This is a amazing set of covers by Built to Spill playing a secret show at this Cafe in San Jose California. I think bands who have a certain unique sound should entertain their roots and songs that inspired them because chances are the experience will be completely natural for them. Maybe not at first when you are looking for that sound but for fun. It's a way to help connect the fans to real music once again with the ultimate cover band who you know will make you feel it. Enjoy! Built [...]
SINGLE REVIEW: If godflesh were 50% a little mellower and Air a little more agressive that is where this electric jam by Sleep Sleep falls comfortably with a mix with the spacial sounds of the flaming lips in mind. You could it shoegaze but the drum machine will tell you fuck no - that is not exactly right. Then you hear this Smog cover of "Teenage Spaceship" and you'll start to get it. I hope it comes with a big light show. I hope they have a drummer live but either way this is the good shit from [...]
Hey this tune "Devil Or Angel" Live at Ferber Paris by Lou Doillon is pretty nice. Similar to the "yellow" song by Coldplay. She looks a litte like Patti Smith but has a certain tone we're ok with over here. Nice. I mean seriously does not take much to be better than Rihanna or some other female pop that passes as music these days.
GUITARS: Are you a guitar nerd? Every wonder where certain guitar twangs come from? Here's Mr. Doug Gillard's guitar set-up for all of his bands with some personal notes from him for each thing in his pedal daisy chain. Next week we'll come back at you with a full on interview but be sure to catch him pushing these knobs and tuning some of his axes on Friday May 31st ,2013 at the infamous Asbury Lanes down the Jersey shore with Eastern Anchors , Risk/Reward and Asbury/Brooklyn locals Woods Party . [...]
RIP GEORGE JONES 1931-2013: Man not much we can say but this man had what Elvis did not. He lives a long ass time. He was a man in full. We was the original rockn-rolla. Hell raiser. Drinker. He was known for his country hits but in reality he was the king. He was a badass mother-fucker. Sometimes you just need to pause and think what the hell have I done that would compare to his awesome catalog of music. Here's a few of his greatest hits from the Classic Years: Don't [...]
SINGLE REVIEW: This song floored me like a blast in face from a whip-it. Really. Made me feel pretty lazy as a musician, 'cuz these dudes have some serious chops. You can safely call Relaxer progressive, as they are one of the more forward moving bands going right now, and it is really no suprise to me, as most of the bands that have come and gone in the Akron music scene were, and are WAY ahead of their time. One thing I especially dig about this jam is the fact that the songwriting and the [...]
SINGLE REVIEW: The first song I listened to this morning was the new single "When I'm Dead" by the Aussie band, The Dead Heads. It was a good way to wake up. I've heard writers using words like "grunge" and other lazy descriptors that might pigeon-hole these guys and turn people away initially. Don't buy into it. There is so much more than that going on here with this single. It is a sonically brilliant, minimal pop-gem capturing a vibe that lays somewhere between bands like WAAVES and NO AGE - a refined mix of dissonance and melody: [...]
VIDEO SINGLE: Got a fresh jam Thug Dreamz created exclusively for Review Stalker by the brooklyn based band Woods Party . Footage totally remixed and borrowed from Silk. Enjoy the crowd as they dance to this slow burner with equal party keyboard bass drones and melodic emotion. This band Features former Bubble/Gum drummer Trevor Hahn and Jason Montagna from Montagna & The Mouth To Mouth . Related words: Playlist – Songs about Water, Devastation & Rain [...]
Yea man there are so many cool online start-up music programs that remind us of the days of cable access we think there is room for even more like this. Dirty Laundry is no Uncle Floyd Show but the premise is pure and the execution is simple. Bands at some point are on tour need to stop and clean their undies. Host Karrie K (ex-Delta Mirror) and sometimes Special Guest Host Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, La Sera) interview bands cleaning their jeans or at least interview them in local laundromats sometimes. They [...]
"a Drone" by ATRINA from atrinamusic on Vimeo . SINGLE REVIEW: Dear America, somewhere in Connecticut is a band called ATRINA . Which has a new video and single called "a Drone" in support of the album called In Planetery Sugar . At first glistening Atrina's music reminds us of this canadian group called tristan psionic from Sonic Onion that we saw at the Bugjar many big dogs ago (Tom Bug Reference for any of you bands who stayed at his place) once which was [...]
