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Hamilton Leithauser = The Walkmen

Hamilton Leithauser = The Walkmen

Excerpted from NPR’s First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser, “Black Hours” by Stephen Thompson: “The singer largely tones down the briskly jangled rush of The Walkmen’s sound throughout Black Hours, as he steers many of its songs toward a slow-burning seethe that suits him well. But there’s still a looseness to the record that allows Leithauser to...
Pick Of The Week: Heartless Bastards

Pick Of The Week: Heartless Bastards

There’s no lack of buzz on this release and well deserved. I love Erika Wennerstrom’s vocals, her songwriting, her emotion, the production (by Jim Eno of Spoon), the way the record builds from a whisper to a wail, and I don’t know why there is a buffalo on the artwork but I love that too....
Pick Of The Week: Dr. Dog

Pick Of The Week: Dr. Dog

We love Dr. Dog! Each of their last several albums has reached a little bit in a new direction, their songwriting craft is in peak form, they’re loose and fun without being sloppy or lame. They love their pop melodies and harmonies just as much as their raw vibe and fuzzy guitars, and it all...
Pick Of The Week: Imperial Teen

Pick Of The Week: Imperial Teen

It’s always fun when long-time favorites make a great new album and I have a chance to introduce them to a new audience. Imperial Teen released their first album a remarkable 16 years ago. Way back in 1996, their quirky pop (with a bite) was a bit rebellious since the music world was obsessed with...
Pick Of The Week: Craig Finn

Pick Of The Week: Craig Finn

I still remember distinctly the first time I saw Craig Finn perform, with his band Lifter Puller, although many lesser shows have blurred in my memory since then. It must have been in 2000, after their record “Fiestas and Fiascos” came out. They played in the dirtiest, diviest club I have ever been to in...
J. Mascis Rules Castle

J. Mascis Rules Castle

I’m kinda proud of this one, music fans. It’s the first TV show placement for this album that came out in March of this year. J. Mascis has been an integral part of my musical life since I was enlightened to the wonderful and mysterious world of indie rock via Dinosaur Jr’s seminal 1987 album...
The Big C's "Last Day On Earth"

The Big C’s “Last Day On Earth”

Oh, those Big C writers. They got us on that one, didn’t they? Such a good fake-out. Somebody died in the previous episode, so we TOTALLY WERE NOT EXPECTING SOMEONE ELSE to die in the final episode. Granted, I first found out about this months ago when I first read the script but I’m glad...
Castle Links The Chain Gang Of 1974 and Jen Hirsh

Castle Links The Chain Gang Of 1974 and Jen Hirsh

Q: What artist named his band after Ryan Adam’s birth year plus a Raveonettes song? A: The Chain Gang of 1974. If OMD is one of your guilty pleasures, like mine, you will be into this band. Despite the band name, the music is not at all 70s-influenced, and doesn’t bring to mind jail or...
Pick Of The Week: Wild Flag

Pick Of The Week: Wild Flag

If you know me at all, its no mystery what Pick Of The Week would be on September 13. I’ve worshipped at the altar of Sleater-Kinney since their inception. I hosted Helium in a KCRW live performance in 1995, and played The Minders debut in 1998. Combine key members of these bands into a super-group?...
Pick Of The Week: Pete & The Pirates

Pick Of The Week: Pete & The Pirates

Oh, what fun I had when I put this album on! It captured my heart immediately. It’s got energy and intimacy and great songwriting, three things that don’t often come in the same package. Do yourself a favor and don’t pass on this one, its a keeper. They’re from Reading, England (and yes, the lead...
"Must Have Been Love" for Roxette & The Big C

“Must Have Been Love” for Roxette & The Big C

It was a dream assignment when The Big C writers created an episode with a 1990 high school reunion in it – how fun to visit my favorite musical era and come up with a key hit song! And then more good news, the directors of this episode turned out to be Anna Boden &...
The Big C Reaches For "Heights Of Diamond"

The Big C Reaches For “Heights Of Diamond”

I’ve already blogged about how much I love this solo album by Adam Haworth Stephens (of Two Gallants) so I’ll just say it was a thrill to land “Heights Of Diamond”, one of the best songs on the record, in a closing spot on a Big C episode! Read my earlier blog praising this album...