REVIEW: Dandelion War’s “We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes”

Dandelion War Dandelion War are a band that mix up power pop with rock to create a formula that puts them between the likes of Radiohead and Coldplay, in terms of creating that delicate wispy style of music but leading more towards the Radiohead side. We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes (Deep Elm) create the kind of songs that at times sound like pleas for help, where you want to be sympathetic for the lyric but you realize you want to dwell in the pain and sympathy that they sing about. “1848” has vocals that go back and forth between regular mild tones and a falsetto that helps give the song the emotional impact it desires. “The Devil’s Black Wool” starts off with an electronic pulse before before going deeper into an abyss of reverb that is used to where you want to get lost in the feel of the singing as much as you want to understand the lyrics (or the metaphor behind it). Most of the time it’s very ethereal, but once you figure out what’s going on in their music, the navigation Dandelion War takes you on is well worth the trip.

AUDIO: Alexander Spit’s “Coastal/Hyperion”

Alexander Spit
Solid track here from Alexander Spit, who delivers “Coastal/Hyperion” in a way that is just undeniable. The track is a preview of his forthcoming album on Decon, A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside, and the press release calls this “consumate California riding music”. Head to the beach, grab a plate of tacos and just cool out, you know?

RECORD CRACK: Churches to release “Lovelife” 7″ on December 11th

“Lovelife” was written by Churches’ Caleb Nichols about his frustration “at having his personal life and the personal lives of all LGBT people constantly subject to public debate.” It’s a track that is meant to be a controlled means of holding in angst, only for him to realize that the most healthy thing to do is to let it out. It is this song (b/w “Save Me”) that will be released as a 7″ single on December 11th, which was funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

The band will have a release party for the single in San Francisco on December 22nd, and have plans on doing shows in 2013, but for now, check out “Lovelife”.

VIDEO: Blue Scholars’ “Anna Karina”

Blue Scholars have been known for their fun videos, but this one requires a bit of thought and attention of the viewer. It’s for the track “Anna Karina”, and the single camera/single shot video was beautifully shot by Matt Jay.

VIDEO: Golden Age’s “Martin and Seku

Golden Age – “Martin and Seku” (OFFICIAL VIDEO) from Ewen Wright on Vimeo.

MC Do D.A.T. and and producer Malicious Lee are Golden Age, and they have created a video for the song “Martin And Seku”, a track taken from their street album Cassette Culture Mixtape (a-side). The video was directed by Ewen Wright. It’s a solid track and the video is effective as well.

SOME STUFFS: Winter tour dates announced for Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento
In support of his Tigerface album on The Royal Potato Family label (my review of which can be read here), Marco Benevento has announced concert dates this winter. He is doing a number of shows right now, in fact he’ll be in Syracuse, New York tomorrow but after he heads to Maine in mid-December and does the holiday thing, he’ll be back on the road, with some shows featuring The Mike Dillon Band or Rubblebucket.

November 29… Syracuse, NY (The Westcott Theatre)
November 30… Ithaca, NY (The Haunt)
December 1… Albany, NY (Red Square)
December 7… Wilkes Barre, PA (River Street Jazz Cafe)
December 8… Harrisburg, PA (Appalachian Brewing Company)
December 13… Hartford, CT (Arch Street)
December 14… Providence, RI (The Met)
December 15… Portland, ME (Empire)
December 28… New York, NY (Highline Ballroom)
December 29… Rochester, NY (Water Street Music Hall ) #
December 30-31… Burlington, VT (Higher Ground) #
January 16, 2013… Avon, CO (Agave)
January 17, 2013… Breckenridge, CO (320 South)
January 18, 2013… Carbondale, CO (PAC 3)
January 19, 2013… Denver, CO (Quixote’s True Blue)
January 20, 2013… Frisco, CO (Barkley’s Ballroom)
January 31, 2013… Los Angeles, CA (The Mint) ^
February 1, 2013… Felton, CA (Don Quixote’s Music Hall) ^
February 2, 2013… San Francisco, CA (Independent) ^
February 6, 2013… Arcata, CA (Humbrews)
February 7, 2013… Cottage Grove, OR (Axe & Fiddle)
February 8, 2013… Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
February 9, 2013… Seattle, WA (The Royal Room)

^ w/ The Mike Dillon Band
# w/ Rubblebucket

VIDEO: Ryan Stinson featuring Ghettosocks’ “Melt”

World supremacy is never obtained, but it can be personified by those who would like to manipulate its allure. The masters of samurai have given Ryan Stinson a role to portray in his new video for the song “Melt”, and with Ghettosocks in the scope, this is a music video that is worth watching and absorbing.

The song can be found on Stinson’s deluxe edition of Future (URBNET), which was released today.