polaris-rose-oceansongs-reviewThere are people in my life who’ve abandoned the sun of California for damper and colder climates and I’ll never understand why. This state is a dream with every landscape there and while we don’t have traditional weather, we do have bands like Polaris Rose. They’ve managed to capture the laid back ways, the sun rays and the demure of the Golden state on their album, OceanSongs.

While we don’t have hurricanes on the west coast, “Hurricane” is a treat. It’s like a case of indie pop derived from the ‘90s. It packs a punch in the most innocent kind of way. It sits atop the rest but not without the tenderness of “OceanEnding” far behind. Polaris Rose’s Peter Anthony and Madelynn Elyse like to give audiences a range of dynamics and those two tracks were the ones that played well for me, but I wasn’t too keen when it came to “Goddess.” It kept getting stuck in my head, but I’m not sure that means I was digging it. Maybe because the music on that one was a big harsher than the rest…

California is a spacious state with so many nooks and crannies to get lost in, but if you want to hear just a piece of what it’s like to live here…check out Polaris Rose – multifaceted, laid back and a bit of a spark when need be. You can grab their new album, OceanSongs, out now.

wrapped-in-the-covers-blind-melon-no-rainWith tomorrow marking the 27th year I’ve been breathing, this week’s choice is based on my favorite song. Blind Melon’s “No Rain” has yet to be topped on my list ever since I heard it when I was little and first seen that little bee girl. It embodies the spirit of the ‘90s while shining a light on individuality – two big reasons it’ll forever cause a smile to appear on my face when it plays. So below are some of the best covers I found while digging through YouTube this week. Hope you enjoy!

Connor Zwetsch

Meg & Dia

Shawnis Maximus

The Barefoot Movement

Melissa Harding

sledding-with-tigers-a-necessary-bummer-reviewAt first I was iffy, thinking Sledding With Tiger’s A Necessary Bummer was going to be like that uber-weird hipster stuff my best friend and her boyfriend thinks is magical (love you guys, but I can’t with that), but alas as the songs unraveled I came to appreciate the way this indie, folk yet punkish record played. Plus, any record that shouts out Limp Bizkit in any way shape or form is one I can fully support.

From the get go you were introduced to folk music being played on an indie landscape with lyrics that matched that of an self conscious kid just trying to figure shit out. It was like if you transplanted some of The Wonder Years’ earlier songs into a new musical layout. I loved and attached myself to the self-doubt of “Never Really Good At Sports” and “National Public Radio,” but it was “Not So Body Posi After All” that really did it for me. A Necessary Bummer could’ve been this song 10 times and it’d still would’ve been great to me. The idea of self image is something that’s not talked about in this light too often, so it’s nice to hear that self consciousness in song.

Aside from the tracks that made you reflect and connect, there were some that were just plain adorable. Anyone who’s ever watched Victorious (I was not too old for it, don’t hate) will agree that Matt Bennett could’ve written “Handshake (Never Trust Relationship Advice From The Lead Singer In A Pop-Punk Band).” The same goes for “I Got The Blues Macaroni And Cheese” and “Oh, Right. Damn, It.”

It’s been a minute since I’ve enjoyed a record as much as I have this one, so while I’m noting this for my end of the year list – make sure you get in tune with Sledding With Tigers and check out A Necessary Bummer right now because it’s out for your listening pleasure on Antique Records. I’m serious, waiting any longer will be bad for your health.