M.I.L.T. New Music Picks – Week Of 3-18-14 (Part 2)

To read part one of this week's new music picks, click this way.

Now that you're all caught up, let's get to part 2 of my picks for new music released the week of 3-18-14.


Century Media Records

Century Media Records

Vampire 'Vampire'

First of all, how in THE hell has there not been another band named Vampire? Secondly, this wasn't going to be on my list at all but I just kept listening to it and here it is. I'm not sure these guys are ACTUAL vampires but I do know the singer is named Hand Of Doom. Obviously that makes no sense at all but this is blackened death metal ma man and it doesn't have to. I rarely know the lyrics to black metal and it's likely for the best. There is no wheel reinvention taking place here but if you dig this type of metal, you will dig this. It's also worth noting that someone by the name of Ratwing is responsible for 'battery' and when they play live, they have a guitarist named Centaur. I joke but I dig this. On a side note, I would like to be called Voice/Typist Of Doom going forward. I won't answer to anything else.




Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

Smith & Meyers 'Acoustic Sessions Part 2'

As you likely know, Smith is Brent Smith and Meyers is Zac Meyers of Shinedown. They go by Smith  Meyers for record company reasons. That's all that you need to know about that. I've been a Shinedown fan for some time and my fandom was solidified the first time I interviewed Brent several years ago. He's s good dude and he gets it.  He gets the importance of the band's fans, he gets the importance of radio to the band's career and dude can SING.

This is the second batch of acoustic covers and it's awesome, man. He out Jon Bon Jovis Jon Bon Jovi and he nails the Adele song which is crazy hard to do. I'm singing it now and he sounds WAY better than me. Both of these discs could have been un-inspired, cash grabs gone horribly wrong but I really like what they do with the songs.

A full, proper Shinedown record is on the horizon as well..





Hopeless Records
Hopeless Records

Taking Back Sunday 'Happiness Is'

Taking Back Sunday have been around, doing what they do for a long time now and I've always liked them. They've been on indy labels, major labels, no labels and I just know, if they put a record out, I will dig it. No exception here. I really like this band. I'm listening to a song called 'Stood A chance' from the record right now and it's just good, catchy awesome music. I wish it were less windy on my patio though.....on a side note.




 

Secretly Canadian Records

Secretly Canadian Records

The War On Drugs 'Lost In A Dream'

The War On Drugs are big Bob Dylan fans. The singer sounds Dylan-esque for sure and I really like it. These guys are definite fans of the storytelling songwriters like Dylan and Springsteen. They even have a sax player. The record is full of mood, experimentation, texture, fantastic melodies and it gets better every time I listen to it. I think this is one I'll by typing about for my year's best list.




And that's the list. Let me know what you're into!

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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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M.I.L.T. : New Releases 3-4-14

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

Another week, more great music. We live in a pretty cool time, ma man. We have so much access to so many things instantaneously. In some ways that's  a bad thing because I think it can make us lazy. It can put you in a consume mode where all you're doing is downloading and compiling but not really taking time to enjoy the digital delights you're acquiring. That's partly the reason I have my typing people type this for me every week. It forces me to put on some headphones and LISTEN to new music, in many cases, from artists I've never heard before. It's a joy really. The typing part is less of a joy, hence the typing staff I employ. Just know that a poorly (barely) paid typist is taking dictation from me whilst I sit in my golden throne, sipping from a jeweled chalice and dramatically waving a scepter around.

On to my picks for new music released on 3-4-14.



Revivalists / Wind Up Records

Revivalists / Wind Up Records

The Revivalists 'City Of Sound'

The Revivalists are from New Orleans and have a rock, funky vibe infused with horns. I dig horns. I was TOTALLY first chair alto saxophone back in High School so I always like hearing horns. Really cool record. There are some sonic similarities to Kings Of Leon in some places I guess but these guys really are a cool mix of different sounds that work really well together. The singer has an earthy voice with some cool textures. I'm so tired of the standard singer sound. David Shaw has the vocal qualities that resonate with me. I'm looking forward to spending even more time with this one and I will certainly look for chances to see them live. Check their YouTube page for more samples but here is a video for the song 'Criminal':




 

Innovative Leisure Records

Innovative Leisure Records

Nick Waterhouse 'Holly'

I saw a post on the Nick Waterhouse FB page from someone who said 'Where have you been all my life?'. I kind of feel the same way. He hails from California via the 1960's. I'm certain he is a time traveler and has taken the music from his time, recorded it during OUR time, resulting in a timeless quality without sounding old. It's SO good. I don't know what else to say about it but I do know I will be buying every record he makes from here on out. I also plan on locating and using his time machine.




