Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween, Y'all!

I don't know about you, but October 31st has long been one of my most favorite days on the calendar. Dressing up as someone else, eating a bunch of sweets, and sanctioned scandalous behavior all get the thumbs up from me.

This year has been especially delightful, as I've already enjoyed Halloweekend treats like the Rock, Paper, Zombies affair (more on this later - curated by one of the bestest dang artistes around, Mr. Rich Bernett) at Strathmore Mansion Friday night, seen some folks dressed as Oompa Loompas, been to a party where I got to breathe in the sweet smell of a fog machine, and had a plastic spider stuck into my decollotege. And that's not even taking into account this evening. I'll be both at the Black Cat and Desperados, so if you happen to see a Little Red Riding Hood wandering around, it could very well be yours truly.

But enough rambling. It's time for some music to get us all in the mood for an evening of tricking, treating, and spooks. Happy haunting to all.

mp3: Halloween (The Dream Syndicate)

m4a: Movie Monster (Sound Team)

mp3: Haunting at 1300 McKinley (The Black Angels)

mp3: Theme From Ghost Patrol (Spindrift)

mp3: The Blood (The Cure)

m4a: Vampire (The Bluetones)

m4a: Ghost In You (The Psychedelic Furs)

mp3: My Girlfriend Is A Witch (October Country)

mp3: Monsters Coming Home (Voyageurs)

mp3: Bewitched (Beat Happening)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Contest Time: Gringo Star Ticket Time!

Y'all know that I dig those Atlanta boys of Gringo Star something pretty fierce. On record, their sound swirls together the naughtier side of the British Invasion (think The Kinks and The Animals, for starters) with the infectious, ageless energy of their Atlanta predecessors The Woggles. Live, they're not to be missed. Hell, last time I saw these gents, they managed to get shut down by the Harrisonburg Fire Department. We all know it's not a party until things get shut down.

The Gringos are coming back to DC on 11/13, and shall take the stage at the Black Cat (with support from standout locals The State Department). Obviously, you should be there. And I'm about to make it easier for you to be there and shake your hips to the marvelous jangle that is sure to await you. I've got a pair of tickets to bestow upon one lucky soul. All you need to do is email me at megan@logicfuzzy.com and tell me why I should give you said pair of tickets. Easy, no? Brownie points will be given for creativity (and perhaps flattery), so make it count! Contest closes at 5pm on 11/12, so snap to it. Oh, and you're welcome.

mp3: All Y'all (Gringo Star from All Y'all)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Through A Lens Fuzzily #7: Roses Coloured Glasses

Sometimes the universe taketh away. And sometimes, every now and then, the universe maketh up for all that takething away and throws us all a bone. By even bringing up the idea of a Stone Roses reunion, the universe has decided to show all sorts of kindness, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's slobbering with gratitude.

I've been a Roses fan for many years now. When I was younger, I actually made it a bucket list item to meet all four original members of the band (if you're interested, I'm batting .500 as of today). They're just one of those bands that just do it for me, and not having them around for all this time has really been no good.

Since I'm feeling all nostalgic for Scotland this week, it must be said that the Roses were a big part of my time over there. My friends and I pretty much all loved them, and many a drunken dance was danced to all the hits on dancefloors the country over (and the picture here was taken on one such inebriated night in Edinburgh, many moons ago). There's still a certain, heart-breaking boy over on that side of the pond whom I'll always associate with the Stone Roses, so listening to certain songs is full of bittersweet delight.

Now, universe, please make me even happier and send the Stone Roses this way for an American tour. I missed them back in the 90s, you see. So make it happen.

m4a: She Bangs The Drums (The Stone Roses from The Complete Stone Roses)

[photo by Megan Petty]

Album Review: Liturgy - Aesthethica

There's something about Liturgy, my friends. There has to be, because there's a whole bunch of non-metal fans (including, of course, yours truly) that love this band to bits. I'd dare any scoffing black metal purist to give Liturgy's second LP Aesthethica a taste, because you can't not come away impressed with it.

Brutal is a good way to begin to describe Aesthethica. 91.4% of the time, Liturgy is unleashing sheer savagery upon us all, with vocals that beg to raise the dead and a wall of noise that bursts eardrums, melts faces, and pretty probably peels paint. How they manage to make that so damned enjoyable is the mystery. Perhaps owing much to the band's obvious talent, the songs exhibit a deftness with composition and layering; intricate riffs are to be found in abundance and the battery of the drums can't fail to impress.

I love Aesthethica in its entirety, but I must give a nod to the sublime "Generation." It has a tendency to seep into my skin, that seven minute monster, a seemingly endless barrage of pandemonium. It lacks the howls of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, but "Generation" still manages to steal the show for me. "Tragic Laurel," the song immediately on its heels, is another noteworthy noisefest. The scathing guitars and almost hypnotic quality to the intro give way to a flat out axe-led bloodbath, complete with the almost animalistic hollering from the mouth of Hunt-Hendrix.

Perhaps the magic of Liturgy is that they managed to grab hold of a genre that is usually not exactly what would be considered indie fodder and somehow made it accessible. Well, more accessible, anyway.

mp3: Generation (Liturgy from Aesthethica)

The Good Ship Rediscovery: Astrid - Strange Weather Lately

We all forget about the older stuff from time to time, in our quest to stay up to speed with the latest and greatest. But one should always respect their elders. So don’t forget about them, y’hear?

Living in Scotland was amazing for more reasons than I can count, not least of which because at the time, I was still deep in the throes of being totally obsessed with British bands. It was a great, great time living in the lovely North of the Border and being closer than close to so many great bands. For one so enamored, it was a rather perfect storm.

