Spotlighting: Rona Pano

Posted by: on Apr 11, 2011 | One Comment

Rona Pano – Growing Young

When you’re contacted by a band you’re not into, it feels like an older, creepy guy trying to buy you a drink at a bar. Do you ignore him? If you accept the drink, are you obliged to listen to his crazy story? There’s no easy way out. When a band you DO like contacts you, however, it feels like the cool, totally out-of-your-league guy asking for your number.

Rona Pano is the cool guy. The Leeds, UK band has really nailed the poppy, slightly grungy, beach rock sound. It’s been a while since I’ve had a summer vacation (thank you, adulthood), but listening to their single “…You Stole The Laces From My Shoes” totally brings me back to that summer feeling of being young and lost, riding your bike around town and looking for the next party.

The band’s four song EP, appropriately titled Growing Young, also captures that sense of youthful, aimless excitement, from the perspective of someone on the verge of finding a direction. The sound is varied, though I particularly like “Fortunately, Unfortunately”, which has the feeling of a stripped-down ode to 60s psychedelic rock (it would certainly fit into any of the Nuggets volumes).

You can get Growing Young, the band’s four song EP, over at their Bandcamp page for approx. $3.20 US.

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Imagined Pitch Meetings: Arthur

Posted by: on Apr 11, 2011 | One Comment

I hate to be snarky about “Arthur” since in reality it’s probably something I’d watch if it came on TV, but the reviews have not been kind. Russell Brand is obviously very talented/funny, but this doesn’t really seem like the right vehicle for him. I’m going to sound like Black Cat (above) but I’d like to see him in some kind of period piece about old timey stage comedy. Just saying. Picture it.

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The Year of Summer

Posted by: on Apr 6, 2011 | 2 Comments

“In summer, the song sings itself.” –William Carlos Williams

Sometimes there are these cute little micro-trends in song titles and band names. Like remember when everything was “bear” or “deer”? Good times. Well right now, it’s all about summer. At least according to my extremely credible sources. I can understand why, though. Usually by mid-March everyone’s so tired of listening to the sad sack soundtrack of fall and winter that they’re ready to start blasting anything related to partying or drinking outdoors. A lot of bands have jumped on the, well, bandwagon, and what we’re given is a pretty awesome start to the season.

All of these tracks are available as free downloads (links included), so you can start to build your own summer playlist.

    1. Inverness – “A Summer’s Night Lullaby
    2. Feeding People – “Summertime Dear
    3. Summertime Kids – “Rain on My Parade
    4. Eternal Summers – “Prisoner
    5. MOTHS – “Summer
    6. Summer Fiction – “She’s Bound to Get Hurt
    7. BEACH! – “Summertime
    8. Surgeons in Heat – “Summerteeth
    9. Summer Camp – “I Want You
    10. The Wrong Words – “Summer’s Gone

Midweek Playlist: 4/6/11

Posted by: on Apr 6, 2011 | One Comment

Some old, some new here. One that I’m pretty obsessed with is “Swimsuit”, though. The genius of Oregon Bike Trails comes from singer/songwriter Zach Yudin, out of Santa Monica. You can listen to another track, “A Summer Thing“, at the website. How did summer suddenly become so trendy anyway? Post on that to come…

    1. Oregon Bike Trails – “Swimsuit”
    2. The Builders and the Butchers – “Black Dresses”
    3. Ennui – “Coconino”
    4. The Dap-Kings – “Nervous Like Me”
    5. AgesandAges – “No Nostalgia”
    6. Big Boi – “Shine Blockas (ft. Gucci Mane)”
    7. Best Coast – “Sun Was High (So Was I)”
    8. Breathe Owl Breathe – “Across the Loch”
    9. Acrylics – “Sparrow”
    10. Neko Case – “John Saw That Number”
    11. Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company”
    12. Reading Rainbow – “Wasting Time”

Écoutez et répétez:

Just for fun, here are the lyrics to “Swimsuit”, as best KM and I can decipher them:

Cut off the coast of Mexico
Offshore wind and undertow
In a beat up sailboat anchor down
You and I baby no one else around
Broken beer bottles all across the floor
Swimsuit calendar on the door
Saw Tiffany talking to her best friend
I wonder if I’m ever gonna see you again

Ooooh yeah, c’mon c’mon, faster faster
Yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Ooooh now slow it down
It’s got me feeling like eeehhhhhh

Fix the antennae on the TV
Hit the side of it if it stops working
The waves knocked over my weed and I
Woke up screaming in the middle of the night

Tell me where I’m going
Maybe it’s better, there’s no way of knowing now
Towards the end of May
And you’ve been gone now about a hundred days
And it turned out to be such a bummer
Cause you ended up gone for the summer

Underwater garden and too much fun
I asked if it was down there, you said no
French navy and Italian espionage
At least that’s what I think I saw

I did a backflip baby from 20 feet high
I only messed up a couple hundred times
You wanna race? Ok, ready, set, go
I got a life boat, you got a row boat

C’mon c’mon, faster faster
Yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Ooooh now it’s busted up
It’s got me feeling like eeehhhhh

Proper leadership is going down
Washed out book bag, leather bound
Crawling on my scraped up hands and knees
Cargo shorts and cotton tees

Tell me where I’m going
Maybe it’s better, there’s no way of knowing
Towards the end of May
And you’ve been gone now about a hundred days
And it turned out to be such a bummer
Cause you ended up gone for the summer

Cocktailing 101: Pegu Club Cocktail

Posted by: on Apr 2, 2011 | One Comment

As if there weren’t enough great summer drinks available already (I’m talking to you, Gin and Tonic), here comes the Pegu Club Cocktail. It seems fussy (two types of bitters??) but it’s really pretty forgiving. Don’t have any fancy orange curaçao? Triple sec will do the trick. And if you don’t have any bourgeois orange bitters just double up on the angostura (although, really, orange bitters are amazing).

The Pegu Club Cocktail

  • 1 and a half ounces gin
  • 1 ounce orange liquor (triple sec or orange curaçao will work)
  • 3/4 ounces lime juice
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with a few ice cubes and shake for about 20-30 seconds. Strain into a fancy glass and drink somewhere relaxing, preferably outdoors. On a patio.

Midweek Playlist: 3/30/11

Posted by: on Apr 2, 2011 | One Comment

Ok, OK. This is not midweek! I admit it. For consistency’s sake I’m not changing the moniker, though. Tracks to pay special attention to: “Lover’s Carvings”, “Big River”, “Prophecy” (best use of “Jesus Christ Superstar” lyrics ever), and “Mountain Jam”. Hey it’s the weekend already!

    1. The Secret Sisters with Jack White – “Big River”
    2. M.Ward – “Chinese Translation”
    3. Adam & the Amethysts – “Prophecy”
    4. Grimes – “Vanessa”
    5. Eternal Summers – “Prisoner”
    6. Volcano Choir – “Island, IS”
    7. Jeremiah Nelson – “Skin to Touch”
    8. MOTHS – “Summer”
    9. Bill Callahan – “Baby’s Breath”
    10. Jeffertitti’s Nile – “Mountain Jam”
    11. Sharon Van Etten – “Peace Signs”
    12. Bibio – “Lover’s Carvings”

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