I love Aussie label Chapter Music, but it looks like they’re about to really knock it out of the park with their new signing The Goon Sax. They just signed the teenage band, and it sounds remarkably like a wonderful blend of Violent Femmes and Go-Betweens…ultimately making for the best music combination ever. It’s filled with an infectious bounce and a remarkably unique, yet familiar, vocal delivery. They’ll be releasing Up to Anything early next year via the label, so stay tuned for another incredible single soon!
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Yesterday was new release day, and before the hellacious Tuesday of next week, things were slim-pickings. So, if you’re a nerdy record store regular (I hope you are), you should have picked up this new cassette from Milk Dick. They’re standout track on the release begins as sort of a folk song: gentle strum and vocals. But, then they get sloppy fun, offering good times in a fashion that seems to blend modern rock tropes with Violent Femmes. It’s a blast, so I hope you either grabbed it already, or pick it up from Infinity Cat.
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There are few song subjects that lend themselves to expressions of pure happiness. Songs about automobiles seem to be an exception. The sense of freedom that comes from driving a car always seems be a joyful experience in songs. Whether you’re talking about The Beach Boys or The Geto Boys, exalting the virtues of the automobile seems to be a peculiarly American phenomenon. Most songs seem to be about American cars too as, to my knowledge, no one yet has written a great pop song about a Honda Civic. Maybe some day. In the mean time, follow the jump for five great songs about (American) cars.
From time to time, you just find yourself going back to those albums that meant a lot to your music evolution. I can’t say enough about how much I loved listening to the Violent Femmes, whether it was their clever humor or just the overall feel of the music they presented. Sure, I’d love to say that I heard this when it first came out, but I didn’t get into it until 1994 when I was a high school freshmen. I had been sidetracked by grunge and other metal influences, but their self-titled album got me right back on track. If you can’t love this song, and this band, then you’ve lost your way my friend.
In the current state of the music industry, we’re all overly concerned with singles, rather than the completed album. But, long ago, people put thought and art into the creation of the ending of an album, the summation of their musical statement. We all have sat in our rooms, at least I hope, waiting for that last song, that last breath of music, in hopes of the perfect summation to an album. A brilliant closer almost always warrants a brilliant album, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite album closers that always guarantee we listen to said album all the way through until the needles hits the vinyl and emits that hiss signaling the end of the record.