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THE 286

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the2861Another U.K. band, introduced to me by former The Toniks drummer Colin Marshall, The 286 released a self-titled EP in April, 2014. I confess. I missed it then. The 4 tracks resound with shades of ELO, and George Harrison. “Miracle On 286th Street“, an instrumental track, offers cool piano and bass, with some wonderful tremolo guitar. “Little Louisa” delivers a nice vocal track within a 1950’s Rock ‘N’ Roll vibe. There are 2 versions of “Let The Rain Fall Down“, a shorter radio edit, and the extended play. The track is amazingly infectious. The bittersweet melody fuels the wonderful vocals. There are incredible changes, a cool bridge, and a great hook. An incredibly beautiful song.

the2863This ep delivers. A wonderful fusion of classical themes and pop melodies. The arrangements are exciting. Orchestral-pop is back. The 286 are simply a lot of fun. I am looking forward to the next release. Check them out for yourselves at https://the286.bandcamp.com/ and LIKE them on facebook…https://www.facebook.com/the286?fref=ts

 

 

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THE BLANK TAPES-Geodesic Dome Piece

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blanktapes1California’s The Blank Tapes released ‘Geodesic Dome Piece‘ in January 2015 with 12 tracks of 1960’s pop that sounds like it stepped out of another dimension. Sort of Paul Revere & The Raiders meet The Twilight Zone! The sound is infectious.  From the opening chords of “Way Too Stoned“, with its ethereal,  dream like vibe, I was taken away by 60’s pop melodies, great harmonies, cool effects, and insanely exciting riffs (check out “For Breakfast” and “Buff“). There are wonderful changes, particularly in “Brown Chicken Brown Cow“, and way cool mandolin on “To Your Dome Piece“. The album is filled with surprises, including wonderful guitar and saxophone solos on “Slippin’ Slide“, and a jangly surf-pop vibe to “Oh My Muzak“. Favorite track “Do You Wanna Get High“, with its dynamite pop chorus, an amazing change in key, and lyrics that include ‘do you wanna get high, just like Chucky and me, cause we’re likely to be all the time’.

 

 

 

bt1I could listen to this for days on end, and have spent the better part of 2 weeks digesting the entire The Blanks Tape catalog. The songs make me feel like I did in 1969. The album is wonderfully arranged and produced. The vocals are wonderful, and the lyrics, sardonic and witty. There is an acoustic demo version of “Do You Wanna Get High” as a bonus, and “To Your Dome Piece” is worth a few listens just for the lyrical phrasing.. This is one of those must have albums. The kind that you have to have in your collection, just because it was done. Bizarro-garage-psychedelic-stoner-surf-pop at its best.

 

Check out The Blank Tapes catalog at http://theblanktapes.bandcamp.com/ and visit and LIKE their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blanktapes

 

 

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IRISH AYES…

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In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and all things Irish, some wonderfully cool stuff from our favorite Irish bands….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SIX TO EIGHT MATHEMATICS-Mental Melodies

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628Lying somewhere between The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, New Jersey’s Six To Eight Mathematics have reminded me what punk music is really about. Pure. Raw. Simple. Unadulterated. The 7 track ‘Mental Melodies‘ was released 2 years ago, but is just as fresh and relevant today. Pounding drums and driving guitars push the vocals. Loaded with energy.6282 Very cool album. Very cool band. Favorite tracks are “Beggar“, and “No“. Not for the faint of heart. A must for all punk aficionados! Six to Eight Mathematic$ also released a cover of the Christmas classic, “Silent Night” sometime in 2009. Probably the best cover of this song I have heard. Now, to really be happy, I need another album from this band!! You can check their music out by going here: http://sixtoeightmathematics.bandcamp.com/album/mental-melodies

 

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