BONES MUHRONI – HABITS
Bones Muhroni are the epitome of the fun band that you knew in college. Their wild energy and excitement at performing are hard to get across without seeing them live, but damned if “Habits” off of the eponymous EP doesn’t come close. Chris ‘Bones’ Jones and Crew ‘Muhroni’ choogle through the track with bleary self-awareness (was that right? Did I use ‘choogle’ right? Am I a music journalist now?), the style and tempo of the song shifting at their slightest whim. That’s who Bones Muhroni is: a fun band throwing a lot of different sounds at the wall and seeing what sticks. You may have a hard time finding a consistent through-line for the four tracks on this EP, but one thing you won’t have a hard time finding is blunt, almost naive, honesty.
TYLER CHILDERS – LIVE ON RED BARN RADIO II
If you have been paying attention to this blog, you know the name Tyler Childers. He released his first record at 20 (check out Autopsy IV’s review here) and then nothing else came out for three or so years. His Live on Red Barn Radio was stellar, and felt too short for something that sounded so promising. This EP is the companion to that one, and while it may not seem as impressive it’s hard to hold that against Childers: if all 8 of these songs were on a full-length album it would undoubtedly be Essential Listening. Pick up this EP and join the rest of us frothing at the mouth for his sophomore LP.
CHRIS JAMISON – SLEEPING WITH THE TV ON
This EP has been out for almost a year now, but only came to my attention recently. Jamison has a quiet voice and penchant for metaphor that reminds me of Joey Kneiser, though it would be hard for anyone to actually match up to the Glossary front-man. Some of these tracks are a little too over-produced for my taste, but that doesn’t change the fact that there’s some solid songwriting going on here. “Waiting on a Change” has a quiet, almost forlorn melody that sticks with you for a while. ‘The good never win, because they can’t leave well enough alone’. Check this record out, and I know I’ll be keeping an eye on Jamison in the future.