«Flashback« Millencolin – Bullion


if i only had the strength to make some muffins then i swear that i would share them with you now

♫ Millencolin – Bullion / 1996

Most of the bands here in Flashback corner were brought to my attention (and yours, I imagine) through their radio play. Millencolin, however, never got radio love and instead reached my ears through my other favorite music discovery medium of the 90s: Compilations. For anywhere from free to five dollars, I could get a flavor of 15 or so new artists and depending on what struck a chord, go from there. It was on an early Vans comp that I discovered “Bullion,” a song that became an instant classic for me. Millencolin are like a Swedish Blink 182 and Life On A Plate was like their Dude Ranch, only without so much attention. There is not much else to say without getting boring with all the great memories I have of listening to this album. If you don’t know it the I’m not sure it’s worth revisiting now. I think you had to be there. And be 14. Kind of a right time, right place kind of thing.

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White Rabbits have a Plot to fire their Percussion Gun in your ears

White Rabbits

where do you get off and how can i get there too?

♫ White Rabbits – Percussion Gun

As sometimes happens around TBE, things slip through the cracks. Unfortunately White Rabbits were one of those things. “Percussion Gun” leaked in March and It’s Frightening came out in May but I only recently got on the wagon. “It was actually “The Plot” (below) from their previous LP, Fort Nightly, that pulled me down the rabbit hole, if you will. “Percussion Gun” is not as immediatly addictive but definitely grew on me, especially once I picked up the whole It’s Frightening album. I am sure that comparisons to Cold War Kids have been made before but it bears repeating, as well as their respective albums.

♫ White Rabbits – The Plot

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Yes, Giantess’ new track is Tough. N’ other Stuff too…

Yes, Giantess

she got a tongue like a crackin’ whip

♫ Yes Giantess – Tuff n’ Stuff

Yes Giantess’ Last.fm profile describes them as being the “tequila-fueled love-child of Iglu & Hartly and Hockey, with a raging doubt that Passion Pit might actually be the father [of].” Since all three of those bands are TBE faves (click links!) I would be remiss to no pass along this track. Actually, those reasons have nothing to do with why I am sharing this. I share because it is a good song, regardless of any illegitimate paternity issues. I also share because it is an interesting song. Tuff N’ Stuff starts out clear enough, a love song with a rapping-over-synth combo (that reminds me of Chiddy Bang’s “Truth” for some reason). And then something happens. It’s balls just drop off. The drums cut out and singer Jan Rosenfeld goes all mushy on us with words like “smiling,” beautiful,” “feelings” and the real kicker, “love.” Whoa. But then BAM, the dance party is back on and he is comparing her to a pirate ship! It’s just back and forth, up and down, hot and cold, tough and stu.. Oh. I get it. Awesome.

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Naïve New Beaters need to Get more Love


let’s see what you’ve got apart from what you say

♫ Naïve New Beaters – Get Love

Lately, this thing keeps happening to me where I am sure that a new song I dig is the only good one by the band. Then I go to write about it and discover they have a solid catalog of jams. Damn. There are definitely worse ways to be wrong! Well, it was Dinosaur Pile-Up the other day and now it’s France’s Naïve New Beaters. The Recommender turned me on a few weeks back and “Get Love” has been simmering in my stereo since then. A love anthem for the love-challenged sung in an awesome French accent, It’s big, loud, and full of goofy fun. Straight up my alley. If you like what you hear then definitely head over to RCRD•LBL for 2 more tracks off of their debut LP Wallace (out now). “Can’t Choose” may be the catchiest song I’ve heard all week and “Live Good” has the best video I have seen in a while.

