Friday, January 12, 2018

Standing at the Gates: The Songs of Nada Surf's Let Go

Outside of The Beatles, I don't think I've ever been more infatuated with an album 15 years after its release than Nada Surf's Let Go. Quite simply, it's perfect. And in the past year it's risen rapidly to my top five of all time. That's the glory of music. You just never know when and how it'll hit you, yet I couldn't be more grateful. Treading Water? C'mon. That's just not fair to the other kids out there making music.

Nada Surf has been celebrating the anniversary with ones of those tours during which they play the whole album during the first set. Get all the dates here, but man what I wouldn't do to get to the Atlanta show in May.

The band also recently announced a covers album called Standing at the Gates featuring the likes of Aimee Mann, Rogue Wave, The Long Winters, Ed Harcourt, and more. That'll be released 2/2 and won't come close to the original, but hey, we can't listen to the same album over and over and over again, can we?

Pre-order the covers album here and download the original here.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Brandon Schott - Room 8

Very few new releases could nudge me out of semi-retirement, but Brandon Schott has been a favorite around here for a very long time. The surprise Room 8 includes pure and acoustic renditions of a few of his classics and more. This is late-night music best served with whiskey on the rocks next to a slow-burning fire to quiet the noise of a long, busy day. This is the soundtrack to the twilight of a scary year. This is music for the soul.
 

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's Been A Long Cold Lonely Winter

Leave it to some lost gem of The Beatles and George Harrison to drag me out of my long winter's nap. A lost guitar solo from Here Comes The Sun?! Holy shit this is awesome.


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Better Watch Your Step

PPL MVR. Shit is getting weird.



Who? What? Why? Why not.

I have strong guesses for their true identities, but I'll play along. PPL MVR is SNBLL, K-PO, and Q. Naturally. Fun fun. Thump thump.

Free download available from their official site below. And they're signed to Atlantic Records. Sure.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

So Oh In Love

Wow. So Oh in love with The Charlatans' newest tune So Oh. These guys keep going and going getting better and better. Their 12th album Modern Nature is due out Jan 26, 2015. Can't wait.


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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Shake Off The Routine

Six minutes?! What a tease! Brandon Schott has released a brand new EP called Verdugo Park, which essentially serves as the second single from his upcoming album Crayons & Angels backed with a couple non-album tracks. Such music biz lingo.

The EP naturally starts with its namesake Verdugo Park, a happy tune about a happy place where life can't be that hard. Hell, the tune prominently features a tuba and Brandon's own kids. I dare you not to smile while listening to it. Musically, it's what you might expect and would want to hear from Brandon after 2011's excellent change-of-pace 13 Satellites. Forgive the lazy Beatles reference, but consider Verdugo Park Brandon's pre-Sgt. Pepper release; a striking yet fleeting hint of the brilliant promise of what's next. It's a full-on embrace of studio magic, and Brandon has become quite the magician. Hell, I can't even see the green screen in the accompanying magical video ...



Magic. Following the title track is the trippy instrumental Lapiz Lazuli. To carry the Beatles comparison further, it's the Lennon after the McCartney. It's impossible not to hear the mid-60s influence of Tomorrow Never Knows, but it's not merely a copy; it's a Schottsian original. You can picture Brandon working meticulously on this one in the wee hours of a Sunday morning drinking a Scotch while hoping not to wake the kids. My only criticism is that it's not five minutes longer.

Finally, the EP finishes with a perfectly pleasant cover of Castaway. It's an appropriate balance to the rest of the EP and reminds you of earlier, simpler Schott that is more stripped and less studio. Remarkably, in a mere six minutes on a single EP, Brandon Schott has showcased his best qualities. If the intent was to get us pumped for a full-length, well dammit, it's a job well done.

Disclosure: We at Too Poppy consider Brandon a good friend. In other words, he can do no wrong. Of course, a thorough listen to his catalog reveals the truth behind our opinion. Go on. Discover and explore already.

Verdugo Park is out today digitally and available very soon physically!

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