One band I decided lit my fire while on Scottish soil was Astrid, a band full of cheeky Scots indie popsters. They brought together the melodic nature of their countrymen Teenage Fanclub with a healthy dose of 60s jangle, not to mention some eyebrow-raising, sly grin-inducing lyrics. Strange Weather Lately has been a constant companion for a number of years now, and if you've not yet heard it, you really ought to.

From the start, Strange Weather Lately is a quite a little charmer. The lively bounce of "Kitchen T.V." playfully tackles the touchy subject of self-gratification (here's looking at you, gentlemen) with a priceless refrain of "Baby save me from myself/or from the hand of someone else." "High In The Morning" gleefully bounds along in giddy abandon, full of "ooh la la la" and much melodic mirth. Astrid pays particular homage to The Zombies on "Zoo," as both vocally and instrumentally the band does their best 60s impression on this one. When it comes to inspiration, it doesn't get much better than Colin Blunstone and company.

The brief "Like A Baby" hearkens back to the wonderful, legendary Liverpudlians The Las, in all that arch, chilled-to-perfection vibe and the groovy jingle of the guitar. To me, though, the records piece-de-resistance has been, and will always be, that delirious ode to androgyny "Boy Or Girl." If it sounds familiar, well, it's probably because once upon a time it graced a Target ad. "Are you a boy or a girl?" muses the band, before answering itself with the tongue-in-cheek line "Either way you rock my world." What the lyrics lack in deviation they more than make up for in catchiness. It's two minutes of absolute indiepop bliss run rampant, and to this day it never ceases to make me smile.

Strange Weather Lately was a favorite while I was entrenched in bonnie Scotland, and I still think it's a pretty dang great album. For a good time, darlings, just call Astrid.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Through A Lens Fuzzily #6: Sneaker Pimpin in Austin

As many of you know, it's CMJ this week. As many of you know, much to my chagrin I am (once again) not in New York to partake in CMJ. I am, you might say, displeased. I'm channeling my angst about this in a variety of ways, from working hard at the office (which isn't hard to do, because there's always plenty to do) to daydreaming about one of my all-time favorite festival experiences, SXSW 2009.

That there festival was definitely what you might call a trial by fire, but damned if it wasn't heaps of fun. Being surrounded by music in a city that loves its music was a really special experience. Naturally, I'm hoping to get back down to Austin next year. I shot this photo while bestie Laura and I were enjoying our last day in Austin, wandering around SoCo and doing some great vintage shopping. It takes me to a happy place, thinking about that week.

Also putting me in a happy place is the song "Kids," by former Sneaker Pimp Kelli Ali. I haven't kept up with Kelli in a long while, but I wanted to share this with y'all. It's both a departure from the Sneaker Pimps and yet owes a lot to them at the same time. I hope it'll get you where you need to be.

m4a: Kids (Kelli Ali from Tigermouth)

[photo by Megan Petty]

Album Review: Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose

You've gotta love the devil-may-care-cuz-I-sure-don't sass of Tennessee ladies (now with token gent!) Those Darlins. They've already unleashed a self-titled record full of spirited attitude, and now they're back with Screws Get Loose. And for that, we should all be thankful. Leaving some of their twang behind, the lady-led Darlins exhibit some musical growth, and if maturity sounds too grownup, well, that's just how it is. But don't worry. They might sound a bit more polished, but happily the irrepressible essence of the Darlins is present and accounted for.

Opening track, the titular "Screws Get Loose," rocks an appealingly gritty sound not unlike that of those party grrrls The Runaways. "Be Your Bro" is pure Darlins, lyrics verging on crass ("I just wanna run and play in the dirt with you/you just wanna stick it in"), yet retaining that playful vibe that makes Those Darlins songs so dang charming. That song's been repeated in my headphones many a time, let me just tell y'all. "Let U Down" shows off a whole new side to the band, what with dude lead vocals and a more retro rock sound. Some nice guitar bits to sink your teeth in, too, for those of you that appreciate that.

I'm pretty much addicted to the infectiousness that is "Hives," a nice little nod to bands like The Cars with that extra kicky, super fast drumming. Perhaps Those Darlins attempt to channel my beloved Black Angels with the hazy psych fog that crawls over "Mystic Mind." But even that song has to be taken with a grain of salt, what with lyrics like "Fortune cookie ate my zodiac." And the song "Boy," my darlins, is too cute to not instantly adore. Sonically, it hearkens back to bubblegum pop, sunshiney and 60s and sweet as can be.

Screws Get Loose
is full of all sorts of goodies to get your blood pumping, your heels kicked up, and your beau in the mood. Which, pretty much, is what a good record ought to do. I've got to hand it to 'em, those ladies (and new male blood) did something special once again. Viva Those Darlins!

mp3: Mystic Mind (Those Darlins from Screws Get Loose) (thanks to Rollo & Grady)

On The Road Again: Dawes & Blitzen Trapper

It's a rare occurrence indeed when a double bill pops up that I'm pretty darned excited about. But lo and behold, from the West Coast comes just such a bill, and I'm pleased as punch about this one, y'all. The rousingly lovely Dawes (who get to spend time with Robbie Robertson, lucky ducks!) of and, well, rousingly lovely Blitzen Trapper are joining forces to tour across ye olde US of A, and their DC stop at the Black Cat (sold out, as one might expect) is just what the doctor ordered to make next Monday officially Not Suck. To say I'm looking forward to this might be the understatement of the day.

Several dates are already sold out in addition to the DC date, so make sure you don't wait til the last minute on this one. It's gonna be a doozy and a half.


