It’s easy to look back and identify certain sounds, whether bound by geography or by recording trends. That said, I feel like I’m currently witnessing a certain sound develop. I don’t know we’ll call it when we look back in a few years, but there seem to be an increasing number of bands playing a sort of complex, shimmery pop music. They also focus on vocals, with most of the bands’ members singing intricate parts. Unlike most trends, I’m okay with this development in good songwriting, chimey guitars and solid performances.
Enlou is one of those bands. The Sexy Accident played a show with them in Dayton, and I was blown away by how well the guys played together. I’ve been in many bands, and it’s tough to arrange so many parts without cluttering up the sound. Enjoy…
I have to copy and paste here. I just received an e-mail from Jeff Cloud, announcing a sale at Velvet Blue Music, for one day only. If you know someone who still needs to buy you a Christmas gift, a link to this post would be great to e-mail to him/her.
Now, I can’t simply pass this along without recommendations, however. Nothing to Do With Foxy Boxing, Don’t Frown and Monk With a Gun are essential. You simply cannot claim to enjoy music if they are not in your catalog. I’ve played Map and Swift here before, so you should know my unbiased and accurate opinion on the matter.
Buy any 2 of the below 7″s and get one more for free ! You must make your purchase online at www.velvetbluemusic.com by midnight Monday, Dec. 14th. Just type the title of the 7″ you want for free in the comments section of the order.
I want to pass along some random pieces of news.
First, everyone should be familiar with Poptek Records from Dayton, Ohio. Not only do they release some great pop music, but Andy Ingram also sends out a song every month to subscribers of his mailing list. Sign up today.
Next, I have to talk about the new Flaming Lips album that comes out next week. (Am I the only one who ponders the antiquated notion of release dates in our post-Napster age?) A friend of mine gave the MP3s to me last week, and I love the album. Anyone who knows me should know that, although I own quite a few of their albums, I really don’t get into much of the Lips’ catalogue. Honestly, I’ve just always been more of a fan of Mercury Rev. That said, this new album, Embryonic, is amazing. The band is clearly not playing to the crowd on this one, the drums sound like trash and Wayne’s voice is treated as an instrument again. Anyway, I just want people to be aware of this super-cool limited edition release of the album with crazy artwork.
Last, I’ll just copy and paste from an e-mail that Jeff Cloud at Velvet Blue Music sent me about one of his new bands, The Langley Sisters (who will be featured in an upcoming episode of Radio Free Raytown). This release sounds like a must-have for us vinyl nerds who dig limited edition junk.
The Langley Sisters are three lovely, young ladies from London, who craft songs from a forgotten era. Their gorgeous string, horn, and piano sections should pretty much separate them from most everything else in your inbox today ! The single for the track “Queen Bee” will be a limited edition vinyl, each jacket numbered, on white vinyl, and will of course include a download code. We should also mention that the tracks were recorded and produced by the fabulous Mr. Ed Harcourt. Late October release.
See them on the road :
09/14 Glasglow @ King Tuts w/ Paloma Faith
09/15 Manchester @ The Ruby Lounge w/ Paloma Faith
09/17 London @ Scala w/ Paloma Faith
09/20 London @ Spice of Life
10/10 London @ The Hootenany
Things have been busy lately, but I do have time to post the fourth instalment of the Radio Free Raytown show. (It’s up to number five, if you count the special one I did to promote tomorrow’s concert with Terry Taylor, Michael Roe and Michael Miller. If you’re new to this site and want more information on that show, click here.) This may be my favorite episode so far; it is certainly the most personal one. Let me know what you think.