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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