Alternative Music & Fashion Part 2: Know Your Body Type

Back on Wednesday we talked about the strong, supportive marriage between alternative music and fashion, and how it’s likely the best one.  This morning I was on YouTube and watched The Summer Set’s video for the excellent “Lightning In A Bottle”, looked at my man Brian Dales and thought “OH I FORGOT HALF THE DAMN POST FROM WEDNESDAY”.  See, beyond types of apparel and brands and this and that, I wanted to touch on how you gotta know your body to dress properly.  So…let’s just get this outta the way.

When it comes to fashion, you can like certain things: we all have our tastes.  However, if you can’t pull it off…don’t.  You look at someone like Brian Dales of The Summer Set, and he has the body that so many dudes have in our scene: thin, really thin.  There’s almost no look someone with that body type can’t pull off, because they fit into anything.  If you’re like me, not as much: I’m a thin enough guy, I only weigh around 170 pounds and am like 5’7″.  But, I’ve gotten a little “pudding under the skin” (if I could find a clip of that Seinfeld scene, you’d totally be linked to it.  It’s from the episode “The Blood”) and have a little shoulder definition from back when I played sports.  So, the really form-fitting clothing that I do like, I can’t look good in that.  I need a little breathing room!  My skinny Vans jeans – that I also forgot to mention in the last post when I rhymed off my Vans stuff – well after an accidental dryer dry, can’t wear those anymore!  They kind of basically fit before.

When it comes to clothing period, whether street or dress, you definitely have to balance wearing what you like with what you look good in.  And it’s great when you do, because one of the easiest confidence boosters in the world is flattering clothing.

Now if you’re thinking “what is going on???”…despite the consecutive posts about fashion, TPS isn’t turning into Cosmo.  But as mentioned, in our world the music/fashion marriage is very strong, and this blog is not just about alternative music, but culture too.  I definitely want us to talk about the world around the songs and artists we enjoy – and maybe next time I’ll remember to put everything in the original post right!?

Alternative Music & Fashion: The Best Of Those Friends


It’s not breaking news that music and fashion go hand in hand.  From Elvis‘ jumpsuits to The Beatles‘ matching suits to Masked Intruder’s…uh, masks, whether done on purpose or just becoming constant and synonymous, the two have been linked forever.  Although you could make a decent case for hip hop, rock musicians and fans have the strongest link between music and fashion.  You can often tell what type of music someone likes by the way they dress, and more often than not in that case, they’re rockers.

In the most general sense, apparel for the alt crowd involves t-shirts, jeans, shorts, caps and skate/canvas shoes.  It’s an easy, comfortable look that’s conducive to rocking out.  You don’t want to mosh wearing dress clothes, right?  Nor play, nor skate, nor anything that involves significant body movement.  To wit:

Look at all them wearing stuff we just mentioned!  I also find that people from our scene tend to have strong brand loyalty: band shirts are a staple, and you don’t as often see say, a country fan wearing a Dierks Bentley t-shirt.  All the action sports brands are geared towards rock fans too, since 1) the clothing is comfy for the sports and 2) the music provides the best soundtrack for them.  I personally, and inadvertently, have a look: for a long time I’ve been fiercely loyal to Vans.  It’s probably because it was the first of those brands I was exposed to, plus they sponsor one of my favourite festivals in Warped Tour.  I have three pairs of shoes, a belt, a hat, a pair of socks and around twenty shirts.  I’m a walking endorsement of the company, and in fact if Vans would like to officially make a deal to give me free clothing and/or whatever I am so down with that.  It’s funny, I don’t wear Billabong or any other competing brand, I’m strictly a Vans guy.  Odd but true.

When it comes to stores that cater to an alternative crowd, there are two that come to mind as standouts: in Canada, West 49 is the bomb.com and a place that’s taken a ton of my money.  In America, Hot Topic reigns supreme.  Their bread-and-butter is band shirts, but they do apparel for TV shows, comics and other pop culture things, CDs, accessories, just a smorgasborg of…wait for it…HOT TOPICS.  That actually is a badass name for a store – full marks there.

Although apparel is obviously tops, hair is an identifier of rockers more so than any other genre.  Spiky hair?  Shaggy “scene” hair?  Yeah you probably don’t listen to jazz, at least not as your favourite.  It’s all part of the look.

