Time to reward your patient self for getting through the workweek with a jam that demands that you cut lose and give in. Whatever you have been holding back from, its time to crank TBE fave Gavin Turek‘s new jam full blast and just ride the feeling. Then once you have shed the stress and inhibitions, buckle up and kick things into high gear with her other new single “Frontline”. Read more
“It’s Not Over” is a song for whoever it is a song for (possibly for Nate Eisland’s wife, Alissa, who is also in the band) but its also a song for ON AN ON fans who have been slowly weeping to the soft beauty of comeback track “Drifting” and serves as a beacon of light shone on a highly groovable future with these TBE faves. Read more
If you weren’t sure if LANY wanted you to take off your clothes then they would like their new jam “Someone Else” to make it crystal clear that they would prefer that you be naked. Trust me, it just feels right. Crank up the tunes and slow-dance around your sky mansion while you wait for the one phone line to the outside world to ring. It only leads to one person’s house. The only person you ever wanted to call. Now if only they would.
Calling all weird debris from deep space! Assemble yourselves and get your swagger right! It’s time to explore the movements and angles that your new body can perform. There is a planet of limp and lifeless creatures below that need your limber moves STAT! Beyonce, Brandy, and Monica have been on the case but have only gotten them so far. Your time is now.
Since we are already working out some youthful energy today, I figured it was time to post the first new Brand New track in 6 years: “Mene”. This post isn’t so much about this song (although you should listen to it) or what this song says about their new material (anything is more promising than Daisy) it is about that time 2 weeks ago when I saw Brand New play live here in LA and it was the most significant concert experience I’ve had in the past 10 years. If you’re anything like me and Your Favorite Weapon and/or Deja Entendu are seminal albums in your life then the return of Brand New is important. (I’ll leave the merits of Fight Off Your Demons and Daisy to another day/person)
When it comes to playing live, Brand New are still very much alive and kicking. The whole band rips and aside from omitting everything except the slow songs from Your Favorite Weapon, I had no gripes with their performance. But that isn’t where the magic lies. The real treat is being in the audience with all the rabid fans jumping at every word and riff, singing along at the top of their lungs and bringing a fervent energy that is completely unparalleled by any other audience I’ve seen (You can even ask Stereogum). So for me, who is used to concerts of small emerging bands where most people don’t even know the lyrics to the 1 song the band has released, this show was a revelation. A reunion of all my best friends that I’ve never met, yet we share a common heart and mind. It was beautiful. Go see Brand New live and experience it yourself.
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The main reason I have been keeping an eye on Waters since they formed is that frontman Van Pierszalowski has a killer Polish last name like me. The reason I even know his name is he used to be in the awesome Port O’Brien from way back in the early days of TBE. Even with all that going for them I couldn’t get excited by Waters. Singles began rolling out almost a year ago and each one felt too rough and tumble for my usually synth-massaged ears. But then something totally amazing (and totally logical happened)… I listened to the full album. And I was blown away. Suddenly all the grit and rawness of those songs felt exactly perfect because there was context and cohesion. Like seeing just one ninja turtle or just one Little Racal. Just odd and a little frightening. Then you see the whole gang and its a different (and epic and exciting) story. That is Waters’ debut album What’s Real.
Listen closely to songs like “Got To My Head” and “Over It” and you may just hear your inner 90s middle-schooler jumping around his room and screaming along as he accidentally knocks copies of Weezer’s blue album and Nirvana’s Nevermind off his comic book display shelves. I sure did. Now pardon me while I put on the blue vinyl of What’s Real and do just that.