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Filligar – Knock Yourself Out

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One of my favorite groups as of recently are back in the studio and working on a new record for release in 2012. Filligar came out onto the scene with their phenomenal record The Nerve and gained some incredible attention from across the country. I’m here today to share a song with you from their upcoming record. The track’s titled ‘Knock Yourself Out’.

From the sounds of it, this record is going to be one to impatiently wait for. Raw, rootsy, and pure Filligar. These young guys are bringing us back old school and laying down nothing but some good old fashioned stomp your feet and clap your hands rock and roll.

Can someone get me a Bud please?

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Met City – Patient Patient

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Met City seem to be a bit of a rotating cast and crew. The main man behind this group is Loren Beri who definitely has the vision to make some rocking piano based tracks with power, pull, and pride. (I swear I’m not quoting or referencing the movie Cool Runnings in any way).

Met City have a whopper of an album out right now titled Patient Patient. I’m going to give you a small taste of the title track in a bit and if you dig it, I can safely say you’ll be into the other 13 tracks. Although I’m slightly partial to the 21 sec opener titled ‘Godrich’s Orange’. Check it out, you’ll probably see why…

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Graham Wilkinson – FOCUS

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While this may be more on the pop side of my taste, there’s no denying how good this video is. Graham Wilkinson definitely has a message to get across but for me, the message is nothing but love and positivity on this gorgeous morning. It’s a great way to start the day.

Coming to us from Austin, TX, Graham has definitely been through some tough times in his life. One of the main things must have been losing his brother. I can’t imagine a loss like that. But why not turn that into some positive form of great music?

That seems to be just what he did.

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Anna Rose – My Body Is A Cage

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I don’t post many covers here on the site. Any good reason? Not really… But I guess it takes a lot for me to get behind a cover. The lovely Anna Rose has fallen into that category of making me really dig a cover of sadly what I think is one the weakest songs by a popular group.

I remember vividly being at an Arcade Fire show during the Neon Bible tour and they put on one of the most rocking sets I had seen in my life. Only not to close out the set with an anthem banger, but leave us all blue balled (male and females alike) with their down tempo closer ‘My Body Is A Cage’.

For that show, I hated them and the song. They walked off the stage without everyone being in the palms of their hand like they should, but with people literally booing them.

Enter Anna Rose to fix things for me.

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Nerves Junior – As Bright As Your Night Light

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I heard some hype on these dudes from We Listen For You. And although I have my musical differences with them, it’s only natural that some things will resonate. That’s kind of the way it goes with all music bloggers. Some of us dig on one thing really hard, others not so much. But we all have voices and only put up stuff we want to. Or at least most do.

Well, Nerves Junior was definitely something I wanted to put up. This album was just released today and I finally got around to listening to it. Why the hell did I wait so long? Pretty sure it’s been in my inbox for some time now. Put it this way, these dudes are breaking some new ground and it’s such an amazing thing to hear. Best $8 you’ll spend if you want to hear some killer new music.

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Spirit Animal – I’m Around’

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photo credit: Susanna Patrick

Get yourselves ready to hear a great track. And probably want to shell out some money for a pretty awesome 7″. Just giving you a heads up before you go any further…

Spirit Animal are a group that are definitely busting their ass. And from my point of view, it seems to be paying off. Tonight they kick off a residency at Pianos in NYC, and anyone down in the NYC area should get your ass over there. Wish I could make it down for a night.

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The Barr Brothers – Beggar in the Morning

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The Barr Brothers are something to behold. Annnd end post. Nah, I’m kidding. These guys do it up right. If I were to define any sort of ‘genre’ that I dig I’m going to now say it’s The Barr Brothers. I’m not saying they define a genre, but their sound defines what my ears like to hear.

Brad and Andrew Barr are some talented dudes. Dip diving all around the country and into the great state up north (Canada) these guys have been making music for some time now. Their self titled release was tossed around to local fans, friends and hopefully family… But now it’s made it to Secret City Records and will be available to the world on Sept 27th.

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STARRED

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STARRED are the workings of Liza Thorn and Matthew Koshak. But they’re way more than that. They’re a group that got sent my way that I instantly fell in love with. And from my interactions with them, I can safely say that Liza is a pretty rad chick.

My range of taste is across the board. Someone listen to this and try to classify it into a genre. That’s really what I’m terrible with.

What I know is that I dig these two tracks and that’s about it. Why do I need to explain more? I don’t know Liza or Matthew’s history. All I know is that these two tracks ended up in my listening ears and I dug them.

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Amy Winehouse – Thanks for the music

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I got into blogging about music as a form of music therapy. I was tired of boring all my friends with my musical ramblings. But then it turns into more than that. You gain some readers and then use your online presence to introduce the world to awesome new music.

Well, I’m here writing this as a therapy session.