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The Very Best bring us Yalira from The Warm Heart Of Africa


well we all need someone to tell us when to go

♫ The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (Ft. Ezra Koenig)

Since The Very Best have been well blogged about (including their mention here at TBE) I’ll skip the back story and get into the music. The first public taste of their upcoming album, it’s title track “The Warm Heart Of Africa,” has been out and about for a while now but I never fell in love with it so it ever ended up on TBE. Then leaked the other much hyped tracks, “Julia” and “Rain Dance ft. MIA.” Much like anything with MIA I felt they were over-hyped and passed on sharing them. Finally I have got a track off the album I can get behind! The Very Best recently released the “Warm Heart Of Africa” single and included the B-side “Yalira” (and Warm Heart Of Africa album opener) as a free download. I can’t think of a more perfect album opener. The thing is perfectly crafted to get me excited about the album I am about to hear! Hairs raise on my neck and a smile is still on my face every time I hear it. And to be honest, “The Warm Heart Of Africa” has grown on me. I am just not so sure Ezra is much of an expert on the subject. Anyway, if is your first time hearing the amazing Esau Mwamwaya sing then you are in for a treat. The guy sings in a variety of African dialects (a product of having a civil servant father) and kills it with each one, even though you have no idea what he is singing about. I wont say much about the whole album here, it’s still a few weeks away from dropping in September, but I do hope this gets you hyped for it. It’s pretty, prettttty, prettttttty great.

The Very Best – Yalira

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Dinosaur Pile Up warn of an impending Cat Attack. With balls.

Dino PileUp

i try my best to bust a kick but hurt my back

♫ Dinosaur Pile-Up – Cat Attack

Dinosaur Pile-Up sound like the 90s. Or at least they sound like my 90s. Listening to these guys makes me feel like I’m sitting in my old bedroom doing math homework as crunchy guitar sounds escape from my old-school radio. The guitars shred. The drums pound. The vocals are rough and urgent. It’s music you want to see live so you can jump up and down and rub your sweat on your neighbor. Their new EP is out now and I am feeling these jams. “Summer Hit Single” in particular is another epic standout. The Most Powerful EP In The Universe is quite a claim for an EP title but I like the balls. Rock music has been missing balls lately and it’s good to see them. Good to hear them, too. Balls suit rock. My world is right.

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«Flashback« CAKE – The Distance

Fashion Nugget

bowel-shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse

♫ Cake – The Distance / 1996

One of the best lyrics ever. Hands down. And in one of the best songs of the 90s. Or ever, as far as I am concerned. “The Distance” is one of those songs that will never get old. I don’t listen to it enough these days, but I should. I should really listen to more CAKE in general. Fashion Nugget is such a fantastic and solid album, a definite recommendation for those who never dug deeper that “The Distance.” CAKE kept it up too, releasing 3 more albums since, and still touring today. Shit! In fact, they will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday. I gotta investigate…

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Cassettes Won’t Listen about my sonic adventure Into The Hillside on a Paper Float


crack a smile and let each other know

♫ Cassettes Won’t Listen – Into The Hillside

“Into The Hillside” clocks in at under 3 minutes, which may seem strange for such an adventurous song that goes so many places as it churns along but I think there is something brilliant in the brevity, leaving me wanting more, another taste, another trip. I have had this one one repeat all week and I have big plans for it tonight. Talk about kicking a skateboard trip into overdrive! Cassettes Won’t Listen is the musical moniker of Jason Drake, formerly based out of Brooklyn but recently relocated to Los Angeles, the city that inspired the instrumental Into The Hillside LP. His previous work has played with trip-hop, hip-hop, indie electronic, and remixes for various other artists. 2008’s Small-Time Machine EP contains the more haunting and brooding Paper Float which I was digging about this time last year. The sound is a million miles away from “Into The Hillside” but it’s that kind of sonic evolution that I appreciate in an artist.

♫ Cassettes Won’t Listen – Paper Float

I haven’t had a chance to pick up the rest of Into The Hillside or Small-Time Machine, but now that I have two fantastic jams from Cassettes Won’t Listen I will definitely be investigating further. Any Cassettes fans want to chime in?

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