Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Joel Boyea, Please Don't Eat The Daisies - A free download from Futureman Records!

Futureman Records is one of those rarest of breed record labels where all profits go straight to the band, in fact the label was set up to promote good music and support the artists, this deserves our attention and support in order to help artists to continue to produce the music we love.

"Please Don't Eat The Daisies" is twenty songs recorded over twenty years (1988-2008). These homemade bedroom demos and studio recordings have been revived and made public here for the very first time by Futureman Records.  If you need convincing of the quality of this, take a look at the artists featured on this recording!
Joel Boyea, singing and playing. Chris Richards, bass playing. Doyle Dean, drum playing.
Download for free here: A gift from Futureman Records
Other records on the label are "The New Sell Out" by Various artists in a tribute to The Who and the "Sell Out" album which contains some real gems of covers.
 Put together 12 years ago and gathering cobwebs ever since, The New Sell Out is finally out! Dedicated to Rick McBrien, the soul of Futureman. Thanks to every contributing artist and everyone who worked on this! Special thanks to Shawn Wolfe and Hans Martin-Buff! Full liner notes and artwork included in download. 
Stream and download here: Bandcamp
An artist that doesn't really need an introduction is the amazing Michael Carpenter who has an album of covers, SOOP (Songs of other people) on the Futureman label, these are brilliant covers, many of which I had not heard before, but will be playing plenty from now on.
Some highlights from Michael Carpenter's amazing collection of covers records! Head over to michaelcarpenter.bandcamp.com for the full collections along with his amazing originals.
Stream and download SOOP here:Bandcamp

Finally, for now, The What Gives, a band that had somehow passed me by until now and if they have also passed you by up until this point, you can rectify that now as this is a sterling piece of work that needs to be heard.

Recorded in various sessions during the late 90s at what was then Red House Recording in Eudora, Ks. Principals were Jon Harrison on guitar and keyboards, Bret Dillingham on Drums and Stephen Naron on Bass. Bret and Jon sang. Dan Berchenko played guitar on "Right as Rain" and probably something else. Kit Cole played the string section on "Friends." Tawni Freeland-Crider contributed some backing vocals. Ed Rose played a bit of guitar and other tasty treats, as well as recording and co-producing with the band. 

Stream and download The What Gives here: Bandcamp

There are more artists being added to Futureman Records, if you would like to keep up to speed with who is being added, then join their facebook page and support the record label that supports the artists!
Contact, befriend, like and love Futureman Records here: FACEBOOK

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Kaams - Uwaga! ALBUM OUT NOW.

The Kaams eagerly awaited album has landed, and, as was expected, is full of pulsating, rocking garage beats.
Hailing from Bergamo, Italy, this is a band that have obviously fed on a staple diet of the greatest garage/beat bands out there and their debut album has earned a place up there with the best of them.

Started as a duo piece by Andrea Carminati (vocals/guitar) and Marcello Giannelli (drums), the band released its first Ep “She’s a Killer” in march 2010 on Bedo Records/Dirty Water Digit Records.
At the end of the same year a new 7'' split titled "Chose Your Coffin - The Kaams vs The Monolithics" was released on Boss Hoss Records and distributed by Area Pirata.
After several line-up changes Andrea has finally met the right mates:
Marco Facheris (guitar), Alberto Mafessoni (bass) and Tiziano Carozzi (drums).

 This is a fantastic debut album from one of the finest bands in Italy and certainly a heavyweight contender within the scene worldwide, if you like raw, arse kicking, rock 'n' roll beats, then these guys should be adourning your turn table before every night out, hell, play it before breakfast and make every day great!!

Contact, befriend, like and love The Kamms here: FACEBOOK

Listen to a few songs from the album here: Reverbnation

Copies of the album can be purchased direct from the band here: thekaams@gmail.com
or via the record label here: Area Pirata

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Boys School - Boys School. ALBUM OUT NOW

I wasn't really sure what to expect from an album and band called "Boys School," but then I remembered that I should never have expectations as I am often left dissapointed, fortunately, this was not to be the case here, in fact I was pleasantly surprised.

This album is a sparkling piece of work with ballads sitting comfortably besides more up-tempo numbers and a cover of Abba's S.O.S.  Sometimes you get a hint of Brett Farkas influences, think Elvis Costello, T-Rex and The Jam and you are some way there to understanding what this album is all about.  This is a blinding album, full of stompers and a couple of superb ballads.  Go take a listen!

When do the girls get here?

Known for his uniquely prominent and wide spanned style of guitar playing within the LA music scene for the likes of Lord Huron, Amnion (with former Magnetic Zero Aaron Embry) and soul legend, Solomon Burke, Detroit native Brett Farkas steps up to the front and assembles his own clever cast to deliver a half hour fun-ride of sneering rock and roll, addictive pop and thoughtful ballads. Boys School's self titled debut album flows with immense energy, original attitude and lyrical honesty while paying tribute to a rich inspiration of early rock n roll, 70's glam and punk, classic soul music, 90's college radio and the traditional songsmith.
-Featuring the up tempo tracks, "Medicated", "Talking to Myself" , "So Cool - featuring Andy Clockwise" and "There It Goes"; the ballad "I'm With You"; and the epic rendition of Abba's, "S.O.S.".

