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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 168

Another week comes to its end, which means that we are ready to unveil our latest TOP TEN Jukebox! And what a collection of tunes we have gathered for your ears only! A pretty eclectic playlist ready to cheer-up your weekend with plenty to discover: from the dreamy indiepop of  Surfvampires (first band ever from Brunei to make it at the Blog!) and Firestations, the perfect jangle-pop of The Keep Left Signs (what a record, folks, what a record), the straightforward knockout of The Dayoffs, going through the post-punk rush of Cross Wires or the lovely new proposal of Blog friends Fascinations Grand Chorus. As we just said, lot to enjoy and get haunted by. And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Discoverer 160: new indie findings

What a trio of wonders we have prepared for you in our discoverer series! New incarnations of a most-beloved band, a heavyweight promise and some fake music news hiding a masterpiece! Plenty to discover, so let's go!

Last Leaves. The Lucksmiths rank high, very high within this Blogger's janglepop heart, so just knowing about the existence of this band, with three quarters of the much-longed Australian wonder reassembled together (songwriter & guitarist Marty Donald, who assumes vocal duties, Louis Richter on guitar and Mark Monnone on bass, joined by drummer Noah Symons), was enough to make this humble virtual space collapse with anticipation and excitement. Now the waiting is over. Recorded over the course of nearly three years, debut album ‘Other Towns Than Ours’, out since late October via Matinee Recordings and Lost and Lonesome Records, is all we could expect from the Aussies. Perfect jangle-pop, open country roads, melancholic melodies, instant-crush guitar lines, fading satellite new hints of fuzz and darker corners that announces (we hope so) Last Leaves are here to stay and explore new pop territories. With us.

Spinning Coin. Happily discovered at the last & wonderful Wales Goes Pop Fest, we jump to Glasgow to meet this quintet that formed in 2014 as a four-piece, leaded by Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin. With members heavily involved into music community and a DIY collective approach-idiosyncrasy in their way of creating music, the band released some tapes in 2015, but really began to make some buzz with the 2016 7" 'Albany/Sides'. followed at the beginning of this year by 7" 'Raining on Hope Street/Tin', both released by Geographic Music, The Pastels’ Domino imprint. Now the five-piece has just put out debut album 'Permo', confirming all the promise anticipated in previous releases. Like a rejuvenated & slightly experimental reincarnation of Teenage Fanclub, Spinning Coin is a beast of several heads and bold statements (check the lyrics), Armstrong's tunes bringing the pop brightness and Mellin's the fury and roughness, Spinning Coin is a breadth of fresh air and hope. Not to miss. 

Mick Trouble. This is crazy, ridiculous, more than apt for the era in we are living (this Trump-fake-age), fun and genius at the same time. The available info says Londoner Mick Trouble was a kind of lost legend of pop-pub-punk who, in the early 80's was coveted by John Peel and part of the inner circle of Swell Maps and Television Personalities, surely about to break it big. But as many other promises, Trouble vanished... or maybe not? Seems the truth send us to New York, where Jed Smith (you might remember that power-pop blast that was My Teenage Stride) has just delivered a stunning EP entitled 'It’s The Mick Trouble EP', out since September via Emotional Response. The story tells us this four tunes are a find cut directly from a master reel discovered under Trouble's basement (there's another Trouble jam, unheard & possibly, alongside The Glitter Band, Lemmy Kilmister, and Damo Suzuki, if you are making-up something, do it big) but who cares about reality when the tale sounds so amazing?. Summoning the spirits of Dan Tracey, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, The Jam, Stiff Records... this is a mind-blowing exhumation of a certain riotous, instant-catching pub rock tunes and one of the EPs of the year... Whether the year is 1981 or 2017 is up to you.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 167

Winter has finally arrived! Well... or at least a cold version of Autumn (or a regular Autumn without the climate change consequences). In any case, jackets are in use, days are shorter and the mood swings into that sort of music that embraces you and keeps you in good company... like the majority of our latest TOP TEN Jukebox! A mixture of ace comebacks, such as the new tunes of The Spook School (what a catchy and bitter chorus), our beloved Math and Physics Club (can you hear the R.E.M echoes?) or the terrific newbie of Sunflower Bean, combined with promising discoveries, like Capitán Sunrise or Kaveh Kanes. Plenty to listen and relish! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 166

