Teen Idles — Sneakers

Been a while since I listened to the Teen Idles, but today’s been the perfect day for a reencounter with them. 

Sneakers is one of my favorite tracks by them (another favorite of mine is this one), I like the lyrics, and I remember being one of those kids who wondered why all that rush on growing up. I mean, I never really wanted to grow up… Hmm… that probably explains why I haven’t left wearing sneakers…

"Why don’t you try and have some fun

Put on your sneakers and be a kid”

- Viu

(Source: soundboard)

Warpaint - “Disco//very”

I’ve been sitting here for the past ten minutes trying to articulate exactly how this song makes me feel, but I can’t seem to do it. All I know is that I’ve listened to this song going on eight times in a row now and if you asked me when I’d consider giving it a rest and, y’know, maybe going outside or starting that paper that was I was supposed to turn in last week I still probably wouldn’t be able to give you a definite answer. Warpaint’s got me hypnotized and I am so okay with it.

- Callie

(Source: Spotify)

Want to write for Soundboard?

Our third (that’s right, third) annual Submissions Week will begin on Monday, May 5th! This is one of our favorites. For the next nineteen days, we’ll be accepting submissions for a post in the traditional Soundboard style. It’s this simple: We want to hear from you! Our panelists are here everyday to share the songs that catch their ears. Now it’s time to turn the tables. What are you enjoying?

Each one of our panelists will be picking a submission to post on their set day of the week. Adding a Soundcloud, YouTube, or Spotify link will help us make sure that we get the correct version. As a refresher, our list of panelists and their posts can be found here

Simply put, this is our favorite theme week of the year. Without our fans and followers, we wouldn’t be here. It’s time to share the spotlight!

Don’t forget to submit! Tell your friends! Tell your family! Tell anyone that is as enthusiastic about exclamation points as we are! Don’t be thrown off by the “For Artists” at the top of the submissions page. That’s just for our regular Soundboard-ly duties.


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The Novel Ideas - Montana

The folks in The Novel Ideas have never shied away from raw, unadulterated emotion as a songwriting foundation. This primary facet of their sound is part of what makes this band special. Each song is an exploration of internal conditions and external circumstances that are often discordant and brutally sincere.

Employing heartfelt honesty and unadorned articulation, this band has grown. The songs still speak of the hazards and tribulations of love with a level of pragmatism that is truly unique. This, coupled with elegant instrumentation, creates something incredibly immersive to connect with. Percussion and slide guitar combine to mirror emotive tenor while aerial harmonies round out an aesthetic that has increasingly become their own.

Time on the road has left an imprint on their music. In Montana, a distinct shade of country has seeped into their established folk sensibilities. This is more of an evolution of sound than a departure. Frontman Daniel Radin launches into the song by declaring, “I don’t know where to begin”; he’s tackling something remarkably nuanced and personal. Complications proliferate the love he’s singing about. Distance, silence, and a third party amalgamate to steer the situation away from black and white. As usual, The Novel Ideas have crafted something moving and relatable.

Montana can found on The Novel Ideas’ upcoming 7”, Lost On The Road. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out their freshly-minted website, their Facebook page, and their simply phenomenal debut album, Home, on Spotify and Soundcloud.


The Novel Ideas

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Luke Kelly - The Auld Triangle

This weekend my sweetheart moved back to England from Spain and instead of bringing home boots of Spanish leather, he came back with this song (for in Seville there is a small gaelic/celtic folk scene that somehow survives in a sea of flamenco). I believe this was written in the ’50s, made famous by The Dubliners (pictured), and recently featured in the film Inside Llewyn Davis. I can’t stop singing it… enjoy your weekly dose of Monday folk!

- Rosie

The Killers - Shot At The Night

So The Killers, a Soundboard fave, released a new track last Fall for their greatest hits album and it’s pretty great and has a retro 80s sound… and you know I love me some 80s.

The music video, which stars The Social Network’s “not-actually-Indian" guy, comrade of "not-actually-twins" guy, is just as interesting as you’d come to expect from Brandon Flowers and co. It also serves as a great companion to the video for the album’s 2nd single, Just Another Girl, which stars Glee’s “not-actually-evil-well-maybe-kind-of-evil-but-she-has-her-reasons-I-guess?" girl.

Anyway, you know the drill. Press play. Have a good time. See you next week.


Basia Bulat - It Can’t Be You

The beginning of April has been pretty concert heavy which is perfect for when I have to post on Saturdays.  On Thursday, I went to see The Head and the Heart.  Their opener was Basia Bulat, a Canadian folk singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario.  Now my friends have all told me about her beforehand and someone even sent me the albums so that I could give them a listen.  I liked it but I didn’t realize how amazing she was until I saw her live.

A relatively short blond woman got onto the stage and was accompanied by a bassist and a drummer.  No big deal.  She tuned a charango, which is a ukulele-sized 10 string instrument before beginning her first song.  And that was that.  I was in complete awe.  An amazing voice was accompanied by her amazing talent on the charango, guitar, keyboard, and even an autoharp .  Hell, I was so impressed by the autoharp, I almost posted Gold Rush simply because it featured it so much.  Instead, I picked It Can’t Be You based on her amazing work on the little instrument.  I actually read an article in where she actually learned how to play the instrument JUST for her newest album.  At one point, she stood away from the mics and performed acoustically for all of us in the packed concert hall.  Simply fantastic.

Bulat’s newest album, Tall Tall Shadowwas released in 2013 and she just finished up her Canadian tour.

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!


Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

You know that voice in your head? It’s the one that doesn’t actually sound like what comes out of your mouth; you’re probably using it right now to read this. Well, I’m still waiting on confirmation but I’m fairly certain that David Bowie has invented a device that is able to record said voice. Yes, I believe that Future Islands is the first evidence of the inner voice of David Bowie. Bowie will be trying to pick an outfit and Samuel T. Herring is just crooning away inside his skull, “No, the one with the sequins, it makes you shimmer like the moon”. Now before you start speculating that I’m hearing more than one voice in my head you should probably hit play and hear it for yourself.

Future Islands is another band that I can add to my Baltimore pride list as they are now official residents. With constant themes of love, vulnerability and celestial attractions, the snyth-pop band’s latest release and fourth LP, Singles, is not only stronger but more sonorous than previous iterations. This album will be the one that thrusts them into a well deserved spotlight.