December 20, 2012

Best Albums of 2012

Here we are, on “the brink of modern society“, looking back at a year of great new releases. And the view is good. Plenty of noteworthy albums came out this year. and we thought we’d share a few of our favorites with you. So, without further adieu, here are our personal favorites:

 

JUSTIN’S PICK

    -Caveman

    -Coco Beware

In a year where a lot of the new music to which I was exposed was good but not great, I found Caveman’s album “CoCo Beware” to be quite refreshing. They have a real knack for writing surprisingly unique vocal melodies under a bed of perfect vocal harmonies and creative electric guitar and synth keyboard textures. It’s kind of reminds me of what it would be like if someone found this secret record that never got released that James Mercer and Robin Pecknold had collaboratively made and recorded in one of their apartments in 2000. Anyways, I found it light yet complex and very creatively inspiring!

 

JOSH C’S PICK

    – David Ramirez

    -Apologies

Simply put, David is one of the best song writers in the game. His lyrics are honest and heartfelt. His songs are not super flashy and prove that there is something special about not worrying too much about the production and technical aspect of a record; but instead, letting the songs speak for themselves. That being said, “Apologies” is a quality record that sounds great and can easily stand up next to any major label release. I am lucky enough to call David a friend and can say with no hesitation that he is one of my favorite musicians and one of the nicest and most genuine guys in the business, which makes the quality of his music that much more impressive.

 

BRANDON’S PICK

    -First Aid Kit

    -The Lion’s Roar

The past few years have been drenched in reverb and echo, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been swimming around with My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Ponderosa, and other sound-a-likes for a while now, and First Aid Kit fits right in, and they’re a welcome addition to the family. This Swedish Duo has the perfect combination of beautiful melodies, that are as familiar as an old winter coat; and harmonies that are just as warm. For each time I listened to a new record this year, I probably listened to this one twice.

 

KYLE’S PICK

    -Kendrick Lamar

 -good kid, m.A.A.d. city

No album this year got as many plays as this little gem from my city of birth, Los Angeles. Lyrically and musically, this album stands above any hip-hop release this year, and this wasn’t a bad year for hip-hop! It brings back a feature of rap music I’ve always loved: the art of storytelling. A concept album, it focuses on Kendrick’s youth growing up in Compton as somebody who was not part of the rampant gang culture but still was affected and changed by it. He speaks on peer pressure, on violence, on greed, on drinking excessively to numb the pain and his faith and family that holds him together through all of it. Though it might seem like with all these heavy handed concepts flying around that the album could come off as a lecture or a bore, it is always listenable. Amazing production and thoughtful lyrics that do a lot more “showing” than “telling” make this both immediately accessible and complex enough to award multiple listens. In a year with A LOT of great releases, this one stands above for me.

 

 

JOSH R’S PICK

    -Lovedrug

    -Wild Blood

Wild Blood, the fourth LP from Nashville-by-way-of-Ohio indie rockers Lovedrug is my top pick for 2012. Probably not one of the most sought after indie albums of the year however, as a long time fan this particular record might just be my favorite yet. Singer Michael
Shepard’s quirky, organic slur sits right at home with my love for
love’m or hate’m vocal stylings. Huge drums, classic SVT bass tone and delay soaked arpeggios are sure to tickle the fancy of any rock ballad enthusiast. Late night highway drive, early morning jog, uncomfortably long holiday flight…Wild Bloods wall of cinematic pre-choruses, eerie verses and melodic snare roll laced bridges just might be your cup of tea.

 

We actually had the extreme honor to have Build Anyway on a few “best of” lists ourselves this year! Thanks so much to  NBT.FMMULTITRACKING, and KDR GIVES YOU 5 for putting us on their lists! Here’s to another year of great music!

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July 26, 2012

First Ever Music Video & Invisible Children Announcement

We are proud to finally bring you our first official music video ever! The song is “The Best,” which is the closing track of our new album, “Build Anyway.”

 

(Directed by Chris Phelps)

We are equally excited to share a fresh batch of US tour dates (below)! A great new band from Orlando, FL called Bearcat will be joining us for the entire run. The tour is in support of an organization we are particularly fond of called Invisible Children. If you aren’t familiar with their work in Northern Uganda, DRC, and CAR definitely check out their website. We’ve launched a tour website of our own where you can get prepared and stay up to date as more shows will be added soon!

8/27 – Austin, TX @ W Hotel
8/29 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Live Oak Music Hall
8/30 – Lubbock, TX @ Bash Rip Rocks
8/31 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
9/1  - Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard Music Hall
9/2 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/3  – Ames, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/4  – Chicago, IL @ Ace Bar
9/5 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
9/6  – Pontiac, MI @ Vernors Room (Crofoot Ballroom)
9/7  – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
9/8  – New York City, NY @ The Living Room
9/10 – New York City, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
9/11 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
9/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
9/13 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
9/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Wilbert’s
9/15 – Louisville, KY @ Uncle Slayton’s
9/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Cicero’s
9/17 – Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s Taproom
9/19 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge / High Watt
9/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
9/22 – Oxford, MS @ Two-Stick Sushi
9/25 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz
9/27 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
9/28 – Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
9/29 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
10/1 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
10/3 – Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall / Taproom
10/4 – Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
10/5 – Columbia, SC @ Connundrum
11/2 – Waco, TX @ Common Grounds
Here are two exclusive songs from both The Rocketboys and Bearcat as a sincere “thank you” for your continued support as we embark on this tour!

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June 6, 2012

Build Anyway is here!

First off, we just just want to thank everyone who has already listened to our new album Build Anyway. Thanks for tweeting about it, for telling your friends on Facebook, but mostly just for taking the time to listen. We worked really hard for a long time, and it’s nice to see all that work paying off.

It’s for sale pretty much everywhere that people buy music online, but if you’re still on the fence, you can stream it at Paste Magazine, Spinner, or Liisten.com.

 

We’re also getting ready to hit the road again for a while. This time we’re heading out west for the first time in many years, and we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s a link to a page with all the info you could ever need about each show BUILD ANYWAY TOUR. But for a quicker look, you can always just click on our shows page, or just look over there —————————>

 

Last but not least we have brand new video for you! We shot it at our house in Austin a couple weeks ago! Hope you enjoy it, make sure and spread it around like wildfire!

 

 

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