Sure, the latest video offering from Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors has been out for a week and therefore isn’t news. That’s not necessarily true seeing as how great music that still hasn’t reached many people is some sad news. The alt-folk track “Tennessee” will soothe you and fulfill all your needs for a bearded man to play the harmonica. They’re always bearded. Check out the video above as well as the band’s upcoming tour dates below.
Hopefully Modern Baseball are big Coco Crisp fans. They probably aren’t since none of the guys in the Philly band are fans of anything to do with the Oakland As. Well anyway, the band has announced a pretty big tour that’s over a month long. They’ll also be taking Knuckle Puck, Crying and Somos with them on ever date as well as Foxing, Walter Mitty & His Makeshift Orchestra and Hostage Calm on select dates. We weren’t kidding when we said big. Check out all the dates below.
It’s been three years since milo, the Maine-born, now Los Angeles-based rapper, released his first solo project. He’s steadily been releasing music and has often been the talk of the town due to his progressive production, spoken word-style lyrics and constant reference to all things esoteric and “weird.” It only seems fitting for someone who has garnered attention for pushing the envelope to completely put themselves out there with their largest project to date. That’s “A Toothpaste Suburb” for milo; Something much larger than he’s done and probably larger than he thought it would be.
One thing that I’ve noticed about milo’s debut album is that it contains both his most accessible material and his most inaccessible material. The third track, “Peanut Butter Sandwiches,” is actually a milo song you can show friends and they won’t call you “fucking weird.” That’s a major feat if you have closed-minded friends. If anything, it sounds like it could be one of those really great hip-hop tracks you loved from the “Tony Hawk Pro Skater” soundtracks.
Then immediately with the next track, “Sanssouci Palace,” milo is doing some enticingly dark singing about laying in bed thinking about the desire to die, and this is one of those times your friends would call you weird. That’s not a bad thing, nor a slight at milo’s deeper tracks. The young rapper is truly a master of duality. He can go from having you questioning life’s meaning and your own purpose at that exact moment in time to having you unashamedly laughing at a fart joke. His range is just charming and those two tracks being placed in succession is a good example of that.
Another highlight is the cut featuring Kool A.D., formerly of Das Racist, “In Gaol.” There is something that bothers me about the song though: it’s been released before. On Kool A.D.’s mixtape “Not O.K.” And not just re-released, but given a different title. Part of me thinks that it was just handled that way to give it appeal to more milo fans. I also question if releasing the same track with two different titles connected to two separate projects isn’t meant to be a commentary about artists owning collaborative pieces. Is it a milo song or a Kool A.D. one? Does the fact that the title change has nothing to do with the content somehow change the meaning of the content? Does any of this matter or should we just enjoy this song for what it is?
Similarly, milo thinks a lot. He questions his role in the universe more than we wonder what we’ll wear each day. That’s why his music should be appreciated by more than rap fans. If you were to just publish his lyrics as a book of poetry, he’d win all sorts of awards. He’d be asked to speak in lecture halls and philosophy forums constantly. Instead, he’s a rapper and he has chosen to be a rapper. It changes the entire trajectory of his life and possibly holds him back from a different kind of success.
Then again, I could be completely wrong about that and this is where life was always headed for him because maybe life is predestined. I don’t know which of those is true and I probably never will. I will always be able to question that and milo is one of the reasons that I am capable of that. If anything, “A Toothpaste Suburb” is one giant prompt to get you thinking about your own personal meaning that is given to you in a pleasing, spoken word-style rap form. This will definitely be seen as one of the best and the most ambitious rap release of the year.
Review by Daniel Romandia
Are you not going to The Fest and are really bummed about it? Well, so are we. So here’s Places to Hide, another great band playing in Gainesville on Halloween Weekend. We all have to miss out. In case you aren’t familiar with the band, check out their video for “Dogz.” It’s quite possibly the most disgustingly tumblr-appropriate video ever. Here’s a hint, there’s pizza! The band’s future EP “Wild n Soft” will be out on Sept. 30 with the vinyl coming a bit later via Tiny Engines.
What exactly is dream pop? Probably those indie tracks that you imagine has a video that follows someone’s kinda bad day from the moment they wake up to when they fall asleep. It’s light-hearted and encompassing. Well, at least that’s what we can say about the latest track from Native America. With “Naturally Lazy,” the New Orleans band channels their take-it-easy attitude and their indie psychedelic influences for something we think you’ll dig. Check out the track below and be on the look out for the band’s debut LP “Grown Up Wrong,” set to release on Nov. 18 via Inflated Records.
Sundials had big shoes to fill after 2011’s “When I Couldn’t Breathe,” the antecedent to their last album. The upbeat punk playlist tickled my fancy, so I was eager to hear their new EP, “Kick.”
They definitely delivered, though the pop aspect was a bit more prominent. But before you throw some deuces with the mention of God-awful pop, just think The Wonder Years. The title track was released with the statement: “Tried to write a song, but jerked off instead.” We still get the quintessential stick-it-to-the-man theme we crave from punk.
My favorites on the album are “Dealin’” and “Stun Spore.” “Dealin’” is the short theme song of our preteen years: locking ourselves away from our crappy small-town peers — wait, this still sounds relevant. “Stun Spore” is probably the poppiest on the EP, but it reminds me of that song you play whilst long-boarding on the boardwalk with a brown-bagged PBR (OK, maybe that was too hipster of me).
In any case, it is that feel-good song that you can’t help but shake your hips to, and quite embarrassingly, I might add. If I haven’t convinced you that Sundials’ new EP is pizza for your ears (that means great), then maybe the fact that they are Harry Potter fans will (Guys, I challenge you to a Wizard’s Duel any time; loser buys Butterbeer). Stream “Stun Spore” here, and pick up the EP from Topshelf Records Nov. 4.
Review by Rachel Rosenbaum
We know you remember Abandon All Ships. Instead of a fourth studio album, former frontman Angelo Aita has decided to make it on his own and start a solo project. Sine of the Lion is that project and it has released a new single. Watch the video for “Lion” above.