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Sunday, April 13, 2014
LONER CHIC, Milkshakes, Margene Without Borders at Cafe 9 | Facebook

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My new pop band LONER CHIC is playing our first Connecticut show at Cafe Nine in New Haven THIS WEDNESDAY, 4/16. Margene Without Borders and our great friends in MILKSHAKES are playing as well! Show starts at 9 PM. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013
chris-cappello:

Just kidding, I’m posting this right now. 
Before the album drops, come see my full band play with Titus Andronicus on April 28th and with Wringer and Milkshakes on May 11th. 

I’m putting out a record soon. Here’s the tracklist and a peak at the cover. I’m excited for you all to hear this.

chris-cappello:

Just kidding, I’m posting this right now. 

Before the album drops, come see my full band play with Titus Andronicus on April 28th and with Wringer and Milkshakes on May 11th

I’m putting out a record soon. Here’s the tracklist and a peak at the cover. I’m excited for you all to hear this.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
"Distant" by Milkshakes.

PREMIERE: Milkshakes - “Distant”

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I’m happy to announce the exclusive premiere of a new track from the Connecticut punk band Milkshakes, one of my favorite local acts and a group whom I consider very close friends of mine. This song, entitled “Distant,” will appear on their imminently forthcoming 4-song EP Exactly Where I Need To Be. Some readers may recall that I had this group perform an acoustic set and interview on my radio show last August. Admittedly, when one has friends in the music scene, it’s often hard to think critically and be impartial when appreciating their music. Make no mistake, however; my love for this band’s music has little to do with my love for them as people.

Many times I have seen this group play in basements and DIY spaces across the state, always conveying an unassuming self-effacement that stands in marked contrast with the quality and intensity of their performance. With mature grit and experiential vigor, this mostly-teenaged band sells their brand of emo-stained pop punk terrifically in their live shows, and on “Distant,” they come closer than ever to capturing that unfiltered angst in a studio setting. 

In its 3-minute running time, “Distant” oscillates between the crunchy power chord punk of their excellent 2012 split with Wisdom Teeth, and a new, previously unexplored solemnity. It’s as catchy as anything on that split, but there’s an element of maturity present on this recording that wasn’t there in the scrappiness of those three tracks. When frontman Tim Diltz sings “I’m not waiting around for you” towards the end of the track, there is a knowing acceptance in his unexpectedly fragile voice, like a pat on the back from a best friend. His lyrics may be simple, but the sentiment that they express is profound and universal. As the rest of the band lurches behind him, guitars blazing, the listener can feel an overwhelming internal conflict expressed outwardly. This kind of translation is what punk has always been the best at accomplishing in comparison to other genres, and Milkshakes validate that notion with this track.

Exactly Where I Need To Be Tracklist:

  • 1. Distant
  • 2. Snow
  • 3. Bleed Out
  • 4. The Boy With the Wagon Tattoo

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Stream “Distant” above exclusively via Lewis and his Blog, and keep up with Milkshakes on facebook and tumblr for more info about the new EP. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 8/24/12

Last night my good friends in Milkshakes delivered a great acoustic set on my radio program Left of the Dial on WNHU. After engaging in some jokey banter and answering a few serious interview-style questions, they also took the time to share some music that influenced theirs, along with some of their favorite songs in general. The resulting playlist was a pretty great mix of indie rock, pop-punk, and emo, along with a few hilarious surprises thrown in. Check out the full playlist below and stream it via Spotify at the embedded link at the bottom.

  • 1. Da Band - “Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That”
  • 2. Pavement - “Loretta’s Scars”
  • 3. Death From Above 1979 - “Little Girl”
  • 4. The Arrogant Sons Of Bitches - “So Let’s Go! NOWHERE”
  • 5. Nana Grizol - “Blackbox”
  • 6. The Beach Boys - “We’ll Run Away”
  • 7. I Heart Hiroshima - “London In Love”
  • 8. Alkaline Trio - “Message From Kathlene”
  • 9. Dexy’s Midnight Runners - “Come On Eilein” 
  • 10. Latterman - “If Batman Was Real, He Would Have Beaten The Crap Out Of My Friends”
  • 11. Spraynard - “Can I Borrow A Feeling?”
  • 12. Street Smart Cyclist - "Kiss Kitty On The Lips"
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Friday, August 24, 2012
Milkshakes is in studio with me at WNHU. Tune in now HERE! (Taken with Instagram at University of New Haven-WNHU)

Milkshakes is in studio with me at WNHU. Tune in now HERE! (Taken with Instagram at University of New Haven-WNHU)

Left of the Dial Radio Show on WNHU: 6-8 PM EST

Tune in now!

