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Nutshell Music Group’s 2012: The Year (Or…Seven Months) In Review

Everyone here at Nutshell has been taking some time off in response to the holiday season being upon us, just as we hope you did the same. But before the streamers and fireworks get released and the beginning of a new work calendar is upon us, it’s only fitting that we put together a best of list for those of you that are new to the site (or are already nostalgic). So here are some fun facts about our last seven months as an official publication. But before we get the ball rolling, here’s to wishing you a wonderful 2013.

Nutshell Music Group is born!

With the June 14th review of Walk The Moon’s self-titled LP, Nutshell Music Group officially became a publication.
Album Rating: 89/100
Album Highlights: “Anna Sun”, “Shiver Shiver”, “I Can Lift A Car”

NUTSHELLNutshell: The Logo and The Twitter

On June 18th, we unveiled our new logo, created by John Spiller. Then three days later we officially hit social media, with our Twitter that you can follow @NSMusicGroup.

Nutshell’s First Concert

The site became so much more than an album review site on July 16th, with our first concert review being published on Vampire Weekend’s Pitchfork Performance.
Concert Rating: A
Concert Highlights: Opening with the one two punch of “Cousins” and “White Sky”, an untitled new song now known as “Unbelievers”.

Making Friends

On October 15th Nutshell Music Group officially announced the addition of our newest writer, Bianca Smith. Her first review was posted less than two weeks later.

Opening the Discussion

On December 1st, we started our first full-on discussion topic as we posted our first round of Lollapalooza 2013 lineup predictions. Since then, a large amount of responses have come in and we opened up our Lollapalooza 2013 page.

Bests, Worsts, and Other Notable Things

Highest Rated Album: Matt & Kim – Lightning
Album Rating: 98/100
Album Highlights: “Let’s Go”, “Now”, “I Said”

Highest Rated EP: Go Tell The Eskimo – Smoke Signals EP
Album Rating: 95/100
Album Highlights: “When The Lights Go Out”

Lowest Rated Album: Animal Kingdom – The Looking Away
Album Rating: 73/100
Album Highlights: “Get Away With It”, “Skipping Disc”

Top Viewed Post: Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup Predictions

Most written about artist: Green Day (with a total of three album reviews)

Album We Wish We Reviewed Better: The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Original Rating: 84/100

IMG_0445Nutshell Music Group’s total geek-out favorite band of the year: Stepdad

This one deserves some explaining. This goes to the band that Nutshell Music Group feels is the band that was most enjoyable to deal with. After reviewing Wildlife Pop back in June and then their Beat Kitchen Concert in October, the group has always been fun to watch, listen to, and even talk to in small doses. So a big thank you goes out to the guys in Stepdad for giving us a memorable band to talk about time and time again.

There you have it folks! Have a great time ringing in the new year, and we will be back on schedule with normal reviews after 2013 begins.

Nutshell Album Review: Go Tell The Eskimo – Smoke Signals EP

GTTEIt is impossible to say how much we love it when we have the chance to review something from a band we haven’t heard before. Think back to the last time you found a band that you now listen to religiously. A band that you sing along with when no one is around. Maybe even when people are around. That’s not important, but what does need to be said is that it is an amazing moment of clarity when you hear new music that you instantly want to share with everyone. The reason we love that here at Nutshell Music Group is the fact that we then get to rant on about it as long as we see fit, and come out with a new artist on our iPods in the process. That is the case for Go Tell The Eskimo, a ridiculously fun indie four-piece that is currently in the process of “crossing the pond” from the UK to smash the American music scene to pieces (in a positive way). In the upsettingly short Smoke Signals EP, the group establishes a sound that makes the non-admitting hipster inside of me start to drool.

The Smoke Signals EP opens with “When The Lights Go Out”, starting off with a play on Blur’s famous “Song 2” drum part, and then trailing off into a rhythmic, beat-focused anthem. With dancefloor-style riffs and Arcade Fire-like vocals, the track is enough on its own to win over the hearts of the US music industry. Up next is “Silverhorse Rider”, which features a grouped vocal approach and whistling overdubbed with bells. This song is a potential sing-a-long without a doubt, and it would not be a surprise to hear it over the airwaves by this time next year. The EP is then quickly closed out with “Magazine”, a track that masters the quiet and loud dynamic with a subtle force. The disc is short but sweet, and it can basically be stated as fact that this band’s debut LP will be something to talk about.

Go Tell The Eskimo was one of those happy little surprises that leaves an impact on you. The group has its own unique take on the indie rock craze that is currently going around, and they will be on top of that craze by the time it’s all said and done. It is easy for Nutshell to give the Smoke Signals EP a 95/100, and it was able to keep our jaws on the floor in the process. So go out and listen to the album (which is available on iTunes now) on Go Tell The Eskimo’s website and ReverbNation, or obtain this music in some other manner. But don’t steal music, you jerk.

Smoke Signals EP Tracklisting:

  1. When The Lights Go Out
  2. Silverhorse Rider
  3. Magazine
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