Shameless Begging

I don’t know if you knew this, but neither making music these days or writing about it is particularly profitable. Unfortunately, those our the things that I do, so I, am not very profitable. I want to be able to continue pursuing my passions and bring y’all music and music reviews, and I don’t have any current plans to stop…. But I could really use some money. Money would really help me be able to continue spending as much time as I do on music writing, and making music. So what am I going to do about this? Well, I’m going to start by begging. Well, asking, up to you. Dirt Witch Records is now accepting donations. I’ll include a form below, and there is now one at the bottom of the home page.


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Other than that, I’ve got a couple of merch items over at Band camp for sale here, with some plans for more. Buying the music there is also incredibly helpful. Thinking of putting together a digital zine, sell that for a small price maybe? Thoughts?

HI 5 9/9/22

I heard some nasty imperialist died, anyways, let’s talk about music!

Leo Sun-“I Don’t Wanna Be Strong”, September 2

LA “booty rockin cowboy” and songwriter delivers this dreary and atmospheric slow love bop. The mellow instrumentation really suits the vulnerable vocals.

Easy Sleeper-“Dream Prison”, September 9

“Dream Prison” is suitably dreamy with its clean and melodic guitar soaked with atmosphere and backed by low, whispery vocals. Easy Sleeper always puts out music that makes me want to go for a drive, and just cruise along.

Ghost Orchard-“bruise”, August 30

The constant drums are pretty up in the mix with this song, and it gives a really hypnotic quality to all the subtle instrumentation and whispery vocals that is quite satisfying. This cryptic song demands to be listened to on repeat to decode.

sleepyhead-“Hoax”, September 9

Sleepyhead really are a power duo; recording, mixing, and distributing their upbeat indie pop out of Manchester. Their music is relentlessly earwormy, and full of hooks. The acoustic start to this song is unexpected, but fits the song amazingly in their hands.

The Lounge Society-“Blood Money”, August 26

This track off of The Lounge Society’s Tired Of Liberty drives forward with constant, upbeat drums and a relatively simple but horribly catchy guitar riff. I love the chaotic energy of the song.

HI 5 8/18/22

CHRISTOPHER! Did you know Michael Imperioli has a band?

Bluhm – “Everything”, August 12

You can read the full review here. Haunting and understated indie pop. Love the reverby vocals and lyrical guitars.

Zopa – “Red Sky”, February 16

Another band I feel a bit late to the party on, with Michael Imperioli on lead vocals and guitar. Gives me strong The Velvet Underground vibes, love the deep bass.

Gogol Bordello – “Forces Of Victory”, August 16

Folk punk that is always super exciting, honestly this almost feels like a folk metal song, and I love that.

Permanently Pissed – “CHAT”, August 11

With the recent Bluhm review it seemed appropriate to CHAT about John’s other band Permanently Pissed. High distortion garage punk that doesn’t linger.

The Native Howl – “Sons Of Destruction”, August 18

Who gave these metalheads out of Leonard MI all these grandpa guitars. Native Howl continues to play dope ass metal on folk instruments making them one of my favorite groups in bluegrass right now.

Bogue Millionaires Digital Distribution

Howdy y’all. An update to let you know we will be digitally re-releasing music from Kyle’s college band, Bogue Millionaires. I’m going to go backward for this one, releasing their split with Radiator Hospital and then their first venture in about another 6 months. The music is going to be up August 14th (Kyle’s B-day).

I’d describe the music as high energy garage punk, with fantastically done lo-fi production and heavy pop sensibility. Bogue Millionaires songs hit you so fast you you can’t help but go back for another listen.

Bogue Millionaires was a garage rock/punk band in Michigan from 2009 to 2012. Members included Kyle Kehus on guitar and vocals, Alex B on bass, and Laura P on drums. Kyle and Alex were friends in high school and were previously in the band Goodbye Heffalumps together. They met Laura while attending Michigan State University and the three founded Bogue Millionaires. They released “Bogue Millionaires Play Selected Hits with Originals” in January 2010 and a Split with Radiator Hospital in August 2010. They frequently played shows in the East Lansing and Grand Rapids scenes. Kyle passed away in 2018 but more of his music can be found from his solo punk rock project, Kyle Kaos. – H. Hurst-Kehus

HI 5 8/11/22

The music keeps coming and it never stops coming. Like a pornstar I guess.

