This is the show I am looking forward to the most this year. And then Owen in September. And I need to actually catch Chris Broach DJ-ing at some point. I am pretty sure it would be BALLER.
“The Right Time” by Braid. This track is off of Braid’s upcoming EP, Closer to Closed. (Head over to Polyvinyl Records website to pre-order the CD and receive a digital download.) It combines the best qualities from Hey Mercedes and The Firebird Band (the remnants of Braid – Bob Nanna, Tod Bell, and Roy Ewing, and the addition Mark Dawursk – and Chris Broach’s band after Braid went on hiatus). There is a pop quality to the music with high energy, melodic guitar combined with percussion commonly heard in post-hardcore composition (a sporadic overlapping of snare, bass hits, and crash cymbal). There is a maturity interjected into the music as well, tying in the different interests and talents of the members. The sound culminates with a soaring riff heard over the vocals of the chorus (“…it can never be this good again, you know it’s true; even though we tried before we couldn’t see it through; it can never be this good again, you know it’s true; even though we tried before we couldn’t see it through…”) providing the auditory version of a cherry on top.
Another thing worth mentioning. Polyvinyl Records is celebrating 15 years in September and is sharing the joy of their extreme talent by having some killer names perform at the Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign. You can check out more information here. I am ridiculously excited to see Braid, Owen, and Joan of Arc. Bring on the music!
“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry. It’s fun, up-beat, and so much fun to dance to. Or when drunk, sing to.
“When We’re Apart” by The Morning Benders. A great Bay area band. They have two albums and an EP out. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan, who they say is an influence. Relaxed music, hushed voices, simple lyrics, but all come together to create something wonderful.
“Basket Case” by Sara Bareilles. This song tugs at my heart. Her voice is the most prominent feature on this track. It adds intimacy to the lyrics, like she is singing to you.
“Killing a Camera” by Braid. Brings me back to high school and when I delved into the post-hardcore emo scene. My first real taste of different music, as I had grown up listening to the oldies stations and adult contemporary (my parents liked their radio stations). It sounded so different with static drums, diverging guitar rifts and double vocals. It strayed away from the classic A B A B bridge B B B consistency of most music. But it still maintained a level of consistency. This song, specifically, I did not discover until recently, but it holds a level of rock mixed with just the right amount of pop.
“Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons. Freak folk, I believe, is how these guys are described. I think it is an apt description. This song, specifically, makes me so happy.