Beeswax: Indonesian emo greats return with new music
Of all the bands on the Emotion, No compilation, Indonesia’s Beeswax was, until now, the hardest to track down. Not anymore! Recently, The Display premiered the new song “The Loaded Ashtray” and announced that their third LP is coming out soon.
The Malang four-piece has a great sound very much indebted to the specific emo and alternative bands they cite as influences (Casket Lottery, Braid, Cap’n Jazz, Maggat, Mock Orange, American Football, Title Fight, Pswingset, and Texas Is The Reason, to name a few).
From The Display:
“It has been a long time since the four-piece emo act released any new material. But now the wait is over as Bagas Yudhiswa (guitar/vocal), Iyok (guitar/vocal), Putra (bass/vocal) and Yayan (drum) have unveiled a new single titled “The Loaded Ashtray”. The song which is the first offer from the band’s upcoming third album displays an equally saddening thought as any other tracks. With their signature twinkling guitar sound, [the band opens] up about the memory of those who are gone.”
Low Dream: Brazilian shoegaze greats finally comes to streaming
Low Dream, one of the best Brazilian shoegaze bands you’ve probably never heard of, is finally on streaming services. My personal favorite is their second record, ‘Reaching for Balloons,’ which best captures the band’s love of Jaguar guitars, lust, and the Velvet Underground.
From Midsummer Madness:
“The two albums, the first demo and a compilation of extras [are] re-released for streaming platforms. Available in digital format here in mmrecords since 2001, ‘Dreamland’ (the demo), ‘Between My Dreams & the Real Things’ (1st album), ‘Reaching for Balloons’ (2nd album) and the compilation ‘Soundscapes'”
Cienfue: “a smoke-filled tour of eighties influences and tropical neon leisure rays”
Cienfue is a Panama artist who makes the perfect beach music for college-me who used to go somewhere warm for spring break.
“‘Mounstro’ comes from collaborations between Rasta Lloyd, a prolific urban reggae producer in Panama, Makako and Cienfue. Cienfue’s fourth full-length studio album is a smoke-filled tour of eighties influences and tropical neon leisure rays.”
What makes a great guitar solo? Is it how fast or flashy it is, or how slow and soulful it is? Does it sound like a voice that you could sing to, telling its own story? Does it start small but then crescendos into a colossal showcase of talent and emotion? Solos are great for different reasons, but the one thing all great solos have is soul. The following solos are my favorites, and they’re each here for different reasons. These aren’t necessarily the best solos I’ve ever heard, but each solo here has soul and shows what can happen when an talented guitarist is in harmony with his instrument.
The Beatles – “Something” (Guitar Player: George Harrison)
Jimi Hendrix & The Band Of Gypsys – “Machine Gun” (Guitar Player: Jimi Hendrix)
Wilco – “Impossible Germany” (Guitar Player: Niles Cline)
John Mayer – “Covered In Rain” (Guitar Player: John Mayer)
Led Zeppelin – “Heartbreaker” (Guitar Player: Jimmy Page)
Prince – “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” (Guitar Player: Prince)
Steely Dan – “Kid Charlemagne” (Guitar Player: Larry Carlton)
Sublime – “Santeria” (Guitar Player: Brad Nowell)
The White Stripes – “Ball And Biscuit” (Guitar Player: Jack White)
Pink Floyd – “Money” (Guitar Player: David Gilmour)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Midnight in Harlem” (Guitar Player: Derek Trucks)
Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing” (Guitar Player: Mark Knopfler)
Were there any that I miss? Comment below or hit me up on twitter @HeadfoneNation
And before you say anything, Yes, “Stairway to Heaven” was denied from this list. Sorry Wayne.