• PopMatters - Kool Stuff Katie - "Cars" (Premiere)

    The beautiful and hip environs of Portland, Oregon, a catchy tune, and a duo with real chemistry... Kool Stuff Katie's "Cars" has it all. 

    And who says Craiglist has to be completely sketchy? It certainly wasn’t in the case of the Portland, Oregon garage rock/pop duo Kool Stuff Katie, helmed by Shane Blem and Saren Oliver. The two met over the website, and have since then forged a creative union that’s as playful and quirky as the city in which they live. With a few curveballs added, the music video to the track “Cars”, taken from the duo’s self-titled debut, could be a Portlandia sketch in the waits. But, alas, the video chooses (wisely) to focus on the rapport between Blem and Oliver—and their pretty sweet ride, too.
    This video finds the pair attempting to escape the crowded, frustrating noise of the city in order to find a serene setting away from it all.  Fitting for “Cars”, the majority of the video’s attention is on what they are driving: a ’66 Lotus Cortina, which should have fans of vintage autos salivating in jealousy.

    The duo tells PopMatters this about the video: “Working on this video was a blast. How often do you get to cruise around in a Cortina for three days and call it work? We definitely got a lot of stares, honks, and people who stopped to ask us about our ride. At one point, we stopped traffic on the St. John’s Bridge in Portland with a ‘breakdown’ in order to clear cars out and get the shot of us going over. Bryson, one of the directors, hung out of the back of a van while driving through tunnels, and we all braved freezing cold wind at points—everyone working on this video was dedicated to do whatever it took to get the shot, which left us with some pretty funny stories. Overall, it was an awesome experience.”

    Kool Stuff Katie is out now.

  • the deli - Video Premier: Kool Stuff Katie's "Cars


    Video Premier: Kool Stuff Katie's "Cars"

    Like most textbook romances, garage pop duo Kool Stuff Katie formed when Shane Blem and Saren Oliver met over Craigslist. The rest is history. Well, history in the making for now I suppose. The duo's debut self-titled album released this past October doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel per se, but they create an infectious blend of pop infused primitive rockers, reminiscent to the White Stripes. 

    Today, we're proud to present the world with Kool Stuff Katie's brand new music video for the track "Cars." Get a load of the car they're noodling around in! It's a Ford / Lotus collaboration that was 1 of 200 ever sold in the US. The specific car in the video was was actually purchased and restored on the tv show Fast N Loud and then sold for $115,000 - how KSK lined up borrowing the rig for this shoot is completely beyond me, but totally awesome. At any rate, enjoy their tune and the cool footage of the duo driving around various landmarks of Portland and the surrounding areas. 

    Written by Travis Leipzig

    Photo by Jon Currier





    Premiere: Kool Stuff Katie 'Cars'
    Kool Stuff Katie's, song "Cars" just got a cute new video and Baeble is excited to be home to its premiere. 

    The video begins with Shane Blem and Saren Oliver packing for what looks to be an extensive road trip. Roller bags and instruments in tow, the two load into a 1966 Lotus Cortina and hit the road in an effort to get to a place where there are no cars, no people, no noise." 

    The result is a darling video of the two singing as they bob around and navigate their way out of the city into calmer pastures filled with beautiful scenic shots. 

    It's so charming, you won't be able to stop yourself from singing along! 

    Click play below. 

    Blog Entry By: Aimee Curran 


  • OH how i loathe SHRINK WRAP

    OH how i loathe SHRINK WRAP

    Why why why was shrink wrapped invented! it sucks! Here is CARRY ILLINOIS's new album being undone by Lizzy and her fiance (how you got talked into it i dont know!)

    I think shrink wrap should only be used for sending a band in the mail ... you?



    Seattle singer/songwriter Devin Sinha, originally from the Midwest, taught himself to play music in high school by dabbling on piano and eventually teaching himself guitar. He recently released his sophomore LP, The Seventh Season. Album track “Lone Elm Road” rocks hard with upbeat country twang and fluid vocals that could turn your heart to mush. We are proud to premiere the song today on magnetmagazine.com. Download it below.

    “Lone Elm Road” (download):

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    The first of those annual freebies we all look forward to every year has arrived!  The 7th installment of XO Publicity's "XO For The Holidays" series has been posted.  It should be noted, here, that I love to jump the gun and XO has been known to add songs and tinker around a bit after the initial posting.  Right now, the "download album" button isn't working (so you have to download the songs individually) and I'm not sure they've tagged everything the way they want it, yet.  That said, if you're making the final adjustments to your annual mixes, you're going to want to grab these at the earliest.

    This year's playlist (thus far) is short--just 6 tracks--but given the awesomeness of every track, I can't say I mind.

    Starting the set is a cover of Low's "Just Like Christmas" from Pat Kearns of Blue Skies for Black Hearts.  That song just sounds so good, no matter who is singing it, and Pat gives it a fine Indie Pop swing with subtle hints of Folk.  Then things get heavy with Magnuson's Progressive Rock bordering-on-Metal reading of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".  Plenty of distortion and guitar shredding make this one a fine anthem for your annual Christmas parties.  Hard to believe there are only two people raising all this fine racket.  Alejandra O'Leary steps up next with "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)".  Alejandra shows you how Indie Rock should sound and how the Spector anthem should be righteously covered in the 21st century.  Stick around through the credits--nice ending here.

    The tempo and mood turn on a dime when Hawks Do Not Share take center stage, next.  A lovely bit of folktronic shoegaze, "Christmas Eve, Montmartre" appears on the band's latest album, "HDNS".  It's the sort of thing that seduces you.  "Mix me.  You know you want to."

    It would be difficult to overstate my infatuation with Piney Gir.  She's pretty much a regular on the XO sets and, this year, she does not disappoint.  When Indie Pop meets Piney Gir meets Exotica, well...this one is gonna spoil you; you're never going to be satisfied with any other rendition of "Christmas Island" ever again.  "XO For The Holidays VII" closes with one of the best Psych Punk tracks you'll ever hear, "Got Gratitude" by The Love Dimension.  And, OK, so the song's originally from 2011 (re-recorded earlier this year) and its not a Christmas track, per se.  I don't care.  This is what would happen if you locked the Doors and the Blues Magoos in a small room overnight with nothing but gallons of espresso.  And that's something everybody should experience.

    So there you have it.  "XO For The Holidays VII".  Grab it free.  Collect the whole set--all 7 volumes.  Thank youXO Publicity.  You make the season bright.
  • Devin Sinha, The Seventh Season OUT TODAY!!

    Devin Sinha, The Seventh Season (Self-released)

    Seattle-area singer-songwriter Devin Sinha shifts things up on his second self-released album, adding percussion, electric instrumentation and layered vocals to his acoustic guitar-based, contemporary folk-rock, conjuring a sound equally reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Sufjan Stevens. The 11 songs on The Seventh Season go down easily, with Sinha’s surprisingly mature songs trading on a blend of heart-on-sleeve storytelling and poetic balladry, while his delicate fingerpicking work anchors such songs as “Winter Child,” “Orion” and “The Wolves.” ★★★✩✩

    - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/11/11/album-reviews-rancid-sun-gods-gamma-rays-devin-sinha/#sthash.o2IwfFOS.dpuf

  • Robert Bly Moore (Sterile Jets) on Mclusky Do Dallas

    It was somewhere around 2005 when I happened to be listening to a random alt-rock internet radio station. I recall hearing a song start off with a simple, heavy bass lick and snare; followed in succession by guitar squeals, distortion-soaked riffing, and finally, the shrill lyric, "My love is bigger than your love. We take more drugs than a touring funk band, sing it!" It was noisy, it was heavy, it was full of attitude. I was hooked within seconds.