October
18 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

19 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge

20 - Louisville, KY - Headliner's

21 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel

22 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

23 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage

24 - Washington, DC - Black Cat SOLD OUT

26 - New York, NY - Webster Hall SOLD OUT

27 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts

28 - Boston, MA - Royale

30 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House


November
01 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

02 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College

03 - Chicago, IL - The Metro

04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue SOLD OUT

05 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall

07 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre

10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theatre

11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune

12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

13 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre

15 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box

mp3: Fire Away (Dawes - more here)

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Good Ship Rediscovery: FFA Coffi Pawb - Am Byth

We all forget about the older stuff from time to time, in our quest to stay up to speed with the latest and greatest. But one should always respect their elders. So don’t forget about them, y’hear?

One of my biggest regrets from my many months spent in the United Kingdom is that I never ever ever made it to Wales. Yeah, I don't know how that happened either, but it's an unfortunate fact. I have never been to Wales, and it makes me sad. However, I still love on some Welsh bands like there's no tomorrow. I believe it's already plenty well-established just how much I adore the Super Furry Animals, so I won't gush in that direction for the time being. However...before there was Super Furry Animals, there was...FFA Coffi Pawb. And it is this little collective which I shall now spread the love of forthwith.

Here's an abbreviated history for you. Once upon a time, Gruff and Daf of SFA were in a little band called FFA Coffi Pawb. This band was rather enamored of swinging 60s pop and healthily dosed in psychedelic sweetness. Am Byth acts as a sort of collection of their work, and it's a treasure. And never you mind if your Welsh is a little rusty, the songs are even more charming for their foreignness. Songs like "Valium" hint at the rogueish sonic wit that SFA imparts so often, and the cheeky refrain incorporating a little "vali-yum yum yum" into the Jesus & Mary Chain-lite fuzzed-up background noise offers up quite a saucy wink and a sly grin. "Allan O'i Phen" channels some baggy and some early Blur, perfect for doing those early Britpop era dances.

I love the bulk of songs like "Sega Segur," that get a little T. Rex up in here and walk with a chemically-induced swagger that is nothing if not exceedingly charming. Gruff's voice never quite gets to Bolan-esque theatrics, of course, but the spirit of the Rex (through Welsh rose-colored glasses, mind) on this song is very much alive and well. "Lluchia Dy Fflachlwch Drosda I" is right out of the 60s, adorably Zombies-esque and featuring raucous blasts of wild and woolly guitar. "Ffarout" is, well, far out. It's an intergalactic 60s technicolor dream pop song, and it's irresistable. The same can be said of the entire LP, production imperfections and all.

I love being able to hear the progression from the poppier, though still dang rockin' of course, strains of FFA Coffi Pawb to the furthest reaches of the spaceship the Super Furry Animals hijacked and continue to pilot through galaxies unknown. Am Byth is a mighty ffine listen, indeed.

mp3: Valium (FFA Coffi Pawb from Am Byth)

LP Lust: Psuedo Hostess Edition

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending a little time with the lovely foursome known to the world as Little Anchor, down to play a show at Artisphere Saturday night.

After a fine chow down session at El Pollo Rico, I suggested we meander down Wilson Boulevard to one of my absolute favorite places to blow tons of cash on records, CD Cellar. My friends, we went a little nuts. There was some Isley Brothers, some Randy Newman...and some Heino (oh mercy, look him up. Too much), all the while being serenaded by some sensational Muddy Waters.

It wasn't long before I realized I was doomed. There was simply too much fantastic vinyl in the store for me to resist. Here's what I ended up with, before we all abandoned ship and went to drown our spendthriftiness in a pint of pumpkin ale.

* Alan Freeman & Frank Beal - Black Mountain Dulcimer

* Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

* Kris Kristofferson - Jesus Was a Capricorn (German Pressing)

* The Band - Cahoots

* A Clockwork Orange OST

* The B-52s - Whammy!

* The Yardbirds - For Your Love (German Pressing)

* The Man From U.N.C.L.E. OST

* The Kinks - Everybody's In Show-Biz

* Foul Swoops 7" (Thanks Sean)

* The Wild Angels OST

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Album Review: Young Prisms - Friends For Now

I know I ask this all the time, but seriously. What is it about San Francisco? How is it possible that for decades, the Bay Area has housed some of the wackiest (and best) bands around, and these days there's no end to the sonic sorcery coming out of SF. Current case in point: Young Prisms. You might well remember how impressed with them I was after finally seeing them live last April. Guess what, my little kittens, not only do they slay live but their latest offering, Friends For Now, is rather special as well.

Friends For Now is a ten-spot of psychedelic wanderlust, undulating with an irresistable beehive drone and relentless, kaleidoscopic dreaming. If it's a particular mood you're looking to set, this record might just do the trick. Heavy soul pervades, and you learn soon enough that this band knows there way around some serious effects pedals.

Certainly on the My Bloody Valentine family tree, Young Prisms honor their forerunners with crackling, ferocious fuzz and hypnotic, honey-coated nearly indecipherable vocals (please refer to the spellbinding slow motion of the exceedingly pretty "Sugar" and the brief, sizzling "All Day Holiday" among others).

I've definitely got my favorites, such as the steady, warm glow of "If You Want To," foot-tappingly magnetic and full of lovely guitar loop-di-loos. "Eleni" is another song that's been repeated quite often in my house, expansive and powerful, swaggering swarthily under all that noise, guitars sharp to the point of cutting. And "In Your Room" feels like an epic, impossibly hulking yet verging on tremendously lovely. "Feel Fine" is gorgeous, like being trapped in a forever sunset, colors ever-changing and stars beginning to twinkle as the wall of beautiful noise takes hold.

