Instant Download

As previously indicated, Suburban Home Records is releasing Have Gun Will Travel's new album Mergers & Aquisitions, which will be officially available November 1st. You can, however, pre-order it today on either LP or CD (or both) and get a free automatic download.

So buy it and listen to it now, oh and keep your beer cold.

Weekend Playlist - 9/23

It's been awhile since i've posted one of these (or anything on the site for that matter). Unfortunately, still busy and pressed for time, so i'm conveniently borrowing from Suburban Home Records.

Great mix of stuff from bands that played during the Denver label's 16th Anniversary, weekend long, show earlier this month.

Suburban Home Records 16th Anniversary Mix by Suburban Home Records

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Suburban Home picks up The Evening Rig

Suburban Home Records is at it again. Fresh off signing Have Gun Will Travel, the Denver based label has adopted The Evening Rig, a superb band out of Minneapolis, and will be helping to release their new album, "Nothin' to Hear," due out in late 2011/early 2012.

If you aren't familiar with The Evening Ring, the group features former members of The Crush, Cardinal Sin, and Cadillac Blindside and could easily pass as a resurrected version of the Replacements or the greatest bar band you've ever heard. Just great heartfelt rock music and drinkin music (actually self-described as "midwestern beer-soaked rock n roll").

But, since it's hard for me to really do them justice through that description, you can listen to this 11 song sampler comprised of a collection of tracks from the band’s first 2 albums, “Never Been’er” (2007), and “Is Doin’ Stuff” (2009).

The Evening Rig 11 Song Sampler by Suburban Home Records

Friday, August 5, 2011

Recommended Artist: Kasey Anderson

If you haven't heard portland based singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson and you're into any of the following; Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Nebraska era Springsteen, Tom Waits, Whiskeytown/old Ryan Adams, Ryan Bingham, DBT, you owe it to yourself to check him out.

Though I'm partial to his incredible slow burning ballads, he also puts out some great twangy country rock songs.

Fortunately he's offering a free 7 track sampler, you can listen to below.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Banner Pilot Coming Soon

Banner Pilot has completed recording their 3rd full length album, and it's now being mixed and mastered, No release date yet, but will keep you posted and will be released October 25.

One of my favorite newer punk bands (you may have guessed from previous posts)and highly recommended if you like melodic poppier stuff that still has some punch and edge.

Their tongue in cheek self description of the band's sound as akin to “if Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, and [early] Alkaline Trio got in a knife fight and Jawbreaker won… but just barely,” is actually a pretty apt one. Dillinger Four should also probably be in that mix.

If you are at all into any variety of punk music, and somehow are unfamiliar with Banner Pilot, I suggest you take a listen to either of their previous full-lengths or their debut EP (in reverse chronology below).

HGWT signs to Suburban Home

After self releasing their 2010 (and second full length) album entitled "Postcards from a Friendly City," Bradenton, FL based (and my wife's new favorite) band Have Gun Will Travel has signed to Suburban Home Records (home of two cow garage, tim barry, austin lucas, drag the river etc.) who will release their new album "Mergers & Aquisitions" this fall. After seeing and meeting these guys at SXSW, I'm certainly looking forward to the release.

If you haven't heard anything by them. You can stream "Postcards . . ." below.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dawes Fall Tour Annoucement

Dawes has announced that they'll be heading out on tour (again) this fall, with co-headliner Blitzen Trapper.

Dates/Locations/Venues as follows (surprise, surprise DC show is on a Monday):

10/7/11 FRI Petaluma, CA Mystic Theater
10/8/11 SAT Santa Barbara, CA SOHO
10/9/11 SUN San Diego, CA Belly Up
10/10/11 MON Pheonix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
10/11/11 TUE Tucson, AZ Santa Fe Sol Live
10/15/11 SAT Baton Rouge, LA Marship Theater
10/18/11 TUE Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
10/19/11 WED Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
10/20/11 THU Louisville, KY Headliner's
10/21/11 FRI Asheville, NC Orange Peel
10/22/11 SAT Carborro, NC Cat's Cradle
10/24/11 MON Washington, DC Black Cat
10/26/11 WED New York, NY Webster Hall
10/27/11 THU Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts
10/28/11 FRI Boston, MA Royale
10/30/11 SUN Toronto, ON Opera House
11/1/11 TUE Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
11/2/11 WED Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College
11/3/11 THU Chicago, IL The Metro
11/4/11 FRI Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
11/5/11 SAT Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
11/7/11 MON Boulder, CO Fox Theater
11/10/11 THU Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
11/11/11 FRI Seattle, WA The Neptune
11/13/11 SUN Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
11/15/11 TUE San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

