You might have heard it mentioned in Rolling Stone‘s recent “Ultimate Guide” to the 2015 installment of Record Store Day. If not, there’s no better time than now to dive into the music of Furious Hoops Vol. 1, a uniquely curated Record Store day release that brings together the worlds of independent music and ‘90s basketball. You can stream the eclectic compilation in its entirety below here at PopMatters.
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You might know the Proclaimers as the brotherly duo that wrote that one song that Ted and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother are obsessed with. Late ‘80s hits notwithstanding, as of late the notable fact about Charlie and Craig Reid is that they’re still active and well on the music scene; their latest LP, Let’s Hear It for the Dogs, is being released soon. In the meantime, you can stream the video for “You Built Me Up”, a track off that record. (As the album’s title implies, there is a dog involved.) “You Built Me Up” bears all the requisite Proclaimers traits: catchiness, quirk, and an inviting geniality that has made them the feature of sing-alongs for decades now. For these traits they’ve culled a distinctive fanbase, including David Tennant, who says of the Reids, “My favorite band of all time. They write the most spectacular songs—big-hearted, uncynical passionate songs.”
Lindsey Cohen, a native of New York City and a student of Columbia University, kicks off her EP Distance Makes Me Sensitive with the garage rock of “Unhappy Ending”. Yet despite the bitter breakup musings that make up that track’s lyrical matter, Cohen sounds far from unhappy as a musician; in fact, this EP finds her discovering even more rock-driven energy and edge that her 2014 debut Grace Under Pressure hinted at. With rock numbers like “Unhappy Ending” coexisting comfortably alongside piano-driven syncopation (“Exhausted”) and pseudo-Gothic lyricism (“Vampire”), Distance Makes Me Sensitive is sure to find some way to stick in your brain.
With a punkish overdrive and energy that brings groups like Ghoti Hook to the brain, “Hai Karate” is a snapshot of the creativity displayed by the Kansas City psych rock group Suneaters. In press materials for the band’s latest full-length affair, Suneaters II: Loving Relationship, they are described as “rightfully claim[ing] that long sought after territory between Hall & Oates and Thin Lizzy.” What that means is anyone’s guess, but that’s part of Suneater’s charm: although they’re clearly a rock group of some sort, they always keep you guessing as to what that sort that is. The manic feel of “Hai Karate” is but one element of the Loving Relationship puzzle; to get the whole story, you’ll have to check the album out once it’s released this summer.
Between June 2012 and January 2014, the reputable Atlanta indie rock outfit Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ released four EPs: Songs From the Laundromat, Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones; Songs From the Psychedelic Time Clock; and Songs for the Turntable. The band’s newest collection, the forthcoming vinyl release Best of Songs, brings these EPs together, a spin on the aesthetic of the ’70s-vintage K-tel greatest hits album. The cover even looks slightly faded, as if it’s been sitting in a dusty record shop stack for years.
Below you can exclusively stream the tune “Roll Away the Song”, a rollicking number nicely accented with twelve-string guitar and some wicked soloing. The chord progression of the song, which brings Led Zeppelin’s “Over the Hills and Far Away” to mind, gives it a classic rock vibe.