Cayetana: Hot Dad Calendar

cayetana-hot-dad-calendar-reviewLast nights’ Big Bang Theory is still on my mind as I sit here with dishes to wash, a dwindling bank account thanks to Taking Back Sunday tickets and a few more things to do before I head out to see Satan. All the while I have some music that needs listening to, Cayetana’s Hot Dad Calendar. It’s indie rock that sounds like a Diablo Cody movie.

I of course assumed this would be riddled with songs about hot dads like David Beckham, 4/5th of the Backstreet Boys, Hugh Laurie…and many, many more. Instead it had one song that was just okay called “Ella” and another that really went with my Big Bang mental state. The title track was the clear favorite for me because while “Ella” was just alright, “Hot Dad Calendar” had this overall theme of growing up and what that’s all about; being a better version of you as time goes by, making it out alive and even mentions of snails. It’s got a lot going on lyrically, but it all makes sense and comes together.

The dishes aren’t going to do themselves, so I’m going to go do that while you sit and ponder the idea of growing up and coping with it with Cayetana. If you’re into Slingshot Dakota or Waxahatchee, then I guarantee you’ll like this band and Hot Dad Calendar, out February 4 on Tiny Engines.

Electric Anthem: “The Breakdown”

electric-anthem-the-breakdown-reviewUsually I don’t do single reviews but I make exceptions for old comrades. Hey, if you were there for me in the start of this whole blog – I’ll never forget your wonder. So today some of my favorite youngsters from this St. Paul, Electric Anthem, are even more grown up than the last time I heard from them and their album Knock Out. They shocked me with their maturity last time, so it was expected and received this time around with their single “The Breakdown.”

It starts off slow, tricking you into thinking it’s going to be a pop rock ballad but then manages to pick up not too long after to give you a jolt of energy. “The Breakdown” falls somewhere between the fine lines of We Are The In Crowd’s pop and All Time Low’s rock. Technically the song shows Electric Anthem’s growth as artists as they’re playing with setup and delivery – and pulling it off well. The album this eventually winds up on will be another one to look forward to.

If I saw Electric Anthem in a teeny bopper I wouldn’t be surprised because while they’re not as young as they once were, they’re not this overbearing rock band who’d scare parents. “The Breakdown” wouldn’t offend anyone, it’s clean cut rock with a hint of lovely pop. It’s available for FREE right now and you can look forward to that album sometime this Spring or Summer…Hopefully Spring, right?

A Balance Between: Negative Space

a-balance-between-negative-space-reviewThe tug and pull of my time is wearing me thin, but I’ve been managing to manage my time a little better recently – well kind of. I mean I have something that really needs to get done today, but instead I’m over hear listening to A Balance Between’s Negative Space. It’s not a record that had me begging for more, nor did I want to toss it out as soon as it was done playing – it just was kind of there for me.

From “Your Own Hell” through “Stale Hearts Sway” and right into “Reaching Out” Negative Space felt like the same ol’ space. The songs all ran together. It was like listening to those 15 minutes long Mars Volta tracks. Oh no, A Balance Between doesn’t sound like that, just comparing the length here. I will give “Reaching Out” it’s paid dues because while it sounded the end of an ongoing musical train, it was the best the record had to offer. It was the point in which the music started to accelerate towards something different. Then walked in “The Ruse” which was finally a break from what came to be the norm. From that point on you got intriguing imagery with “Ocean” and then capped things off with the title track.

I’m kicking time’s ass right now, but still have much to do – but before that I have to tell you that A Balance Between isn’t for a gal like me. They’re much better suited for those who like their rock a bit on the experimental side. If that’s you, check out Negative Space, out now on Broken English Records.