I hope my readers have had a restful and peaceful holiday weekend. You’ll need that, as we have more work to be done. By work, I mean more songs to reveal in my year end countdown. Today, we reach the halfway mark, so it seems like the perfect time to review.
- The Speedlights, “After Tonight
- Most Vivid, “You Make Staying Easy”
- Loyal Sally “Out West”
- The Prof.Fuzz 63, “Three-Way Tie for Dog of the Year”
- LEV, “Search Party”
- Artemus, “White Noise”
- Toadies, “Broke Down Stupid”
- Hello Shannon, “Slowly”
- Sunbuzzed, “Ooze”
- Jana Pochop, “Lightning”
- Rat Rios, “Sliver of My Beauty”
- Riders Against the Storm (feat. Mobley), “Mali”
- The Black Angels, “Currency”
- Dead Flowers, “Let Me Be”
- The Rich Hands, “Fast and Loose”
- Silas Nello, “Holy Ghost Blues”
- The Unlikely Candidates, “Violence”
- French 75, “Your Love”
- Brian Lambert, “Blood”
- Josh Halverson, “Crossing That Line”
- The Cover Letter, “Josephine”
- Emily Bell, “Can’t Talk Back”
- Loafers, “Bobby”
- Brightwire, “Despite the Grey”
- Ask for Joy, “Deep in the Night”
- Native Fox, “Your Name”
- Teenage Sexx, “Hero in Danger”
- Oil Boom, “Angelo No. 9”
- The War Bonnets, “Math”
- Ishi (feat. Cure for Paranoia & Sam Lao), “Crocodile Tears”
- Quiet Company, “On Single Moms”
- Little Beards, “Office Matinee”
- Reagan James, “Better Than This”
- Crystal Yates, “Raining in Amarillo”
- Jean Caffeine, “Winterland (Talking Blues)”
- Medicine Man Revival (feat. -Topic), “We Are Love”
- Farah, “The Only Ones”
- Ty Richards, “Shoulda Coulda Woulda”
- Ronnie Fauss (feat. Ben Kweller), “Saginaw Paper Mill”
- JIBE, “We’ve Only Just Begun”
- The Birds of Night, “Blackout”
And now, we’ll wrap up the bottom half of the countdown.
- Gaston Light, “Newport Drive”
Jason Corcoran, the brain behind Gaston Light, has kept a low profile as of late. The Ghost is glad he finally broke his silence with the Newport Drive EP. As usual, lots of beautiful, well-written songs here.
- Northern National, “MoneyBlind”
I guess Northern National had an alright year. #59 on my chart, over a million minutes of fans streaming their tunes on Spotify, airplay on KXT, and opening for Blue October. The band says to watch for bigger and better in 2018. Oh, my1
- The Delzells, “Snide Reply”
If you’re wanting straight ahead, sloppy rock and roll with a punk twist, look no further than The Delzells. The band puts on one of the more energetic live shows in town,
as they demonstrated at this year’s Ghosty Awards (where the above photo was taken). Expect more sloppiness on record this year, as the band will release its debut EP.
- Alex Rose, “Sherbet Colors”
Good, catchy indie pop out of Austin.
- Cameron Matthew Ray, “Anymore”
Mr. Ray has always been a favorite local singer-songwriter of The Ghost’s, and this track has finally helped Cameron get some much deserved exposure through KXT airplay.
It’s admittedly his most commercial sounding single to date, which is not to imply that it isn’t a sincere, heartfelt track. Cameron’s songwriting skills and vocals still shine through this well-produced track.
- As the City Sleeps, “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted”
Here is the only El Paso act to chart on this year’s countdown. There’s a dreamy, almost 1950’s like quality to this song. I don’t know how big this band is in El Paso,
but this Dallasite thinks they’re pretty awesome.
- Ducado Vega and Zenya, “Bombay B”
2017 has been a challenging year for this duo, especially with Zenya’s health battles. Fortunately, it seems she has reigned victorious in her war against “The C-word”
(as Ducado prefers to refer to it). This track is a funky ode to Zenya’s strength, accompanied by some intruiging Indian style melodies.
- The Venetian Sailors, “Out in the Open”
The band’s debut album, La La Language, is somewhat all over the place musically. I sense that band leader Robbie Saunders would have it no other way, embracing a variety of influences around each musical turn of the corner. The album’s opener, “Out in the Open”, manages to take in some kitschy sounding influences, yet the track always feels sincerely endearing instead of gimmicky and kitschy.
- Joe Gorgeous, “The Matter”
If you like high octane power-pop, then this is the jam for you. For realz.
- American Shit Storm, “Let’s Start a Fire”
ASS is lucky to chart, after their vicious assault of The Ghost with a spray string can. Actually, it barely tapped my head, but The Ghost would rather make a mountain out of this molehill. Besides, it seems a much more fitting of a tale for this over-the-top fiery punk band.
Come back tomorrow; I’ll have even more great local music stuffs for ya.