14.8.06

This Is Fun!

howling bells

Okay, so this is exciting for me! Today, I am testing out Windows Live Writer, and so far, it seems like it's going to be great for me, and everyone else in the world of blogs! It's easy to use, easy to understand ... it's got a nice, smooth layout ... everything! But perhaps I should hold some reservations here ... you never know. I'll keep you posted!

So, a few bands here.

Kings & Queens is a pretty cool Nevada City (!) band. Every song is a "layer cake" ... old vox and Hammond organs, delayed guitars and some hot vocal harmony. That diversity makes them interesting. But I think the band put it best when they wrote, "[our sound is] so bright, so dark." Don't miss these guys.

And man am I feeling this group, the Howling Bells ... but they're hard for me to define aptly. We'll start with location! They're from Sydney, and that's a hot place to be from these days! As for their sound ... I guess I'd say that at points it edges on shoegaze, but often they've got this post-punk, Siouxsie-and-the-Banshees-inspired sort of thing going on. Crisp (my favorite), mellow (another favorite), and full of sharp edges. I like these guys a lot a lot.

And since it's all over the place, I'll post it, too ... "We're From Barcelona" by "I'm From Barcelona." This is indeed a great pop song. Who would have thought that something as annoying (sorry) as a sing along could be so fun and light and addictive.

"Love is a feeling that we don't understand/but we're gonna give it to ya."

"And we'll bring you love/you'll be one of us when the night comes."

Too sweet. Listen to it if you haven't already, and if you have, work on memorizing those lyrics, or something ...

Kings & Queens - Slow Motion
Kings & Queens - King's Theme
Kings & Queens - Coming Apart
the Howling Bells - Velvet Girl
the Howling Bells - Low Happening
I'm From Barcelona - We're From Barcelona

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