The lyrically deliberate ballads of Aaron Embry seem incredibly appropriate at this particular point in history. They are so accessible that they feel almost as if you had been listening to them for years, like a comfy blanket sitting in your closet just waiting to cozy up to. The melancholy harmonica solos and the passionate vocal pacing keep me wanting more. The video above is just the latest in a string of fantastic pieces Aaron has put out on YouTube via his blog. There is gives the back story to many of the tracks and hints at how he might arrange them when he records full instrumental versions.
Best known for it’s burgeoning indie and metal scenes, “the OC” has quickly taken a turn for better days, as folk rockers Moostache emerge the unsuspecting local. Brothers Patrick, Sean, and Brian Wardell bring an array of sophisticated arrangements and catchy harmonies that give the album its accessibility and flair. The bands most recent addition and no stranger to OC indie is former Odd Project lead guitarist Scott Zschomler, who’s now gracing the stage with the occasional banjo in hand evoking bits of folk and Americana with wonderfully bluesy guitar solo’s to boot. Taking the reigns from greats like Dr. Dog, Moostache is sure to be a mainstay in a folk rock resurgence that’s well overdue.
Catch Moostache tonight August 25th, 2009 @ The Mint
8PM | 21+ | $8
Remember back when MTV played music? Have you even been alive that long? In a move that seems to be riding an inevitable trend of the collision of internet and television, indie music site Pitchforkmedia.com is launching an “Online Music Channel” april 7th at Pitchfork.tv
While we’re not exactly sure how an online music channel is different from a website (does that make YouTube.com and online video channel?), but it appears they will have the ability to watch video fullscreen and make your own playlists. Pitchfork is widely respected as the source for indie music on or offline and will be making available full-length feature films, vintage concerts, and music DVDs free of charge. “From the Pixies’ 2004 reunion tour film LoudQuietLoud and Todd Phillips’ notorious GG Allin documentary Hated, to Jimmy Joe Roche & Dan Deacon’s acid-drenched visual art piece Ultimate Reality, Pitchfork.tv will highlight a different film each week in its entirety.”
Congrats indie kids you finally got your wish, but you might as well shave the mustache now because once this blows up everybody’s going to be sporting one.
05.7.07   |   Posted in: Music
|   By: Jennifer Murse
Tags: Indie, Macabees
The Maccabees aren’t an earth-shattering band that will change the face of music. But something tells me that they weren’t setting their sights on such a grand prize anyway. The quintet, who hail from South London/Brighton, UK, are about to launch onto the world their debut full-length album next week (May 14th). If you’re lucky, you’ll find it mixed in with all the other random, unsorted “M” cds at your local music store, but most likely if you want to get in on this British indie-rock LP action, you’re going to have to order it from Amazon UK. I, for one, have got my order in already as I have been anxiously waiting for this album to drop for months now. After all, the Maccabees aren’t fresh out of the musical womb. With a slew of CD singles and 7in’s already pressed and under their belt, it was really just a matter of time before someone took notice of them and ponied up the cash to produce a proper album.
“Colour It In” (for all you non-Anglophiles please note the extra “U”) is a brilliantly poppy album full of catchy lyrics that make your head spin. With lyrics like “madames and monsieurs please return to your cubicles” and “you stood out like a sore thumb / the most beautiful sore thumb I’d ever seen,” how can you not fall in love with these Brighton boys?
Check out these clips from the tracks-