New Music Tuesday: The Hots – The Hots [EP]

 

Holy Shit, Folks! We have a wonderful pair of artist to share with you all today. The Australian bred duo The Hots are an out of this world combo that is not only entertaining, but extremely talented in a manner that is almost unprecedented in this day and age. They are a hard rock duo that perfectly dictates the power of what can come from extremely talented musicianship on the axe, and a set of vocal chords that are simply out of this world. I am seriously in love with the beauty that Foxie Kelly and Ronnie Simmons have given the world with their amazing self titled EP alone. I can’t imagine what the future may hold for this amazing duo, but if it is half as impressive as this EP, I’m certain that they are bound to be a force to reckoned with, hands down.

On a very personal note, there is definitely a nostalgia-inducing aspect to this EP that is very hard to ignore. And frankly, I don’t want to. It shouldn’t be a bad thing to reminisce about the amazing work we have loved in the past. Especially when we are fortunate enough to have a group The Hots out there ready to upgrade a classic sound for the new era. Simmons is simply magical with his guitar work, and Kelly may be one of the finest voices to front a hard rock group I have ever heard since the likes of Goldie Locks or Elsa Faith of Soul Distraction.

 

 

When we break it down folks, The Hots are a band like you most likely haven’t heard in quite a long time. We simply haven’t been blessed enough to be privy to such talent as of lately. Sure, the hard rock scene has existed for quite a long time. And if you dig deep enough, the genre that has moved between 80’s hair metal and the beloved grunge sound of the 90’s has probably been producing a plethora of amazing artists that we should all know and love. I guess we just need to be privy to the genre more often. And for that, I am so thankful that I have discovered The Hots, and have been able to share their genius with you fine folks who may not already be aware of their genius. Seriously, Folks. You’re going to love this. Enjoy!

 

Check out this incredible music video for “Before You”, and find this even more incredible EP wherever you stream/buy your best music:

New Music Tuesday: Crooked Ghost – Skeleton House [Album]

 

First things first Folks, I have to say that I am a huge fan of any band who has a name that is completely and utterly indicative of the sound they are looking to create. So let it be known that Crooked Ghost does just that, and so damn much more. This Asheville based group’s sophomore release Skeleton House is basically everything you would hope it would be with a band name and album title such as this. It’s haunting as shit, yet swerves in and out of fun and despair in a very eloquent manner. While often referred to as a “post punk” band, or at least inspired by said genre in many ways, I can’t help but sensing something much deeper within this group that is far too great to be pigeonholed into such a specific genre. But, if you have to categorize everything these days, I guess it could work. I would dare say that Crooked Ghost is like a vegan-friendly Simple Minds. It has the same flare and concreted misery, but lacks the cheese.

For obvious reasons, the tracks on Skeleton House that were picked to be lead off singles were “Sleepwalker” and “Roadkill”. And believe me, they are fantastic. “Roadkill” has an wonderful video with a great avant garde feel and experimental vibe to it. (which you should definitely check out below). But, this good ole pretentious heart of mine can’t help but lean towards what I would consider to be the most experimental and estranged track on the album, which is the album sharing of a title song “Skeleton House”. I will say this, and I feel as though this should speak volumes to how good it is: When you have to drive 40 minutes at night, on shitty East Anglian roads on the cusp of a blizzard in order to spend far too much money on mediocre Chinese food….”Skeleton House” is the 6 minute opus that will calm your brain as you blow light menthol smoke out of your shitty Mazda Premacy. Sorry, is that too specific? Basically, I loved every song on this 8 track splendor of an album, but that final track really just got to me. I really dug it. Also the Premacy is a fine automobile, I’m just ranting and also a very bad driver. But, I digress.

 

 

Crooked Ghost has a sound that is just so damn intriguing. One element that previous reviews and quotable paragraphs never seen to emphasis is the subtle, yet obvious once the revelation is catered into your brain, is the surf rock-esque elements that are mixed into the album. It’s almost as though this album was recorded in the dead of winter (Spoiler Alert: It was.) and in order to maintain any sort of fun and/or sanity whilst recording the album, they needed just a little spunk. It could have been unintentional on their part, and maybe I am just losing my shit here and am completely out of touch (very possible), but there are many wavering guitar solos that breathe the surf elements into your ears, and they way that Ray Clark’s vocals fade into said guitar, especially on a track like “Sleepwalker” definitely has that delightfully awkward feel of a surf rock track. But, again, do we really have to categorize everything. If we do, let’s call Crooked Ghost a post-surf band. Have we had that yet? I’m not sure.

