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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Guns N Roses Movie: Axl Rose In 3D (Video)

So I typically like to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Continually discussing Axl Rose even though he's done nothing of note since 'Chinese Democracy' (which I actually like) is the problem. The solution is to not discuss him or the band he calls Guns N Roses anymore. So why do we? I'll tell you why: Appetite For Destruction. That record is one of the greatest Rock And Roll records of all time. All time. Not just of the 80's. Of all time. You don't have to like it, you don't have to agree with it...unless you want to be right.

No one involved in that record will ever match or top it. That's the problem with greatness. Once you do something great, you're forever judged based on that greatness. My advice would be to keep it mediocre with occasional flashes of pretty awesome.

I'd also advise against stupid hats and Hulk Hogan facial hair but Axl won't listen.

There will be a Guns N Roses 3D release of 'Appetite For Democracy' in April. This trailer will totally make you want to go.....somewhere other than anywhere this movie is playing.

I know it's tired but I just can't see this band and call them Guns N Roses. I know we as a society should move on and I'd rather not be one of those, 'That isn't GnR' people. But I am one of those people. Those people.

I think Axl is in a really tough spot but he also put himself there. He also put those hats on his head. They're bad hats.

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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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New Music Picks (2-19-14)

Man, this is one of those sneak up on me with S tons of great music weeks. Some bands I love like Cynic and Sahg released great new records but there were so many cool surprises this week from bands I'd never heard of before. There just really isn't a bad release week these days, man. There is SO much music being made and it's so accessible. Anyone who says there isn't any good music out there is just lazy. Not you. Unless it is you.

Lazy.

Speaking of lazy, I would be typing all day if I highlighted ALL of the cool releases this week so I'll highlight a few but list the rest.  I try to post a good cross-section of different styles so, again, this list is not just a rock/metal list.

Remember, if you're on Spotify, let's connect. I'm at darbyradio.

Okay then, ma man, here are my new music picks for the week of 2-18-14.


 

Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records

 

Sahg 'Delusions Of Grandeur'

Sahg is, I guess, Norwegian doom-y metal. I'm bad with the sub-sub-sub-su genres mainly because it's stupid. These guys always put out good stuff. This is their 4th record and if you liked their others, you'll dig this. This is good if you dig heavy but also dig strong melody and singing rather than demonic howling. I like all of those things by the way.


 


 

 

Seasons Of Mist Records

Seasons Of Mist Records

 

Cynic 'Kindly Bent To Free Us'

I LOVE this band. I've always loved this band and anytime they release new music I will tell as many people as I can. These guys fit into that interesting space of being called a metal band but not being heavy enough for some to consider metal. I've always played them on the metal shows I've done but they really are more prog rock than metal (especially now). Regardless of all that nonsense, these guys are great players and this is GREAT headphone music. I envy you if this is your first time hearing them because you are SO going to have a special moment..so special. WAY special.



 


 

Jagjaguwar Records

Jagjaguwar Records

Angel Olsen 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'

Maybe you knew who Angel Olsen was because you're so damn hip but I didn't and she's fantastic. It's darker singer, songwriter stuff that I will likely listen to after I've committed my first serious crime. It has that contemplative, what in the world did I just do vibe going for it. Cool stuff, man.

 



 

The Compound / Godhunter

The Compound / Godhunter / Battleground Records

Godhunter 'City Of Dust'

Another super cool record from  a band I'd never heard of before. So cool. These guys are out of Tuscon and they are good. That's all I know. I also know that I couldn't find an official video from them and I won't post YouTube bootleggery but you CAN stream the record (legally) here.

 



 

Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records

Takuya Kuroda 'Rising Son'

Really cool jazz trumpet stuff. It will make you wish you still had that trumpet from high school because you KNOW you could play this stuff...but you couldn't. Someone has to be honest with you about that. I'll be that guy.

 



 

Universal Republic

Universal Republic

Ida Maria 'Accidental Happiness'

This chick is probably cooler than you. I knew nothing about her until I clicked play. I still don't know a lot. I do know she is Norwegian even though I really think it should be Norwayan. She has  super cool, gruffness to her voice. This is another one I couldn't find a legit sample from so, you're kind of on your own. Teach a man to fish and all that....



 

And that's all the time I have. Here's a quick list of some other cool records to check out:

Artificial Brain 'Labyrinth Constellation'  [Metal]

Cripple Bastards 'Nero In Metastasi' [Metal]

Eligh & The Grouch 'The Tortoise And The Crow' [Hip Hop]

Falls 'Into The Fire' [Folk]

St. Paul & The Broken Bones 'Half The City' [R&B]

Kiven 'Kiven' [Rock]

Guster 'One Man Wrecking Machine' [Rock]

 

Here's the Spotify List:

 

 

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NIN To Appear On Austin City Limits (Video)

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I have a deep, deep, borderline creepy level of respect for Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. I also really like PBS because, I mean, you're supposed to say that. Really, though, PBS is a national treasure to be treated as such. I also hear they have some pretty righteous tote bags for the right price.

