Thursday, April 8, 2010

Neeeewwwhollygolightlyahhhhhhhhh...

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs have a new record!
Buy it and then see them on tour. Go!!!

Apr 6 2010 - The Nick - Birmingham, Alabama
Apr 7 2010 - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack - Little Rock, Arkansas
Apr 8 2010 - The Prophet Bar - Dallas, Texas
Apr 9 2010 - Emo’s Alternative Lounge (Indoor) - Austin, Texas
Apr 10 2010 - Mango’s - Houston, Texas
Apr 12 2010 - Plush - Tuscon, Texas
Apr 13 2010 - The Casbah - San Diego, California
Apr 14 2010 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, California
Apr 16 2010 - The Blank Club - San Jose, California
Apr 17 2010 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, California
Apr 19 2010 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, Oregon
Apr 20 2010 - Capitol Theatre Backstage - Olympia, Washington
Apr 21 2010 - Media Club - Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 22 2010 - The Funhouse - Seattle, Washington
Apr 23 2010 - Red Room - Kennewick, Washington
Apr 24 2010 - BLVD *EARLY SHOW* - Spokane, Washington
Apr 25 2010 - Neurolux - Boise, Idaho
Apr 27 2010 - Hi Dive - Denver, Colorado
Apr 28 2010 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, Nebraska
Apr 29 2010 - The Record Bar - Kansas City, Missouri
Apr 30 2010 - The Firebird St. - Louis, Missouri
May 1 2010 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, Tennessee

Listen to new stuff here and old stuff there.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Slang Chickens - Slang Chickens

Slang Chickens have been churning out a steady stream of live performances around Los Angeles since forming a couple of years ago; the tracklisting that’s finally been pressed onto a self-released record is essentially the setlist that’s been helping them build an audience since 2008, and to some extent this works against the band’s favor. The live energy of the band, an amplified version of their cowpunk, electric blues and local rock blend, does not translate as well as hoped on these studio recordings, the production too clean comparatively, and Evan Weiss’ vocals only emphasized as some awkwardly slick yet nasal version of JP Hasson (former Pleaseeasaur).

“Club Love” has a good rhythm to it that’s cheapened a bit with too much electric fuzz; “Let’s Microwave” – though an apparent live favorite – is filler, raucous for the sake of being so but lacking a case for the idea that a song can be great despite mediocre lyrics, and “Blues (Dripping Down My Leg)” is a heavy blues track that breaks down unexpectedly into a Latin bridge and then bounces back.

“Parasited Out” is a quickly paced pop song that sounds rather reminiscent of the Soft Pack (who, perhaps coincidentally, have a song called “Parasite”), and yes, the likeness has been suggested elsewhere. No two songs here are alike, and while there is no confusion of identity, the record is not consistently rough as with their live presence. They get tons of Gun Club references, but what they don't have is a leader with frantic energy, wailing as though his life depended on it (though, hell, anyone looks overly stylized next to Jeffrey Lee Pierce). But everything about this band is so damn likeable, and they could certainly make an excellent case for a live record. Step two.


Slang Chickens - Tropics
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