Summer is coming and you know what that means - time to dial the reverb up to 11! Daydream, the A Side on Beach Fossil's recent 7", is bouncy pop in the vein of Real Estate and Holiday Shores. Desert Sand, the standout B Side, takes more of a plodding psych take on the beachy/reverb style. If Daydream is for the exciting ride to the beach, Desert Sand is perfect for the lazy, exhausted drive home.
Wow, killer garage pop from France! Sounds like a garage-ier Posies to me. After listening to the album I would have guessed these guys were from the mid-west or something, so I was surprised to find out their from France. Excellent stuff here, impossibly catchy -- highly recommend a listen. Free track is Shot to the Heart, from their fantastic debut album Never Grown Up -- speaking of which, that is exactly what this album makes me want to do.
Unfortunately, the band doesn't have any upcoming Boston dates
It isn't too often I get excited about a new Boston band. To be fair, there are some great local bands - Magic Magic, Pants Yell, Hallelujah The Hills, to name a few - but few hook me on first listen the way Leisure have.
Leisure is a four piece from Cambridge and have somehow slipped below my radar until now. They are generously giving away their new 7", It's Alright (On the Suez Canal), free of charge (available here and below). The A side is a breezy, baroque/british pop-influenced track in the vein of mid-career Kinks or Beatles. The B side, Outside These Walls also draws influence from the other side of the Atlantic, but fast forwards about 15 years to new wave/post-punk. Both are excellent, check them out:
Leisure will be opening for Girls on their upcoming east coast tour, which kicks off April 1 at the Paradise. Tour dates and more music on their myspace.
UPDATE: Found this killer video of Leisure in action:
Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons' record, Death Won't Send A Letter, is fantastic - but like most good bands, the songs reach another level when played live. The band's excellent 45 minute set opening for Dawes at Great Scott in Allston showcased a wide range of songs - some catchy, upbeat songs that recall Petty's Heartbreakers, others bittersweet ballads with some great male/female vocals. Really gave me a new appreciation for the album - looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.
Full set is available for download/stream below - think the sound on this one is excellent. If anyone knows the names of the songs labeled "Unknown" let me know in the comments. Enjoy!
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Really sad news. Big Star and Box Tops front man Alex Chilton died of an apparent heart attack today. Chilton is probably most famous for his work in Big Star, the massively influential band that defined the power-pop genre and inspired countless other bands. Chilton was immortalized in the Replacements song "Alex Chilton" - the same song that gives this site its name:
Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
I'm in love with that song."
Cerebral rape and pillage in a village of his choice.
Invisible man who can sing in a visible voice.
Feeling like a hundred bucks, exchanging good lucks face to face.
Checkin' his stash by the trash at St. Mark's place.
I never travel far, without a little Big Star
Big Star was scheduled to play at SXSW this week.