Atlanta, GA based musician Becca Harvey records under the moniker of girlpuppy. Her extended play ‘Swan’ comes out August 20, 2021 on Royal Mountain Records. The atmospheric jangle of ‘As Much As I Can‘ captures vulnerability within a captivating melody. The video, directed by Savannah Hughes, shows Harvey in unique locations singing the song.
girlpuppy begins touring at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL on September 17 with dates throughout October and early November.
‘Pool Hopping’ the second recent sing from illuminati hotties (the first was “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA” which came out in April) is from the forthcoming album ‘Let Me Do One More,’ expected on October 1 on Snack Shack Tracks/Hopeless Records. The video by Katie Neuhof shows Sarah Tudzin in pools with and without water. The lyrics and the video capture a free sense of summer fun. The band is a side project of producer, engineer, mixer Tudzin.
The Connells have not released new music since 2001’s Old School Dropouts. That now changes! The band has just announced their new album Steadman’s Wake out September 24th on Black Park Records! The new record was recorded at Overdub Lane and Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium studio. The record was produced by John Plymale (a founding member of the Chapel Hill, NC band The Pressure Boys in 1981 as well as a founding member of The Sex Police in 1989).
The new record can be pre-ordered in several forms: digital, vinyl, and CD on the group’s bandcamp! You can also listen to ‘Really Great’ from any service where you get your music from Missing Piece.
The band has been playing some of the new songs in concert for the past few years whetting the appetites of Connells fans. The new album includes eight new songs (‘Really Great’, ‘Fading In (Hardy)’, ‘Steadman’s Wake’, ‘Song for Duncan’, ‘Burial Art,’ (which features Mike Connell on lead vocals) ‘Universal Glue’ ‘Stars’ and ‘Helium’) and three re-recorded versions of ‘Gladiator Heart,’ ‘Rusted Fields,’ and ‘Hello Walter’ (which also features Mike on lead vocals) from the previous album ‘Old School Dropouts’.
The Connells have also made their 1985 debut Darker Days available on all streaming services and on bandcamp. Give it a listen! And get ready for September 24th by checking the band out on tour!
Our video of the day comes courtesy of Izzy True (they/them) The band formed in upstate New York in 2015, currently based in Chicago, IL. The project has gone through many lineups over the years, always led by Izzy Reidy (guitar, vocals). These days, Reidy is joined by their friends Sam Goldstein (drums) and Curtis Oren (bass, sax, flute). The slow buildup of this song captures a feeling and sensibility around trying to understand the reasons that someone is upset. The music sways and swirls around that idea of wanting to know the reason that someone is angry.
Our fine city of Dayton, Ohio, US not only has a storied history of music with Brainiac, The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Shrug not to mention all of the funk music legends, but it is also home to some of the most exciting music being made today! Adding to that musical legacy is Oh Condor. The post-punk quartet has an exciting new record for you! Equal parts indie, noise rock, math rock, alternative — this is a band that quite rightly defies labels.
The video for ‘Seven’ has been around since the release of The Connells‘ first album Darker Days. The album has recently been released digitally for the first time by the group on their bandcamp page! Tim Harper, the band’s long time soundman re-mastered the album this year. The name of the song ‘seven’ harkens back to a time when Mike Connell, the main songwriter at the time, numbered songs as he wrote them.
The Don Dixon, Dave Adams, Steve Gronback and Rod Dash-produced album was first released in 1985 on the band’s independent label Black Park Records in the United States, and on Elvis Costello’s Demon Records in the UK and Europe. The Black Park and Demon versions of the record are quite unique with different cover art and running order. Most significant is the substitution of “In My Head” for the instrumental “Dial It”, and several tracks were remixed. The Black Park version of the album was re-released in 1987 on TVT Records after the band signed with that label which they would be with until the end of the 1990s. The last record for TVT was 1998’s Still Life. The Connells released Old School Dropouts on their Black Park Records in 2001.
The Connells are preparing to release their latest record ‘Steadman’s Wake’ later this year.
“Hot & Heavy” is from Lucy Dacus’ upcoming album ‘Home Video’ out on Matador Records on June 25. Pre-order at: https://lucydacus.ffm.to/homevideo. Dacus is making some of the catchiest and melodic songs around. This follow-up to ‘Thumbs‘ uses swirling guitars and nostalgia to great effect. The build on this song alone is worth the price of admission. Do yourself a favor and give a listen to her covers of ‘In The Air Tonight‘ and ‘Dancing in the Dark‘. It is so refreshing to hear covers that while inspired from the original versions bring a unique voice and interpretation to well known songs.
Dolph Chaney is making some of the finest indie influenced power pop around! This version of ‘Now I Am A Man‘ is a new interpretation of the song he originally recorded in 2008. This dynamic version includes backing vocals from the always impressive Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel! His new record, ‘This is Dolph Chaney‘ is up for pre-order and comes out on February 20, 2021 courtesy of the fine folks at Big Stir Records. We highly recommend that you check it out!
The Family trio, Shannon Clark and The Sugar have released a new powerful song ‘Carry Me.’ The evocative song captures the emotional turmoil of loss, challenge and efforts at redemption. This deeply intimate and personal music elevates the listener into recognizing the need for home, community and a place where you feel grounded.
Interesting lyric video for The Grapes of Wrath – ‘Good To See You’ from their 2013 record High Road. The song had been on a previous collection, Singles a year earlier. I have loved this band since their 1987 record Treehouse. The band has not released a record since High Road. They were extremely active in the 1980s and released a few albums in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2017, the band released a live album, Brand New Waves, from CBC Montreal Studio in 1988. Hope that some new music is on the horizon. Check out their excellent catalog!
TV Queens is the new project from Darryl Robbins (Motel Beds, Overthought Musik), Nathan Peters (Lioness, Captain of Industry) and Maria Dixon (Lioness). This stellar track is off of their upcoming first album, Bad Fiction which is coming out on February 19, 2021 on Magnaphone Records. Full of cool electronic goodness and overflowing with personality and charisma, this song should only build anticipation for the full length!
The John Croslin song, If I Had a Little Time Without You is from the 1991 album ‘Pop Beloved‘! The Austin, Texas based The Reivers were originally called Zeitgeist and were forced to change their name prior to the release of their second record ‘Translate Slowly‘ (1985) due to another band already using that name. The band released several terrific records ‘Saturday‘ (produced by Don Dixon) and ‘End of The Day‘ before ‘Pop Beloved.’ They released one more full length compilation in 2013, ‘Second Story‘. You can learn more on their webpage!