The last time we heard from Josh Dooley and co was 2009 and Maps mostly instrumental record, Speechless. I thought we’d never see Map return again. In fact, Dooley having contracted West Nile Virus in 2014 could’ve really put an end to the band. Thankfully, Dolley is alright and Map is releasing new music. Hello Singularity (Writers Block Part 1) will be out on June 16th via Velvet Blue Music. Today, The Revue is premiering the first single from that album, Skills To Rebuild. Give it a spin at http://therevue.ca/2017/06/07/map-skills-to-rebuild-single-premiere/
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This week I have new music from Hands, The Menzingers, Yacht Club, and Locket.
Soft Lions has premiered the debut single from their upcoming ep, XOXO, called Run In Dreams. You can give the song a spin below. XOXO will hit shelves on October 28th via Velvet Blue Music. Run In Dreams will be available for purchase starting tomorrow (August 5th).
Gileah Taylor will release her new record, Songs For The Late Night Drive, Volume 2, on June 10th via Velvet Blue Music. Today we got our first glimpse of that record with the premiere of Tears of A spirit. You can listen to the track below.
Velvet Blue Music had announced released dates for a handful of upcoming releases. It includes the release date for the new Soft Lions EP and the announcement that new music from Doug Burr is coming! You can see the release schedule below.
6/10 Gileah Taylor ‘Songs For Late At Night Vol. 2’
6/17 Doug Burr ‘Country Girls In City Dresses’
8/12 Blue Blue Youth ‘no title yet’
9/09 Soft Lions ‘no title yet’
This week I’m playing tracks from Driver Eight’s Watermelon and Frank Lenz’s Conquest Slaughter. I also have new music from Everything In Slow Motion, Face to Face, Into It Over, Danae, and more.
Velvet Blue Music artist Soft Lions will start tracking a new EP at the famed Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco next month. John Vanderslice will produce the new EP.
The band is still busy playing a bunch of shows, including a cool FUNdraiser show in San Diego (where all proceeds will go towards the recording costs).
4/02 San Diego, CA @ Shaper Studios (FUNdraiser)
4/08 El Centro, CA @ Strangers Bar
4/14 Oceanside, CA @ Pour House
4/15 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
4/23 Oakland, CA @ The Hatch
5/04 Long Beach, CA @ The Pike
5/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs Tavern
For a bonus treat, check out the video for the Everly Brothers cover of All I Have To Do Ss Dream they recently recorded (produced by Frank Lenz).
I picked up Telegraph Canyon’s “Why Let It Go” 7″ single and was blown away. So I knew I wanted to give You From Before a spin when it came out. Why Let It Go doesn’t really give away the vibe that Telegraph Canyon is laying down on You From Before, and that’s ok.
The sparse soundscape that remains steady throughout Hundred Years, is an absolutely perfect way to start a record. Compelling and interesting, full of layers that demand a second listen and third listen to make sure you’re picking up all the variations in the arrangement. You want the song to build into something big and when the string section sings at the end of the track you feel your heart leap, but even in the new section, the song never climaxes much past where it’s remain since it’s beginning. Flood is one of the most interesting tracks on the record to my ears. It’s a folk song with a quirky side. The synthesizer line the runs underneath the track keeps it from being stale. On a record full of interesting indie rock, Flood feels a little out-of-place. As the track builds and takes on more character, it makes sense. But I still feel like it’s placement on the record is just slightly off.
I loved Why Let It Go as a single, and I still love it. It feels like an homage to the 80’s without ever feeling dated or like a new wave wannabe. The guitar riff is slick and interesting, never feeling as repetitive as it actually is. The hook is catchy and it makes for just a great pop song.
There’s a whole section where You From Before feels like an album I wish Wilco would’ve recorded. Wilco never fully embraced what could’ve been a killer indie rock record. Hung Up is less country but utilizes a start/stop motif that I’ve heard from Wilco on occasion. The bounce of the guitar that pulses on the verse of Old Hearts is both jarring and attention grabbing at the same time. The rawness of the guitar is excellent and creates this beautiful tension between the verse and chorus. Mantle feels exactly like my favorite Wilco tracks. Inviting and warm. Lightning is as big and bombastic as a rock song that you’ll great from Telegraph Canyon, but you can hear how it’d play well in a stadium with thousands of screaming fans.
Again, when the band goes folk, it’s not my favorite moments of the record. The banjo on Haunted Woods is jarring and the song feels less out-of-place later in the record. And Telegraph Canyon keeps it weird and not a traditional folk song. But it’s still not one of my personal favorites. The waltz of the piano that drives Wheel To The Garden is one of those beautifully unexpected twists that catch you off guard in a good way. The 6/8 time signature is refreshing. The synth line on Honey almost demands to played in an arena. You’re waiting for something epic that you know isn’t coming like you want it to. But when the chorus hits, it’s catchy and nice. Magnetic is a nice subtle ending to the musically roller coaster that is You From Before.
You From Before is interesting. Whatever else you might say about it, you’d have to say it’s interesting. Telegraph Canyon has put together a musical journey, and it’s worth taking the journey with them. There are some moments that aren’t my favorite, but there’s more to love and it’s all interesting. 4 out of 5 Stars.
Denton, TX troubadour, Doug Burr released Pale White Dove and the White Night, Black Light single earlier this year to much praise and attention. It’s also worth noting the documentary about him, Blues Running Backwards came out earlier this year, and Mr. Burr was nominated to be the Texas State Artist !
Now on Dec. 4th ,via Velvet Blue Music, we’ll see the release of Pale White Dove Deluxe, which is the original record accompanied by the demo version of every track on the record. Check out the 2 varations of “Ghost On Water” below of ‘demo’ to finished album track . Velvet Bluewill also release a new video for the demo version of ‘I See Satan Fall Like Lightning’ later this month.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Fine China released their great swan song record, The Jaws of Life. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the album, Fine China will be giving The Jaws of Life the vinyl treatment. This is a collabroative effort between 4 entities who were instrumental in the bands history : Velvet Blue Music / Common Wall Media / Plastiq Music / President Gator. The record is a limited edition of 250 copies and will come with a download card which include a brand new, freshly recorded Fine China track + a remix of ‘Are You On Drugs’ by Soda Shop.
The band will play a single reunion show in support of the release : 12/11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
You can pre-order the record at https://velvetbluemusic.com/shop/fine-china-jaws-of-life/