Sunday, March 25, 2012

This record is worth every penny, and so much more.

The new Extra Life is pretty rad!

American tour dates (much intensity to be seen!):

04/06/12 Pawtucket, RI Machines with Magnets

04/07/12 Allston, MA Gay Gardens

04/08/12 Amherst, MA Hampshire College

04/13/12 Baltimore, MD Windup Space

05/04/12 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus Bar

Vic Godard/Georgio Valentino

Hullo, there. Somehow missed, until recently, some new stuff by Vic Godard (he of Subway Sect fame). The single "Better Not Turn On" has got a B-side by Georgio "The Dove" Valentino, a relatively new Detroit resident. The men performed backing vocals on each other's tracks and each has a quirky crooner style. Sexy! You can buy the single HERE.

This Georgio Valentino fellow has become an interesting stereotype of a European, as he's now based in Brussels. Here's some more'a his work, from 2011:

...and some old Subway Sect, for good measure, because you ought to be a fan if you're not:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Christine Leakey, Part II

Christine Leakey's album was finally released! New single herrrrre:

Worthy of note - one of the many personnel involved in the creation of Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure was Roy Clarke, "a family friend originally from London UK," who, at "85 has been playing the bones for over 70 years." He plays bones and spoons on the record.

Give this whimsical album a try and then throw some money at it. It's worthwhile.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Speedy Ortiz - Taylor Swift b/w Swim Fan

Got a really good entry in the inbox last week from Massachusetts-based Speedy Ortiz; singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis wrote in and described her band as one for fans of groups like Polvo, Helium and Pavement, which, of course, I expected to be a loaded statement, since a good number of bands have no idea what they sound like and attempt to spout off names in order to lure people in and let them down. As it turns out, however, Speedy Ortiz reminds quite a bit of Polvo's dirty drumming and simultaneously angular and fuzzed-out guitars, and even more so of Mary Timony-fronted Helium, which shared a guitarist in Polvo's Ash Bowie.

A look back revealed that Speedy Ortiz was previously a lo-fi, minimalist solo project by multi-instrumentalist Dubuis, and her 2011 recordings, the Cop Kicker EP and full-length The Death of Speedy Ortiz, were done quite similarly to, say, the method of Ill Ease's Elizabeth Sharp (though her singing is a bit more, erm, organized than Sharp's). Come 2012, Speedy Ortiz has transformed into a proper female-fronted four-piece; rather than K Records-style, lo-fi indie rock, the full group is making noisy guitar rock, modeled off that earliest phase of math rock that came from the start of the '90s. Dupuis is carefree and mildly mopey in her delivery, as were Timony and Liz Phair seventeen years ago. And it all comes together perfectly. I can't fucking wait for this band to release an LP together.

Keep up with their tour dates at Livejournal. Yes, they are the last people on earth to use a Livejournal account.

New Billy!

Quite literally swiped from Damaged Goods:

And this has got some swell, swell cover art: