I WANT TO LIVE LIKE I DID BACK THEN

September 7, 2010

Back when music television provided what its name implied, this was the kind of video I waited hours on end to see.  Steel Train’s treatment for their latest single and ATG favorite, “Turnpike Ghost” is, to put it simply, fun.  Watch as some five-year-old’s dish out an adorable rendition of the song to a boozing late night talk show host.  Jay Leno could take some pointers from this guy.  Steel Train is out now on Terrible Thrills.

MP3: Steel Train – “Turnpike Ghost”

Love,
Adrian

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WALKING ALONE ‘CAUSE THE NIGHT IS DEAD

August 23, 2010

Fun., one of my favorite bands of the past couple years, have released a trippy little video for their unbelievably infectious single, “Walking the Dog.”  We’ve featured the song here on ATG before, but if there’s any band that deserves mention of their every move it’s these guys.  Besides, the video does the song a hell of a lot more visual justice than that Expedia commercial.  Check out the video after the jump.

MP3: fun. – “Walking the Dog”

Love,
Adrian

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You and I Both Are Nothing but Thieves

June 2, 2010

There are few albums I’m looking forward to more this summer than Steel Train’s third, self-titled release.  Not much has been revealed about it so far, but the guys over at MonkeyWhale filmed a stripped-down, intimate performance of one of the record’s songs, “Bullet.”  As I’ve said before, Steel Train’s headed in a whole new direction and they’ll definitely be turning heads once the album drops on June 29th.

If you haven’t yet listened to Steel Train‘s already-released tracks, grab “You And I Undercover” below and check out our previous post on “Turnpike Ghost.”

MP3: Steel Train – “You and I Undercover”

Watch the video for “Bullet” after the jump.

Love,
Adrian

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You Don’t Have to Live Like That

February 18, 2010

Steel Train’s come a long way.  Starting out as a somewhat misplaced blend of americana-indie and 70’s-era jam music on Drive Thru Records, Jack Antonoff and co. have evolved into a stronger outfit more in tune with its indie-pop sensibilities.  The band released the breakout Trampoline over two years ago and since then I’ve been hardpressed not to see their name pop up everywhere I look.  Currently on the road opening for Tegan and Sara, Steel Train have released a new song, “Turnpike Ghost,” off of their untitled album which should be coming out sometime in June.  It’s a bit more raw and frantic than what you’ll find on Trampoline, but catchy and fun nonetheless.  And is it just me, or does Antonoff sound a hell of a lot like Win Butler here?

MP3: Steel Train – “Turnpike Ghost”

Love,
Adrian


I’d Like to Keep It a Secret So I’ve Got Something Left to Give

November 11, 2009

Update: Hey!  It looks like they have plans to get back together, whenever that may be.  So I guess this is just supposed to tide us over until then.

It’s strange how sometimes you only start caring about things once they’re gone.  I was never a huge fan of The Starting Line while they were around, but after listening to frontman Kenny Vasoli’s latest work with Person L pretty much non-stop recently, I’ve become intrigued by the former pop-punk giant’s past.  As a result, I’ve learned a lot about the band beyond their first single, “Best of Me,” and discovered the goodness that is their last album, Direction (a strong departure from their sugary pop-punk beginnings to a bit more indie-leaning albeit catchy rock sound).  I guess it’s only appropriate that the guys in TSL just posthumously released Somebody’s Gonna Miss Us, a CD/DVD covering the band’s final show and tour.  Although I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of it just yet, I have seen a few clips of it online.  The band talks plenty about their tumultuous relationship with MCA/Geffen, so those of you interested in seeing how bands and major labels interacted in the heyday of pop-punk should definitely give the DVD a spin.  Of course, It’s also worth getting for the music.  The band did a good job of picking out the best songs from their repertoire for their last show.  You can check out their last performance of “Something Left to Give” above (featuring some of the bros from Steel Train and Four Year Strong), as well as the audio for the awesome track off Direction below.

MP3: The Starting Line – “Something Left to Give”

Love,
Adrian


I Wish All the Pretty Girls Were Shaking Me Down

November 5, 2009

Say hello to the happiest band in the world.  My mourning over the Format’s death has officially ended with the release of fun.‘s video for “All the Pretty Girls.”  This is the first video and single off of the band’s wonderful debut album, Aim and Ignite, and hopefully it will be the first of many to come.

MP3: fun. – “All the Pretty Girls”

Love,
Adrian


Fun – Walking the Dog

July 16, 2009

When I think about it, The Format was really only one of the few of my truly favorite bands that ever called it quits.  Upon hearing the news I was devastated.  Fortunately, Nate Ruess of that now defunct group decided to join forces with Steel Train’s Jack Antonoff and Anathallo’s Andrew Dost to form Fun, a band that packs just as much of that cheerful pop sound that made the Format into what it was.  A while back I posted Fun’s first demo of a little ditty called “Benson Hedges.”  Since then, the guys have released a couple more tracks online, the most recent of which being “Walking the Dog.”  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but part of me is a little happy the Format is gone.  Fun is absolutely fantastic.  Considering the line-up and the material released thus far, the band’s upcoming debut release, Aim & Ignite, is lined up to be one of this year’s best albums.  Head on over to their MySpace and see for yourself.

STREAM: Fun – Walking the Dog

Love,
Adrian