Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Fresh & Onlys - Play It Strange

Review of the new Fresh & Onlys record! Right here:

Genuinely one of my favorite records to come out this year, and they're opening for Clinic this fall! (At the Troubadour in West Hollywood on November 20)

Purchase Play it Strange

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oh, Ari.

By now you've likely heard that Ari Up of the Slits passed away, allegedly from untreated cancer, yesterday. I was actually sitting at a Hugh Cornwell show when I heard the news - quite appropriate to be watching a fellow Brit active from the '70s forward, I s'pose. And it was perhaps the first time I've been shocked and saddened by a famous death since Lhasa after the new year, the only ones prior to that being Lux Interior and perhaps Elliott Smith.

There's probably not a female punk fan out there who could claim to not like the Slits - I'm not going to throw out a long spiel about how they were role models for women in music, blah blah, because I wasn't around in the '70s to see them open for the Clash and I'd feel like a phony if I did go on with that argument. But I did discover them as an old teenager/young adult, probably like most did several decades ago, and even knowing that the music was over 20 years old by then, and that women had become punk rockers and musicians since, the female thing being nothing special by the turn of the millenium, I still found myself wowed, because really, no one sounds like them, even to this day. Cut sounds more like a jungle soundtrack than anything else I've ever heard (well, that side of an Animal Collective show I caught sometime six years ago, anyway). And their live recordings are sloppy and rude, as they should be.

But then, Ari Up. I feel lucky to live in a time when so many bands from my parents' record collections have reunited and toured as middle-aged groups celebrating their classic efforts. The Slits are one of these - I had the chance to see them at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in late 2006, and though my initial impression was that all the kids and new members made the reunion sort of a forced gathering, with Hollie Cook's attention-whorism not yet earned given who we were there to see (no, I don't care who your father is), my impression by show's end was that, fuck, the band had sort of become a family, this combination of teenagers and middle aged mums. And Ari Up was like an outgoing, happy mom, pulling the whole thing together and providing balance to Tessa Pollitt's solemn face, throwing her helicopter dreads about the air and dancing in a neon swimsuit-type thing, and showing off her L.A. pride, because years prior, her kid had been born in "Cuuul-vah Cityyyy!" She made music fun. A lot of musicians take themselves seriously because music is art, or whatever. And the chance to see a woman sing with spirit, rather than prettily, like someone's watching, and dance, and swear, and have fun on instinct, is so badly lacking at present. The privilege to watch her sing was a onetime thing, but I'm thrilled to have had it.

Purchase Live at the Gibus Club, recorded in Paris in 1978.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mo' junk

Hiya! I'm a bit behind on this, though better late than forgotten - a new 7-inch came out on the Scion A/V Garage series earlier this month, and this time it features Kid Congo Powers (most famous, really, for being a founding member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and leaving the Gun Club and the Cramps at the wrong time in their respective careers), as well as Hunx and His Punx, who recently supported a touring Frankie Rose and the Outs (and will probably suit John Waters fans relatively well).

Download of both tracks available here (yes, fo' free!)


Number two. The lovely Fat Possum Records is going to begin reissuing a whole mess of T. Rex albums, beginning with The Slider on October 26. You can pre-order this one here. That Bolan fellow was a hottie.


For those sad bastard Americana lovers, Nick Loss-Eaton (a very nice fellow and publicist in Brooklyn who, in the past year, promoted a great record by Nick Curran) has released an EP as Leland Sundries, and you can hear his deep, deep voice and hear some deep, deep thoughts at his website, where there's a stream of his music and a nice little link with which you can purchase it. He'll be touring the South and the Northeast this fall - have a look at the schedule.

Leland Sundries - Elegy

The Twilight Sad - The Wrong Car

Review of the gorgeous new Twilight Sad 12" located here:

Remixes are unnecessary, but left untouched, the band can basically do no wrong.

Purchase The Wrong Car, then watch the videos of their acoustic performances at Drowned in Sound that were posted a few days back, then watch the video for "The Wrong Car" to find out what you just bought. (It was totally filmed in L.A.!)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle

Review of the new Blonde Redhead record here:

It's got all sorts of tracks that'll be heard overhead in your local branch of Forever 21.

Blonde Redhead - Here Sometimes
Purchase Penny Sparkle