Category Archives: Oye This!

What’s Up Your “S”? – MOONTOWER

I been away for sometime….but I’m super excited for what this band will become and I need to share with you!

Formerly known as MOONTOWERS, this Boston band has been on my radar for some time now.  I was fortunate enough to download a few things off their Bandcamp page before they removed it all.  They have removed the “s” from their name but most importantly reuploaded a few tracks on Bandcamp that must go into your collection.  I have yet to hear a MOONTOWER song I don’t like and if you’re a fan of fuzzy melodic psych then this band is right up your alley.  The more I listen to their stuff, and I do that quite a lot, the more I love this them.

– Aug. 30 2013 – Arts At The Armory – Somerville, MA
– Sep. 06 2013 – T.T. The Bears – Cambridge, MA
– Oct. 19 2013 – Precinct & PAs Lounge – Somerville, MA

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VIDEO: Brothers In Law – Leave Me (Shadow II)

Brothers In Law is a band from Italy that recently caught my ears thanks to one of my favorite labels We Were Never Being Boring.  Their debut album, Hard Times For Dreamers, is set for release on January 30th of this year via WWNBB.
A few days ago Seattle music blog The Finest Kiss premiered the video for Leave Me (Shadow II), the first single off the album. The video was shot in Chicago and was directed by Ryan Ohm.
This past weekend I preordered my copy of Hard Times For Dreamers – a signed, limited edition vinyl, YAY!  What’s more exciting is that the band has been invited to play at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.  Buying a copy  of Hard Times For Dreamers in your preferred format will help get the band from Italy to Texas in March.  Order your copy of Hard Times For Dreamers here or here.
While their fundraiser page says your donations “will help fund train and flight tickets, and probably a few nights in scary motels”.  We cross our fingers for a show in Boston, MA during the band’s stay in the States where our sofa is open to   talented guests.

ALBUM STREAM: CreaturoS – Swampp Thingg

I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is about CreaturoS that completely enthralls me.  Is it the cute lead singer? Nah, I’m not that shallow and I fell in love with their sound way before I knew what any of them looked like.  Is it their impeccable way of fusing garage, psychedelia, punk, and raising the volume?  Could be.  Is it their hypnotizing live performances?  Quite possibly.  But I’m leaning toward magic.

I’m not sure that CreaturoS has set out to be innovative.  This is not a new sound that they are creating.  Their equation is not unique.  And yet despite this they are able to reach for and hold a firm, tight grip on listeners.

The magic abounds in Swampp Thingg, the debut album by CreaturoS – out now on cassette and digital download via pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS, buy here or here. Stream below.

ALBUM STREAM: The New Highway Hymnal – Whispers

It is very easy to envy New York for the abundance of incredible musical talent that seems to sprout from their backyard.  Today isn’t one of those days.  The New Highway Hymnal is one of many Boston bands to make its city proud by allowing us bragging rights.  Their debut album Whispers [Vanya Records] is available for stream now, a day before its release.

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing The New Highway Hymnal live several times.  Their shows have always been engrossing and energetic.  Because up until now my familiarity with them has been almost exclusively through live shows – Their Bandcamp page only has two songs in it, so far – I was a bit nervous about them disappointing me on record.  I was wrong.  Way the fuck wrong.  On Whispers the band manages to deliver the high doses of their energy I’ve come to love.  The production value also allows for various levels of garage tinged psychedelia to shine through nicely.  Fans of Tame Impala and Black Angels will love this – so when you can muster the will to press pause on Lonerism definitely check out The New Highway Hymnal.  Whispers is set for release on digital and vinyl via Vanya Records on October, 18 2012 – stream below.

TNHH Live: Oct. 18, 2012 – Album Release Show @ Great Scott – Allston, MA
TNHH: Facebook / Bandcamp / Website
Vanya Records: Facebook / Bandcamp / Website

STREAM: CreaturoS – James Day’s Milk Shake

Boston band CreaturoS is one that I’ve been shamelessly stalking in 2012 ever since stumbling upon their name while shamelessly stalking Fedavees.  What drew me in, besides their kick ass name, was a track on their  Bandcamp page with a price tag of $1000- yeah, that’s one-thousand big ones.  Sadly the track no longer appears on CreaturoS’ Bandcamp – good for my wallet because I was seriously considering fronting the money it was that good.  In its place though you will now find “James Day’s Milk Shake”,  the first single to their upcoming album Swampp Thingg to be released late October 2012 via Boston label pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS.  If you find yourself in our around Cambridge, MA on October 29th 2012 I expect to see you at their record release party – yeah it’s a Monday but what the fuck IT’S CREATUROS!

You can order your copy of CreaturoS and Fedavees sounds from pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS here.

CreaturoS on Facebook
CreaturoS Live:
Oct. 5, 2012 – O’Briens – Allston, MA
Oct. 29, 2012 – The Middle East ZuZu – Cambridge, MA

Fedavees on Facebook
Fedavees Live:
Oct. 13, 2012 – Rosebud Diner – Somerville, MA

NEW TRACK: Owensie – Distance Of Her Love

I’m absolutely loving this new track by Owensie from his upcoming second album Citizens – out 24th of October 2012 on Out On A Limb Records on vinyl and digital.
“Distance of Her Love” was “written about migrant domestic workers” says Owensie.  And while on its façade it may be easy listening, a more careful listen will reveal Jazz, Folk, and Brazilian/Latin influences.
Owensie’s staple instrument -acoustic guitar, a mellow percussion, viola, a saxophone, and Owensie’s delicate falsetto and lyrics coalesce to tell the story of a mother who sets out  far from her home and children in order to look after other people’s children as a necessary means to provide for her own.
If there is one thing that Owensie rarely fails at it would be providing powerful, inventive and, in this case, poignant stories through his music.
Citizens is out 24th of October 2012 on Out On A Limb Records and we’re looking forward to it.  Stream “Distance Of Her Love” below.

