Off of Bear’s Den’s debut album! Perfect fall folk :)

-NikkiMarie

So, Cold War Kids released their fifth studio album today entitled Hold my Home and honestly I am pretty freaking stoked about it. Nathan Willett consistently gives us soulful/goddamn awesome vocals with the signature CWK sound we’ve come to know and love. However, this album feels a little different. A little more decomposed in parts and a little more technically pleasing than earlier LPs. Overall, this band can do NO wrong in my eyes. But tell us what you think! 

First Listen Favorite: Drive Desperate. This song reminds me of cowboys and other important things. 

Tell us what your favorite track is! Now streaming on spotify :) But you can buy the album at www.coldwarkids.com (hint hint…support awesome musicians)

-NikkiMarie

Hey Kidsssss

It’s Nikki Marie. I haven’t been on here in ages but here I am. Life has calmed down a little bit and I have a new job so I might be able to post a bit again. Missed you all! :)

-NikkiMarie

Not-So-New Album Reviews

Here’s the inaugural post of my new series: Not-So-New Album Reviews. I constantly find myself getting into an album that came out a few years ago. Sometimes it’s new to me, sometimes it’s just a good time to go back to it. Don’t you ever come late to the music party but still want to share it? I know I do, and I hope this introduces you to some releases that you might have missed, or sparks a re-visit to a great album. C’mon, you know you love leftovers!  So do me a favor, let me know what you’ve been listening to lately! New/old/unknown it doesn’t matter. I’m re-visiting some great albums and want to share it! 

Not-So-New Album Review #1

Burning Airlines - Mission: Control! (1999)

J. Robbins, a man who has been known around the post-punk/hardcore scene in the late 90’s and early 00’s created this interesting band with his former bandmate Bill Barbot from Jawbox. Burning Airlines, an interesting name, took a whole new meaning after the September 11 attacks in New York. This proved to be a difficulty for the band when many venues refused to broadcast the name “Burning Airlines,” on their bills. 

The album plays nicely, and you can get the songs bouncing around your head after just one listen. I have left and revisited this album many many times over the years. One of the most striking aspects to the album is just how tight the trio is. It’s definitely more poppy that their preceding Jawbox tracks, but it’s so tight and catchy that it just works. The drums are grooving, the guitar riffs and melodies bounce right on top and keep it alive, and J. Robbins’ low range voice brings it all together.

All in all, its a steady rock album and definitely worth a good listen. The first half is more tame and steady rocking, while the last half pics up the pace and the mood. This will definitely get your head rocking!

-Boogie

Mac Demarco - Blue Boy

Keeping the vibe relaxed, his guitar melodies seem to flow like ocean waves on a sunny day. If you’re in the mood to kick back and relax, Mac Demarco will totally set the mood for you. Enjoy the summer time and keep this in the summer playlist.

-Boogie

Real Estate - Talking Backwards

From their latest release, “Young and Old,” with the same good sound. This album is a perfect summer soundtrack for trips to the beach and chilling with your friends. Enjoy

-Boogie

Fat Fox Fanclub - Big Hip

This is a fun little band from Tokyo. It’s funky, it’s goofy, and so quintessentially Japanese! FFF will totally get your head grooving in a totally different way! Don’t think Melt Banana weird, but more like a little Japanese girl who loves the Chili Peppers. 

-Boogie