Another dispatch from Ear Candy (and please note all
these bands are playing shows in Seattle this week):
I’ve been getting a lot of great music in both my digital and
non-digital mailboxes lately. The best part is that it is all local
and all really, really good stuff. But instead of gloating about
how great it is to get music in the mail, I figured I would share
my thoughts on these amazing local releases that all get the Ear
Candy seal of approval. So here’s what I’m listening to this
Flesh on Them "All the Other
This self-released, debut full-length record shows tremendous
growth for a promising young band. They aren’t quite indie pop and
definitely aren’t indie rock in its purest form . This je ne sais
quoi of indieness adds to SWFOT’s sound which combines the melodic
tendencies of Harvey Danger and the more rocking style of early
Modest Mouse, providing a modern update of the Northwest indie
sound. DOWNLOAD: "Power Cords"
Catch Skeletons With Flesh on Them Thursday at Chop Suey.
They’re on a bill with Apple War, Breakfast and Bad Dream Good that
will cost you $7.
Anna and The Laughing Dogs "The Only Thing
Another great local artist with a stellar sophomore release is
Ellensburg’s Star Anna. She’s delivering on the promise of becoming
the alt-country siren of the Pacific Northwest that she showed on
her debut record, 2008’s "Crooked Path." The growth displayed on
this album is twofold with not only Star’s vocals and lyrics
becoming more sophisticated and powerful but also her band, The
Laughing Dogs, showcasing their skills while relishing the
opportunity to carry many of the record’s 12 tracks.
Star Anna celebrates the release of "The Only Thing That
Matters" Saturday at the Sunset Tavern. Also slated to perform are
Kristen Ward and Hurricane Chaser. The show costs $8.
Blood "The Way We Live"
Take one part Matthew Sweet add a dash of The Strokes and throw
in some early 90s Bob Mould and you’re getting close to Erik Blood.
He straddles the line of sensitive, introspective songwriter and
overly ambitious rock singer extremely well on "The Way We Live."
He almost fools you into thinking he’s more of the former on the
record’s self-titled opening track but then songs like "Birch
Effect" and "Broken Glass" come along and sucker punch your ears
with infectious energy and ambition. DOWNLOAD:"Birch
Erik Blood performs at the Noise for the Needy
kickoff show Saturday at Woodshed Studios with Truckasaurus and
Speaker Speaker side project Exohxo for $6 in advance or $9 at the
There is a reason these guys are the local buzz band du jour.
It’s because they are really, really good. Technically I don’t have
a physical copy of this album (I have been listening to a stream
provided to me by the group’s publicist) but one is in the mail and
when I get it "Sprezzature" won’t likely leave my CD player for
some time. It’s a rollicking jolt of power pop-rock with perfectly
executed three-minute gems of songs that would fit perfectly on any
alt-rock playlist. DOWNLOAD: "Cascading"
Born Anchors will celebrate the release of "Sprezzatura"
Saturday at the Comet during their CD release show with Derby,
Surrogate and Ruth.