Despite my own personal uncertainties, I am certain that you all are going to love Skeleton House, as it is a perfectly crafted album from a band that I am very excited to continue listening to, and I would implore you to do the same. With a brilliant post-surf sound and a perfectly relevant to their sound band name, Crooked Ghost is a band that I can get behind with zero uncertainty. They are absolutely brilliant.

 

Skeleton House will be released on limited edition 12″ vinyl on February 15. Order it on Bandcamp. It is also available now digitally across music stores and streaming platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.  

 

New Music Tuesday: California Hearse – California Hearse [EP]

 

On a very personal level, there is no sound that evokes such beautiful nostalgia for me than the thunderous guitar riffs overlaid by somewhat sweet, yet angry lyrics, that are consistent within a pop punk song. It has always been a sound that seems to only bring joy to my heart. And I have to admit, I don’t listen to it nearly as much as I should these days. But, sometimes, when I am feeling as though an energy boost from the past is all I need to recoup from these strange days, something wonderful passes through my inbox (actually or, maybe, metaphorically?) that makes you feel joy, if only just for 15 minutes or so. And that thing would be what I want to share with you all today. It’s California Hearse’s self-titled EP. And it is incredible.

California Hearse is a genuine pop punk band who make seriously good feeling tunes about subjects such as wasting your life away, dissecting broken hearts, convincing yourself that your not dying inside, and…surfing!  A line like “I gave my best years, to the worst things” from their track “Best Worst” probably sums it all up the best, and is 1 minute and 43 seconds of absolute brilliance that I simply could not stop repeating. And as a whole, this brilliant EP is an absolute delight from front to back, with a re-listenability that is almost unheard of these days. Although I will say that while California Hearse can produce a brilliant record, it is bloody apparent that this is a band that should definitely be experienced live and in person. Oh what a life it would be if I could simply have this record for the lull time in between seeing these cats rock out in person. There is absolutely no way that these guys couldn’t put on a hell of a show, based on their sound alone. So, if you find the chance to do so, I highly suggest you see them live. I understand that the will be playing at La Escalera Fest 7 in San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico this coming May. That might be a good place to start!

Seriously Folks, this is an absolutely amazing record, and it only feels like the beginning. Of course, we never know what the future may hold, but I feel a great deal of hope that we are going to be seeing a lot more from the rhythm section of Gentlemen Prefer Blood (who I am honestly unaware of personally, but what a cool fucking name, right?) that has decided to continue on creating their brilliant pop punk manifesto and graciously spewing their positive energy about negative things out into the world. This is great stuff Everyone! Enjoy!

 

 

You can find the EP now on Bandcamp and Spotify. Or to get you started, check out the single “Welcome Home” right here:

 

 

 

 

 

New Music Tuesday: Norman Salant: Always All Around You [Album]

Hello Folks! And welcome to our first (and hopefully many) addition of New Music Tuesday here at Trainwreck’d Society. And in keeping up with familiar fashion for the last decade of my career in discovering some pretty amazing tunes from the previous years, just days after publishing all of my “End of Year” lists already, wishing I had heard them just two weeks earlier! But alas, the brilliant sound has indeed been heard, and I am still so damn excited to share them with you.

So, no matter what the date says, I can definitely tell you that I have found absolute gold in Norman Salant’s amazing sophomore release, Always All Around You, as a singer/songwriter (and second in 2018 alone!) that is a beautiful and melodic folk masterpiece, if you dare say so myself. It is 10 brilliantly written tracks that evoke the power of nature, love, and the unyielding power of the world around us. If you were previously unaware of Salant’s work in this field, I simply cannot recommend this album enough. And I would also recommend checking out his previous 2018 album, Yodeling Goodbye, throwing them both on a playlist, and just mixing it up with the greatness that Norman was kind enough of offer up in 2018. It’s astoundingly enjoyable folk music, considering it came from the mind of a legendary figure in the electronic world. But, alas, art is and can be interpreted in so many different ways. And for some truly talented folks like Norman Salant, forms of expression are limitless!

