In My Ear – Week of July 19

1. Magic Kids
I’m not entirely convinced the Magic Kids are for real. The group’s debut, Memphis, due in stores in late August, sounds like an obscure gem put out by a California high school glee club in 1974. Looking for influences? Try The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Partridge Family, and The Turtles.

DOWNLOAD: Magic Kids – “Summer”

2. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House
Alex from In Music We Trust has been singing this band’s praises for years (he put out 3 of their releases in addition to 2 solo releases by frontman Michael Dean Damron) but until I downloaded the latest mix CD by Suburban Home Records, I hadn’t paid them much mind. I’m sure somewhere along the way, Alex had to have mentioned that if I loved Two Cow Garage (which I do), then I’d love I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House but I must have missed it. Suburban Home is releasing the band’s new album in late August, but you can purchase a digital copy right now. I swear to God that “Swear to God” is one of my favorite tracks of 2010.

<a href="">Swear To God by Suburban Home Records</a>

3. The Unwinding Hours
Columbus, Ohio – and the music world – lost a great one last week. CD101 DJ/program director Andy “Andyman” Davis drowned while on vacation with his family. The sudden loss was a shock to the local music community and I think many people spent last week listening to somber and reflective music. The lyrics of this track by ex-Aereogramme members The Unwinding Hours aren’t really related to the tragedy, but it’s the song that played in my head over and over many nights this past week.

4. The Damnwells
Along the same lines as The Unwinding Hours’ “Solstice”, I found myself listening to The Damnwells “Graceless” quite a bit – the song’s tone set the mood for last week.

5. Helmet
Helmet’s got a new album coming in September at which point they’ll start a tour that will run at least until early November, if not longer, including an October 15 date in Columbus (can’t wait!)

New band from ex-Aereogramme members

Good God, how I loved the Scottish band Aereogramme and I feel very, very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see them once back in 2003. They never made it through Ohio on their farewell tour in 2007 and while bands like The Twilight Sad have helped fill the void for me, nothing will top Aereogramme in their prime. The good great news is that Aereogramme’s Craig B (vocals/guitar) and Iain Cook (guitar/programming) seem to be in the infancy of a new project – The Unwinding Hours – and have posted their very first demo track, “Solstice”, up on their MySpace page. It’s not as noisy/loud as Aereogramme was but keep in mind this is just a first taste of hopefully many, many more tracks to come.

To remind you (or introduce you) of the glory that was Aereogramme, check out the video for “Indiscretion #243” from their 2003 album, Sleep and Release.