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Shannon - Experimental Aircraft, "Upper East Side" (Third Transmission, 2008)
The Austin four-piece crafted this gloomy indie-pop track — the spawn of New Order and The Killers with haunting female backup vocals reminiscent of The Pixies — and it's been stuck in my head for days. The heavy repetitive basslines and matching guitar riffs provide the foundation to "Upper East Side," which only missed The Breakfast Club soundtrack by 23 years.
There are covers of Boilermaker (“Slow Down”) and The Afghan Whigs (“When We Two Parted”), a plentiful sorrow-filled base, but things get even more melancholy on the 32-minute effort. “Idaho” is an especially downtrodden meditation on giving in and giving up, while loss and a lack of sobriety provide subject matter on “Lonely Hearts.” There’s even an admission that we are the cause of our own problems on “Every Double Life.”
Sometimes music that is juxtaposed to our glum dispositions is the way out of a temporary rut; there's something cathartic about wallowing in the desolate bowels of this heartbreaking LP. Something of a silver lining and a bit of sage guidance works its way into the sob-fest: “You can run from the sorrow,” Pryor sings on Never You Mind’s final track, “all that you lose is a chance to make peace with the past that you choose.” Preach on sad man, preach on.
Nicole (elawgrrl) - Texas Is The Reason, Do You Know Who You Are?: The Complete Collection (2013)
Texas Is The Reason was one of the first bands I booked as a student at The George Washington University (funny side note - the flyer mislabeled the band as Texas Was The Reason). From that point on, TITR was a core part of my personal soundtrack. Originally released in 1996, this record still stands out today as a bonafide gem of indie rock and with the addition of two previously unreleased songs - "Every Little Girl's Dream" and "When Rock N' Roll Was Just A Baby" (audio below) - this re-release on Revelation Records is a must have. The band did a few reunion shows in October in NYC, in Chicago in January, and over the past weekend on the East Coast. The last U.S. show is scheduled for March 9 in Atlanta. It has been amazing to see Texas Is The Reason play again these past few months, and to find that they are still at the heart of my everything. See you in Atlanta!
Valerie - Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'em up)" (2013)
With the start of the new year, the internet buzzed with rumors of Fall Out Boy's return from hiatus, with fangirls and diehards alike hanging on to every last bit of hope. The rumors were confirmed a few weeks ago when the band surprised fans with a release date for their sixth full-length, Save Rock and Roll (out April 13), and added a tour to the books. I've been listening to the album's first single on repeat since hearing the news in an attempt to fulfill my nostalgic cravings. Love 'em or hate 'em, there's usually no in between with these dudes. Check out the single below along with its music video featuring 2 Chainz below: