Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Local Bands

Snakes Got Local Bands

Thomas Francis Takes His Chances
-A Family band out of Central NJ. Recent performances @ The Stone Pony have shown that this group of potty-mouthed kids can tear the roof off of any establishment. With songs referencing the darker side of children's nursery rhymes and on and off-stage antics requiring the assistance of the entire Asbury "fuzz" patrol, Thomas Francis is sure to excite your senses. Upcoming live dates can be found on their Myspace so take your Chances and head out to show support to these up-and-comers.

Mp3: Rapunzel
Mp3: Structure

Thomas Francis Takes His Chances on Myspace

I Don't Think So Dracula
-Another Central NJ act that refreshingly brings back indie rock in a way that "modest mouse" once paved roads of gold with. Although dormant for the most part, when awakened, the natural collective ability of these guys is something to sing about. We patiently wait until a day when torment and affliction no longer holds this trio back from creating and refining more tunes like this one:

Mp3: Pigment of Bruises

I Don't Think So Dracula on Myspace

No Use For Humans
-These NJ Electronica veterans have been riotously making noise on stages up and down the 13 colonies since 2004. With percussions that own your ears and a style that has all but been swept under the carpet, No Use For Humans is the bloody nose of this area. Recently selected to represent the USA in a YMCA sponsored music festival held in Prague, they deliver the sound one would imagine happening only in Frank Zappa's dreams.

Mp3: Jihad
Mp3: Ass Goblin

No Use For Humans on Myspace

Finkle and Einhorne
-Whimsical and calm, these cubs just emerged onto the local scene with melodies sounding like the peak of an opiate high. Incomplete beginnings show promise that there is more than meets the ear here and we will keep an eye out on them to see where they go from here. Enjoy this debut-in-the-making and as always happy listening.

Mp3: Riverbeds

Finkle and Einhorne on Myspace

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Handome Furs: Public Access Media Interview plus a new 7"


From White Whale Records

We’re very proud to be releasing the Shine A Light 7” with Handsome Furs (Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade) and Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) covering a track by each others “other” band…

Fans were searching for it. What happened to the “Shine A Light” Wolf Parade cover that was supposed to close the highly anticipated Adam Franklin debut Bolts of Melody? Adam had been closing shows with the song on tour and it was in the press releases for the record, but, upon release, it wasn’t there. Did a recorded version exist?

Then, there it was, posted on myspace. A lush, intimate version of Shine A Light as only Adam Franklin could do it. But, 2 days later it was removed. “Could you put it back?” “Post the mp3?” One fan went so far as to ask whether Adam was too much of a rock star to take 30 seconds to personally send him the .mp3. A slew of responses erupted on the blog.

One note came from long-time Swervedriver fan and White Whale founder, Ryder Havdale. Ryder was friends with Dan Boeckner who’d written Shine a Light, and, sure enough, a light went on…. What if Dan would record a Swervedriver track? A quick call was made and, as it turned out, Dan too was a fan of Swervedriver. “When I was 12, if you told me Adam Franklin would cover one of my songs in the future I would have freaked!”

This month marked the return of Swervedriver with a showcase at Coachella and the first official tour in 10 years. Adam is recording his second solo album as Adam Franklin and has just released the debut for his latest project, Magnetic Morning.

Dan has just finished recording the sophomore Wolf Parade record and Handsome Furs are currently working on their follow-up record. Dan and Alexei of Handsome Furs are covering a yet to be announced Swervedriver track and the 2 tracks will be available as a limited edition 7” on colored vinyl as well as digitally.

Adam Franklin’s cover of Shine A Light is available on iTunes now! Or You can stream it From HERE!! The Handsome Furs track will be available once the 7” is ready. Expect it early summer.


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Some Pretty Darn Good Songs

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Sunset Rubdown

You Go On Ahead

Ripped from their Black Cab Session



From the forthcoming album "Modern Guilt"

Dr Dog

The Old Days

From the forthcoming album "Fate"