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September 2014
"Great Pine
With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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The Right Now "Half As Much"

The Right Now are preparing to release their sophomore LP, Gets Over You, on April 10th. The first single from the new album is called "Half As Much", and is filled with funk, soul, and an irresistible sultry attitude.

MP3: The Right Now "Half As Much"

You can catch The Right Now at Double Door on Feb. 24th.


Joan of Arc Present Joan of Arc

What do you get when you mix a silent French film and veteran rockers Joan of Arc? You get the new release coming in April from Joyful Noise. On opening night of the 2011 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, Joan of Arc performed and recorded a complete soundtrack for the 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc".

The recording will be released exclusively of vinyl in three different editions and 175 in each, hand-numbered white vinyl, hand-numbered black and white split colored vinyl, and hand-numbered blood red vinyl. You can preorder yours today.


Julie Meckler "Manhattan"

2012 is shaping up to be the year of Julie Meckler. She has just released the first single, "Manhattan", from her upcoming solo album and the incredible video below. However, she is also a member of the band Rambos which is also about to release a new album. Julie Meckler is a talent to watch in 2012.



Carl Hauck on Audiotree

Carl Hauck released his latest album, Windjammer, back in 2010 and it is a wonderful collection indie-folk. His session with Audiotree, which was recorded late last month, was released last week.


Nonagon "People Live Everywhere"

Nonagon is raw, wild, loud, and so enjoyable on a primal level. Their latest ep, People Live Everywhere, reminds of Fugazi, dirty basements, high school, and what made me fall in love with music so many years ago. Check out the lastest from Robert Gomez, John Hastie, and Tony Aimone (aka Nonagon) below.


Serengeti "Shazam" Video

Last week we shared the new track from Serengeti, "Shazam", and now we can share to equally silly and amazing video. The Kenny Dennis Ep is coming this April via Anticon.


Bone & Bell

Heather Smith is force behind the beautiful sounds of Bone & Bell. She is back by a solid band consisting of Ryan Farnham (drums- formerly of Catfish Haven), Rick Roberts (bass, keys) and Jason Tuller (guitar, bass). The band released their debut ep last year and it can be downloaded on their for free. They are currently planning to release their debut LP this Spring. The band recently appeared on Rooftop Chicago.

You can catch Bone & Bell at Schubas on Feb. 14th with Talkdemonic and Cafe Le Bon.


Blane Fonda vs Rush

Blanda Fonda has released a video cover of "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.



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