Brutal Panda Records
Brutal Panda Records

Wild Throne 'Blood Maker'

And now for something completely different. Dude. Wild Throne is/are badass. The Bellingham, Washington band sounds to me like a mix of Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon with some doom-y Black Sabbathness sprinkled in. As those are three of my all time favorite bands, there is no way to go wrong on this one. They add a sound all their own to that mix and I just may have found one of my new favorite bands and a record that will ABSOLUTELY be on my year-end best list. The only negative is the fact that 'Blood Maker' is an EP and not an LP. You will be hearing more from these guys. Know it.




Relapse Records

Relapse Records

Nothing 'Guilty Of Everything'

Nothing would I guess be described as heavy shoegaze rock. And while that is a ridiculous label, the band is fantastic. And speaking of labels, they're on one of the most consistently great record labels on the planet in Relapse Records. If I get a package from Relapse Records, I ALWAYS listen to it immediately. ALWAYS. Notice the TWO capped ALWAYSes. Now, three.

This record has a big, atmospheric sound with sometimes swirling and other times plodding guitar walls. If you dig bands like Jesu and Deafheaven (as noted on their FB page) and maybe even Neurosis, you should give these guys a whirl. Cool.




Dangerbird Records

Dangerbird Records

Ume 'Monuments'

How do you say Ume? Is it oom? U Me? Oomee? Big questions there. There is NO QUESTION regarding the coolness of this record. A female fronted rock trio from Austin, Texas, Ume delivers an (at times) heavy, melodic, memorable record of coolness. I just get the idea that the band members are probably cooler than me which is something I look for in my rock bands. It is rock too. There is nothing electronic here - guitars, bass, drums, vocals.

However you SAY Ume, you should listen to them.




Columbia Records

Columbia Records

Pharrell Williams 'Girl'

Pharrell Williams needs more pub so I thought I'd help him out. He doesn't. He's an incredibly talented guy, man. He's also one of the coolest dudes out there. Did you see that hat he wore on the Grammy's? No way in hell I could pull that off. You couldn't either. This record is a good time. Fun, upbeat stuff that continues the sound you already probably know from him. Pharrell is cool. Cooler than us. Accept it.




Here's the full Spotify playlist of all the stuff I'm digging this week:



I could go on and on. Another great week. Let me know what you're liking via e-mail or carrier pigeon.

A quick list of some other cool stuff:

The Men "Tomorrow's Hits" (rock)

Eternal Summers "The Drop Beneath" (cali garage rock)

Black Milk "Glitches In The Break" (hip hop)

The Soft White Sixties   "Get It Right" (rock)

Asgier "In The Silence" (folk/singer songwriter)

Axxa/Abraxxas "Axxa/Abraxas" (rock)

Various Artists "Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert" (rock)

Drive By Truckers "English Oceans" (country/southern rock)

Real Estate "Atlas" (alt rock)

Comeback Kid "Die Knowing" (punk/metal)

BigElf "Into The Maelstrom" (psychedelic rock/metal)

Destrage "Are You Kidding Me? No." (metal)

Kid Cudi "Satellite Flight" (hip hop)

Kandle "In Flames" (folk-rock?)

Linda Perhacs "The Soul Of All Natural Things" (trippy folk)

 

 

 

 

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New Music Picks (week Of 2/25/14)

Hey buddy. It's already time for new music. Time to make the donuts. Anybody? Is that too old of a reference? Why the hell are there no Dunkin Donut shops where I live? Lots of questions, ma man.

