No Sleep Records- “A Comp For Mom”

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No Sleep Records will release a compilation tomorrow called “A Comp For Mom,” to celebrate the life of label founder Chris Hansen’s mother, who recently passed away. The compilation’s 16 tracks are a mix of original songs and covers. Some highlights for me include an unreleased song by The Swellers, a new acoustic song by Major League, a full band version of The Wonder Years’ “Living Room Song,” a solo track by Balance and Composure lead singer Jon Simmons, and an excellent cover of The National’s “Available” by Touché Amoré that showcases lead singer Jeremy Bolm’s “clean” (non-screamy) vocals for the first time ever.

You can stream the entire compilation at Brooklyn Vegan, but I would encourage you to purchase the compilation if you like what you hear, as the proceeds will all go toward medical bills and other expenses incurred after Hansen’s mother’s passing and also to a memorial fund that he has set up in her honor. The tracks are listed below:

A Comp for Mom – tracklist

1. Allison Weiss – In My Life (originally by the Beatles)
2. Daisyhead – Work (originally by Jimmy Eat World)
3. Grey Gordon – Safe (originally by Dag Nasty)
4. Into It. Over It. – For Agnes
5. Jon Simmons – Veins
6. Koji – Matches (live version)
7. La Dispute – First Reactions After Falling Through The Ice
8. Major League – Montreal (acoustic version)
9. Moose Blood – Orlando (2014 version)
10. Now, Now – Neighbors
11. Run Forever – Warmer Weather
12. Sainthood Reps – Occurrent (acoustic version)
13. State Faults – Chin Up (originally by Copeland)
14. The Swellers – Possibilities (unreleased b-side)
15. The Wonder Years – Living Room Song (full band version)
16. Touché Amore – Available (The National cover)

Say Anything- “Six Six Six” (featuring Jon Simmons of Balance & Composure)

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Wow, two of my favorite lead singers ever teaming up=amazing. And their raw, gravelly, passionate vocals complement each other perfectly. I think Max Bemis needs to start a side project with Jon Simmons, much like he did with Chris Conely of Saves The Day. I can only imagine how awesome their band would sound.

I’m beyond excited for the new Say Anything album, “Hebrews” and for their upcoming tour. Max Bemis has a songwriting style like no other, and his theatrical, witty, sardonic style is unparalleled. This first new song off the upcoming album is no exception.

Listen to “Six Six Six” here, courtesy of Billboard:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6069749/say-anything-six-six-six-song-premiere-max-bemis-talks-ambitious-new-hebrews