The Thermals


The Thermals – What else can I say besides that these guys are the best example of what it is to be Sub Pop right now. Tragically, that means that they’re one step behind the innovators of the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sub Pop more than any other label with the possible exception of Kill Rock Stars and I definetely dig The Thermals, but they really have no big surprises to offer. Now having said that, The Thermals are a three-piece from Portland, Oregon. I’d liken their song structure to those by The Honorary Title and their laid back vocals seem to channel early Apples in Stereo. Check ’em out if you’ve got the time. I’m sure you won’t be let down.

How We Know
Stare Like Yours
No Culture Icons

The Thermals


The Thermals – What else can I say besides that these guys are the best example of what it is to be Sub Pop right now. Tragically, that means that they’re one step behind the innovators of the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sub Pop more than any other label with the possible exception of Kill Rock Stars and I definetely dig The Thermals, but they really have no big surprises to offer. Now having said that, The Thermals are a three-piece from Portland, Oregon. I’d liken their song structure to those by The Honorary Title and their laid back vocals seem to channel early Apples in Stereo. Check ’em out if you’ve got the time. I’m sure you won’t be let down.

How We Know
Stare Like Yours
No Culture Icons

Screaming Trees


Admit it. You’ve got a soft spot in your indie heart for Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Sure they’re overplayed, trite, and Nirvana is one of the most overrated bands ever… but they’re GOOD. Anyways, Screaming Trees were around for the grunge “revolution” of the 90s, but they weren’t cookie cutter copies of all the other successful bands. I recently found a copy of their album Dust and was blown away. Imagine alt-rock guitars with the good kind of grunge vocals (like Lane Staley) and you’ve got a small idea of what this band is like. Sadly, I’m in a computer lab waiting for my CHE 107 class to start so I couldn’t find TOO many tracks of these guys. I’ll try to look them up again later tonight.

ESK
Song of a Baker
Nearly Lost You

Screaming Trees


Admit it. You’ve got a soft spot in your indie heart for Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Sure they’re overplayed, trite, and Nirvana is one of the most overrated bands ever… but they’re GOOD. Anyways, Screaming Trees were around for the grunge “revolution” of the 90s, but they weren’t cookie cutter copies of all the other successful bands. I recently found a copy of their album Dust and was blown away. Imagine alt-rock guitars with the good kind of grunge vocals (like Lane Staley) and you’ve got a small idea of what this band is like. Sadly, I’m in a computer lab waiting for my CHE 107 class to start so I couldn’t find TOO many tracks of these guys. I’ll try to look them up again later tonight.

ESK
Song of a Baker
Nearly Lost You

Bright Eyes in Columbus


Bright Eyes – Conor and the crew put on about the best show of my life. While the setlist was a little bit of a letdown, even the songs I’d never heard were wonderful. On a side note, my friend and I snagged Conor’s autograph by way of the nice girls in Tilly and the Wall (who will be getting their own post soon enough). I highly suggest buying both of Bright Eyes’ new albums. To urge you along, here’s a rare little track that he played for us. He said that it was fitting to play this song since Ohio was “where it all went down.” If you can’t tell by the name, it’s anti Bush. The track is both endearing and good. He messes up on one of the verses and starts over. Enjoy.

When the President Talks to God (live)
(note: this track is not from the Columbus show. I don’t know from what concert it was taken)