Posts Tagged ‘arliss nancy’
Scooter is watching Angry Birds videos this morning. Yes, there really are Angry Birds vids and no, I haven’t a clue why. She seems to be stuck on the one with the superhero angry birds and one set to I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Somebody save me…please.
New video for “45″ from The Gaslight Anthem.
According to The Mary Sue, NASA will be having a bake sale this weekend. Seriously.
The peeps over on City of Steam have put together some game-related merchandise. You can pick up City of Steam themed (ouch, sorry) or Mechanist Games themed t-shirts, coffee cups, posters and mouse pads.
I still have an Arlis Nancy - Simple Machines CD to give away.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have reunited to release Americana. I’ve had the vid to Oh, Suzannah floating around the blog and my facebook this week. I kinda like the ‘let’s add a hard guitar and drum edge to the tune’ sound. Before they became grade school standards, some of these tracks were protest songs and I think Americana does a good job of recapturing that feeling. You all should definitely check it out just…skip the Rolling Stone review ’cause it is crap.
Yeah, don’t even. I was over there to read the review for the awesome new Joe Bonamassa release, Driving Towards the Daylight (another crap review, btw) and read the one for Americana while I was there. No, I am not linking to either of them because I would rather have my fingernails pulled off with pliers than link to RS. Have a Joe vid instead.
Catch Joe at about 2:58 in the vid.
My Iron Man lamp is finally here!
Once I put away all the folded clothes on the top of my desk I’ll take a pic. I may use it as my ’On Vacation’ graphic this year. According to the news, I should be able to step outside and like, run into someone from Iron Man 3. Wednesday they were filming over in Cary so they could be ANYWHERE.
Well, anywhere except Lowes tomorrow since I need things from the Garden Center and don’t want to fight traffic to get there. Hey, I have priorities.
Okay, I need coffee and eventually I must conquer the laundry. I also need to start on the week in blogs since it is looking kind of huge at this point. Go, shoo. Watch the vids.
I was going to review the new-ish Arliss Nancy release, Simple Machines, weeks ago but I got busy and sidetracked and now that it has been out for a while it seems a little late to toss my thoughts in the ring.
Simple Machines is darker and more mature than their previous stuff. The songwriting is better and the music a little sharper. While it doesn’t have the ‘smash you up against the wall while waves and waves of music kind of pound you to crescendo’ feeling (don’t go there people) of Truckstop Roses, it does dig in under your skin and twist a little.
I mean, I do like it. Truckstop Roses will probably always be my favorite but this is still good music.
Okay, this isn’t an actual review/review but I do have to mention how gorgeous Lizzie Huffman sounds on The Crease. Also, is Front Seat kind of a dark-er sequel to Thunder Road?
Anyway, when I bought Simple Machines, Virgil from Suburban Home was doing a two-for-one deal. Basically you could get two copies for ten bucks. Sort of a ‘one to listen, one to give to a friend’ kind of thing.
This leaves me with an only one possible choice. I must give my extra copy away so the rest of the world can hear the awesome of Arliss Nancy.
All you need to do is leave a note in the comment section. Say Hi, tell me your favorite Simple Machines track, or jump up and down yelling about how much you want the CD. Whatever rocks your socks.
This Saturday I’ll toss all the posts in a hat…or bowl…or something and pull one out as the winner. I’ll announce it in the Week in Blog post and then get the info to mail it to the winner.
I have spent all morning trying to get over to Suburban Home Records and pick up the new Arliss Nancy release, Simple Machines. I know, I know – it’s not like I have to drive up and bang on Virgil’s door to get one. He has this nifty online site where I can click a few buttons and then listen to my d/l while I wait for the physical cds to arrive in the mail. I just can’t get over there. I also…cough…can’t remember exactly where I put my purse with my money-stuff so that might be…you know…part of the problem.
I’ve been woken by a charlie horse in my leg twice this week so I thought, hey, eat a banana. When I went to get one I found my two remaining bananas are so old they may have petrified. Now I am thinking, just back away from the petrified bananas and leave them be.
The ‘Bit got Johnny Ramone for her guitarist profile powerpoint thing in her guitar class, then she spent the rest of the class refusing to trade him for someone else. Apparently, “you just don’t trade Johnny off”. I am so proud.
The Alan Lomax Archive is now online. I have been trying to get on all morning but the traffic flow on the site must be incredible. I’ll try again later tonight when it hopefully eases up a bit. Ah, there it is. Oh wow, guys this is kind of awesome.
Okay, I have bread to bake and new blues and prog to listen to while I work.
Shoo, go play in the archive.
2011 was an exceptional year for music and I am so happy I was able to listen to so much of it. I can’t do ‘Best of’ list since I just can’t chose which was the best but I do have a few favorites I want to toss out before the year is done.
- Favorite Albums -
Closer to You by The Coronas
Mergers and Aquisitions by Have Gun Will Travel
Keep Your Devils Around by American Scarecrows
Revelator by the Tedeschi Trucks Band
- Favorite New (to me) Band(s) -
The Amends, Arliss Nancy and Gypsy and the Wolf
- Favorite New Singer(s) -
Jake Smith (aka The White Buffalo), Charlie Spraggs and Leslie Craig
- Favorite Song(s) -
Shook Up by Viv and the Revival, Wild Hearts by American Scarecrows and Break Me by Steve Carlson
Favorite Music Vid – This was so, so very hard to pick.
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High points (music-blog-wise) for me in 2011 include Twitter (how did I live without for so long?), Daniel Logan and Jack Moore (again, how did I live without for so long), StageIt and Reverbnation, Ninebullets Radio and the daily posts, pics and videos from The Coronas while they recorded their new album in LA.
No list of mine would be complete without a quiet ‘thank you’ to Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records. In May of 2007 he put up a free sampler cd of SHR bands on eMusic and I snagged some tracks. I had already moved to mostly blues and some indie in my music but finding those bands tipped the scales for me. Nearly five years later almost all the music I enjoy comes from small labels like SHR.
Got a 2011 list of your own? Toss it in the comments section as I am always looking for new bands to squee over.
Late last night, while I was doing some work online, I noticed a tweet go by from Suburban Home Records announcing they would be releasing the new Arliss Nancy album, Simple Machines. Popping over to the SHR site I found a link to download Truckstop Roses, a five song EP by the band. I picked it up thinking I would play it in the background while I finished up my work.
From the opening drum crash I was hooked. The band is amazing and their EP plays almost like a live show. They start out with Stella Lovely where the drums ride over and under the alternating push-pull beat of the guitars. In Paul Revere, the drums and guitars build against each other until they finally meld into a sound like racing horses hooves.
Jon Snodgrass (Drag the River) sits in for the (sort of) power ballad of the set, Abacus, where the band slows it down and I take a deep breath and relax. Just as I am starting to mellow the tension builds back up and the band just rocks out. They have a beautiful piano piece going on behind and around the guitars and it takes the song from good to awesome.
Wind and Sirens walks a very fine line between rock, and country pop but it never falls into sugary or sweet. The band slows down again on the final track, Owen Oklahogan and once again they play a steady build up of tension that finally slams out in a massive drum explosion.
For me the music was very tangible. All the tracks just ran over me in massive pounding waves. I can’t even pick a favorite song because I just love every single one. Look, just pop over to Death to False Hope Records, download Truckstop Roses for free and give it a listen yourselves.
Shoo…Go listen. Dance a little even.
- Kit Tweet