The #1s out of Dublin Ireland, have seriously impressed us this week, as we discovered their stellar music video for He's Too Good For Everyone Else, But He's Not Good Enough For You. It's a track that captures the raw, cut loose energy of youth, that punk rock is all about.
The very well done video above is a mixture of Ramones meets School House Rock (the 70's/80's cartoon). Purchase The #1s self-titled 7" released on Art For Blind Records HERE. Listen to more jams via sound cloud HERE. And check out the tumblr of Leigh Arthur, who created this rad video HERE. Cheers, FYM.
In 2013 Independent Clauses celebrates their 10-year music blog anniversary. Coinciding with this achievement, they are set to release a compilation of cover tunes celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Postal Service's GIVE UP. The full album will be coming out later this month, but for now, Independent Clauses has posted a lovely-three song single of Such Great Heights. Listen below:
FYM asked Seattle's Kris Orlowski to share his thoughts on contributing to this exciting new comp: Stephen from Independent Clauses told me about an opportunity to be a part of a tribute compilation disc for the Postal Service and I couldn’t say no. As a Washington native and a fan of the band growing up, it seemed like the perfect way to pay homage to the band and Seattle music while doing something fun with my friend and producer Jonathan Warman.
“Such Great Heights” is a blessing and a curse because the song has already been covered really well and the original stands on its’ own – but it’s my favorite song, so I had to cover it… Jonathan is the brains behind the production, instrumentation and direction. I helped with arrangement and voicing, but he is the magician. -Kris
FYM remembers discovering the Postal Service via a mixtape swap night in Illinois during the fall of 2003. Our friend put Nothing Better on a tape for us, and we instantly fell in love with the delicate landscapes of digital heartbreak. We send our congratulations to Independent Clauses for 10 years blogging, visit their website HERE. Find Kris Orlowski in a town near you, currently on tour with Sara Watkins! Click HERE for dates. THEY LIVE! Cheers, FYM.
FYM has been keeping busy lately. We just wrapped up a series of five posters for Mary Lambert's upcoming North American tour dates. Lambert is finally getting the attention she is due, ever since her & Macklemore's anthem Same Love changed the world for the better last year. We were also fortunate enough to create Mary's latest logo/t-shirt design. Check out her upcoming tour dates, and the logo via her official website HERE.
Speaking of Seattle Hip Hop... We continue our design work with Theoretics (the brilliant 7-man live hip hop band). This time we made a teaser trailer for the group, promoting their upcoming performance at the Northwest's premiere music festival -Sasquatch 2013. The group was kind enough to let forYoungModerns sit in on one of their practices... we took that footage, spliced live performances, and added bold typography, BAM -watch the results above.
We also just wrapped up a poster for our new friends The Cellar Door this past week. You will notice Mary Lambert and our buddies Wayfarer are also playing... really looking forward to this show. The Crocodile is always a fun place for a concert. Listen to The Cellar Door's new single off their upcoming EP Flightlessness HERE. Cheers, FYM.
To sit alone on stage with hundreds of eyes peering at you is terribly exposing. It’s pure, unadulterated scrutiny. To do so unwaveringly, with charisma, and still pull off an unfaltering musical performance is exceedingly difficult. This is precisely what RayLand Baxter brought to the Crocodile last Friday.
RayLand drapes melodic and longing vocals over deftly fingerpicked guitar licks. Lilting wails hint at whisky laden nights gone awry with images of lingering ladies now no longer lovers. Rife with Southern sentiments, Baxter artfully weaves a tapestry of images into his songs which invoke at times, for me, heartache, longing and a romantic notion of what might have been.
RayLand has a way with words and phrasing that translates directly to the strings of his Creston and back again, a gift many a musician would kill for. For me, “Mountain Song” was a highlight of the show for me in particular, as I’m fond of the baleful moaning that frames the eloquent verses. “Willy’s Song” also stirs something in me; perhaps it’s that persistent need to “move on” inherent in anyone who has ever had a bit of wanderlust in them.
I also want to quickly point out that this show was well into a grueling tour of sleepless nights on a loud bus. Not only did RayLand show up, he showed up in top form. If you haven’t listened to his music by now, you had better start, you’re missing out. Written By: 'cooL' John KeLLey
Reserve your copy of RayLand's split Daytrotter vinyl with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals HERE.
Catch RayLand at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival this year... or a town near you... He will continue to tour heavily in 2013. Stay up to date, and listen to jams off his debut album HERE.
Listen/Watch "Bad Things" above. It's one of our favorite jams by RayLand, and a tune you are certain to hear on the road this year (not included on "Feathers & Fishhooks").
Continuing in our series of poster work for Seattle Hip Hop band Theoretics... FYM recently created the design above for their 4.20 show at The High Dive in Fremont!
Theoretics continue to rise in 2013 with high profile appearances coming up at Sasquatch Music Festival and Capitol Hill Block Party this summer. Watch their recent TV performance on Seattle's weekly showcase of the arts (Art Zone with Nancy Guppy) above.
The next design in our recent poster work was a pleasure to create for Neumos. We first heard of The Thermals in 2003/2004 while discovering their flailing lofi pop/thrash gem More Parts Per Million on SubPop.
After releasing several recordings on SubPop and Kill Rock Stars over the past decade, The Thermals are now calling Omaha's Saddle Creek their new label home. Watch their latest video for Born to Kill above. To purchase tickets to their show on April 25th click HERE. Cheers, FYM.