I know there’s a stereotypical aspect to this post, and I obviously don’t mean to imply that people who look one way stick to one genre.  Not all rockers wear band shirts, not all country fans wear button-ups and plaid, not all hip hoppers wear baggy clothing and not all pop fans look really fresh.  But, these looks have become synonymous with these genres, and I think rock has the most recognizable marriage of all.  Over the years I’ve become more image-conscious and interested in apparel, so I enjoy thinking about this kind of stuff.  We all have to get dressed in the morning, right?  Interesting how big a role music plays in that.

Profile: Wide Mouth Mason

The thing about mainstream music is, you can’t often be just a bit too left-of-centre or you won’t truly be appreciated.  Now, I’m far from one of those people who’s like “MAINSTREAM MUSIC IS WATERED-DOWN CORPORATE FLUFF AND LACKS ANY SUBSTANCE”, but sometimes an artist doesn’t quite take that next step because they’re not straightforward enough.  To me, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Wide Mouth Mason have always been one of those groups.  Truth be told, they’ve actually enjoyed a fair amount of success in Canada and wouldn’t totally be classified as underground, but I’ve always felt they were a bit under-appreciated.

WMM started in the mid-nineties as Shaun Verreault (vocals/guitar), Safwan Javed (drums) and Earl Pereira (bass/vocals), with Pereira being replaced by Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar/Grady in 2011.  They do blues-influenced rock, that also features a pop influence.  Aside from 1996’s indie debut The Nazarene, which is out of print and largely re-recorded for their self-titled major label debut, they have six albums: 1997’s Wide Mouth Mason, 1999’s Where I Started, 2000’s Stew, 2002’s Rained Out Parade, 2005’s Shot Down Satellites, and 2011’s No Bad Days, the first with Johnson on bass and the second album of theirs he produced (after Stew). 

Wide Mouth Mason are an eclectic group, and their sound has definitely evolved over the years.  It was Stew where the pop influence really came through, with hella catchy singles “Smile” and “Change” (the audio quality in the latter video is poor, but Earl looks like such a badass that I had to link to it).  Shot Down Satellites got a little heavier, and throughout blues has been a staple of the band’s sound, with other randomness.  Shaun Verreault is a very good and interesting guitarist, and has one of my favourite voices in music – sure he’s the frontman, but my love of WMM still comes largely from him.

Looking at the full discography, seven albums in nineteen years is actually not a bad average, but WMM have been more sporadic with the releases over the past decade.  They did have a time bassist-free, as Earl Pereira left to concentrate on his other band Mobadass, now known as The Steadies.  Their current bassist is also in two other bands and produces for many others, and I suppose it’s better to go three or four years between albums and make them count, than put one out every two and be so-so.

What will 2015 bring for Wide Mouth Mason?  There doesn’t appear to be word on a new album or tour dates, but they’re very active on social media and worth a follow there.  That’s actually one thing about the band: they’re very down-to-Earth.  They post lots of random things online, are goofy, and by all accounts nice too.  I actually exchanged e-mails with Safwan Javed years ago for a project I was putting together, and even from that one response I got he seemed genuine and cool.  Hopefully we get more music – live or recorded – from Wide Mouth Mason this year, because the official stance of TPS is they’re one of the most underrated bands in Canada.  It’d be nice to see them have an international presence too, because to my knowledge they’ve kept it fairly close to home so far.  I also hope I haven’t shortchanged them by calling them underrated and left-of-centre: they’ve won awards and shit don’tcha know.

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Track Listing: Tracks To Distract

If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm weather climate, you just watch the news and shake your head when you see a story about a winter storm.  Aren’t you lucky.  The last few weeks have been rough for Atlantic Canada, New England and even the Mid-Atlantic US.  Since TPS is a Northeast-based blog, I understand the suckage first-hand.  The funny thing is, this winter actually was great until the new year, then 2015 turned into Mother Nature going “HAHA TIME TO MAKE UP FOR THAT BITCHES!!!!!”

This edition of “Track Listing” is two-fold: it’s music to distract us from the record-setting hell that’s been winter in 2015, and each of these songs and/or artists have a little something extra that makes them stand out.  You can get lost, dare I say DISTRACTED (it’s in the damn title, after all) in this music.

