Track 1: Polar Bear by Mumiy Troll
Okay…the Press Release on this band is way more thorough than I could be. I’ll just say that I dig them, and let you read the rest…lol!
Mumiy Troll are superstars in their native Russia, and audiences across North America will see why when the Vladivostok and Moscow-based foursome, whose ‘Polar Bear’ EP is out now, kick off their 24 dates North American tour on August 11 at the Black Cat in Washington, DC. What do they sound like? That’s apparently in the ear of the listener – the band is widely praised, but comparisons vary.
· “You don’t need to be able to read Cyrillic to understand this Russian band — a fluency in groovy post-punk and edgy guitar rock is all that’s required.” – The New Yorker
· “A nuclear meltdown of the Bravery, Tom Petty and the Afghan Whigs.” – LA Times
· “A looser, more joyful version of early Public Image, Ltd. crossed with Devo.” – Chicago Sun-Times
· “A vodka-chasing mix of Bauhaus and Pearl Jam” – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
· “For fans of the TV on the Radio and DeVotchKa.” – The Stranger
· “A good-natured mashup between Alexei Sayle, the English Beat, and A Flock of Seagulls.” – The San Francisco Bay Guardian
Track sent over courtesy Mumiy Troll’s US PR Firm, gratis.
Track 2: Heads Are Gonna Roll by Rocket From the Crypt
Y’know how every once in a while I’ll throw in an old track from a now defunct band? (“Charlie, Sky and Jupiter” comes to mind…) Well, here’s another. Evidently these dudes disbanded in 2005, but a trip through their website alone makes me wish they hadn’t.
Unfortunately, seemingly good personalities and entertaining websites alone do not a successful band make: this act recorded seven albums with three or four different labels and never gained momentum past their local cult following in San Diego. But, you have to give it to them – they’re fun!
Actually…I lived in San Diego for four years during their heyday. And I missed them. Sonofabitch.
This track was a nice little surprise on the “Sympathy for the Record Industry Sampler”.
Track 3: Jail La La by Dum Dum Girls
These CA Indie Rock Chicks are evidently becoming popular – they’ll be touring with Vampire Weekend and Beach House in August, and MGMT in Europe come September.
(Personally, I don’t get the hubub. I couldn’t make it through the entire song. Meh.)
I mean – I already lived through the ’80’s, and I’m the first to admit that we had some shitty music back then, with overuse of two or three chords and limited vocal range being the bedrock of said shitty music. I’m thinking this is a remake of that.
…what? Hey, at least I’m honest!
Track came (in the form of a free download – and I’m glad I didn’t pay for it) from “Digital Bang: 2010 Sub Pop Sampler for Amazon”
Track 4: 8 Years by Colour Revolt
So, these dudes are from Mississippi…which immediately had me wondering why they use the “u” in Colour like Canadians and Europeans…but I got over it. In checking out their MySpace blog, I see that they’ve lost a few original members and gone from a five piece to a duo – which is sort of what this track is all about. Band evolution.
Aggresive-yet-pensive album opener “8 Years” is a reflection on the band’s history. As Coppenbarger says, it was an opportunity for the remaining members of the band to share stories about “the good things and the bad things and the weird things” they have encountered on the road together. “A lot of it is just kind of the heartbreak of losing the people who are like your family, your brothers—but also the sense that this thing is going to keep going,” he says.
Sent over by Colour Revolt’s PR folks, gratis.
Track 5: Spanish Pipedream (John Prine Cover) by The Avett Brothers
Well. Where do I start? First of all, The Avett boys are a post all on their own – which I will get to soon, I promise – and they do a masterful job with this cover, of course. Just enough of their own flavor added to an already wonderful song and arrangement by a living legend. Yep, the MSM loves her some John Prine! (Also a post all his own. Damn, I need to get busy writing.)
This track came from “Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: The Songs of John Prine” (and how much do I love that pook knew that!?!), which is a collection of John Prine-y goodness from the likes of the Avetts, Drive By Truckers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket…it’s great to listen to these with “new ears”.
This particular track is one that Liam loves…and I’m proud to say that he already knew the original and recognized this as “The Blow Up Your TV Song” as soon as we cued it up as, although he was quick to point out: “But, Mama – that isn’t Mr. John Prine’s voice!” (If you don’t know the greatness that is John Prine…about whom Kris Kristofferson has said “he writes songs so good, we’re gonna have to break his fingers”…as well as my four year old does, then you need to set aside an afternoon to educate yourself.
Trust me – you’ll be forever changed afterwards. 😉