Strangely, I felt like we didn’t cover a ton of territory last week, but then I noticed we have quite a playlist, and that’s even with a few jams not quite making the streaming services of choice. I opened the playlist with “It Keeps Happening” from Germany’s Matching Outfits; I couldn’t stop playing the tune all week, so I figured it was best up front. We also got new stuff from forever-faves like Peel Dream Magazine and the Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness. Stoked on both the new Eerie Wanda and Submotile tunes, and RayRay loved that latest Disq tune. Settle in for the day and turn it up nice and loud.
One of our favorite labels, Dandy Boy Records, has a bunch of great stuff going on, so we wanted to be sure that you knew about all the greatness, otherwise, what’s the point?
For starters, there’s this rad video from the latest Sob Stories LP, Fair Shakes, which came out in the Spring. You’ll love the great stop-amination work of Elyse Schrock, but then you’ll keep coming back time and time again for the huge hooks in the chorus!
Then you get a couple of new tunes from the 1981, and add in some previous jams to make up the bands newest Polaroids EP (available on cassette). I was already loved with the amazing “Nelson’s Camera,” but the two new songs have the band working in some new territory that definitely has my ears on where the band will go next.
Finally, the label has announced a joint venture with Discontinuous Invention to release a new EP from Aluminum. We’ve got the brand new single here, and it certainly makes the allusion towards the band’s affection for early Creation Records, particularly where the song erupts into this beautiful noise in spite of the melodious nature of the vocals; let this song give your ears the best sort of mindfuck ever! The Windowpane EP is out on October 7th.
We cover a lot of tunes here, but in looking back at last week’s jams, there were so many hits that popped up on our pages. You wanna dance a little? Try the new Cool Sounds or the Dare? Looking for a little wayward jangle? Try on Old Moon or the Slow Summits! Maybe you just want classic pop? Well, check out those Alvvays and Elizabeth tracks! Wait, you need a reissue? Well, there’s great stuff coming out from the Variable Stars and Self Improvement! Plus, we had mellow jams from Old Fire and Kramies, to hit all the right notes. Just hit play and enjoy yourself while I get ready for the first day of school!
Sob Stories first came on our radar in 2017 when they released their debut EP with the good folks at Emotional Response. Now, Joel Cusumano and company have moved over to another ATH fave, Dandy Boy Records, dropping Fair Shakes this week. It’s 12 tracks that mix jangles, punk and power pop into a fun filled adventure with hooks for days. Below we’ve got a brand new video shot by Stephen Patterson, taking footage from the San Francisco area to match up with stand out “I’m the One You Want.” I’m a huge sucker for this chorus though, dropping in and delivering this banging pop moment that I keep coming back to, again and again. Crank it up, bop along…then go grab the record like a good music fan would!
Well, I will admit, there were so many songs last week that I loved that I may have gotten a touch carried away. I mean that new Methyl Ethyl with Stella Donnelly is a banger, plus new stuff from our friends in Blushing and the Reds Pinks and Purples! We even got to premiere some sweet tunes that only exist in special places, like our site, namely the latest from Yea-Ming and the Rumors and Good Grief. So, browse through this hour of tunes, and I beg you to find a bad one in there. You can’t! I’ll try to keep up the momentum this week!
Last we heard from Sob Stories, they were banging out a bunch of hooks on their eponymous EP, followed by a single here and there. Today, we’re stoked to let you know that you’re going to love rocking out to their new LP, Fair Shakes. Your first listen opens with a twisting guitar line before dropping you right into the stomping drive of punchy rock n’ roll; it’s forceful enough to give a nod to the snarling attitude of early punk, though sneaking into that chorus is where you find the hooks. The way that guitar sets up the melody feels like the band are channeling Tom Petty, though with a hard-hitting edge to them. Fair Shakes is going to be a solid LP, so be sure to grab it from Dandy Boy Records; it drops on March 14th.
Yesterday Emotional Response dropped a bunch of new release info, like Razz and, well, Sob Stories. The group’s debut EP should be regarded as the standard in how to kick out power-pop nowadays. This short little EP is filled with huge riffs built for loud speakers, vocal hooks that tug on the heartstrings of listeners and a bit of swagger that makes you wanna be cool. I’m partial to “You’ll Only Hurt,” but pretty sure that I could stream these six songs all day long. What do you think? You dig it, order the EP from Emotional Response while supplies last!