30 June 2010

Defiance, Ohio Splits

Today, i am making a three-album post in anticipation of Defiance, Ohio's new album, Midwestern Minutes, due out on July 6th. (Make sure you buy it!)
But new albums come out all the time, you say! Why the enthusiasm, you say!

It's because Defiance, Ohio is one of my favourite bands of all time. It's pretty simple really. So here's some splits from their earlier years.

Defiance, Ohio and Environmental Youth Crunch (2007)

Four songs. Two Defiance, Ohio; two Environmental Youth Crunch. One of which is a cover of Fortunate Son!
If anyone has anything else EYC ever made, i've never found it. Share!

Defiance Ohio and Ghost Mice (2004)

Ten songs, five of each. One of my favourite Defiance, Ohio tracks is on this album.
That song is Tanks! Tanks! Tanks!
This album is worth listening just for that song, but the whole thing is very strong and is a perfect demonstration of Defiance, Ohio's earlier sound.

Defiance, Ohio and One Reason (2004)

As far as i know, the only other thing One Reason ever released besides the aforelinked LP. Two songs each.
I really think that Defiance, Ohio hit upon a truly special sound with the music from this era (ESPECIALLY Share What Ya' Got). A perfect blend of like... (Young) Pioneers, Jawbreaker, and plan-it-x style folk-punk.

Part of me wishes they would record another Share What Ya' Got. As much as i love all their music, and as much as i look forward to Midwestern Minutes, Share What Ya' Got was a life-changing album for me (for reference, three other life-changing albums were Tom Waits' Rain Dogs and The Heart of Saturday Night, and Andrew Jackson Jihad's People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World).


23 June 2010

Twilite - Else

3-song EP from Polish band Twilite, brought to my attention by a "friend of band and kind of their manager". I had never heard of Twilite before but I am glad i have now.
Last.fm tells me this minialbum, Else, is intended to give people an insight to how their style is developing now, in anticipation of a new album in early 2011. I haven't heard any of their pre-Else work but i am surely going to be checking it out now. Else kind of reminds me of my older post of Secondstar.

It's amazing how much is done in this 11 minutes of album. The songs are truly excellent, and head and shoulders above a lot of the indie folk going around these days. I am looking forward to whatever is coming in 2011.


20 June 2010

the summer we went west - Following the Holy Moon Goddess

the summer we went west was a Maryland band, around from 2005-2007. 'Emo' in the vein of Snowing or Castevet. Aka the good kind of 'emo'

Their unusually cool name somehow perfect communicates the sound of their music.

All their material is available on their website: http://www.thesummerwentwest.com/

14 June 2010

Palpitation - I'm Happy Now

Swedish pop-tronica (?) band, similar to Letting Up Despite Great Faults. They're less shoegaze-y than LUDGF (haha what a terrible acronym) but have a similar tone. Beautiful hushed vocals, music that is somehow simultaneously upbeat and kinda sad. It's music that would feel perfectly placed in an indie movie that crosses that interesting zone where intense depressive sadness and intense introspective satisfaction and contentment become the same thing. Maybe that's just me, who knows. Like when you weren't expecting it to go well, and it didn't, but it didn't turn out any worse either. And all you can do is laugh.

I've often wondered how a country as small as Sweden (<10m people) has the time to create so many fantastic musicians. The musician per capita value must be off the charts. 

I'd also like to share the album cover for their new album, because i REALLY like the cover and the new album is also very very good. Even better than this one. But the new album is only a month old and i try not to share albums too close to their release dates.


The Anorexic Olsen Twin - Self Titled

Australian folk-punk band, not dissimilar to Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains.

"...Or if you are poor, download it from here: http://theanorexicolsentwin.sitesled.com

My name is Chris and this is my band. We make acoustic punk rock music with a gutiar, grand piano, double bass, cello, viola and a whole bunch of violins. We like to party with our dogs, drink coffee, build shit, water our gardens, kill cops and pretty much do whatever the fuck we want." 

How could anyone write a better description than that? It's really a lot of fun. I recommend it!

Little Wings - Light Green Leaves

Little Wings is Kyle Field. Lo-fi, indie stuff in the neighbourhood of Mount Eerie, Adrian Orange, etc.


09 June 2010

Last to Leave - We Drank some M.D... Stuff Happened... I'm Not a Virgin Anymore

Another album from new find Last to Leave. I've been listening to that live album so much i figured i had to post a non-live album. There are just so many OUTSTANDING songs on these albums. I look forward to more from these guys in the future.

Standout tracks: "I Hope You Come Around", "Me and You", "Busk My Life Away".

I also really like the title of this album. No cover though, sorry. I don't even know if one exists.

"When i think of home, you know i'm thinking of you. When i pour a drink, you know i'm really pouring two. If i go to hell, man, i would be so blue... unless it meant i would get to spend the rest of my life with you."


Ampere - The First Five Years

Ampere is a hardcore band from Amherst, Massachusetts. Orchid guitarist Will Killingsworth is a member of this band, formed in 2002. If you're familiar with Orchid you'll know what to expect. Very short (more than half the songs are under one minute long, the longest is just 2:10), pissed off, emotional, intellectual hardcore.


Hunchback - Ugly On The Outside (2006)

Hunchback was a New Jersey DIY punk band, around from 2001-2008. It's kind of a crazy reverbed-surf-rock-noise punk thing. It's messy, energetic, kind of insane, but pretty cool.


05 June 2010

Sourpatch - Crushin (2010)

Twee-punk-pop band from San Jose. I know very little about this band because their last.fm page has no info on it it, but the music is cute and a lot of fun.
From their myspace:

Sourpatch is a four piece 90's pop-worship ensemble from San Jose, Ca---whose songs talk of (but aren't limited to) crushes painfully hopeless, awkwardly awesome and feelings of the like...
We are nice! Give us coffee and food and we'll never stop being yr friend!

If you like Go Sailor, you'll like this too!