Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Video of The Day #65: Ttotals

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

What happens out there, in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, when it's just a man and a briefcase and a sudden, blinding light? According to Ttotals and the clip for "Let The Light In," that man goes a-missing. And he's not the only one. Alien abduction seems a fitting visualization for another fine slice of the Nashville duo's (soon to be trio) otherworldly, controlled but calamitous psych clamor. And of course, there's a twist at the end. Watch it now. 

And as a bonus, the band pulls into Richmond tonight for what promises to be a great night of noise. 






[posted 9.1.15]

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Video Of The Day #64: Princess Century

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Something about the video for Princess Century's "Sunscream" reminds me of the opening credits for a trashy 80s Euro drama series. Perhaps a detective series. And I like it. The somewhat blurred, sun-drenched images are the perfect foil to a song that blithely and unapologetically slinks along in a synthy, serpentine path just this side of seedy.  






[posted 8.30.15]

The Week In Shows: 8/31-9/6

The last Sunday evening in August seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

The days are getting shorter, and while most folks out there are probably bummed out about it I'm getting excited for fall. It's a little bit of a slow week, seeing as it's the week before a holiday weekend, but yours truly will actually be out on the town this week, so look for me at the starred show down below. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

TUESDAY, 9/1/15

-Arum Rae w/ Steve West + Mechanical River (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 9/2/15

-Rom + Night Streets + Kickstand Band + Mittenfields (Black Cat)*
-Tamaryn + Gambles (DC9)

FRIDAY, 9/4/15

-19th Street Band (Free at The Hamilton)
-Beauty Pill + Paperhaus + Redline Graffiti (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 9/5/15

-The Dough Rollers + Sleepwalkers + New Boss (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 9/6/15

-Teen Mom + Ghostt Bllonde + No Honeymoon (Velvet Lounge)
-Modest Mouse + Hop Along (Echo Stage - SOLD OUT)



[posted 8.30.15]

Singles Club: Level & Tyson

Sunday evening calls for a double dip of goodness, I do believe. I'm delighted to offer you lovelies not one but too mighty fine songs from Norway's Level & Tyson that I think you might just enjoy quite a bit.

Somewhat akin to the way Yuck successfully rode a wave of 90s revivalism, Level & Tyson has their obvious American indie influences. But they inject no shortage of their own eccentric, undeniable energy into both "No Fun My Head" and "Tied Up," and I think you'll find both succulently scuzzed up songs worthy of much repeated listening.   





[posted 8.30.15]

On The Road Again: Beach House

If you've not yet had the pleasure of seeing Beach House live yet, friends, this might just be your lucky year. The Baltimore-based duo is prepping to tour newest long player Depression Cherry, and will more than likely sprinkle in favorite upon favorite from their prior records while regaling your ears with new levels of gorgeous. 

It's time to cozy up to their slinky, glacial wonderfulness up close and in person, and I guarantee you you'll love every minute. There's no DC date, so pardon me while I get my pout on.  


BEACH HOUSE TOUR DATES

Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s **
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre **
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre **
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue [Sold Out] **
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown **
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall **
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant **
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall **
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom **
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn **
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman Auditorium **
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre **
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom [Sold Out] **
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18 - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]

** w/ Jessica Pratt
# w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more




[posted 8.30.15]

[photo via Beach House Facebook]

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Good Cover Version #17: Speedy Ortiz Does The Cardigans

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

This cover actually makes a heck of a lot of sense if you stop and think about it. Grunge revivalists Speedy Ortiz share a dark undercurrent with those deceptively poppy Swedes The Cardigans. The Speedy cover of "Hanging Around" gets good and grimy before really getting down and dirty, a denouement that is both expected and incredibly satisfying.  




[posted 8.29.15]

The Untitled Interview #213: Starring Sean Zearfoss (Small Reactions)

Atlanta has many charms, chief among these charms is a lively music scene (well, it's certainly not the local baseball team!). 

Small Reactions is a name y'all need to keep a beady eye on out of the ATL scene. The four gentlemen of Small Reactions churn out a delightful delirium of hazy grit and poppy fuzz, a charming noise to be sure. Keeper of the beat Sean Zearfoss has kindly answered some queries, which you can read below. Check out how The Kinks, Lynyrd Skynyrd (be still my heart), and Black Sabbath have influenced one quarter of Small Reactions, and make sure you nab their record Similar Phantoms via Bandcamp

Fuzzy Logic: How do you do?
Sean Zearfoss: Pretty well! We just played a show on Monday and are now taking a break from shows for a while to start working on our second record. I'm battling a pretty serious head cold and ear infection, so I couldn't hear that show, but it felt pretty good!

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
SZ: "Do You Remember Walter?" by The Kinks.

FL: Playing music is:
SZ: Completely necessary.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
SZ: Paranoid by Black Sabbath.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
SZ: Stones, for sure.

FL: What’s your first music memory?
SZ: My mom playing standards like "Moon River," "Unchained Melody," and "Alley Cat" on our upright piano.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
SZ: Top 5 Albums (of right now):

1. Deerhunter - Microcastle

2. Crystal Stilts - In Love with Oblivion

3. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground and Nico

4. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain

5. Wire - Chairs Missing

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
SZ: Mr. Holland's Opus.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
SZ: It depends on who drank the other half...

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
SZ: That Paul McCartney must have written "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime" in 10 minutes because it somehow manages to be both the worst and best Christmas song of all time.

FL: Little-known Small Reactions fact?
SZ: We started our band in an effort to sound as much like Phish as possible. It didn't work out and now we just sound like the complete opposite. No joke.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
SZ: A tie between Criminal Records and Wax N' Facts, both here in Atlanta.

