Song: “I Think She Died” (from the Don’t Wake the Sun EP)
Heard By: Mike Kong, Golden Hill
I think it was kind of a love song, a memoir. She was singing to somebody that she loved before who wasn’t there anymore, and this was something that happened in the past. It sounded like it was a special love, not just a frivolous kind of thing; it’s really from the heart. Right off the bat, I was, like, “this is kind of like Blonde Redhead.” Primarily, it’s a female vocalist, but there’s a guy singing in the background, too. Piano was the foundation, and then it was vocals, guitar strumming in the background, and a delayed electric guitar kind of swimming along in there, too. If they play out a lot, I think they could touch a lot of people.
Artist: Aaron Bowen
Song: “When the Fall of Rome” (from the CD The Supreme Macaroni Co. Ltd.)
Heard By: Eddie Miramontes, Golden Hill
I wouldn’t want to listen to the whole album. I kind of got restless towards the end. It’s like a throwback to folk music. It has a banjo in there, acoustic guitar, and a little percussion. There were also brass instruments, like a trumpet. I thought that was cool. The singer is Jeff Buckley-ish — really soft, pretty singing, except Jeff Buckley had a really big range; this singing got kind of boring to me. It’s not like real, true folk music where troubadours sing old folk ballads. It’s, like, boring, commercial music — there’s nothing innovative about it. The environment [for that song] would be Lestat’s. They play that kind of music.
Artist: Last 2 Know
Song: “Your Best Friend is a Beer” (from the CD Broken Dreams)
Heard By: Jacob Savary, downtown
I liked it. It was kind of like the Adolescents and Black Flag. The lyrics were about drinking beer at a bar and passing out; it was talking about drinking in a negative light. They used all the regular instruments a normal punk band would. They’re probably, like, a four-piece punk band. I liked the guitar solos they had in it. He was a good guitar player. They’d be a good band for the Warped Tour or something, but probably not for radio airplay. That would be a good song for skateboarding. It would be a good song to see live, too. I normally listen to punk.