    The song, "To Hell With Good Intentions," was from the albumMclusky Do Dallas. Once I heard the song, I was compelled to immediately buy the album, and I was blown away. It had an original sound—with driving, aggressive music and thoughtful, witty lyrics. It had so many qualities I find lacking in music I hear these days. It had passion.

    The album had been released a few years earlier, and by the time I discovered it, Mclusky—a noise trio from Cardiff, Wales—had already recorded one more album and, sadly, called it quits. As short-lived as they were, Mclusky left a legacy of unique and inspired music.

    The album was recorded by noise rock legend Steve Albini. Albini is famous for his own bands—Shellac, Rapeman, and Big Black—as well as recording many seminal alt-rock classics—including Nirvana's In Utero and Pixies' Surfer Rosa. Albini seems to have a way to help musicians express their true sound, stripping down all the production and filler. On Mclusky Do Dallas, the band sounds raw and so full of energy they might explode. With song titles like "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues," "The World Loves Us and is Our Bitch," "Fuck This Band," and "Alan is a Cowboy Killer," Mclusky shows off a quirky wit that's peppered over the entire album.

    I also have to mention that the album is full of great hooks; I have to believe that in some better alternate reality, people in 2002 listened to this instead of bands like Nickelback, Linkin Park, or Jimmy Eat World. I'd be willing to bet the alternate 2014 has better music as a result.

    When you distill it down, this album is a collection of catchy, irreverent songs from a very powerful power trio. They have been a big influence on my band, as well as many other musicans I know. Sadly, they're not around anymore, although guitarist/vocalist Andy Falkous' current band, Future of the Left, continues the great musical tradition he set down on Mclusky Do Dallas. You owe it to yourself to check this out, it may very well be the best album you've never heard of.

  • ROCKET 3 "BURN" out today!

    I’m all for complexity, shades of grey, and layers of nuance, but sometimes I enjoy finding a band that wears its influences so obviously. I feel it’s refreshing and honest in an industry that likes to obfuscate and create intrigue that really isn’t there. It allows the group to play music that interests them in hopes they can take those influences and do something interesting with them. Granted, many of these groups come across as hackneyed cover acts, but every once in a while, something of worth will emerge from the morass with something to say.

    And I think Rocket 3 could be such a band. Calling Portland, OR home, this trio delivers a punchy, peppy brand of rock music that blends equal portions ‘60s girl group sweetness, ‘90s jangle-pop goodness, and ‘10s retro garage rock sensibilities. The impact of Dum Dum Girls, Veruca Salt, The Fastbacks, and The Sundays can be felt throughout Burn, as this 13-song record alternately buzzes, coos, and swaggers depending upon its mood.

    Even with that description, the record isn’t at all schizophrenic, as Ramune Nagisetty (guitars & vocals), Drew Anymouse (drums), and Tony Guzman (bass) manage to hold the sounds firmly in the collective palm of their hands. Ramune has a delightful, airy voice that stands out in contrast to the driving tempos and guitar crunch dominating most tunes. I’m also impressed with the quality of the melodic progressions emanating from her guitar, as they start in familiar pop territory and get inverted and distended along the way. The rhythm section of Drew and Tony provide bright, strong textures, but without sounding rudimentary.

    Burn loses its way a bit when the band literally dips into cover band territory by performing renditions of “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (Velvet Underground) and “Only Shallow” (My Bloody Valentine). Sure, they’re good versions of those classic cuts, but they take me out of the pacing and flow the group created with its own music.

    I like the swagger and energy of Rocket 3 - it’s never over-the-top, but instead captures a band making straightforward rock music with an outside-the-box mentality. Standout tracks like “Fate,”  “Never Again,” “Ride,” and “We Believe” showcase the band’s ability to take retro sensibilities  and update them with off-kilter styling. Thus, while the trio certainly isn’t cutting edge, they are making fun music inspired by bands that I like, and sometimes that’s exactly what I want and need to hear.


    Music video with Renegade Roller Derby:  

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