Keith's Latest Songs
PUP recently came out with Morbid Stuff, a terrific follow-up to their eventual classic, 2016’s The Dream is Over and it’s great stuff. The first single, “Kids”, is both hopeful and super depressing at the same time. From their press release:
“‘Kids’ is a love song from one nihilistic depressive to another. It’s about what happens when you stumble across the only other person on the face of this godless, desolate planet that thinks everything is as twisted and as fucked up as you do. And thanks to them, the world starts to seem just a little less bleak. But only slightly – it’s still pretty fucked up to be honest.”
Fucked up? Maybe true, but it makes some great art and an excellent song.
I had the great fortune to see Miya Folick in a very small, intimate venue during SXSW (the indoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s) and was blown away by her presence, voice and performance. Now, to be completely transparent, her album Premonitions had been on very heavy rotation for me and I see it as one of the top highlights of 2018, so I had high expectations. Which were easily exceeded. If you’ve not heard her, well now’s your chance.
I’ve seen Priests now twice; the first show, I believe they opened for Franz Ferdinand, was a bit rough, but intriguing. The second, a late night gig during SXSW 2019, was a top notch exhibition of sexy, pop-glam-goth-rock. Much like their latest album The Seduction of Kansas.
How fun is it to re-discover an old favorite? If my re-discovery of Scottish rockers Idlewild, it’s very, very fun. I’m not actually sure how or why I lost track of them. They were in very heavy rotation for me for a long time in the 2000’s and listening to them today, it was tough picking a song to share. I ended up choosing “You Held the World in Your Arms” off The Remote Part, but could have easily gone with “El Capitan”, “Love Steals Us from Loneliness”, “A Modern Way of Letting Go”, “Little Discourage” or any number of other tracks. It seems they’ve got a new album out as well, will have to give that a look.
Minus The Bear is good. Really, really good. They might be my all time favorite band. No joke. They’re like the perfect blend of dad rock and prog rock and they light up every part of my brain when I listen to them. They’re like the ultimate elevator music meets rock soundtrack to Tron if they never went into the computer. They’re like some of my favorite old school bands—Visage, Heaven 17, Spandau Ballet—if they were still around today. But better. They’re like a terrific Roger Zelazny or Ursula K. Le Guin book cover, or like old school D&D modules. They ultra modern and old school at the same time and their music reminds me of all the places I’ve ever lived or travelled. Mostly because they’ve been in my ears so much.
As with most good things that don’t last, MTB have recently announced they’re wrapping things up. Luckily for fans like me, they’ve released some terrific new music—like today’s Most Important and the rest of the Fair Enough EP—and are performing a farewell tour. I can’t wait to see them here in Austin next month and give them a proper send off.
(And, yeah, I’ve got fingers solidly crossed for a reunion tour. You know it.)
Pinegrove’s new album, Skylight, quietly surfaced in my Spotify playlists last week and it’s fantastic, if a bit more alt-country than their previous work. I was curious as to why it was released to such little fanfare, and came across quite a few articles about how their front man, Evan Stephen’s Hall, had come out to admit that he’d been accused of “sexual coercion”. Now, it’s all fairly vague, and I did think twice (more than twice) about posting sharing their new music. To be honest, I’m still not quite sure what I think about it, but, in the end I decided that the music was worth mentioning. If you’re at all interested in what’s been going on with the band, I highly suggest reading Reckoning With Pinegrove by Jenn Pelly.
I discovered BROCKAHMPTON just a few months ago and I’ve been jamming their extensive catalog often ever since. They hail from just down the road from Austin—San Marcos—and will be playing here at ACL this Friday. They’re one of the acts I’m most looking forward to this year. They’ve got a new album out, iridescence, and while I’m not digging it as much as some of their older stuff, or the few “throwback” singles they put out over the summer, it’s still very solid.
The first two cuts from Restorations upcoming album LP5000 are pure post-rock Americana gold. Today’s Most Important, “The Red Door”, is a well painted and compelling look into the inexorable gentrification of American cities and “Nonbeliever” another side to that coin; a tale of work, family and growing up in America. I’ve spent a bit of time lately looking into their back catalog and it’s also terrific. Their new album is out soon, on Tiny Engines, of course.
Family Fold is Australian artist Paul Andrews, formerly of Lazy Susan. I’d never heard of Lazy Susan, but I guess they were making the rounds on the Australian indy circuit for awhile. No, I discovered Family Fold randomly whilst out bar hopping my last trip to Sydney. And I’m glad I did. I greatly enjoyed Lustre Glo, and the single “Get a Grip Upon Yourself”, which is a raucous anthem, that reminded me right away of Ted Leo, one of my favorites. That feeling continues with his latest, “Molly Meldrum’s Eyes”. That His new album, Ashfield Skyline, is coming out in a couple weeks and if prior art is any indication, it’s going to be warm, pleasant and a joy to listen to.