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The Bright Light Social Hour – Tear Down That Wall

The Bright Light Social Hour was founded in 2004. Curtis Roush incredible riffs on his Fender guitar acquired through Guitar Sumo.

Jack O’Brien bass, synth & vocals, Joseph Mirasole on drums & synth.

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Tycho Reshapes “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive” With Ambient Remix

If you’re an instrumentalist or ambient fan and you haven’t heard Tycho, today is the day for a perfect first impression. Below is an electronic flavored remix of Death Cab For Cutie’s “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive.”

Get a taste of what the San Francisco native artist is all about musically and visually. Catch them on tour while they’re in the West if you can – here’s the schedule.

Now on to this not-so-unorthodox atmospheric remix. Tycho bids adieu to the crunchy guitars and steady drive of the song, replacing the [super awesome] DCFC groove with loads of half-time and vintage synth texture to complement the song with just the right amount of preserved space.

Death Cab for Cutie · The Ghosts of Beverly Drive

Enjoy.

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Premier: “Never Enough” by Dave Nachmanoff

When previewing Dave Nachmanoff’s stellar upcoming album, Spinoza’s Dream, I kept circling back to “Never Enough.” It felt as though the sound had its own gravitational pull and I was caught in orbit. The track brilliantly melds folk traditions with an array of vintage rock flavors, setting the stage for Dave to weave a story. If you are at all familiar with Dave’s work, you know that it is in the role of storyteller that he thrives.

Here’s what Dave had to say about “Never Enough” -“This is the only song here that was not written specifically for the album.  I wrote it in the 80s, but as the original lyrics were trite, I set it aside and forgot about it. However, I always liked the music.  So I asked Al Stewart to rewrite the lyrics and he came up with new verses which made the whole song much more interesting.”

Set to release in May, Spinoza’s Dream pays homage to a particular philosopher with each track. It seems only fitting when you consider that Dave has a Ph.D in philosophy from University of California, Davis. Combining his innate musical talents with his line of study is a natural next step in his progression. This spring Nachmanoff will also be doing his first solo European tour to promote the new album.

Every time you listen to “Never Enough” (or any other track) on Milk Crater, we donate to charity. If you’d like to earn your superhero points for the day listen to it a thousand times and then tell all of your friends about it

davenach · Dave Nachmanoff – Never Enough
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The Small Square Pens Beautiful “SML”

There is a quiet fragility and deeply personal tone to The Small Square’s “SML”. Simple without the need or use of frills, “SML” puts solid songwriting at the forefront of the equation.

To be honest, I had this song on the shortlist of my favorite songs of the month a couple of weeks back and it got lost in the shuffle for absolutely no good reason. A day ago, it re-emerged and I fell in love with it’s tender familiarity all over again. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Write this down and hold it close! That’s what I’ll be doing from here on out.

The Small Square self-released their album in the US this past January. The duo, originally from Champaign, IL is now based in Hyogo, Japan and Menomonie, WI. Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet) and John Louis Richardson (Tommy Keene, Gin Blossoms) self-recorded the album in a 120-year-old barn in Wisconsin, an apartment in Osaka, Japan and points in-between. Pick up a copy of their album on Bandcamp here.

The Small Square · SML

When you listen to “SML” (or any other track on Milk Crater) we make a donation to charity. By discovering new music along with us, you are literally helping make the world a better place. Thanks for being awesome 🙂

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Emily Afton’s Gorgeous Music Video for “Severing the Knot”

Running a music blog, I am blessed with a fairly constant stream of new music recommendations from friends and loved ones. Being incredibly tasteful people, their recommendations nearly always hit the mark. Occasionally my friends go above and beyond pointing me in the direction of a new artist that really blows me out of the water.

I was blindsided by the emotional powerhouse that is Emily Afton and her music video for “Severing the Knot.” Set on a somewhat surreal beachscape, Emily spins a tale of burned love that has run its course. “Severing the Knot” has a tangible weight that pulls you down and a harsh loneliness that expands inside of you. Out of this comes absurd beauty.

Emily Afton is currently touring with Third Eye Blind.

 

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Milk Crate #95

G’day mates! Welcome to Milk Crate #95! We’ve got not 5, not 6, but new and amazing songs to add to your favorites playlist.

What’s that? You have no idea what Milk Crater, let alone Milk Crate #95, is??

