As far as album sequels go we don’t have too large a list to go compare Okkervil River’s The Stand Ins to. This is the musical follow-up to last year’s brilliant The Stage Names an album that was beautifully written by Will Sheff about the world of fame and celebrity and all it’s potential pratfalls big and small. The Stand Ins continues along those lines with songs covering everything from the emptiness of a life spent standing on stage to the view of those performers from the cheap seats. It’s an honest and revealing look at celebrity but it’s also aided by Sheff’s amazing ability to turn a phrase and his band’s ability to back it all with sounds that fit.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t the greatest video in the history of the world, but listen to the freakin’ music that goes with it! This is some crazy, hard hitting, insane shit, and it is the music of a trio of teenaged dudes that obviously just wanna rock!
Brooklyn’s Motel Motel isn’t quite what you’d expect from a resident New York band. Where most bands here come up with some sort of shtick or a sound that they believe to be new, Motel Motel instead toils in the realm of indie rock, perfecting their craft, and using superb songwriting to drill the point home. They are not flashy or showboats and they certainly don’t use shtick, they just allow their music to make the point that they are here to rock.
When YouTube was launched early February 14th, 2005, most musicians feared that it has come to seal the fate of piracy. But to the teenage and adult music lovers, this was the best thing that had happen to them. It also made it possible for the young and upcoming musicians, to market their talents and gain audience without too much hustle.