Today I hope to introduce you to Okkervil River, the indie band assembled in Austin, Texas way back in 1998. This year marks the release of their seventh album The Silver Gymnasium and, while I haven’t had a chance to look through their entire discography, there are some compelling songs I wanted to share with you guys. Enjoy and I hope to get back into the swing of things soon…
A lot has been going on recently and I haven’t been posting as much as I would like to. I’m still waiting to be reunited with my desktop so for now I shall have to forgo the graphics.
Having said that, I just wanted to share this little tibit from the Californian band Eels which was featured in the closing scene of tonight’s Futurama. I shall resume my old writing habits later but for now enjoy this song and go give someone a hug, a kiss or just tell them you care afterwards.
Saxophone is one hell of an instrument, definitely a favorite of mine. I still want to kick my 10-year-old self for passing on saxophone in lieu of percussion back in the middle school band. And as it turns out, I couldn’t play drums worth a damn anyway! Even if you don’t feel as strongly about it, give “The Finishing” by Starvoz a listen — it’s a great, easygoing instrumental that makes for a perfect mental vacation.
I can’t help it, I have to steal from reddit here. This is easily the best original content I’ve seen posted on the site. Not only is the guy playing drums, guitar, and singing at the same time, the song he wrote is AWESOME. Yeah, so the video looks like it’s from 1995, but once he starts playing you’ll forget all about that. John clearly takes some notes from Jack White and the Hives here, but really made something unique. Another from his Youtube channel, “Blanket of Hurt” is also posted below, which conveys more of a feeling of dulled and numb pain, but he does it without sounding whiney. This guy is talented, but don’t take my word for it – give it a listen.
Hark back to my wee young adult years of 2009, me and an old mate Tommy ventured into a free concert series put on by LA’s Natural History Museum named First Fridays. We were there to see Yeasayer but this one band named Warpaint opened for them. I committed to the experience out of an affinity for live music and had never heard of either band before embarking on the trip; we packed into the exhibit surrounded by stuffed extinct animals serving as a crude stage and then Warpaint started playing. To this day I cannot conclude whether it was the fact that I was coming off an architecture charette with sever sleep deprivation; the fact that I was even more inebriated and under the influence of multiple – ahem – things; or whether Warpaint was just an amazing live act but I was gripped.
The performance was surreal and at the time I could liken Emily Kokal’s voice to that of a siren because I was trying my damn best to stay awake on my foot (it does help that they also have a very attractive guitarist). I might just have created a really fond memory but when I went home and copped their EP I can’t help but relive the experience every time and picture the performance in my head.
I find it rather frustrating that Warpaint will not allow me to embed individual songs so I am forced to provide you with a link to the full Exquisite Corpse EP here. Don’t get me wrong, the entire EP is worth a listen through but it’s an annoying inconvenience. I urge you to listen to the second and third track by the names of Elephants and Billie Holiday,
Elephant was fun but Billie Holiday was where their voice really shone through my cross faded stupor and made me wonder who ARE these girls? Support them if you like what you see, they’re LA natives so there should be shows that crop up every now and then.
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I don’t usually go for these kind of things but after a shitty few days this song really helps picks me up. Don’t get turned off by Stuart Robinson’s nonchalant, talking narration of a humorous and self-depreciating scenario. Backed by gentle acoustics, this song is guaranteed to lighten up your day. Give it a listen and support the North Carolina native band!
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These sessions from “Jam In the Van” are something I really wish I had caught on to back when I was in California. Here’s another jam, but this one’s got a whole different feel. Try to get 2 minutes into this one without bobbing your head.
Zach Deputy is a solo act, but you wouldn’t believe it without seeing it. Using a series of vocal and guitar effects along with a looping station, he fills in all the spaces that other bandmates would normally occupy. He’s got a real beachy calypso feel, and it’s completely infectious. If he ever tours in Chicago I’ll practically be heaving my money at him. Check out his live version of “Twisty Twisty” from Jam In the Van below. (Who would have guessed that this guy can sing like that???)