This week, RockAngel’s Weekly Radar brings you Koufax…the best band you’ve never heard.
Though they’ve bounced between a few record labels, they’ve released their newest album Strugglers through Doghouse (US) and they’ve really nailed their sound on this one. This is one of those albums that hits you hard with the first few lines of a sax on the first song and then never lets go. Their sound fuses splashes of Cold War Kids with Spoon (“Name of Love” sounds like something right off of The Underdog), but manages to stay completely original. Strugglers was one of my top ten albums of the year in 2008 (released in September) and it has never let me down.
Each song brings something new to the table, but the album flows together well. It’s like a trail mix bar…there are lots of different components that are great on their own, but even better when you stick them all together. Koufax isn’t currently touring, but maybe if they actually got the attention they deserve, we could all be lucky enough to catch a live show.
Some of my faves on the album include “Any Moment Now” and “Once In A While”. What can I say, I’m a sucker for saxophones and horns (even if they are synthesized) So take a listen, show some love, and keep rockin’…
The Weekly Radar is here to bring you the artists, albums and songs that might not be on your musical radar, but should be. This week, I’d like to introduce you to Joel Hamilton—the mastermind behind The Working Title.
The new album Bone Island just came out on the 12th and is nothing short of a musical masterpiece. However, The Working Title has been releasing consistently well-crafted albums since 2003 and has since matured like a fine wine. Since their initial EP in 2003, the band has dwindled down to the bare bones of only Joel Hamilton and the producing genius known as Jake Sinclair with mixing done by Claudius Mittendorfer (Mars Volta, Muse, Maroon 5, Brand New). As the layers of the band peeled away, Joel really found his voice and the new album finds its way into contention for my vote of one of the best albums of the year so far. Continue reading →