By: Cal Meacham
Year after year I become less interested in full length albums because frankly, there just aren’t very many good ones. Instead an album of 12 tracks will have 5 or so really strong ones and either filler tracks or bland, blah. For the first time in many years, I hard a hard time deciding on a top 10 because there were so many good tracks. So I present to you my favorite songs of 2012:
Posted in Best of 2012, Music
Tagged Anais Mitchell, Animal Collective, Best songs 2012, Daniel Rossen, Field Trip, Invalids, Menomena, The Sea and Cake, The Tallest Man on Earth, TV Torso
As mentioned in our last interview with Pete Davis (Invalids), he has begun the process of re-recording all of his old music and here is the first re-release. Titled Passing It Off As Art, the 14 songs were originally written and recorded in 2003 only to see new light this year. You can purchase the download here – Link
I have been gushing over Invalids – Eunoia for much of the year and was delighted to hear that they have a brand new song out. Monary System is available on a 4 way, split 7″ on Enjoyment Records. I caught up with 1/2 of Invalids, Pete Davis after his recent move to New Jersey and he gave me a little bit of info about the release:
Cal – Can you tell us a little about the new song?
P.D. - The story is the liason/owner/possibly sole guy involved with Enjoyment Records, Dale, contacted me a while ago (probably like March) asking if I was interested in making vinyl, doing a hard-copy release on Enjoyment, and that sort of blossomed into the idea of doing a split. He had the idea for going two US bands with two UK bands, doing a total like old-school-punk-style 7″, and had specifically the other three bands in mind at the time (I think). He offered to take care of all the logistics of pressing vinyl, distribution, packaging/art, etc., all without any cost from us. The split is otherwise free/name-your-price for digital downloads, but I’m fairly certain the vinyl will be sweet as hell, especially considering it will be the only Invalids recording officially hard-pressed at the time of its release.
Cal - Was this a Eunoia B-side or a brand new track?
P.D. - He gave us a deadline of like mid-May, so I wrote the song specifically for the split. I wanted to summarize the Invalids style in as short a song as possible (since the playtime on a 7″ is pretty miniscule). I also tried to write a gnarly bass track for Nick, he added some stuff, did a playthrough video which is awesome and shows his wacky long fingers and ultimate stoic prowess. And the rest was up to Dale. Now we have a pretty swell 7″ with three other cool bands and I really dig all the tracks. A++ would work with Enjoyment Records again.
Cal - Any other news on the Pete Davis/Invalids front?
P.D. - I have a plan still to do a unique split with chiptune artist/personal friend an0va. That’s as far as we have planned right now, but there will for sure be more to come. Also I’m working on re-recording my old Pete Davis solo music (the acoustic stuff); the second album (chronologically) is almost entirely done and will be released relatively shortly.
- Don’t forget about our interview with Invalids – Link
- Invalids Bandcamp page – Link
- Buy the 7″ here – Link
Over the past few days I have had the chance to really dig in to the Invalids disc Eunoia and find myself craving more. This Oregon/Pennsylvania two piece just released their debut on Tuesday and I have dug through all I could to find out more about the band including Pete Davis’ solo material. Needless to say, I have been pretty excited about Eunoia and jumped at the opportunity to interview Pete Davis (guitars/programming/vocals). Yes I exceeded the standard 5 Questions, but I had a lot to cover!