Monday, November 29, 2010

Gutter Parties - "My Bhopa Friends"

Things as They Are-favorite Gutter Parties have been hard at work on another excellent track. "My Bhopa Friends" isn't a far cry from their other work, but it doses take their freak-folk, tribal aesthetic to newer, freakier levels.

I mean this in the best way, of course, because the resulting rhythms and howling vocals have a kind of primal, raw urgency that is arguably rare these days. Check it out for yourself and keep your eyes peeled for a forthcoming full-length.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dream Drunk - "PUMpkin"

Ready for some uber-experimental, in-your-face ambient electronic music? Neither was I. However, Brooklyn's Dream Drunk (such a good name, btw) just sent over some tunes that made me re-think my current position on the barrage of ambient music littering blogs and bandcamps these days.

Like Mickey Mickey Rourke and others, though, Dream Drunk knows how to make "ambient" engaging and memorable. Check out his latest tune, "PUMpkin," below, and be sure to check out the rest of his interesting, meandering catalogue of trippy jams.

Dream Drunk - "PUMpkin"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I need help. Interested?

For those of you who still keep up with Things as They Are, I first of all want to say thank you. It's rewarding to know there are people out there who trust my instincts when it comes to rising indie artists/acts; likewise, I absolutely love the opportunity to share music that means so much to me.

Unfortunately, though, blogging takes time - time that I rarely have these days. I want to maintain this blog, so I've had to realize lately that I need help if Things as They Are is going to stay functional and more importantly, continue to grow. I've received tons of blog-worthy submissions lately, for instance, that I simply cannot report on my own.

So - do you like to write? Do you like music? I'd love to have some permanent and/or freelance writers here at Things as They Are. There's no real money involved, of course, but there are numerous rewards when it comes to sampling new artists and sharing them with the world.

If you're interested, shoot me an email here:

Hopefully things will be back to normal here soon. Love you.