I, sadly, have to work today so I can't go out and celebrate Record Store Day like a good indie music fan, but I did recently buy a couple records from Easy Street so I feel a little bit better about it.
However, for those of you who have nothing to do on this fair Saturday, here are some new records that you should seriously consider listening to and possibly purchasing. Support local music, y'all!
Us on Roofs - Self Titled
These guys come from my hometown, so I've got a lot of Gig Harbor pride for them. I often say how much I hate Gig Harbor, but then I remember about Us On Roofs. On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as "Shoegazing Math Pop/Art Rock," which is pretty damn accurate.
Pickwick - Can't Talk Medicine
This band played at the Mariners opening day at Safeco Field this year just a couple weeks ago. Again, I'm so proud of these guys. My friend Lucas' brother Alex plays drums and it's awesome. Plus, Galen Disston's voice is just... the bees knees. I can't even describe it because it's so perfect.
PVT - Homosapien
I saw this Sydney band open for Menomena back in October and I just recently started listening to them again and oof, it's sexy music if I've ever heard it. Heavy basslines and vocals reminiscent of Michael Hutchence (of INXS) but without the cheese factor - me likey. Australia's been bringing it these days.
Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace
This was one of the records I picked up at Easy Street a couple of weeks ago. I've listened to it I don't know how many times by now, but it's so so so good. If you earnest, beautiful, indie folk music, I don't why you aren't already listening to Hey Marseilles. They have cello, viola, trumpet, and ACCORDION. AN ACCORDION IN THEIR BAND. Enough said.
Joshua James - From the Top of Willamette Mountain
I saw this guy last month in Portland open for Noah Gundersen and I was blown away. His music has been featured on Sons of Anarchy as well as Noah, and it fits so well. It's gritty but smooth, beautiful and dirty - all kinds of paradoxes, but it makes for a fabulous album. "Queen of the City" is definitely a stand out track.
Now go support your local record stores, because even in Seattle, we've lost half of them in the last 3 years. We need to keep them open and thriving.
Let me know if you'd like me to do more music-related posts. I don't want to make this a music blog because I write for a couple other ones myself, but I love music so there's no sense in not including it once in awhile.