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Future Islands Go to the Movies...

 What do Baltimore's Future Islands have in common with Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, and Ben Affleck? The film The Company Men, where the Future Islands have some heavily featured tracks! It'll be released nationally in theaters on Jan. 21 (though press release had stated Dec. 10), so keep your ears alert if you catch the film.

Future Islands have recently wrapped up a marathon year of touring on top of a hefty release schedule.  One full-length, an EP, and two singles later, the band is taking a brief break this holiday season to relax and start working on next year's forthcoming LP.  Expect the band to hit the road again in February!

Future Islands - In Evening Air from Beard Wizard on Vimeo.

   

CD of the Month: Dead Mechanical "Addict Rhythms"

 

I would imagine that Dead Mechanical would cringe to hear me describe their newest album, Addict Rhythms, as a "throwback" to 1990's era underground pop-punk.  But, when you first play this record, that's exactly what you think.  And, for me, that made me instantly excited.  However, as I listened to Addict Ryhthms a few more times, it began to take on a life outside of The Jawbreaker Era from which it may have been born.  It began to sound like this record had been crafted as if the pop-punk anthems of the 1990's had never really gone away, leaving these songs as a natural progression of the genre into the cultural realities of today.  Dead Mechanical manages to convey this feeling on a record that is well crafted and arranged, but produced low-fi enough to still carry the energy of a live show.  Their songs are catchy and melodic, but with edges that are just rough enough to let you know that they mean business.  

Their song, "Last show," depicts the final show of a band that may or may not be fictional from the perspective of an adoring fan.  The feeling of loss is expressed openly, but the song doesn't sound like a lamentation, it sounds like a celebration.  You can't help but feel like this is somehow a metaphor for an entire genre or scene of music, ending and beginning, but always filled with vigor and life.

Addict Rhythms is at its best during anthemic choruses that challenge a generation at risk of losing its identity to re-take control of their lives.  You can really feel this on "Sidewalks," a song that surrounds a lyrical portrait of voiceless and unappreciated youth with a resoundingly optimistic refrain:  "You can hit the sidewalks early," a call to arms for the weary to pick themselves up by the bootstraps and start going somewhere.

If you're in need of picking up, the first place you should head is to Traffic Street Records to pick up Addict Rhythms. -Jarrett

   

Dead Mechanical

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<p>I would imagine that Dead Mechanical would cringe to hear me describe their newest album, <u>Addict Rhythms</u>, as a &quot;throwback&quot; to 1990's era underground pop-punk. &nbsp;But, when you first play this record, that's exactly what you think. &nbsp;And, for me, that made me instantly excited. &nbsp;However, as I listened to Addict Ryhthms a few more times, it began to take on a life outside of The Jawbreaker Era from which it may have been born. &nbsp;It began to sound like this record had been crafted as if the pop-punk anthems of the 1990's had never really gone away, leaving these songs as a natural progression of the genre into the cultural realities of today. &nbsp;Dead Mechanical manages to convey this feeling on a record that is well crafted and arranged, but produced low-fi enough to still carry the energy of a live show. &nbsp;Their songs are catchy and melodic, but with edges that are just rough enough to let you know that they mean business. &nbsp;</p> <p>Their song, &quot;Last show,&quot; depicts the final show of a band that may or may not be fictional from the perspective of an adoring fan. &nbsp;The feeling of loss is expressed openly, but the song doesn't sound like a lamentation, it sounds like a celebration. &nbsp;You can't help but feel like this is somehow a metaphor for an entire genre or scene of music, ending and beginning, but always filled with vigor and life.</p> <p><u>Addict Rhythms</u> is at its best during anthemic choruses that challenge a generation at risk of losing its identity to re-take control of their lives. &nbsp;You can really feel this on &quot;Sidewalks,&quot; a song that surrounds a lyrical portrait of voiceless and unappreciated youth with a resoundingly optimistic refrain: &nbsp;&quot;You can hit the sidewalks early,&quot; a call to arms for the weary to pick themselves up by the bootstraps and start going somewhere. -<em>Jarrett</em></p>
   

Carol Bui's Single Release Party 12/8

DC's pop rock songstress Carol Bui has a new single out "Mira: You're Free With Me", and thusly a homecoming celebration to promote it on the backstage of the Black Cat on Dec. 8. It's off her upcoming third album Red Ship (release date 3/8/11) which we'll be out on Bui's own label, Ex Oh Records. 'The single brims with the musicality that caused Pitchfork to call Bui’s previous album “...a punk-bred record where the guitar is loud but the tunes prevail” and My Old Kentucky Blog to proclaim it the completion of the rock trifecta that also includes Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyille and PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me.'"

Also joining in on the stage action are Kristeen Young, and Lucia, Lucia. (Doors @9 $10)

01 Mira You're Free With Me by carolbui

   

Lightfoot Breaks Hearts On Their New EP

Lightfoot

Jessica Dye and her band, Lightfoot, have recently released an aurally stunning EP titled, “People (Who Throw Kisses) Are Hopelessly Lazy.”  The title alone should be sufficient to let you know that this is an album of heartbreak; each nostalgically tinted track wavering between sadness and resentment.  Still, there’s a quality to Dye’s singing (her voice a very moving middle ground between Stevie Nicks and Jenny Lewis) that leaves you feeling just a tiny bit empowered in spite of the obvious emotional scars that are recounted within the lyrics.

Lucky for you, Lightfoot is staying busy this week!  Catch them on December 2nd at The Velvet Lounge in D.C. (DOORS 7:30PM/SHOW 9PM/21+/$8) or on December 4th at The Point in Fells in Baltimore (9:00PM). - Jarrett

 

Lightfoot- Will Uncoil When from Brett Vaughn on Vimeo.