Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Two Of The Best Reissues Of 2014 Involved The Posies

The folks out in L.A. at Omnivore Recordings keep doing an amazing job at getting wonderful music out to the public. In 2014 they upped their game and in the process of cranking out so many great reissues let 2 more slip out to appreciative audiences: Big Star - Live in Memphis and Failure by The Posies. Both records involve Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow from The Posies.

Big Star's Live in Memphis captures an early Nineties moment when a version of the band was touring and getting the attention that the band had always deserved. A line-up of Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, and the 2 dudes from The Posies was hitting the road, playing TV shows, and trotting out a sort of "greatest hits" set of Big Star cuts. I say that not to diminish what is here but to say that you will be rewarded with this album if you love songs like "The Ballad of El Goodo" as much as I do. On this record it sounds like you're hearing Big Star in a small club and the cuts seem more intimate than those that are on the Columbia (1993) live CD that you probably already have. For that reason, I'd say that you should grab this disc on the format of your choosing. There's also a DVD of this performance as well.

The other Posies-related reissue of note is the re-release of an expanded version of The Posies' debut Failure from 1988. Also out now on Omnivore Recordings, the disc is a delight. I'm one of those guys who got Dear 23 when it was new and never quite jumped on-board with this earlier Posies stuff. Once "Dream All Day" dropped, I probably didn't look back to a time when The Posies were more melodic and not as loud. Failure is a genuine pleasant surprise and I feel silly now for not having this record in my collection so long ago.

Produced by Scott McCaughey from Young Fresh Fellows, Failure should have been a huge, huge hit when it was released. I'm sure this reissue will rectify that problem and get this record into the hands of fans who will enjoy it as much as I did.

This debut from The Posies more than anything makes one thing clear: it was an absurd marketing gesture to ever lump these cats in with the grunge movement. Just being in the same region didn't make these guys Mudhoney, you know? And that whole misguided marketing movement in the early Nineties robbed a lot of people of a chance to hear music this tuneful and beautiful. More than on any other Posies release, Auer and Stringfellow bring out the big hooks here. If the tunes on Frosting on the Beater (1993) edged the band closer to Cheap Trick, than the ones here on Failure put them closer to The Byrds, or even Aztec Camera.

"Believe in Something Other Than Yourself" skates by on acoustic hooks. The giddy vibes of the cut, at odds a bit with the lyrics, make this a sort of template for what The Posies would do so well for so many years. "At Least For Now" echoes stuff from The dB's, while "Paint Me" is a big, big tune hidden in understated production. That is not a slight but a reminder of what strong masters of songcraft Auer and Stringfellow were before the amps got turned up and they got lumped in with the grunge wave. Listen to album closer "What Little Remains" and you'll see what I mean. A foreshadow of what bands like Jellyfish would do a few years later, the song is a marvelously catchy and bright slice of indie pop.

And if that wasn't enough to convince you to get this one -- maybe you already have the old edition of this album on CD? -- here's the lowdown on the bonus cuts on this edition of Failure:

"Believe in Something Other 
(Than Yourself)" (Live)
"I May Hate You Sometimes" (Demo)
"Paint Me" (Demo)
"Like Me Too" (Demo)
"Alison Hubbard" (Instrumental)
"After Many a Summer Dies the Swan" (Instrumental)
"Blind Eyes Open" (Instrumental Demo)
"At Least for Now" (Instrumental Demo)

That's a lotta cool bonus cuts, eh? Failure by The Posies is a real treasure. If you like "My Big Mouth" you're sure to love these unabashedly catchy tunes from The Posies. And those bonus tunes only sweeten the deal.

Big Star - Live in Memphis and Failure by The Posies are both available from Omnivore Recordings. Get them now.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In Which History Repeated (John Stabb of Government Issue) and El Quatro Rock IOTA In Arlington

It was during a song called -- I think -- "Musical Genius Show" that I realized while John Stabb (Government Issue, Emma Peel, The Factory Incident, etc.) was ostensibly singing about Phil Spector and Roky Erickson he could very well be singing about himself. That's not to imply that Stabb is certifiable like those cats but that he's at least a genius. Channeling Iggy Pop, Frank Tovey, and even his own younger self, Stabb commanded the room at IOTA tonight. More on that later.

Openers El Quatro rocked too. Equal parts Social Distortion and The Blasters, the band tore through a bunch of catchy cuts that pounded themselves into my head. If they had had CDs for sale, I would have bought a few copies. A really impressive set gents!

But then it was time for History Repeated to take the stage. John Stabb, guitarist Derrick Baranowsky, bassist C.F. Best, and drummer Mike Diana raged through a full set of tunes including one encore. If the players are all uniformly masters of their postpunk craft, Stabb is the mad wizard of the band. An incomparable front-man, Stabb gave his all in this performance. One frequently sensed that something great was transpiring. The scores of people whipping out their phones to snap pics and take video means that others felt the same way.

I recognized about 4 songs, not counting the encore, from the tracks that the band have posted online and of these I'd say that "Emo Whiteout" was the highlight of the set. Calling out the word "emo" and telling us to "white it out", Stabb brandished a bottle of the stuff during the cut, even when he pulled his shirt over his head all Cornholio style. Similarly, early single "The Sound" got the whole crank it up to 11 treatment -- see video below!

But what can I possibly say about what I will term "the barstool episode"? Stabb, sporting a Kingface tee, added a bit of drama to the proceedings in a (probably) staged battle with an errant barstool. It was funny and dramatic at the same time. Not the sort of thing you forget easily about a band's performance.

History Repeated may be a showcase for the talents of this D.C. legend but the other 3 cats really brought the power tonight.

Now if only these guys would record some more tracks!

Find out more about History Repeated on their official Facebook page.

The band's playing with The Delarcos, a new project from Nathan Strejcek from Youth Brigade and the Teen Idles, very soon. Details on that gig are here.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Boxing Day Treat: Free Covers Album From Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, The Softies, Imaginary Pants)

Here's a nice Boxing Day treat for us all. Rose Melberg of The Softies, Tiger Trap, and Imaginary Pants has posted a free covers album on Bandcamp.

Covering The Clean and Black Sabbath on the same album earns Rose a lot of points in my book. And if those cuts weren't enough, there's also a Beatles cover and a version of "They Don't Know" by Kirsty MacColl, a song perhaps more famous in the States as a surprise hit by Tracey Ullman prior to her TV series.

And her cover of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" is a real delight -- all fizzy riffs and melodic hooks!

Find out more about Rose's band Imaginary Pants here. Download the free Rose Melberg covers album below.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Comes Early: Connections Drop New Free EP Today!

These Columbus cats can do no wrong! After I just posted about Connections covering one of my favorite Christmas songs, and that right after the band released a new EP called 5 Imaginary Boys, the dudes in Connections have up and gone and released a free EP today on Christmas Eve. Called Missed, this 7-song release is yet another damn fine offering from these guys, and in the same year that they released perhaps their best album so far (Into Sixes).

On Missed, the band sound loose and the charms of a song like "Girl" are precisely in the tune's fleeting nature. Over before it begins, the cut channels The Beatles by way of lo-fi champs like Sebadoh. It's a blast. "Palomine" gets all twangy and hints at early Pavement. "Hey Eddie Ray" might be short but it's one of the best tracks Connections have released in 2014...and that's saying something given their prolific output. Opening like "Happy"-era Rolling Stones, the song quickly switches into a singalong jam with a hook as big as an Oasis tune. Really, everything I like about these Columbus cats is here. "Another Home by the Sea", a sort of follow-up to a cut on Into Sixes, is delightfully mournful and world-weary but charming all the same. Closer "This Year's Shout" channels Guided by Voices but with a trace of menace.

I could write about all the cuts on Missed by Connections but it'd be easier if you just went and got the EP from the band yourself.

Follow Connections on their Facebook page here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Salad Days Weekend Ends With Awesome Gig From Dot Dash And Soul Side

What a weekend!

On Friday night, Salad Days (2014) premiered at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Through an odd but great set of circumstances, my wife and I helped out at the merchandise table for about 6 hours during the 2 screenings. It was a blast. The film is a brisk and wildly informative trip through the best era of D.C. hardcore. Starting with a bit of the Bad Brains, Scott Crawford and Jim Saah waste no time in getting to the good stuff (Minor Threat, the early punk years in D.C., and more). The rise of Dischord is chronicled along with a look at the biggest bands of the era, including a few acts that should have been even bigger (Marginal Man, Beefeater). Salad Days (2014) works best as a crash course in the vital music of this area. Anyone with even a passing interest in the era, the D.C. scene, or punk rock, should make the effort to see this film.

