Monday, February 4, 2019

Mind Spiders - Deserve

Let’s get back on the Vehement Flame bandwagon, shall we? It’s been awhile, but I’m going to try and post at least 2 or 3 times a week. I created a Google Music playlist for the’s Favorite Indie Pop and Rock Albums, as I had missed creating my usual monthly playlist for a few months during the summer. It didn’t really add to much to my own list of top singles but there were a few additions. One of them was from the Mind Spiders’ January release, Furies. Oddly enough, this “Best of 2018” release didn’t even make their own Editors Choice list for January 2018!
Mind Spiders seems to be the work of mostly one man, Mark Ryan. According to the Dirtnap Records Bandcamp page for the album “Furies is their most electronic album yet”. The nice driving beats really9 get my feet a-tappin and I really enjoyed several of the cuts on it. A good example is Never Like That:

But I think my favorite cut is the short, pulsing, driving Deserve:

I’ll be looking for more from Mr. Ryan in the future!

Friday, June 29, 2018

illuminati hotties - Patience

Illuminati Hotties is a project of LA artist Sarah Tudzin and I just love their sound. Once again, jangly guitars and a slow burn through Patience grabbed my attention the first time I heard it. Not sure she’ll ever get out east, but man, I bet she puts on a great show. Their first full length, Kiss Yr Frenemies just came out and you can bet I will be listening to the rest of the songs!


Friday, June 22, 2018

St. Vincent - Fast Slow Disco

I’ve always been a big fan of St. Vincent (Annie Clark). Her 2009 album Actor brought her to my ears and she has never left. Last year’s Masseduction was fantastic. She recently released a remake of the song Slow Disco from that album and wow, is it hot, in more ways than one! She brings a sultry disco beat and a steaming hot video for it. She is just so talented!

Original Slow Disco:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Indian Queens - Pretty Little Things

Indian Queens is a dark, gothic, atmospheric indie band from East London. I guess they have been doing a few big shows, like Robert Smith’s curated 2018 Meltdown show. I really like the sweeping vocals, big guitars and catchy riff from this tune, Pretty Little Thing :

As well as the more ethereal Us Against The World:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In This Moment - Black Wedding

Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t posted a song from one of my albums of 2017! I’m not really much of a head banger, but every year there are one or two pretty hard core metal albums that get to me. Last year, it was definitely New York rockers In This Moment’s Ritual. It starts off with some intense big drums, chanting and gonging bells on Salvation, seques into one of the finest rockers from all of year with Oh Lord, then into a weird homage to Billy Idol’s White Wedding called, not surprisingly, Black Wedding. Then we get the dark and brooding cover of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight. Wow - what a run!
Here’s a fantastic version of Black Wedding. To show you how little I know of the heavy metal scene, the song title says “(feat. Rob Halford)” and I didn’t even know that he is the lead singer of Judas Priest! But he shows up in this live video for Loudwire Music Awards. But be sure to check out the rest of the album. It’s fantastic! Wish I could see them in concert but I think my head banging concert days are over (if, in fact, I ever had them!).

Monday, March 26, 2018

Elizabeth and the Catapult - Underwater

Keepsake by Elizabeth and the Catapult
Elizabeth and the Catapult focus on the songwriting skills of frontwoman Brooklynite Elizabeth Ziman. Her indie folk/pop style really sounds great, especially when she is bopping along at a good tempo. I am enjoying her 2017 release, Keepsake, where she puts her classical piano training and film scoring techniques to effective use. I really love the infectious Underwater:

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thievery Corporation - Voyage Libre

Here is a great new tune from Thievery Corporation’s upcoming release Treasures from the Temple. Their 2008 release Radio Retaliation is one of my all time favorite albums and I always love to hear new songs from them. This song is called Voyage Libre and I dare you to keep your toes from tapping:
And here's a couple of my favorite songs from Radio Retaliation
Hare Krsna:
And my mostest favorite, Sweet Tides: