It has been about 50,000 years since we’ve posted any kind of shoutout to our ever-growing discovery of new bands (Nate saved the day yesterday with his best of list). It is a damn travesty that this post hasn’t been updated and I want to personally blame every band in the whole world for hitting the road and playing concerts across America. It is because of your concerts and our constant desire to attend these concerts and review them that our shoutout to new great music has slacked in the past month or so. That being said the show reviews will not stop, but a more conscious effort will be made to update all of our millions of dedicated readers on the sophisticated and delightful music we are listening to. So without further delay I present to you another edition of New Jams…
Pitchfork is pimping the shit out of this guy right now and I think it is very well deserved. Daughn Gibson is like a mix between Depeche Mode vocals, James Blake song structures, and a heavy dose of early Elvis swagger. This dark and dusty, electronic tinged, old-school country music is by far the most captivating music I have heard so far this year. There is always something to be appreciated when an artist is able to mix so many influences into one set of songs. Imagine Beck’s Sea Change, but super schizophrenic. I may be getting a little too excited about this album, but I have a feeling it’s going to make my best of list this year. http://pitchfork.com/features/rising/8810-daughn-gibson/
Joe & Insanate’s Excellent LP
Not quite sure how I stumbled upon this smooth unassuming hip-hop gem, but I did and I am glad it happened. The album has some really cool beats and a some engaging samples, coupled with the slightly gritty captivating rhymes that keep your attention throughout all 11 tracks. Favorite song is track five “Under the Circumstances” super chill. There’s even a cameo from Childish Gambino in one of the tracks, what more could you ask for?! The duo is offering this album up for free on their bandcamp so there’s no excuse not to partake in these Blackalicious inspired jams. Check it: http://otherguysmusic.bandcamp.com/album/joe-insanates-excellent-lp
He Whose Ox Is Gored
Hailing from Seattle, He Whose Ox Is Gored are post metal / post hardcore at its finest. I discovered this band through Twitter and haven’t stopped listening to their two EPs since. They bring all the dope riffs, evil keyboard ambiance and heaviness, and they are quickly becoming a favorite band of mine. They haven’t released a whole lot a material yet, but they have a kickstarter link to go record their full-length with the super amazing Matt Bayles. Either go and donate to their cause or download their music and help them make more heavy bodacious tunes, which in turn will make me very happy. I like being happy.
Hailing from Logan Utah, these dudes are a somewhat local band from our parts. Their debut five track EP Peninsula is surprisingly good. It’s the kind of EP that you can listen to over and over, great slide guitar work throughout. If you’re looking for some alt. country americana folk stuff to relax to this summer these are the dudes for you. Also, their live show is great so if you want to make your summer even better, hit them up and tell them to drive to your town to play it up. http://www.facebook.com/HorseBones/app_2405167945
This band is like a slimmed down more mainstream version of Red Sparrows and that is exactly what they are. Emma Ruth Rundle (Vocals, Guitar), Greg Burns (Bass Guitar), and Dave Clifford (Drums) all members of Red Sparrows have formed a magnificent trio. These three combined everything awesome form their mother band and condensed it, while adding haunting / enchanting vocals over the top – Simply magnificent. Their debut six track EP comes out this Tuesday, May 1st. http://marriagesmusic.bandcamp.com/
Islet is a band from Wales and they have a knack for mixing up some wild song structures, like a new age version of XTC but, heavier in the percussion area. Many of their songs start off with a quirky evil carnival vibe then eventually progress into a heavy groove reminiscent of Death From Above, 1979. Islet is a very interesting listen, you haven’t heard anything like this, I promise. I really hope I get to see them live sometime soon, because I’m pretty sure they utilize two drummers from time to time and I’m addicted to watching drummers play (it’s a creepy obsession). http://islet.bandcamp.com/album/illuminated-people
Well there you have it. If you combine this post with Uncle Nate’s post from yesterday you should have enough music to cause some serious overload.
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