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Weekly Special #181a: Glad Hearts

The idea that our world is the result of musical vibrations and clang phenomena is an old one – fortunately, there are bands like Glad Hearts that, through their musical sense and  harmonious interplay, remind us of this philosophical intuition. While listening to this New Jersey based four piece it may easily happen that you find yourself in another world where bells are broken or - to quote the band's lyrics - “a needle melts wax”. Although at times melancholic and thought-provoking, Glad Hearts, as their name suggests, succeed in bringing forth the joy and naturalness inherent in music, shining with a uniquely diverse and dense sound derived from a huge instrumental assortment that brings the fantastic into the everyday. Their country-tinged indie folk rock album “The Oak and the Acorn” is a promising and multifaceted output – you’re in for a treat! - Read Susi Muhr interview with the band here.


Outernational CD release party at Highline on 12.06

New York based outfit Outernational is readying the release of their debut EP "Eyes On Fire,” produced by Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, who is featured on vocals and guitar on “Fighting Song.” Rock at heart, Outernational reaches out to reggae, ska, punk, dub, polka, mariachi, hip-hop, and world music, much as their forward-thinking predecessors and audacious idols. Outspoken and loud, this rock quintet  will be celebrating the release of “Eyes On Fire” with an all-ages concert at The Highline Ballroom on Sunday, December 6, 2009 with supporters Japanther and R-Tronika. The doors open a-t 6PM, and tickets are $12 in advance with a free download of the six-song EP on their website, or $15 on the day of the show. – Meijin Bruttomesso


Obits play NYE party at The Bell House

This video from Obits is a lot of fun. The only thing we wonder is... was it really necessary to get each band member to sing the song with the head upside down? Wouldn't have it been easier to turn the camera upside down? If you are planning on having a true Rock'n'Roll New Year's Eve Party this year, Obits will play at the The Bell Hourse on 12.31.


Slow Six new CD out on Western Vinyl in January

Western Vinyl (current or former home of Balmorhea, Dirty Projectors, Here We Go Magic, Ola Podrida, J. Tillman, and more)  will release Tomorrow Becomes You, the new album by NYC's own Slow Six, on January 26th, 2010. Deli interview with the band from about one year ago here.


NYC artists on the rise: Diehard

Diehard is a super catchy, no-fuss 4 person guitar pop band reminiscent of the indie rock darlings of the late '90s. They may have the same name as that hit Bruce Willis film, but their music is better suited for all those great high school teen flicks that contributed to forging many into hipsters (think "10 Things I Hate About You"). Diehard’s vibrant electric guitar wall of sound and their strong melodies reveal the band's obsession for artists like Dinosaur JR and Pavement - something we definitely share with them. The characteristic fragile vocal style is recreated here with a delicate harmonizing of male and female voices - the beauty of their melodies perfectly balanced by the "beastie" power trio sound. Look forward to their 5 song EP, "Oh So Premier", set to be released in January of 2010. By the way, there’s a song called "Back to the Future IV"! How can you not be excited?


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