It’s a very stripped down indie rock holiday special from Pullman Standard, in the form of a slightly older single, “Happy Holidays To All.” A pretty melody and harmonies over some shimmering acoustics, and of course…the sleigh bells. In these dark times, a simple message of good will might help keep things in perspective. Listen below. We’re revisiting this 2013 song on the occasion of Pullman Standard’s impending new release, Diamond Hearts. You can hear a preview at the Soundcloud link at the bottom. We will have more on that album soon.
It was a drag a few years back, when it seemed as though Admiral Twin, the Tulsa OK indie rock band that had topped our charts many times, had gone dormant. But not long after that, we realized that a new favorite of ours, The House of Jed, whose song “Coming Off Pretty” had nearly topped our Intel Superstars channel, is in fact the solo project of Jarrod Gollihare, songwriter from Admiral Twin. And, furthermore, The House of Jed is even more directly up our alley. The music is adventurous but unpretentious, melodic and modern but with substance. Since that first single, we’ve had several more faves from THOJ, including a super-cool video for “Everybody Lies” and a brand new one, the raison d’post, a killer track called “I Eat Earthquakes Like You For Breakfast.”
Following last year’s Do As People Do EP, Beecher’s Fault are back with a new single, “Life In This Light.” The new track is a complex hybrid, adorning the band’s folky rock with soulful, gospel-inspired backing vocals and ambient guitars, all of which get their moment to shine through a spare arrangement built on the rush and lull of complicated rhythmic patterns. And then just when you’ve caught up with the flow, the song launches into it’s final third, a driving rock beat with some classic rock guitar figures and vocoder vocals.
The song is accompanied by a lyric video with disconcertingly busy city-life images juxtaposed with sweeping landscape images, further emphasizing the duality of the music and the lyric’s preoccupation with maintaining perspective. Watch below.
The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Heidi Lynne Gluck is best known to many as a utility player and session woman to the stars (including stints with Juliana Hatfield‘s Some Girls and Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos). But after a period of relative quiet, she’s spent the last couple of years focusing on her own material. In 2015, Gluck released her debut EP The Only Girl In The Room, a beautifully rootsy 5-song collection on which she was the sole performer.
In advance of her new full-length album Pony Show, due August 26th on Lotuspool Records, Gluck has released the single “Mercury Rising,” a rolling, melodic song with a vaguely “Man Who Sold The World” vibe that showcases her breezy, drawling voice and imagery rich lyrics. See below for Pony Show‘s full track listing.
1. Pony Show
2. Mercury Rising
3. Sadness Is Psychedelic
4. Better Homes & Gardens
5. Waiting For You To Say It
6. Pin Striped Vest
7. I Like ‘Em Cruel
8. The Universe Had Split
10. Jumping Vows
Rock and roll trio The Figgs have released their 12th (!) studio album, On The Slide. Coming just a year after their acclaimed Other Planes Of Here LP, the new album continues the band’s evolution from their origins as amped-up guitar-driven rockers to perfecters of concise cosmic pop. As ever, the band is tight as hell, adorning On The Slide‘s 10 tracks with minimal overdubs – some guitar textures, harmonies, and/or a subtle synthesizer or traditional keyboard part (including some nice solos by recent auxiliary member Ted Collins). “Just The Facts” finds the band at their funkiest, while “Open G Capo Position 3” bears some ’70s prog rock influence (and I mean that in the best possible way). “Connecting Brains” is based on a jagged guitar riff, but still remains mellow; a wholly phased-out jam that sets the tone for the album. The Figgs will tour sporadically through the summer and into fall, so check out dates here. On The Slide is available on CD, limited edition vinyl, and digital download.
blondfire somehow gets better with each release. They’ve just released a new single, and the B side alone is addictive as hell. Definitely more indie pop than anything else, and both songs bear elements of straight rock and that elusive thing once known as alternative. In any case, you’ll hear some killer Edge-guitar-riff homage there along with shades of chilled-out Beck and you’re just gonna love it.
blondfire is mainly Erica Driscoll, working most frequently in tandem with producer Wally Gagel, and the new single is “Pleasure” (b/w “Domino”). With only 500 copies pressed, this is sure to sell out soon, so grab it while you can. You can hear both songs in advance below. Buy the vinyl here.