Hard to believe, but with Memorial Day unofficially kicking off the summer season this weekend, 2009 is nearly half over! With that in mind, we thought we'd take a quick look back and round up some of the best local music that found its way to our desktops so far this year:
It's a shame that this band is so damn spazy and obnoxious live, because their latest record, Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse, makes me want to be a big fan of these guys.
Speaking of spazy local art rock, Bird Names released a new album this spring called Bird Names Sings The Browns. Unlike Bitter Tears, I'd recommend seeing Bird Names in a live setting first (preferably in a small loft space), however more tracks like this may start to change that perception.
On a completely different note, I've never seen Loyal Divide live or heard much about them really, but was quickly won over upon hearing the dark, electronic sounds of their Labrador EP.
Huge thanks to Jason for turning me on to this one, a great experimental ambient collaboration here from local artists Scott Tuma and Mike Weis from the extremely limited edition (only 300 copies pressed) vinyl-only release Taradiddle.