Proggish hard rock in the tradition of Pink Floyd and early Black Sabbath by a band with two members who teach at San Franciscoâ€™s School of Rock. The classic rock influence is all over this record, but the production by Tim Green (who also produced albums for Sleater-Kinney and The Melvins) has a definite alt-90s feel, which leads to an overall contemporary sound.
THE NEW WHOLE USUALS-â€œNo Name Sally.â€
We donâ€™t traditionally write about singles here, but Me & The Machine Records has offered this exclusive on-line single off the debut album by The New Whole Usuals. Me & The Machine are known for eclectic but always interesting artists, so I was excited enough to throw this up for yâ€™all, despite that I havenâ€™t received the full-length (and therefore havenâ€™t reviewed the band). What do you all think?
WEST INDIAN GIRL
While Iâ€™m at the single-posting thang, Iâ€™m gonna throw this one at you. A full review should be coming soon, but so far all Iâ€™ve got to groove on is this one tune, which Iâ€™m really digging.
AARON STOUT-â€œ Queens Live In Casketsâ€
As indie as they come, â€œQueens Live In Casketsâ€ is a self-produced debut from Brooklyn-based folk-rock artist Aaron Stout. Itâ€™s a re-release of an â€™04 album likened to M Ward and Roky Erickson, premiering its U.S. release. Havenâ€™t heard th whole thing, but the singles sound interesting.
JOSH RITTER TUNES
For kicks and giggles, hereâ€™s two from Josh Ritterâ€”one from his fantastic new release that Iâ€™ve been hyping here with great frequency (â€œThe Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter â€œ) and the other a live cut. Enjoy.