Although I’m a couple days late with this, I still want to pass along some sweet news about the San Diego quintet Delta Spirit. In March, they’ll be hitting the road in support of their March 13th self-titled release. As you may know, I recently saw them perform in December as the opening act for My Morning Jacket. It was pure Delta Spirit, energetic, emotional and exciting. They put on a great show, mixing the old with a slight taste of the new. However because they were only able to play seven songs, I was left wanting more. Thankfully the music gods have granted my wish. They’ll be rolling into Atlanta on April 7th at a club called The Masquerade. I look forward to hearing a full set and after a few listens, the opening act WATERS has peaked my interest as well. Here’s a link to their tour schedule http://deltaspirit.net/tour and if you still don’t trust my musical taste check out Grandpa, he can’t be wrong.
On Monday, AM released the video for the fifth single (fourth official), "Black Treacle", from their 2011 album Suck It and See. It's the third installment of what seems like a story about a shady character played by AM drummer Matt Helders and his girlfriend/wife. "Black Treacle" follows the videos from the title track “Suck It and See” and the b-side song “Evil Twin”. I’ve included the trilogy below and make note, “Black Treacle” is set to be released in two weeks, January 24th, with the track “You And I” by Richard Hawley and The Death Ramps (a.k.a. Arctic Monkeys).
Lana Del Ray - Lana Del Ray EP
I hear and see her appeal, but I still don’t totally get her. From what I’ve read, she keeps getting a lot of shit for being a fabricated, silver spoon brat, but you know what, I say fuck it! Don’t hold it against her because she had an in. You know you’d do the same if you got the chance. I know I would. Thanks daddy, as I cash my first six-figure check. Any who, iTunes currently has her single “Born to Die” for free. Check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/born-to-die-single/id493395960
Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires
Man these guys came out strong with the hits “Chasing Cars”, “Run”, “Signal Fire” & “Chocolate”. “You Could Be Happy” still fucks my shit up every time I hear it. I guess being called the poor man’s Coldplay eventually had an effect. There isn’t really a song that jumps out, but I hope this effort will get them back in the game. Here are my suggestions: lead track “Called Out in the Dark”, “In the End”,” The Garden Rules” and “New York”
The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
http://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/given-to-the-wild/id483599717 - Ireland iTunes
Evidently this album is already being called the album of 2012. I think you'd agree with me when I say it’s a wee bit premature since it’s only the second week of the new year. I wasn’t all that impressed with their debut or follow up, but I should at least take a listen to the album of the year right? Hell I just heard Adele’s “Someone Like You” for the first time last week and now I know why she got so much love in 2011. Here are my suggestions: “Child” and “Heave”.