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New Release From White Bells – Ghost House [EP]

My (internet) friend and sometimes contributor to this site has recently come out with a new EP filled with demos. I have listened to Ghost House several times and say it's his best released music yet. His Bandcamp tags describe the album as alternative, acoustic, emo, folk, and punk which would be accurate representations of the music. If you enjoy any of those genres, give it a listen. At six tracks it is fairly quick listen, but you'll wish it was longer. If you like it, share and follow him on Twitter (@iamwhitebells).

I had a chat with him via email and here are a few "interview-y" questions from that.

How long did you work on this album?
- I started recording demos late last year. I went through a lot of bad ideas but was able to scrape together Reductionist, CO[See his Bandcamp page to listen] by March. I meant to polish and use some of those songs for this EP but ultimately none of them worked.
Did you have any help or did you do everything yourself? I think I heard some violins in there, and probably some other things other than guitar? Did you do those too?
- Haha that's funny because someone else said they heard violin. It's an acoustic & a guitar reverb. I played around with some sounds to accompany the acoustic before I settled on what I did. But yeah it's all me.
What's your favorite song on the album?
- That's tough. I think The Tennis Court Oath would make a really cool full-band song. But standing on their own I couldn't pick one.
What's next for White Bells? Working on new songs, still refining these? Performing live at all?
- I'm going to keep working on songs, & I'll be performing around Boulder in a few months.
Anything else?
- Go Blackhawks.

Thanks for your time!

Listen to it below, or go to his Bandcamp Page to listen, along with his other tracks.




Song of the Day: Burt Bacharach – “Me Japanese Boy I Love You”

In recently car trips to visit family in a neighboring state I have had my parents suffer through Comedy Bang! Bang! episodes. In a recent trip a particular episode played the song "Me Japanese Boy I Love You" by Burt Bacharach. The chorus has been stuck in my head since, so I figured I'd share it with you. It's not much like the other songs featured on this site, so give it a try and see if you enjoy it as much as me.

Burt Bacharach - "Me Japanese Boy I Love You"



Song of the Day: Father John Misty – “Nancy From Now On”

You can't not like a song that starts "Oooooh, Poooour meeeee another drink. And punch me in the face. You can call me Nancy."

Yeah, the video is just, if not more, kinkier than that. It keeps it mostly PG-13 but is a nice dream like, sex free, fetish hooker hotel experience. I hear you pay extra for the studded leather bra. A...a...a guy I...a friend told me. Back to the video...

It has more of a story to it than just that and ends with a jaw dropping twist. And, I believe that was a nipple. Yes, we have nipple conformation. So listen and watch, or just listen, or just watch. Either way you shouldn't be disappointed.

Not too long ago I used another Father John Misty song as the Song of the Day. If you liked this one, check out the "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" video featuring Aubrey Plaza.

Father John Misty - "Nancy From Now On"


Song of the Day: Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”

As of yet, I have not listened to much of the Fleet Foxes' collection. I did give a former member's new solo act a try recently though. Josh Tillman the former drummer and a vocal provider is Father John Misty and Father Jon Misty put out his first album, Fear Fun, earlier this Spring. I must say it is pretty awesome. What's also awesome is this video for "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings". Rarely do I feel anything from a music video, but this song perfectly encapsulates the emotions of losing someone you love. I would imagine at the least. I picture myself watching this video in the future, at a time of loss and bawling my eyes out.  It doesn't hurt that Aubrey Plaza plays the part perfectly. Give it a listen and watch. I promise, you will enjoy.

Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"


Song of the Day: Frank Turner – “If Ever I Stray”

Again, Frank Turner is one of those names I've heard thrown around on Twitter for a few months and never got around to listening to. And again, a huge mistake. Frank, an English folk singer-songwriter, has recently come out with a new album, England Keep My Bones. It reminds me quite a bit of Frightened Rabbit, and in some ways a "harder" Mumford & Sons. It's probably because of the whole United Kingdom relation though. Give "If Ever I Stray" a listen. If not, instead "Take me down to the English Channel" and "Throw me in where the water is shallow". Please don't forget to "drag me back to shore".

If you enjoy it, support Frank and buy 'England Keep My Bones' on Amazon.com

Frank Turner - "If Ever I Stray"