Thursday, August 20, 2009

Holiday Shores

What do you think of when you hear Holiday Shores? Do you think of sandy beaches along a Northeastern coastline? Do you think of 50's style bathing suits or a boardwalk with roller coasters? Are there Beach Balls and images of coneys floating in your head? Maybe Cape Cod or a small beach community in Maine.

These are the things i used to think. But now when i hear the name Holiday Shores I think of of a jangly poppy guitar with distorted 60's style keys. I think of worry free timing and rough yet easy listening vocals. However, I will always continue to follow-up these thoughts with coneys.

This 5 piece band calls Tallahassee, FL home which was somewhat surprising when I first read just because no other band that I recall was from Tallahassee, but really good music can come from anywhere. Their new 10 track album "Columbus'd the Whim" was released on August, 4th. At times its a very familiar sound, but its also not really directly comparable to another band either. As mentioned above the style is reminiscent of the 60's low fidelity type of sound. I would definitely encourage people to buy this album. I can easily see this being on some "best of '09" lists.
The summer is still among us for at least a few more weeks, so relax, flip on the bbq and enjoy the remaining sunny days while you can with the Holiday Shores.

Below are three songs off the new album which you can stream. Listen and remember to purchase. available via Itunes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fleet Foxes (revisited)

2008 was quite a year for the Fleet Foxes, they were part of the folk / indie explosion which i love. I was suddenly reminded of their beauty this past weekend while doing some outdoor painting. Thats right...painting outdoors. Manly work...I mean real manly stuff. I'm talking- sweat was on the brim, had to have a cold beer to cool me off, shirt off cause I'm in the backyard where the neighbors cant see me, type of work. Anyway, the ipod was on shuffle and the Double F's came on (Fleet Foxes)

The song that came on wasnt from their 2008 album. The song i heard was "She Got Dressed" off their 2006 EP. Its a very good EP actually made me think of "In the Hot, Hot Rays" off the same album and how appropriate that song was for the current outdoor painting situation. So, i decided to listen to the entire album and was surpised by how much i love me its completely different than their 2008 breakthrough.

It seems to be a bit more Rockin' (if thats an appropriate word to use with the Fleet Foxes) or maybe its just more jammin'?

This six song EP isnt available on Itunes and i dont know exactly how i have a copy, but its definitely worth tracking down.

Here are two songs from Fleet Foxes 2006 EP
Fleet Foxes - She Got Dressed (mp3)
Fleet Foxes - In the Hot, Hot Rays (mp3)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

We Are Country Mice

We are Country Mice formed in Brooklyn just a very short time ago, but hearing WACM perform live you would think they've been playing and writing together for years.  Last night I had the pleasure of seeing WACM in Kansas City (Davey's Uptown) which was their 2nd stop of their midwest tour.  Not that any band should be described, but  here I go...I would say they're classic rock & roll meets a rodeo.  Or Imagine Neil Young bumping into Wayne Coyne at a bbq joint, followed by a hug, a slab of ribs, ice cold margaritas under the stars on a park bench out back.   However, just typing a bbq situation or Rock & Roll meets a Rodeo isn't fair, because they're much more than those things.  They have something all of their own which needs to be seen and heard individually to grasp.  

I should also say, I not only had pleasure of getting to watch a great band, but I was also lucky enough to hang out with who I consider two very good friends and experience them doing something they love and do very well.  

I will continue to post about WACM as they continue to play and create.   

We are Country Mice have 7" titled "Make Your Own Damn Fun" available through Insound, but copies are limited.  Purchase HERE

AND, For any music lovers in Chicago this evening.  Check WACM out at Cals.

Then Sunday they will be in Madison, WI at the Frequency.

After that they will be back home in NY and will be the a resident band at Pianos each Thursday night for the month of September

You can listen to both songs at their myspace page.  And of the two songs is available here for your listening pleasure. 

Ballad of John.  

We Are Country Mice - Ballad of John (mp3)