Loving This New Florist

I’m looking into my crystal ball for Yea End Lists…I think there will be a spot in there for Florist. Their latest single is pretty stunning, calming in every way. Emily’s voice is just perfect, sitting in the front of the mix, relaxed in the best possible way; she seems perfectly comfortable taking ownership of this track. Meanwhile, the rest of the band flesh out the tune with the subtle sublime, adding atmospheric notes that twinkle in the distance. If Blue Could Be Happiness will be released on September 29th via Double Double Whammy…you won’t want to miss this album, I promise you that.

End Today with This Florist Tune

Been sort of a slow day around these parts, but wanted to wrap it up with this great new Florist tune. The band won me over with last year’s The Birds Outside Sang, and it didn’t take long to pen another lovely track (or album). I love the calming nature of this tune; it’s a subtle charmer, mostly working around the vocals and a light strum. There are some extra bits adding texture to the track from the distance, elevating the song’s quality. They’ll release If Blue Could Be Happiness on September 29th via Double Double Whammy, with a lengthy tour through September/October.

Top 50 Albums of 2016

top50You’ve all been waiting, anxiously. Waiting for our arbitrary list of the opinion of four folks who run this site, and what we think were the best albums of 2016. It’s really really important. We’re going to make our site great again with this list. We’re going to win, bigly. But really, it’s just a list of the stuff we loved the most that we covered throughout this year on our site. The comment section is open, so feel free to tell us where we’ve gone wrong or what we’ve got right or anything else fitting. Read more

In Case You Missed Them: Bent Shapes, Florist, Tacocat

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We get beat to the chase in posting rad tracks sometimes; it happens. So it’s possible that you’ve already come across these tunes in some capacity in internet land, but they’re damn good, so I’m posting them anyways.

The first track that I have for you comes from Bent Shapes, who grace the delightful Slumberland Records label with their well executed jangly rock tunes. “New Starts In Old Dominion” is quick paced and white hot, an explosion of pop-punk goodness. Their new album, Wolves of Want, will be out March 11th.

The second track is from Florist, and it’s quite the change up from the usual, floristrun of the mill, kind of song. “A Hospital + Crucifix Made of Plastic” is a sleepy and simple tune, centered around the vocals, which sound young and unassuming. There’s an earnest and sincere feeling to the sound here that will hold your interest for its duration.

unnamed-10Lastly, I have a bit of punk rock to throw your way with Tacocat’s latest single. Seattle’s Tacocat have announced their latest LP, Lost Time, and with that announcement they’ve got a brand new, catchy as hell, high energy track called “I Hate The Weekend.” I’m digging the sugary vocals’ juxtaposition with the raw guitars. Stay tuned for that LP coming out April 1st via Hardly Art