Thursday, January 2, 2014

I Love Your Lifestyle EP by I Love Your Lifestyle (2013)

Kind of Like: Algernon Cadwallader, foxing, Send Away Stranger
Genres: Indie, Emo, Pop Punk

This EP from this Swedish band is pretty fantastic,  I've had the chorus to "Christopher Robin" stuck in my head all day.  It also sounds impeccably polished, and rightfully so because it is yet another product of Joe Reinhart from out of the infamous Head Room in Philadelphia.  Every time I feel like I should be growing tired of this kind of emo/twinkle crap, I always here a band like this that puts their own little tweak to the genre that gets me bopping back along to it.  Plus, these guys seem like they are nice cool guys that actually do lead fun lifestyles.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

worst.summer.ever by Del Paxton (2013)

Kind of Like: Braid, Weatherbox, American Football
Genres: Indie, Emo, Pop Punk

These guys have been in a few other bands from upstate New York, but the one that I was familiar with was Month.  Month was a pretty good band, but I am liking these guys more.  Solid harmonies, strong fuzzy tones with some very American Football-esque clean parts, and great mixing/mastering overall to tie it all together.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Sleep Kit by Sleep Kit (2013)

Kind of Like: Pride and Ego Down, whenskiesaregray, continent.
Genres: Post-hardcore, Emo, Screamo

Holy shit, it's been a minute, right?  I decided I needed to update my music library and I figured I would give this a post as well.  I want to give a proper post for being gone for so long, but my laptop is about to die and my power cord is all the way in the other room, so this is going to be short for now.

These guys are part of what is becoming a very american-friendly screamo/emo movement in Germany.  The first track starts kind of slow and didn't really hook me in right away.  Once you get through the second song, you will probably will want to finish it because it just gets better from there.  There are some pretty fun riffs in this and you would be wise to give it a try.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Brainless God by Direct Hit! (2013)

Kind of Like: The Dopamines, The Thermals, Mixtapes
Genres: Pop Punk, Punk

Here's some smart but still catchy punk rock.  I have drifted away from bands like this, and it is really nice to get submersed back into the kind of stuff that I almost listened to exclusively for a period of time.  As far as punk rock concept albums go, this has to be the best one I have heard since The Lawrence Arms's The Greatest Story Ever Told.  That album is perhaps one of my favorites of all time, so that is a huge compliment to this new release.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What a Time to Be Alive by Scout (2013)

Kind of Like: State Lines, The Sidekicks, A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Genres: Indie, Emo

I miss the old embedded bandcamp players, where you could pick whatever color you want for the background and font.  Now you only get to pick between like eight generic colors, how boring?

If you are looking for something that will reel you in easily and have you singing along after a few listens, then here is a new-ish New York band for you.  Think of catchy anthems that are similar to that of State Lines.  I swear, I thought of the bands in the "Kind of Like" section before I even saw this event for their album release show (which you should probably go to if you like any of the bands mentioned in this post).

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Forgettingism by Lions (2013)

Kind of Like: Damiera, Look Mexico, Pennines
Genres: Math Rock, Pop Punk, Indie, Post-hardcore

So, I have a bit of time waiting for my NHL 14 - Early Access to download, and I just caught wind of these guys from Tennessee.  I have never really heard of them up until now, but they sound incredibly tight butthole.  Everything sounds nice and mixed/mastered well and there are some really great riffs going on that just makes me like them right off the bat.  Check these guys out!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

New Forest Floors by Rookie Town (2013)

Kind of Like: Living with Lions, Free Throw, Tiny Moving Parts
Genres: Pop punk, Emo, Post-hardcore
Buy: Driftwood Records

I have to hand it's "my mix" station; they know how to string together a great mix of favorites with bands I ought to be listening to.  The song "Valley Lily" popped up while I was studying, and I took a quick break to see what these guys were all about.  This band has a pretty great mix of all the genres listed.  With this being the debut album from these Washingtonians, it will be interesting to see what they come out with next.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Orthodox by Native (2013)

Kind of Like: So Many Dynamos, Kidcrash, Caravels
Genres: Post-Hardcore, Punk, Math Rock, Post-rock
Buy: Sargent House

As soon as I heard rumblings of Native's next endeavor, I was beyond excited.  It has been almost 4 years since Wrestling Moves!  These guys have always been overall a really solid band in my eyes.  They seem to take a few steps forward with each release and they absolutely kill live shows, which are all I really ask for in a band.  I feel like the biggest biggest jump forward on this release so far is how the vocals have evolved.  From the standard baseline yell throughout this to softer, haunting coos/chants, there just seems to be much more variety in the vocal department.  They have seemingly altogether ditched the high-pitched single-toned scream/yell from Wrestling Moves to something that is much more chromatic/vibrant.  The music really just picks up right where Wrestling Moves left off, and there is definitely nothing wrong with that.  I have only listened to this guy one time through and I can already tell there are going to be many more listens of this in the near future.  As excited as I am right now after the initial reaction, I just know how great it is going to be to digest this.

Oh yeah, also stoked to catch them this Saturday, check them out on tour.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tainted by Atalanta (2013)

Kind of Like: Adaje, Lizards Have Personalities, Vowel
Genres: Screamo, Post-hardcore, Doom

With the abrupt ending of Adaje last year after their full US tour and release of Yore Veils, I was left wanting more bands with a sound like theirs.  It was screamo, but it was also concentrated chaos dripping with influences of doom metal and post-rock.  After listening to this album by Chicago's Atalanta, I think I found a band with a striking similarity to that.  Instead of ending however, it seems like this band is just beginning.  If you are in Chicago, you can catch these guys with Droughts and William Bonney (second to last show ever) on July 19.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Shirokuma EP by Shirokuma (2013)

Kind of Like: Mahria, Disembarked, No Omega
Genres: Emo, Screamo, Post-hardcore

The best part about doing this label and more specifically putting out international samplers now and then, is the fucking amazing talent I would've never heard from all around the world.  These swedes absolutely kill it for me.  This is the kind of emo/screamo that tends to hook me right away with disjunctive, dissonant, math-y riffs, but ones that tend to be more catchy than technical.  Fuck this pretentious jargon.  Just listen.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

At Aulis by Coalspur (2012)

Kind of Like: Mahria, Animal Face, Vowel
Genres: Post-hardcore, Screamo, Emo

This three piece from Edmonton has jams that remind me a lot of fellow Edmontonians, Mahria.  The vocalist reminds me a bit of Jacob Bannon where he yells instead of screams (Like in Hanging Moon).  And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

This is their EP from 2012, but they also have live demos of new material that will give you an idea of what their full length is going to have on it.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Now taking submissions for International Sampler: Summer 2013 edition

We are now taking submissions for our next International Sampler (Previous ones were: Terriers and A Speck of Dust). We are looking for bands outside of the US only at this time. Please submit your band to with "INT SAMPLER" in the subject.