Last Week’s Jams (8.21 – 8.25)

There continues to be an unreasonable amount of great music coming out nowadays, and I’m absolutely baffled at how it just never ceases; there’s been nothing but week after week of tunes for me to fawn over. This week’s a little all over the place, with a little bit of rock, a little bit of pop, a little bit of songwriter and back again. Wanted to begin with the great cover of “Rock n’ Roll” by the Feelies, then jump right into some of my favorite tracks of the week. I mean, new Tony Jay and Red Pants make all of us winners. Plus, there’s a new Lewsberg tune floating about, which I definitely have included in other playlists. And, I got back on that review game with a track by track breakdown of Holy Wave’s latest. So spend some time looking back at last week!

Blues Lawyer Share Have Nots Video

It’s been a handful of months since Blues Lawyer dropped their All in Good Time LP, so why not just jump right on into the next bit of rock n’ roll? The band just announced a new 7″ for Dark Entries, and with that, they’ve got an accompanying video to get you excited. You’ll hear a constant drive from the guitar, with one ringing out for the song’s entirety, discordantly knifing its way in the distance. Still, the band’s bread and butter has always been to take those heavy edges and sweeten them, which is easily accomplished in the way the band combine vocals, mixing in this sugary sweetness. Also, there’s something about this track that totally reminds me of that Coyote Shivers tune atop Empire Records, only more dangerous! Sight Gags on the Radio drops on September 29th.

Rob I. Miller Shares New Single from Companion Piece

Having recently rocked a lot of socks off with Blues Lawyer, Rob I. Miller doesn’t seem to have dropped any of those hooks with his latest single. I know I’m one small voice, but the way the track was recorded reminds me a lot of that pop created by acts like the Lucksmiths, bringing in these crisp guitars from the jangling realm, heating them over a nice bit of melody and just letting the hooks loose. You can also feel this natural swing in the tune, where it drops a bit of the speed, only to sweep you right back up with these quick drum rolls to punctuate the vocals. Charms galore if you ask me; Companion Piece will be out via Vacant Stare Records on May 12th.

Rob I Miller (Blues Lawyer) Announces Debut LP

Rob I Miller is no stranger on these ATH pages, but for the most part, he’s worked in various other projects like Blues Lawyer. But, today, Rob gets his own spot, as he’s just announced his solo debut, Companion Piece. You can hear some lineage to other Miller acts, like the fuzziness on the edges, but admittedly, there’s this huge, almost arena-rock riff work going on in the distance; it’s like you’re hearing a stadium show echo from a mile away, building this sort of constant reverberation. Then Rob comes in with his effortless cool and lays it atop the whole thing, letting his voice almost cruise with the top down as the wall of noise builds behind him. Companion Piece is out on May 12th via Vacant Stare.

Last Week’s Jams (2.13 – 2.17)

We’re not sure if you’re off or not for President’s Day, so we wanted to make sure those stuck in an office, or just browsing the Internet at home caught on to what we dished out last week! Ryan premiered a fresh track from Slow Fiction, plus he was able to get some SXSW coverage up via interviews with Dream, Ivory and Free Range. I was stoked to hear our friends Lola Tried return, plus I loved that new track from Ghosts on TV; the new stuff from Dry Cleaning and Lunar Vacation wasn’t bad either. Plus, there were lots of weirdo bits in between like Monde UFO and Swim Camp too! Oh, and did you see the IT Department was back on the grind with some Orbital coverage? Yep, stream away friends.

 

Blues Lawyer Drop Make Up Video

I immediately fell in love with the pounding rhythm of the latest Blues Lawyer hit, set as the background against this perfect crystalline pop vocal. Once it hooked me, it didn’t let go, adding in a little bit of extra sweetness by tossing in these dual vocal harmonies as the guitars go jangle in an almost 80s cinematic fashion. It’s a whole lot of fun, played best at high volumes, and they top it off with a nice little homage to Monty Python for the visual accompaniment. If you’re not listening to Blues Lawyer, you’re not doing it right; their new LP All in Good Time is out on Friday via Dark Entries.

Last Week’s Jams (1.9 – 1.13)

We had a rough start last week, with a wee bit of server issues…plus getting back into work after some time off. But, we came back to a bunch of sweet tunes from some ATH favorites…new videos from Blues Lawyer and En Attendant Ana, not to mention one that tied up the excellent LP from Doom Flower. I was blown away by another fresh track from Joyeria, and RayRay did a little write up on our friends in Why Bonnie. I was really in love with that Grey Factor tune we ran at the end of the week, but it hasn’t made it onto streaming platforms, so check that out before digging into new EPs from Dippers and Peel Dream Magazine.

Blues Lawyer Drop Video for Nowhere to Go

The Bay Area, for me, is one of the hottest musical commodities in the States at the moment; it seems like every band is just dropping hit after hit. Blues Lawyer are no different, with this quick burst of fuzzy pop to rock you right out of your seats. Pounding drums melt with these angular riffs, both rushing through the gates from the instant you press play. The chorus hits with this powerful little emphatic stomp, briefly, then running right back out the door with that driving rhythm; we’re all in a hurry out there. It’s an infectious vocal delivery that certainly makes the song’s darker subject matter seem sunny and bright…like only the best pop can do. If you’re digging it, grab All in Good Time from Dark Entries on February 17th.

Blues Lawyer Share Chance Encounters

It’s been a few years since we’ve gotten our hands on a solid Blues Lawyer LP, but it looks like 2023 will finally bring us all a little bit of joy by way of All in Good Time. Feedback opens the door for pounding rhythm sections to toss us right into the mix, with the guitars knifing in form the distance and steadying the noise simultaneously. You’ll find the vocals hanging themselves out to dry on this pure pop clothesline; there are certain notes just dangling on the ends with this joyous melody. There’s even a little aid from backing vocals, all before the song wrestles with a furious stomp that helps bring it to a close; it’s rad to see the band not missing a beat despite a little bit of an absence. They drop the new LP on February 17th via Dark Entries.

Fresh Hit from Blues Lawyer

Pretty sure I’ve been waiting for this new Blues Lawyer LP for my whole life, or at least it seems that way. Somehow the Bay Area four-piece craft these insanely catchy pop songs with a little bit of the traditional slacker/DIY ethos. There just always seems to be this influx of energy and sugar in their songs; they inevitably bounce around my head for hours after they’ve been played…a sure fire sign of a hit if you ask me. There’s all sort of pigeonholing you could do here too; jagged riffs, male/female vocal interplay, etc, but why not just let ourselves have some fun with our music all over again? This tune is off the group’s new LP, Something Different, out November 8th via Mt. St. Mtn.

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