Tonight’s broadcast of Left of the Dial is another very special one. I have one of my favorite new Connecticut bands in studio with me right now, an awesome 90s-emo inspired pop punk band from Glastonbury named Milkshakes! I reviewed their side of the very impressive split EP that they released with Wisdom Teeth back in May, and I’m still really enjoying their catchy, angst-ridden take on Jawbreaker-style punk rock.

They will be performing an acoustic set tonight and I’ll be interviewing them about their upcoming plans, influences, et al. In the second half of the show, the band will share a playlist compiled by the members of songs that influenced their stuff. It’s going to be a great time, so tune in now!

The show is airing live starting right now until 8 PM Eastern time. Milkshakes’ hand-selected playlist will be posted tomorrow, along with links to stream each track.

The extremely endearing Connecticut punk band Milkshakes will be performing an acoustic set tonight on my radio show Left of the Dial on WNHU! I’ll be interviewing them as well, and they wil serve as guest DJs in the second half of the show, sharing songs that influenced their music. The show will air tonight from 6 to 8 PM HERE. It’s going to be a great time.

If you’re not hip to their infectiously catchy and gritty 90s pop-punk sound yet, read my review of their split with Wisdom Teeth below and listen to it via Bandcamp.

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Stream/Download: MilkshakesWisdom Teeth/Milkshakes Split (2012)

Last week, the Connecticut indie/emo band Milkshakes debuted their half of an upcoming split Alabama’s Wisdom Teeth for free download on bandcamp. This three-song split marks the first official release from the Glastonbury-based group after a promising, if unremarkable, single-song demo release last year.

I have to say, I’m impressed. With only three songs, the Wisdom Teeth/Milkshakes split is by no means an earth-shattering release, but it’s a remarkably solid and well recorded collection of tracks for such a relatively young band. In particular, the updated version of “Kalabar’s Revenge,” the track that they released as a demo last year, stands out as a basement-ready punk anthem just waiting to be heard. On each of the three tracks, the guitars cut through the mix with just enough grit and slop, and the drums pack a tangible punch. At just over two minutes each, all three tracks follow the same formula, but they go by quickly enough that it doesn’t get tiresome. My favorite is easily the last track “Joeys Fitness,” on which the group slows things down just enough at the beginning to provide a buildup for the eventual release that comes with the chorus.

The lyrics on these songs are typical emo fare, but vocalist Tim Diltz sells them with just the right mix of aggression and melodic sensibility. Diltz has the rare ability to sing and shout in equal measure, and he exercises both talents at length on these three tracks. His vocals, and the surprisingly tuneful melodies that he crafts with them, are definitely the highlight of this release for me, and they make me look forward to shouting along with him at summer shows. 

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Stream Milkshakes’ half of the Wisdom Teeth/Milkshakes Split above, and download it for free from their bandcamp page.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 8/17/12

My radio show last night ruled. It was so great to have so many people tune in and send in requests. Thanks for making my night, evenbody! Here’s the full playlist from the show, which you can stream via Spotify at the embedded link below.

