Sunday, March 31, 2013

Julian Lynch - Lines



Thank god for Julian Lynch - were it not for him, the Orange You Glad title would've gone horribly neglected at one point.

Madison, Wisconsin-based Lynch, overeducated creator of something like noise-folk or baroque-pop, what have you, has got a new record shipping out on April 5, called Lines. At this point, genres are just silly, and Lynch is the kind of artist that most music reviewers will drive themselves bonkers over in attempting to describe. Myself included. So what can be said about Lines is that it's dissonant, yet it's apologetically hushed and mild, and it's halfway between Greg Ashley and Gene Defcon.

Listen to and then buy a copy of Lines.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

At last, Molly Drake.


Back in October 2007, I had the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Theater to see the Nick Drake documentary A Skin Too Few, presented in part by Drake's sister, Gabrielle. During the event, Gabrielle played a tape of piano recordings by her mother, Molly, taking care to note Molly's influence on her son's music and acknowledging that a collection of her recordings would eventually see the light of day. More than five years later, Molly Drake's home-recorded music is available to the public.

Listen to samples of the album here.

Last weekend, WNYC re-broadcast a marvelous podcast about Nick and Molly Drake, originally recorded in April 2012. Have a listen at wnyc.org.

And, truly, buy this record.

Bleached - Ride Your Heart



What made Mika Miko shows such a blast—and I’ve come to realize that a lot of men didn’t see their appeal—was that, as a 5-foot, 2-inch, 21-year old girl, being able to dance in a room full of other 21-year old girls, without having to worry about getting trampled on in a circle pit, allowed for fun without the safety concerns of a male-dominated punk show. Pussy reasoning on my part, but it’s the truth. And it was unfortunately rare to see a group of girls get up and do what boys had been doing for thirty years, making stupid punk rock about mundane topics without worrying about being pretty. Maybe “Turkey Sandwich” was their “TV Party.” So it’s a shame to see that the Clavin sisters have since hopped on the Dum Dum Girls train, with traditional girl group lyrics, and mini-dresses on stage (perhaps influenced by Jennifer Clavin’s time in New York while singing for Cold Cave). [...]

(Read the full review at Your Flesh.)

Purchase Ride Your Heart.

The Mary Onettes - Hit the Waves



A few different music scenes co-existed in the 1980s, and the first couple records by the Jönköping-based Mary Onettes sparked a number of comparisons, most notably to the happier side of The Cure, and with a strange amount of accuracy, to a-ha. But there was a certain authenticity that kept the Mary Onettes from sounding kitschy or ironic. The band’s 2007 eponymous debut in particular, wrapped in a booklet of dark, glossy nature shots, found its influences bouncing from song to song, drawing inspiration from glum, generic 90s post-Britpop (“Pleasure Songs”), Echo and the Bunnymen (“Lost”), and Pornography-era Cure (“Void”), all within the first twelve minutes of the album. [...]

(Read the full review at Your Flesh.)

Purchase Hit the Waves.

Wax Idols - Discipline and Desire





The jump from 2011′s No Future to 2013′s Discipline and Desire is a major upgrade, and a prime example of how collaboration can aid a band’s output rather than hurt its creative process. Primary member and songwriter Heather Fedewa/Hether Fortune, at only 25, has already taken part in a handful of bands, been a dominatrix, dated a cult rock star (the late Jay Reatard), and developed enough confidence and self-assuredness to spew a stream of arrogance and “you don’t get my art” arguments throughout her social media feeds. She carries herself with the cockiness and androgyny of a leader respectively beyond her years, and beyond traditionally-defined femininity. For someone so obscure, she’s quite a somebody. And she is extremely self-aware. [...]

(Read the full review at Your Flesh.)

Purchase Discipline and Desire.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Twilight Sad returns! Again!



Lucky us - there's a new Twilight Sad B-side, from the sessions of No One Can Ever Know, released last year. Just to remind, they're also repeating a tour with Frightened Rabbit, as of this very week, and are touring as a stripped-down three-piece, per the request of Frightened Rabbit. So incredibly worthwhile.

3/08 Seattle, WA Showbox
03/09 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
03/11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
03/12 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
03/13 Los Angeles, CA Music Box / Fonda
03/14 Santa Cruz, The Crepe Place *
03/15 San Francisco, Rickshaw Stop *
03/18 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
03/19 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
03/21 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
03/22 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
03/23 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
03/24 Nashville, TN 3rd and Lindsley
03/26 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
03/27 Lousville, KY Headliners Music Hall

*Headlining Dates.
All other dates with Frightened Rabbit.