Today we lost one of the most beautifully talented women of rock to the stupid fate of a life that got out of her control. When addiction takes over, it’s a huge challenge to overcome that. I know as a man who has dealt with varying levels of it in my life.

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Girls – Vomit

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Wellllll the end of my day just got a little brighter with a new track from one of my favorite groups, Girls. They’ve got their new record Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 12th in the UK and the 13th in the States (what’s up with that from a San Fran band guys?)

Oh man does “Vomit” sound promising. Nice name for such a beautifully epic song. I’d imagine that to be some shitty punk band’s track. But this thing is above and beyond words. “Come into my heart” sings Christopher Owens as Floyd-esque epicness swells beyond him.

I’ll shut up and let you listen. Enjoy!

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Railbird – No One

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photo credit: Amanda Picotte
God damn I love being a music blogger. I’ve said this before, but being able to have access to such amazing music all of the time is one of the biggest perks. And this artist is no different.

Railbird is the work of Sarah K. Pedinotti with help from some amazing musicians. Their debut record No One is out now and available on their website and other mediums. I’m giving it my second spin now and am completely in awe.

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Brian Wilson – Lifetime Achievement Award

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There are few true musical geniuses in the world. The one I hold in the highest regard has to be Brian Wilson. When I tell people I’m a Beach Boys fan they snicker, but really what I’m saying is that I’m a Brian Wilson fan. (and while I’m on the topic, fuck you Mike Love)

There has been no one man who has impacted everything I’ve done musically in my life more than Brian Wilson. He has an ear (literally one working one) that I would give my two legs for. If I could get into his mind I would be a the happiest man on earth.

Getting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NXNE festival by NOW magazine is pretty cool. But god damn the man deserves more than that! Ok fine, MAYBE getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pretty good…

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You Won’t – Skeptic Goodbye

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Alright. It’s time to bring it back local style. There’s a new Boston based duo out there who have definitely got my goodies in a flutter. You Won’t are releasing their debut album Skeptic Goodbye on Bandcamp and CD Baby.

I’ve had a chance to listen to it twice over now and hot damn, it’s pretty fucking good! This duo states where their influences are drawn from but I’m not going to name them. That’s actually doing this music an injustice.

The songs are great, palatable yet the production on them keeps the record really interesting. More on that later…

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So Many Wizards – Inner City / Best Friends 7″

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There’s something about the words “Limited Edition 7″ that get me all a flutter. Even better when I get to listen to the tracks beforehand and decide how much I really want to pre-order that 7”.

Well, in this case you get to share along with me. So Many Wizards (audio warning on click) are releasing two tracks “Inner City” and “Best Friends” on a limited edition 7″ (500 copies) on a boutique label called Seven Inch Project.

Good news is that the tracks are pretty awesome. (really descriptive, huh?) Fuck it, just give them a listen and see if they’re something you’d be interested in.

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The Deer Republic – Feel Like Dancing

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Well, as a debut single goes, I’d say the guys from The Deer Republic caught my attention. Their track “Feel Like Dancing” definitely shows a world a promise from what lies ahead for the group. I’m just pissed they only have one track I can listen to!

Apparently the group has had some other demos that have done pretty well on the radio and other mediums. But this is the first that we have done in a proper studio environment from what I can gather.

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The Fight – New Young Electric

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Well, Canada strikes again. This time it’s with a group called The Fight from Edmonton who are about to release their first LP in July titled New Young Electric.

This thing is great. Solid tracks from start to finish that aren’t pretentious, contrived, or trying to be something they can’t be. They flow with ease from the second you drop the needle on the record. (ok, I don’t have the 180 gram vinyl yet but am definitely psyched they’ll be releasing one!)

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Vanaprasta – G-

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I’m almost too excited to even write a damn thing about this track. Vanaprasta, one of my favorite LA groups have just unleashed their first out of 3 singles off of their upcoming record. And hot damn, I’m speechless.

I’ve been a fan of these guys for some time now but what has always set me over the top is their live show. The first track released titled “G-” is an extremely solid representation and glimmer into what a Vanaprasta show can hold for you. It’s completely epic. My 5th grade writing level can in no way do justice for trying to describe this track to you.

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Song Sparrow Research –
Welcome to the Potato Famine

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photo credit goes to Ethan Welty

Music just lands in my lap. God damn I’m a lucky man. And while there’s a lot of crap out there, some of the stuff that makes it to my ears is just amazing.

The most recent present has been a debut record from a Seattle band called Song Sparrow Research. I would have never heard of these guys if I wasn’t into the blogging game. So call me the prophet sent to pass along these sounds and have them hit your ears. (pretentious much?) You don’t need to answer that. I already know the answer. (it’s yes by the way)

Welcome to the Potato Famine is nothing that’s going to blow your head off. It’s just a solid debut album from guys who know how make some kick ass sounds. And in my eyes, that’s all i can ever ask for when listening a new band/record.

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