Wherever they choose to roam, whatever rambling twists and turns they might decide to take, Young Prisms makes it all one hell of a ride. Just make sure you've got the volume cranked up good and loud.

mp3: Eleni (Young Prisms from Friends For Now)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Newsflash!: Insound's FREE CMJ Mixtape!

I don't know about y'all, but I love me some Insound. Whenever I feel like a splurge, I'll order some vinyl from them, just because they're that awesome. Now, they've taken one more step into the glaring light of being totally lovely, with this here FREEEEEEEE CMJ mixtape they've put together. For those of us not going up to New York for CMJ next week, it'll be just like being there. Well. Maybe. Kinda? In any event, this is totally and utterly rad of them.

On this mixtape, you might ask? Just take a gander at the lineup:

Amen Dunes
Chad Valley
Dum Dum Girls
EMA
Gauntlet Hair
Gross Relations
Inc.
Jacuzzi Boys
Small Black
Trash Talk
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Widowspeak
Zambri

Not bad, eh? But be warned! This little dandy is only available for this week. So make sure you step on it. You snooze on this, you are most certainly losing.

mp3: Coming Down (Dum Dum Girls from Insound's CMJ Mixtape)

Through A Lens Fuzzily #5: Bear's Nine Inch Claws

Some of you have had the distinct pleasure of meeting my little furry hellion, known to the world as Bear Bryant. Bear is fifteenish pounds of fluffy tuxedo destruction, and much like the football players coached by his namesake, he's caused more than his share of chaos since he became a part of my life just over three years ago.

His claws have been around, records, furniture, friends. But I keep forgiving and forgetting, because he's pretty much the cutest animal ever put on this planet.

But seriously. Look at that face. Tell me that's not the cutest cat you've ever seen and I'll call you a damned liar. And happily, no vintage lamb planters were harmed in the taking of this photo. To celebrate my adorable, yet exceedingly calamitous little fluffball, here's a song from the also beautiful Trent Reznor, quite possibly written about my cat (yeah, maybe not so much).

mp3: Mr. Self Destruct (Nine Inch Nails from The Downward Spiral)

[photo by Megan Petty]

Album Review: Sri Aurobindo - Cave Painting

If I could live in an alternate universe, I might just want it to be the one in which Baltimore psychsmiths Sri Aurobindo reside. Their Cave Painting record, released last year, is heavy, glorious mind-fuckery on a grand scale indeed, full of drone and smoke rings and everything nice. Cave Painting is also possessed of a cover that gives you an actual notion of what your listening experience might be like, all blurred, double vision, disorientation, and the promise of lapsing into a trance-like state at any moment.

After the scuzzy, tribally-dosed intro of the title track "Cave Painting," the band really gets going with "Soul Vibrations of Man." It's not a long song, but it packs a wallop. Witness the guitar contort and shapeshift, witness the distant howl of impeccably washed-out vocals. "Towards The Sun" is the song that really pushed me down the rabbithole with this record, taking cues from The Black Angels, peyote, and saturated nightmarescapes. It is heavy, it is luxuriantly hefty, and it is all sorts of dynamite.

But wait, there's more! "My Peak Is Too High" gets all sorts of catchy right away, getting about as dancey as a psych rock song can (well, done by anyone apart from Thee Oh Sees maybe). There's something charming about the slight warble of the vocals in this one, as if they're being delivered almost as an afterthought. "Find The Door" really gets me good, it's a big rambling mess of a sprawling sonic trip with much meaty guitar trickeration and drums that dance the devil through the song's eight plus minutes.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre gets a nod in the delightful "My Luv is Stoned," guitars owing much to the jangle of Matt Hollywood's work. The song itself falls somewhere between The Zombies and the aforementioned BJM, undertones of poppy sweetness to be found layered under all that heft. The closing piece, "Rest My Mind," really sounds as though it was ripped from some obscure 60s record, and with all that shimmering heat it's the perfect way to end things.

Sri Aurobindo, friends. Remember that name. If what they come up with next is anything near as good as this effort, you'll soon hear my speak of them again.

mp3: Soul Vibrations of Man (Sri Aurobindo from Cave Painting)

The Good Ship Rediscovery: Josef K - Entomology

We all forget about the older stuff from time to time, in our quest to stay up to speed with the latest and greatest. But one should always respect their elders. So don’t forget about them, y’hear?

For those not up on their -ology, entomology is the study of insects. For those not up on their Scottish bands, Entomology is a collection of songs by the divine Josef K, contemporaries of Orange Juice and inspiration for Franz Ferdinand and countless others. Sadly, the lifespan of Josef K probably resembles that of a rare butterfly espied by a collector (or, dare I go there, an entomologist), as after releasing one record the band was no more. But on Entomology, some collected songs (from aborted releases and other sources) made their way to American ears, and it's a good thing they did.

If you've never heard of Josef K, friends, I'm here for you and I consider it my duty to fix that. Here's the thing. I love me some Josef K. In addition to, well, just being Scottish, their music was/is pretty great. Theirs was a sound that fits right in with what plenty of folks are trying to do today, a post-punk punk full of energy and malice and infectious rhythms.

I can't tell you how much I've listened to "Heads Watch" and marveled at its sinister bassline and manic, straightjacket riffs and vocal histrionics wrapped up in a catchy as hell package. It's a breathless two minutes, and when it's all over you might just need to catch your breath. "It's Kinda Funny" harbors a lackadaisical, can't even be bothered feel, dragging its heels in the most appealing of late Sunday afternoon ways.

