M.I.L.T. New Music Picks – Week Of 3-18-14 (Part 1)

M.I.L.T. = Music I'm Listening To

So, due to your busy schedule and NOT my desire to milk more mileage out of these posts, I'm going to start splitting these New Music Picks posts into two. It's like splitting the atom in a way. But not at all really. These posts can get kind of long and none of us have that kind of attention span anymore. You left already, didn't you? Dammit.

Part one will be posted on Wednesdays followed by part two on Thursday. I'm just trying to make it better for you, buddy.


Volume IV / Ripple Music

Volume IV / Ripple Music

Volume IV 'Long In The Tooth'

I haven't seen it written but I have to assume Volume IV get their name from Black Sabbath's 'Vol 4'. You hear Sabbath, Mastodon, Down and bands of the like in Volume IV's sound. The sound is good, heavy, and Southern-y. They're less gloomy than Sabbath, less prog than Mastodon but if you dig any of those bands (and you'd better) check out Volume IV.




 

Razor & Tie Records

Razor & Tie Records

The Pretty Reckless "Going To Hell"

I'm pretty sure younger me would have pretended not to like The Pretty Reckless because their singer Taylor Momsen was a child actor and played Wendy Lou Who in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Young me was kind of an idiot though so I don't pay much attention to what eh would have thought. I don't know how many actor bands I've liked other than the FANTASTIC Don Johnson record (with Dweezil Zappa) "Heartbeat" but I like this. I like her voice a lot, man. Sure she shows herself nearly nude a lot but it's SO MUCH HARDER for women in rock than it is for men so, I think she's in kind of  a tough spot. If you KNOW that dummies will check out your band because they saw your butt on a poster, wouldn't you consider printing up butt posters? I would. In fact, I maybe have. I'll hit that in another post though.

The point is, if dudes had to show their butts to get attention in a STUPIDLY female dominated musical genre, you couldn't get them to wear pants.

The record is cool and maybe eventually women will have an easier road in rock. It would certainly make things more interesting.



 

I just watched that and it really isn't THAT bad. Is it? Miami Vice is still an awesome show. I bought this cassette when it came out. I know a lot of the words. Most of them. All of them?



 

I Am The Avalanche / I Surrender Records

I Am The Avalanche / I Surrender Records

I Am The Avalanche 'Wolverines'

I Am The Avalanche are an NYC punk band. I don't like punk rock as much as I want to. I want to like it but I don't like much of it. I DO like this though. It's punk rock with good hooks, sing along melodies but it isn't poppy nonsense punk. For the record, I like all sorts of poppy nonsense but I don't care for the poppy punk bands. I dig this.




 

Big Scary / Barsuk Records

Big Scary / Barsuk Records

Big Scary 'Not Art'

 Big Scary is/are from Australia. The duo likes to wrestle alligators, punch kangaroos and drink super big beers. Are any of those stereotypes accurate? I don't know a lot of (any) Aussies so I don't know but I like to think they're ALL true. This is good stuff, stereotypes aside. It's a cool, get mellow and chill music. So, get mellow and chill. You know you should more often than you do. This isn't what you'll listen to right before you fight in your debut UFC bout but you may listen after. If your conscious. That stuff can be dangerous.




 

That's part one of the list. Come back tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion and find out if Lassie gets Timmy out of the well.

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Get The Hell Off My Lawn Classic Album Of The Week 3-18-14

This will be a new weekly feature giving me a chance to discuss some cool older records that you may or may not have and may or may not have even heard of. We all have records in our collection we love and wonder why the hell EVERYONE doesn't love them. This feature will also include albums you just have to have in your collection if you ever plan on being thought of as cool by your peers. I'm here to help. I know you may be thinking, "wait, you're cool?"

You kind of have me on that one.

Not all of them will be obscure. In fact, most probably won't but they will all be records I love and I think you could also love them. It's like a matchmaking service but instead of pairing sad, lonely singles, I'm pairing awesome music with even awesomer (a word) people. Yeah. I DID just kiss up.