Another unusual week comes to an end. Luckily for us, these have been quite relaxing days (our travel to Lisbon, plus a day off...) so we have had plenty of time to prepare and bring you our latest TOP TEN Jukeboxfull of pretty amazing songs that we are enjoying lately. From the reissued tune of Love Parade (what a tune!), to new discoveries like The Stroppies or Half Forward Line, we are convinced you are going to enjoy this playlist for sure. Have a nice weekend, and if you are in Barcelona, remember there's an unmissable plan for you: another BIS Festival ahead! Remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

These Go to 11: interviewing Danny De La Matyr

It's been a long, very long time. But here we are, ready to revamp our beloved interview section! And who could be better for starting over than the musician responsible of one of our favourite albums of the year so far (look for him in our end-of-the year lists)? Without further ado, here are the answers to our questionnaire by the great Danny De La Matyr answers. These Go to 11!
Danny De La Matyr, keeping an eye on the sky
Danny De La Matyr
This multi-faceted Texan musician quickly became a name within the emergent scene of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Covering The Beatles and fronting the power-pop combo The Days were the first steps before moving to L.A., where he played with the likes of Rhett Miller, Jesse Malin or Lukas Haas. Next move was assembling his own band, The Sheers, with whom he released the LP 'Goodbye World' in 2006 and, later on, he joined Luther Russell on several albums and tours, as well as being part of 'Those Pretty Wrongs's debut album (Luther’s project with Big Star's legend Jody Stephens). In return, Russell produced the first De La Matyr's solo release, 'Lines b/w “How Can It Be' in 2013. And at the beginning of 2017, he released first full-length 'Crybaby' via the wise and most beloved label Pretty Olivia Records. An endearing, arresting, instant classic for anyone who loves melodies and harmony-driven rock, and a lot of soul and honesty pouring out a flawless collection of four minute gems. Here we go!

Blue, red and, of course, always pop...
1.First record that you bought (be honest)
Wow, a really tough thing to remember. The first thing that comes to mind is 'The Red Album' and 'The Blue Album' by The Beatles that were double records. The ones I bought were colored vinyl. I though that was so cool.

2. First and last concert you have attended (be honest too!)
The first concert i attended was Leon Redbone. My dad took me when I was 10 or so.

3. Guilty pleasure (song/band you shouldn’t like but you do, yes, it’s the embarrassing question)
'Right Down The Line' by Gerry Rafferty.
Sir Macca, the pop royalty

4. Most precious music item you own (collector mode on)
My ’67 Gretsch Tennessean.

5. Favorite lyrics (not yours)
'Something For You' by Sarabeth Tucek.

6. Musician/s you would like to meet (should be alive, for obvious reasons, but you can choose a dead one too)
Sir Paul McCartney ('kinda' obvious. I suppose).

7. Favorite artwork album (not yours)
Always liked the real graphic style covers like 'XTC'’s English Settlement or Todd Rundgren’s 'Something/Anything'

'The Human Stain', Zuckerman in
the age of impeachment

8. Books or movies? Depending on your answer recommend us one (trick: you can choose both) 
Books, 'The Human Stain' by Philip Roth

9. Song (of yours) you are most proud of
'How Can It Be'.

10. What does it mean indie for you? (yes, the “serious question”)
It means a lot of hard work. it means getting a lot of help from your friends. And most importantly, it means art first, no compromises.

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 
I see myself collaborating with more, likeminded, songwriters. I have not done enough of that, and I think it makes one a better songwriter. I also see myself as way more prolific and perhaps producing some artists that I admire.

 Zillion thanks Danny!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 165

Yep, today is Thursday, but here we are, ready to unveil our TOP TEN Jukebox already! Why, you ask? What's the reason for this change of day? Well, we have an extremely exciting weekend ahead that includes...attending The National gig in Lisbon! But don't worry: we are going to leave you in great hands, thanks to the excellent company of our beloved Sufjan Stevens, the new, arresting single of Line & Circle (one of our favourite 'newcomers', for sure), the comeback of Tennis and terrific discoveries like Patsy's Rats. Not bad for just one playlist, right? Have an awesome weekend and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 164

After another week, yes another one, of political nonsense (every day is another a 'D Day' than is followed by another and then another...) and with a growing feeling that this perennial 'Groundhog Day' is going to last for long. So here we are, once again trying to modestly compensate this uncertain, worrying times, by bringing you our last TOP TEN Jukebox! A pretty diverse playlist to properly begin the weekend, from the post-punk echoes of Drahla, the janglepop touch of Salad Boys, to the pop-punk sounds of Radiator Hospital... tunes for all tastes. Give it a try! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Discoverer 159: new indie findings

Back with our discoverer series with a trio of indiepop finds ready to bring you the latest slices of summer sun as well as being your cousy companion for the Fall season we hope is arriving soon (if Global Warming allows). Check them out!