The Millenium – “Her and Cigarettes”

This pop-rock act from Eau Claire, Wisconsin does “Rest Stop Sessions”, which is them just stopping for a break and recording a tune.  This is a cover, originally done by Lansing, Michigan rockers Cheap Girls.  It’s under two minutes – which is kind of appropriate for something called a rest stop session huh? – and the thing that gets me about The Millenium is their singer: Matt Hasenmueller is a big dude, but has this great falsetto voice that you picture on some skinny dude.  It’s a mesmerizing contrast, and watching him sing is almost a siren-like experience.  The band is spending this month releasing videos from Pine Hollow Sessions, a stripped-back reworking of their EP It’s So Much Friendlier With Two.

Polaris Rose – “Set Me On Fire”

Typically, a guy/girl duo is a little more poppy or folksy.  But much like The Standstills, Los Angeles alt-rockers Polaris Rose would sooner attempt to melt your face.  Peter Anthony and Madelynn Elyse sing this crawling track largely in unison, and it features some sweet guitar work during the final chorus that I can’t quite put my finger on: it might be just picking, but it might be effected too.  Either way, it’s a gooder.  This song’s on their debut full-length Telescopes, which came out in November.

Our Man in Berlin – “Moliere”

Electro indie rock.  That’s what Perth, Australia’s Our Man in Berlin do.  The first single off upcoming sophomore EP Spirit Down, “Moliere” is named after a 17th century French playwright.  The instrumental lead-in to the second verse and the outro provide my favourite moments in the song, with the former being especially ominous and atmospheric.  The band is doing a couple of dates in March for a “Moliere” single tour: the 4th in Melbourne, the 5th in Sydney and the 14th back home in Perth.

Bayside – “Dancing Like An Idiot”

Finally, this one.  Bayside just released this song, that mocks all the artists who they feel sell fake rebellion to fans and improperly influence them.  The lyric video used fonts that the artists in question use, and one funny line is “you’re basically One Direction if they all had throat tattoos”.  Afterwards, an interesting thread on Absolute Punk mentioned some of Bayside’s earlier lyrics, which covered many of what they blast in this song.  Today, the band – through frontman Anthony Raneri, it would appear – addressed that, saying they meant what they said and they understand how people reacted the way they did.  Raneri mentioned how he’s a more mature person than he was a decade ago, and lyrics just come (came?) out without any real filter.  It was a great response, one that didn’t back down but acknowledged how some people felt.  Also, Bayside is headlining their “15 Year Birthday Tour” in North America from March 5th-April 4th, with Senses Fail, Man Overboard and Seaway.  Strong.

Ya see?  Music that offers something that makes you go “huh!” and of course, if you live in the Northeast or anywhere affected by real winter, you took some time to forget that garbage.  Yay!  Winter right!?  Happens every year but still, F it hard.

Liner Notes: Thursday, February 12th

Survay Says! still have four dates left (including tonight) on an East Coast/Midwest winter swing, and they’ve now announced a cross-country US spring tour that kicks off February 23rd in Buffalo, New York and wraps up March 29th in Sunrise, Florida.  Kill Lincoln will support them on certain dates, which you can check out in full via our very own Facebook page (cross platforming!!!).

Amnesia Rockfest has announced its 2015 lineup, and it’s obviously really kickass.  How about The Offspring, Rancid, Bad Religion, Thrice, Story of the Year, Propagandhi, System of a Down, Tenacious D….and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Go look at the damn lineup, there are other solid names big and small.  Rockfest goes June 18th-21st in Montebello, Quebec.

Speaking of 2015 festival lineups, Warped Tour is doing their “a few acts at a time tease tease tease!” thing too, and of course you know it’s solid.

Absolute Punk mentions that Snow Patrol will finally follow up 2011’s Fallen Empires this year, and it’s lookin’ like October or November for the new album.  Good, good.

Did you see Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz win huge on The Price Is Right on Tuesday?  That’s awesome, he’s a big fan of the show so that’s nice to see.

Chart Attack’s latest “Now Hear This” feature has tracks from Speedy Ortiz and a Canadian supergroup called LIDS, with members of Holy Fuck, METZ and The Constantines.  LIDS’ song is called “Sarsfest” too, which is just memory lane: I grew up in the Toronto area like those bands, and it’s funny to think back to people wearing masks and being like “no I can’t come there or I’ll die!” when SARS was a thing.

NME has Dave Grohl being named the official ambassador for this year’s Record Store Day, which is April 18th.  Considering the Foo Fighters are on a current album cycle for Sonic Highways and Grohl is one of the great enthusiasts of music at its core, it’s a great choice.

