AM & Shawn Lee: Outlines

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There are four other things done ASAP to keep a penny-paying gig and what am I doing? Listening to AM & Shawn Lee’s Outlines. When it started, it was as if you took me into what I can only imagine many compounds at Burning Man are playing on the latest Apple product, but by the end it was all about fusing two decades and making it work today.

Persuasion” was the electronic meets indie song that made that celebration of art and culture out in the middle of the desert come to mind. Then there was a shift right away with “Cold Tears.” With that, funk walked in and by the time “Again And Again” began, it was as if AM & Shawn Lee took the funk of one decade and mated it with the club scene of the ‘80s. The best example of the two coming together were the title track as well as “Afterglow.”

Being born towards the end of the decade that brought you Madonna and a love of neon, the only thing I have to go on with these comparisons is Vh1 specials and sitting in the car with older folks who lived then. With that, if you’re a fan of electronic music that has a funk feel that’ll make you move – check out AM & Shawn Lee’s Outlines, out now.

Milo McMahon: Who I Knew

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The Rock is on in the other room. It’s a show about football that I think eight people on the planet are watching, and two happened to be in this apartment. Instead of smelling what the wrestler turned actor is cooking, I’m listening to Milo McMahon’s Who I Knew to get a jump start on the week. I had to lay down for this one because straight up – it wasn’t something I’d personally want to get down to on my own. Instead it took elements from decades past and then found its way back into today – somewhere off the Silverlake exit, maybe even in some corner of Williamsburg.

Who I Knew ends with the song of the same name and seeing that it was the highlight, I wanted to note it first. It was the only one I could see liking out in the world. Like, hearing it play in a store, and tapping my finger to. Compared the the others, it was the one that sounded like the here and now. That leads me to “Caveman” and “All Or Nothing.” The prehistoric one could be the soundtrack for someone into herbal refreshments and coffee shops, while the other is a b-side of a Spin Doctors record. In the confines of only four songs, Milo manages to time travel with you.

A show about the business side of football has since been replaced by a video game about a father and daughter trying to survive some sort of disaster. While they strive to live, I’m winding down and ready to leave Who I Knew for those who’d appreciate it a lot more than me. If you’re a fan of indie rock that has psychedelic sparks, then this one’s for you. So check out Milo McMahon’s latest, out now.

We Do This: Fault Lines

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Last night I was submerged in a ‘90s coma as Sugar Ray and Eve 6 were on the stage as I sat on a poncho covered seat, sticking to it thanks to the humidity of California. You have to wonder how bands like that still manage to sell tickets, and then you see 20-year-old dudes loving every second and you wonder no more. Still laughing at their bro-down moments, I’m starting the week off with a chuckle and some indie pop courtesy of We Do This’ Fault Lines. This was the first time in a long time where neither the lyrics or the music took center stage. Both just played an even game and left me with a familiar sound in my ears.

Three tracks deep, the record starts with “I’m Not Going Anywhere” and right away the line “…almost died in my cowboy boots last night…” struck me as well, odd. You usually don’t hear about that clothing unless it’s from an artist playing that Stagecoach festival in April. Nevertheless, the song as a whole played like some sort of sad song from the b-side of an ‘80s smash hit. Then while “Admit Your Mistakes” offered up some sound advice, it was neither here nor there – placed rightfully in the middle. Lastly, “Don’t Tell Anyone” was as if you took a track from Jack’s Mannequin’s The Glass Passenger and mated it with something from Night Riots. Both are bands I’ve seen and this track felt like sitting through either of those bands’ sets. While one doesn’t tour anymore, We Do This can hope to hook up with the other some time in the future.

Fault Lines would not fare well with the college aged students who think Sugar Ray is a new band, but rather those who like their pop with an indie flare. If that sounds like you, check out We Do This and their latest, out now.