I whip my hair back and forth. Not because I am a teenage girl (although I sometimes act like one) but because there is a party. No, it's not in my pants. This party is in my ears, and soon it will be in yours as well. I am pleased to present to you The Indie Sabbath -back in full force- more refreshing than an ice-cold soda in the middle of the desert. It's been 4 long weeks for me down in Joplin, MO. Yes, my work there took away from the Sabbath and my contributions to Earmilk in general- but if I could go back and do it all again I wouldn't change a thing. Music doesn't go away- if you keep your ears open it will find you. For me, music is the purest form of communication this world has to offer. I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music. That being said, let us dive headfirst into the return of The Indie Sabbath and soak it up for all that it's worth.
Raise your right hand in the air, put your left hand over your heart and repeat after me: "I love Indie Rock." If Indie Rock (particularly new Indie Rock) is something that truly tickles your pickle, then your boy Ronnie has a present for you that will stimulate your senses in a new and tantalizing way every week. Every Saturday I am going to come forth with a mix of deliciously stimulating songs from the Indie Music gift basket that are sure to leave you peachier than the state of Georgia. Gomez has been a favorite of mine since their debut album In Our Gun dropped in 2002. The british quintet dropped their newest album Whatever's On Your Mind this week, and I just can't get enough. Check out the track "Song In My Heart" while reading.
Sometimes we need a break from the everyday grind- the worshipping of a job you hate, school you despise and systematic function our society has been dragged in to. Let this be that break. The Indie Sabbath is two hours worth of new and authentic Indie music, a gift from the friendly milk men here at the Earmilk factory that can help us get away from the repetitive cycle our lives have become. Now lets satisfy that fat little A.S.S. of yours (Audio Sensory System) with some earcandy that is so hot it'll melt your popsicle faster than those California Girls with the whip cream and undeniable charm.
I've spent the past week out in the pastures of the music industry, milking the cows they call their own. Things got messy, but I was able to jerk and tug my way to some deliciously satisfying results. This week I was able to come away with 29 jugs of that silky elixer, guaranteed to fill you up and leave you with a sensational feeling from ear to ear- just be sure to wipe off that milk mustache when you're done (don't wanna let anyone get the wrong impression).. So without further ado, grab that cow by the utter, hold on tight and let's start sippin' on that milky goodness -Here's 24 jugs of it- white like Aladdin's Hammer Pants and fresher than a batch of cookies (Unless those cookies happen to be dipped in this creamy white elixer).
So much good music was released this week that I almost lost my mind. If you're just looking for a little taste, be sure to check out these tracks right 'herr: "Dystopia" by YACHT is, well- an in your face thrill ride. "Open Rhythms" by Body Of Water on the other hand is a masterfully done composition, starting off with a long musical intro before captivating you by beautiful vocals. "Atlas Hands" by Benjamin Francis Leftwich (Who is by far my favorite Singer/Songwriter in a very long time) is your typical Ben, soothing yet energizing, almost airbrushed into perfection by Ben's breathtaking vocals and perfect harmony. The kid is talented, and should be on more people's radar. Definitely watch out for him in the future, and keep an eye out for his debut album Box Of Stones that will be hitting the shelves June 4th. You can purchase his music on iTunes here: [itunes link="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pictures/id419861969?uo=4" title="Benjamin Francis Leftwich"]
When milk is close to expiring but not quite there yet, you can usually find it in one of two places: In the back of your fridge or the front of the shelf in the dairy section. Now you can find it in a third place- here, on The Indie Sabbath. This milk is still good to suck on, but on the verge of being too old and fed to the chickens. In this case that means out of my smart playlist and into my iTunes library to be lost among the masses. Luckily for you, I've taken the time to share a few cups from the latest gallon before it becomes disposed of. So take a sip, and enjoy some lactose from the back of the fridge that's only gotten better with time. If you're lactose intolerant suck it up -Literally- (It's not really milk). Be sure to lap it up with "Hold On" by Holy Ghost! and "Getaway" by Mother Mother- two tracks that are sure to have you feeling yourself up (in an attempt to reassure yourself that this all isn't a dream, because these songs are that good- get your mind out of the gutter).
BACK OF THE FRIDGE:
Lets get real. Any farmer will tell you that some cows make better milk than others. It's science- Some chickens make better eggs, some people make better babies- some cows make better milk. Why waste time sorting through the different manatees of the land when you could have someone else do that for you?
THE LUX GALLONS:
You're welcome. Here's a list of the cattle that proved to be concoctors of the finest Milk Drank these past two weeks, starting with
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
YACHT - Shangri-La
Gomez - Whatever's On Your Mind
1,2,3 - New Heaven
Cassettes Won't Listen - Evinspacey
The Chain Gang of 1974 - Wayward Fire
Viva Voce - The Future Will Destroy
YouLiam Finn - FOMO
Bobby - Bobby
Barn Owl - Shadowland EP
Upon this day, I declare that Indie music is leaps and bounds more pure than anything else, and the Term "Indie" means not that a band isn't mainstream, but that a band has been able to hold on to its roots, even through fame and fortune. While the wonderful thumps and womps of electronic music gets me grooving, It will always be the Alternative Indie Rock that guides me to the homeland. And for that- I both thank it and applaud it- for it has brought me great pleasure in the past and will so in the future.
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@INDIE ARTISTS: If you are an INDIE ARTIST and would like for me to promote your music, whether that means on the Sabbath, an artist feature or an interview, email me [email protected]. Include 'Ronnie' in either the title or the opening of the email so that it will be filtered to my indie music selection. I will review the content and get back to you as soon as I can.