With the end of October being upon us, this seemed the appropriate time to do a recap of some of the best new music of the month. I also wanted to do an all covers themed Monday Mixteen playlist. After much thought, the solution became clear. One playlist wouldn’t be enough today. Part 2 of the Monday Mixteen playlist will appear this evening. In the meantime, here’s my recap of some of the strongest musical highlights of October.
- Tomkat, “Icarus”
The Ghost expect the new Tomkat album to be good. To say that Icarus is a good album, however, would be like calling a Rolls Royce a good car. This album is a leap of talent and production beyond what The Ghost was expecting. The Huffington Post has already taken notice. Don’t be surprised if other national outlets follow suit.
- Dead Flowers, “Let Me Be”
How is it that The Ghost is just now getting around to highlighting the latest from Dead Flowers? I must be losing my touch…
- Sister, “Spiraling Minds”
Between Tomkat and Sister, it seems that Dallas pop music is getting a bit more sophisticated sounding. The Ghost approves of this musical movement.
- Samus David Jr., “Penny Dreadfuls”
Bands, just because The Ghost doesn’t reply immediately does not mean you should take it as rejection. Take, for example, the case of Denton band Samus David Jr. The group emailed me over three weeks ago, sending me the mp3’s for their new album, Literal Trash. Fortunately, the album does not live up to its namesake, and “Penny Dreadfuls” should perhaps be renamed “Penny Delightful.”
- Oil Boom, “Angelo No. 9”
I’m not certain which member of Oil Boom maintains their Facebook page, but that individual stated that “Angelo No. 9” was his favorite song off of Earful, but not to tell the other songs. I think it’s The Ghost’s favorite as well. I won’t tell if you won’t.
- Jackie Venson, “Fast”
Speaking of favorites, I think Ms. Venson is my current favorite Austin musician. Girl can sing, and that guitar work is pretty awesome. She has a few upcoming Dallas dates (Nov. 11 opening for Los Lobos at The Kessler, Nov. 18 opening for Milligan Vaughan Project at Granada). Me thinks a Jackie Venson performance is in order.
- Artemus, “White Noise”
Did you listen to this song the other week when I shared it on the blog? And if so, have you listened to it since? This is the kind of track that grows on you upon repeated listens. Simply put, if you’re not feeling “White Noise”, you just haven’t been listening enough.
- Lorelei K, “Lavender Hue”
This melody is so beautiful that one could easily miss how dark the lyrics are. Either way though, I’m digging this song. Hard.
- Mean Motor Scooter, “We’re Not Alone”
MMS are working to be the kings of garage rock in the metroplex area. I’d say they’re well on their way.
- SMiiLE, “Longer”
You may have seen the online Texas Monthly article “30 Things You Need to Know About Texas Music in 2017,” which even featured a mention of this blog. The Ghost is still researching many of the out of town acts, blogs, and such mentioned in this article. I discovered Austin based SMiiLE through the blog ATX On Record, and I’m glad to had found this fun little indie pop musical nugget.
- Goodnight Ned, “Gaslighting”
It’s likely no surprise to say that The Ghost likes this track by Goodnight Ned. It may be more surprising that I deem it the band’s strongest track to date.
- Simone Nicole, “Blind”
I love a simple, pure song. When a well written song is performed well, there’s really nothing much more to ask for. Simone Nicole is at her strongest when she strips down the song and lets her heart pour out through her vocals. “Blind” is one of the many tracks where she shows her undeniable strength as a singer-songwriter.
- The Unlikely Candidates, “Danger to Myself”
Here’s some piping hot new music from The Unlikely Candidates, fresh out of the oven. You’re welcome.
- American Werewolf Academy, “Big Nights Forever”
The song may be called “Big Nights Forever”, but it’s the 70’s style power pop mixed with 70’s rock that gives this song its bigger than life feel.
- The Birds of Night, “Blacklight”
So you’re still needing more rock RAWK after that AWA track? Fine, here’s some Birds of Night for you. Careful not to overdose on all that rock.
- Hello Shannon, “Slowly”
As I was compiling this list, I found myself debating on the last track to add to the playlist. The Ghost couldn’t decide between this track and “England” by Andrew Holmes, so I let fans vote on Twitter. As you see, they opted for Hello Shannon. I’m sure that Mr. Holmes will wind up on another Monday Mixteen in the near future, but today it’s all about the dreamy pop sound of Hello Shannon.