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Did somebody take an old Oasis album and squeeze the delicious juices out of it, render it into a beautiful new smoothie? Yes, yes they did. This is a sonically rich album that is part of some lovely brit-pop revival. I love brit-pop. This isn’t an homage inasmuch as it is taking the formula that made Manchester smile so hard. DMA’s then take said formula and begin hammering it with a level of precision and fidelity to the genre that makes me believe this is a long-lost album from an era that died off a little too quickly for me. There are only 6 tracks on this album (at least that’s what Spotify tells me) but I want more. I squeed at the Japandroids album because it was fun and lively, this is much much better. The vocals remind me at times of Kurt Vile’s particular delivery. Get this album. Get it on vinyl if it’s available? Is it available?

Five Squees. *****

“And I can’t be certain that they’re pulling the curtain on me, and if tomorrow’s a burden then I’m still learning to be.”

 

 

I went on the web today to learn new things, bright and shiny. Instead, I found only rage. RAGE! Haim is coming to Denver, to the Ogden no less on May 21st. My foolish heart breaks in the news that the show is SOLD OUT.

haimfaceI will not be able to indulge (nay savor) the joys that Este Haim’s bassface brings. I will not be able to sing along or pop and lock to “If I Could Change Your Mind” (my  favorite song in their latest album). Their album Days Are Gone is a pastiche of influences. I recall listening to it for the first time on a 4-hour airplane ride at 11:30pm and bobbing my head to their poppy sounds as a 300 pound gentleman snored next to me. It brought me peace.

I realize this might be my fault for not keeping my meaty fingers on the pulse of the local concert schedule. Indeed, I do take responsibility for such an oversight. I pray the rock gods forgive me. Now to listen to Stacy Q on repeat until my brain is mushed into a more forgiving state.

Love, Luck & Lollipops,

Alex