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MBG: Javelins

MBG: Javelins

I’m a day late, but a fantastic new album just came out called “Heavy Meadows,” by a band called the Javelins. Well, since this is the Relevant Music Blog, and I share whatever music I find worthy enough of your time, please take a moment to get to know this band of music-makers! 

This current Music Blog Guest’s music is jangly and dreamy, but also poppy. and Awesome. There will likely be moments in which you’ll be moved to dance, but these guys are primarily indie rockers. I love it, and I hope you dear readers can find some joy in listening as well.

Okay MBG time.

Dylan Peterson: Hi Javelins. What’s your favorite new album?

Matt Rickle: Currently Why?’s Alopecia is the standout record for me this year. It’s just fantastic. I love the honesty that comes through in Yoni’s lyrics. While they are a bit on the darker side at times, these are the things I find myself loving the most, like with Morrissey or Jeff Tweedy. Though I don’t personally identify with the despairation in their songs, I love hearing about it. We’ve been jamming that new Portishead record in the van as well, they still got it. 

Julian Wettlin: Mine would be Deerhunter/Microcastles. It leaked a few months ago, and friend sent it to me over AIM and at first I thought it was something new by Deerhoof. As I listened it clearly was not Deerhoof, but I kept listing to it for like 2 weeks, and I still find myself going back to it. I find that he(they) can write such simple songs, with beautiful texture of sound beneath it all, and then ties in a catchy-pop vocal melody, something that inspires me to keep finding ways to make music. I also find he really enjoys writing, and putting out as much music as he(Bradford cox ) can on his blog for free, I respect that a lot and download a lot. Also what matt said about the WHY? record.


DP: YES. I think we’re going to be friends… Best show you’ve seen recently?

JW: Well, if i couldn’t choose COLOUR REVOLT , cause we just got off tour with them and they played so great every night, (if you get a chance to see them do yourself a favor and check them out) then I would choose WOLF PARADE. I saw them a few weeks ago. It’s become really hard to get people to come to shows in Detroit nowadays, and they did a great job of getting people to go all the way to PONTIAC ( which is 20-25 mins north of Detroit ) and they put on a great show. The band sounded really good, not too loud, it looked like they had fun playing. Also played my jams from the first record, and was impressed by the new songs live. Sounds like they tried new things in the studio and pulled them off live very well.

MR: I would say Fiery Furnaces. We opened for them a few months back and they were playing with the dude from String Cheese Incident, so it was 2 huge synth setups, the drummer, and Eleanor up front. So sweet. They ruled that night.


DP: Best memory from last/current tour?

MR: Too many to pick just one…..4am 90’s sing-alongs with Colour Revolt, Dr. Science and his amazing Butterfly Technology, playing with Apples In Stereo, projectile cupcakes, BBQ with our buddy Caleb in Iowa City, our cd release show…..It was the best tour we’ve had in a long time.


DP: Time to get deep guys… Please share a philosophical/theological thought with the ReleBlog.

MR: Always remember to be patient with people. Don’t be too quick to judge.


DP: Right on. What are you reading right now, what are you learning?

MR: I’m in the middle of “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris, and I am learning that he is hilarious. The chapter on family pets is AMAZING.


DP: What are you wearing? (yknow, like the way joan rivers asks stars on the red carpet)

MR: We are currently wearing Threadless t-shirts( If you haven’t heard about it, I’d check it out! Anyone can submit a design and if it’s chosen they’ll print up a run of shirts and sell them online. It’s great! Everyone needs some good t-shirts for summer time. I am also wearing a pair of New Balance shoes that I received as a gift 5 years ago. It’s time for new shoes.


DP: Oh yeah. I’ve got a Threadless shirt, designed by Chuck Anderson (NoPattern), it’s beautiful. I might show it off on the ReleBlog one of these days… One more important question. Why are you making music?

MR: It’s the only thing that keeps me sane. It’s the only thing that will constantly challenge and engage me. It fascinates me and I’m in love with it.


DP: Javelins, thanks for being our guests today in the Relevant Music Blog! Any parting remarks?

MR: I wish Tim & Eric could direct a video for us. I want to get that out there. I’d like to meet Joan Rivers on the red carpet. The Beatles made me do it.


Dylan Peterson is a recently married bicyclist from Chicago. He provides internal help to Sound Opinions (check your local NPR station for times, or subscribe to the podcast). And he made an official muxtape for the Relvant Music Blog.

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