Album of the Week XVI

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Hooray For Tuesday (1998) – The Minders

Hooray for Tuesday is The Minders debut album.  From any album from the Elephant Six Collection you can imagine this one is packed full 60’s influenced hooks.  This is no exception and one of my favorite from the E6 catalog.  There is something about 60’s revival music from the 90’s that really gets me going.

Favorite tracks: Hooray for Tuesday, Joey’s Pez, Yeah Yeah Yeah

The Family Tree Round Up

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The Family Tree – Radical Face

Yes, the Family Tree Trilogy is not over.  In 2015, Ben Cooper released ‘The Bastards’, a collection of B-Sides and unused songs from the other three albums.  Cooper has said there are even songs for the Family Tree project that he has not recorded. Some are sequels to songs we all ready have.  Uff. Just do it Ben.

I guess we’ll just be happy with what we got.

Album(s) of the Week XV (3/3)

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The Family Tree: The Leaves (2016) – Radical Face

Part 3 of 3. Yes, finally we have reached Return of the Jedi…I mean Return of the King…The Leaves.  Yes I believe The Branches was a stronger overall outing.  But this one has the biggest peaks.  Two songs in particular are probably in my top 3 from the entire catalog.  Those being ‘Everything Costs’ (which has an awesome music video) and ‘The Ship in Port’.  ‘The Ship in Port’ is of course in reference to one of my favorite phrases from a poem by William Shedd.

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ship’s are built for”

Yeah I am not sure if that is the exact quote, but it’s something like that.  Regardless this is a fantastic project and you should listen to all of them.

Favorite tracks: Everything Costs, The Ship in Port, Photograph

Album(s) of the Week XV (2/3)

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The Family Tree: The Branches (2013) – Radical Face

Part 2 of 3.  The Branches is the 2nd installment and a stronger performance then the previous (The Roots).  I mean ‘stronger’ in every sense of the word.  The first full track ‘Holy Branches’ is much fuller then most, if not all, or the entire first Family Tree album. That is followed up by the very strong, and single worthy ‘The Mute”.  Overall this is a powerful heart felt album.  From cover to cover the strongest of the trilogy.

Favorite tracks: The Mute, Chains, Letters Home

Album(s) of the Week XV (1/3)

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The Family Tree: The Roots (2011) – Radical Face

Part 1 of 3.  Radical Face, AKA Ben Cooper, takes on an ambitious project with the ‘Family Tree’.  This trilogy of albums tells tales of a family spanning generations.  You can check out a really great companion to the album HERE.  Radical Face’s website displays the tree.  Awesome story telling and awesome music.

Favorite tracks: A Pound of Flesh, Ghost Towns, Always Gold

Album of the Week XIV

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Davy (2009) – Coconut Records

Coconut Records is the solo project of actor (and Phantom Planet drummer) Jason Schwartzman. Davy, his 2nd album, is an improvement and more cohesive attempt then his first album ‘Nighttiming’.  Nothing is going to blow you away, simply 29 minutes of enjoyable light indie.  Schwartzman proves he is in a select group of individuals who can successfully pull off acting and music.  Many attempt…few succeed.

Favorite tracks: Drummer, Saint Jerome, Wires

Album of the Week XIII

13. Smile EP

Smile EP (2015) – The Royal Concept

 I know, I know this is not a full album.  However The Royal Concept packs in 5 ultra catchy tunes that can’t be ignored.  The Stockholm based group released one album and a hand full of EP previous to Smile, but the group is really finding it’s stride.  The chorus based vocals in each song, which I thought was just nice effect, is due to the fact that lead singer, David Larson, doesn’t enjoy his own voice.  No complaints here, but I dig the group vocals.

Favorite tracks: Smile, Fashion