AMERICAN AQUARIUM – DANCES FOR THE LONELY

If it seems like it was just last month I was last writing about American Aquarium, that’s ’cause it basically was.

I opened the piece about their last album with the following line

“American Aquarium come out of Raleigh, North Carolina with an indie-rock sound that has enough country swagger to it to keep this particular blogger engaged.”

Dances For The Lonely finds Caitlin Cary returning for backup vocals detail while Chris Stamey (Whiskeytown, Ben Folds Five, The Rosebuds) takes the producer role. On Dances For The Lonely American Aquarium seems to have forgone the indie sound for a more straight-forward roots rock feel.

If you’ll allow me to expound upon that for a moment…

I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, a Springsteen fan. Matter of fact, my favorite Springsteen songs are when they’re sung by someone else. I know that’s sacrilege to say in this segment of the music world, but it’s the truth. With that said, on this album American Aquarium has a sound similar to how I feel Springsteen should sound in my mind’s ear. I dunno if that makes any sense but, for myself, it certainly makes for Essential Listening.

American Aquarium – City Lights
American Aquarium – Katherine Belle
American Aquarium – PBR Promenade

American Aquarium on myspace, Buy Dances For The Lonely

THE WAIFS – LIVE FROM THE UNION OF SOUL

The Waifs are probably one of the best and most decorated folk/roots rock bands that you’ve never heard of. Coming out of West Australia, the band is made of sisters Vikki Thorn (harmonica, guitar, vocals) and Donna Simpson (guitar, vocals) and they are joined by Josh Cunningham (guitar, vocals). Two years ago they emerged from a three year hiatus to release Sun, Dirt, Water, which they toured on last year.  Two shows from that tour were culled into Live From The Union Station, a 14 track live album that combines songs spanning their entire discography with a couple of covers plus a reworked and bluegrassed-up version of “When I Die”.  The album has a real intimate feel to it, which is impressive considering the sizes of the crowds they can play to. It would be an excellent introduction to The Waifs, my only complaint is the absence of “Vermillion” and “Fisherman’s Daughter” from the tracklisting.

You can also get the album over on Amie Street for less than five dollars.

The Waifs – London Still
The Waifs – SunDirtWater
The Waifs – When I Die

Bonus tracks that I wish they’d included:

The Waifs – Fisherman’s Daughter
The Waifs – Vermillion

The Waifs’ Official Site, The Waifs on myspace, Buy Live From The Union Of Soul