In conjunction with the announcement they're offering special 6-song EP with three songs from each band as a free download.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Album from The Deep Dark Woods

So these guys have been around since 2006 I believe, and their upcoming album, The Place I Left Behind, to be released next week, will be their 4th release, yet they are somehow relatively new to me. I've definitely been missing out. Great atmospheric, twangy folk/country/roots rock. What do they sound like? Well the name gives you a good context. Would make a perfect soundtrack for a late night drive or fall/winter evening. Has a real classic quality, that makes it hard to place decade-wise.

RIYL: Magnolia Electric Co, The Band, Neil Young, Phosphorescent, Fleet Foxes (minus the cheery disposition)

Ninebullets has the full album streaming, so take a listen.

For more info on the band and their catalog go here

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Show Calendar

Bunch of good shows on the horizon.

Seeing Avi Buffalo at Johnny Brenda's in Philly on July 29th as part of wife's birthday festivities and Hold Steady at 9:30 club on September 1 (gotta rest up for that one).

Also hoping to make it out to some of these:
Reckless Kelly (w/ Micky and the Motorcars) @ 9:30 club, Friday July 22
Hayes Carll (w/ Scott Miller) @ Rock n' Roll Hotel, Saturday July 23
William Elliott Whitmore (w/ Brandon Butler) @ Red Palace, Sunday July 24
Fake Problems (w/ The Swellers) @ Red Palace, Monday Aug 8
Alkaline Trio @ The Black Cat, Sunday Aug 14
Austin Lucas @ The Black Cat, Thursday Aug 25
Langhorne Slim @ Rock n' Roll Hotel, Thursday Sep 22
Tapes n tapes @ Rock n' Roll Hotel, Tuesday Sep 27
Deer Tick @ 9:30 club, Sunday Oct 16

Nearing the weekend

So it's been a rough couple of weeks, but my brother gets into town tonight, and Saturday night group of us are headed to see The Futurebirds (out of Athens, GA) at Red Palace.

Looking forward to a reverb (and whiskey) soaked evening.

Take a listen to their newest EP Via Flamina (2 originals, 2 nice covers: Chris Isaak & Stevie Nicks)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Most recent podcast from Bryan at ninebullets featuring some of his favorites from the first half of the year (Austin Lucas, Frank Turner, Grayson Capps etc.) and some tracks off new releases from artists like Gillian Welch and William Elliott Whitmore.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Big News Week

Several new and interesting album and tour announcements . . .

Rocky Votolato has announced he'll be headed out on his first full band tour in nearly five years this fall (co-headlining with matt pond PA). No DC date (yet?), but will be at Ottobar in Baltimore on Wednesday 9/21.

9/9 Fri – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
9/10 Sat – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
9/12 Mon – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
9/13 Tues – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room
9/14 Wed – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
9/15 Thurs – Harrisburg, PA – Abbey Bar
9/16 Fri – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/17 Sat – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
9/18 Sun – Ithaca, NY – Castaways
9/19 Mon – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
9/21 Wed – Baltimore, MD – Otto Bar
9/22 Thurs – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade
9/23 Fri – Athens, GA – 40 Watt
9/24 Sat – St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
9/26 Mon – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
9/27 Tues – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder

Also, Suburban Home Records has announced that Micah Schnabel (of Two Cow Garage) will be entering Hi/Lo Studios with Matthew Smith (who recorded Two Cow Garage’s “Sweet Saint Me”) on July 1st to record his new album entitled, “I’m Dead, Serious,” the follow up to his outstanding “When the Stage Lights Go Dim”. No release date has been set, but it is tentatively set to be out this Fall.

If you haven't heard it you can listen to Micah’s first album, (and many other Suburban Home releases) here. Just drag the album's cover to the left to start the player. It is WELL worth your time. Also, save a link to the listening station for great access to albums by Drag the River (and individual members), Austin Lucas, Tim Barry, Two Cow, Cory Branan etc. etc.

