Tuesday, August 27, 2013

War in the Song Title

     Each of the songs in this post satisfies two requirements – the song must include the term “war” in its title and must be a song that we believe deserves much more attention that it is receiving. Some of the tracks have been part of earlier posts and some are being introduced to Indie Obsessive for the first time. The “war” requirement is an excuse for promoting the following songs or bands.

     Dan Mangan and his group are based in Vancouver, Canada. The other members are Gord Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and John Walsh. There are a number or reasons to enjoy "Post War Blues," but our favorite is the frantic guitar that is first used at the 1:14 mark, but then trails off starting at 1:30. The song is arranged and produced well.
     "Post War Blues" by Dan Mangan - A free download

     “The War” by Josh Record is about making a relationship work.  As this London-based singer/songwriter states:
Don't give up on me yet, I will give you what you deserve.
Though our arguments are many, and your eyes are always sore,
I promise you we'll get there, this war is almost won.
           “The War” by Josh Record

     Public Service Broadcasting is a musical duo, also based in London. J. Willgoose, Esq. plays the guitar, banjo, and other stringed instruments, while Wrigglesworth plays the drums and piano.  Both members take samples from electronic instruments, old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material in order to provide an interesting blend of something current for the ears and something historic for the eyes.
     "If War Should Come" by Public Service Broadcasting

Brown Shoe is a band from Folsom, California, a town well known in the music world because of Johnny Cash. It has become increasingly common for a band to include two brothers. But Brown Shoe has four:
Ryan Baggaley - vocals, guitar, keys
Bryson Baggaley - bass, drums
Aaron Baggaley - guitar, keys,
Landon Baggaley- drums
     If you like "Bloody War," you should look for more music by Brown Shoe. We recommend "Colt Rider."
     "Bloody War," another free download

We have mentioned Amason before:
     At least thus far, the best 2013 super group is Amason, Swedish-based musicians who have formed a Los Angeles-based band. The members are Gustav Ejstes (from Dungen), Amanda Hollingby Matsson (from Idiot Wind), Pontus Winnberg (from Miike Snow), and Nils Törnqvist and Petter Winnberg (from Little Majorette). Amason recently released “Went to War” and we were immediately obsessed.

     Finally, there is Frightened Rabbit’s “Home from War.” This is a band with a much larger fan base in Europe than in the U.S. However, the U.S. fan base of the band is as loyal as that of any other band. They  are headed to the U.S again, and we highly recommend that you grab the opportunity if one is available.
      “Home from War" by Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit - Fall 2013 Tour
7-Sep            Thrival Innovation + Music Festival           Pittsburgh, PA
8-Sep            Ryman Auditorium   Nashville, TN
9-Sep            Cobb Energy Centre            Atlanta, GA
11-Sep           The Fillmore Charlotte        Charlotte, NC
12-Sep           Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, NC
13-Sep           Iroquois Amphitheater        Louisville, KY
14-Sep           St Jerome's Lanway Festival         Detroit, MI
15-Sep           Orpheum Theatre    Madison, WI
17-Sep           RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER   Morrison, CO
19-Sep           Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
20-Sep           Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
21-Sep           Edgefield Winery     Troutdale, OR
22-Sep           PNE Amphitheatre  Vancouver, Canada
24-Sep           Union Hall     Edmonton, Canada
25-Sep           MACEWAN BALLROOM    Calgary, Canada
26-Sep           Knitting Factory Concert House    Spokane, WA
27-Sep           Knitting Factory Concert House    Boise, ID
28-Sep           Ace of Spades          Sacramento, CA
30-Sep           The Warfield San Francisco, CA
1-Oct              Avalon            Hollywood, CA
3-Oct               The Glass House     Pomona, CA
4-Oct               Marquee Theatre     Tempe, AZ
5-Oct               Santa Fe Railyard Plaza    Santa Fe, NM
6-Oct               Guthrie Green          Tulsa, OK
7-Oct               The Prophet Bar       Dallas, TX
9-Oct               40 Watt Club Athens, GA
10-Oct            Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
11-Oct            Culture Room           Fort Lauderdale, FL
12-Oct            The Beacham           Orlando, FL
14-Oct            Jefferson Theatre    Charlottesville, VA
15-Oct            Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
17-Oct            Kool Haus     Toronto, Canada
18-Oct            London Music Hall  London, Canada
19-Oct            Water Street Music Hall      Rochester, NY
21-Oct            Paradise Rock Club            Boston, MA
22-Oct            Paradise Rock Club            Boston, MA
24-Oct            Webster Hall New York, NY
25-Oct            Webster Hall New York, NY
26-Oct            The Stone Pony       Asbury Park, NJ
27-Oct            The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
29-Oct            9:30 Club       Washington, DC
29-Oct            9:30 Club       Washington, DC
5-Nov             Newcastle University          Newcastle, United Kingdom
6-Nov             Ritz     Manchester, United Kingdom
7-Nov             Anson Rooms          Bristol, United Kingdom
8-Nov             O2 Academy Brixton           London, United Kingdom
10-Nov           Southampton University     Southampton, United Kingdom
11-Nov           Institute          Birmingham, United Kingdom
12-Nov           Leadmill         Sheffield, United Kingdom
14-Nov           Olympia         Dublin, Ireland
15-Nov           Mandela Hall            Belfast, United Kingdom
16-Nov           O2 Academy Glasgow, United Kingdom
17-Nov           O2 Academy Glasgow        Glasgow, United Kingdom
20-Nov           Point Ephemere       Paris, France
21-Nov           Tivoli de Helling       Utrecht, Netherlands
25-Nov           Lille Vega      Vesterbro, Denmark
28-Nov           Radar Århus, Denmark

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