Sunday, January 31, 2016

Best of 2015 Track List

Hunny - Natalie (Southern California)
Jenny Broke The Window – Black Skeleton (Sydney, Australia)
Corsica Arts Club – All Of My Friends (Los Angeles)
Crushed Beaks – History (London)
The Legendary House Cats – King Grudge (Southern California)
Beezewax – In The Dark (Sweden)
Agent Side Grinder – Giants Fall (Sweden)
Kites – Orwell Knows (Sweden)
You Are Number Six – Lensflares (Montpellier, France)
Gateway Drugs – Young Lover (South Africa)
Polaroid Kiss – Hiding In Plain View Is Easy (Feat. Maps) (Dublin, Ireland)
Rexxy – Midnight (New York)
Priest – Strong Hearts (Orlando, Florida)
Willow – Stay Stay Stay (Belgium)
Halou – Stillbreathing (San Francisco)
Trash Can Sinatras – Best Days On Earth (Glasgow)
Talking Bush – Overgrow (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Blessa – Between Times (Sheffield, England)
Frisky Monkey – The Earliest Winter (John's Mix) (Atlanta, Georgia)
Algiers – Irony.Unity.Pretext (Atlanta, Georgia)

My Best of 2015 is finally up. Track-list to come soon.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 Comes to an End

Yes, I'm still alive. Just can't find the time to devote to music like I used to. I'm still listening, just not writing about what I discover. For now:

Another wonderful Christmas Day present from Florida's premier post-punk act: AstariNite

Here's a great best of 2015 collection compiled by @HearShadowmusic :

... more to come...

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