Video: Brett Detar, Tried to Hate the Angels

Tried to Hate the Angels is from Brett Detar’s shiny new record To Free To Live which he is giving away in return for email addresses at his website.

Too Free to Live is Detar’s second solo effort, and I think the best summary I can give you is: he sounds like he’s relaxed into his groove.

And oh, what a delightful groove it is, too. There are beautiful mournful ballads like the one below (Losers Baby, Broken Hymn); barroom stompers/clap-alongs (Satan’s Foot on My Neck, Please Don’t Go Away Like That); tunes to accompany the last run for the state line before the law closes in (Too Free To Live, I Can See The Darkness); and even a brief excursion into the blues (Damaged Girl).

Another thing I can tell you: once you have watched this video and then surfed on over and acquired the record, make some time to listen to it straight through from start to finish with no interruptions or distractions, and relax into the groove yourself.


Brett Detar – "Tried To Hate The Angels" Official Music Video

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Rural Savage, I Fell In The Bog And Saw God

I put I Fell in the Bog and Saw God (2012) by Rural Savage on after a very long day and it was exactly what I needed to clean my circuits.

It’s punk rock that is kind of fuzzy, a little bit rude, leads me to suspect that being in their pit may include mandatory participation in drunken shout-sing-alongs, and ends on a unexpectedly solemn note. There is also a companion EP called I Fell in the Ditch & Saw the Divil.

The first two songs, College Drop Out and Alcohol, show off their punkabilly chops. But it is the third song, Donegal Acid, that cemented their place in my affections.
I Fell In The Bog And Saw God by Rural Savage
I don’t know for sure but I think Dada Taranta might be a meditation about finding God in the pub in a very literal sense. Or else it’s about the little old men you always find propped up at the end of the bar (any bar) everywhere in the world. Perhaps both? In any case you can mosh to it:
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Video: Gentleman Jake, Man to Avoid

There’s a story here. About the places where the wall between worlds is thin. Where doors come and go and change their locks and looks and when you leave you might not be back in the alley you walked down to find the place. Where the whiskey and smoke swirl together while minor demons play backgammon, and crippled angels still stand guard against the night because no matter how far you fall from Heaven, old habits die hard.

Gentleman Jake – "Man to Avoid" from the album "Shambolic Nation"

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Video: Loki Starfish, Broken Moth

The more I listen to Broken Moth by Loki Starfish, the more I like it. Also, check out Jérémie Lapeyre rocking the mic in a three piece suit and spats. Got to love a rock star with style.

Loki Starfish – Broken Moth (Live @ Point Ephémère, Paris 06/16/2013)

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Video: SWiiiM, I Am God

Hey look, it’s a SWiiiM video that (mostly) doesn’t freak me out! (Maybe just a touch of vertigo on some of the shots!)

No but really, it’s pretty. A love letter, even, to Californian sun and sweeping vistas, chickens and urban decay. It’s also something of a meditation on the subject of What Would Jesus Do (If He Were a Stoner Bro?)


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ICYMI: A NaBloPoMo Round-Up

“NaBloPoMo” stands for National Blog Posting Month. The idea is to post every day, which – TAH-DAH – I (Jennifer) did. Below is a final list, in case you missed any of them as they went by.

Pt. 1: Nov. 1-9

A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink: ALX, Love Crushed Velvet
SWF, Let It Be Told
Le Trouble, Reality Strikes
Zero Zero, DannyTheStreet (Gerard Way)
Poeticat, Centre of the Concrete Square (video)
Colornoise, Polychronic
Fé,Time (video)
A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink: Chris Jones, Ghost Twins
Name That Face: Happy Flowers vs Happy Mondays

Pt. 2: Nov. 10-16

Natti Vogel, Cannibal (video)
Villebillies, Love is Kind of Crazy (video)
Gary Numan, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)
Jus Post Bellum, Oh July
The Architects, Border Wars, Vol. 1
A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink: John Moen, Perhapst
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, Long Time Gone

Pt. 3: Nov. 17 – 23

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Milan Jay, How Well Do You Remember Dying

Milan Jay (John Millane and Joseph Kenny) have spent the better part of the last year and a half (or so) holed up in a small town in the west of Ireland working on a new record. How Well Do You Remember Dying is the first single; the full record is expected in 2014.

Despite the name, the song is not about literal death or actual resurrection; rather, it is a hard-edged meditation on burning your life down and starting over. It might not be the life you expected, or the life you had planned. It is the life you chose.


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Video: Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør, Running to the Sea

All y’all know how much I love a good lyric video. This one, for Running to the Sea by Röyksopp featuring Susanne Sundfør, is particularly clever and lovely. And the song is pretty great, too.

Röyksopp – Running To The Sea (Lyrics)

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Video: Fall Out Boy, Alone Together

For some of you, today is just Thursday. For others, and for me, it’s Thanksgiving.

One of the very many things I’m thankful for this year is Fall Out Boy, who came back, after a long time away. Here they are with Alone Together, one of my favorite songs from Save Rock and Roll.

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