Anyway, the Nails (as the cool people call them...NO ONE calls them that), will be on the fantastic Austin City Limits in November and I have a (not at all) EXCLUSIVE clip from the performance.

Trent recently revealed to Rolling Stone and me that he is working on a new project but he wouldn't reveal any more info because the Rolling Stone guy isn't tight with Reznor like I am. If he would have left the room, I KNOW Trent would have told me. Incidentally, I call him T-Dogg.

NIN is rumored to be headlining Bonnaroo this year and Bonnaroo is super fun to say.

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New Music Picks (Week Of 2-4-14)

It's been a long damn time since I've posted one of these. The real question is, how have you chosen what music to listen to without it? Don't answer that. It doesn't matter. Things are back as they should be. As always, I'll highlight a few records I dig then I'll list some more I like but am too lazy to write about. You do it. Give a man a fish, teach a man to fish situation.

One addition to these posts will be an embedded Spotify playlist featuring all of the music mentioned here. I know if you're not on the Spotify train it does you no good but I can't let that weigh me down, man. If you ARE on Spotify, please follow my updated playlists : darbyradio.

Okay. On to it.


Vanguard (Universal)

Vanguard (Universal)

 

John Butler Trio "Flesh + Blood"

I will preface this by saying I am a massive JBT nerd. We've traveled to cities specifically to see him play and he NEVER disappoints. If you know him, you have this already because...I mean, he's great. He's a magnificent player and I don't know if it's because I know his stuff so well but I always know it's his guitar the second I hear it. He's also Australian which is super exotic. The Trio portion of JBT tends to rotate and I had a real affinity for that last 2 guys but these guys are solid. Butler is the star here though.

Highlights: 'Livin' In The City', 'Devil Woman', 'Blame It On Me', 'Wings Are Wide'...ALL OF IT.

Video for 'Only One':

 

This is an updated, live version of a song called 'Ocean' (not on the new record but amazing):



 

Anticon Records

Anticon Records

 Young Fathers "Dead"

I'd never heard of these guys before yesterday but I will be checking out their older stuff too. I think they're considered alternative hip hop. They're the alternative to formulaic, cookie cutter hip hp for sure. The group consists of three guys out of Edinburgh, Scotland. All I really know about Scotland is the kilts, bag pipes and that awful season of  Sons Of Anarchy. Wait...is that Ireland? Whatever. Man, I don't know if you'll like this but I find myself coming back to it quite a bit. Cool and unexpected.

Highlights: 'Get Up' , 'Low', 'I've Arrived'



 

Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records

Grand Magus "Triumph & Power"

Hey bro. Don't come at me whilst I'm jamming Grand Magus because I WILL VANQUISH you. I will vanquish the shit out of you. Know it. The opening track begins with the sounds of a galloping horse. Man, I want to vanquish something. My beard is growing as I listen to this. Where is my god damn chalice??!! Really though, I like this band. They do what they do really well. I see them listed as doom metal but it's more like less pretty power metal to me.

Highlights: 'Steel Vs. Steel', 'Dominator' , 'On Hooves Of Gold'



 

Third Man Records
Third Man Records

 The Haden Triplets 'The Haden Triplets"

This is another I'd never heard of but, man I like it. I've been in a real old school country/bluegrass/folky mood as of late and this fits that bill. These ladies have apparently been on songs/performances by the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, Green Day and more. See, I REALLY dislike new country in the Rascal Flatts realm but THIS is the kind of country stuff I grew up listening to and it really resonates with me. They're on Jack White's Third Man Records and that dude knows good music.

Here's a promo video for the record that will give you the vibe:

 



 

Okay that's all the typing I can stand but here are some other cool records out this week that I would recommend with the style/genre in [ ].

Prince "Pretzlbodylogic" (single) [Pop/rock]

Beck "Waking Light" (single) [Mellow]

Nicole Atkins "Slow Phaser" [Singer/Songwriter stuff]

Water Liars "Water Liars" [Kind of Counting Crowsey?]

Parker Millsap "Parker Millsap" [Country]

Metal:

Behemoth 'The Satanist"

Caliban "Ghost Empire"

Shrapnel "The Virus Conspires"

Ex Mortus "Slave To The World"

Okay, pal. I'm tired and the crops won't...tend to themselves in the morning. As always, I'd love to know what you're listening to. If I start trailing off and you see one letter over and over, it's because I've fallen asleep on my keyboard.

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