ELO

Episode 433: Sleepwalkers' 'Ages'

Episode 433: Sleepwalkers' 'Ages'

Sleepwalkers 2014 LP Greenwood Shade was, and remains, one of our favorites of the past few years. Finally five years later their follow up, Ages, is here and it was well worth the wait. While Shade wore its shagginess on its sleeve, Ages sees brothers Michael and Austin York and co-conspirator Alex DeJong polishing up the edges and delivering the power-pop masterpiece we deserve just when we need it the most. Get ready to experience a record that surprises at every turn as Kevin and Eduardo go IN on this instant classic.

 

PLUS! LA supergroup Grand Canyon has a new EP out, and fans of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and [checks notes] Guns N’ Roses (?) are going to want to check them out. We’ve got their latest single “Yesterday’s News” to get you acquainted.


Episode 144: Grimes - Art Angels / Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone In The Universe

Episode 144: Grimes - Art Angels / Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone In The Universe

This week on the podcast we’re talking new albums from a hot up-and-comer and the return of a pop legend. First up, Grimes’ Art Angels is an unexpected pop explosion that stretches the limits of what we call indie. Is the young producer’s latest effort a missive from the future or one large step towards the mainstream? Then, pop mastermind Jeff Lynne has revived the legendary ELO with a new album Alone In The Universe.  Does this deeply personal, reflective cycle of songs live up to the name or is Mr. Blue Sky gone forever.

PLUS! Rdio is filing for bankruptcy and Pandora is stripping the company down for parts and we try to get to the bottom of what this may mean for artists and consumers alike. Does this mark the beginning of the streaming wars or is it the start of the slide down to a musical singularity where one stream will rule them all. Also…WTF Adele?  3.85 MILLION?

All this plus a new track from DC/Boston’s Kingsley Flood just in time for their show at U Street Music Hall right here in Washington, DC as we close out business as usual in 2015 in style on Episode 144 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!  


TRACKING: Dead Professional - "Downtown At Sundown"

TRACKING: Dead Professional - "Downtown At Sundown"

SOUNDS LIKE: The Cars, ELO, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe….New Wave cool.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Power pop ain’t dead, not by a longshot…in fact if you live in DC it’s being made in your own back yard.

Singer-songwriter John Harouf has pulled off one hell of a trick with his single “Downtown At Sundown.” Usually when you hear the words “DIY” there’s a 98% chance that the terms “Lo-fi” or “Garage” can’t be far behind. But “Downtown,” its engine fueled by simple drum machines, a punchy guitar, and a razor sharp sense of cool, escapes the pitfalls that those labels imply, and instead steers straight towards the days when “Eldorado” ruled the airwaves. Much like ChunkyGlasses favorites Hundred Visions, Harouf mines an era where having an image was all good and fine, but all the cool kids wrote simple, simply great, songs.

You can catch Dead Professional laying down the cool this Saturday (October 12th) at Iota in Arlington, VA.