  • 1. Jens Lekman - “Maple Leaves (EP Version)”
  • 2. of Montreal - “Neat Little Domestic Life”
  • 3. M83 - “Kim & Jessie”
  • 4. Glocca Morra - “Ya’ll Boots Hats? (Die Angry)” (requested by Milkshakes)
  • 5. Milkshakes - "Kalabar’s Revenge"
  • 6. Joyce Manor - “Violent Inside”
  • 7. Into It. Over It. - “Gin and Ironic”
  • 8. Spider Bags - “Friday Night”
  • 9. John Galm - “Drugs Are Appealing”
  • 10. Dan Deacon - “Prettyboy”
  • 11. The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1”
  • 12. The Magnetic Fields - “100,000 Fireflies”
  • 13. Cat Power - “American Flag”
  • 14. Purity Ring - “Fineshrine”
  • 15. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Kinski Assasin” (Requested by rainbowsrillusions)
  • 16. Mount Eerie - “Ocean Roar”
  • 17. Man Man - “Van Helsing Boombox”
  • 18. Echo & the Bunnymen - “The Killing Moon”
  • 19. Cat Power - "Ruin"
  • 20. WHY? - “Shag Carpet”
  • 21. Agent Orange - “Too Young To Die” (Requested by anon)
  • 22. The Magnetic Fields - “The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side” (Requested by anon)
  • 23. Frank Ocean - “Pilot Jones”
  • 24. Sufjan Stevens - “Come On! Feel the Illinoise! Part I: The World’s Columbian Exposition / Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream”
  • 25. Sean Milo - "Hollowpine"
  • 26. Ty Segall & White Fence - “I Am Not A Game” (Requested by anon)
  • 27. Animal Collective - “What Would I Want? Sky” (Requested by anon)
  • 28. Nana Grizol - “Cynicism” (Requested by magicinthemundane)
  • 29. Jay Reatard - “Wounded” (Requested by dharmaronin)

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Stream via Spotify:

Friday, August 17, 2012
Now Playing: Milkshakes - "Kalabar's Revenge"

This affable Connecticut-based punk band is going to be playing an acoustic set on my radio show next Friday. Tune in to Left of the Dial on WNHU right now to hear a cut from their new split EP.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 6/29/12

Thanks as always for tuning in to Left of the Dial last night on WNHU. Last night’s broadcast included a lot of new tracks, a number of which will appear on my June 2012 mix. That mix will be up later today on the blog to stream via 8tracks. If you missed the show last night, you can stream the playlist on Spotify at the embedded link below. Unfortunately, a lot of the tracks aren’t available on Spotify, but it’s the best option at this point. I guess you’ll just have to deal. Anyway, if you’re really interested, I’ve provided individual links to stream each one of the songs that weren’t available on Spotify. 

Thanks again for tuning in, and be sure to catch next week’s program, on which I’ll be playing tracks from some of my favorite artists performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival in two weeks.

  • 1. The Hold Steady - “Constructive Summer”
  • 2. Jawbreaker - “The Boat Dreams From The Hill”
  • 3. Titus Andronicus - “Titus Andronicus”
  • 4. Spirit Night - "Kerouac"
  • 5. Ty Segall Band - “I Bought My Eyes”
  • 6. Built to Spill - "Distopian Dream Girl"
  • 7. The Promise Ring - “Perfect Lines”
  • 8. Milkshakes - "Kalabar’s Revenge"
  • 9. Donovan Wolfington - "Spencer Green"
  • 10. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - "I Will Be Okay. Everything"
  • 11. DIIV - “Doused”
  • 12. Jens Lekman - “Your Arms Around Me”
  • 13. The Smiths - “What Difference Does It Make?”
  • 14. Literature - "ESQUIRE ESQUIRE"
  • 15. Tilly and the Wall - "Love Riot"
  • 16. Fiona Apple - “Werewolf”
  • 17. Destroyer - “Savage Night At The Opera”
  • 18. Mister Heavenly - “Diddy Eyes”
  • 19. Baths - “You’re My Excuse To Travel”
  • 20. Milo - “The confrontation at Khazad-dûm”
  • 21. WHY? - “Sod In The Seed”
  • 22. Nana Grizol - “Tambourine-N-Thyme”
  • 23. Spider Bags - “My Oh My”
  • 24. Jens Lekman - “Waiting For Kirsten”
  • 25. The Helveticas - “Streetlight”
  • 26. Jose Oyola - “I’m The Cloud”
  • 27. The Human Fly - "Moth"
  • 28. House Of Wolves - “There She Goes”
  • 29. David Bello - “Rubberneck”
  • 30. Into It. Over It. - "Pontiac, MI (Acoustic)"
  • 31. Jake Shaker - "Let My Ocean Floor, Eternal"
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Stream via Spotify:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 6/1/12

Last night’s broadcast of Left of the Dial on WNHU was my first radio show of Summer 2012! That’s something to celebrate, right? I first started interning at WNHU two years ago this month, and got my show soon after that. I like to think that I’ve come a long way since then. Anyway, here’s the full, 30 track playlist from last night’s show. If you want, you can stream the 24 tracks that were available on Spotify at the embedded link at the bottom, provided that you have a Spotify account. I provided click through links for the songs that aren’t available to stream on Spotify below. Thanks for tuning in last night.