I normally don't post pics of myself on this blog but I am going to make an exception this time given the circumstances.

In which I try to sell a t-shirt to Ian MacKaye of Fugazi...

Some 25 years ago I knew Archie as a very cool customer at the Record Co-Op. That was before he joined Black Tambourine and Velocity Girl. Archie did the sound on Salad Days and it sounds great -- that's a lot of music and interview segments to mix! That's Danny Ingram of Dot Dash, Youth Brigade, and Swervedriver and Bert Queiroz from The Untouchables and Youth Brigade...

Salad Days director Scott Crawford, me, and John Stabb of Government Issue...

Kenny Inouye of legendary Marginal Man (and Skatley Crue, a band that featured my buddy Rich from The Now)...

On Saturday night, we hit the Black Cat. We missed Moss Icon but we caught most of surprise guest Swiz with Dag Nasty vocalist Shawn Brown...

Next up were Dischord legends Soul Side playing their 3rd gig in 25 years. You'd never have guessed it. The band was tight and on form. Just a blistering, inspiring, aware set from these cats!

On Sunday we went back to the Black Cat to see Soul Side again as well as Dot Dash who were trotting out new cuts from their upcoming Mitch Easter-produced record. And they were playing what was by most counts their 50th gig! The new songs sounded amazing -- loud and catchy and full of hooks. The band only played a handful of old cuts (see the setlist) and they even threw in a cover of a track from a Dischord band (The Snakes)...

Next up was Office of Future Plans with J. Robbins from Jawbox...

And then it was another wonderful set from Soul Side. I'm sorry now that I didn't get a pic or video of Salad Days director Scott Crawford sitting in with the band for one song. He can now add "musician" to his CV next to "director"...

And finally here's a pic of me and my buddy Mike with legendary Scream bassist Skeeter Enoch Thompson...

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Few Kind Words About The New Album From Today's Man

You know, when I wrote about this band before, I compared them to China Crisis. I realize now that that comparison could be a dangerous one if someone read it and went out and got any China Crisis album that wasn't Flaunt the Imperfection (1985). Sure, there are moments on the self-titled debut from Silver Spring's Today's Man that sound like that band but they also have a more expansive sound. If anything, a better comparison would be 1993's Songs of Faith and Devotion from Depeche Mode. On that album, the Mode added a streak of bold emotion to their signature electronic style and ended up producing something that seemed all the more human. Today's Man are mining a similar vein of music.

On Today's Man, out now on Chateau Hits, Edmund Douglass and Neal Hoage have crafted 8 tunes that echo the best risk-takers from earlier waves of alternative music -- think Talk Talk's leap from their early stuff to what they sounded like on Spirit of Eden (1988).

The press material for this band name-drops Tears for Fears and there's a bit of them here -- "The New Unknown" wouldn't have sounded too out of place on Songs from the Big Chair -- and there's another mention made of Peter Gabriel -- "Dissolved in Blue" is like something off one of those early, good Gabriel solo records before he got too popular -- but, really, Today's Man have a unique sound. If "Coming 'Round" sounds slightly like Shriekback or even Killing Joke, that's fine and good but the cut is also something else entirely -- a weird mix of very warm vocals and layered textures and keyboards.

And if I tell you that the harder "New Age Defector" sounds like some odd collaboration from 1986 label-mates Psychedelic Furs and Wire Train, you'd think I was crazily reaching for comparisons but it's not quite so easy to pigeon-hole these Today's Man cats. And that's a great thing.

While there are bits and pieces here that will fit an old new wave fan like a glove -- or skinny tie, as the case may be -- it's apparent that Today's Man thought long and hard about their style and presentation long before they committed themselves on the path to making this record. Seemingly fully-formed and of a whole, Today's Man is a remarkably strong album.

Fans of The Killers, New Order, OMD, and Depeche Mode would be well advised to seek out Today's Man. I can't wait to see what they unveil next. Discovering this band has been one of my most pleasant surprises as a blogger this fall/winter.

