Broken Circles Records Release FREE Sampler “Why Would I Want To Escape From The Fire”


Broken Circles Records has released a FREE sampler titled ‘Why Would I Want To Escape From The Fire’ that features 12 tracks from Junior Astronomers, Of Sinking Ships, Dreamtigers, Ghost Thrower, and many more.

Download the sampler here.

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Bands You Should Know: Belgrade


This band took me by surprise. They were so good, in fact, that even though I had a promo copy of their album, I went out and ordered the LP.

Belgrade is unique to anything out right now, but could be peers to many late 90s and early 2000s post-punk bands. Melodic but not pop. There’s a rough edge slightly beneath the surface of their music.  If you’re a fan of Appleseed Cast or Sunny Day Real Estate, this is right up your alley.

Belgrade’s self-titled album has been in top rotation on my iPhone, Spotify and in my car since hearing it. At home, it’s in my top stack of LPs.  One of my favorites of 2013 so far.

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Bands You Should Know: Banquets


I fell in love with Banquets’ self-titled album immediately after hearing it. Originally they were advertised to me as “pop-punk” but even hearing the first measure of music, I knew that wasn’t the case. If I had to classify Banquets’ sound I’d say New Found Glory meets The Ataris meets Hot Water Music with a dash of Samiam and a sprinkle of The Gaslight Anthem.

Their album is a fantastic balance of hooks, melody and straight up honesty. It’s infectious, well written and catchy as hell. Every song.

So, do yourself a favor and check this band out. Sample them on Spotify and please support the band by going out to a show, buying their music or their merch. I hope this band is around for a long time.

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Eighteen Individual Eyes on tour with Minus The Bear!


Seattle natives Eighteen Individual Eyes will be embarking on a tour with Minus The Bear to support their latest album Unnovae Nights.

2/23 Seattle WA @ Lo-Fi
2/24 Missoula MT @ VFW
2/26 Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry #
2/27 Sioux Falls SD @ The Vault*
2/28 Lincoln NE @ Bourbon Theatre*
3/01 Des Moines IA @ Wooly’s*
3/02 Madison WI @ Majestic Theatre*
3/03 Chicago IL @ Metro*
3/04 Bloomington IN @ Bluebird*

* with Minus The Bear
# with The Deer Tracks and Magic Wands

Check out the press release below:

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Bands You Should Know: Denison Witmer


I have a long history with Denison Witmer. Back in 2001 I fell in love with his songwriting on the album Of Joy And Sorrow and ever since then he’s an artist that I’ve sought out for new music yearly. His music was used when I married my wife, his music has influence my own songwriting, and his music has brought peace during many stressful situations. Denison Witmer’s newest album is out now and it’s probably his best work yet. Learn more about it after the jump.

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Bands You Should Know: Bella Ruse


A few years ago I stumbled across the duo Bella Ruse and have been in love with their music ever since. This year they’re releasing a Christmas album and it’s wonderful. Discover this wonderful group for yourself and fill your house with Christmas cheer this holiday! Also, they’re album Kuhzoo is pretty fun and worth checking out!

Bands You Should Know: Save Ends

I discovered Boston, MA band Save Ends when I  began planning on bringing back the podcast. Their sound is familiar, yet unique. Imagine if The Anniversary joined forces with The Get Up Kids. I was hooked. Hoping for a full-length album from this band very soon.

Bands You Should Know: Ghost Robot Ninja Bear

Out of the 6 bands I played this week on the GeekCouch: Backstage Pass podcast, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear was my standout favorite. I’m not 100% if they’re even still doing anything as of now, but their album is available for a “name your price” download and you should check it out.

Deep Elm Records releases video for Our Lost Infantry

Deep Elm Records has released a video for “All The Streetlights Of My Hometown” by progressive post-rock quartet OUR LOST INFANTRY from Aldershot, England. The video was shot in the Blefell Mountains in Telemark, Norway by director Jonas Grimeland.

“The band’s grand scheme was to create a near 40 minute piece of music made up of nine linked, perfectly flowing parts…in essence creating the world’s first post-rock opera.  It has strong leanings towards post-rock with layered vocals, gutsy riffs and fearless choruses. They created something astoundingly special, genuinely unique and unquestionably epic” says label founder John Szuch. Deep Elm will release the band’s stunning 9 track debut “The New Art History” worldwide on November 14, 2012.

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La Armada Embarking on West Coast Tour (Nov 06 – 29)

31 October 2012
For Immediate Release

Fresh off a week of shows with Strung Out – as well as an 18-day tour of the East Coast in September - LA ARMADA will embark on an three-week tour of the West Coast beginning next Tuesday in its hometown of Chicago, IL. The band is supporting its latest SELF-TITLED full-length, which was issued earlier this year on 12″ vinyl and digital formats by Memphis-based punk label, Fat Sandwich Records (twothirtyeight, Pezz, The Fourth Estate).

The first pressing of said LP has sold out, but Fat Sandwich has partnered withEncapsulated Records (Bent Left, Direct Hit, Hold Tight) for a second pressing of the 12-inch. The two labels have launched pre-orders for the record here and here.

Limited to 500, Fat Sandwich will have the exclusive on 100 copies on clear red vinylwhile Encapsulated will have 100 on clear green vinyl. The remaining 12-inches will be pressed on opaque yellow. All LP packages will include a silk-screened poster, bilingual lyric sheet, mp3 download card and a button. You can expect pre-orders to ship during the 2nd week of November.

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