Keith's Latest Songs
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.
This new Interpol cover from Day Wave and Hazel English has a style that walks the line between early 80's sophistiwave and early 90's shoegaze. It's like Spandau Ballet meets Lush and is a great, chill take on the original.
This morning I listened to Gaffa Tape Sandy's entire Spotify catalog, which consists of two EPs and a couple of singles, and I've been impressed. This is some fun stuff. I know hardly anything about them aside from that they make terrific and eclectic garage-punk music and, I assume based on their name, that they're British. I'm also guessing they're fantastic live, so hoping for a SXSW appearance. It was tough choosing a cut to feature, so I picked their latest, "Beehive". If you like out, here are a few other standouts for you to check out: "Transylvania", "Smart Dressed Guy" and "L'appel du Vide".
Back in the 80's, I went through a sophisti-phase, where I was really into polished, groovy bands like The Style Council, Ultravox and Spandau Ballet. I'm not sure I'd consider Canadian indie superband Stars to be the exact same thing, but they're pretty close. They've been doing polished, feel-good dance-pop for years and I'm so happy they're still at it. Hopefully, I'll get the chance to see them live again soon, as they're shows are up there in terms of pure fun.
If you're lucky, you might already know Wye Oak, perhaps from their outstanding 2011 album and single "Civilian". If you're not lucky, he's your opportunity to win. "Spiral" one of two terrific songs they put out in September will give you an idea of their sound.
It had been a little while since I'd listened to Jay Reatard, but last night, at the Japandroids / Cloud Nothing's show I heard "Hammer I Miss You" between sets. It was the second time in as many days and it's a terrific song. RIP Jay.
Tonight is the night! We're going to see Cloud Nothings and Japandroids! They're two of my favorite bands and I couldn't be more stoked. I thought of cueing up a song of one of their latest albums, as they're both stellar, but couldn't decide. Instead, here's one of the Wavves / Cloud Nothings collab, No Life for Me, which is also stellar.
IDER was one of the bands I discovered while listening to Iceland Airwaves playlists. Unfortunately, we didn't catch them, so I can't speak to their live show, but their music is mellow, engaging and beautiful. I've been rolling through their catalog and it's been a bit hard to choose a Most Important, so if you like "King Ruby" be sure and check out some more, it's fantastic.
We're back! Iceland was a blast, but we're happy to be back and in the saddle. Sorry for the short interruption, but we decided to focus on enjoying all that Iceland had to offer. So, what's new? Well, this terrific track from The Dear Hunter, for one thing.
There were quite a few in our group (ahem, Kerri) who didn't really get Grísalappalísa. I thought they were awesome and was grinning like a fool through their whole crazy set. They're a bit like an old-school punk band, with flavors of ska and a lot of quirk.