Hopeless Records has signed New Jersey indie rockers Dryjacket, who are releasing their debut EP Lights, Locks & Faucets April 14th.

Finally – and this is even more ballin’ because we mentioned Thrice earlier – Billboard has premiered Dustin Kensrue’s new song “Back To Back”.  It’ll be on his sophomore solo album Carry The Fire, out April 21st, which follows up 2007’s Please Come Home.  Man, been a long time coming for both Thrice and solo Dustin huh?  Better late than never though.

Album Review: Yo Mama – Kiss You Because I Can EP

Indie alt-pop.  That is the sound of Eastern Ontario’s Yo Mama, as described by them.  With members from Ottawa, Perth, Pembroke and Kingston, the band features core members Shelley Montreuil (vocals/saxophone), Josh Hofmann (keyboards/vocals) and Brian Toth (guitars) and a supporting cast that rocks the drums, bass and whatever else they need.  Originating as an evolution of Tell Mama, who released a full-length called She’s Right in 2009 and were more jazz/blues/funk-oriented, Yo Mama have two EPs – including the latest which we’re reviewing here LOL – and a debut full-length on the way.

Kiss You Because I Can came out last year, and is a two-song, ten-minute “hey how are ya” of atmospheric tuneage.  The title track kicks it off and has a very catchy main riff  and a theme of “let’s be us and to hell with everyone else”.  It’s an uptempo, overall happy song.  “Let It Ride” is the second and closing track, and it slows things down and goes opposite on the subject matter, as Montreuil sings about longing for something that’s no longer, but ultimately what can you do but just “let it ride”?  The bridge has a cool mashup of spoken clips that really enhance the song’s theme.

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is an interesting listen because of the contrast: it’s not ballady, it’s actually something that gets you moving, but in a chill way. It’s more “sit back and bob your head” than “get up and rock out” – almost music that, in a live venue, would sit in between a soft-seater and general admission standing room show. Achieving that type of sound is pretty awesome, because it basically would fit with whatever listening mood you’re in.

Yo Mama’s so phat, their music could appeal to everybody!

…In my head that was a spin on the classic “yo’ mama’s so fat, in class she sat beside everybody” joke, but if that wasn’t obvious, go have a listen to Kiss You Because I Can yourself and ignore the misfire:

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Interview: Histories

One of the scene’s bigger story lines of the past couple of years has been the “emo revival”.  Emo – which in itself is a polarizing genre name – had its commercial peak in the early 2000s, but nowadays several artists are bringing that sound back to prominence.  Part of that next wave is Histories.  The Springfield, Missouri quartet was formed in 2012 and features Aaron Klimmek (vocals), Keaton Katzfey (drums), Grant Stafford (guitar/vocals) and Shon Tetlow (bass/vocals).  They have two EPs – 2013’s I’m Still Doing Well and last year’s Fri(ends) – and 2015 is set to bring their debut full-length.  Coming from an area that’s well-known for what they do musically, Histories has an immediate intrigue factor.

Histories rose from the ashes of Ambrister.  Were all of you in that band, or just certain members?

Ambrister was all four of us, plus one more guitarist.  We felt ourselves moving towards something different.  And what a lot of bands go through, we had musical differences, nothing more.

The Kansas City area has an active indie rock scene, including modern pioneers The Get Up Kids.  St. Louis gave us Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms and Story of the Year.  What’s the rock scene like in Springfield?

The scene of Springfield has really changed the past few years.  Bands seem to come and go pretty quick, and very few of them get past the local scene.  There’s been a lot of awesome bands come out of Springfield though.  When I was younger and started going to shows it was the pop-punk scene that dominated Springfield.  But now, I can’t really say what single genre is.  It’s all over the place, but it’s mostly towards the heavier side now with hardcore and metalcore, bands similar to that, and that’s partly because of the bigger promoters here and what bands they choose to bring.  So there’s very few bigger shows here that we would fit comfortably in.

After two EPs, you’re hitting the studio in the spring to record your debut full-length.  How will it differ – you know, besides being longer – from Fri(ends)?

We are shooting for 12-14 songs, we have a lot of material right now, I don’t think a length will be decided until we get there.  So far, our writing style has been pretty mixed.  Some of these songs were written around the same time as Fri(ends) so they lean more towards that feel.  But there’s also a whole batch of songs that are going in a little different direction.  Our spectrum has really widened.  We all have been through a lot of personal setbacks and other things this past year, along with living in two different states for the past few months, and that is really going to show on this album.

