Moe Meguro

Moe Meguro: “Crosby, Stills & Nash meets Cap’n Jazz”

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I appreciate any Bandcamp bio that simply states “Crosby, Stills & Nash meets Cap’n Jazz,” yet Moe Meguro go the extra mile and actually pull off the description. The three band members are based around the world and each musician brings part of their home to the blend. My guess: Joseph “Jojo” Brandel, from Yokohama, Japan, brings the math-rock emo riffs; Bernie Gelman, from Austin, TX, brings the hazy drive; and Logan Bean, from California, brings the sunny pop harmonies. Extra points to the band for covering ‘Walls And Bridges’-era John Lennon with “#9 Dream.”

From the band:

“With band members scattered over six thousand miles apart across two continents and a name borrowed from the Japanese Olympic curling champion, Moe Meguro is a melting pot of disparate styles. The 3-piece band consisting of Joseph Brandel and Bernie Gelman on guitars and Logan Bean on drums (with all three members covering vocal duty) convenes once or twice a year to write, rehearse, and record music back on their home turf in the Bay Area, California. Over that short span of time, the band collaborates on crafting intricate, sonically lush music drawing from Beatles-tinged power pop laced with harmonies to hazy shoegaze and a bit of math rock.”

Moe Meguro: Bandcamp Facebook Twitter

Adorno

Adorno: ’90s emo and post-hardcore mixed with Portuguese Saudade

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Between 2007 and 2012, Lisbon-born band Adorno released twenty songs spread across two EPs and six splits, like a book whose chapters came out quarterly on the pages of a newspaper. And just like a book, these twenty songs tell the story of a friendship expressed through uncompromised emo that is not detachable from the political values it was born with.

“We will be aware of our own contradictions and we will make mistakes. Don’t need regret,” they sing on their sixth song, “Life. Love. Don’t Need Regret”. It’s only one of their many incurably optimistic anthems, sundering the band from the stereotypes of their motherland Portugal, often associated with Fado music and sadder feelings, and showing traces of their necessary internationality. In their first year, the band couldn’t resist doing a full European tour after just seven shows between Portugal and Spain. And the fact that now the band members live between New York, Barcelona and Lisbon confirms such spirit.

Though, when describing the band’s lyrics, optimistic might not be the right term, as they are more motivational in quite an hardcore-inspired way rather than plain happy. But the sonic framework is different, certainly influenced by ’90s emo and post-hardcore but made more exotic by the particular ability of the band to create their own personal style. Tapering rhythms and beaming guitars steal the show, while the vocals went from the coarse screams of their first EP to the hearty and amicable imperfection of their latest works. Add a little bit of saudade, the nostalgic/melancholic emotion that is typical of the Portuguese tradition, and it’s enough to turn Adorno into one of the most memorable emo bands Europe have ever seen.

Adorno: Facebook Website

Number Girl

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Number Girl was an acclaimed and influential Japanese emo band active in the late ’90s and early Aughts. The band’s second album and major label debut, School Girl Distortional Addict, came out in 1999, but it sounds perfect for 2016. Funny how certain albums come back into the spotlight with all these “revivals.” Read more on the band’s history via Pitchfork.

Week In Review (1/23/15)

Get excited for the new Toro Y Moi album.

What For? comes out April 7th via Carpark Records.

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Daniela Andrade does Childish Gambino right with this acoustic cover of “Telegraph Ave / Sober”

https://soundcloud.com/danielasings/childish-gambino-telegraph-ave-sober-cover

A great acoustic cover of a rap song is a beautiful thing.

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Another great Title Fight song to get you excited for their upcoming new album…

Listen here via Stereogum.

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…And another great Quarterbacks song to get you excited for the American Football-inspired emo revival (which isn’t a bad thing).

Listen here via NPR.

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Gengahr – “She’s A Witch”

How do you pronounce it? Eh who cares, I dig this song.

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Sharon Van Etten already rules 2015

As if 2014 wasn’t a big enough year for her. Hopefully “I Don’t Want to Let You Down” is an indication of a new album in 2015.

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The first album of 2015 that I love is a 4-way-tie between Viet Cong’s debut, Sleater-Kinney’s reunion, Belle & Sebastian’s dance-party, and Cloakroom’s shoegaze

Do yourself a favor and listen to all these albums (they’re all up on Spotify). The Sidekicks also get a shout out for their great new album that you should also check out on Spotify.

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Little Daylight – “Be Long (Twice As Nice Remix)”

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Imagine a less annoying, but still strange, Death Grips song that you really liked and you get Liturgy’s “Quetzalcoatl”

The Ark Work comes out March 24th via Thrill Jockey Records.

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Alex Winston – “We Got Nothing”

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I have no idea how to describe this new Ava Luna song but it’s so great and unique that you should really listen to it like right now

New album coming out this year!

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With a song this catchy, Allie X is allowed to make its music video as trippy as possible

But seriously, where do you get those glasses?

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If this song sounds like 1960’s garage psychedelics, it’s because this band is one of the founders of 1960’s garage psychedelics

The band that brought you “Strychnine” still kicks ass after all these years.

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The Rotaries – “Town Light”

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Roy English – “Julianne”

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