Sometimes when we music snobs tend to overcomplicate things, it’s refreshing to find a dude like Richmond, VA based James Goodson who can keep things simple and deliver short, catchy, rock tunes. Goodson records under the moniker Dazy and delivers garage rock tunes with direct focus and energy while packing a hell of a lot into his 2 minutes or less tunes. His new song, “On My Way” is a prime example of his songwriting style with a super rocking number that might be over by the time you finish this sentence. I’m here for it.
Dazy will release a new album entitled OUTOFBODY on October 28th via Lame-O Records.
You’ve got to love short little ditties, and right on the heels of Tony Molina’s short pop song execution is Mo Troper. He’s announced MTV, his latest LP, and he’s done so with this tight little jangler, twisting these beautiful falling guitarmonies into heart-felt melodies. Mo’s voice on this go round feels a little more distinctive, but I think that adds to the charm, keeping a sort of lo-fi sensibility that allows all of us to maintain our cool, right? There’s a video version of the song HERE, but otherwise, you, like the rest of us, will have to wait until MTV drops on September 2nd via Lame-O Records.
Everything we’ve heard from Golden Apples new LP has the markings of the last 30 years of indie rock; they’re like historical musicians rewriting the sounds as they see fit. On the latest single from the group, they hit these strong chords that nod to the surf-rock craze, but what I love his how they slow it down, never giving into the need to release that tension, so the track slides into this more subtle groove. When it hits the chorus, it carefully switches into the modern, looking at guitar pop and its penchant for huge melodic choruses. Looking forward to hearing all Golden Apples, their self-titled record out on April 28th via Lame-O Records.
Last Friday I ran some great albums for you to stream, but one slipped past me, and I’m aiming to rectify that error by sharing the latest LP from US Highball with you today. We’ve covered hits like “Double Dare” and “Let’s Save Bobby Orlando’s House,” so you should know exactly what you’re in store for by listening; you get a good 12 songs of infectious power-pop that’s sing-a-long ready. Plus, your listen should also keep in mind that you’re also get a little bit of dry humor, which only makes the group all the more endearing. A Parkhead Cross of the Mind is available via Lame-O Records/Bingo Records, but go ahead and stream the whole thing below just for your enjoyment.
I’ve been a fan of James Hindle and Calvin Halliday since their Pooches days, and their latest US Highball single takes their jangling joyousness and spins it in a little bit more sedate tone. It’s not that the duo lose any of their melodic hooks, rather they just soften the edges, putting them more in line with the likes of Lucksmiths or Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness; I don’t mind that one bit. It’s a classic pop sound, soaked in harmony and sampled beats, whetting the appetite for the release of their forthcoming A Parkhead Cross of the Mind, dropping on March 25th via Lame-O Records.
Man, there’s a seemingly infinite amount of great tunes coming out this week, and while I know a lot of this has bounced around, one of the charmers I hit upon is the latest from US Highball, the Glaswegian pop outfit readying their new LP for Lame-O Records. “Double Dare” is the perfect way to jump into the new album, toying with the jangling riff work, though still hyper-reliant upon the combined melodic focus of Calvin and James. Tossing in a synth solo mid track just illustrates the band’s willingness to really take a spin and have some fun with their craft. I’m a sucker for this chorus too, particularly when that drum rolls across the background. A Parkhead Cross of the Mind is slated for release on March 25th.
Well it looks like we are all stuck inside for the day in Austin so what better time to site around and put some new music on as we try to find things to do. My pals in Philadelphia based band Big Nothing have this new song called “Still Sorta Healing” which should offer some brightness during our cold and dreary day. I love the dream pop vibe akin to say Alvvays but with a touch more of an ever so slightly distorted guitar to give it this nice, subtle edge to it at times. I think you’ll love it.
Big Nothing will release new album Dog Hours on February 18th via Lame-O Records.
Back in 2018, Philadelphia based outfit No Thank You burst onto my musical radar with their incredibly impressive sophomore album All it Takes to Ruin it All. Since that time, the group has been somewhat quiet but return today with this expertly crafted rock tune called “Enough”. For me, this thing progresses like a dream as it sort of slowly lures you in until things really drop around the 1:20 mark with louder guitars, bass, and drums. It’s always refreshing and powerful to find such a strong sound from a 3 piece band. Boom!
No Thank You will release new album Embroidered Foliage on October 23rd via Lame-O Records.
I really enjoyed LVL UP, so it’s nice that we’ve got Dave Benton continuing to write new music under Trace Mountains, though these are decidedly different in their sonic approach. That said, this single seems to reflect the direction of the forthcoming record, Lost in the Country; this is a contemplative track, filled with reflection and nostalgia. I like the subtle strings in the background, and the slight little dose of energy uptick that pops up at 1:35 in the song. This feels like one of those records perfectly suited for isolation and introspection, which means we’ll all surely have some way to connect with this right now. The new record comes out on April 10th via Lame-O Records.
I really needed these songs from Glaswegian act U.S. Highball, and feel even greater knowing they come with an album announcement, meaning more is on the way. There’s just this natural joyousness to the duo’s sound; I mean, the opening “Hall of Heads” is pretty much just a play on our tastes, but quickly turns into this delighting pop tune I can’t get out of my head. “Don’t Travel Far” is a little meatier; there’s jangling guitars, textured synth/beats and a really incredible use of melody that will keep me circling back just like their guitars. Speaking of said album, it’s titled Great Record, dropping on July 12th via Lame-O Records.