Well, I’m back. Hey!
I’ve been on a hiatus and yes, I realize it’s probably my tenth in the past two years, but that doesn’t matter. I used the past few months to really think about wholly roller and the direction I want to take it. I can’t imagine not writing this blog, which is why I’m going to keep fighting the good fight. However, I’m going to starting taking things in a slightly new direction.
Right before we welcomed 2014, I read this post on Frontier Psychiatrist about reading 52 books in 52 weeks. I really wanted to read more and this was the motivation I needed. I don’t think I’ll get to 52 this year, but I’ve definitely read more this year than I did in 2013. Like most people, I look at a computer screen pretty much all day long. Computers are cool and so is the internet, but books are cool, too. And I think reading is super important. So, starting in October wholly roller will start featuring a couple of books a month. First up is John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van.
So, where’s the music? wholly roller is first and foremost a music blog, that won’t change. I used to think I could post a couple of times a day, but that’s just not going to happen. I can’t keep up with that type of schedule, so instead of that pipe dream I’m going to try posting two or three times a week. The new and improved posts will feature a variety of tracks, videos, albums, shows and more. It really all depends what I’m feeling that day or week. I created this thing because I wanted to share music with you and I don’t want to change that.
Listening to music, reading and writing are things that I love. So, why not keep sharing those things with you? I can’t wait to start this new phase for wholly roller and I hope you’ll join me.
Hey guys. Sorry I’ve been MIA for what feels like a decade, but you know, life happens. Sometimes you get a new job and get so stoked you have nothing to do on the weekends anymore that you actually do nothing on the weekends. Anyway, I’m back and I’m behind on some stuff so, maybe this is old news. But I’m going to tell you about it anyway. My blog, my rules.
Alright, I want to tell you guys about this fantastic release from a band out of Copenhagen. Maybe you’ve heard of them? They’re called Halasan Bazar and the album is called Space Junk. Their sound is every bit 60s psych with a futuristic weirdness that I really dig. The album is out now on Crash Symbols.
Vibe with me.
Watch a video.
Buy this. Seriously.
Halasan Bazar on Facebook
They have a bandcamp and soundcloud, too!
Crash Symbols on Facebook
You can find them on bandcamp and soundcloud as well.
I have really, really talented friends. One of them is Houston-based Nate McKee, the amazing artist behind The Answer Page and changemod. He’s been busy at work writing and recording new material for both projects and recently released an EP for changemod, summer/summer.
Vibes from 90s industrial to shoegaze, y’all need check this incredible EP out for yourselves because it’s great and free to download.
The Houston Chronicle had some lovely things to say in their premiere post for the EP, you can read all about it here. And BONUS, look out for the upcoming print issue, Houston. Also, my pal Jheri over at Decorder recently premiered Datahowler’s remix of the EP’s title track, definitely check that out.
Find both projects on the internets…
The Answer Page
It’s probably super cliché to refer to something as bittersweet, but that’s totally how I feel about SXSW. Austin, TX is quite possibly the coolest city in the US and I know with out a doubt that SXSW is the greatest festival on either side of the Mississippi. And as much exhausting fun as I had the past week, I’m glad to be back in Atlanta and my own bed.
Newness :: Music
So, here’s some new (to me) bands that I caught at SXSW that I think you all should know about.
Mr. Gnome @ Red 7 :: Forcefield PR/Terrorbird Media Day Party
I caught the psych-noise duo at Red 7 on Wednesday. They were incredible. Check out “House of Circles” from the band’s October 2011 release Madness is Miniature.
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Forest Fire @ Red 7 :: Forcefield PR/Terrorbird Media Day Party
Forest Fire has a Girls plus Kurt Vile vibe to them, which I totally dig. Check out “Future Shadows” below.
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The Orwells @ Hype Hotel :: Aquarium Drunkard Party
I think I overheard someone says these guys are in high school. HIGH SCHOOL? The Orwells totally punched me in the face with their punk rock sound. You should definitely watch out for this band. Check out “Who Needs You” below.
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Emily Wells @ Hotel Vegas :: Brooklyn Vegan Party
Soulful voice mixed with lovely weaving loops, Emily Wells creates insanely great music. Her style is impressive to watch and listen to, especially live. Her new album Mama comes out on April 10. Check out “Passenger” below.
mp3 :: Passenger – Emily Wells
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Pond @ Hotel Vegas :: Brooklyn Vegan Party
Pond features members of the psych-rock band Tame Impala, so I obviously had to see them at least once during SXSW. If you like have your face melted off with pure 70s tinged rock ‘n’ roll, then definitely check out Pond. Check out “Fantastic Explosion of Time” below.
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Niki and the Dove @ UO :: Urban Outfitters Day Party
Swedish dance pop? Yes, please! Check out “The Drummer” below and you should consider going to their website daily because it’s awesome.
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Check out this glittery new EP from Toy Camera (Germany Germany x Steffaloo). Blissful Youth is available for free on their bandcamp. Get ya some.
Check out the track “Tall Trees” below and the video.
mp3 :: Tall Trees – Toy Camera
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I’m very excited about the upcoming Daytrotter Barnstormer 5 tour! And it’s happening very, very soon! This time around the awesome folks at Daytrotter are bringing it to the east coast starting in North Hampton, NH at Runnymeade Barn on August 26! This time they are even taking it to the Big Apple with a show on August 29 at The Living Room. And closing out the epic barntastic week in Maquoketa, IA at Codfish Hollow. Check out the full list of dates below and click on the dates/locations for more information regarding tickets and who’s playing the show!
8/26 – Runnymeade Barn (North Hampton, NH)
8/27 – Sunnyview Farm Barn (Ghent, NY)
8/28 – Old Lantern Barn (Charlotte, VT)
8/29 – The Living Room (NYC)
8/30 – Chaseland Barn (New Wilmington, PA)
8/31 – Conrad Botzum Farmstead Barn (Akron, OH)
9/1 – Lakeview Farms Barn (Dexter, MI)
9/2 – Kalyx Center Barn (Monticello, IL)
9/3 – Codfish Hollow Barn (Maquoketa, IA)
You seriously can’t miss out on a Barnstormer. I went to Barnstormer 4 back in April and it was the coolest musical experience I’ve ever had. Check out the video below of Guards doing I see it coming on April 29 in Maquoketa, IA at Codfish Hollow (I was there!) take by Rock of the Arts. By the way, Guards is going to be at the first couple of dates on Barnstormer 5. You don’t want to miss them, I’m serious. They’re fantastic.
I really don’t think you need convincing, but in case you do, purchase your tickets now and get 40% Daytrotter Merch AND a free Barnstormer 5 poster! So click the dates/locations above, get your tickets, get your coolest friends together, and road trip it to the countryside. You seriously will not regret it.
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