Posts Tagged ‘bands’

Van Ride: Generationals team up w/ Park the Van; Free album stream

In music on May 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Pay special attention to: “Faces in the Dark” and “When They Fight, They Fight”

This is not an overstatement: Generationals are the best band I’ve heard today. All humor aside, that Generationals are newly signed to Park the Van Records makes it even sweeter, as that’s the home of recent indie buzzmakers like Dr. Dog and The Spinto Band. That good indie rock is coming from New Orleans of all places is kind of surprising–for some reason the town of infinitely good jazz, blues and rap usually has a faulty record with their homegrown alt-rock set. Generationals, formerly of The Eames Era, are an exception to those rules.

But if anybody can find the gems, it’s Park the Van. They grew Dr. Dog and Dr. Dog grew them. Not sure if in my time in NOLA pre-flood that my paths crossed with Park the Van, but ever since that time both eyes have to be on every release they put forth. The label moved back to New Orleans in Dec. 2008 after some time in exile in Philly and Generationals is one of the first results of that move back. Generationals have some classy mellow electro-pop with some distance to it–maybe something like Viva Voce, Vampire Weekend or another “V” band that I’m not thinking of right now. Park the Van is releasing their new album Con Law later this summer, but you have the best fortune ever: stream the whole album above and tour dates for Knoxville, Philly, Brooklyn and Chapel Hill are after the jump.
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Greensboro, NC’s The Bronzed Chorus

In music, music video on April 21, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Instrumental provocateurs The Bronzed Chorus is wrapping up a tour in support of their new album, I’m the Spring. That album is on Hello Sir, home to such luminaries as Maserati and Cinemachina. Composed of Adam Joyce on guitar and Brennan O’Brien on drums, The Bronzed Chorus whips out punk-inflected instrumental songs like any decent orchestra would. Think Appleseed Cast, Saxon Shore as more of a heady-type experience than space-out space-age jazz mixes that some kooks are turning out.
Live vid of “Tired of Trying To Sound Smart” after the jump.

Remaining Dates:
04.22.09 Atlanta, GA @ the Drunken Unicorn w/ Bambara and Nigredo
04.23.09 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/ Jews and Catholics
04.24.09 Chapel Hill, NC @ Jack Sprat w/ Gray Young, Bottle Rockets

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