SINGLE REVIEW: We know we're late to this party but there is something cozy about sleigh bells when they are used as a percussion instrument in songs. The brother duo of Neil and Sumul Shah's band Wilflife Control from PA does this very well to kick-off this whimsical single. Drenched in reverb and guitar delays the vocals lay in real nice on this very magical song. The sound huge on this recording for two dudes. Recommended if you like trippy psychedelic songs, Joy Formidable mixed with Wavves/No Age we highly suggest to give these bros a spin. [...]
CXCW 2013: Bands, solo singer songwriters and performance artists. It's not too late to think of an idea and perform a tune to participate in the online music festival for us poor grubs who are NOT going to SXSW this year. Three years running there is a much cooler home that you can say is yours and drink and eat whatever you want for Couch by Couch West . Kids as young as 9-10 even have bands that are performing live and getting internet famous. People are blowing up couches and playing on trains. This is a fun [...]
SINGLE REVIEW: This is a band who knows pych. They have jammed with the masters in order to pursue their new single "Evil Things" off of their coming record Indigo Meadow is a head banger. No doubt you should prepare yourself for the drop on April 2nd. Take your vitamins and get ready to take a long dark and dang trip. The keyboards are so Doorsey when they creep in.
Great mellow song which reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd by Amandla which consists of the drummer from Ween Claude Coleman Jr. His music is as much a 702s tribute as he remixes modern bluesy soul retwisting these themes into his own magic. If you mashed Prince and Lenny Kravitz you'd get his music. This song is off his 2nd album Full Catastrophe . New music coming soon and interesting video projects coming soon.
ALBUM REVIEW: Gaythiest - Holy thrashing power ballad metal I might wonder if this band was created by bear loving lawyers or a small fleet of Navy destroyers. If distorted bass, fast beats, your vocals a little below Geddy Lee's range almost gang style but definitely singing is your thing. Stealth Beats might just album you'll need in fast moving vehicle to keep up with the mother fucker racing you in their 18 wheeler semi who is doing trucker crank. Now you might not partake in that nasty shit but you would challenge their notion of [...]
Illustration by Mr. King We're personally not into sports that much but get why people do and we don't think David Yow has dialed up the Friday night radio show yet called Live from The Barrage but I'm sure he will soon. Would be funny as hell if he got to talk acting chops and get in a eloquent discussion about the finer points of acting methods with the fake Christopher Walken who frequents the show as well. This past week "Princetron", New Jersey music personality Jon Solomon from [...]
SINGLE REVIEW: I'm not sure this Glasgow band's sound qualifies as post-punk or at least the american version of this concept but if you dig The Nationals barritone type singing or Bloc Party then this will fit comfortably in the alternative new wave genre. You art school Morrissey fans may be inspired with lots of sweeping shoe-gaze guitar fluttering amongst the more angular sounds of riffing then try this free single by IT GIRL and a couple other tracks on their bandcamp page. I would say a band like The Men are more post-punk and messy [...]
I like days when we get a bunch of great songs that somehow magically all gel together. That or the RS fans are getting smarter of what they send us. Anyway, here's are two videos by bands we dig: Speedy Ortiz and Sex Jams filtered for your auditory and listening sonic loving pleasure. First up is a 902s guitarist wet dream in the very capable hands of the indie band Speedy Ortiz with their video debut of "tiger tank" via Wreckroom. This is from a coming record of their's I would assume. Real solid playing [...]
Art by Steve Canaday We're long time fans of the Quarterstick Records band from Michigan known as MULE. We got to see them a bunch and even played a show with them on their first tour at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick NJ when all they had was a casette. Those were the days. Now it would be cool I guess to just release a cassette that no one would be able to listen too. Here's a couple tunes from their first EP with illustrations by Steve Canaday . Nobody plays like [...]
SINGLE REVIEW: So we never heard of the band Cave Paintings before way back in 2012 but thought we should share their latest single called "Leaf" from their album Votive Life . Its etherial and almost a little Haircut 100 sounding in a Coldplay kind of way. Maybe because they're British we tend to like the simplicity and the delivery of this tune with choruses drenched in echo-plex. It's sure damn pretty and would not shut it off if we heard it on the radio in the US. The video is well produced too and filmed by [...]