I have had a long time obsession/admiration for the music being produced by Bob Hoag at his Flying Blanket Studio in Mesa, AZ. Some of my favorites to come out of there have been Before Braille, Art for Starters, The Go Reflex, Mr. Kline + the Wizards of Time, Fifteen Minutes Fast, Tickertape Parade, Adam Panic, The Format, and The Retaliation for What They Have Done to Us. I'm not sure if these bands are so great because of something in the dry, hot Arizona air, or if Bob really is the recording genius they say his - but I like a lot of what he has done.
My most recent discovery out of Bob's studio is Dear and the Headlights. These guys seem to have come out of nowhere, and it took a few listens for their lead singer's crooning voice to grow on me, but they have completely won me over. Please enjoy this sample song (link above) and watch the video below of their first single, Sweet Talk. Bob Hoag even makes an appearance at the end, playing one of the most intense tambourine solos that I have ever seen.
Everyone and their dog should by their full length LP, Small Steps, Heavy Hooves.
Also - listen to some other tracks on their myspace. I especially like "Its Getting Easy."
You need to purchase this band!