We meant to post these songs yesterday and simply never got around to it (our apologies). This procrastination was mostly due to our distraction by fabulous weather and then by the Cavs putting the smack down on Detroit and then later by the Tribe doing the same to the Yankees. While enjoying these victories, we were fueling ourselves with some delicious brews from Unibroue (La Fin Du Monde), Dogfish Head (Raison D'etre), Magic Hat (#9), and Brooklyn Brewery (Monster Ale). All in all it was a great day.
As for today, we got off our lazy duffs and finished this post hoping you enjoy these tunes as much as we do. So here you go :)
5. (mp3) La Snacks - Kristin Was A Meteorologist This Austin, Texas based band will make you think of Pavement, Archers of Loaf and every indie rock band from the mid 90's that was worth a damn. They are not coming this way which is just too bad.
4. (mp3) Ice Palace - Thoughts/Facts From Minneapolis, this band just blew through town last week at The Beachland with Cloud Cult, we missed them but you should not. Catch them when they come to your town with their sound is part Bishop Allen/part 90's indie/part bands coming out of the Midwest. Overall, it is a beautiful gruffness that is simply perfect for an overcast day like today.
3. (mp3) Magic Wands - Black Magic Heading out this spring with The Kills and the The Horror, this Nashville duo is part of a lineup that should make for a great tour tour, unfortunately the closest they are coming to Cleveland is Detroit. Their music is dark and dancey with deep driving funk bass lines. They will have you drinking up the sensuality from their hot guitar licks while humming along at the same time. Just wait, this song is definitely ripe for a hot remix.
2. (mp3) Chester French & Clinton Sparks - Ciroc Star (featuring Diddy & Jadakiss) A choice jam coming from the Chester French mix tape: Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance. We love that "ciroc star" is an actual term (although, it's not yet listed in the Urban Dictionary) and the fact that we rock'd Ciroc before Diddy did. We did a post about our love for Ciroc a few years back, if you are interested check it out here. Also, you mustn't forget that Chester French will be coming to The Grog Shop on May 12th opening for Lady Sovereign.
1. (mp3) Roman Candle - Early Aubade Hailing from Chapel Hill, N.C., this quartet is offering us a track starting out with an epic driving indie-rock chorus, almost kind of Flaming Lips-ish or Arcade Fire-esque. The song then transitions to a slight alt country rock sound, complete with a nice bit of twang. Dabbling with these sounds, it seems apropos that they have been called the "Wilco of the South" and while that is a great compliment, you can tell they are so much more than that. They are co-touring with The Deep Vibration this spring all over, where you'll have an opportunity to see them in Akron, Columbus and Pittsburgh (but no C-town).
Note: The artwork above was created by a very talented gentleman from Cleveland. He's got some great stuff, so check out his flickr photostream.