Rocket From The Crypt was back last week with a handful of shows in the states. It’s a reunion tour of sorts, after a couple of one-off festival shows and shows in the UK.
Before they took the stage at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, Speedo from RFTC sat down to talk about getting back together, Yo Gabba Gabba, and the cutting of some poor man’s beard.
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Back in November, the folks at All Songs Considered turned me on to a song from the Portland band Ages And Ages. “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)” was a perfect pop song. Crisp, layered harmonies, uplifting with a touch of darkness within.
That day I marked my calendar for their album release and anxiously awaited more. The result didn’t disappoint with the fantastic full-length released last Tuesday.
The album is full, bursting with the color of scaly voices blended to perfection. It’s well crafted pop excellence, all existing with that undertone of thoughtful consideration and exploration. Mostly into the human condition and relationships.
Last night Ages And Ages made their way to Philadelphia‘s Union Transfer to open for Lake Street Dive. Teeming with infectious, sweet geeky banter, these folks from the great Northwest seemed humble and appreciative. You want to root for bands like this. Sounds swelled and the commingling of voices was something to get lost in.
The music and the message remind me a lot of what I loved so much about last year’s “Modern Vampires Of The City“. Pop music, or I guess Indie Rock depending on who you ask, is always done best when it’s neatly wrapped and full of weight. That’s a big part of what Ages And Ages brought to the stage last night. Full, tight pop music that reverberates not just through your toes, but also your mind.
Keep an eye out for Ages And Ages. Hopefully big things to come.
Hey friend! It’s been a while. I know…we’ve both been busy with things, but that’s no excuse. I promise to make a better effort, and share a little more, and put the seat down, and everything else that’s important.
Overall, there has not been a lot of stand out albums so far this year. There’s some people will tell you they love, but they don’t mean it. Unless they are talking about A Great Big World, which is rarely done in public (psssst…it’s fantastic!).
Seriously, short of a good showing from Jeremy Messersmith, this killer EP from Rainbow Jackson, and some gym-jamming to new Bayside and Rick Ross efforts, it’s been kind of…meh. Lots of head-nodding, little heart-thumping.
This week is not much different, unless you LOVE 311. In which case, puff puff pass and enjoy the scenery.
The albums may be lacking, but the songs are not. Here are five standouts from this week.
Fun. – Sight Of The Sun
As heard on GIRLS, Nate Ruess can do no wrong. That is all.
Classified (featuring B.o.B.) – Higher
The right sample can make any hip-hop song perfect. Canadian MC Classified is all aboot this. For serious, check out his previous work.
Lime Cordiale – Sleeping At Your Door
This song is just infectious, a throwback with some grit.
Jennifer Lopez (featuring French Montana) – I Luh Ya Papi
I know, I know, I know. Stop. Try not dancing to this. Look, I wasn’t expecting to have this much fun with J-Lo either, but by the time they do the “Jenny From The Block” callback and break into some 90′s R&B crooning, it’s game over.
Soko – We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow
This week quite a stir was caused by this viral “First Kiss” video. It turned out to be less than authentic, yet the song is still incredibly real. From 2012, this sparse mantra is haunting and beautiful. Take a moment to connect to it and know how important you are. It’s lovely.