Saturday, June 02, 2007

Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner

The cuties in Montreal boy/girl group Shapes and Sizes just released a new disc, Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner, on NYC's Asthmatic Kitty Records. Tempos and instrumentation are all over the map on this disc, so I wouldn't recommend subjecting your nerves to it at work or in heavy traffic but when you're nice and relaxed, give it a spin. It's pretty solid from start to finish with my favorite track being "The Taste In My Mouth". I'll be at their show at The Earl in Atlanta on June 13th.

I spent last week browsing independent artists and came across a few diamonds . . . and, um, a possible lump of coal.

If you liked the vibe of Ray LaMontagne's album Trouble, you should really check out Ali Eskandarian. Ali grew up as a child in Iran during war time until he and his family were granted political asylum by Germany. He has quite a checkered past, to say the least, and it really reflects in his retro-folk songs. The Brooklyn resident doesn't seem to be touring very far from home at the moment, but hit his Myspace page for some tunes.

I am not one of those people that gets brainwashed into listening to the same song over and over again, that is, until I heard Sons of Roswell's new self-titled release. These psychadelic, Muscle Shoals natives are definitely throwback-70s (think VietNam) and it seems to be working for them. I am head-over-heels for "Losin' My Mind", which you can hear on their Myspace page. What a great summer song.

Wounded Cougar. What tha? You tell me.

Are you ready to get your 1996 on? An agent friend of mine just told me about the 2007 Triple Play Ballpark Tour this summer featuring Counting Crows, Collective Soul and Live. I know it's just acoustic/rock from my childhood, but CC's August and Everything After is still one of my favorite albums ever.
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