Mini Dresses. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, although the origins of the band have to be traced in the summer of 2012, at the home recording project of Lira Mondal and Caufield Sching in Austin, Texas. But after moving East and recruiting Luke Reed on drums, the band got their current shape, beginning a pretty steady flow of singles and EP, as well as opening slots for popular acts like Deerhunter, Weyes Blood, and Blog favourites like Fear of Men, Chastity Belt, Dick Diver or Tacocat. First full length, a compilation of tunes from the aforementioned earlier works, appeared this summer, with the self-titled album following this September, out via Joy Void Records. Dreampop meeting bedroom pop, or indiepop enveloped in haze and reflective moods, with occasional excursions to jangle pop or experimental boundaries, here's your soundtrack for the Fall.

Baby! Let me introduce you to the world of Kaley Honeycutt, a really young (she's below 25, my goodness!) Orlando musician now based in Boston, which started to make some noise around the Blogosphere last year while sharing some of their tunes, but who has taken by assault this 2017 with her first two releases: the debut EP, 'Pick Me' , out in April, followed in August by the summery first full-length 'Sunny, F.L.', out via Yellow K Records. Über catchy, between jangle and surf pop bittersweet tunes, packed with these sun kissed vibes and immediate hook melodies, but also some biting, rockier punch soaked in reverb. Not to be missed!

Sea BliteOne of the mightiest things about music is getting lost among "connections". You know, when discovering a band brings you to another, and then another and etc, etc. That's the case with this combo from San Francisco, formed in early 2016 (according to their Facebook, little info out there), found thanks to the SF Pop Fest and our previous discovery of the great Rat Fancy. With a line-up that includes former members of Wax Idols, Primary Colours or Dirty Cupcakes, their first release, out this June in the form of a self-titled EP you can physically grab on tape from Death Records, is fated to be listed among this humble Blog's best-of-year ranks. Four jangle pop gems echoing vintage pop sounds and the spirit of the likes of Tiger Trap, Go Sailor or my beloved Arts & Leisure (see? more connections). Instant crush! 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 163

The madness and the strange schedules continues, so now that we have a short break, let's unveil our new TOP TEN Jukebox. For this latest jam, of the songs that we have listened the most lately, the promising discoveries have won by a vast, unbeatable & undeniable majority, so we can warn you to be prepared for the screeching guitars of Adults, the shoegaze of The Age of Colored Lizards or the intimate touch of Amaya Laucirica. Plenty to listen, enjoy and discover! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 162

We have tried, promise. We have tried not to talk about the TOPIC, but in fact it's quite difficult not to think, feel and breathe "about" this Catalonia-Spain situation... Luckily, we have a temporary antidote... that you can use as much as you can. Yes, of course, we are referring to our new TOP TEN Jukebox! This time we have our beloved Sharon Van Etten 'revisiting' us with her always perfect tunes, but also a Seattle riot grrrl band called Who is she?, an Antipodean touch thanks to Last Leaves or the Swedish band Stars in Coma. An amazing global playlist for this crazy weeks of raising flags and actually doing & saying nothing... Have fun, try to disconnect as much as you can and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 161

Tired of the "groundhog flag day" we are stuck here? So are we. Really tired. Exhausted. Of fascism, repression and manipulation (outside and online). Of blatant lies. Oh, how we would love to have a magic receipt to put an end to it (it's going to last much longer, hope you realize) sometimes! Unfortunately, we don't have it. But instead, we can provide you with music, at least a humble escape or motivation, a bit of sunlight maybe? with our traditional TOP TEN Jukeboxfull of bands we love and are back in action, like The Stammer, Gingerlys of The Treasures of Mexico, as well as our regular dose of new, exciting finds. Have fun (if you can) and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)