Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Excited (To Reach The End) of 2009? Here's one more reason! (Jon Mann CD Review)

What can be said about a band with a name like Surfer Blood? I'll admit that my first perception of the band upon hearing their name uttered by a friend was very different from what I can easily say is now my favorite band of 2009. Surfer Blood is an indie pop band from Florida's own Palm Beach and "Astro Coast" is their debut record. I haven't been able to stop listening to this album on a daily basis since the first time I heard it. The mellow melodies and soothing song writing throughout the album are unlike a lot of new music I've heard put out in recent years. I am a fan of the record as a whole, but the stand out tracks in my opinion would have to be "Take It Easy", and "Twin Peaks". "Catholic Pegasus" is also very much a righteous jam; I must say those deep/haunting vocals are very reminiscent of Why?, and they make me shiver every time I hear the song. All in all, "Astro Coast" is the must hear, must have, must love record for 2010. But don't just take my word for it, please check it out for yourself or you will all be sorry. (editor's note: is that a threat?)

"Swim (To Reach The End)" - Now available on

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast out on
Kanine Records January 19th, 2010

Surfer Blood, Bananafish, An Introduction to Sunshine, and Great Deceivers - Live at
Backbooth 12/13/09

-Jon Mann

Also, here is a link to a Kanine Records sampler. Thanks Kanine!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Looking forward to some of the Anti-Pop shows this weekend, especially hanging hard with Furious Dudes. They're playing Friday night at Uncle Lou's. If you like beer and hanging, you will like the band and the dudes.

I have some new stuff in the pipe for the blog. My roommate (Jon Mann) is going to start putting up album reviews here. Should be some good stuff. It will pretty much be all inclusive content-wise, but sounds like he is going to focus on local acts, Florida acts, and bands coming through town to play shows. But then again, who really knows.

Also, have a few interviews in the pipe: Will Walker, Tony Weinbender and also Chris Anderson. I've gotten some great stuff back from them already so I think their interviews should come out pretty well. Got some other interesting people I want to interview, if I ever get around to asking them. I should get on that.

Oh, and Municipal Waste (the few songs I saw when I wasn't working the door) was great. And, I really want to play music with people.