Listen to: White China (mp3)
Listen to: Take Cover from Good Boys Don't Make Noise (mp3)
There are rappers in Minneapolis? Seriously? New additions to the Afternoon Records stable, Cresent Moon is in Big Trouble, bring the street knowledge and the beats from mean streets... ok maybe not the mean street, but Cresent Moon has some skills (sorry, skillz). Big Trouble is his backing band and they bring the funk. Released this past week, their self-titled debut ep, is a great start for this rare rap band.
Listen to: Hunting Season (mp3)
Joseph Arthur, NY-based song-crafter and visual artist extraordinaire will be releasing a series of four solo EPs, all leading up to the glorious month of August, when the series culminates with the release of a full-length record featuring his band, The Lonely Astronauts.
The deluge begins March 18 with the release of EP 1: Could We Survive (Lonely Astronaut) a 6-track collection of orchestral songscapes and gorgeous atmospheric pop written, performed and produced by Arthur. Could We Survive opens with "Rages of Babylon," the kind of timeless anthem only Joseph could write.
Listen to: Rages of Babylon (mp3)
The Peel Back: The 4-Squares The 4-Squares (Quincy Shanks Records, 1995)
You never forget your high school bands. Is that true for everyone? In St. Charles, IL we had many bands, and at the time I thought they all sounded incredibly good. I am sure if I pulled out those handmade tapes and cds today they would probably not sound the same. One of the bigger bands from my high school years was called The 4-Squares. I am proud to say that I was in attendance on that warm night in May, 1994, when they made their on stage debut. The community center gym was sectioned off into four parts, almost like a mini music festival. The crowd moved from section to section as one band would end and another would begin. The other bands on the bill that night were Juxtaposed, Dr. Who 22, and Pillar. As The 4-Squares began to play lead singer Rob yells out "I know this is our first show, but this place sucks!", and the fury begins. The highlight of the show was "Kirk", and the screaming of "I wanna Kirk Cameron". Oh the memories!
Listen to: Kirk (mp3)