Jupiter One: Sunshower

Finding new music is not always a straight forward experience, sometimes it requires a little bit of reverse engineering. Take, for example, the previous PaisleyPosts on Attila, The Last Names, and (future post) Giant Giant Sand, bands that are tangentially connected to Billy Joel, Bishop Allen, Howie Gelb & (more recently) Brian Lopez. The tracing of creative […]

The Last Names: Wilderness EP

Yes: Bishop Allen lives, in a way. Aside from working on an, as of yet, unnamed album – two of their members, founder Justin Rice & Butterfly Nets beauty Darby Nowatka have formed The Last Names as a side-project. The Last Names is currently working on both an album, Wilderness, and an ambitious, albeit remarkable, year-long […]

Bishop Allen: November & December EPs

It was 2006. I was an idealistic Californian chasing dreams of utopia on a South facing East Bay hillside. Bishop Allen, a band I had recently discovered, was in the midst of a novel experiment in which they would release a new EP every month for a year. In October of that year I purchased […]

British Sea Power: EP 3

These guys are geniuses. It’s true, a number of artists have done this already and, of course, by ‘this’ I’m speaking of well packaged sequential EP releases. Bishop Allen’s “every month for a year” collection. Sufjan Steven’s “every state in the country” vaporware set. Adele’s “it’s my birthday” editions. The Polyphonic Spree’s “section 01-infinity” naming sequence (my personal […]

Bears: Greater Lakes

Bears is a band that could have easily come from Palo Alto rather than Cleveland. They are a nerdy looking bunch and a few of the songs sound as if they were recorded in the back room of a party, similar to The Boston Tea Party’s Cold Weather, 40 Minutes and Beer sessions. But, nowadays, who doesn’t […]