Owensie on Facebook
Out On A Limb Records on Facebook

Saadi & Delicate Steve – Snowyman

What a wonderful treat it was to open an email a while back only to find this gem waiting to be adored.  We’ve kept this to ourselves far too long and it is time to share it and do our part to help its brightness shine on.
We’ve said it before but it bears repeating: we abhor remixes.  But every so often a remix comes along that simply touches us and that we get really excited about.  This version of “Snowyman” is a perfect example of such  remixes.  The video below contains a remix done by Delicate Steve to the song by Saadi that truly matches the greatness of the original.
Saadi is a singer born in Syria and raised in Pennsylvania before making her way to NYC.  Delicate Steve originally from New Jersey creates instrumental music and his album Wondervisions is one we can’t seem to stop listening to.
“Snowyman” is available digitally here, here, and on 7″ here.

Related Articles: 
SHOW REVIEW: Cults/Delicate Steve/Dirty Fences @ Boston’s Paradise Rock Club – Jan. 21, 2012

Ghostandthesong – Escapes EP

Matthias Kanik‘s musical project Ghostandthesong has done it yet again by bringing us a remarkable selection of songs in his new EP appropriately titled Escapes.  Though all three songs are a trip only Kanik could guide a listener through, we really dig the last track “Our Prayer” with its somber tones.

The playful “Ou Inme” has been selected as Escape‘s driving single.  The video was directed by  Marcus Grysczok A.K.A. Hypertrashwonderland.  Grysczok has carved a name for himself in the visual realm for his rich use of animation, claymation, and other media to create complex worlds sometimes beautiful sometimes dark.

Escapes EP is available as a free download via Bad Panda Records here.

Related Articles: 
VIDEO: Ghostandthesong “A Nos Amis En Paix” 
PREMIERE: Ghostandthesong – “The Way Inside”

pacificUV: Artist Of The Month – February/March

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

January 31, 2012

As a music lover, I am ashamed to admit the following: before this morning I didn’t know who pacificUV were.  Fortunately, and thanks to Breakfast Of Champions, I’ve seen the light because my ears were exposed to “Funny Girl” on my drive to work; whoever says radio sucks (ahem, hipsters) has not listened to this program nor their local indie radio stations and therefore does not know what he or she is talking about….but I digress.  “Funny Girl” reminded me very much of Moenia and Depeche Mode.  When I arrived in the office the first thing I did, and do with any artist who makes an impression on me, was research the band…but don’t tell my boss that.  To  my amazement, I found out pacificUV put out their first album back in the 90s, hence my shame, and their second in 2008 – both to critical acclaim with a couple of EPs thrown into the equation.  Their third album ‘Weekends’, of which “Funny Girl” is from, comes out today.  I listened to ‘Weekends’ over at Bandcamp and it became clear these guys were OIMOS Artist of the Month material, and so here we are.   -Ecos Garcia

PacificUV originally formed in Athens, Georgia then relocated to Portland, Oregon, and now work in both locations.  The band consists of rotating members, but its core is composed of founding members Clay Jordan and Howard Hudson.  Weekends is the band’s latest release.  A concept album that, according to the band, “details the disintegration of a relationship”.

Weekends is like a spontaneous, adventurous, lust-filled, roller coaster romance that flourishes on a Friday night and withers away come Sunday evening.

“Friday Night Dream” opens the album.  An instrumental track that is at first cold with its heart-like pulse until it melts into a gorgeous string arrangement giving way to the dance synth-pop gem “Funny Girl”.  In “Just4kix” pacificUV reveal their aptitude for multi-dimensional songwriting.  It begins like a calm lullaby progressing into the reciting of a revealing love note over fast-paced sounds that eventually unravel and morph into heartaching stridence.  “Ballerina” is pure 80s New Wave done convincingly well in 2012.  The middle of the album is marked by the second of three instrumental tracks, “Saturday Night Dream” – A foggy euphoria with an underlying sense of doom that transitions into a personal favorite, “High”.  Surrounded by fireflies, full of violins, horns, and butterflies in the stomach is “High”.  “Be My Only Shallow Love” is where  things in this relationship go really awry as the singer pleads with his beloved: “Don’t miss me. Be Shallow. Don’t call me. Be callous”.  The lovely and reflective goodbye letter is “Going Home” until peace is made in the third and last of instrumental tracks, “Sunday Night Dream”.  “Unplug Me” is reminiscing months after the fact until you’ve come to your senses and disconnect yourself completely.

Weekends is the kind of relationship that, despite its short life, feels epic, ends up being more meaningful than you expected, and ultimately leaves you forever marked and nostalgic.  Fortunately, and unlike a broken relationship, you can always go back and play Weekends all over again.  Well done pacificUV, well done.

Weekends is available now digitally and physically.  Deluxe and VERY limited (only 70) editions of the album are available here. – Actually only 67 of these remain seeing as how we bought one for ourselves and two to giveaway to you! Enter to win here.

pacificUV: Facebook / Twitter

Ballerina from pacific uv on Vimeo.

Boricua Punk Rock: Las Ardillas

Las Ardillas is a rock band from Puerto Rico featuring a couple of members of Davila 666.  As much as we embrace the dance music from this little island, what Las Ardillas offer on their self-titled debut album is surprisingly far from it and that in itself makes it very refreshing.  In addition to el coquí, Puerto Rico now also has Las Ardillas to boast about and that makes us very happy.

Las Ardillas on Facebook