Loops & Loops – “Beautifully Volatile”, August 5th

More from Loops & Loops (and there always is, that man records). Dark and beautiful indie folk song.

The Greedy Beat Syndicate – “If You Want It”, August 5th

Funky and chill. Fantastic bass, love the snare sound.

Matthew Milia – “Keego Harbor”, July 16 2021

I’m completely ashamed to say I just got my ears on this album. I’m working on a review of this album right now, and this is the best off an amazing album. Thought provoking Americana.

The Mountain Goats – “Mark On You”, August 2

The final single (I think) coming out before Bleed Out (which I am obviously very excited for, The Mountain Goats have been my favorite band for like a decade at this point). I think I still enjoy “Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome” more, but I love how The Mountain Goats are introducing subtle and melodic electric guitar parts.

Cheap Teeth – “What A Feeling, What A Day”, August 11

You can find my full review at Rock At Night here. Highly dynamic, and lyrically excellent garage rock that feels like a blend of UK and American influence.

HI 5 8/2/22

Music? Music.

Red Scarves – DKHTBA, July 27

I really enjoy Red Scarves version of jazzy indie rock. This song is catchy and well written, with fantastic production.

Private Party – Like It Or Not, July 23

Ultra upbeat indie rock out of South Wales. I love the urgency of the song and vocals.

Trevor and The Joneses – Love It, July 29

You can check out my full review here. Catchy garage rock with hints of surf.

Easy Sleeper – Actuary, July 29

Another fantastic, chill single from D.C. emo style rockers Easy Sleeper. Love the low vocals and atmosphere.

Loops & Loops – Twilight, July 29

You can check out the full album review here. Fantastic ambient that makes you feel like you’re floating.

HI 5 7/25

Ooo, that’s a good one. HI 5 7/25 sounds good. Anyway. I write for Rock At Night sometimes now, so keep an eye out for that, and here are some songs for you beautiful people. Pulling some older stuff for this one, not enough releases to stay as ultra current as I’d like.

MEG/\DETH TEE – OH Lonesome Ana, July 15

You can check out my full album review on Rock At Night here. My favorite off the album. Adult emo with stunning lyricism.

In Nature – sleepyhead, July 22

I believe I’ve mentioned this brit-pop band before, and they deliver another wonderfully catchy and upbeat single.

Mania – The Hourlies, May 21

You can check out a full EP review here. My favorite off the album, great riff-based indie rock with punk energy.

But I Wanna Write Love Songs – The Indigo Curve, June 17

Done a full write up on this one as well, check it here. Highly catchy 2000’s style indie rock with Julian Casablancas style vocals.

My All – Daniel Lanois, July 22

A beautiful instrumental piano piece from the dude who did a lot of the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack.

HI 5 7/17

Long time no see eh? Well, I got a new part time job, and then Covid. So, woops. Anyways hopefully we’ll get back to some more substantial stuff soon, but for now I got some quick updates, and some picks with a playlist at the bottom. You checked out Birthday Boi Bash, available anywhere you listen to music yet? You should. Also, I’m working on another symphony. They are fun to write. Anywho.

Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome, The Mountain Goats July 11

I try not to cover larger bands here, but I just love The Mountain Goats so goddamn much. This song is fast, aggressive and catchy as fuck.

Meet Me at the Park, Sick Day July 15

Sick day continue to move up and produce great tracks as they do so. In fact this song got a little write-up in Under The Radar Mag which is worth checking out. Ethereal and chilled out this song channels dreamy pop with an underlying sense of unease and atmosphere.

That’s Life, Shoplifter’s Mugshot July 15

This folk-punker delivers a high energy tirade against our current wasted lives. The guitar is hectic, and the vocals are the perfect raspy folk punk angst. Topped off with some interesting editing.

Skeletons, Hunyor July 15

This is a song you play depressed in your room at 2am. Dreamy pop with good progression, and vulnerable passionate vocals. Also has a video.

Rome, Secret Tween July 15

An instrumental wall of sound off “Film School Boyfriend Disc Two”, I love the build this song has while seeming to stay in the same place.

But I Wanna Write Love Songs Single Review

Man I love doing single reviews. Hated being single though, damn I’m glad to be married. Anyways. We’ve got a new single from Detroit based rock band The Indigo Curve, But I Wanna Write Love Songs released June 17, 2022 and recorded at Rust Belt Studios in Royal Oak by Jake Halkey, with an accompanying music video directed and created entirely by Andrew Brumfield.