"Sorry For Laughing" can't help but elicit a smirk, laden with jangling and jaunty jesting. "Chance Meeting" gets a groove in its lo-fi bonnet, off-beat rhythm and sharp guitars the hallmarks. There's more of the same in tracks like "Fun'n'Frenzy," a twitching shimmy shaker with a wee bit of a dark side to it. And the beaty bounce of "16 Years" sounds like a whole host of bands that shall remain nameless, but know exactly who they're aping.

All in all, Entomology is a must, especially if you have any interest whatsoever in the excellent Scottish scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Josef K's name might not get dropped as often as other members of the scene, but I'm sure you'll see why I love this record so.

mp3: Heads Watch (Josef K from Entomology)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Dead Fame

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: US indie rock band Dead Fame take many of their cues from post-punk bands such as Wire, Gang of Four, Bauhaus, and New Order, with influences from music produced during the New Wave movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s. By adding a contemporary pop twist to elements inspired by ambitious and sometimes darker ethos, Dead Fame appeals to listeners looking for both lyrical and challenging melodies, as well as those who relish in electronic club beats. Dead Fame started in 2009 as a project by producer and DJ Christopher DeNitto and guitarist KC Byrnes, before painstakingly recruiting new members to expand their synth, guitar, and sample-based sound. With the additions of bassist Sadie Powers and drummer Eric Klemen, the tremendous potential of the new project was enhanced. The group immediately began writing new material, but it was with the discovery of singer/lyricist Michael Means that dynamic creativity took flight and the band began to craft their distinctly compelling sound.

At times soaring and uplifting pop-fueled escape, and at others, dark and foreboding states of intensity—somewhere between heaven and hell lies the Dead Fame.

mp3: We Can Run (Dead Fame - more here)

Dead Fame plays Sunday at 11pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Tungs

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: These Psychedelic Post-Punk Freakazoids otherwise known as Tungs are from Richmond Va. They have been making noise in various formations since 2006. Current members include Alex Criqui, Paul Himmelman, and Ben Miller. Their latest release “Poplicker” is now available through The Acme Thunderer and Bad Grrrl Records.

mp3: Young Daze (Tungs - more here)



Tungs plays Sunday at 10pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Mother Sun Flower

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Don’t let the name Mother Sun Flower fool you; these friendly long hairs play music seething with rage. Conceived less than a year ago by members of Baltimore bands The Flying Eyes (heavy-psych rock) and Whoarfrost (psychedelic grind-core), this trio started collaborating to blow off steam and write music without thinking to hard. They just let it happen. With a sound encompassing Sleep’s crushing stoner-metal, Sonic Youth’s eerie no-wave, and the guitar-worshiping jams of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mother Sun Flower plays with abandon. They released their debut EP in January of 2011 when they opened for the infamous doom duo, Jucifer and now they want you to hear it!

Reviews:

The Obelisk

Sludge Swamp

mp3: I Will End You (Mother Sun Flower - more here)

Mother Sun Flower plays Sunday at 9pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - The Milkstains

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Beach Blanket Bingo gone horribly awry, and created out of the dark and cruel womb of Richmond Virginia in 2004, The Milkstains are currently putting together an album of sonic mischief which should be ready sometime in the near future.

When did the Milkstains get really good? I was always familiar with their instrumental jams, and I thought they pulled that off well. Now they have energized their material with a level of intensity that makes the focus of the group explosive. The greatest change to which this improvement can be attributed is John Sizemore becoming a bit more of the leader of the group. By escaping the trend of ju...st playing surf-rock instrumentals, the Milkstains are a bit more direct, and the rhythm section benefits as well. Drummer Raphael Katchinoff was destroying his kit and bassist Gabe Lopez kept up in stride. Perhaps it was just a matter of time before this group improved. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for the Milkstains.

- Shannon Cleary / http://www.rvamag.com/ -

The Milkstains plays Sunday at 8pm.

[photo by PJ Sykes]

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Bobby E. Lee & the Sympathizers

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Bobby E. Lee & the Sympathizers is a Baltimore band who only plays the swampiest, stompiest, good timey music. The members of this humble troop are from all over our beloved country, from the majestic Appalachian Mountains to the gritty Mississippi swamp. To call their shows a mere concert is to sell them horridly short; they put on a honky tonk opera, a real show with characters and all. If you want to have a grand old time just swing your partner, grab some booze, and call up the Sympathizers for some killer tunes.



Bobby E. Lee & The Sympathizers plays Sunday at 7pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Kindlewood

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BIO: “If Joanna Newsom and Leo Kotke got together and had a baby, it would be kindlewood,” In Your Speakers declares of the Washington D.C. trio who have a baby of their own, the debut album Desiderium, released in May 2011. In August, kindlewood will pack up their 1985 Jamboree and bring their “lustruous brand of alternative folk” (Knox Road) across the U.S. on tour.

kindlewood is fronted by Kelci Smith, sister of Fleet Foxes’ J. Tillman and Pearly Gate Music’s Zach Tillman. She is backed by her husband, Galen Smith and friend, Jamison Lyman. Family ties aside, Kelci has proven herself an adept songwriter through and through. Drawing inspiration from nature, art and fantasy and artists like Simon & Garfunkel, Feist and Jeff Buckley, she consistently showcases her extraordinary facility for nuance and color both lyrically and vocally. Galen and Jamison’s technical proficiency on the guitar and proclivity to fingerstyle picking provide the perfect landscape for Kelci’s imagery and are often times the catalysts for her inspiration. With the incorporation of assorted percussion and various instruments like the ukulele, Shruti box, harmonica and glockenspiel, the trio delivers both “a lustrous brand of alternative folk” (Knox Road), and a remarkable live performance.

Desiderium was sporadically recorded from January to April of 2011 in a friend’s basement. Determined to achieve a more textured and mature sound than that of their debut EP, I Don’t Believe in Ghosts (released November 2010), the trio tirelessly wrote and practiced and Lyman looked for ways to incorporate his influences (e.g., Radiohead, Future of Forestry and Sigur Rós). As schedules from full time jobs allowed, kindlewood recorded on Saturdays and a few weeknights. The album was mixed at Bias Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer and Washington, D.C. music veteran, Jim Robeson and mastered by his colleague, Mike Monseur.



Kindlewood plays Sunday at 6pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Jonathan Vassar and The Speckled Bird

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Jonathan Vassar and The Speckled Bird are a Richmond, VA, based indie folk band signed with Triple Stamp Records.

After having climbed its way out of the muddy James, this band concocts a potent brew of visionary lyricism, mellifluous harmonies, raw instrumentation and a darkness that balances on the edge of etiquette. -Triple Stamp Records

mp3: The Wreck St. James (Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird - more here)

Jonathan Vassar & The Speckled Bird plays Sunday at 5pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Sean K. Preston

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Sean K. Preston doesn’t get gussied up for the show…he wears his cowboy hat, dirty jeans and shitkicker boots everyday. If it sounds like he sings about hard luck, lost love, long journeys, dark secrets, damnation and redemption like he’s lived through them…it’s because he damn well has.

He’s quick with the wise cracks between songs while gulping down whiskey and bantering with the audience…but when the next song starts you better believe he’ll be sweating blood to deliver the best performance. It’s Blues- Punk -Country, Rock’n'Roll….Amen

Sean K. Preston was born in Australia in the isolated desert town of Alice Springs, to an American father and a Japanese mother. As a music hungry teenager in a small town with no record shop to fuel his cravings, save the local Kmart, Sean was forced to raid his father’s record collection. It was there that he discovered, and fell in love with early Rock n’ Roll, Country, and Blues. Eventually his family moved to America, to a suburb of Baltimore, where Sean was introduced to his first rock concerts, and the local punk scene. It wasn’t long before he picked up the guitar to front his own band. Sean spent years playing in various punk bands, all the while holding a deep and abiding love for surf, country, blues and early Rock n’ Roll. Upon the invitation of a friend, Sean went to visit Ireland. Having little money he was assured that he could finance his holiday by busking (street performing) on the gray streets of Dublin. The holiday became a way of life, honing his natural performing skills and sustaining him there over four years. While performing on the streets of Dublin, Sean met and formed Sean K. Preston and The Handsome Devils. The group played the streets, gigged at local pubs and eventually developed a growing fan base, leading them to better and bigger gigs in Dublin, Belfast and around the country.

After returning the the US, Preston began work on a self produced and released debut record entitled “Hoarse Whisper” and began touring the east coast.

The music of Sean K. Preston draws heavily on the influences of the classic heartbroken sounds of Country & Western music from the 40′s through the 70′s, the honesty of the Blues by the likes of Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker, the bombast of 50′s Rock’n'Roll, the lyrical sophistication of musical poets like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Nick Cave and the raw energy of Punk. His own songs range from delicate lullabies to fiery blasts.

mp3: Money (Sean K. Preston - more here)

Sean K. Preston plays Sunday at 4pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Little Anchor

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Little Anchor blends the storytelling and simplicity of the Northwest with New York influenced pop sensibility.

The Brooklyn-based four-piece was initially conceived over a long weekend in a cabin on the Columbia River Gorge as the solo project of Pacific Northwest native, Alexa Cabellon in May 2009. Upon her return to New York, the small front-woman with big ideas shared her material with friends and former NYU classmates Kendrick Lo (guitar), Thomas White (bassist), and Ian Chang (percussion), who now complete the group.

Following their first gig at a tiny café deep within New York City’s Chinatown, Cabellon finished writing the group’s debut EP Sunland in the early winter of 2010. Self-released on June 17, 2010, Sunland combines heavy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and sweet yet versatile vocals.

From the Sunland EP, Little Anchor redesigned, rerecorded, and re-imagined the song “Until Our Eyes Adjust” at Galuminum Foil Productions with recording engineer and producer, Gary Atturio. The hauntingly delicate first single off of Yellow Lights, “Until Our Eyes Adjust” was released in February and features four-part string arrangements written by Gabriel Gall and Ian Davis of The Relatives and performed by fellow NYU classmates Josh Henderson on violin and viola, and Kristine Kruta on cello.

Following the release of “Until Our Eyes Adjust,” the band returned to the studio with Atturio to record the rest of the EP in the spring of 2011. Yellow Lights showcases Cabellon’s smoothly rich voice amid a collection of songs that vary from the smart, rhythm heavy opening track, “Don’t Be Scared to Move,” which includes pots and pans recorded in the kitchen of Cabellon’s Brooklyn apartment, to her strength as a ballad songwriter in the lush and dreamy arrangements of “A Sentimental Way” and “SEA/MD,” to the hard-hitting, anthemic closing track, “When You’re Looking.”

Yellow Lights – a reference to the reflective moments held within each track that serve as reminders to slow down – will be released digitally on September 6, 2011. Limited edition 12” 45rpm vinyl with hand-drawn artwork by Barclay Douglas will be released at the Yellow Lights EP Release Party at Glasslands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 with Amy Klein (of Titus Andronicus) and Miracles of Modern Science.

mp3: Until Our Eyes Adjust (Little Anchor from Until Our Eyes Adjust)

Little Anchor plays Sunday at 3pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Marionette

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BIO: Marionette draws inspiration from the music world’s outliers and outcasts – with equal admiration for the great obscure songwriters and the more abstract, noise artists spanning psych, shoegaze, jazz, folk and punk. Live shows ebb and flow from pindrop silence to the roar of layers of looped guitars and the hum of feedbacking bass. The band is illuminated by vintage-era video compliations that tell their own stories and create intense visuals. Facing You, Marionette’s debut full length, features strong songwriting set against soundscapes of reedy accordions, grinding guitars, bow scrapes, hubcaps, half-working organs and drum machines, and airy field recordings.

mp3: Orchid (Marionette - more here)

Marionette plays Sunday at 2pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Herd Murmurs

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Formerly known as Like Whatevers, Herd Murmurs comes to us from Fredericksburg. The band does a whole 5/4 time pop sin tents half one squish big band deat frock history lesson piccolo pop Fredericksburg thang.





Herd Murmurs plays Sunday at 1pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Robert Mitchell

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Robert Mitchell comes from a small rural town with no traffic lights and an honest to God general store. The simple music he writes and plays is the simple music he lives by. Drawing influence from honky-tonk, gospel, and rock-a-billy, his music is representative of the simple things in life he is so passionate about. Blood and guts honesty and heartfelt performances are what makes Robert’s music uniquely his own.


mp3: Misery Loves Company (Robert Mitchell - more here)

Robert Mitchell plays Sunday at noon.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - FUN

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!


BIO: FUN is comprised of two carbon-based lifeforms living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their goal: to show glimpses into a literal, brutal and true world. Their means: whatever they deem appropriate. Contrary to their name, the group’s sounds are the furthest thing from “fun” that any listener will find. The project is centered on the lack of “true fun” in daily existence, interpreted using various conceptual approaches, devices, tools, and (rarely) musical instruments. FUN abstains from the luxury of repeating their performances or recordings, instead steadfastly choosing to constantly evolve and claw their way towards ushering Post Non-Music into the collective consciousness.


True to their commitment to excavating heretofore unexplored sonic territories, FUN excels in the sheer invention of their actions for live performances. Serious consideration is given to the construction of each performance, where heavy concepts are tackled through a vernacular of rumbles, clatter, and respiration. Beyond showing genuine creativity in the execution of their in-person actions, FUN acts as a harbinger of an anti-music existence. Each manifestation of the group, whether recorded or live, represents an antagonistic gesture of musical annihilation. This is Post Non-Music, the soundtrack to the bleakness and confusion that is today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life. This is FUN.






FUN plays Saturday at midnight.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Ttotals

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Ttotals are a duo from Nashville, TN creating some of the finest new psychedelic rock music around. They might pay tribute to some of the old greats, but this sound is all their own. You might call it the Outer Blues.


mp3: Upon Some Action (Ttotals from the Ttotals 12")


Ttotals plays Saturday at 11pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - The Diamond Center

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Upon forming in 2007, The Diamond Center at its core has always been Kyle Harris and Brandi Price. After travels and homesteads in Athens, Georgia and Lubbock, Texas, their creative migratory patterns led them to Richmond, Virginia. The release of My Only Companion as well as multiple cross-country tours has only solidified the group’s psychedelic aesthetic and the adoring legions of fans spread across state lines.

Imagine a time when Neko Case may have fronted an outfit like the
Velvet Underground. In her downtime, she ventures into a local record store. As she departs, she carries with her records by Spacemen 3, Deerhunter, Beach House, Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre. In all of their intrinsic beauty and inspiration, these records contribute to the direction the group would take from that very instant. In a nutshell, this is the charm of a group like the Diamond Center. By realizing their influences and challenging the expectations of what’s come before, the group flourishes with flairs of instrumental freak-outs and recordings that breathe the same air as those produced by pioneers of the past like Phil Spector and Joe Meek. Their live shows enable The Diamond Center to develop a sonic atmosphere where their songs can live on forever. With visual components at play, the fervent drive of the group is fully realized.

2011 promises to be an exciting year for the group. Along with the
release of several seven-inches, the Diamond Center plans on recording and releasing a proper follow-up to their debut My Only Companion later this year. With appearances slated for the Austin Psych Fest, Harrisonburg, Virginia’s annual Macrock and SXSW, there are no signs of them slowing down any time soon. As the lush shoegaze of The Diamond Center tampers with your senses, you will know it’s time to pay attention to the continued success of one of Richmond, Virginia’s finest groups.

m4a: WTT (The Diamond Center from My Only Companion)


The Diamond Center plays Saturday at 10pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Drawbridges

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Meet Drawbridges. They are a collective of persons making acoustic garage indie pop rock trash ambient indie shoegaze and are of Washington, DC.



Drawbridges plays Saturday at 9pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - The Cinnamon Band

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Songwriter/guitarist John Harouff and Drummer Neil Campbell, the two heavy-hitters behind The Cinnamon Band make one hell of a first impression. The two first won attention as high school students comprising two-thirds of the shapeshifting noise-pop act The Union of a Man and a Woman, including from Darius Van Arman who signed the group to Jagjaguar. Fast forward to 2011, the duo have expanded and matured their music pallet, trading angular riffs and odd time signatures for infectious melodies and clever lyrical punchlines. But The Cinnamon Band still brings a kind of sonic power and inventiveness that’s rare for a band with such classic songwriting at its heart.


