Soft Cat - Sincerity
How can I not share new Soft Cat… They produce such a warm organic sound that it makes you feel like you’re at home, despite the fact you might be in some foreign territory, lonely, trying to make friends but no matter how hard you try it never feels like home. Over the past two years Neil Sanzgiri outfitted with the core of Soft Cat, Kate Barutha and Brendan Sullivan and featured members of other Baltimore bands such as Secret Mountains, Small Sur, Strange Fur, Wing Dam, and Weekends to further build their castle in the sky high above Guilford Avenue.
We are releasing the album on April 9th through Human Kindness Overflowing, a philadelphia based non-profit label that donates proceeds to humanitarian aids. 100% of the online sales from Lost No Labor will go to Whitelock Community Farm, a community supported urban farm in Baltimore, MD where I live.
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Judging by how busy Bradford Cox’s Instagram feed is getting (following musicians on Instagram is meta fandom, didn’t you hear?), Deerhunter are in the middle of making a new record, which we’ll probably be able to pick up this year. But while we wait, and in fact, before we think nobody can even come close to rivalling Cox and co., listen to this new Jackson Scott song.
I love Jackson Scott. I think he might be the year’s answer to Mac DeMarco. If Captured Tracks haven’t signed him up yet to do a record, they’ll regret it. ‘Evie’ is an homage to Cox’s overlapping, up-close-to-the-mic vocal delivery. But the guitar backdrop is super-sleepy, heavy on the heart and impossible to turn a blind eye to. Captivating, and intentionally ugly, ‘Evie’ is just plain exciting when it comes down to it.
SoundClouder of the Day | Annie Dressner | Find Me
Recalling the likes of Bright Eyes and Jenny Lewis, Annie Dressner’s poignant songs have a warmth and intimacy that makes you feel like you’ve known her for years.
Having recently moved from her home in New York City to the UK, Annie is currently raising money to release her next EP via a fan-funding campaign. Check out the amazing animated campaign video here.
We love the way she responds to comments on her songs, and leaves feedback for others. Great stuff, Annie!
Hear more from Annie at soundcloud.com/annie-dressner.
BLACK WEDNESDAY: Paranoid by Black Sabbath - Doom metal and black metal has seen its popularity rise in recent years, but where is the source? When I listen to those bands on all those “best of year in metal” lists, what I hear is Black Sabbath. The band that was roundly panned by critics in 1970 is four decades later considered one of a handful greatest metals bands ever and has influenced every genre of metal. Black Sabbath is the source.
As one of the greats, Black Sabbath also sports an impressive catalog of great music. War Pigs got a few votes as greatest metal song ever, and it is awesomely heavy and topical. It is amazing how it still sounds relevant and fresh even now. But there are plenty of others that could be in the running for greatest ever including Iron Man, Children of the Grave, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Sweet Leaf or Snow Blind.
However, my vote goes with Paranoid as not only the greatest Sabbath song, but one the greatest metal songs ever. That opening riff is so iconic. The groove rhythm is the foundation of practically every future metal song. All the more impressive is this was a throwaway song to fill up the “War Pigs” album. The album name was changed to Paranoid and the song was released as the lead single, becoming their only song to go top 10 on any chart until Psycho Man in 1998.