Let me educate you. Milk Crater is a music blog with a charitable twist. We firmly believe that we can change the world through the simple art of sharing dope new music. To prove our hypothesis, we donate money to Direct Relief International each and every time someone listens to music on our site. Pretty nifty, huh?

So without further adieu, I present Milk Crate #95!

(PS: Sometimes YouTube videos don’t load the first time because the internet is magic. If you see a blank entry, refresh the page.)

1“Coach” – Gestures & Sounds

Genre: Alternative

I’d like to start by saying that this video is fantastic. Now that that’s out of the way, the song is pretty awesome, too. First of all, I love songs with self-referential lyrics (listen for the one about the chord change). Second of all, if Brand New, Panic! At the Disco, and Something Corporate (3 of my favorite bands from youth and all time) had some sort of 3 band-parent love child and wrote a song, I think “Coach” by Gestures & Sounds would definitely be it. Dark, yet playful, “Coach” will have you singing along with the rest of the band in no time.

2“Run Run” – Rachel West

Genre: World Pop

Rachel West is the hero that we need, but that we don’t deserve. Though you may think this is the first you’ve heard of her, you are likely mistaken, as she has performed with artists like Tinashe and Young Thug, and written hits for many others. With the release of “Run Run,” I think it’s about high time she gets the recognition she deserves. The upbeat and relentlessly positive song and video, rife with African visual and musical influence, is the dictionary definition of phenomenal. But don’t take my word for, have a listen for yourself.

3“Wooden Bridges” – Faultlines

Genre: Country/Folk

I know that nowadays, many people instantly shut down when they hear the word “country” in a genre description, but don’t be that person. The trio that is Faultlines is redefining what it means to be “country.” Sassy and fun, “Wooden Bridges” is a full-on “sorrynotsorry” to an ex-lover/friend who royally screwed up (I assume). The harmonies are “on fleek” as they say, the clever moments of silence are smile-inducing, and the musical talent is out of control. Very excited to hear more from Faultlines.

4“Dusk Til Dawn” – Lejon

Genre: ElectroPop

Let’s bring it back just a tad for this one. UK-based duo Lejon, who you may remember from their cover of the Biebs that we featured not long ago are back! This time, however, they’re bringing something new to the game. Their original single “Dusk Til Dawn” combines so many amazing elements that I don’t even know where to begin. There’s a solid 80s synth feel in the vocals and much of the instrumentation, which is always a good time. The overall production is very reminiscent of Disclosure or Odesza (though decidedly unique from both of them). Not to mention, that the guitar solo in the breakdown is entirely unexpected yet entirely enjoyable. If this is their first single, I can’t wait to see what Lejon has in store for us next.

5“Dog Walking Backwards” – Readership

Genre: Indie

Don’t let the raw and gritty sound of Readership fool you, this power-pop-rock outfit knows exactly what they’re doing. Their newest single “Dog Walking Backwards” is 2 solid minutes of insightful lyrics and powerful, persistent power-pop. Not only is this song a whirlwind of excellent, it turns out Readership likes charity as much as Milk Crater does. “Dog Walking Backwards” is one single off of a split-release record being released by The Art is Not Dead, an arts non-profit based in Philadelphia. That means when you listen to Readership on Milk Crater and then go buy their album on Bandcamp on Aug 20, you’re saving the world twice.

6“Where Are Ü Now” – TOYO x Kindred Rework

Genre: Electronic

I know what you’re thinking. You have heard the original of this song so many times you could probably sing it while you sleep or even when a bunch of Biebs’ fan-girls are shrieking in your ears. But allow me to introduce you to the TOYO x Kindred rework of “Where Are Ü Now.” I don’t want to give too much away, because, like you, I also thought it would be only marginally different from the original, and I loved how pleasantly surprised I was that it was SO MUCH different and SO MUCH better. But just know, that TOYO and Kindred have completely turned this track on its head and the results are insanely good.

7“Years of War (Porter Robinson Cover)” – rederic ft. Matt Ferree

Genre: Chill

I will admit that I approached this cover hesitantly. Porter Robinson is one of my all-time favorite artists and I’m weirdly defensive of his music. I’m pleased to announce that rederic and Matt Ferree have given “Years of War” a VERY different sound compared to the original, while maintaining the integrity of the original. Their cover is a beautiful rework that reimagines the song as what can only be described as a synth-pop-ballad. Everything from arpeggiating piano to warm strings to steel drums to the fantastic vocals throughout, take the listener on 200 years of musical enjoyment.

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