Boardwalk – “High Water”

Jeez Louise, it’s like Kim Deal fronting Mazzy Star. Nothing wrong with that.

Sure to get completely looked over in a week that will see new releases by artists such as Pearl Jam and Paul McCartney hitting store shelves, Boardwalk’s self-titled debut could be the sleepy pick of the week.

Black metal with an avant-garde twist


I’ve missed writing about music. Who knew it would be a ‘black metal’ band that would inspire me to put more effort into getting this site back up and running? I know very little about this genre and, frankly, most of the stuff that I’ve heard scares the crap out of me but I’ve been listening to “Vino Verso” fromĀ Oranssi Pazuzus new album ‘Valonielu’ non-stop since getting a link to it in an email earlier today.

There’s not a Soundcloud embed link for the track so you’ll have to click the link below to check the song out.

‘Valonielu’ will be in stores in the U.S. on October 15, just in time to scare the kiddies who will knock on your door asking for Halloween candy!

Listen: Tom Morgan – “One True Love”, “Taste for Blood”

Tom Morgan’s name doesn’t warrant a mention in the overview of The Lemonheads on the band’s AllMusic profile yet the Australian songwriter who led Smudge played an integral part in Evan Dando’s alt-rock heyday. Morgan and Dando collaborated on a number of songs on It’s A Shame About Ray (including the title track) and Come On Feel the Lemonheads.

In early February, Fire Records will release Morgan’s debut solo album, Orange Syringe. Even in it’s stripped down, low key format, you can hear the pop genius that Morgan infused into The Lemonheads music some 20 years ago.

Here are a couple of tracks from Orange Syringe.

Listen: Beat Connection – “The Palace Garden, 4am”

I saw the original Footloose movie in the ’80s. Letting kids dance is bad … BAD … it leads to fornication and the destruction of American values … or something like that. If that’s the case, then Beat Connection might as well be Satan.

There’s a lot to love in this track – the chirpy keyboards, the shakers, the Vampire Weekend-ish-like vocals (which, are sort of like Paul Simon-ish vocals), the shaky-shaky-shimmer-shimmer guitars. If you turned the (sort of) title track from The Palace Gardens into candy, you’d have a bag of Pop Rocks ready to jump around in your mouth.

Beat Connection will be on the road the rest of June and most of July.

6/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room*
6/20 – Dallas, TX – La Grange
6/21 – Austin, TX – Red 7
6/22 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
6/23 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
6/26 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
6/27 – Miami, FL – Bardot
6/28 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
6/29 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Hell
6/30 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade
7/01 – Washington DC – DC9
7/03 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
7/04 – New Haven, CT – Bar Night Club
7/05 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
7/06 – Cambridge, MA – TT the Bears
7/07 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
7/08 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel
7/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
7/11 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
7/12 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
7/13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Cafe
7/14 – Milwaukee, WI – The Cactus Club
7/15 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
7/17 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
7/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
7/19 – Boise, ID – Reef Boise
7/22 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club

* w/ MMOTHS & White Arrows