I will admit that I was previous unaware of Norman Salant, or the immense amount of work he has been doing for over 30 years. It is most likely because he was working outside of my element as an electronic saxophonist. Although I was surprised to learn that he collaborated with the with the great Lynn Mabry at one point, which in retrospect, feels like an amazing experience that I need to check out! But nonetheless, without any prior knowledge of the man’s work or legacy, I am simply awestruck by the sound of Always All Around You. It’s hard to pinpoint a singular track that is special on its own, as the track list works best when played together, or in combination with his preivous album as I stated earlier. But, if I were to point out a couple of favorites, it would probably be “Grace (Love Song25)” and “Point Reyes”, which are reminiscent of those early Good Old War songs I fell love with a few years ago. Sweet. Melodic. And bursting with excitement yet remaining perfectly calm amongst the storm that is life spiraling around us.

It’s so good People! You have to check this one out. Plus, I’ve never steered you wrong in the past, right?

Always All Around You is available now wherever you buy and/or listen to music. Check out normansalant.com for details.

New Music Tuesday: The Midnight Vein – The Midnight Vein [Album] (by Phil The Tremolo King)

Photo by Mark Duggar Photography

Psychedelica is an often maligned genre that holds a lot of unexpected charms and hidden gems for the open-minded.  At first listen “Midnight Vein” sounds like a long forgotten psychedelic recording from 1968. A solo project by Buffalo musician John Toohill,  this release has all the enthusiasm and pure creative joy of any bedroom musician filling up 4 track cassettes with creative outpourings ( although more likely, the medium was garageband or one of those other new-fangled computer thingamajigs kids love so much these days) .

With chiming acoustic guitars, buzzy multi-layered vocals, twangy electric guitars, and especially, lots of tambourine, the first comparison that comes to mind is of course Syd Barrett. Barret is the genius madcap and original member of Pink Floyd who’s influenced countless musicians, and a good thing it is too. With simple and effective instrumentation, some creative recording tricks, and strong songwriting, this cassette is a charmer and a fun listen. Break out the lava lamp and incense!

Opener ‘When Palm Readers Lie to Fools” does not only have a great title, it also boldly declares its stubborn quirkiness in starting off a record with droning vocal harmonies and not much else.

“Thieves of Youth and Love” is a neo-psychedelic gem, all acoustic guitars and shakers and a ridiculously catchy melody that just won’t quit.

“The Likes of We” is a favorite, built around a simple strutting guitar figure.

“Bless your Souls” is a welcome ballad, based on acoustic guitar like most of the tracks and featuring more warbly vocals and hissy percussion.

“A Wave of Ghosts” ventures into indie pop territory as layered guitars jangle their way through a robust chord progression, topped off by an excellent guitar solo. The latter is not surprising from a guy who is a very active player in the Buffalo music scene.

Midnight Vein” is a decidedly lo fi affair but it works quite well in this context. Maybe “lo fi acoustic psychedelica” would be a good description for this release, but I’ll leave it up to the listener to come up with his own. One thing this release is not, is boring. It’s more like the inspired ramblings of a slightly unhinged madcap sort-of-genius. Kind of like, well, you know who.

New Music Tuesday: A Flock of Seagulls with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra – Ascension [Album]

 

I will be the first to admit that I was mostly unaware of the actual work of A Flock of Seagulls. I knew the name. I knew “I Ran”. And I knew the haircuts. I remember the references in The Wedding Singer, and knew that my dad probably hated these guys when he was in high school in the 80’s. Or he probably actually loved them, but tried to hide his love for them under a Def Leppard t-shirt and acid washed denim jeans. But beyond that, I couldn’t rightfully call myself a fan of this legendary band.

But dammit, I will say that I am a fan now! I guess it just took a 34 year hiatus and The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to key me in to their wonderful tunes! Not only have A Flock of Seagulls managed to pull together to bring back some of their legendary cuts to the world, they have managed to reinvent their classics in a truly original and stellar fashion.

 

Ascension is a wonderful collection of the songs that AFOS fans already know and love, but done so masterfully with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. If you are a casual listener of the band before checking this out, “I Ran” is definitely on there and is definitely great. But, while you are revisiting this fabulous group, so much of this tracklist is inevitably something you knew, but didn’t know that you loved! The highlights of the album come right around the middle of the album for me, with the title track being amazing and “Wishing (I Had A Photograph of You)” just rocking my damn world!

Seriously Folks, A Flock of Seagulls has done something truly magnificent here, and you have to check it out. Ascension is not only a beautiful comeback album for the band, it may very well be one of the best albums of 2018. Prepare to hear a band you either didn’t know, thought you knew, or have always loved and now get to pull the “I told you so!” comment of the shelf. No matter how you want to listen to this album, or for what purpose, this is an absolutely delightful record!