Also, as a sidenote, there won’t be another broadcast of Left of the Dial next Friday, June 8th. I’ll be playing a charity show in Glastonbury, Connecticut with some other great bands. Here’s the facebook event page if you’re interested in coming. 

  • 1. The Replacements - “Can’t Hardly Wait (Outtake-Electric)”
  • 2. Hüsker Dü - “Makes No Sense At All”
  • 3. Pavement - “Summer Babe (Winter Version)”
  • 4. King Tuff - “Bad Thing”
  • 5. PS I Love You - “Facelove”
  • 6. Japandroids - “Evil’s Sway”
  • 7. Ty Segall & White Fence - “Easy Ryder”
  • 8. Algernon Cadwallader - "Horror"
  • 9. Joyce Manor - “Beach Community”
  • 10. Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless" (Live at the Grog Shop)
  • 11. Milkshakes - “Kalabar’s Revenge”
  • 12. SPOOK HOUSES - "American"
  • 13. Dan Deacon - “Lots”
  • 14. World’s End Girlfriend - "Birthday Resistance"
  • 15. Man Man - “Banana Ghost”
  • 16. Two Humans - "Lonely Tunez"
  • 17. The Magnetic Fields - “California Girls”
  • 18. Cymbals Eat Guitars - “Indiana”
  • 19. Cheap Girls - “Ft. Lauderdale”
  • 20. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - “Round And Round”
  • 21. Dirty Projectors - “Two Doves”
  • 22. Sun Kil Moon - “Carry Me Ohio”
  • 23. Tom Waits - “Downtown Train”
  • 24. Mercury Rev - “Holes”
  • 25. Pavement - “Frontwards”
  • 26. Mission of Burma - “Academy Fight Song”
  • 27. These United States - “Nobody Can Tell”
  • 28. Bruce Springsteen - “Atlantic City”
  • 29. House Of Wolves - “Love Labored Lost”
  • 30. The Mountain Goats - “Going To Georgia” 

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stream/Download: MilkshakesWisdom Teeth/Milkshakes Split (2012)

Last week, the Connecticut indie/emo band Milkshakes debuted their half of an upcoming split Alabama’s Wisdom Teeth for free download on bandcamp. This three-song split marks the first official release from the Glastonbury-based group after a promising, if unremarkable, single-song demo release last year.

I have to say, I’m impressed. With only three songs, the Wisdom Teeth/Milkshakes split is by no means an earth-shattering release, but it’s a remarkably solid and well recorded collection of tracks for such a relatively young band. In particular, the updated version of “Kalabar’s Revenge,” the track that they released as a demo last year, stands out as a basement-ready punk anthem just waiting to be heard. On each of the three tracks, the guitars cut through the mix with just enough grit and slop, and the drums pack a tangible punch. At just over two minutes each, all three tracks follow the same formula, but they go by quickly enough that it doesn’t get tiresome. My favorite is easily the last track “Joeys Fitness,” on which the group slows things down just enough at the beginning to provide a buildup for the eventual release that comes with the chorus.

The lyrics on these songs are typical emo fare, but vocalist Tim Diltz sells them with just the right mix of aggression and melodic sensibility. Diltz has the rare ability to sing and shout in equal measure, and he exercises both talents at length on these three tracks. His vocals, and the surprisingly tuneful melodies that he crafts with them, are definitely the highlight of this release for me, and they make me look forward to shouting along with him at summer shows. 

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Stream Milkshakes’ half of the Wisdom Teeth/Milkshakes Split above, and download it for free from their bandcamp page

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Left of the Dial Radio Playlist - 11/4/11

Thanks for listening to my show last night! Since I missed last week’s show because I was performing at my school, I had a ton of new music to debut on WNHU last night. Perhaps most notably, I played a few tracks from the long-awaited Beach Boys release The Smile Sessions, which I reviewed a few days ago HERE. Additionally, I played a brand new track from the recently-reunited Guided By Voices, two from the new, Beck-produced Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks album Mirror Traffic, and a cut from the new Surfer Blood EP. The full playlist is below, complete with youtube or bandcamp links to the songs when they’re available.

Tune in next Friday at 6 PM eastern time to catch another live broadcast of Left of the Dial on WNHU.

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