Today's find comes from the newly released blackboyfromaroundtheway by local Pittsburgh rapper Leek Lone. "MINDBODYSPIRIT" is an introspective, contemplative track, with lyrics touching on themes of family, violence, and systemic inequality. There are some really striking images and sentiments laid out on this one; Leek conjures the spectre of death at several points throughout the … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Leek Lone-MINDBODYSPIRIT
Case Sensitive One of the first songs featured by Bored In Pittsburgh was "Count Your Blessings," a track from the recently released Twin EP (Bull City Records) by the excellent North Carolina/Georgia trio Case Sensitive. The band displays incredible range on the album, mixing sludgy guitar riffs with skyscraping vocals and the odd synth slow-burner. … Continue reading Undermining Expertise — A Q+A With the DIY Southern Rockers of Case Sensitive
I listened to today's song while speedwalking back from the office to my apartment, trying to make it home before I got caught in a massive downpour like I did yesterday. In a way, the moody "Psalm," the closing track from saxophonist John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme, mirrored the Pittsburgh weather. Elvin Jones's … Continue reading Daily Listen-John Coltrane-Psalm
Today's find, "Rocksalt," the first single from the upcoming Vain Zanni Cave (Black Mountain Airport) by Los Angeles experimental artist Paradot, clocks in at just under three minutes, but feels much longer due to the sheer amount of sonic variety packed into the song's runtime. Things kick off on a disorienting note with a tinny, … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Paradot-Rocksalt
Today's listen is "The Loom," the opening track from the classic 1994 album Hex by London group Bark Psychosis. Hex has become famous because it was the first album to be dubbed post-rock (a classification which has since gone on to be synonymous with groups like Explosions In The Sky, aka the Friday Night Lights … Continue reading Daily Listen-Bark Psychosis-The Loom
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Austin, TX’s Destroyer Of Light are a group that ties the past to the present, merging the crushing instrumentals of modern day doom with the soaring vocals and guitar solos of classic metal acts like Dio. One look at the dramatic, mythologic artwork for the newly released Mors Aeterna (Argonauta Records), and it’s clear that the members of this band have a real soft spot for the 80’s.
Hell, the riff that opens album opener “Falling Star” is downright bluesy, like Stevie Ray Vaughn playing a flaming guitar at the gates of the underworld while the three-headed dog Cerberus prowls behind him. Frontman Steve Colca sounds like a slightly more intelligible Brent Hinds (of Mastodon fame), and, come to think of it, the sludgy, stoner metal vibe the group conjures on this song does kind of remind me of a less proggy take on that classic Atlanta band’s sound.
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Today's find, "Endless Street," is a real weeper of a power ballad by the London-based singer/songwriter Hannah Robinson, the first release off her upcoming album (also called Endless Street). A tale of long-lost/unrequited love, it begins with lazily strummed acoustic guitar chords unfurling behind Robinson's smoky vocals and builds from there, backing instruments gradually joining … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Hannah Robinson-Endless Street
Tacocat-NVM (2014, Hardly Art) I first found out about the Seattle, WA group Tacocat back in college while trolling an ever-present-in-my-past-and-probably-my-future-too yearly Best Of list on Pitchfork. I was scrounging around for songs I could add to my infamous freshman year study playlist; the song that ended up making the cut was the surf-rock styled … Continue reading Tacocat-NVM
Today's find is a relaxing listen that is helping me deal with some major sunburn that I received yesterday on the shores of Lake Erie. "Cargo Chase," by the South African dub/reggae group Madkind, off their new release Firetime the EP, is an instrumental track led by bouncy organ chords and an extended trombone solo. … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Madkind-Cargo Chase
Today's find, "Career Suicide," is a single released from the upcoming album Maybe by Portland, OR singer Blossom. The best word I can use to describe this song is "elusive." it seems to float weightlessly in space and feels longer than it actually is; you kind of get lost in the song without ever truly … Continue reading Daily Discovery-Blossom-Career Suicide