Let Henry Nowhere Brighten Your Day

After a slew of some heavier tunes, I’m ready to switch gears a bit with this new song called “Don’t Care Where” from L.A. via Oakland based artist Henry Nowhere. What if The Drums made lo-fi pop in their bedroom? It would sound a bit like this. You’re in store from breezy, bright, and sunshine filled pop music. Easy listening if you will.

Henry Nowhere will release a new 7″ digital EP on September 8th featuring this track and one other. Pre-order from Sleep Well Records now.

Ferocious New Single From Club Night

Oakland based outfit Club Night sent over this new single called “Rally” and it’s definitely worth your time. It reminds me of a band like Dirty Projectors with it’s spastic tendency, but also offers some really intense, loud, noise rock. As I continue to give it spin after spin, I’m finding new things to like about it and enjoy each time. I suggest you check it out now.

Club Night will release Debut EP Hell Ya in August via Tiny Engines.

You’ve Gotta Listen to Rays

Man…in a week where I’ve been struggling to find anything I love, it’s great that Trouble in Mind Records just posted the announcement of this new Rays LP. Those of you who adored the the early work of Parquet Courts will surely find the band brandishing a similar post-punk fashion…though these guys sound a bit darker, less art(y). They band out the latter half of the track by filling it with a propulsive noise that’s tied back into the main vein of the song. You can always count on TiM bringing you a solid band and a solid record; look for this self-titled LP on March 31st.

Get Dreamy With The Saxophones

1501666_833023450074955_5070952818094037727_nOakland based The Saxophones just sent me this new single “If You’re on the Water” this morning and I had to share it with the world. It’s a very dreamy, very repetitive, and totally meditative type of song. For me, it’s been a perfect start to what is a cloudy and kind of gloomy Tuesday morning. Hopefully this is just the beginning of more great things to come.

Fans can purchase this song as part of a new EP available on July 19th. Picture disc!

Waterstrider Brings The Pop Funk

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Waterstrider are a five piece from Oakland who first got their start back in 2011 and have evolved into the fully fleshed out sound that I have in this single for you below. “White Light” is a tight little number that features all the sorts of elements of a pop groove that you’re sure to love right away. It’s got eclectic percussion parts that remind me a little bit of Local Natives, and the falsetto vocals of Nate Salman really works well with the jangling guitars.  Now this band is unsigned and supposedly working on their debut full length record to be released sometime this year, but until then enjoy this song for all its fun and rejoice because you’ve almost made it to Friday.

Rowdy Rock From Meat Market

carblackandwhiteblownout_zps9c3dc211Interested in some loud and rowdy rock n roll music to improve your hump day?  Well Oakland based punk rockers Meat Market are here to satiate your desires.  This new track “Too Tired” will appear on a 7″ of same name and is due out physically on September 3rd via Suicide Squeeze Records.  I’ll hold off on telling you anything else about the song, as it won’t take much of your time, and you’re sure to enjoy.  Dig it.

Legs – Pass the Ringo

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Rating: ★★★★ ·

When a new label starts up, it’s great to have a stable band you can rely upon; a band that can write ridiculous hit after ridiculous hit.  After spending the last few weeks with Legs, I’m pretty sure that 3-year-old LogLady Records have found just that band.  There’s not a bad song on Pass the Ringo, leaving listeners with an astounding record that will carry your spirit for months and beyond.

“Friday Afternoon at the Zoo” is the perfect start to this listen, hazily drifting with bits of gypsy guitar and a slightly atmospherically affected vocal.  It’s a patient number, and the slightest bit of tonal change in the vocals really adds a dreamy pop element.  But, perfect openers only work if they can be followed by more perfect songs, so Legs are lucky they do just that with “Go Ask Your Mother.”  I don’t want to knock the band by any means, but this tune has the energy and passion of early Pains of Being Pure at Heart tracks if you forced them to run a psychedelic decathlon. Guitars here aren’t glistening with as much jangle and distortion, and there’s an organ being used, as opposed to the electronic keyboard element.  Altogether, this is the perfect one-two punch to kick off Pass the Ringo.

Personally, I’m partial to the swinging style of “Two Colours.” It’s one of the few tracks that features a female vocal, which adds a different dynamic to the album.  Lofty guitars float you in through the opening moment, while the drums continue to rhythmically pound their way into the ringing guitar sound.  I’d could take a nice helping of this tune any day for the rest of my life. Another track that uses the vocals of Amelia Adams successfully is the heavier “Time to Face the World.”  While Adams maintains that soft pop chanteuse quality, the song here has a muddier sound, in that endearing sort of way.  It’s like you’re trudging along through a murky swamp, all the while your mind thinks upon the love of your life.  Soft and hard work well in this case.

One of the attributes on Pass the Ringo is that while the narrative remains the same in a musical sense, the band never seems to get stuck wholly in one place, providing enough variance in the album to keep your attention whilst still pushing the envelope artistically.  It’s hard to skip a single song, especially when you have great hits like “Don’t Say a Word” hanging about at the end of the record.  Something about the guitar sound, and its movement, really makes this just another standout track on a solid outing from Legs.  It’s clear to me at this point, that the Oakland group is clearly a band you can rely upon, be you a label or just a consumer of great music.  Do yourself a favor and be sure you don’t skip over this most excellent release.

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Download: Legs – Go Ask Your Mother [MP3]

More New Music from The Legs

legs-e1361513246175Not too long ago I brought you the first single from Legs upcoming album, Pass the Ringo, and I’m at it again with this new gem for your ears.  This track has a faster pace than “Two Colours,” and I’m personally attached to the way each verse sort of fades out just before picking up right where the group left off.  It’s surprising more people aren’t head over heels in love with this band, as songs like this are just too good to simply ignore.  You can pick up their LP next week from our homies over Log Lady Records.

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Fresh New Rocker from Manatee

If you thought the year was over in regards to new music, well, Slumberland Records has news for you kids! They’ve got one more release coming your way soon,  this brand new 7″ flexi from Oakland’s Manatee. I can’t get the A-Side from this excellent release out of my head, and I think that’s mostly because it sounds like old school rock n’ roll coming out of Oakland, and by that, I mean circa late 80s and into the 90s (that’s old school) for me.  It’s a bit punky, but also a bit quirky, which definitely seems to fit the band’s attitude.  Come on, the B-Side is titled “Chased by Anderson Cooper,” so it’s all about fun, yet it’s all about being good too!

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Download: Manatee – Mr Super [MP3]