Some Indie Music I’ve Been Listening to Lately

My music taste leans nearly 80% local, but here’s a quick list of non-local things I’ve been enjoying a lot lately.

First, there’s Gender Roles‘ first EP, Planet X-Ray. Gender Roles is far from a local band. They’re not even from this country. Their sound is described as “hazy indie-punk;” I may not be cool enough to know about that, but I dig the way their music meshes Britpop with what 90s Sub Pop used to be known for.

Then there’s Coolsay Too by Coolzey and Soce the Elemental Wizard. Lucky enough to see Coolzey a month or so back at the Milestone (on a fantastic bill — as usual –with D&D Sluggers, Thought Criminals, Luciopro, and Ceschi!), I was drawn to his bold take on a lounge/hip-hop blend. Very postmodern. Check out the song “Tough Guy” for a taste of what I mean.

I was surprised and excited to see that The Colour Thirteen released a full-length album just a couple days ago. I really didn’t think they were doing anything anymore. For all my friends who dig 80s new wave and synthpop, you really ought to give this a listen. The album’s sort of self-titled, TC13, and includes all the songs from their 2011 EP plus 5 more energetic, yet sufficiently moody, tracks.

Simply fun.

Then I Was an Android Cowboy

Once, not too long ago, I was in an art-rock band.  We were pretty good, too.  This week I have been going through old email while preparing to close an account, and going through all the saved band related correspondence brought to mind a lot of fun (if not conflict-free) memories.

Just one of the positive emails, for memories’ sake:

Hey guys,

I think that BRAND NEW song from Friday night (the jangle-pop one) is going to be called “Calendar.” To be kind of about how managing day to day events can be easy, but somehow the years and decades can slip by too quickly without accomplishing what we might really want. And on that subject…

I’m feeling some momentum with Holster again that is good, and I’m still believing we’re just one show away from the right audience. The shows last week were really good. So was the time over the last month or so working on new stuff and just “gelling” again. We’ve got two decent-profile shows coming up in November, and a TV appearance in December… T-shirts and CDs on the way SOON… good new songs and an improved show… and, although it’s still a long buildup, more people are discovering us and taking notice. I’m hoping to really play up this homeless benefit show to try to get press in the Observer as well as the thing on Fox. I’ve seen the power of the local press around here, and it could really help us.

I just watched “The Nomi Song.” It made me more eager to develop an even more ‘artistic’ stage show. I know Perkins is on board, and I thinnk we all want to continue to separate our band from all the other underachieving performers around. I don’t want a Spinal Tap Stonehenge debacle, but lights and some appropriate props, as well as maybe some, I don’t know, choreography(?) to add… Definitely incorporate the Johnny Quest theme… I guess I’m thinking to play up more of that Sci-Fi Cowboy image… Give it some thought, okay guys?

I’m restless and eager to get some projects going (again). I’ve had a lot on my mind, and a lot already in the works. I’ll keep you all posted as more stuff comes up.

Thanks for being so awesome.

Regis