Thursday, May 27, 2010

Big Announcement

Earlier this week, The Wonder Years hinted they had a big announcement to make... they kept quiet until today.  If your first assumption is they're going on a hiatus or breaking up... well.  You are very wrong.  Actually it's the opposite: The Wonder Years have signed to Hopeless Records.  The contract is complete, so it's most definitely official!

Growing up, I always had mixed feelings when a band got signed to a big label.  I'm sure it's out of pure selfishness of wanting them to stay obscure... as well as the fear of the band no longer upholding the DIY aspect of punk and indie rock.  But I'm beginning to grow out of that mind set.  Any band that works hard and tours as much as TWY deserves to be signed to a reputable label.  Fortunately for them, Hopeless Records signs a modest number of bands at a time.  This means that the label picks the very best musicians and has plenty of time, resources, and energy to devote to their bands in order to give them the best quality of publicity and promotions--which they deserve.  

The signing of TWY is not surprising since they were recently on tour in Australia.  Any band who has a large fan base in other countries just blows me away.  That's when you truly know you've made it big.  Your paycheck or car may not show it... but once you influence people around the world... Well, that's kinda a big deal.  Don'tcha think?  So, congrats to The Wonder Years.  Sounds like 2010 is going to be a good year for them.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Free Download

Just in... literally, in my email inbox.  Junior Astronomers have finished recording their EP with Kris from Solo Sound Studio at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC.  I won't get upset if you haven't heard of them... You could think of them as one of Charlotte's many prized secrets... or at least I do.  Junior Astronomers fit in the "indie" genre but have a raw, upbeat flair.  Their music is a breath of fresh air and their lyrics are metaphorical... they stand apart from any band you've heard, I'm sure!  Today, I'm actually hooking you up with their EP before even listening to it.  This band always receives good remarks so I do not see how this EP could be any different.

Whoa whoa whoaaah. I almost forgot! I almost forgot to distribute the goods! Check out JA recording their EP in this quirky video.  And here's the free download as promised.  JA are awesome guys on stage and as human beings.  Show them love on myspace and of course, facebook!  Jam out.

<a href="">Settle Down by Junior Astronomers</a>

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rad Fest Recap

Not attending Rad Fest due to money is understandable because travel expenses, tickets, and food will eat away at your wallet.  Not attending Rad Fest because you're unfamiliar with most of the bands is, well... unacceptable. It is illogical to think you need to familiarize yourself with each bands' myspace to have a good time because you naturally walk in and out of venues while waiting for your favorite bands to play.  Doing so, I made new friends and discovered new bands.

Unforgettable Performances
  • Night Birds
  • Young Livers
Largest Audience
  • Lemuria
  • The Measure
  • Young Livers
Regrettably Missed
  • Landmines
  • Battle!
  • Fin Fang Foom
  • Coke Bust
Favorite Merch
  • How Dare You
  • Lemuria

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rad Fest 2010

Website: Rad Fest NC
Rad Fest.  Rad-freaking-Fest.  What does it entail?  Over 100 signed and unsigned bands from all over--Canada, Colorado, Florida... you best believe!  Oh, and don't let me forget to mention the Beach.  Sweat.  & Parties.  Get stoked on it.

I'm still looking through the list of bands.  At the moment I am prioritizing Lemuria, Cheap Girls, Battle!, How Dare You, and Junior Battles... I guess you can say in that order.  I'm sure they'll be more bands I come across before or during the Wilmington extravaganza.  If there are any bands I failed to highlight let me know so I can check them out.

I hope everyone has a fun-action-packed weekend... if not, drive down to Wilmington and say what's up!

Rad Fest bands listed below.  
Click on their name to view their myspace page.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It happens.

Life definitely caught up with me.  Although I've been absent for over a week now, I have some awesome posts coming up in the near future.  However, today I just want to share my college graduation gift with you.

I've been playing for six months now and it blows my mind how enjoyable the learning process has been.  Drums are annoyingly difficult when it comes to recording but I might throw a few audio tracks of myself playing.  Don't hold me to it though.

Anyways, I suggest you return back to find out which fest I'm attending this summer.  So stoked.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lemuria 24/7

Photo Credit: My good friend, Angela Owens
I've been listening to Lemuria nonstop the last 24 hours. As you already know, they recently signed to Bridge 9 Records which is awesome. So I made a Lemuria playlist to distract you until my life goes back to normal--Wednesday. Gotta love finals week....

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Living With Lions

I love finding new music. I have some friends who are still stuck on the bands we were into during high school. To this day, they refuse to listen to anything else. Since you're reading this blog I'm assuming you're on the opposite end of that spectrum. So check out Living With Lions. They're a pop punk band with rugged vocals--my fave. Let me know what you think.

Living With Lions @ Myspace