Follow Today's Man on their official Facebook page or on the Chateau Hits website.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Of My Fave New(er) Bands Covers My Fave Christmas Song: Connections Tackle The Kinks!

Well, honestly, my very favorite Christmas song might very well be "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses -- it wasn't Christmas for me in the 1980s until D.C.'s WHFS played it -- but "Father Christmas" by The Kinks runs a very close second. And it rocks a helluva lot harder.

As do Connections. These cats from Ohio have quickly established themselves as one of my favorite bands in a very short span of time. They are cranking out the rock on their new 5 Imaginary Boys EP, out now on HoZac Records. It's also up on iTunes too.

So follow Connections on their official Facebook page and enjoy this holiday classic.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Take A Trip Into The Dunes With Noveller

Noveller is Sarah Lipstate. She's a film-maker and a musician. Noveller creates music that sounds ageless. Imagine modern era Swans mixed with a bit of Harold Budd (only played on guitars). The tunes are big and there's room to listen and get lost in music like this. "Into the Dunes" is the sound of the moment before something momentous and terrifying occurs. It's Eno with a dark streak.

Noveller's new record, Fantastic Planet, will be out in late January via Fire Records.

In the meantime, follow Noveller via Sarah Liptstate's official website.

Spin Rocking New Cut From Fawn Spots Here

The press about this new(ish) band name-dropped both D.C.'s own Rites of Spring and legendary trio Husker Du. I like both bands a lot. Do I like Fawn Spots? Yep. I do. A lot.

"New Sense" is a blast of energy -- rage or joy -- and a scream into the void. The intricate playing hints that these cats have a few Minutemen records in their collections but the sheer force of this one puts them much closer to "Real World"-era Husker Du as was mentioned above.

And -- dare I say it? -- there's even a trace of Swervedriver here but Swervedriver if they were doing hardcore tunes.

Follow Fawn Spots on their official Facebook page. From Safer Place will drop in a few months.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Top 10 Albums Of 2014 (Sorta!)

I did my very first Top 10 Tracks of the Year-sorta list a week ago and now it's time to do the harder Top 10 Albums of 2014 list. Harder? Yeah, 'cause there were just too many good ones this year and even now I am regretting leaving off a couple of things you might be able to guess if you peruse my reviews from earlier in the summer. That's okay. I cheated. The number of ties ought to show you how much I cheated but I really had no choice.

Okay so here is my Top 10 Albums of 2014 list. That there are actually more than that here should tell you how much I genuinely loved these records and how determined I was to get all of these releases onto this list.

(And I didn't include any reissues on this list even though there were some great ones this year!)

1. Futurology by Manic Street Preachers

The album that every Manics fan was waiting for was this one. Somehow the Welsh legends pulled off the impossible by sounding as on fire as they did 20 years ago. Channeling the punk-inspired rage that fueled their best and brainiest Richey era songs, they honored the missing Manic's memory with an album every bit as dense as his most cherished work with the band. From the Mr. Edwards references in "Walk Me to the Bridge" to the twists and turns of the hooks of "Let's Go To War", the many joys of Futurology have been written about endlessly since its July release. You can analyse this one 100 different ways but one thing is clear: it's the most direct and immediately affecting Manic Street Preachers album in almost a decade. James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, and Sean Moore have cranked out another masterpiece with this one.

2. Lacuna by Childhood

After blogging about these cats for more than 2 years I can only say one negative thing about their debut full-length album Lacuna and that is...I wished they hadn't re-recorded "Blue Velvet" and made a new video for it too. But, heck, it's still downright magnificent and moving. And guess what? Every cut on this record is. Mashing together the ghost of the most memorable A.R. Kane cuts with the best bits of Ride only without the moments of guitar overkill, Childhood managed to produce something that feels wildly expansive while remaining concise and focused. And that is a supremely hard thing to do. Ask The Stone Roses. If, like Brown and the boys, Childhood are one-trick ponies who can never top Lacuna I don't care. I've been listening to The Stone Roses for 25 years and I guess with tracks like "Solemn Skies" and "Falls Away" on it I can assume that I'll be listening to Lacuna for years to come too.

