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Monday, August 25, 2014

Music Monday! Jeffrey Martin, DoublePlusGood, Roman Tick & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Jeffrey Martin's album Dogs in the Daylight came out on Fluff and Gravy Records last week, and here's the excellent title track, a lovely folk waltz dusted with trumpet and upright bass. It's Martin's voice and words that drive this one home, with lines like "A man is only a man until he isn't." This one sticks with you. Martin plays his album release show this Saturday night, August 30, at the Alberta Street Pub, where he'll be joined by Vikesh Kapoor and Hip Hatchet.

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DoublePlusGood go full Brit with this new one: "Words Fall Asleep" is a speaker-filling, multicolored lullaby with some '80s new-wave/post-punk throwbacks and some very 2014 synthpop accoutrements as well. This track's a beaut, with nocturnal shades outlining the Lite-Brite melodies. DoublePlusGood release their new album, You Can Master Life (on which this song appears), next month on SoHiTek, and the band plays a release show on Thursday, September 18 at Mississippi Studios.

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Salem band Roman Tick (get it?) have a new song, the winsome, rhythmic "Pretty Scary," which places crystal-clear guitars and cheeseball synths over a danceable beat. This track will appear on the band's debut EP, although no further details are firmed up yet, as the band's currently on a writing hiatus and is not playing any shows. That will change at some point, presumably.

More Music Monday after the jump!

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Here's the latest from Hustle & Drone, who've dropped another song from their upcoming debut album for Red Bull Sound Select (which is now also a record label and not just an efficient, horrible-tasting delivery system for glucuronolactone). Holyland comes out September 2, and here's "Evaporated," a slow-building, minor-key, electro-funk bumper that begins minimally before the group begins to color inside (and outside) the lines. It takes a good two minutes before it starts burning, but the falsetto chorus and arcade blips make this one a worthwhile listen. The group has a handful of shows in Arizona this week, and will play Bunk Bar on Tuesday, September 16.

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SOS, the Portland band formerly known as Shadows on Stars, unveiled a new one last week called "Dead or Alive," which is not a Bon Jovi cover, I'm afraid. Rather, it's a meditative, breathy slow jam that flirts with R&B, or whatever R&B is now, but doesn't turn up the heat too much on rhythm or blues or funk; it's a satin-sheet crawl rather than a dancefloor grinder. SOS play their hometown record release show this Saturday night, August 30, at Mississippi Studios.

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LISTEN: Dana Buoy - "Everywhere" (Fleetwood Mac cover)

We'll end today with a really awesome cover from Dana Buoy, who's doing a song I never much cared for: Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere." In Dana's hands, this is something else, as he turns Christine McVie's wordless cooing into a haunted, passionate "oh woh," bolstered by a thick synth bottom. This is passionate and fun and summery, everything you want from a Dana Buoy track, and without all the icky look-out-mom-and-dad-are-three-seabreezes-deep-and-feeling-frisky vibes of the original. Dana Buoy's playing this very evening at the Wonder Ballroom, opening for Sylvan Esso, but on the sold-out scale, unfortunately tonight's show is "hella."

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