Up at o’dark thirty feeding Ayla Eve for the second time in an hour (so she WAS sleeping through the night!) – I usually flip on VH1’s Nocturnal State to keep myself awake. Last night I discovered a new band that I am quickly becoming obsessed with – Under the Influence of Giants is an L.A. foursome that proves disco is not dead.Though the early release of four singles proves their incredible range of influences – the video was for the track “Mama’s Room” – a brilliant pop-infused alt beat with definite disco influences – and it is absolutely brilliant.Their self-titled debut will be released on 8 August – you can’t hear them on Amazon yet, so be sure to check them out on itunes then pre-order it here!
While flipping through the new BUST magazine a few days ago, I was gobsmacked to see an article on my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. The writer, Kianna Alarid, a member of the local-gone-national band Tilly and the Wall mentions some of the coolest spots in town – one of them being Second Chance which is always the first place I scavenge for antique keyholes and belt buckles!In honor of the article and because I am starting to really get all glowy about this town again, I have started a new category called Ode to Omaha in which I will write about some of the hipper things and people who shape the Downtown/Mid-town spirit that makes this place border on damn cool.And speaking of Tilly and the Wall – check out there latest effort, Bottom of Barrels, where you can listen to their signature heel-clicking folk-tune happiness!And be sure to check out their website – it is beyond cool!Click here to listen and buy.
The Black Angeles of Austin, Texas are an evocative reminder of everything that was so right with the sounds of the late 1960’s rock scene.While critics draw the obvious comparisons to the likes of Velvet Underground- I hear the ghost of Iron Butterfly haunting the halls of their recording studio.Their second effort – Passover – is a collection of dark and hypnotic tracks that are not only pure rock ‘n roll – they are edgy and sexy – play it on a quiet evening alone as you meditate what’s right in the world – or when you invite Mr. Right/Right Now upstairs for a night cap – he won’t be disappointed. Listen and buy it here.