The word 'classic' is totally subjective and we all have our own 'classics'. These are mine. The good/BAD thing about bloggery is ANYONE can do it. Anyone.

ANYONE.

 

Slash Records

Slash Records

I'm going to kick it off with one of the most influential bands of the 90's and one of my all time favorites, Faith No More. 'Angel Dust' followed up 'The Real Thing' (which featured 'Epic'....NOT their only song). It's the second album to feature the brilliant Mike Patton but it's the first record he had a real impact on as the band had 'The Real Thing' almost entirely written before Patton joined the band, replacing Chuck Mosely. I'll most likely highlight some Chuck Mosely era FNM at some point and I will DEFINITELY be highlighting some of Mike Patton's other projects.

'Angel Dust' is an over all darker sounding record than it's predecessor although the song 'Small Victory' will make you want to dance. You're a good dancer so you should go with it. Talk to bands like Korn, Deftones, Nirvana, Metallica and Alice In Chains next time you see them and they, along with countless others, will sing the praises of Faith No More. Most FNM faithful would likely pick this one as their favorite. I loved the follow ups, 'Album Of The Year' and 'King For A Day..' as well so, I don't know if I have a favorite record from them but I do know this one is a needed addition to your collection if it's not already there.  Your collection needs it.


"Midlife Crisis"



"Small Victory"



 

I'm always up for hearing about your favorite records. Hit me up. Buddy.

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M.I.L.T. : New Releases 3-11-14

M.I.L.T. = Music I'm Listening To

I'm late with this one. This is where I'd type an excuse if  I felt like it was needed. I feel like you have other stuff going on so I think we can both move forward. I'm watching the Avalanche vs. Blackhawks and (responsibly) drinking a beer as I type this so if...WHEN... I randomly type expletives that will be why.

This week isn't as girthy as last week but there's still some really cool stuff to check out. Put on some headphones, grab a beer (if you
're of age) and turn on the Blackhawks game. Or Avs game depending on your point of view.

On to my new music picks for the release week of 3-11-14.



New Damage Records

New Damage Records

Biblical 'Monsoon Season'

I suck at describing a band's sound. You've probably noticed that. That's why I like to post the videos. I let the music do the talking. Guy. Why do they KEEP showing clips from the last time the  Hawks and Avs played? Dicks. Anyway, this Biblical  record is so damn good. It's heavy, spacey, sometimes Motorhead-y and full of vibe and atmosphere. It makes you feel like you're somewhere other than where you are. That is NOT the beer either. Listen to it on headphones, like I am right now as I type this, and (responsibly) drink and watch hockey. They're on what is turning into a RAD record label called New Damage, whose roster includes Ken Mode, Danko (effing) Jones and more.

I really love this record and the cover is righteous. I'm going to search for a legal song/video I can post. Hold on...

And I can't find one to post but you can HEAR a song at the Pitchfork site.

Hey, New Damage Records and/or Biblical. Let me post a song.

Either way. COOL record. Check it.



Tee Pee Records

Tee Pee Records

The Shrine 'Bless Off'

Speaking of rad record labels, The Shrine is/are on Tee Pee Records. Yet another AMAZING label. I'd like to work for them. They have so many bands I love under their umbrella of super fantasticnicity.

The Shrine deliver dirty, guitar heavy metal. I smell booze and weed when I listen to it. And although the latter is now legal here in Colorado, I do not partake so I know it's the record. I listen to the records I'm writing about whilst I write about them. The song playing now is 'Worship' but they pronounce it Warship. Whoa....that's wild. Really though, I dig this band, there are GREAT BIG guitar riffs and there are no Pro Tools anywhere near this thing. It's raw and it's badass.

Here's a promo video:




 

Imperial Galactic / Black Mammoth / Warner Music UK

Imperial Galactic / Black Mammoth / Warner Music UK

Royal Blood 'Out Of Black E.P.'

