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happy-diving-big-world-reviewIt’s a chilly Friday afternoon in LA and…I hate it. I’m not a fan of cold weather and I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before – but it doesn’t make you deep and shit if you love the rain. Anyways, as I used the oven after cooking nuggets for warmth I listened to Happy Diving’s Big World and liked it as much as I like the rain. It just wasn’t my cup of water (I am not a tea drinker).

Okay, so not everything on Big World was a bust. I did think “Always Noon” and “Sad Planet” were alright. Why wasn’t I feeling this one though? Well it was a bit too fuzzy rock for me. I love when the vocals are crisp and clear – it makes it easier for me to pay attention. When I have to trudge through mud to get to them; not cool. Who I do think songs like “Small World” and “Weird Dream” are for though is people who are very technical when it comes to instrumentation and the creation of the song; studio junkies. I am not one of those people.

So while Happy Diving is like musical rain to me, you might be the type of person who enjoys hearing the sound of water outside. If that’s the case and if you like Ovlov and Cloud Nothings, then you need to do yourself a favor and check out Big World, out now on Father/Daughter records.

rkvc-christmas-reviewChristmas music isn’t on top of my list of needs. This is a weird fact since I love this time of year and my second favorite movie of all time is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. However, you can’t help but to sometimes be swept up in a jingle or a jam because well, tis the freaking season, right? So an old friend came to be with his latest project so I gave it a go. I have to admit that some of RKVC’s Christmas did make me smile.

Right off the bat, I have to say some of these songs sounded like when you go to a church function and they are trying to get the kids into things so they modernize old songs and make them a bit more pop. That’s what I felt like with “O Holy Night” and “Hark The Herald Angel Sings.” While I couldn’t help but feel like I was at a service held by a hip youth minister with those, I did enjoy some odes to classics with a twist; “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” and “12 Days of Ex-Mas” were both clever and entertaining. The cherry on top of this mistletoe (are those cherries…berries?), was “The Good Life (Christmas Version).” It could be summed up with one word – intoxicating.

If you’re a fan of pop music BUT are a sucker for Christmas music, then you have to check out this record. If you hate everything merry and whatnot, you may want to skip it because it may be a bit too much for you, but hey you never know. It could turn your Scrooge ways around. So make sure to check out RKVC’s Christmas, available now.

defeat-the-low-a-nervous-smile-reviewAnother week has started and I have yet another new album for you to take in. Defeat The Low’s A Nervous Smile was reminded me of a band that I’m too old for but at the same time gave me a little reminder of a band I love to see any chance I can; Finch. Only there weren’t an excessive amount of lyrics about pictures and skillful screaming. It was more all around rock record.

Kicking things off was “Swordfish.” The lyrics were on point, but I’m not sure what an aquatic animal had to do with anything. I found a little musical solace in “Clarity” as “I may never understand” was a simple yet defining line of that song and to me as I laid on the couch all morning wondering about the point of my existence. When “Simple City” started I was for sure it was some sort of b-side of a Story So Far record but then it was clear it wasn’t a song about an ex being a whore and it found its own footing. While that was The Story So Far, “In Formation” was the one that made me think of Finch a bit. However, when it came down to my favorite, it was the not so ironically titled “Instrumental.” You have to love it because it is what it is.

If you’re into bands like Alive Like Me and Sleepwave, you will want to check out this record. Then when you definitely like what you hear, you’ll want to get tickets to their tour with Dance Gavin Dance and Secrets. You can get your copy of Defeat The Low’s A Nervous Smile, out now on Rise Records.

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