3. (tie) Rips by Ex Hex / Into Sixes by Connections

Rips from Mary Timony and Ex Hex is a strange beast. Wildly catchy and yet abrasive, the record shouldn't work but it does. Spectacularly. Engineered by the legendary Mitch Easter (producer on the next Dot Dash record, btw), Rips is a clean album that winks knowingly back at stuff like Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar while updating that style for a new century. How can something with the punch of a Dischord record sound as clean as a Journey hit and be so good? This is how. The biggest surprise of the year is probably just how damn catchy the tunes on this one were. Connections toured with Ex Hex this year and I sincerely hope that the band gathered loads of new fans. It was damn depressing when I first heard of this band and noticed that their Facebook page had less than 1,000 "likes" but things are different now. Into Sixes is the supremely worthy heir to the stuff Pollard did with early line-ups of Guided by Voices. Connections really delivered on this one and, if hard pressed, I may rate this one higher than their earlier releases but all of their stuff is great. Spin "Aylia" for a taste of the hard power-punk of Ohio's Connections.

4. (tie) Wooden Aquarium by Mazes / Ultimate Painting by Ultimate Painting

Jack Cooper was an extremely busy boy in 2014. That's sort of why I had to feature both bands he's in on my list. The sound of Mazes and Ultimate Painting is not too far off but there are marked differences. Wooden Aquarium featured marvelous music that owed a debt to stuff like the music of The Feelies and The Dream Syndicate. Still, that's not to peg this as a revivalist act. No, these are vital, vibrant tunes that build upon the successes of past bands. Spin "Universal Me" and hear a trace of stuff like Camper Van Beethoven filtered through a modern sensibility. There is focus here that was lacking in that earlier group. And then after all the many successes of the Mazes record, Cooper one-upped himself when he teamed up with Veronica Falls' Jack Hoare to form Ultimate Painting. Their sublime self-titled debut owed more of an obvious debt to earlier acts, specifically stuff like The Velvet Underground and The Feelies (again) but the tunes were strong enough to succeed on their own even if you didn't know anything from those older bands. Spin "Ten Street" and search your brain for the precursors of this wonderful sound. How can something sound so good and not be some long-lost outtake from The Velvet Underground album?

5. Wild Onion by Twin Peaks

Was there any way that this wasn't going to be on here? Wild Onion from Chicago's Twin Peaks was more than a dozen fantastic cuts asking to be thrown onto a mix CD next to The Strokes, Richard Hell, Television, and The Replacements. Still, it was the moments of Malkmus-like genius that charmed me after I rocked out with the harder songs on the record. Watch the video of "Makin' Breakfast" below and thank your god of choice that a band like this exists in 2014. Wildly catchy tunes and a bunch of American smartasses goofing off? Yes please! I haven't been this happy since I saw the "Gold Soundz" video for the first time back in 1995.

6. Return to Bohemia by The Cleaners from Venus

Criminally underrated songwriter Martin Newell trotted out the Cleaners from Venus name to release one of the overlooked gems of 2014. Return to Bohemia was English whimsy done right. Fans of Robyn Hitchock and XTC should take this one to heart in a big way. Whether you only know one previous release from Newell or a dozen, Return to Bohemia was a splendid return to form, to use a ridiculously overused phrase. Doubt me? Spin the achingly beautiful "Imaginary Seas" and get back to me. If you ever wondered what The Move would have sounded like had they recorded something with McCartney in the mid-Sixties, here's your lovely answer.

7. New Gods by Withered Hand

I'm happy to be highlighting something that I consider as good as The Go-Betweens that features someone I used to sell Go-Betweens records to. Little did I know in 1988 or 1989 that Pam Berry would have a future as part of the legendary Black Tambourine, even though future Velocity Girl whiz-kid Archie Moore eventually brought in the first Slumberland Records piece of vinyl to show off to those of us working in the University of Maryland Record Co-Op in late 1989/early 1990. But I remember Berry as one of the kids who bought the good stuff from our record bins. Customers like her gave me hope that I wasn't the only guy in the Maryland area that knew who Forster and McLennan were. And, truth be told, I may like Pam's work here on this album even more than I do her work in Black Tambourine or Glo-Worm (with future Dot Dash main-man Terry Banks). But Withered Hand is mainly Dan Wilson and not just a bunch of superstar helpers. He deserves all the credit for making this such a worthy heir to The Go-Betweens and their sort of pop. Wilson put together a stable of key players to join him this time out and his New Gods is a near-masterpiece as a result of that. Buoyed by the strength of singles like "Black Tambourine" and "Horseshoe", this album broke through in a big way in 2014. Music like this is to be applauded and celebrated. Dan Wilson, Berry, Eugene Kelly from The Vaselines, and everyone else who appears on this marvelous record should be wallowing in all the praise they can get. Thanks for making some of my favorite songs of 2014 guys and gals!

