New-ish Songs You Oughta Check Out

Future Days – “Mild Mannered Wuss”

Future Days (formerly Space Bums) are from around here – Boston – and they’ve just made public some songs that will be on a future release. The one that stands out the most to my taste buds is “Mild Mannered Wuss,” which sounds way more exciting than the dude in question. It’s very Velvets sounding/Reed homaging [not a word] with some choice background vocal flourishes.


The Fabulous St. Knicholas Cage – “Not In My Mind”

Tulsa, Oklahoma’s tinny surf exhibitionists TFSKC have a brand new old release – The Sexy Yearzzzz. “Not In My Mind” is like a high speed boat chase, except you are forced to flee on boogeyboard. Get you some Jon Dwyer on vocals with The Ventures on guitar and hey, here you go. Rockabilly, shit-surfabilly, catch it if you can.


Zip-Tie Handcuffs – “Lifeboat”

This track is from the Boston band’s 2012 release In The Sky. It’s a stand-out and I’m posting it now because it reminds me of three years ago, when I first heard Wavves King of the Beach. This one is forceful like some of that LP’s sludgier tunes, but in its own world of intensity. I appreciate “Lifeboat” more and more each time I listen to it and its sonic cleanliness surprisingly works in its favor.


Vundabar – “Hives”

Two piece yee-haws also from this neck of the Emerald Necklace. Anyway, this is song #8 on their Antics LP. The dudes start off with the chorus, a brilliant tactic when a tune rock ‘n rolls like this. It pounds heavy and flirts with the kind of garage/country sloppiness of my favorites, like Carbonas if they had more vocal ability and were played on Breakfast of Champions instead of Late Risers Club. Maybe not the best comparison; this is pop music.

Oldies Recommendations !!!!!!!!!!!

Walk into the Malt Shop, head to the Juke Box, and play these tunes:

* Neil Sedaka – “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”
* Elvis Presley – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”
* Little Peggy March – “I Will Follow Him”
* Lesley Gore – “Judy’s Turn To Cry”
* Mickey & Sylvia – “Love Is Strange” – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
* Ray Peterson – “Tell Laura I Love Her”

A-L Recommendations

These are sort off-beat recommendations from bands you may or may not have heard of. Basically, these are songs that are in my library, but I hardly ever listen to them.

– Abe Vigoda – “Hyacinth Girls”
B – Big Japan – “Life Saver”
C – The Cribs – “Men’s Needs”
D – Down AKA Kilo – “Lean Like A Cholo”
E – El Guincho – “Palmitos Park”
F – Fuck Buttons – “Sweet Love For Planet Earth”
G – Growlers – “Swallowed Whole”
H – Her Space Holiday – “Tech Romance”
I – Inner Circle – “Sweat”
J – Jesus and Mary Chain – “The Hardest Walk”
K – Kraftwerk – “The Model”
L – Last Shadow Puppets – “I Don’t Like You Anymore”

Spring Songs (Part Two)

Four more songs that I particularly like around this time of the year:

1. “138th Street” – The Walkmen
2. “Insistor” – Tapes N’ Tapes
3. “Consolation Prizes” – Phoenix
4. “Pope John Paul” – Lovely Feathers

As a side note, Phoenix has a bunch of great tunes that fall into this category.

CYHSY Albums Streaming

If you go to the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah official website, you can listen to their first two albums in their entirety. I will be reviewing them later on, but I thought I would let you know. It’s good music for January 20. On one hand, there is a whole lot of winter left, but on the other hand spring is coming and fun times and warmth are nearing.

Songs To Check Out!

“Teenage Kicks” – Undertones
“Tonight She’s Dead” – Lover!
“You Don’t Like Rock ‘N Roll” – Hunx & His Punx
I’m Gonna Get Drunk Tonight” – M.O.T.O
“What Do I Get?” – Buzzcocks
“Another Girl, Another Planet” – Only Ones
“Hold On” – Mark Sultan

Bringing Back The Old Jams

12 Old-sounding classics in the tune of Garage:

1. “Peeping Through Your Curtains” by The 4 Counts – Rockabilly Revival
2. “Zombies” by King Khan and BBQ Show – Blues/Punk Influences
3. “Tenleytown” by The Walkmen – Punk Influences
4. “Pie In The Sky” by Frank Black – Rockabilly Revival
5. “Beautiful Girl” by Mark Sultan – Hard Swingin’ Rhythm
6. “Getting Thin” by Sleeping in the AviaryAggressive Male Vocalist
7. “Getaway” by The Giant Robots – A Light Swing Groove
8. “A Clean X” by Three 4 Tens – Basic Rock Structure
9. “No Way Out” by Three Head Coats – Unusual Vocal Sounds
10. “We Who Wait” by Jay Reatard – Mild Rhythmic Syncopation
11. “Que Lindo Sueno” by King Khan & His Shrines – R&B Influences
12. “(When In Doubt) Turn It Out” by The Dirty Novels – Extensive Vamping