It could be completely inappropriate to toss Spoon in the “throwback” category because they were a huge game changer on the indie front and as far as I’m concerned, they are timeless. They are an absolute essential; I still find a way to sneak a Spoon song onto most CDs I make even now. Truth be told, I’ll probably raise my kids on their music. Seven really strong albums, I find it pretty difficult to argue with anything they’ve released. Their 1998 release “A Series of Sneaks” makes its way onto our throwback post today because somehow this album, in my opinion, managed to go by relatively unnoticed, which is odd to me because it is genius. It shouldn’t have been so easy to overlook or to forget about. Regardless of where this album stands in your heart or if you’ve even heard of it all, it is one that should be recalled. Here’s to old memories and new ones and everything in between.
UK essentials Arctic Monkeys are releasing a new single “R U Mine?” tomorrow, a b-side off their 2011 release “Suck It and See.” Arctics are constantly evolving, consistently progressing. I find if very difficult to argue with anything they put out. This song in particular is just incredible. It has a darker edge than the stuff they released on the album but a similar mystique, with brilliantly smoky riffs and thundering drums. An instant obsession. I’ve had it on repeat. They made a fun little video to go with it.
I’ve only ever heard good things about Dr. Dog’s live performances, and two weeks ago I finally had the privilege of seeing for myself in Santa Ana, just a day after the release of their seventh studio album “Be the Void.” A completely physical concert, they are some of the best performers I’ve ever seen. The sextet has amazing synergy on stage, releasing nothing but raw, unadulterated energy. They somehow manage to be all over the place while still remaining right on par with their music, which is only attributable to their immense musical talent. Their new material blended in perfectly with their older stuff. And the crowd was really into it. It was over all a damn good time.
That being said, “Be the Void” is just what I’d expected from Dr. Dog. It’s quintessential Dr. Dog–ambling rock and roll with punching baselines and beautiful harmonies. The kind of stuff that makes you want to get up and dance and sing a long. They’ve been criticized for their obvious 1960′s influence and idiosyncratic lyrics but that’s beside the point. They’ve got a firm grip on what they do and it’s thoroughly enjoyable. If you were a fan of their old stuff, you’ll like their new stuff and it’s really never too late to be a fan.
2. That Old Black Hole
3. These Days
4. How Long Must I Wait
5. Get Away
6. Do the Trick
8. Heavy Light
9. Big Girl
10. Over Here, Over There
11. Warrior Man
12. Turning the Century
I wasn’t able to dig up much about Florida four-piece Paleo Eskimo. Other than that the song linked below sounds amazing on a playlist with Real Estate, Surfer Blood and Beach Fossils. Download it for a sonic trip to the beach.
The Tarot Classics EP is the first formal compilation Florida-based indie rokkers Surfer Blood have released since their debut album Astro Coast. Four tracks long, each sun drenched song sounds like it could fit right in with their debut with its hollowed guitar riffs and crisp melodies. It’s the same sunburnt melancholy indie that I kept on repeat two summers ago. The lyrics are a tad jaded, probably wrought from the past year on the road. Yet they strike a tactful balance between achingly morose and stoically confident. It’s a promising indication of where they’re headed. I’m looking forward to their followup LP.
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