“The Tempation of St. Anthony”

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From their upcoming April 2nd, release, My Shame is True,  Alkaline Trio just released their second single, “The Tempation of St. Anthony”.  Unlike their last full-length, This Addiction, “Tempation” leans more toward the dark and ironic, favoring a sound last heard on the bands fifth studio album, Crimson“Temptaion” starts off small and builds to a big chorus with haunting harmonies and Trio’s signature drum fills.  It’s all more of the same in many ways, but after the crazy detour that was This Addiction, more of the same is more than welcomed.  My personal favorite moment of “The Tempation of St. Anthony” comes in the nightmarish bridge; starting with a pensive bass solo that fades into singer Matt Skiba’s wailing, “You haven’t lived till you’ve seen suffering like this.”  It’s predictable, maybe, but ultimately, just perfect.

In a recent Billboard interview, here, Skiba talks about writing this and other songs, and suggests some of the bands’ best tunes write themselves.  That’s fine with me, really.  As long as they continue writing, I will be a pair of ears eager for listening.

Mariah Carey Comeback?!

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Holly shit balls!  Mariah Carey finally released a single that sounds current and age appropriate!  If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan, but at this point I had given up all hope she would ever release a pop balad again!  Thankfully she’s seen the light and released “Home Again”, the single from Disney’s upcoming Oz The Great And Powerful.  I’ll admit, it’s not perfect – the verses sound a little forced, and mousy at times, but it has a powerful melody and the only whisper/singing you hear is in the bgv’s!  I sincerely hope this is the “Return” everyone’s making it out to be.  Now if she would only stop being such a spacey diva on Idol!

Some new tunes for your ears…

Sharing music is something that just truly makes me happy.  So, I’d like to share some with you.  Here are a few of the gems I’ve come across lately…

The Features, “This Disorder”

The Features have this eclectic sound that is really unlike anything I’ve ever heard in popular music.  This is the first single off their 3rd studio album, due out this spring.

Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

This song is going to be huge (i think it might be already).  Demi’s vocals are spot on as usual, and the production is just right.  The perfect song to jam in the car when no one’s looking.

Matt Hires, “Restless Heart”

I’m not sure where Matt Hires has been all my life, but “Restless Heart” is one of my new favorite songs.  His voice is unique in a familiar way, and there’s an honesty in his lyrics that just pulls me in.

Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”

They’re back!  I wasn’t sure what to make of this song at first, but I think that’s because I’ve been on such a Fall Out Boy withdraw I didn’t know how to process.  ❤

Alkaline Trio, “I Wanna Be A Warhol”

More of the same from Alkaline Trio on this one.  I’m of course excited for their new album, but not sure this would have been a single choice for me.  Nonetheless it’s catchy, and I love the irony.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “A Wake – feat. Evan Roman”

By now you’ve probably heard “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but “A Wake – feat. Evan Roman” has a more serious vibe while still managing to be sarcastic and about as far from trite as you can get.  Fave lyric: “our generation isn’t the best on safe sex/we forget the latex/becoming planned parenthood patients.”

 

Enjoy!

Meet Katie Costello!

It’s no secret we love a good pop singer/songwriter here at Audio I.V. And in honor of that love today’s featured artist is none other than Hermosa Beach cutie, Katie Costello.

A serious musician from an early age, Costello has made some serious waves for a 20-year-old. Her quirky vocals and clever lyrics landed her tunes on numerous TV networks including CW and ABC, and got her featured on LA’s KCRW as a ‘Top Tune of the Day’. She’s been in Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and Paste Magazine to name a few, and her cover of Weezer’s “Island in the Sun” is currently featured on Bilboard’s Mashup Mondays here.

Hype aside, Katies most alluring feature is undoubtedly her unique voice.  A blend of Sara Bareilles, KT Tunstall and Ingrid Michaelson, Costello’s tone has the ability to pierce right through you, and then softly woo’s you over.  Her control is uncanny, and her delicate vibrato brings each note to life with an effortless simplicity.