Ascension is available now wherever you buy music. Check out this amazing video for ‘Space Age Love Song” right NOW:

New Music Tuesday: A Stream of Comedy! [Albums]

 

Welcome to our first edition of New Music Tuesday in our stand up comedy showcase! And keeping with the theme that we tried to do last Sunday when we shamelessly told you what to watch on Netflix because we are all creatures of habit at time…we want to talk comedy albums! And even more, these are comedy albums that you definitely should purchase, preferably in the lobby of the comedy club in which you just watched them for an hour or so. But, we are not so ignorant to think that this is always going to happen.

So, with that in mind, I decided to search from Apple Music and see if some of my favorite comedy albums happen to be streamable. And I was not surprised to find out that a great deal of them are indeed just out there for either free of charge, or for the monthly subscription you probably already have. And just to throw this note out there, I am only assuming that if an album is available on Apple Music, it’s probably on Spotify, or other music streaming services. I make this assumption with absolutely no knowledge or fact checking whatsoever. I would like to reiterate, as a music blogger for over a decade, that streaming music is all good and fine…but if you do feel oh so compelled to support artists, stream them first and then go out and actually buy their work. Alright, enough preaching about that.

I also need to reiterate….THIS IS NOT A BEST OF LIST!!! There is no order here, this is simply a list of some extremely hilarious stand up comedy albums that I personally (Ron Trembath) enjoy so damn much. Again, the collection listed below does not reflect even the opinion of anyone who has contributed to Trainwreck’d Society in any way. This is just me. I like to think I know about good comedy, but I am not confident enough to state that this is the definitive list of hilarious comedy albums. I do feel confident enough to tell you that each and every one of these are so fucking funny, and you should at the very least…give them a stream.

You may also notice that some of these albums have been out for a while. The artist mentioned may even have a more recent album out, but I for whatever reason feel attracted to the release that was featured. But, as we all know comedians are always progressing (hopefully) in their craft, and may have gotten even better. So please be sure to give these a listen, and then follow up with more recent releases! Furthermore, some of these albums may simply be the audio of a live special you can also use your eyeholes to enjoy as well. So find that too!

So here we go Folks! If you logged in to our Netflix Is A Joke feature, you’re probably going to see some repeats, but there are also some new faces up in here! I have also included the label that the album was released on, and a link to where you can purchase the album after giving it a stream. Which is how this should work. Enjoy!

 

Amy Miller: Solid Gold (2016)

Label: Kill Rockstars

Website: amymillercomedy.com

 

Dave Anthony: Hot Head (2017)

Label: All Things Comedy

Website: daveanthonycomedy.com

 

 

 

Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher: Back To Back (2017)

Label: Aspecialthing

Website: rheabutcher.com  /  cameronesposite.com

 

 

Solomon Georgio: Homonegro Superior (2017)

Label: Comedy Central

Website: solomongeorgio.com

 

 

Sean Patton: Standard Operating Procedure (2012)

Label: Aspecialthing

Website: meseanpatton.com

 

 

Matt Braunger: Shovel Fighter (2012)

Label: Comedy Central

Website: mattbraunger.com

 

 

Liza Trigger: Glitter Cheese (2015)

Label: Comedy Central

Website: glittercheese.com

 

 

Laurie Kilmartin: 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad (2017)

Label: Aspecialthing

Website: kilmartin.com

 

 

 

Emma Arnold: Shut Up Calvin (2017)

Label: Rooftop Comedy

Website: emmarnold.com

 

 

Sklar Brothers: Hipster Ghosts (2018)

Label: Rooftop Comedy

Website: superstars.com

 

 

Shane Torres: Established 1981 (2017)

Label: Comedy Central

Website: shaneisacomedian.com

 

 

Lachlan Patterson: Jokes To Make Love To (2010)

Label: Rooftop Comedy

Website: lachlanpatterson.com

 

 

Pat Brown: The Pat Brown Sex Tape (2016)

Label: Self-Released

Website: comedianpatbrown.com

 

 

 

Joe List: Are You Mad At Me? (2016)

Label: Comedy Central

Website: comedianjoelist.com

 

 

Ian Karmel: 9.2 On Pitchfork (2015)

Label: Kill Rockstars

Website: iankarmel.com

 

 

Geoff Tate: People Are What People Make ‘Em (2018)

Label: Blonde Medicine

Website: geofftate.com

 

 

Ron Funches: The Funches of Us (2015)

Label: Comedy Dynamics

Website: ronfunches.com

 

 

Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself (2017)

Label: Comedy Central

Website: marknormandcomedy.com