8. Sun Structures by Temples

It seems like I've known these songs for ages. And I have 'cause I started blogging about some of them in 2012. The debut full-length record from Temples finally dropped in 2014 and the wait was worth it. Sun Structures was magical and transcendent. The band managed to produce something like the "greatest hits" of 10 different bands. Lyrical, trippy, and a mind-blower, Sun Structures only begs one question: "Where can these guys possibly go after this?"

9. Purgatory/Paradise by Throwing Muses

Throwing Muses rewarded fans in early 2014. The wildly ambitious book/album project of Kristin Hersh and her team needs to be on many "best of" lists this year. What other band would attempt something like this? There were 2 CDs of music, downloads, a book, and a commentary track. The exquisite package of Purgatory/Paradise also gave me a chance to wax lyrical about this band in my very personal review earlier in the year. Hearing Purgatory/Paradise boom over the balcony of my old apartment on Lamma Island as I looked out to the South China Sea is one of my favorite moments of the last few months of my life in Hong Kong.

10. (tie) Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo by The Earth / Lots of Dots from The Pale Blue Dots / Season Sun by Gulp

Was there any possible way that I could have narrowed my choice down to only 1 Super Furry Animals spin-off record in 2014? Nope. With leader Gruff Rhys off making highly acclaimed solo albums, and keyboard wizard Cian Ciaran running Strangetown Records and promoting his own wonderful 2013 solo album, it was up to the other 3 Furries to dazzle listeners in 2014. And they did. Drummer Daf teamed up with the guitarist of Catatonia and powerhouse vocalist Dionne Bennett to become The Earth. Their 2014 release, Keltic Voodoo Boogaloo, was unlike anything else I heard this year. A stirring mix of psychedelia and soul -- those vocals! -- The Earth's album was an instant classic crammed with ace tunes. SFA guitarist Bunf took his band, The Pale Blue Dots, into sort of familiar territory with equally splendid results. While there were cuts on Lots of Dots that sounded like Super Furry Animals there were new textures and new expanses of melody. And what of bassist Guto? His Gulp released one of the gems of the summer of 2014 in Season Sun, all warm electronica and subtly sinister and soothing vocals from Jackie Leven.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Prepare To Start Hearing More And More About The Awesome Mourn

Deers seemed to kick open the door for new Spanish bands but I think Mourn have been cranking out tunes for just as long. This four-piece from Spain channels a lot of great stuff to make music wholly original and wildly infectious. Check out the video for "Misery Factory" and hear how the band take elements of Patti Smith ("Piss Factory") and Sleater-Kinney ("Call the Doctor" or something like that) to forge something else entirely. The band has more snarling tunes like this one as well as cuts that are more sinister and melodic and closer to the spirit of PJ Harvey.

Now is the time to get on board with Mourn. Follow them on their official official Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Heads Up About The Awesome New EP From Connections

No sooner had I thrown a song by Connections into my first Top 10 Tracks of the Year list, then I learned that the band had a new EP out. Maybe I should have left a slot open for one of the fine tunes on 5 Imaginary Boys, out now on HoZac Records?

On opener "Dream Girl" the band hit near-Big Star-like levels of melody while "In II Deep" treads ground similar to the stuff on the excellent Into Sixes. "I Got Time" is zesty indie-rock while "That's All" for some strange reason reminded me of a Ramones song being covered by Robert Pollard. If that sounds like a ridiculous proposition than you are reading the wrong blog 'cause it sounds like perfection to me. "It's Trivial" offers a hint of a somehow condensed Built to Spill song as the EP closer.

Columbus, Ohio's Connections have rapidly become one of my favorite current bands. As with all of their previous releases, I highly recommend 5 Imaginary Boys. Grab it now via HoZac Records.

Follow Connections on their official Facebook page.