The third and final chapter of Right Away Great Captain’s trilogy meets it’s end with the release of “The Church of the Good Thief” out today. There is something deeply familiar about Andy Hull’s voice, after spending some time getting to know him and his band, Manchester Orchestra with my previous job – his catalogue of records have become so nostalgic to me that every one of them sounds like coming home. They sound like all the strange and wonderful places I’ve seen them play.
The video below is a debut of a new track from a Bad Books record – for those unfamiliar, Andy Hull is apart of RAGC, Bad Books and Manchester Orchestra at once. There’s a brotherhood that binds him to all of these musical projects, and each one is the combined effort of friendship among his bandmates. Similarly to another one of my favourite artists, Dave Bazan, Hull’s burden to seek out what truth means to him means that every record is a scar of that pursuit.
I suggest you pick up the new record.
I remember Wintersleep’s song “Weighty Ghost” that came out in 07, I was still in school then and I must’ve listened to that song over a thousand times. I still think it’s catchy. So when I got word of their latest record Hello Hum (out June 12th), I was hoping for more of the same, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they’ve completely outgrown their more folksy roots and have remained awesome.
Hello Hum has that spooky percussive urgency of The National, or Interpol. A track that stuck out was “Nothing is Anything (Without You)”, partly because the vocals sound like Jeff Magnum, but also because of how high spirited it sounds. It just feels good. Listen, below.
I put this mix together from some of some of my favourite live performances by Beastie Boys. I wanted to include ‘Somethings Got to Give’ specifically because MCA used to always preface it by talking about non-violence so when I think of him I think of this song.
Turn this up LOUD, and put two fingers in the air for MCA.
Download it: mediafire.com/?93537h8sc26td4a
‘Live Wire’ was written for a friend who was struggling with a drug problem and although it has nothing to do with MCA it captures exactly how I feel today. I am shattered.
“My man told me long hellos and short goodbyes
but you are something else I love you please don’t die
You’re a live wire
You’re a live wire”
Shaking Through, a project that showcases artists’ process while recording one song from start to finish, just put out their latest session with Mike Fiore of Faces on Film. This Boston-based band is one of those wonders, because anyone who discovers them instantly loves them yet they’re still relatively unknown. Little known fact, my blog is named after one of his songs. Mike’s contemplative lyricism is filled with dreamlike imagery, narratives that seem mysterious and familiar all at once. The context never matters as much as the content.
The session was curated by Marissa Nadler who has collaborated with Faces on Film in the past – and like the rest of us, has a deep appreciation for the songwriting. Watch Mike perform ‘Waiting for GA’ below and download the track for free, here.