ACM Tweets: What Did We Do Without Them?

ACM Tweets: What Did We Do Without Them?
Half the excitement of watching Sunday’s (April 19) Academy of Country Music Awards was the tweeting, retweeting and hashtagging going on throughout the three and a-half hour broadcast. And beyond. Which made me wonder, what did we ever do without Twitter? How did we know who was wearing what? Who was happy for each other?… Read more »

ACM Tweets: What Did We Do Without Them?

ACM Tweets: What Did We Do Without Them?
Half the excitement of watching Sunday’s (April 19) Academy of Country Music Awards was the tweeting, retweeting and hashtagging going on throughout the three and a-half hour broadcast. And beyond. Which made me wonder, what did we ever do without Twitter? How did we know who was wearing what? Who was happy for each other?… Read more »

Alex Chilton Remembered by Ross Johnson (Antenna Singles 2)

Panther Burns drummer Ross Johnson talks about his friend and bandmate Alex Chilton. This interview was recorded on November 6, 2009 as a part of the upcoming documentary “Antenna”.

Make sure to vote for this week’s flashback :) Vote for your top 5 songs, and top artist of the week!! Also, i’m working on my top 100 singles of 2012!!! It will be out in the upcoming weeks,…

Oriel – Get me High

Oriel – Get me High

Oriel – Get me High ‘Get Me High; is the second release form ORieL’s forthcoming EP ‘Love SoulJah’. ‘Get Me High’ uses marijauna/ganjah as a metaphor to express how being in love can be intoxicating and the natural high one gets from the euphoric feelings of love.

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Oriel – Get me High

Oriel – Get me High

Oriel – Get me High ‘Get Me High; is the second release form ORieL’s forthcoming EP ‘Love SoulJah’. ‘Get Me High’ uses marijauna/ganjah as a metaphor to express how being in love can be intoxicating and the natural high one gets from the euphoric feelings of love.

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Album Review: Nai Harvest – Hairball

Album Review: Nai Harvest – Hairball

Limbs and anatomical hearts scatter across the kaleidoscopic artwork for Nai Harvest’s sophomore album, Hairball. On paper, that may sound gory, but paired with bright colors and flowers, it becomes an energetic and exciting image. It’s about as apt a summary of the band’s evolution as any.

In the two years since their debut album, Whatever, the Sheffield, UK duo infused their fuzzy basement punk with bigger hooks and livelier melodies. Singer/guitarist Ben Thompson and drummer Lew Currie’s performances are the embodiment of a sugar rush, like washing down watermelon Warheads with a can of Surge. Currie’s pummeling rhythms seem to incite Thompson’s rapid guitar riffs and manic howls. It makes every song feel like a fist-pumping anthem, ready for a crowd of fans spilling their beers while singing along to every word.

Though Thompson’s lyrics still reflect dissatisfaction and angst, he’s taken to more surrealistic means of expression. We first caught a glimpse of this a year ago with “Buttercups”, a single which the band rerecorded for Hairball. Thompson describes not wanting to feel like a robot before jumping into a gut-wrenching chorus, screaming, “Stab me in the chest with your knife/ Fill me up again with buttercups.” While the slower, fuzzier version loses some of the original’s immediacy, it’s a centerpiece for the album.

With “Sick on My Heart”, Thompson channels this self-loathing into an even more destructive beast. For a second at the beginning, he can be heard taking a short breath before the rattling riff and yelling kicks in. He has a true knack for seamlessly switching between singing and screaming. “Dive In” gives him another chance to showcase this ability, but here he holds back until near the end and keeps the listener waiting.

Beneath all the bright riffs, fast tempos, and references to sugar and buttercups, Thompson is coping with apathy. He’s throwing his bleeding heart into the technicolor to make sense of it all. The kinetic energy between him and Currie makes this all palpable. It’s unclear if he ever gets the answers he wants, but in the meantime, it’s a pretty kick-ass catharsis.

Essential Tracks: “Buttercups”, “Sick on My Heart”, and “Dive In”