Category Archives: Song Of The Week

Song Of The Week: mewithoutYou – “February 1878”

Any time a new mewithoutYou tune comes out, my life improves substantially. This track was released just a few hours ago and I’m already in love. For those of you who are mwY fans, this will remind you of their older work, which I think is both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright was an unbelievable record which displayed a rare depth of songwriting and emotional insight, but it lacked a lot of the intensity of their earlier releases. This song, however, oozes that confessional, expressive musicality that dominated Catch For Us The Foxes. Full of musical references to one of their seminal songs, “January 1979,” this song needs to be heard to be believed. Look for their new record, Ten Stories, in stores May 15th.



Song Of The Week: Meshuggah – “Behind The Sun”

The new Meshuggah record, Koloss, which came out last week (3/27/2012) is currently blowing my fucking mind. This song definitely stood out to me. It has a nice balance of speedy metal riffs with super technical polyrhythms and Meshuggah’s trademark grinding, chugging rhythm section. The whole album is amazing, though, and needs to be heard by any metalhead. Find more information about the band on their Facebook page.

Song of The Week: feedtime – “F#”

feedtime (lower case intentional) was a punk band from Sydney, Australia. They existed from 1979-1989 and in that time crafted an intense, pioneering hardcore punk sound. Their music is slow, heavy, and lo-fi; they served as a huge influence on important punk bands like The Melvins, Dinosaur Jr., and Mudhoney. This song is super slow and grimy, with sparse drumming and grinding, intense guitars. Sub Pop Records is re-releasing the band’s entire discography in a 4 CD box set. If you like this song, check out their artist page on Sub Pop’s website.

Song of The Week – Go Back To The Zoo “Beam Me Up”

Remember when Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” blew up charts all over the world? Remember when The Strokes were the next big thing? Go Back To The Zoo certainly do! This SOTW features the song “Beam Me Up” from their new record Benny Blisto. This album was originally released in 2010 by the Dutch indie rock band, but is just now making its way over to the USA. I sort of wish this had happened years ago, though: Benny Blisto is an excellent record, full of energetic post-punk indie tunes that make you want to go to a Bloc Party show. Check this out- they’ve got that quintessential indie swagger that makes them ear-catching and super-entertaining! If you like the song, you can find more information about the band on their Myspace.

Song Of The Week: Say Anything – “Sheep”

This is the sixth track from Say Anything’s brand new album Anarchy, My Dear (released March 13th in Equal Vision Records). I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole album closely yet, but this track really stands out from the ones I’ve heard. It uses a subtle-yet-intense rhythm section to accentuate Max Bemis’s lyrics. His words are quintessential Bemis: “Kill that DJ, clear the dance floor.” It closes down with an intense, upbeat dance-punk groove that finishes on a great high note. If you like this song, you can find out more information about Say Anything on their Facebook page.

Song Of The Week: The Mars Volta – “The Malkin Jewel”

Words can’t even describe how excellent The Mars Volta’s new single is. As a big Volta fan over the course of their career,  I’ve watched their style evolve from the cinematic, emotional De-Loused In The Comatorium to the eccentric and avant-garde Amputecture. On the new singls, “The Malkin Jewel,” the band continues their musical evolution that began with Octahedron. The track is full of skronky rhythms and dissonant melodies. Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala  sounds much more focused this time around – his lyrics are at the very least vaguely decipherable, which is more than can be said for the wide variety of his work with The Mars Volta. The new album, entitled Nocturniquet, comes out on 3/27/2012.

Song Of The Week: “Little Mercy” by Doomtree

Doomtree’s new record No Kings came out back in November 2011. I first heard the album, however, a few days ago, and was completely blown away. Doomtree mix dark, brooding beats that have a dubstep flavor at times with intense, highly conscious lyrics about relationships, social problems, and the human condition. This song exemplifies these characteristics: intensely emotional lyrics, rich with metaphor and word play, and shuffling, slow, dubstep grooves. The soulful female vocals also add a ton of flair to the composition. The whole album, however, is amazing like this. Check it out!