Posts by: Kyle Pacynski

American Football – Never Meant

We owe much music to the Kinsella brothers. Front-runners of the midwest emo music scene, they are responsible for bands such as Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls, Make Believe, and many more. Possibly one of the more notorious bands to come out of the musically-inclined family is American Football. They were only together for three years from 1997 – 2000 and only released a self-titled EP and a self-titled LP, but were able to gain critical success after breaking up. With changing time signatures, blunt, melodramatic lyrics, and a general feeling of melancholy, these Chicago suburb natives were clearing a path in the music world without even knowing it. Check out American Football’s track “Never Meant” below. Read More…

The Basement – 2/21/13

Thanks to Bard Owls, Bennett, and Doug Mains and the City Folk for coming in and hanging out with us tonight!

Be sure to tune in next week when we have Reconnect and Kyle Brown in the studio!

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

-       Tiger! Tiger! – That Party on Francis

-       Fireworks – Detroit

-       The Blue Effect – Chiang Mai

-       Fur – I Want To Let You Down

-       Canada – Record Function Read More…

Portugal. The Man – Bellies Are Full

The best thing to come out of Alaska since refined oil, Portugal. The Man is easily the hardest working band in the game right now. Until 2012, P.TM had released an album every year since their first album dropped in 2006.  Fans of songs such as “So American” or “People Say” might be surprised to learn that they haven’t always been the hippie dippy indie rockers we know and love. Check out the electro-infused psychedelic rock track “Bellies Are Full” off their second LP Church Mouth below. Read More…

Peace – Bloodshake

UK indie band Peace is out to destroy you. With their self-prescribed tag line “Music to F*** You In the Heart,” their debut EP Delicious is full of worldly beats, erratic guitar lines, and waily vocals. Whiny, but not annoying; ambitious, yet controlled, the singer effortlessly carries the music from section to section without skipping a beat. With a full-length due out this summer, this is sure to be a band to watch. Check out “Bloodshake” below. Read More…

As Tall As Lions – Is This Tomorrow?

Long Island’s As Tall As Lions never had a huge following; that is, until they broke up. Three Albums and three EPs over the course of nine years brought the world the bass-heavy, piano-driven ambient rock, and introduced us to a voice we will never forget. From the impressiveness of their vocal range to the genius of song structure, As Tall As Lions was easily one of the most underrated indie rock bands out there. Check out their track “Is This Tomorrow?” off of their final release You Can’t Take It With You below. Read More…

Pygmy Lush – Yellow Hall

It’s always great to see a band showcase their all-around musicianship by completely switching up genres. Pg. 99, a hardcore/metal group, decided they wanted to make some heavy-hearted indie-folk and set out to do just that. Pygmy Lush throws around pendulum-esque guitar riffs over hammering beats, allowing vocals to soar easily overhead. Great music for early mornings and after rough days, Pygmy Lush is just the thing you need to soothe your sorrows. Check out “Yellow Hall” below. Read More…

Blitzen Trapper – Sleepytime In The Western World

Psych-folk rockers Blitzen Trapper have been a Sub-Pop band since 2007 and have released four albums since. The catchy grooves and bluesy twang mixes with elements of psychedelic rock that cause them to sound like a modern-day Lynyrd Skynyrd or even CCR. Simple and accessible, yet rich and full, Blitzen Trapper provides the straight-forward, electro-infused southern rock to make any sunny drive an adventure of life and the soul.

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City Pulse Live 12/19/12

City Pulse Live’s Year-End Wrap-Up Show kicks off with a discussion of the year’s biggest stories with Kyle Melinn. Berl and Andy then talk with Ari Adler, spokesman for Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, Lynn Martinez, Former Lansing Democratic State Representative, Walt Sorg, City Pulse Columnist/Contributor, and Susan Demas, MIRS writer and MLive blogger, about what’s in store for 2013.

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