Brad Mehldau, simply put, is one of the most respected living jazz players on the planet. He’s also one of the most prolific. Think Stephen King levels of prolific, but for music. Many of you may know him from his work covering some Radiohead tunes, but rest assured he is much MUCH more than that. In fact, on his new album Finding Gabriel, he is doing nothing less than searching for the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Suffice to say the album is HEAVY, but it’s also one of the most exhilarating listens of the year in any genre.
With 2017 behind us, happy days are here again (?), but that doesn't mean we all don't have work to do.
Kevin, Marcus, and Eduardo blast-off into the new year with a sometimes tough, but always honest, discussion about what we're looking forward to in 2018, for fans, musicians, scenes, the music industry, and more, naming names and taking a good look at ourselves in the process.
It's 2018, and we're thrilled you made it. Now, lets head on down to the basement...
After a string of EP's and years of anticipation, Washington DC neü-punk provocateurs, Priests, have finally delivered their debut full length, Nothing Feels Natural. On our latest podcast, Kevin, Paul, Eduardo and Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) are hanging out in the basement, getting to the bottom of this raucous new album. Is it the right protest album at the right time, or just another "punk" album for the masses? Tune in to find out.
PLUS! R&B jams from the underground! Sonder's new EP Into is laying down the bedroom vibes, and we've got it's lead track for you to sink your teeth into.
It’s sad and shameful that in 2016 that bands like Screaming Females, Modern Baseball, and Speedy Ortiz have to set up a hotline for fans to call if they’re at a show and find themselves being touched or treated inappropriately, and yet here we are talking about our collective inability to not be f@#-ups... again. Dammit.
And speaking of Modern Baseball…
The Philadelphia emo-punks have spent the past few years building a devoted (that’s putting it mildly) following and on their latest LP, Holy Ghost, they just may have hit the big time. Is the world ready for Category 5 feels-a-cane? We’re aiming to find out.
PLUS! Robert Ellis’ excellent self-titled LP is here and we’ve got one of its finest moments for you to put in your ear-holes…and your heart.
A turbo-charged Southern Culture On The Skids; Hundred Visions if they ‘grew up’ in DC; a garage rawk assault on your good sensibilities; Elvis-cool punkabilly; the bar band that should have been in every fight scene in Road House
Why You Should Care:
Part noise, part swing, and all swagger, DC’s Wanted Man have risen up from the basements and back-rooms of the Nation’s Capital to do one thing, and one thing only: ROCK YOU.
This week the gang puts on their curmudgeon hat as they take on new records from Sharon Van Etten and up-and-coming DC punks, Preists! PLUS! More Rick Springfield talk then anyone should ever be safely exposed to and Paul, Kevin and Suzie try to figure out what the hell is up with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
SOUNDS LIKE: Emotional The Hold Steady, early Replacements, thrasher Bruce Sprinsteen WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Punk rock has never sounded so good or used as many big words
One thing that you’ll never be able to say about Titus Andronicus is they’re afraid to go full on epic. On 2010's The Monitor, most of the songs come in just under the eight minute mark, with closing track “The Battle of Hampton Roads” clocking in at a whopping fourteen fist pumping minutes. This group from New Jersey loves to show us their chops, and on the new single "In A Big City," they're just warming up for a new installment of raucous ballads and lots of yelling.
While their approach to music is simple, front man Patrick Stickle’s songwriting is full of complex story lines and developed musical interludes. Piano breakdowns and poetry readings frequented The Monitor, and "In A Big City" finds the band as literary as ever, delivering mouthfuls of lyrics over has your plethora of in-your-face vocals and driving drum tracks: "I grew up on one side of the river/ I was a disturbed dangerous drifter/Moved over to the other side of the river/ Now I'm a drop in a deluge of hipsters."
In releasing this single and revealing the album artwork for the upcoming Local Business earlier this week, the band stated "For those of you who would prefer to judge a record by its cover, well, we are prepared to accommodate you too." That punk spirit runs deep through Titus Andronicus’ music and with anticipation is officially building for Local Business, out October 22nd, all we have to say is bring it on boys. Bring it on.