Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chanukah round-up of rockunroll

Really delighted to share a new song from Dan Melchior, whose All At Sea gets released next week.

A few months back, Michael Galinsky wrote a beautiful tribute to Dan's wife, Letha Rodman Melchior, for Rumur (featuring a ten-minute video very much worth watching). Letha passed away from cancer this past September, but her own second album, Shimmering Ghost, was completed shortly before her passing, and is now available for pre-order. It will see a January release. Having gotten a taste of new music by both Dan and Letha, it really does seem that the two had had a chance to influence each other's art while at home together over the last several years. And I'm glad for it -- the results are quite stunning.

Erase Errata are making a comeback -- Lost Weekend will be their first record in nine years, out Jan. 20, and the first taste of the album is showing a wild evolution, much more polished than where they began a decade and a half ago. The self-released Lost Weekend was recorded in Iowa City and is available for pre-order here.

Speaking of excellent lady-bands, this was the year of Sex Stains, yet another Allison Wolfe-fronted act, quietly making their way in and around Los Angeles throughout 2014. They are what the Slits ought to have been when they reformed an approximate decade ago, and they're an adequate replacement for the Mika Miko-shaped hole in L.A. that developed when Bleached became a band.

And speaking of bands partly named for sex, Minnesota punk band the Sex Rays have got a seven-inch out today, undoubtedly intended to fulfill the longing for new music by fans of Spider Fever and Beehive and the Barracudas.

Finally, making a return in 2015 are Wellington band the Eversons! They wish you a merry Christmas in the meantime.

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