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Befriend The Bears – Before They Take Over

December 29, 2011 4 comments

Lions and Tigers and.....

Befriend the Bears is an Austin-based seven piece virtuosic pairing of amorous tonal textures and feverishly erotic vocals which leaves the listener reaching for that post-coital cigarette. Their debut EP Before They Take Over is a multi-layered, eclectic work combining elements of indie-folk, funk, psychedelic, soul with a solid foundation of good old fashion rock’n’roll. The band’s ability to defy genre and stylistically spill out track after track of woven, burning storytelling that elegantly raises your emotional temperature.

Bringing in a horn section (Eduardo Ramirez-Sax, Marc Oran-Trumpet, Jason Morris-Trombone) to accompany fierce bass lines (Josh Arredondo), inventive-dynamic percussion (Behn Stuart) and siren like vocals (Tiana Berlin), they toss the salad of genres even more when the lead guitarist (Aaron Sekula) switches to the Korg for their Pink Floyd-esque song Red Lantern.

While the song Red Lantern is the last track of their debut EP Before They Take Over, it is truly one to really savor. Beginning with lyrics coded with quiet anger and soft vocals to match, the song then leads into a lyric free showcase of instrumentation solos. After some seriously intense bass chaos the song drops you off a high energy cliff and swiftly catches you with a soft emotional sax followed by sweet but mournful vocals.

The EPs second track “Stolen” exemplifies the delightfully haunting songwriting that has kept my finger on the repeat button. Memorable guitar licks, meticulous rhythm and vocal harmonies I could live in. BTB’s prowess in melody and lyric is unmistakable. Don’t miss this EP when it drops in January 2012.

Befriend The Bears – Stolen


UPDATE – BSS “Forgiveness Rock Record”

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment
hellllllllll yeah

Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene has finally given me something to talk about as far as their new album is concerned. officially the LP is titled “Forgiveness Rock Record”, and i’m hoping that this isn’t a preemptive apology to their audience.

certainly not from what i’m hearing. along with the title/albumart announcement, the provided a FREE download of the albums first single, a near 7 minute epic called “World Sick”. it’s heavy and splashy and big “we’re back” to the world. i’m guessing the track is more of a Kevin Drew brainchild than anything else… but it’s enough to get me excited for may 4th.

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Totally Nebular – Boat Boat

February 20, 2010 1 comment

first show poster at Mt. Limb.
Totally Nebular is a florida based three-piece that recently finished a wonderfully cohesive 8 song EP titled “Boat Boat”. sonically, i’m hearing a mish-mash of eclecticisms from a wide pallet of musical realms. most notably, the album takes off with some faction of what i will call “indie-prog”… though the longest track is a mere 4:29 in length, each song lives in it’s only world of movement and adventure(best-listened-to-in-stereo). i’m hearing notes of cacophony to the likes of Xiu Xiu, hooting an hollaring vocals of Born Ruffians, marching ballad guitar flourishes comparable to Wolf Parade and off kilter compositions that i’m sure animal collective would be proud to take credit for. the EP as a whole reminds me of the mpFree formatted album by Experimental Dental School.

and that reminds me. the best thing about this EP is that it’s a freEP, you can get it yourself here!


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2010: early birds and most anticipated

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

weeks like these it’s important to stay positive. both of the radio broadcasts you participate with have been cancelled due to sports, the winter olympics give you  a choice of women’s ice hockey or figure skating for your viewing pleasure, the weather is as noncommittal as a vegas marriage. music is a sound refuge (pun intended).

i think it’s still early enough in the year to start this list, so here it goes, my personal favorites of the last 1.5 months and the upcoming acts i’m most excited for.

Joe Pug – The Messenger (2/16/2010)

the past 6 months have been made better since I first heard this upcoming singer/songwriter’s daytrotter session. since then his earnestly crafted lyrics, artful command of the guitar and folk sensibilities have haunted my daily airwaves. his debut full length album rounds out an already soaring songbook in the wake of two dazzling EPs, “Nation of Heat” and “In the Meantime” chronologically. You can join his mailinglist and treat yourself to some free dowloads(Including the complete “In the Meantime” EP).

Yeasayer – Odd Blood (2/9/2010)

Yeasayer is a band that has elements of everything i like to see in a band. electro/dance grooviness, experimental capacities, infectious melodies as well as thoughtful, inspiring songwriting. i honestly feel like this is an album accessible to music lovers and outside the indie circle. the albums out now and if you like what you here bellow, i highly recommend giving these guys a thorough listen.

Broken Bells – Broken Bells (Due 3/9/2010)

i’m quite sure when it started or how i feel about it yet, but the evidence is out there. 2009 showed a compelling trend toward the “indie supergroup” (e.g. Discovery, MoF) and it continues here with the melding of James Mercer(of The Shins fame) and Danger Mouse. if you’re like me and can’t wait till march to hear this wholly unique combo, you can illegally download a late 2009 leak of the whole damn thing (at least that’s what they tell me).

Broken Social Scene – “The New Album” (Due 3/4/2010)

i wish i could say more about this but all the information i have on it is here. i know with moderate certainty the name of this album will not be “The New Album” but that is all they are saying. i can say that i’m glad that bss is back to their old tricks as the incestuous culmination of nearly the entire Arts&Crafts label. i’ve only moderately enjoyed the “Broken Social Scene Presents…” series, and am ready for full force fiesta comparable to there self-titled release. wikipedia tells me that for the first time in bss history, “Amy Millan, Emily Haines, and Leslie Feist have reportedly recorded a track together” so that’s something to be excited about.


The Morning Benders – Big Echo (Due 3/9/2010)

thanks to ILOVEYOUnimba, The Morning Benders are in my life. i have him to thank for that. if you’re not familiar with their sweet’n’sour-post-pop-indie-love sound, you might want to get to know them. their website offers a free mp3 of this album’s leading track as well as measures to preorder the CD/Vinyl/T-Shirt/betamax etc.

Mint Chicks – Bad Buzz EP (2/21/2010)

just caught this one. it’s nice when i catch wind of wonderful music sprouting up in the world outside of us/canada, and this new zealand fairing lo-fi(ish) 60s pop-revival is worth the worldly view. the latest EP is being released exclusively on an 1GB flash drive (with style). this sort of thing reminds of a similar media i bought at an illinois concert.

sorry for the 500 word essay, i’ll try to be more concise in the future.

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