WHO ARE THE INDIGO CURVE. Off their socials

Detroit Based Rock Band

The Indigo Curve

But I dug up a bit more since they got covered in a quick shoutout in The Detroit News

Lineup: Ish Chowdhury, vocals; Adam Liles, guitar; Michael Liles, keyboard; Niko Kannapell, bass; Markus Kennedy, drums

The Detroit News

I listened back on their self titled EP from 2021 and I’d coin them as a 2000’s style indie rock band with elements of punk rock and psychedelic.

The single is addictive and high energy. It’s surprisingly dynamic for its length as well with a great guitar tonal shift from a crunchy, almost sharp guitar tone to a cleaner, reverb soaked and frantic guitar solo. The keys do a fantastic job at carrying these tonal changes throughout the song providing fantastic atmosphere. The drums help carry this dynamic feel with a switch from a heavy tom portion to a fast, cymbal heavy section. The bass is deep and has solid impact. My favorite element however, is the Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) style vocals which almost feel a little separate from the rest of the music, with a highly compressed and somewhat laconic vocal style that serves as the cherry on top to a superbly produced indie bop.

I’m not really a video critic, but I enjoyed the focus on intimate backstage style footage, and felt like it was really brought to life by the fast-cut editing and paper cut out animation style. It’s undeniable interesting and the song itself as I said, is a fucking bop. I mean, I pretty much always gush, but I fell like y’all would be pretty dumb not give this song a listen or check out the video. Definitely doesn’t suck.

Oh, and their playing at The Loving Touch in Ferndale tomorrow June 24th

The Detroit News Article

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Symptoms EP Review

There’s so much good indie music out there right now to review, holy shit! I need to go to shows, (damn social anxiety) because what I’m hearing from the Detroit seen is all fucking spectacular. Anyway, let’s talk about some of it. The Hourlies Symptoms. Y’all probably already know this because I don’t waste my time listening to bad music for negative reviews, I like it.

The Hourlies. The Hourlies? The Hourlies!

“The Hourlies are four Detroit scene vets that all reside somewhere in the space between garage

rock, blues, punk, and psyche rock. The result is blues guitar hooks, played at the speed of punk, with

just enough psychedelic chaos to keep things interesting”

Members include:

Chris Tomko – Vocals, Guitar

Benjamin Kay – Guitar

Jarrett Koral – Bass

Matt Maniaci – Drums

Previous releases include Signs in 2021 and Live On Site in 2020. The EP at hand, Symptoms released May 21, 2022 off Doomcat records.

I’d say The Hourlies do a pretty good job at describing themselves. Their music is heavy on riffs and solid guitarwork. They rebel yell and wind through hook laden, psychedelic rock songs. They sound akin to old school rockers with a punk edge like The Stooges or even a bit proto-punk like The Who. They definitely seem out of time like other local psychedelic rockers Sugar Tradition. The songs are dynamic and musically dexterous, grooving fully through the different movements. Symptoms is simultaneously very cohesive but displays a solid variety of style, from the super bluesy “S’pos’da” to the more aggressive (and superbly tasty) punky hook on “Mania”.

The production is incredibly listenable without feeling overdone or without charm. The guitar tone is fantastic throughout, feeling incredibly old school and deep. The bass is perfectly overblown and carries a nice heavy bass oomph. The drums stay in the perfect rock n’ roll pocket never overtaking the rest of the song, but keeping the energy up and providing a rock solid foundation to the dynamic songs. The vocals also feel old school, varying from a garagey/grunge kind of yell, or a more bluesy higher register, like in the song “I Got A Feeling We’ll Find Out” (which includes some fantastic vocal vibrato). The chops of these scene veterans is evident with soaring guitars over a rock solid driving rhythm section.

So, no surprise, I really dig this EP. I can’t really think of anything negative to say about, and I’ve got a feeling they’re gonna be on to my rotation, especially “Mania”. I’m super interested to see more from The Hourlies in the future. I’d love to see them really go crazy on a full album, maybe give us some ridiculous length solo’s a-la “Freebird” or some crazy pedal work, but hey, they know better than I. Go listen, go support. Doesn’t suck.

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Their next show is 6/17 at The Old Miami in Detroit. Check their FB for future shows.

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