If I could see straight tonight...
Hookers Green No. 1 - On How The Illustrious Captain Moon Won The War For Us - Hookers Green No. 1 is a 2 piece from Scotland in the sense that They Might Be Giants are a two-piece from Brooklyn, operating under the monkers of J. Turgenev and NHG. Warm, lo-fi, orchestral indie rock, in the mold of the Microphones, with some of the jazzy swagger of Karate, this is the title track from Hookers Green's debut on SnowStorm records. Not only does it bump off McLusky for the "best album/song title of the year" award, it manages to be utterly fantastic. Exploding out of the gates full of horns and booming bass drums, and swaggering through warbly vocals and flutes and organs and the de rigeur bass and guitar. The thrill of discovering a band like this never gets old. There's noplace to buy this on either the bands site or the labels for that matter, but there are some more free MP3's, so go listen.
The Gunshy - Your Favorite Dylan Song - The Gunshy is another name for Pennsylvania based singer-songwriter Matt Arbogast, and whoever he manages to round up to play drums and stuff. "Your Favorite Dylan Song" is what Tom Waits might sound like if he had Dylans penchants for long, guitar driven epics. Nicotine scorched vocals, raw, intense guitar work, and a stripped down, bare bones approach to the word epic that makes every note, every phrase, burn with tension, with power. This track comes from TTIKTDA reader Gretchen, along with a bunch of other stuff she's sent me that may be popping up in the not too far off future. She's also one of our guest reviewers for the TTIKTDA mix thats going out as soon as I type this up. There's more MP3's at The Gunshy's site.
[You can buy the Gunshy's latest album, No Man's Blues from Latest Flame Records]
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PSA - Oh, and like The Fork Man at the TofuHut it's my turn to start begging. Anyone got a job for a go-gettin night school student finishing his bachelors? I need money to keep this blog going! And Money means a job! Anybody?