Psychadelic Purrrrrrrs, what a record from Diane Coffee, Shaun Fleming of Foxygen
Best New Bands of 2013 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD #9: Diane Coffee
I fell for Foxygen the first time I heard them on the MP3 that the label sent me. I did. I thought it might be a sound that would go beyond the gimmick, but then it just got bombastic. Similar to their near murderous dressing room drama. You had to guess that there was pure talent in the band from the DNA of their sound but who would have guessed it was their drummer. Shaun Fleming took a childhood sickness, a boredom and instead of turning to his XBOX, he recorded Phil Spector quality doo wop that might just be the dark horse record of 2013. I love Shaun and will forever be a fan of Foxygen’s drumming and every solo project from him. Diane Coffee might be my Girls obsession of 2013.
Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA & New York
(LIVE BAND) Jared Walker, Emily Panic, Joey Lefitz, Steve Okonski
Sonic Soulmates™: Girls, Phil Spectorian productions
Trackables™: Listen to the whole record, My Friend Fish but PLEASE LISTEN TO “Tale of a Dead Dog”
Nude Beach photos were fun to look for, but their music is just as good. Hummingbird #9
Best New Bands of 2012 HUMMINGBIRD AWARD #9: NUDE BEACH
There was a time in my life where it revolved around my jean jacket, my shaggy hair, my need to date any girl that looked like she was wearing ripped up jeans and a loose fitting shirt and quite possibly a mutual desired love for The Jam. It’s good to know that that phase has passed, but the sonic soulmates of that ERA keep cropping back up. Most of which absolutely suck, really they do. Only one or two will last longer than their actual predecessors, not to say that the early pop rock Gods were any good either. They had their time and it passed, but with our generation of Millenials who believe that nothing existed before 2000, here is something to remember. Every band has a Sonic Soulmate. Even your beloved Radiohead. Nude Beach is quite good and deserves to be on this year’s list. They skate the Costello riffs and The Jams rip and tear to produce a high quality record. We look forward to their follow-up LP and some tour dates.
Home: Brooklyn, NY
Members: MChuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jimmy Shelton
Sonic Soulmates™: 1983 guitar pop bands see Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, The Jam, The Alarm
Trackables™: Notable tracks from his release II, but listen to the whole damn thing “Walkin’ Down My Street”
“Radio” – Tom Petty
“Some Kinda Love”
Best New Band of 2011
#9 Hummingbird Award – Sun Airway
I don’t how it works really. The bands just stick in our heads. Sun Airway is only on our list because of our band crush on Lord Huron. He’s the Little Mermaid hipster. We keep getting caugt in the seaweed and we just can’t get out. Sun Airway drives home the underwater dreaminess for 2011. They are amazing. We’re not just saying that…they really deserve the nod.
Hometown: Philadelphia-based project
Members: ex-A-Sides Patrick Marsceill and Jon Bathmus
Sonic Soulmates™: Lord Huron, Animal Collective, The Pomegranates, Here We Go Magic (Featured on NBD 3.25.10)
“Swallowed By The Night”
Best New Bands of 2010 Hummingbird Award: #9 Sleigh Bells
Altering the landscape of music isn’t easy. 2010 was a year of passive, derivative drivel, made by machines and not musicians. But in saying that, we have answers and hope. We found at least 20 bands that have changed music and one or two that stand alone. Sleigh Bells is one of those bands, fusing searing guitars, fractured vocals and deep beats. It’s the XX/XY duo redefined. It’s the Slayer of our age. It’s angry and Alexis Krauss is our top Indie Hottie for 2010.
We made bold predictions for Sleigh Bells and we’re still waiting for the tipping point. We’ve seen the TV commercials, we’ve read all the “hipster” blogs, but we’re still waiting for that moment. We’re proud to have been the ones to introduce them to you and we’re even more proud to put them in our Top 10 Best New Bands of 2010. We might even say they are the Most Important Band of 2010. Their three best tracks are posted below.
Band Members: Guitarist/beatbox Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sonic Soulmates: MIA, Slayer, Your high school cheerleading squad
Tracks of the Year:
“Crown on the Ground” – This is the best song of the year. Check back on 12.28.10 for the full list.