Once again, a busy beautiful weekend (85 degrees here) and Halloween has put me behind. Instead of a Monday Mixtape, Midweek Mixtape to the rescue. Listen, love, support!
Abattoir Blues - Sense
When I vacationed in England in 2015, Abattoir Blues was on the bill of the first show I attended. I first heard the band on the brilliantly hit packed compilation offered up by Beech Coma back in late 2014, and was blown away. Their live act was just as intense. Lots of sweaty folks bouncing around, stage diving and just having a blast. Since then, the band has polished their sound, all while retaining that signature urgent energetic fury. 'Sense' is spectacular, more please!
Jagara - Let Me Go
In between shows at 2015's Great Escape Festival in Brighton, I popped into Pattern's for a drink and a bathroom break. The band taking the stage captured my attention quickly, London trio Jagara. Indie pop drenched in synths and delicious melodies kept me around for their entire show. They're back with new music and it's as fabulous as what hooked me back then. Stream their new track 'Let Me Go' below.
The Van T's - Fun Garçon
Glaswegian quartet The Van T's are back with new music, 'Fun Garçon', out on 25th November via Bloc+Music. The band has had a big year, support slots with Yuck and Rat Boy, as well as multiple festivals. One would hope this is just the start of bigger and better things for the surf rock band. 'Fun Garçon' wraps up everything I like the band, it's a pedal to the metal blast of fun. Find it below.
Bat and Ball - Be Mine
A few weeks back, I shared London band Bat and Ball's seriously cool track 'Cruel Cats'. The track was the 1st single to be released from the band's debut LP (2017 release), and was a first spin favorite. Now they're back with another single, 'Be Mine'. And with each offering, they're setting themselves up for a big 2017. I'm certainly looking forward to hearing the LP in its entirety. Catch the band in London November 25th at the Lexington if you can swing it, and think of me thousands of miles away. Give 'Be Mine' a listen below.
Miya Folick - God is a Woman
Miya Folick's secret is out, the jig is up. After last year's brilliant Strange Darling EP, she's back with a stunning new song, 'God is a Woman'. And it may be time that the rest of the musical world knows her. With a gorgeous voice and talent for astute and relatable lyrics, she was never going to languish in obscurity. Plan to join me in being captivated with Miya, listen in to 'God is a Woman' below.
Au/Ra - Concrete Jungle
New artist Au/Ra has shared her debut single, 'Concrete Jungle'. The Ibizan born artist took inspiration from her isolated upbringing, contrasting it with someone brought up in a large city. It's compelling stuff, made even more desirable by her radiant voice. I'm hoping she's around for the long haul, we all need more smart pop music in our lives.
Pangs - Supernatty
One of these days I will see Nashville based band Pangs perform. They're just 90 minutes north of me, the stars will align soon enough. They caught my ear earlier this year with the buzzy sing-a-long 'Busy Signals'. Now they're back with a new track, offering up the fuzzed up 'Supernatty' to make seeing a gig vital. Give it a spin below.
Earlier this year on my 3rd UK vacation, my first full non jet-lagged night in London was spent at the venerable Old Blue Last catching a few bands I'd written about here. On the bill that night at the Art is Hard Family Portrait release show, Fruit Bombs, Bruising, and Abattoir Blues. Fruit Bombs were new to me and I enjoyed their energetic offering of pop-punk sounds, and I loved the brooding growl of Abattoir Blues and their stage diving antics, but I was there to see Bruising.
The Leeds based 4-piece bring a delicious contrast of raw guitars and sweetly sung vocals to the stage, and they didn't disappoint that night. Hearing favorites "Can't You Feel" and "Think About Death" kicked my 15 day vacation in the right direction. Sadly, in all of the madness of the night (lots of drinks), I didn't catch up with anyone from the band, next time, Ben.
Now they're back with new material. This time out they took to Suburban Home Studios in Leeds to record the single with Hookworms’ MJ, which made for a fuller and richer sound yet maintaining that subtle ragged edge from the already fantastic band. For the release, they reconnected with London's Beech Coma Records (also an Aimless Skylarking favorite) for a 7 inch set for a late November release. Three options -- digital only, 7" vinyl, or 6 times a year Singles Club which promises extra goodies along the way. Either way, you can't lose with this band and label. Listen in on the band's new track below, "Emo Friends".
About to make my way to Birmingham for tonight's Bass Drum of Death show at the Bottletree Cafe. I'll be photographing the show too, which is always a bit of added stress. Not sure why, but I always get extremely distressed before such things, and every sort of precautionary measure does no good. It all goes away once I start snapping photos, however, I won't give up my pre-show obligatory nip of nerve calming Scotch.
To keep myself from thinking about all that, I just finished whipping up a mix-CD for the ride down -- Bass Drum of Death, Eternal Summers, Hella Better Dancer, Abattoir Blues, Lazy Day, Beverly, Interpol, Robert Plant and Karen O are all included. It's a mp3 data disk, so I can get several full length albums on the disk. Anyway, today's Song of the Day is the excellent fresh new song from the band, 'For Blood'. Stream it below.
After streaming Hella Better Dancer's 'Like a Child' seemingly a bazillion times, I finally opened up my wallet tonight, and bought the Beech Coma collection. Normally, I only use streaming for evaluation purposes, and then buy if I like it, but for some reason I dithered. Anyway, it's all sorted out now -- 13 songs for £2, or about $3.50 for us in the States, is a smoking deal. 'Like a Child' is worth that with its moody hooks and huge dark vein running right through it. Stunning. Toss in a fuzzy burner of a tune by Abattoir Blues, and it's a winning proposition. While I will obsess over those two songs over the next few days, I'll eventually get back to the remainder of the collection, and hopefully I'll find something amazing.
For now, Today's Song of the Day is 'Like A Child'. Stream it below, and then go buy it!