I’d like to invite you to chug a few cups of coffee and mosh your way through the morning while listening to “Mike Trout" as loud as your preferred listening device can handle. This track is a little more straightforward than our previous work, but I assure you that the rest of the record is faster, heavier, slower, more brutal, more melodic, more absurd, and entirely baseball-themed. If you’re a fan of any or all of those things, you’re gonna love it.
Holy crap. This is one hell of an album opener. I’m on my first listen of Lost Bees, and it’s outstanding thus far. I had high hopes for this one (because I loved No One Loves You Like I Do so much) and it’s safe to say that my expectations have been exceeded.
Also: If you’re a drummer and you needed a little revving of your inspiration engine, Chris Metcalf’s playing on this record should help you out quite a bit. I’m dying to get behind a kit right now.
PREMIERE: Kiven - "In The Fire" (Youngblood Hawke Official Remix)
I’m thankful and honored to be able to premiere the Youngblood Hawke remix of Kiven’s “In The Fire”, the second single from Kiven’s self-titled album.
The original version of the “In The Fire” is undeniably catchy, but Youngblood Hawke has managed to take a great song and make it even better, by turning it into a stomping, anthemic summer jam that has the potential to be timeless.
As for the album itself, I’m not about to try to put it into a box or assign it to a genre — because that would be a disservice to both the band and listener — but what I can do, is tell you that it’s heavy when it needs to be, delicate and atmospheric when it should be, very catchy without being mundane, and extremely diverse without feeling disjointed in the slightest. It’s just good, really good, and (if you needed further convincing), it was produced by former At The Drive-In drummer/arranger Tony Hajjar, and its first single “I Can Take It" spent nine weeks on the KROQ charts.
7/21 @ The Troubadour supporting Twin Atlantic - West Hollywood, CA
7/22 @ The Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
7/25 @ KCRW’s LA Zoo Roaring Nights - Los Angeles, CA
8/17 @ The Echo, Echo Park Rising - Los Angeles, CA
8/27 @ KROQ Locals Only Presents: Kiven & Night Riots at Hemingway’s - Los Angeles, CA
Huge thanks to the guys in Kiven and folks at Big Picture Media for the opportunity to be a part of this. I’m hoping it will be the beginning of a lot more exclusive premieres, interviews and content at Hermitology. Stay tuned.
I’m gonna be listening this new Hades EP for a while, and if you’re into dark, atmospheric, occasionally heavy indie rock with female vocals I’d suggest you check it out as well. It’s an awfully diverse and strong debut EP.
Favorite tracks: “Untitled Number Four” & “Thomas Cooper”
David Bazan has new music for you. It’s outstanding. (Of course.) He also has a new way of releasing his music.
Two new David Bazan songs will be released every month for the next five months. You get the download of the first release now and upcoming releases on the first of each month. Vinyl will be shipped a few weeks later.
I’ve been a fan of Braid for many years. Through chance and circumstance, Damon (their drummer) ended up being my drum tech for a bit of the mid-2000s, and Thrice’s tour manager thereafter. To be frank, I never felt good about him serving Thrice in either regard, because:
a) he is a far better drummer than I could ever imagine being.
b) I knew how great his band was, and knew that he needed to be making music, not babysitting a band.
c) he’s one of the best human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
Thankfully, he and and the Braid boys have reunited and made a phenomenal new record that I hope you’ll check out. You can do so at the link above.
The emo band’s first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.
My new favorite podcast, in which artists deconstruct their songs, layer by layer, and share details about their creation/inspiration. It’s been absolutely fascinating, informative and inspiring to listen to.
Each episode is outstanding and enlightening in its own way (especially the most recent one with Converge), but I listened to the Sea Wolf episode yesterday and really enjoyed it.
Get hooked on this. It’s well worth your time.
(Especially since episodes are roughly 15 minutes long.)
In this episode, Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf breaks down Kasper, a song from the album Old World Romance. He talks about his songwriting process, collaborating with his bandmates, and the evolution that comes with learning the difference between making something that’s good, and making something that’s perfect.