Hey, if you're in a band, send me your stuff. I'd love to hear it AND I could highlight it here, cementing your rocket ride to fame and fortune. Your call though. If you have digital copies, send them to darby@darbyradio.com . If you prefer to send me a reel to reel and/or cassette tape or super collectible vinyl, send them to:

P.O. Box 271217

Fort Collins, CO

80527

Okay then. On to it. This week doesn't have as many releases  as last week but I've been introduced to some new bands I feel like I'll be listening to forever so it's a great week on that count. Please let me know what you are digging so I can judge you for not having the high brow, cultured taste I have.


Fonograf / Capitol Records

Fonograf / Capitol Records

Beck 'Morning Phase'

If you haven't followed Beck's career after the brilliant 'Odelay' you probably didn't know he had one. He hasn't had many radio hits since then and he's dealt with some health issues including a sever spine injury and, like many artists he's expressed some disillusionment with the music business. I've expressed some too. A lot. I'm so disillusioned with the music industry. This new record is kind of a companion piece to his fantastic 2002 record 'Sea Change'. You won't be jazzercising/moshing to this but it's great, drink coffee and contemplate music. Contemplate, buddy. Contemplate.




So Recordings / Silver Screen Records Ltd.

So Recordings / Silver Screen Records Ltd.

Dinosaur Pile Up 'Nature Nurture'

So, if you're reading this in Europe, first of all Guten Tag. Second, you may already have this record because Dinosaur Pile Up is from Leeds and the album came out last Summer where you are. Must be nice, living in Europe with your free higher education, live and let live attitudes, copious coffee houses and your long mid day naps. Guten. Tag.

Anyway, the main force in this band is a guy named Matthew Bigland who was in a band called Mother Vulpine. He, like you me and everyone else, cites Dave Grohl as his idol and I could hear this band on a bill with Foo Fighters. I really like this a lot. I might start getting angry if this band doesn't see more U.S. success.




Sumerian Records

Sumerian Records

The Kindred "Life In Lucidity"

The Kindred used to be called Today I Caught The Plague so if you knew that band...this is that band. I did not know that band but I do know this record is fantastic. Great musicianship, lyrics and really interesting song structures. I really love this. They've been touring with Between The Buried And Me and Deafheaven. Sweet Mother, what a tour that is. This record has a potential best of 2014 list slot in it's future. It's heavy but full of great melody so, if that's your bag, check it.




Burger Records
Burger Records

Natural Child "Dancin' With Wolves"

This is going to sound even better when the weather finally warms up. Natural Child could have formed 40 years ago. I hear bands like the Eagles, Allman Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson (both of whom the band cites as influences for this record) and maybe even some Black Crowes in these guys. It's made for sitting on the porch, having some beers (or for those inclined the now legal in Colorado leafy substance) with your friends. In fact, if you don't have a porch, build one to enjoy this album at its fullest. It's worth your time and lumber. I feel like I'll be listening to this one a lot this Summer.




 

Stone Dwarf / RCA Records

Stone Dwarf / RCA Records

Ray LaMontagne "Supernova (Single)"

I don't typically highlight singles but Ray is one of my all time favorites and I've been listening to this song probably more than I should be. There may be some heretofore undiscovered obsessive traits I possess but that's better left for my weekly, What Is Wrong With Me posts, maybe. If you sing, Ray's voice will piss you off. It's so damn good and you can't practice to get your voice like that. So, stop trying. Give up.

The full length record is out on May 6th.




 

Okay then. That's some strong stuff up there. Again, I'd love to know what you're into. Musically, I mean.

Here are a few other records worth checking out:

Lamb Of God "Music From The Film As The Palaces Burn (Re-release)" (good way to get introduced to one of the great American metal bands)

Skaters "Manhattan" (alty/punkish rock)

Priscilla Ahn "This Is Where We Are" (pretty,lush lady singing)

Yellow Ostrich "Cosmos" (Indie Rock- I should have highlighted this one too..gets better with every listen)

Johnny Winter "True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story" (CLASSIC blues/rock...really good)

Cloud Becomes Your Hand "Rocks Or Cakes" (experimental jazz, synth rock? Interesting stuff for sure)

The Family Crest "Beneath The Brine" (orchestral indie rock...another one that keeps sounding better and better)

 
Here's the full Spotify playlist. Find my lists there at darbyradio.


 

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