Friday, January 5, 2018

RVG - A Quality Of Mercy

We work hard to bring you news of recent and upcoming indie music releases all year, and then, if we really have our act together, we will assemble a "favorites" list early in the following year (yes, we are working on it).  But we don't catch anywhere near all worthy music in a year, and we freely admit that.  So like many of you, we peruse select "best of" lists to see what I missed.  Of course there are many such lists, so we need to be selective.  This week I took a look at list by Toby at The Finest Kiss (link), because he has reliably great taste.  His number one album is A Quality Of Mercy by Melbourne band RVG (also known as the Romy Vager Group).  I had heard of the band, and even discovered an unfinished post about them I had started a post about them a few years ago.  However, I had missed the 2017 release of their debut album.

Well, folks.  There are misses, and there are misses.  And this is a big miss.  A Quality Of Mercy consists of eight forthright and blunt slices of life, with pain, heartache, hope, resilience and grit.  Yeah, it is nothing short of fantastic for our tastes.  Great performances with no studio frills -- just two soaring guitars, bass and drums.  The focus is on incisive songwriting by a writer who knows what she is writing about and a matching sincere delivery.  Fans of the Go-Getweens and The Triffids will love it (and am I alone in finding a bit of Blank Realm in there?), and those unfamiliar would do to check those bands out after securing their own copy of A Quality Of Mercy.

The album is out now via Our Golden Friend.  Check the Bandcamp link for details and to stream the entire album.








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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Three Wishes: Part Time Punks Sessions


Long-time indie pop fans certainly are familiar with The June Brides, Aberdeen, and 14 Iced Bears.  Albums from all three bands are among our treasured artifacts around WYMA headquarters, and we are always on the lookout for more.  So imagine our delight in finding our about Three Wishes: Part Time Punks Sessions.  The album features previously unreleased live recordings of four songs by each of the three bands.  The recordings took place in 2011 when the bands gathered in Los Angeles to play a a club called Part Time Punks.  The bands also had been invited to play for a local radio station, but when the radio session couldn't be scheduled for airplay the bands decamped to The Committee To Keep Music Evil in Hollywood, where Rob Campeanella and John Girgus recorded four songs picked from each band's considerable catalog.  For reasons unknown to us, the compilation wasn't released until January 2017, and if it weren't for John Girgus alerting us to its existence, we might have missed it.  But now we have it, and want to share it with all of you.  Since it was released in 2017, we expect it to be on our best albums list.  Dig in, music fans.

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The Perfect English Weather - English Winter

Yet another holiday offering to extend your celebrations and be prepared for next year.  This lovely EP, titled English Winter, is from the duo Simon and Wendy Pickles.  They have thrilled us for years as core members of The Popguns, but this record is from their side project The Perfect English Weather.  English Winter consists of four tracks of subtle, perfectly crafted beauty, three originals and a cover of the Go-Between's "Dusty In Here".  Take a test drive with the first two tracks below, and stream the entire EP at the Bandcamp link.

English Winter is out now in limited CD and digital formats via Matinee Recordings.




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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Bubblegum Lemonade - Laz Christmas

Everyone still in the Christmas spirit?  I know we are, and not the least because we have a backlog of holiday offerings we neglected while we were sliding down mountains and entertaining young ones.  Why holiday music in January (other than the obvious guilt about our own negligence)?  Well, firstly because it is good music, and secondly, despite Trump's best/worst efforts, Christmas will come again next year and you'll be ahead of the game.  You are welcome!

Laz McCluskey is a man with a love for retro guitar pop, and an undeniable knack for creating his own gems in that genre.  He has several projects, one of which is Bubblegum Lemonade, and that is his chosen vehicle for a wonderfully upbeat (except for the lovely, subdued "Sunflower In The Snow") six-song EP of holiday music.  The cheeky title is Laz Christmas, which does indeed sound like your inebriated uncle launching into a story about the most recent past Christmas, but with tunes this good we can forgive the pun for a title.  Humor, charm and jangle in abundance, and a dashing cover of "Silent Night" all for the taking.

The EP is available in all formats via Matinee Recordings.




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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"Harvest Song" by Those Unfortunates


Our second free song of the day is from the lovely guys of Those Unfortunates.  "Harvest Song" jangles while providing a dose of old-soul emotion that seems quite appropriate at holiday time.





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"Charms Around Your Wrist" by Jetstream Pony


Looking at the site today, I realize that my last post was twelve days ago.  No, I didn't abandon the blog, there remains quality music to show you, and I really haven't been lazy.  But holiday time for me meant time with the family and skiing, and didn't allow for blog posts.  However, I'm back in the saddle and intend to make up for lost time.

The first post back is a lovely cover of The Softies' "Charms Around Your Wrist" by ace newcomers Jetstream Pony.  And since it is a free download, it is a perfect way to start out the new year.

Jetstream Pony are Beth Arzy, Shaun Charman, Kerry Boettcher, and Sara Boyle



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