Perfect Games – The Broken West This one is sad to revisit since this great power-pop band is no longer together. In the 5 years they were around they released two solid albums. Ah, I miss this music. Post break-up, Ross Flournoy is now in Apex Manor and has just released their debut earlier this year through Merge, which apparently isn’t going the smoothest for him since he just checked into rehab…
Gift From a Holiday – Like Pioneers I don’t know if anyone has noticed but I kind of like this band’s sound a lot, especially this song because I can’t help but sing along. Theses guys are a mini Chicago indie super group which also worried me that they wouldn’t continue their efforts because of being too busy. Thankfully though, their manager emailed me a couple of months ago informing me that they in fact were in the process of creating new material and even had a session for Coach House Sounds. Keep them on your radar, or I’ll try to at least.
You Were Right – Days Away I have a strong affirmation for the progressive rock band, Days Away. I started listening to them back in my emo days and don’t even shake your head because everyone had emo days whether you believe me or not. Anyways, another great band come and gone but today we will revisit them.
Walking – The Dodos I love the banjo. Absolutely love it so obviously that’s why this song is so great to me. “Walking” is one of their earliest songs off Visiter after being signed to Frenchkiss. I really enjoy the female vocals floating in for the chorus to give the song a little more depth. The guys have just released their fourth album, No Colors, this year (impressive!).
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Welcome to a new little thing I’m going to call Revisits. This is where I’m going to be posting a collection of songs that hit me hard on shuffle. Songs that may be years old, the bands may have broken up, who knows but we’ll take a trip back in time.
Blood Bank – Bon Iver It’s crazy how far this band has come right? This is Justin Vernon pre-autotune and it’s just lovely. I love the sorrowful, nostalgic lyrics. It’s beautiful the way he describes a first meeting, and links that event to somewhere far in the present in a close, personal moment. He uses the events to allude to the relationship between himself and the woman, it’s kind of an incredible transition. The fade works really well in this track too.
Portland Is Leaving – Rocky Votolato This was one of the very first songs I heard from Votolato, that and “Suicide Medicine,” but I still always come back to this song even after all of the music he has done since. It’s got the party ambiance in the background, Rocky’s warm voice and a slow strum on an acoustic guitar. Sounds like a pretty obvious winner to me.
Is There a Ghost – Band of Horses All I’m going to say is that I would love to see these guys at a festival.
11th Dimension – Julian Casablancas I almost forgot about when Julian went solo from The Strokes until this song came on. This was the first single off album, Phrazes For The Young, I thought it was decent. It definitely is shinier then his Strokes sound. Also, back in July Stereogum released a tribute album titled Stroked which features artists such as Austra, Real Estate, Owen Pallett, Heems, and more. Grab your free download here.
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