Props to my man Doug Wylde at The Rock 106.9 for being Royal Blood  early. He's a smart man. He's also my boss in Grand Junction but he can't read so this is not asskissery. If you dig cool grooves, heavy, slightly fuzzy guitar based rock and roll then this is your jam, buddy. There are a lot of rock bands but not as many rock & ROLL bands. The roll is an important ingredient. These guys have the roll. There are only 2 guys in the band. They have a monkey or a sea lion or something playing bass but there are only two dudes in the band. It sounds much bigger than two dudes and a sea lion (their original name).



 


Epitaph Records

Epitaph Records

 

Architects 'Lost Forever/Lost Together'

Architects are, I guess, are considered metal core. I don't always like bands who are considered to be metal core but this record is heavy when it is and the melody parts are really good, man. This is a good band to get a lady friend in your life interested in heavier music because there is some tenderness present. Ladies like tenderness. Why do I have to tell you everything about ladies? You're lucky we're friends.



 


Mumbleak Music

Mumbleak Music

Mideau 'Way With Words E.P.'

Man, I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. I don't know what you'd categorize it as but the woman, Libby Linton, has a really pretty, emotive voice. The other half of Mideau is Spencer J Harrison and I think he's probablty used to playing second fiddle the Libby. I'm not saying either of them play the fiddle or that if they both did, his fiddle would be slightly inferior. I'm just saying that a dude in a band with a woman with a pretty voice will always play second fiddle. Ask John Oates about that.

This sounds NOTHING like anything else I've posted today, so don't freak out.




Okay then. Those are my favorites this week. What are you digging? You never tell me. Dammit.



Spotify Lists for you Spotify people. I'm at darbyradio.



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Bits & Snatches Quickie: Short Names, Bro App, Spider Face Edition (Audio)

In this Bits & Snatches Quickie I will regale you with information on a new study that claims we don't trust people with long names, an app that perpetuates the 'all guys is so dumb and uncaring' stereotype and a really stupid way to deal with arachnophobia involving ink and a guy's face.

Don't forget to subscribe to my full length podcast in Stitcher and/or iTunes and throw me a rating. A good one, preferably. Buddy.

 

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Science Corner – Cyborg Drumming Edition (Video)

A professor at a Georgia Tech Lab has invented a prosthetic arm attachment that allows an amputee to play the drums. Professor Gil Weinberg, who invented the device, and speaks with an accent that smacks of Super Villainy created the arm to take the place of fingers. The device holds two drum sticks, one that is controlled by sensors in the musician's arm and another that "listens" to the music being played and improvises its own tune.

Obviously people will now complain about how lucky that one-armed guy is because he gets to use that drum arm that helps him play better. You know because being able to play awesome drum parts is way better than having two arms. There is no doubt in my mind that this device will be used for evil someday. Maybe just in a petty crime sort of way but it will be used for evil. For now though, it's pretty damn cool that any device could allow someone to do something they couldn't do before it was invented.

Science, ma man.

You've just been Scienced.

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Another Reason To Like Dave Grohl (Video)

I fear that Dave Grohl has become so universally loved that a backlash is imminent. It's just the way people do. When someone appears to be too likeable we have to figure out reasons to NOT like them. You so crazy like that.

I will not jump on your Dave Grohl Backlash Wagon though, it is  a great band name.

Dave has teamed up with Los Angeles singer/songwriter Taylor Greenwood for her song "Sing You To Sleep." It's a lullaby. All the proceeds from the song go to Project Night Night, an organization providing items like gift bags, stuffed animals, books and blankets to homeless children.

The single is available for a pay what you want download, here. It's a sweet song and it's a incredibly sweet charity.

Somehow, people will find a way to make homeless children charity a bad thing. That's what the internet is for, after all.

Foo Fighters are working on their 8th record. It will be awesome.

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