Emo and pop-punk have seen a revival the past couple of years with acts like The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Man Overboard, Transit and Real Friends.  Where do you guys feel you fit in the whole movement?

I am not really sure where we fit in the grand scheme of “genres”.  I sometimes think people get way too wrapped up in labelling bands that they don’t even care about the quality of the songs, they just want to put it all in the right category.  People have called us pop-punk before, and we got compared to Real Friends in a recent interview, but I personally don’t see that much pop-punk in our music.  We are all fans of those bands, but our music doesn’t show it.  I suppose we have enough “pop-punk” to appeal to fans of the genre, but there’s also other influences too.  I’ve always had a hard time labelling us to just one thing.

Your 1950s-inspired poster for the March 28th Outland Ballroom gig, and the “Missouri Loves Company” wordplay is pretty funny.  Whose idea was that?

Missouri Loves Company is actually one of the bands playing the show with us (ed. note: I r3ad p0sters g00d!).  Actually, it is the band that the other guitarist from Ambrister is in now.  We are all really excited to finally get to play a show with him again.

Besides the aforementioned, what does 2015 hold for Histories?

We haven’t gotten too far past our full-length, but we plan to play a couple weeks of shows right after our studio time in April and May.  The album will be released in the summer, and we plan to play as many shows as we can, and just see how far this journey can take us.

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Mashup Thoughts: Wednesday, February 4th

It’s time for another edition of “Mashup Thoughts”, where we take something on our mind that isn’t enough to justify its own post and put it with other things like that to make…a full-ass post!  “Mashup” like when songs get mashed-up versions!  Clearly award-winning.

Coachella has achieved a level of badassery that’s just crazy.

This is an older thought but I didn’t write about it already despite meaning to: Coachella happens in April.  Pre-sale passes for both weekends went on sale last May, and without even knowing who would be playing sold out in around three hours.  When the lineup was announced and tickets went on sale a month ago, the festival sold out in a record forty minutes.  Like, Coachella is cool – a huge, eclectic lineup in an incredible setting – but holy moly.

When you miss a tour and forever think “stupid stupid!”

Last year, Vancouver’s Moist put out Glory Under Dangerous Skies, their first album in fifteen years after finally reuniting.  Today on the radio I heard the song “Mechanical” from it, and was taken back in time: Moist was a quintessential nineties band and a huge part of the Can-rock, and alt-rock, heyday.  Back then they did a tour with fellow Vancouverites Matthew Good Band and Gob, and at the time I thought “what a kickass lineup”.  Now, did I go see them?  Nope!  Dumbass.  There are lots of great tours that I’ve missed out on, like all of us, but for whatever reason that one always sticks out.  MGB is done and Matt Good is solo now so this can’t happen today, sadly.

Every sports team should have a song written for them.

Songs can become synonymous with teams: one played after a goal, during the warmup, after a win, etc.  It’s usually a regular song that fits the mood – like the Chicago Blackhawks using “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis – but how great is it when a team actually has their own song?  It happens, like Pantera’s hilarious contribution to the Dallas Stars, but not often enough.  Imagine working with a local artist to create something for the in-game experience: it gives them exposure, and the team something totally unique to them.  Lovin’ it.

Twitter “etiquette”: don’t be butthurt.

Here my whole thing: I get it.  As someone who writes a music blog, took Online Music Marketing from Berklee and has worked in media for a decade, the whole “deal” of Twitter and social media isn’t lost on me.  But, maybe the TPS Twitter is a selfish account?  A follow for a follow is a nice idea, but doing it just to do it isn’t.  Lots of musician and industry accounts have followed TPS, and believe you me, they all get checked out.  But, if said account isn’t either 1) ultimately beneficial to the blog or 2) entertaining, I won’t follow back.  If the follower fits and could be written about, hell yeah, but often it’s some country artist or video game maker and it’s like “I’d like you personally, but The Perfect Scene is an alternative (rock) blog and won’t cover you.”  If that’s the case and you’re not making me laugh, sorry.  Almost all unfollow if they don’t get followed back, and it’s all good: they likely wouldn’t benefit from following either.