-Produced by Luke Adams, and includes many regulars to the LA music community including, Stella Mozgawa (drummer of Warpaint), Andy Clockwise, Mia Dyson and Aaron Embry (Edward Sharpe).

Contact, befriend, like and love "Boys School" here: Facebook 

Stream, download etc here: Bandcamp

Deco Auto - Past Mistakes And Hauntings EP. OUT NOW

For those of you who like your Power Pop tinged with some grating guitars and powerful vocals, you couldn't do much better than check out the wonderful "Deco Auto" from Kansas City MO.  
Drawing influences from the likes of Superdrag, Superchunk and Oranger, these guys knock out some really cool supercharged music and if this EP is any indication of what the band can do, then we can hopefully look forward to a fuel injected, V6 growling album sometime soon in the future.

Steven Garcia - guitar, vocals
Tracy Flowers - bass, vocals
Michelle Bacon - drums

Photo: Jessica Ball

The band have several packages available when you purchase the CD EP, you can buy just the download if you wish, but for those of you who want a physical copy, you have the option for a limited edition Deco Auto print and a cd or a cd and an ultra cool T-shirt, both packages include a vinyl sticker, all available from the bands bandcamp page.

Contact, befriend, like and love the wonderful Deco Auto here: FACEBOOK 

Buy one of the CD packages or download here: BANDCAMP 

Official Web Site: http://decoautokc.com/ 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Eytan Mirsky - Year Of The Mouse

Eytan Mirsky delivers his fifth album, which, like his previous releases is chock full of pop nuggets.

Eytan's albums are always so consistent, this, his fifth in a career that has spanned 16 years is no exception as Eytan shows he still has a deftness for writing a catchy tune to back his lyrical content, which at times reminds me of Elvis Costello.  Yes, the songs are that good!

Eytan is known mainly for his original contributions to film soundtracks, including the title songs for critically acclaimed films Happiness, sung by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, and American Splendor, in which he himself appeared singing the theme. He also contributed three songs to the film The Tao of Steve, including the title song and “(I Just Wanna Be) Your Steve McQueen.” Other films to which Mirsky has contributed music are Palindromes, The Company and Desert Blue.

Contact, befriend, like and love Eytan Mirsky: Facebook

Stream, buy the download/CD and back catologue: Bandcamp

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Seasongs - Out Of The City. OUT NOW

The Seasongs debut album is now out and not only does it come wrapped up in a well crafted colourful piece of artwork by Oscar Herrero but the music contained within is also well crafted and colourful too!
The album fires into life with the song "New Love" which is a perfect example of power pop at its finest and the album continues to mesmerise you with songs that have a hint of past greats such as The Kinks, Beatles, Who, even some early Simon and Garfunkel in places, all delivered with attitude and style.
This is a fantastic debut album from a band that promises to go from strength to strength delivering jangly, upbeat, hook laden songs, go listen and enjoy!
Photo: Lisa Monetti

The Seasongs are a Power-pop band from Spain, with a little mixture of folk and psychedelia in their sound, influenced by bands like The Who, Kinks, Beatles, David Bowie, Byrds, The La's and many others.

They've been playing as The Seasongs since 2003 , though the origin of the band begins in 2000 with a garage band called Piso99 (99th Floor).
They've got one album (2012) and 4 self EPs released (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009), and some of their stuff have appeared in 2 compilations of the Spanish fanzine BonVivant Records.

Their first LP titled "Out of the city" has been recorded and mixed by Pepe Bermejo (bass player in The Happy Losers and Mamá) between 2011 and 2012 and mastered by Fausto Martin (guitarist and singer in The Winnerys and Riffbackers) in 2012

Photo: Lisa Monetti

Along these years, they have performed in many gigs, supporting both international and Spanish bands like Cooper, Ugly Beats, Wiretree, Dropkick, Squire, The Village Green Experience (Kinks cover band leaded by Spanish musician José Casas), Javier Polo (one of the members of The Winnerys), Zinedines, Los Sentíos, Holdens, Alien in love, Bang 74, etc.

The Seasongs have participated in three editions of the famous power-pop festival International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool (from 2010 to 2012).

Photo: Lisa Monetti

Contact, befriend, like and love The Seasongs: FACEBOOK

Stream, download and buy the album: Bandcamp

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Phenomenal Cat - Mellow Lane. Single No.6, FREE DOWNLOAD

Mellow Lane cover art 

Phenomenal Cat reach the halfway stage of their single a month for 2012 with the release of "Mellow Lane."

With "Mellow Lane" Phenomenal Cat have delivered a memory provoking piece of times past, changing times, times that are looked back on with a mixture of happiness and sadness, they have then wrapped it up in another delectable slice of power pop and then given it a "Coronation Street" ending.  Confused?  Take a listen and see what I mean.

The bands previous 5 releases have also been made available for FREE download again, so if you don't already have them, get them now!

Download "Mellow Lane" here:Bandcamp

Contact, like and love Phenomenal Cat here: FACEBOOK