Category Archives: Great Songs

The Deadline Shakes – “Sweeten the Deal”


The Deadline Shakes do not sound like the “Alabama,” nor do they sound like the “Harlem.” They sound like a ballsier version of The Boy Least Likely To. Hailing from Glasow, the band also makes me think of the rootsy folk rock that was super popular here in the US a few years back. Either way, their new single “Sweeten the Deal” is definitely a winner and you can listen to it below. Enjoy.


Be The Bear – “Bad Things”

Every so often I stumble across a song that hits just the right spot, causing me to fall madly in love with the artist. This is one of those songs. Be The Bear is an indie pop duo for Sweden consisting of singer¬†Christina Wehage and producer Mattias Bolin. Their sound is pretty hard to pin down, but here they get that Lykke Li vibe and completely run with it. ‘Bad Things’ builds slowly, but gets more and more enticing as it goes on. It might just be a contender for Song of the Summer 2012. Enjoy!

Bad Things by Be The Bear

Bear Cavalry – Maple Trail EP

Maple Trails cover art

If you had the Wombats collaborate with Little Comets, you’d get something pretty damn close to Bear Cavalry. The band hails from Gosport on the Southern English coast, and this excellent EP came out this last November. Like everything else in my life, I’m way behind in posting about it, but this will hopefully gives the group a little push well after the fact. Plus, this it the time of year to listen to it anyway…

My favorite track would probably be “Roman Summer,” as it has just the perfect vibe for the middle of a hot summer (unless you count the fact that it makes you want to dance, which could be dangerous in the heat). Also, the use of ska-tinged trumpets and peppy chanting over the other songs really helps the groups stand out from their indie pop contemporaries.

Honestly, the EP gets better and better every time you put it on. After repeated listens, I’m going to go as far to say that Bear Cavalry may well be onto something unique and addictive here. Enjoy!


The Ten Thousand – Juneteenth

Wait, is this actually genuine rock ‘n’ roll? In 2012? That can’t be right. This is unheard of. I must inform the internet…

The Ten Thousand are from Los Angeles and, based on this one song, I think we may have an unpolished, back-to-basics rock band on our hands. Yes, I know I’m being dramatic, but this song is pretty great and it’s worth repeated listens. It’s the first single from the group, and leads up t their debut EP Nobody Gets Hurt, which I’m sure will be out soon enough. Enjoy!

Juneteenth by The Ten Thousand


The Ten Thousand – Juneteenth

Video: OK – Lego

This song came out last year but, like many other things, I forgot to post about it. So here we are. I hope you like bouncy british guitars and puppets, because I sure do.

Fort Frances – “The Only Living Boy in New York” (Simon and Garfunkel cover)

My favorite S&G song, and most certainly worth a listen or two…

Video: Wyldlife – “City of Inbreds”

City of Inbreds cover art

I absolutely love Wildlife. Now I love Wyldlife, too. The band’s debut from last year is pure poppy garage rock goodness, and now it’s all over my iPod. This is an awesome thing, as the 70’s vibe fits right into that little retro world everybody occasionally needs to escape to. Between this and the new Free Energy album, I should be set for the year…

The video below is for the first single, “City of Inbreds,” and has everything that makes rock and roll great. Everything that makes rock and roll is namely attractive, tattooed girls. What can I say? I’m a simple guy. Enjoy.

Wyldlife – City of Inbreds