FL: What was your first show?
SZ: A New Year's Eve show at a place called The Warehouse in Kennesaw, GA. The first show I went to was Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top in 1997. Both were a long, long time ago...

FL: Your boots were made for:
SZ: Walking with a purpose.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
SZ: Shaken, it uses fewer resources.

FL: What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on, and where to?
SZ: The longest flight I've been on was to the U.K. to play a few shows!

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
SZ: Terribly unhappy.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
SZ: Black Sabbath.

FL: Best song ever written?
SZ: "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney.





[posted 8.29.15]

Video of The Day #63: Salad Boys

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

There's something delightfully obtuse about the clip for "Dream Date," from New Zealanders Salad Boys. In it, boy and his microphone frolic around the NZ countryside, while the jangly machinations of the song steamroll along gleefully. It's a rather dreamy little song, I think you'll agree. 

The Boys are hitting the road in the US this fall, and alas, will not be coming to the DC metro. I still love them, though, despite this oversight. 






[posted 8.29.15]

Monday, August 24, 2015

Video of The Day #62: Ha The Unclear

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

I do like a clever fellow, and the gents of Ha The Unclear come across as quite clever indeed in the new clip for "Growing Mould." A little geeky and more than a little tongue in cheek, these New Zealand lads are quite difficult to resist. The song and video kismet is completely perfect, the two belong together almost as much as peanut butter and strawberry jelly. Who among us can resist on point harmonies and some introspective self-deprecation (sung with the absolute darlingest of Kiwi accents)? Not I, friends. Not I. 





[posted 8.23.15]

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Crossing The Pond #39: Aaron Wright

It's getting late on a Sunday night, I'm feeling a bit blue, and I'm feeling compelled to share a lovely, rather blue folk gem from Scottish songsmith Aaron Wright.

"Proper Chronic Lonely" is truly troubadour material, dire straits hard times mixed with the ache of lost love in a brutally honest, beautifully gritty song. Oh, and there's legendary Scots musicians all over the place (Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub, for starters). With friends like that, and with a voice like that, Wright feels destined for something special.

And for those of you who enjoyed watching Eastenders, you really ought to recognize the other star of the video below. 





[posted 8.23.15]

The Week In Shows: 8/24-8/30

A Sunday evening that has arrived much too soon seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

It's already the last full week of August. When I was younger, I really resented this time of year, but now I think it's great. For the same reason: kiddos are going back to school. Remember, stay in school kids! And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week, a show that should be the subject of your undivided attention. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

TUESDAY, 8/25/15

-Dead Heavens + Highway Cross (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 8/26/15

-Gregg Allman (Birchmere)
-Fake Palms + The Milestones + Camps (DC9)

THURSDAY, 8/27/15

-King Raam + Smoke Season (Black Cat)
-Shark Week + Flowers of Evil + The Black Sparks + Gnarwhal + Great Deceivers (Sealab)
-The Delta Saints + Tomato Dodgers (DC9)

FRIDAY, 8/28/15

-Screaming Females + Vacation + Give (Rock & Roll Hotel) (Extra Recommended!)
-Incredible Change + Stronger Sex + Motion Lines (Tropicalia)
-Lighting Fires + Clones of Clones (IOTA)

SATURDAY, 8/29/15

-Shilpa Ray + Linear Downfall + Janel Leppin (Paper Haus)




[posted 8.23.15]

Monday, August 17, 2015

Remix Fix: We Are Temporary Does Ruane Maurice

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

There's something about We Are Temporary's remix of Ruane Maurice's "Peaked" that I just can't stop listening to. Ruane Maurice's vocals totally make me think of the Faithless period I went through years ago, but the We Are Temporary treatment takes Ruane Maurice somewhere less grounded and into more rarified, ethereal air. It's a perfect end-of-summer song, kissed by the hint of a chill and smoldering more than a little. Listen and enjoy, y'all. 




[posted 8.16.15]

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Week In Shows: 8/17-8/23

A beautiful, sunny Sunday evening seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

I don't know about y'all, but I think Europe has the right idea. Compare their vacation time with ours, and you'll get seriously depressed. But here's a list of some good shows happening in town this week, and that should lift some spirits. And remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week, a show that should be the subject of your undivided attention. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 8/17/15

-Shark Week (The Pinch)

TUESDAY, 8/18/15

-Mobius Strip + Booby Trap + Psychic Subcreatures (Black Cat)
-Deer Run Drifters (Hill Country Live)

WEDNESDAY, 8/19/15

-Willie Nelson & Family (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
-Gravity Lens (DC9)
-Literature + Expert Alterations + The Rememberables (Black Cat) (Extra Recommended!)

THURSDAY, 8/20/15

-The Beach Boys (Ram's Head Center Stage)
-The Coward's Choir + Coconut Milk + Super City (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 8/21/15

-Empresarios + Black Masala (The Hamilton)

SATURDAY, 8/22/15

-J. Flax & The Heart Attacks + Party Dark + Alfajor + Psychic Subcreatures (La Casa)
-Babe City Records Anniversary starring Young Rapids + The Sea Life + Max Levine Ensemble + Den-Mate + The El-Mansouris (9:30 Club)
-Dead 27s (Hill Country Live)

SUNDAY, 8/23/15

-The Beach Boys (Wolf Trap)



[posted 8.16.15]

Video of The Day #61: Crocodiles

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

If you've been around here a time or two, you know how hard I crush on Crocodiles. Newest lp BOYS is all sorts of amazing, and the clip for "Foolin' Around" perfectly captures the seedy sexy of the record. The gents find themselves given life in cartoon form (like Peanuts gone to the dark side) performing to a motley crew of cartooned hipsters and miscreants. It's wacky, and it's thoroughly enjoyable.

As an added bonus, check out one of my favorite Crocodiles ditties for your listening pleasure. 








[posted 8.16.15]