Keith's Latest Songs
It's cold outside, but the weekend's here and I've been in a lighthearted music kind of mood lately. The Courtney's latest album, The Courtneys II, hits that feeling right on the nose. Happy Friday!
Let's start off 2017 with a little fun number from Buffalo's Lemuria. It's a bit different for them, with more of an upbeat pop sound, but, fuck it, I like it. If it rubs you the wrong way, don't worry, the rest of their latest album, Recreational Hate, should be more up your alley. Tracks like "Sliver of Change" and "Christine Perfect" are fantastic and should scratch that itch for you.
I don't have too much to say here except that 2017 was a great year for new music and I'm excited to see what 2018 brings. My favorite albums of the year are mostly reflected here in my list, which is presented in no particular order.
Line & Circle sound a bit like a mash-up of R.E.M. and The Smiths, and their new EP, Vicious Folly, is terrific front to back. It was tough to pick a song to feature, so, if you like today's Most Important be sure and check out the full EP.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! That's kind of how I felt on my first listen to today's Most Important. Miya Folick mixes rock and pop with a honed edge that hooked me immediately. Her new EP, Give It To Me, which came out early last month, is stellar and worth a full listen through at the very least. I'm hoping she comes to town soon, would love to see her perform live.
How about a little throwback to get us back into the swing of things. R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, while not my favorite, I prefer their older stuff, it is a terrific album and it's recently been re-released for its 25th anniversary. As part of that release, "Photograph", a song that, as far as I know, is not on the album, showed up in my release radar and, wow, I'm amazed at how well it holds up.
When I first heard "#1 Song" by Wesley Fuller, I asked myself, "What is this? A new New Pornographers song?" It's got that super pop throwback sound, and if retro guitar pop is your thing, do yourself a favor and check out their latest album, Inner City Dream.
Let's keep the Americana vibe going, shall we?Brian Fallon has one of my favorite voices and I'm so happy he's keeping things going with his solo work. His new single "Forget Me Not" could have been pulled off just about any Gaslight Anthem album and it's a terrific track for an American holiday. The new album is out early next year and he's got a tour going to support it, so you know I'll be catching him in Austin.
Philly rocker Dave Hause, formerly of The Loved Ones, was one of the opening acts for Beach Slang the other night. Sadly, we only caught a couple songs, but what we did catch was great. He's got a straight-forward punk-by-way-of-Americana sound that is best heard live, which leaves me with regrets. Oh well, hopefully, he'll be back around soon.
One of our favorite tracks from 2016 was Sjowgren's "Seventeen" and I think I speak for Kerri as well when I say we've been eagerly awaiting some more from them. Well, hooray! We've got some more Sjowgren and its sounding super. The latest of several new tracks is "High Beam", an upbeat tune that's perfect for a crisp, sunny, Sunday afternoon.