Promoting quality music in Knoxville … by any means necessary.
Fans of Knoxville music, as you know we are enjoying the first week back from our trip to Bonnaroo. If you haven’t taken the time to visit our Bonnaroo 2012 Wrap-Up, we suggest that you GO RIGHT HERE and do so now. We think you will find it to be somewhat entertaining. Or perhaps you would rather wait until after you enjoy this week’s Free Music Friday. As you wish. This week we have a delightful selection of dreamy, synthy, poppy music with a bit of fuzz on the side. Enjoy!
And don’t forget, you can sample all of our previous Free Music Friday selections right here!
Beach House enjoys some couch time
Lazuli by Beach House – Now wait. Best Coast, Beach Fossils, Wavves, Beach House, Real Estate…these are all the same band, right? Not. Exactly. And you would know this if you weren’t only listening to Radiohead. But we digress. Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. And Baltimore is the home base for the band. It’s close to the beach, right? Maybe not so much. Regardless, the new album by the band, Bloom, is one of our recent favorites and will likely end up very high on our list of the Best Albums of 2012. And the band will perform at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on September 14. Wait for it… wait for it…
Do not fret, Wild Nothing, it’s the weekend!
Shadow by Wild Nothing – The band Wild Nothing was formed in 2009 by Jack Tatum. No, not the Jack Tatum who played defensive back for the Raaaaaaaidahs back in the 70s. The other Jack Tatum. The one from Blackburg, Virginia – home of Hokie, Hokie, Hokie High, Tech, Tech, VPI! OK, whatever. Focus on the music, people!
Metric says, ‘Now is when we dance!’
Artificial Nocturne AND Youth Without Youth by Metric – As you know, we love bands from Canadia. We are all about free trade. And the metric system. In this case, Metric as in Emily Haines (vocals, synthesizer, and guitar), James Shaw (guitar, synthesizer and theremin), Joshua Winstead (bass) and Joules Scott-Key (drums). The band released a new album this week, Synthetica, and it is everything we have come to expect from Metric. Infectious poppy fun. Infectious in a good way, that is. When asked about the new album, Emily had this to say –
What is SYNTHETICA about?
FANTASIES was all about pushing ourselves out into the world, going to unknown places and shaking off everything familiar. SYNTHETICA is about staying home and wanting to crawl out of your skin from the lack of external stimulation. SYNTHETICA is about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. SYNTHETICA is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It’s about what is real vs what is artificial.
SYNTHETICA is about insomnia, fucking up, fashion, all the devices and gadgets attached to our brains, getting wasted, watching people die in other countries, watching people die in your own country, dancing your ass off, questioning the cops, poetic justice, standing up for yourself, sex, the apocalypse, doing some stupid shit and totally regretting it but then telling everyone it made you stronger, leaving town as a solution to unsolvable problems, owning your actions and owning your time.
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Silversun Pickups play the coolest stage ever
Busy Bees by Silversun Pickups – There is no secret that the Silversun Pickups are a preferred knoxmusictoday.com band. In fact, the band was featured in our very 1st Free Music Friday ever, back in October 2010. We love the new album, Neck of the Woods, and you should too. Here is portion of the glowing review of the album by Jason Ferguson for Paste Magazine –
It’s 2012. Let’s not go down the road of determining whether or not Silversun Pickups sounds like or doesn’t sound like Smashing Pumpkins (they do, and it’s okay). Let’s instead talk about why Neck of the Woods is the best mainstream rock album of the year.
Granted, there’s not a whole lot of real competition out there in the category, given the sheer dominance that reductive butt-rock has in the genre. But, with Neck of the Woods, Silversun Pickups not only reminds listeners of what a particular band in the ‘90s sounded like, but also how refreshing rock ’n’ roll sounded at the time. Today, with “cooler” bands gravitating toward either the raw/abrasive or the bland/sleepy poles of rock’s axis, there’s very little action in the vast middle, where power and accessibility can combine with smarts and style (but often don’t, resulting in, well, butt-rock). Silversun Pickups has been digging around in that chasm for six years now, and while the band’s debut was too clearly beholden to the Pumpkins and the second album was too ambitious in its attempts to escape them, Neck of the Woods finds the band taking a much more natural approach.
Milo Greene keeps hitting homahs
Don’t You Give Up On Me by Milo Greene – You remember Milo Greene, people. We featured the Californians back in December 2011 in an absolutely fantastic Free Music Friday. The band is preparing a new album and released the first single, Take a Step, this week. You can check it out here. So Go! After Free Music Friday, of course.
Tanlines could use some cash to buy more bananas
Not The Same by Tanlines – Brooklyn, New York is home to many talented indie musicians. In metric measurements, many translates roughly to be a buttload, really. Guitarist and vocalist Eric Emm and percussionist Jesse Cohen are two such talented musicians from Brooklyn. They are Tanlines. Here is a portion of an interview with the band by Chal Ravens for Dummymag.com –
Rumour has it ‘Mixed Emotions’ was originally going to be called ‘;(’ – the ‘winkysad’ face. How does the emoticon tie in with the record?
Jesse Cohen: It’s something that is sad and funny at the same time, or it’s sad but you can laugh about it, make a joke about it. A song can be poppy and sad at the same time, or it can sound like it’s in two places at once. I think it’s like a grown-up quality, that’s certainly what we’re going for – it’s just who we are and where we are now.
So why did you change it to ‘Mixed Emotions’?
Jesse Cohen: I think it would just be kind of gimmicky to name the album as an emoticon, basically. If you’re Prince you can use a symbol, but if you’re trying to let people know who you are, then… also, in 20 years is this going to be a relevant symbol? Probably not. I’d like to think that the album will still exist in some way in 20 years.
You said you took a “grown-up” approach to writing songs?
Jesse Cohen: We started writing the album at a time when we were both trying to figure out what to do with our lives. We were evicted from our studio just before we started working on the album, so a lot of things were thrown up in the air for us. We didn’t want to just put out remixes on blogs anymore, we wanted to put out an album that was reflective of who we are as artists and try to make something that would count. We were in an experimental phase of our career the first couple of years, and then we stepped away from that and entered a phase where we made this album. It feels very different to us.
And this is kinda cool. Go here and you can pan around the room as you wish!
HoJo ponders the 80s
No One To Blame by Howard Jones – HoJo! HoJo! As you may know, loyal readers of knoxmusictoday.com, we like to end our Free Music Friday offerings with an Anthem, a song that may be a symbol or cause for celebration. Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote for Allmusic that,
“Jones was one of the defining figures of mid 1980s synthpop. His music merged the technology intensive sound of New Wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late 1960s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid and late 1980s, before he retreated into being a cult figure in the 1990s”.
Among the hits were Hide and Seek, Like to Get to Know You Well, Everlasting Love, and Things Can Only Get Better. The re-release of this song featured Phil Collins on vocals and as the producer. So enjoy our Free Music Friday Anthem, No One Is to Blame by Howard Jones!
You can look at the menu, but you just can’t eat
You can feel the cushion, but you can’t have a seat
You can dip your foot in the pool, but you can’t have a swim
You can feel the punishment, but you can’t commit the sin
And you want her, and she wants you
We want everyone
And you want her and she wants you
No one, no one, no one ever is to blame