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Recommended Album: Gladiola – This Year’s Storm

Gladiola

Gladiola

Getting old can be a drag. Body parts ache that didn’t exist a decade ago, time is commandeered with adult chores, and creativity becomes blunted. The routine of the race can lead many to either vice or complacency – and this is especially true when it comes to art, be it painting, music, or what have you. I’m on the downslope of my 30’s, which feels ancient for someone writing a music blog – let alone the podcast’s & DJ mixes I do in addition to my “real job”. I often feel crazy striving forward and pouring so much of myself into a painting, song, or mix – as I’ve grown older the significance of art has crept off my peers radar, and been passed down to a younger generation with seeming indifference with others my age.

That’s likely why so much music circles around young ideals – and it’s these realizations that make Gladiola’s new album, This Year’s Storm, hit hard for me. The music will make any fan of 80’s college jangle in approval – but it’s the lyrics that strike me like a hammer.

are you still writing? are you haunted by the amp in the basement?

Bill Madden-Fuoco makes each song a story – and the stories, each of them, center around very adult themes. The album kicks off with “We’re Never Going Back” (below) which was mixed by Mitch Easter [R.E.M., Wilco, Pavement] and the rest of the album was mixed by Dave Minehan, who recently toured with The Replacements. Those two names tell you everything you need to know about the music, as not only have the themes of the songs grown up, but so has the music and overall production – making This Year’s Storm an early favorite for 2016.

Recommended If You Like: The Replacements, Son Volt, The Longwalls

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Recommended Album: Magic Magic – Tv Life

Magic Magic

Magic Magic

Magic Magic play a lazed out “am I still sleeping – or awake?” version of indie glaze pop that leaves the ears floaty and heart hopeful. The unsigned Boston sextet released Tv Life in mid-January and it’s 11 tracks of fantastic – a perfect accompaniment to an unseasonably warm February as it’s psychedelic surrealness leaves you blended between the physical and the shadowland.

Recommended If You Like: Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Four Tet

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Recommended Album: Thee Arcadians – We Have Come For Your Parents

Thee Arcadians

Thee Arcadians

Thee Arcadians hail from Western Massachusetts, the land of dragons, and their music is as unrelenting & fierce as the tamed lizards they ride upon. These cats are young by human years, but their music is as old as the soul, and it’s this battle of complimentary conflictions that make their music fresh as hell and old as stone. This is Sorry Ma’ era Replacements freaked on Berkshire weed. This is Rock and Roll. This is really, really good. This is Thee Arcadians. This is what I want to hear more of.

Recommended If You Like: Ty Segall, Sebadoh, Mudhoney, Berkshire Weed

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Recommended Album: Sex Dream – Gods​/​Tundra

Sex Dream will wooze you through this Winter.

Sex Dream will wooze you through the Winter.

What’s so enticing about Sex Dream, a solo project by Benjamin Jameson, is his steady & monotonous baritone, which is reminiscent of Mark Sandman’s legendary vocal tone with Morphine. The production’s not as complex, with a VHS nostalgic hue and easiness that make for a perfect compliment to such a strong and confident voice. Jameson describes the music as “simple/whatever” on the his Facebook page, and while simple may be apt, it’s certainly far from whatever.

Recommended If You Like: Morphine, The National, Twin Shadow

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Recommended Album: Found Audio – Locomotive Earth

Found Audio

John Bragg of Found Audio.

Found Audio is led by guitarist John Bragg whom you’ve likely already listened to but just haven’t realized. John’s been a mainstay in the Boston music scene for the past decade; playing with acts like Ruby Rose FoxPower Slut, amongst others – and on Locomotive Earth he’s stepping from shadow to limelight and we’re all better off for it. The album’s range is broad, however, its strength is in its deep seeded sense of Americana – which coincides with the changing of leaves quite well.

Recommended If You Like: Cracker, Son Volt, Drive-By Truckers

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Recommended Album: Psychic Dog – Adios Huevos

Psychic Dog

Psychic Dog

Exciting news for fans of cold beer & rock + roll  – Psychic Dog will be releasing their second EP, Adios Huevos, this coming Halloween at Club Bohemia. The three track EP has significant punch which is a result of recording in one continuous take (w/some vocal overdubs). This bold approach allows the energy of their live shows to permeate what’s on tape, and to these trained ears, the end result could easily be snuck into SST’s early catalog. Shit is fantastic.

Recommended If You Like: Mudhoney, Meat Puppets, Tall Boys

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Recommended Album: Man Called War – Broken Circle EP

Man Called War, aka: Rob Kelly (Photo - Matthew Thomas)

Man Called War (Photo – Matthew Thomas)

Rob Kelly, aka Man Called War, recently moved from Boston to Des Moines, Iowa – and this change seems to be reflected in his latest EP, Broken Circle. It’s been only six months since his fantastic Naked Animals LP, however, a definite progression can be heard. With the space a move to the middle of America allots, there’s an added expansiveness and a darker tilt to Broken Circle, making it an intriguing listen – perfect for late night visions or solitary car trips.

Recommended If You Like: Bon Iver, The National, Bummer Folk

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