Monday, November 30, 2009

My Favorite Citizen

I forget how I stumbled upon this band, but they rule! They were from new jersey and were only together from 96-98, although their sound is not dated at all. If you would've told me that they were from now, I would totally believe it. Apparently there's supposed to be some discography cd out "soon" according to their myspace, but who knows! They're pretty standard emo/indie stuff from this time period with more jangly guitar parts than twinkly, but they rule and I figured you would all enjoy this as well!

download here
myspace here

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Know Think: Clean Closet EP

I've been jamming this band for the past week and have really been enjoying it. 4 twinkly jams with very melodious vocals and great production. Sadly, like many twinkly shit bands these dudes don't play anymore. Many of the members now play in Communipaw but they are very different, stylistically. Enjoy.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Twinkly Mix: Vol. 1

So I came up with the idea of posting mixes of various twinkly bands that I enjoy. I'm trying to spread it out and throw in some classic gems along with the newer stuff. If you enjoy this let me know, and I'll try to keep doing some every once in a while. Enjoy.

1. Brilliant The Brilli Ant - Cats and Cats and Cats
2. Open Sesame - Grown Ups
3. North Brandywine - Pirouette
4. Stranger, You Know - Castevet
5. The 1/5 Compromise - Colossal
6. Elementary Biology - Hightide Hotel
7. White Out - Joan of Arc
8. The Spargo Twin - ...Of Sinking Ships
9. Sepit - Pele
10. American Girl (Version 2) - The Promise Ring

Twinkly Mix, Vol 1

Friday, November 20, 2009

Maps & Atlases: Bird Barnyard EP

If you enjoy this blog, chances are you already know/love this band. I recently discovered Maps & Atlases' first release after years of playing "Tree, Swallows, Houses" and more recently "You and Me and the Mountain" and was surprised with what I heard. Gone are the frantic tappy guitars and crazy vocal lines. What we have here are 3 songs of fairly safe midwestern Braid fans (definitely not a bad thing). What amazes me about this band is how different each of their 3 releases are from each other. These dudes really strive to create something different with everything they do and I can't wait to hear what crazy shit they come up with next.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pretend: Bones in the Soil, Rust in the Oil

Mostly instrumental twinkles based out of California. Their songs tend to be on the longer side (3 songs pass 10 minutes) but I never feel like they drag on. They use some fairly unconventional chord changes that you don't see much within this type of music. Reminds me a bit of Kickball.



Friday, November 6, 2009

Tooting our own horns: Monument and Deer Friends are recording full length albums

That's right, folks! We're great! Monument is heading up to Philadelphia next weekend to record our first full length with Joe Reinhart of Algernon Cadwallader. We are very excited. Deer Friends (poster Scott's band) is currently in the SAME studio as we speak (type?) recording their first full length album with Kyle Pulley. Both bands have decided to waste bandwidth and update blogs based on their progress. Also, we think we are are very funny.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up

Halloween weekend and I've got the flu. Excellent timing! I figured I would make the most of my bedridden time and update this here blog. If you haven't heard of these guys you're in for a treat. The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up has the slow-core Northwestern style down completely. In other words, they sound a lot like Death Cab for Cutie before Death Cab for Cutie became this.

They have a handful of releases but these are the only ones that I have. If anyone has something I don't have, please send it my way and I can post it. They have their full discography listed on their website. Their latest/last album "Pick Us Apart" is definitely my favorite and features the song "Silver Sparkler" which is worth the download alone. Enjoy!

Pick Us Apart (2005)

Homemade Drugs (2002)

S/T EP (1999)