Thursday, November 12, 2015

Still going...

Norway's one-man project Featherfin creates music inspired by a variety of genres,
from indiepop, dreampop and shoegaze via folk and 60s pop to synthpop, experimental music and modern day electronica.
On his latest single, a catchy and upbeat two track release of "The Crimson Spill" and "Nananarama",
he has introduced rougher guitars and for the first time does the lead vocals himself.

I am contributing to this year's Best of Indie 2015 (so far) playlist. Listen via Spotify.

I am working 40 hours a week as an employee since returning to California and it's nearly been 6 months of it. I think I am nearly done with that, and plan to be independent again by 2016. Currently, I simply cannot manage my own time and that takes away from doing the things that I love (music, backpacking, etc.). This is not living, but simply earning a paycheck. 13 years of self-employment has shaped me and I just cringe when directed to behave a certain way, or be spineless in the face of abusive people. Fcuk this. I have 2,005 unread music related emails in my inbox... proof that I need to make yet another change in order to be in a place that allows me some joy.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Synthpop on Saturday

 Here are a few synth tracks that caught my ear this week. I am Mr. Forty Hours A Week now, so I am a wee bit more tired these days. So, I will share some nice tunes and let them speak for themselves!

This sparkly one was just posted. Goodbye July is Paul from Anything Box, so you know this comes from a real talent!

I love the deep male vocals on this track from Atlanta's Frisky Monkey. The guitar fits nicely with the tempo of this modern synthpop.

More from France: You Are Number Six has quite a few synthpop/new wave keepers on Soundcloud. I encourage you to spend some time with his second ep "Lensflares" which came out this month,

This is labeled as Synth Punk, which is cool with me. It's got tougher vocals more akin to Post-punk (think new Agent Side Grinder).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mid-week: Sounds Bleak

This new single from The Radio Dept. is rather bleak, so let's hope for something sunnier when the album is released.

I found this one via It's A Trap and I thought it was interesting. It makes me think of early 80's Cure... but, damn, how old are these kids? Again, it's bleak. But hey, it's from Iceland:

The bleak theme continue with this one from a split ep by Flaamingos and The KVB (on Felte Records). Some great music coming out of LA these days (and it's been too long)!

OK, I'm off to work... @djtalbot

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Fiction (the band)

 Wow, this is really good. Reminds me of The Razorcuts and other c86-era jangle tracks. I stumbled upon this via the My Favorite Facebook page.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Variety of Recommendations

I'm enjoying the new one from Summer Camp. It's interesting in that you can listen to the opener "Bad Love" and then track three "Sleepwalking" and you may think it's a completely different band.

This one is for fans of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:

"Love" is a perfect Summer-song from World Tour (on Sweden's Emotion label).

I am still a dedicated follower of Saint Etienne and continue to have a huge crush on vocalist Sarah Cracknell. You can hear the whole album (in the U.S.) over at NPR.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Latest Recommendations - New Wave, Synthpop, Indie

Not much new to report since last post. I'm 99% sure I am hired at the job I applied for (I arrived on a Tuesday, found this job on the following Saturday). It's full-time, which is a God-send. I will be relatively autonomous and on the road all day. Perfect. The hiring manager really connected with me. He was in a band in the Northwest and has a real D.I.Y. philosophy.

On to my latest recommendations:

I love both the new-wave music and the theme from France's You Are Number Six:

Another keeper from Corsica Arts Club . Can't wait for the new EP coming in June.

A wonderful new single from Jenny Broke The Window (Australia) debuted right here. It's bouncy as can be and titled Black Skeleton.

I was really never exposed to The Names in my youth, but I am sure I would have loved them in the 80's. I quite like this one, for example:

Darla Records has exclusive new material from them: "Stranger Than You, the fourth studio album by acclaimed Belgian cold wave group The Names, known for their early association with Factory Records and producer Martin ‘Zero' Hannett."

Here's an uplifting tune with deep male vocals, my favorite kind o' synthpop (of course, it's made in Germany):