. . . and (for me) probably best for last, Hot Water Music has signed to Rise Records and will heading into the studio this fall to record a full length album(their first since 2004)with an anticipated release date in Spring 2012.

oh yeah, Wilco has announced its new album "The Whole Love" will be released domestically on September 27 (unfortunately these days this news fails to excite me). Fall tour dates are on their site. For local folks who are interested they'll be at Merriweather on September 25.

all for now.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekend Playlists 6/23

Weekend's startin' early for me so i'm posting 2 playlists this week.

First is a set of some typical weekend favorites around the house. Second has some excellent poppier punk stuff, mostly more current (casey hope you are looking at the site).

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Red Palace adds a Patio

Apparently, the Red Palace (former The Red & the Black and Palace of Wonders now combined) at 1212 H Street NE, has opened its patio.

DCist: Red Palace Opens New Patio

So go see the reverb soaked southern pysch-rock of The Futurebirds from Athens,GA (RIYL: Early MMJ) on Saturday, July 16 or Sub Pop's indie upstarts Avi Buffalo (RIYL: The Shins, Built to Spill) on Thursday, July 28 and have a pre- or post- drink (or several) outside.

Also, the always interesting Fake Problems (RIYL: Against Me!, Gaslight Anthem, Riot Before) are playing the Red Palace Monday, August 8 w/ the Swellers.

Recommended Listing - Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz

Super prolific songwriter Will Johnson and Centro-matic have cranked out yet another hook laden rock album, Candidate Waltz, to be released tomorrow.

"On Candidate Waltz, the riffage, the tattered vocals and the taut melodies suck you into that happy place . . ."; 8.0 out of 10.0 - Paste Magazine

"Will Johnson, Scott Danbom (keyboards, violin, harmony vocals), Matt Pence (drums), and Mark Hedman (bass and guitars) have made a terrific rock record that's catchy, crunchy and raucous." - When you Motor Away

DC area folks can catch them at the front end of their summer tour supporting the album this Sunday, June 26 at DC9. Other tour dates are listed at the band's site.

Also, if you aren't already familiar with Centro-Matic they've put together a nice little compilation of material from 1996-2011.

1996-2011 by Centro-matic

For most newcomers I'd personally recommend 2003's Love you Just the Same or 2006's Fort Recovery (follow the links for a listen), although it's hard to go wrong with Centro-Matic, its more atmospheric folky/country sister project South San Gabriel, or Will Johnson's solo albums.

Centro-matic/South San Gabriel/Will Johson discography

Friday, June 17, 2011

Recommended Listening - Jason Isbell & the 400 unit - Here we Rest

Belated rec since it was released in April but former 'trucker' Jason Isbell's new one (third 'solo' album, 2nd with the 400 unit) 'here we rest' has something to appeal to just about everyone, from bluesy, southern soul inspired tracks, to melancholy ballads, to some very nice sing along anthemic rockers. It's been on heavy rotation here. Also, saw him at the rock n roll hotel recently and the live show doesn't disappoint.

Here's what some other people think of it (mp3s on these sites as well)

"We’ve already come up on a bunch of great albums in 2011, but I promise you that this one is one of the best I’ve EVER heard . . . It’s one that you should love. You should buy it on vinyl. You should send it to your parents, they’ll feel hip and ask you where you got it, just like the pot you sometimes bring home. Maybe that’s just a California thing." frontporchmusings.com

"A cliff notes version goes like this: Jason Isbell has released a new album. It’s got 11 tracks that crush. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. The more I like it, the more I think it could on top of the year’s end version of the Essential Listening list" ninebullets.net

Isbell's Official Site

Weekend Playlist 6/17

Hope to post these as a recurring thing

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Most recent installment of a nice weekly radio show hosted by Bryan of ninebullets.net (great blog you should follow)


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Introductory Post & Playlist

As someone pre-disposed to spend(probably too) much of my limited free time exploring and investing in the music i love, and 'advising' friends and family on what they might want to listen to, it has been suggested, and i've considered, that I try my hand at "blogging" about it.

Since i don't fancy myself a 'blogger' much less a writer or critic, i'll keep most posts relatively concise and to the point, in hopes of providing a quick reference to the world of compelling indie, punk, folk, 'alt'country, rock etc. music out there (or at least what i consider my world of it).

I'll generally leave it to others who are more articulate or 'professional' to delve into details, but will try to keep the site updated with news, info, and recommendations on artists, albums, shows etc.

To conclude my first post, and as a brief introduction to some of what you'll see on the site, a few opening songs off some excellent albums.

Also, see the link on the right to the Songza streaming radio station for a more comprehensive listen.