New Music Tuesday: 2-14-2012


Happy Tuesday my sweet music Valentines! In honor of this great
greeting card holiday, I was going to make you some mixes. Then I started making them and
decided I’m more of an emotional mix maker and not a sappy one. Even my
“Your face gives me the dry heaves” mixes tend to be confusing due to
that thin line between love and hate. So, why don’t you just listen to
whatever new music is out today and enjoy this special V-Day blog post
by none other than Daria Morgendorffer.

Heartless BastardsArrow
(Partisan Records)

The fourth release from these Ohioans
isn’t a big departure from their previous releases but it doesn’t need
to be. Frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom is the owner of one of
the most uniquely powerful voices I’ve ever heard. Years ago, I heard
their single, “All This Time,” when it was NPR’s
song of the day and my mind was instantly blown. For months, no other
voice could capture my attention quite like hers.

When I saw the band was coming to town, I rushed to set up an interview
but by the time they got to the venue, Erika was quiet, tired and
somewhat flustered. She was tiny in stature but her overall presence
seemed fragile, completely different than what I had expected. It was
easily one of the worst interviews I’ve ever done and I’m happy to
blame it on the fact that we were meeting just after they spent
fourteen hours in a packed van.

When the lights went down and the band took the stage, the woman I had
just met was gone and in her place was this ferocious beast of a
singer/guitarist who basically reached into the audience, grabbed our
hearts and swallowed them whole. It was madness and things got dirty
and sweaty and absolutely perfect.

So, while I’ve only had the time to take this baby for a test drive
once or twice, I am looking forward to spending more quality time with
it, and their entire back catalogue, soon. Stream the album in its
entirety over at Paste.

Band of Skulls
Sweet Sour
(Electric Blues Recordings)

From the opening dirty Southern blues
guitar licks of the title track, I was hooked. In fact, I literally
said out loud, “Oh hell yes” and then went back to drinking my coffee.
This group does loud sexy rock & roll a la The Kills really well. They can also
slow it down and bring things to a more emotional level as well. The
album’s closer, “Close to Nowhere,” basically gave me Broken Heart
Syndrome, which I heard from my local news telecast was an actual
condition that should clear up in the next three months. Thanks a lot
Band of Skulls. Seriously though, I’ve already added this to my “Best
of 2012” playlist. Now go get your stream on.

Young and Old (Fat Possum Recordings)

There’s a chance I’m remembering things
incorrectly, I’m getting old after-all, but I don’t remember these
adorable hipsters making such full-sounding music with some dark
undertones. In the past it was more sweet and soft California surf pop.
Now it seems as though they’re ready to hang up their collective poodle
skirt, put on a leather jacket, start smoking and take a ride on the
back of a greaser’s Harley. Weird analogy for a band whose singer is
married to her bandmate but I absolutely love it. I was about to feel
badly for calling them hipsters but they’re giving away a beer koozie
when you order their CD so they’re basically asking for it. Stream it
and love it over at Spinner.

War Dancer (Red Parade Music)

Screw Valentine’s Day, today should be
celebrated for great music! This Kentucky cutie is turning me into a
singer-songwriter believer. This is not the genre I go running to on a
regular basis as I generally find it really difficult to connect with,
but I am feeling this. In
many ways War Dancer reminds
me of the first time I heard, and subsequently fell in love with, Sarah Blasko‘s first

Honorable Mentions: Punch Brothers and Amos Lee. I guess Monica & Brandy’s single “It All Belongs to
Me” came out but it will never be the amazing anthem that is, “The
Boy is Mine
.” That was back when Monica
was mah Boo. (Sidenote: Adding this to my karaoke list.)

That’s all for this week! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day
regardless of your relationship status and we all know, when all else
fails, we can let the music be our hot
hot sex
. Now, feel free to follow me on Twitter, add
me as a friend on Facebook or talk trash about me in your Live
Journal blogs.

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