Then there’s her incredible talent for songwriting.  She began putting pen to paper at just 13, and credits her music-writing as the catalyst that would ultimately prepare her for the public eye.  (read the full interview on spinner.com here) Her lyrics are generally simple, but strung together with obvious intention and generous consideration for phrasing, and her melodies are anything but predictable.

The first single off her new full-length, Lamplight is “Cassette Tape” and we think it’s a perfect example of the types of songs you’ll find on the record.  An homage to all those faceless friends in your social network, this quirky little ditty is reminiscent of early Ingrid Michaelson, and is quite a challenge to listen to without taping a toe or two.  Another stand out from Katie is “City Scapes” which can be found on her recent EP, The City In Me.  About as ballad-like as Costello gets, “City Scapes” moves delicately through arpeggiated verses and then jumps right into a punchy hook, telling darkly lit story of love and inspiration.

With three releases under her belt, Katie has a ton of music to choose from, but we recommend you start your journey with the most recent installment, Lamplight.  You can find it on iTunes and anywhere else digital music is sold, or preview it on Katie’s MySpace here.  The resources put into this record are obvious, and her songwriting really shines through.  Especially on tracks like “Ashes Ashes” and “Out of Our Minds” where delicate melodies play with unconventional phrasing.  Lamplight allows Katie’s voice to take on many forms as she bobs and weaves through the 12 tracks.  She channels influences like Amie Mann and Fiona Apple, and straying only now and then from familiarity, and at times even sounding like a understated version of Katy Perry.  (Think, “Not Like the Movies” or “Thinking of You”)

Regardless of influence, though, it’s clear, even upon first listen, that Katie is a true artist in every sense of the word.  Her knack for word play and impressive melodic sensibilities have helped her carve a nice little niche for herself in the singer/songwriter world.  In just a few short years Katie has accomplished what most musicians will only ever dream of, and her future looks nothing but bright.

We hope this little introduction will entice you to explore Katie’s world even more.  Purchase Lamplight if you’re so inclined, and check out a show or two if you’re in the New York area.   Until then, you can see the video for Katie’s new single, “Cassette Tape” below, and check back for more updates as they come.

Enjoy!

Yellowcard, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes.

 

Ahhh Yellowcard.  You supplied the soundtrack to my Senior year of high school, “Ocean Avenue” became an instant classic for emo-kids everywhere, and then you faded away into the abyss of pop-punk.  When so many other bands were trying to cash in on the trend you stuck to your guns.  Sure your follow-ups were never as successful, and most of America would call you a one-hit-wonder, but all that is about to change, mark my words!

With the release of their seventh studio album, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes, Yellowcard is back in full force, and ready to dominate a genre that’s been lacking substance for a long while.  Courtesy of Hopeless Records, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes hit stores last Tuesday and has made quite a splash in a mere seven days.   Channeling everything that made Ocean Avenue a smash hit, Yellowcard proves with this record, they’re nowhere close to finished making waves.

The album’s first single, “Hang You Up” is a bit of a ballad, but still manages to retain the band’s signature energy, and knack for wordplay (the hook is, “this is a black and white of you I found, I hang you up and then I pull you down”).  When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes opens with the stunner, “The Sound of You And Me”, which we’re betting will be a summer-love single, and doesn’t slow down until “Hang You Up” comes in on track four.  Listeners should check out “With You Around” for a poppier song complete with a shout to Audio I.V. faves, Saves the Day, and stick around for “See Me Smiling”, a deeper cut with everything you loved about Ocean Avenue, and nothing you hated about Lights and Sounds.

If you’re jonesin’ for a little video action from these guys you won’t have to wait too long.  Next Tuesday you can catch the premier of the official “Hang You Up” music video on all MTV networks.  But, until then, When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes should be on the short list of new releases to explore this weekend.

Happy Friday!

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