Basically, anytime you don’t get a follow back on Twitter, from anyone, don’t worry about it or take it personally.  TPS follows lots of music types that don’t follow back, it happens. Full disclosure, when the blog first started everyone got a follow back, but then I thought “why?”  I hope I don’t sound like an asshole, just being honest.  Twitter can be great for networking, but proper targeting is a key component too.  And, BIG LAFFS of course!

Super Bowl Soundtrack: Seattle (vs?) Boston Acts

It’s Super Bowl Sunday!  Super Bowl XLIX – or 49, because lord knows the National Football League is one of the last Roman numeral users out there – pits the defending champion Seattle Seahawks against the perennially contending New England Patriots in Arizona.  The Super Bowl is one of the most watched events in the world, and the kind of thing even non-football fans hang out with people and enjoy.  With that in mind, and because the cities represented tonight have great rock scenes, let’s grab starting lineups that you can theme your music listening to today.

 First, please welcome the artists representing Seattle, Washington:

Death Cab For Cutie


The indie rock stalwarts are putting out a new album, Kintsugi, March 31st and are doing so without longtime guitarist Chris Walla, who left the band late last summer.  Indie rock is Seattle’s musical calling card, and Death Cab are its modern flagbearers.

Acceptance

In honour of these guys reuniting for this year’s Skate and Surf, let’s bring them in!  The alt-rockers put out two EPs and one full-length, the well-regarded Phantoms, before calling it quits in 2006.  What will they do, if anything, beyond Skate and Surf?  Who knows, but they’re good and Seattleites so it works for us!

Amber Pacific

I think Amber Pacific are pretty goddamn impressive.  The pop-punks’ past while saw the return of original singer Matt Young and last year’s release of latest album The Turn.  AP is probably my personal favourite band from the Seattle area, so I’d be remiss to not include them here.

Soundgarden

Oh Soundgarden, from part of alt-rock’s early to mid-nineties heyday to your reunion and subsequent ass-kicking.  Featuring one of rock’s greatest frontmen in Chris Cornell and one of the more unique lead guitarists in Kim Thayil, Soundgarden brings it.

Modest Mouse

After eight years, indie rock darlings Modest Mouse will finally follow-up 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank with Strangers to Ourselves on March 3rd.  Founding bassist Eric Judy left and the collabs with OutKast’s Big Boi and Krist Novoselic aren’t on the album.  Listen to drummer Jeremiah Green’s chat on the Shit Show podcast for more.

Yay Seattle!

Now, welcome the artists representing Boston, Massachusetts:

Dropkick Murphys

Off the top of my head, there are no more vocal Boston sports fans in the scene than the Dropkick Murphys.  “Time To Go” is the theme song of the NHL’s Bruins, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” is a staple of local sporting events and the guys cheer loud for their local teams.  If we’re combining Boston area sports and music, you gotta start with them.

Four Year Strong

Hey a Bruins jersey….sports!!!  You want some punky stuff?  Here’s some punky stuff.  Four Year Strong are always good for catchy, energetic tunes, and last summer’s Go Down In History EP was their first release on Pure Noise Records.

The Appreciation Post

Alt-rockers The Appreciation Post have been around for several years, but not overly active in a while.  They did put out an EP, Slip Away, a year ago but even frontman Jim Keaney called them “officially a local band” on their Facebook page.  As he said, you get older, maybe get a “real” job, get married and all that and sometimes music takes a backseat.  No matter,  these guys are always a good listen.

American Hi-Fi

Since bursting onto the scene with “Flavor Of The Weak” in 2001, American Hi-Fi haven’t quite maintained the mainstream success their debut single got them, but have been doing their alt-rockin’ thing ever since…well, aside from how long they go between albums.  Their latest album, Blood & Lemonade, came out in September.  Writing about that didn’t at all ease my recent, random craving for fresh-squeezed lemonade though.  True story.

Transit

Emo revival!1!1  It’s been a definite thing over the past couple of years, and Transit have been a big part of it.  Their latest album Joyride came out in October, and their sound evolves each time they put something out.  You’ll find references to their home in certain songs, and they may or may not post about current events involving hometown teams on Facebook.

I really should stop saying “we could go on” because….d’uh, but of course any post like this is just a sampling.  So, whether you’re cheering for the Seattle Seahawks or New England Patriots, just like a good game of football or just like any excuse to find appropriate music, here you go.  Don’t forget about how good the Super Bowl commercials are too, unless your country’s networks say F THAT BABY.

Oh, and did you like the “starting lineups” comment from the opening paragraph?  Sports-themed gold!