Every month I'm going to try to highlight music I've discovered and added into my listening collection, and blog about them here.
Toh Kay - Streelight Lullabies (album, 2011)
Under Tomas Kalnoky's psuedonym, "Streetlight Lullabies" is a collection of choice Streetlight Manifesto songs done in slower acoustic guitar style. Kalnoky's improved guitar skills since the choppy Catch-22 days really shines through, along with deeper and more somber vocals. The lyrics I feel are more powerful this time through as without the tight hornlines and electric guitar riffs, the emotional voice stands out even more.
Sick of it All
A New York Hardcore staple, I finally gave this band a listen as I saw them live for the first time at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary show. I was blown away by their live show, especially by their musical and performance tightness. They've been playing and touring for over 25 years, which is also another impressive feat. Lou Keller also looks very young and energetic on stage, as a 40-something he rocks out like he's still in his 20s. Amazing. Definitely proves that you can still keep up screaming in anger after all these years.
Weed Hounds - Beach Bummed (song, 2010)
My friend Matt played this song while we were lying on Venice beach, soaking up the sun on a lazy Sunday. Very chill, shoegaze style indie rock that really puts you in a mode to relax and chill out. Dreamy and flowy.
Exemption - PUBLIC CEMETARY PARTY (album, 2011)
A three piece prog rock/metal band from Long Island, New York. Soaring guitar riffs, solid musicianship, changing time signatures, and a Mars Volta like ambiance at times. I love to rock out to this when I'm productively working.
The Vaccines - Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra) (song, 2011)
I have to admit, I heard of this song as the ending credits of an episode of Girls. It caught me a loose rockin catchy jingle. Described as a modern Ramones influenced outfit, I was eagerly waiting to dig into the rest of the Vaccines material as "Wreckin' Bar" was described as their anthem, but was ultimately disappointed. It doesn't make this single song any less cool, though.