Video of the Day #54: Austin Lucas

Austin Lucas’ new album A New Home In The Old World came out last week and it is absolutely wonderful. Hopefully I will find the time to review it within a couple of weeks, because I really love the album. The album was also released in Finland by Combat Rock Industry and Austin Lucas will play a concert at Bar Loose, Helsinki on the 14th of may. This is the first single Thunder Rail from the new album.

Austin Lucas Website

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Video of the Day #53: It’s A King Thing

New favourite band. Nowadays you can find new favourites in so many different ways. It’s A King Thing entered into my life thanks to a legendary band called Smudge. They asked people who like them on Facebook to post links to their own songs and It’s A King Thing’s front man Brian Mietz was one of them who responded. I hitted the play button when It’s A King Thing’s song was on my fb feed and instantly liked it. A couple minutes later I noticed their album Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo (that’s a lot of buffalos I’d say) was available for free download and that’s how I found It’s A King Thing. Was the story interesting? Well probably not, but their music is.

It’s A King Thing comes from the suburbs of South Jersey and names groups such as The Lemonheads, early Weezer as they influences. So it’s not a mystery that I seem to like them as well. They seem to love 90’s US guitar pop / indie pop and they actually remind me of all those great bands from The Lemonheads to debut-era Fountains Of Wayne and all the way to those more obscure but legendary groups like Räkärodeo favourite All About Chad. Old Hobbies is the opening track of that Buffalo album that came out last year (but vinyl will be available may 2011). The video isn’t anything that special, but the song is a wonderful two-minute indie pop song. If you love it as much as I do, listen to and or download the album from their bandcamp page. It is a very good album. I just listened to it twice last evening after the hockey game while driving home and I was smiling all the time even though my favourite team had just lost the most important game of the season.

Oh.. I have to add this little treat as well.

It’s a King Thing – Kira from It's a King Thing on Vimeo.

It’s A King Thing Website

It’s A King Thing at bandcamp

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Video of the Day #52: Bahamas

Well this one is a song of the day, because there’s no moving pictures. Bahamas is Finnish-Canadian Afie Jurvanen from Toronto. His debut album Pink Strat came out back in 2009, but I just recently found him thanks to his great Daytrotter session. Hockey season is in the playoff stage and therefore a song called Hockey Teeth fits the bill perfectly even though the song doesn’t actually have much to do with hockey. The song is magnificent and his voice reminds me a bit of M.Ward. Well done Mr. Jurvanen.

Bahamas at Facebook

Update: Just noticed that Brushfire Records will release Pink Strat in the US on april 19th and a new album should follow in the fall. So things look good for Bahamas and so they should be, because he seem to be a fabulous singer-songwriter.

Update #2:The earlier video has been removed, so I changed this to the live video of the same song. This one is again from the wonderful Southern Souls website.

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