CHUCK (Massachusetts musician Charles Griffin Gibson) is about to release a new record which compiles some of the excellent work he's put out over the past few years. It's being released by Audio Antihero / Old Money Records on September 9th 2016 and you can listen/buy My Band is a Computer here (personally I'll be going for the ltd cassette). A review of the record is coming in a few days so I'll save most of my plaudits for that, for now though you can read about CHUCK's record collection the the latest of our Broken Record series.
Blast this in a car with your buddies in the summer time with all the windows down and smoke cigs and smoke weed and drink coffee and tell me you didn't have an amazing time. Don't make any pit stops. You have to listen to the whole thing, because the album is meant to be consumed that way. Dark Side of the Moon gives me a real sense of calm. It makes me feel like there's order in the world. It all just makes sense. So it's cool to drive around and project that feeling onto the highways, diners and endless ugly strip malls of the US.
I have a serious crush on Juan Wauters. YouTube him and you'll see what I mean. Specifically the video where he's on the bike. He's one of the few artists who plays the game in the music industry (Instagram / Twitter / videos / branded content etc.) in an inviting way. I don't think it's even possible for him to be annoying. His charisma and humor and genuine spirit shine through in everything he does. As far as his music goes, there's something very timeless, yet new, that I really like about it. I think you could put him in any decade going back to the 60's and his music would work. There's hints of Zombies, The Ramones, The Smiths, Weezer, Mac DeMarco, and the list goes on and on. He's the real deal.
Record of Sin
TOPS are amazing. I've been waiting for a new LP from them for years. But they've just been releasing singles as of late. This song soundtracked a lot of great memories for me this summer. It's so sexy and carnal. Saw them at Baby's All Right in BK a few years ago and it was sensational. One of the best shows I've ever seen. The crowd was flowing like an ocean. Serious grinding vibes. Also, this specific song might have one of the best guitar solos of all time.
Record That Reminds Me Of...High School
I sort of missed the 'emo' boat as a middle schooler, but in high school I heard a song by this band on a mix-CD my friend Joel made. I bought the CD and played it like a million times. I'd blast it on my stereo when I had the house to myself as I played Tony Hawk on PS2. I'd drive around the suburbs late at night and crank it. It's got such a great energy, and now that I've made a lot of music myself, I really feel like the songs are unbelievably good even if you aren't into the genre. The mixing, production, vocals, harmonies, lyrics, mastering etc. are perfect. The funny thing is, I actually don't know anything about this band. I don't know where they are from. I don't know how many members there are. This is very common for all the music I listened to in High School, outside of huge bands like Radiohead. The internet PR hype machine wasn't as loud back then.
I am a Kanye fanatic. I think on this album, similar to Dark Side of the Moon, he really created an amazing record that flows beautifully. Even though the songs have been played to death on the radio, it still rips. Go put it on. "Devil in a New Dress" is the centerpiece for me. That might be my all time favorite hip-hop song. It's slow, it's sad, it's happy, it's invigorating, it makes you wanna dance - it fills me with a lot of joy because it's just so, great! I tried to duplicate that feeling in my song "Greek". Kanye remains the best because he's able to discuss a wide variety of emotions in his music, all genuine to him, whether you like it or not. Unlike most artists he hasn't watered himself down later on in his career. Also, he's one of the few people in his age bracket who can still rap. Everyone else transitions into singing. Kanye may be rapping as an 80 year old. Picture that.
Not On Spotify
This used to be on Spotify, but they recently released a new record and when that happened they took this off of digital markets. I do not know why. These guys are a few years younger than me, but it seems like they also grew up in Pennsylvania, and there must be something in the water, because I really relate to their music in a way I can't explain. It's definitely emo influenced, but goes to a much darker place with the lyrics. I think one of the songs is about burning down your parents house. Reminds me of early Alex G ("Sandy" specifically) in that way. Someone who bought it on Bandcamp said this record is "Some good ole fashioned sad white kid music". I can't really put it any better.