Those of you following The Features are well aware of the current state of their music. They’re finishing up their sophomore release and have been sampling songs on their blog while they spend time in the studio. Sadly, they haven’t released a lot of material for their fans to listen to…however, they have put out their second demo.
“Take You On” is up for your listening pleasure at their blog!
[STREAM] The Features – Take You On (Demo)
If you live in the Knoxville/Nashville area, try to catch them live. They’re playing a whole bunch of new songs along with their golden oldies (though, not that old). Details about their album are still fuzzy, but they’re working on a short tour including a stop right here in Lexington on March 25th.
With the recent epileptic seizure of my iPod, may it R.I.P., I’ve had to use that primitive piece of equipment in my car called a CD player. Fortunately for me, I’ve retained my knowledge on how to use such a medieval device and soon realized the only CD in my car was the French Kicks.
This a band that is just…Fun. Coming from the same label as The Walkmen
, their retro sounding pop-rock concoction is the type of music that is actually more fun to listen to than it alludes. Due to their CD, One Time Bells
, I actually enjoyed the past couple of days in my car (hence my lack of posting) thanks to the French Kicks. So here is a post in honor of their kind treatment to my ears. Those of you who aren’t familiar with the Kicks should give ‘em a sampling:
[MP3] French Kicks – Right In Time
[MP3] French Kicks – Wrong Side
[MP3] French Kicks – Down Now
Check out their site!
Plus, everyone check out the awesome new full length X-Men 3: The Last Stand trailer!
Just a little news update on everyone’s favorite band. It seems the boys played live on Letterman a few days ago (March 2nd). YouTube’s got the video:
[MOV] CYHSY – Is This Love? (Live on Letterman)
Also, for those of you who may be interested (obsessive), I’ve got a recording of one of the “new” CYHSY songs, “Cigarettes,” performed acoustically for the BBC:
[MP3] CYHSY – Cigarettes (acoustic) (great quality)
Cable and Tweed has a couple other live songs.
PS: I can’t believe I had never been to Ear Farm! A really great music blog, great layout, and nominee for the 2006 Bloggies for “Best Kept Secret” — definitely check them out!
I just found out about another great concept album from Hypatia Lake
that just came on March 4th. Now…I’ll admit I’m a stickler for concept albums, but not all are created equal. I really think HL’s got something good in this album. The concept is pretty standard (each track is a “scene” from a movie), but the result is very different from many concept albums out there. On the new …And We Shall Call Him Joseph
, HL really does create 11 different, original, powerful and emotional songs, ranging from extremes with possible nods to both the experiential and mature sounds of Mono
(and the post rock-alike) to something as youthful and exuberant as, say, The Flaming Lips
or even Weezer
“Within …And We Shall Call Him Joseph, Hypatia Lake seamlessly merges elements of noisy shoegaze a la Slowdive, the electronic textures of M83, weirdo-pop via Mercury Rev, organically psychedelic elements similar to Pink Floyd, and woefully emotional vocals reminiscent of Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. Simultaneously, the album is familiar yet new, eclectic yet cohesive. Moods, textures, atmospheres – it’s all here, and it is all written extremely well.” – DOA
[MP3] Hypatia Lake – Scene 2: Joseph And The Devine Intervention…
[MP3] Hypatia Lake – Scene 3: Fishies vs. Lines
A rave review from Delusions Of Adequacy
Another positive blurb over here
I’ve seen Ted Leo/Rx live about five times, and Friday night’s show in Providence just further proves that they put on maybe the most consistently amazing live performances I’ve ever seen. Every show I’ve been to has seemingly surpassed the last in intensity, enjoyment, and even bloodshed. If you ever get a chance to see him play, definitely go. Here are some pics from last night:
Click here for the rest of the pics!