Kerri's Latest songs
Starting with such promise out of a suburb in central England, sounding something like a certain era of The Smiths and getting accolades and promotions constantly from NME to The Guardian to BBC2... I love their sound, and maybe especially this song off of last year's Lucky Ones, but the last news from the band is loss of another original member so hard to say if there'll be anything more. Maybe they're going out in flames?
Controversy here at TMIS: posting The Killers. If I'd have attempted to write up a classic Killers hit, such as the beloved "Mr. Brightside", I have no doubt that Keith would have deleted the post. (Bonus video: "Human" from 2008) There's few things (musical or otherwise) Keith's a hater of but Brandon's band gets that distinction. I, on the other hand, am a fan of the music despite having an issue personally with delusional Mr. Flowers. So anyway, this is the first new Killers song in forever and it's glam-rocky, Bowie-inspired, straight-forward-yet-tongue-in-cheek fun. I like it and I'm optimistic about the upcoming album, and about seeing The Killers perform at ACL in October. (Thankfully, at a festival literally a couple blocks from our door, Keith can either watch another performance or go home early.)
Last year I posted "Run" and mentioned I wasn't in love with their new (at the time) single "Talk Too Much". Well, it grew on me, but there were so many even better gems on the full album when it came out this year. Like this one! We haven't got our tickets yet, but I'm getting excited for ACL this fall, and weekend two has this band, been on my list for a couple years now.
I get my love of music from my dad. I was born into a home with a huge record collection - his. My childhood memories are full of his serenades at bedtime, dance parties in the living room, Broadway or ballet classics at dinnertime, as well as top 40 playing on a Sunday drive. My dad has a pretty voice, somewhat akin to Paul McCartney's, and he also had a brush with Beatlemania when he worked security at a venue in downtown Seattle as a young man - had to run to the tour bus with the band after their show, holding Paul's guitar! Anyway, he wasn't a perfect dad growing up, and we had a really rough time again just a few years ago, but I still and always love him dearly. Happy Father's Day!
Last time I posted Castlecomer, it was the early single for their first EP, All of the Noise ("an ode to the power of women"), since released, and now this is a post-EP single from earlier this year. They have also since came to SXSW and I was sooooo disappointed to miss them. Recently the Sidneysider lads finished a second tour of Australia, and have announced more music is "coming soon."
Taking a little break from all the new/rare stuff we've posted lately. 2011's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming gave me two of my favorite songs. One of them is probably everyone's favorite M83 song ("Midnight City") so I'm making the lesser-played "Steve McQueen" today's Most Important. Alternate title (not really): "Carpe Diem!"
Jay Som got her moniker the same way Childish Gambino got his. Wonder if she'll decide to let it go in a few years, too. Hailing from Oakland, CA (Congrats Dubs!) Melina Duterte has been working on her version of bedroom pop since middle school (and MySpace). With the recent release of her official debut album, Everybody Works, she continues to explore and put her stamp on styles from R&B (like this track) to folk, to grunge, to full-on pop. Pitchfork praises her, and at least one music blogger (not us, Oh My Rockness out of NYC) ranks this album as a contender for best-of-the-year. So give this track a listen, but don't stop there.
I was combing my lists for New York bands, as well as combing my brain for a good birthday song and voilá! Keith's a big fan of little ol' pop-punk duo Diet Cig, they happen to hale from NY, and looky here: a very specifically birthday song on their new album. (He might prefer all 11 of the other songs on the album, I'm not sure but that'd be my luck, and anyway I rather like to be on the nose, or tongue-in-cheek, or something to do with the face. Gimme a kiss and shut me up!)
Here's one for your Saturday strolling - or at least for ours! Highs in the mid-80s and I'm going to be exploring Central Park for my first time ever in not-winter, I'm ready to rock! I dug this up looking for lesser-known bands out of NY to celebrate our weekend: a 6-piece rock group from Brooklyn, self-described as sounding "like Ra Ra Riot and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah making out in the bathroom." Here we gooooo!
Fun find - this Liverpoolian quartet that (in their own words) "writes energetic, rousing guitar music about love and gives a shit about making people have a good time." The debut single from We Were Glue was just last fall! (Bonus: video for that tune included below. Clearly bad acting ftw.) Back to this song, it's their latest release and "about the tendency to have absolutely no idea what’s actually going on in a relationship: just doing anything to please the other person and hoping that you don’t fuck up." Haha. I picked it as a Most Important for it's title - although the lyric is in regards to forgetting your SO's birthday - I'm actually in NYC this weekend to celebrate Keith's. I would never forget, babe; let's go have some good times!!