After opening for Sub Pop duo Handsome Furs at a local show, they once again made a strong and lasting impression, this time with the Fur’s Dan Boekner (also of Wolf Parade), who invited the band to open nearly 40 dates across the US. But the good fortune and Canadian hospitality did not end with the touring, as they were then invited to record at Wolf Parade’s studio Mt. Zoomer in Montreal with Wolf Parade’s Arlen Thompson. The stunning result of the session is their debut EP All Dressed – four tight songs of close harmony vocals and incredibly catchy melody. It was released in 2010 on the LA-based Post Modern Recording Co. label which was founded in 2009, releasing the catalogue for Japanese indie/electronic wizard Cornelius.


Along with the Handsome Furs tours, The Cinnamon Band have also shared the stage with The Hold Steady, Fiery Furnaces, Mates Of State, Ariel Pink, Justin Townes Earle, White Rabbits, Cass McCombs, Besnard Lakes, Great Lake Swimmers, Warpaint and Wintersleep to name a few. They have played all across the U.S. and Canada, in such well known venues as The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge in New York, the Echoplex in L.A. and The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

“A minimal act whose impact is expansive. Silk-lined vocal harmonies, melodies that only know how anthems feel. There’s lean, refined songcraft, but no shortage of ferocity…” – Cville Weekly


Look for the “Black Love / Tough Love” double A-side 7-inch single to be released in Fall 2011 by Funny/Not Funny Records.


mp3: Buena Vista (The Cinnamon Band - more here)

The Cinnamon Band play Saturday at 8pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - The Snowy Owls

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: The Snowy Owls began in 2007 as the meandering solo project of multi-instrumentalist Matt Klimas (Low Branches). In 2011 the addition of bassist Allen Bergendahl and drummer Brandon Martin (Lubec) saw the band take shape as a full-fledged rock/shoegaze outfit. In the tradition of noise-poppers like Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine, Snowy Owls blend daydreaming melodies over washes of fuzzed out guitar and a punchy rhythm section. The simple lines and hushed vocals are deceptively infectious, a pop-beast lurking in the shadows. They self-released the single “Yr Eyes” in July 2011 and will be part of a split 10" with White Laces on Harding Street Assembly Lab Fall 2011.


mp3: Yr Eyes (The Snowy Owls from the Yr Eyes EP)


[photo by PJ Sykes]

The Snowy Owls plays Saturday at 7pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - The Late Virginia Summers

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Having survived a handful of lineup changes, TLVS is currently a two piece that works with other artists from time to time. Sonically, the group plays off both the shoegazing bliss of the 90′s & the ambient texture of 21st century post rock.


“This is a taste of the full length album TLVS is working on for Harding Street. TLVS would fit in well with Chicago’s avant scene with their free form wondering instrument experiments.” (what to wear during an orange alert)


“Building atop cinematic melodies with loops, drones and interlaced percussion, these northern neighbors showcase a sonic bravura that links them to Do Make Say Think, Boom Bip and Tortoise. Think big.” (indy weekly)

“The dangling threads of reverberated guitar notes, astronomical low end, and aquatic rhythm bring to mind Mogwai circa Rock Action and more ambient Do Make Say Think. Space rock is still very much alive, and it’s gotten intensely melodic as of late.” (the decibel tolls)

mp3: Heather Majestic Purple (live) (The Late Virginia Summers - more here)

The Late Virginia Summers plays Saturday at 6pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Fear of Virginia

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: Fear of Virginia began in a living room over shots of Kentucky Gentlemen. This is
how most good things begin.

Over the course of 6 months, the band has changed lineups, lost a keyboardist,
gained a brother and acquired a fiddle. The current group of Mike Sciortino, Matt McCauley, Tess Scharlemann, Sam and Ben Kussin-Shoptaw and Dave Turner gets together a few times a week, cracks open a few adult beverages and coalesces in a concrete shed. The combination of acoustic and electric instruments harkens splashes a little bit of folk into an all-American rock sound. Do you like to shake your hips? Do you like to sing along? Do you like serious guitar solos that leave you screaming for more? Then you’ll like Fear of Virginia. Don’t get scared; get rocked.

Fear of Virginia plays Saturday at 5pm.

Fuzzy Logic @ STPP Fest - Canary Oh Canary

It's almost here, friends! The Fall installment of the STPP Fest is nigh upon us, and it's about time to get to know the musicians that are part of the showcase yours truly has put together. Come spend your weekend at The Islander with us!

BIO: “Canary Oh Canary take elements of shoegaze and experimental rock to create a style that is entirely their own. In just a little under a year playing out, the group has already developed a strong fan base (with even Kyle Harris of Diamond Center calling them one of his favorites from Richmond).” - Shannon Cleary, RVA Magazine – Aug 19, 2011


“There is a sense of patience in the way they let a song build. On their debut EP, two of the songs take up about seventeen minutes combined. This is something that I would think could terrify most new and upcoming groups. In order to believe in this songwriting practice, you have to put a tremendous amount of confidence in your audience. If Saturday night was any indication during the performance of their epic “Embrace,” the audience is right there with them, and people followed the band around after their set to compliment their efforts. Everybody was buzzing about how Canary Oh Canary was their new favorite band.” - Shannon Cleary, RVA Magazine – Sep 26, 2011


“Canary oh Canary is a study of moderation.
The Richmond-based post-punk trio — Michael Harl on guitar and vocals, Josie Davis on bass and the band’s secret weapon and driving force, Noell Alexander, on drums — is a formidable combination of linear wit, melodic restraint and compositional veracity. On their self-released debut EP, Last Night in Sunway Knolls, the group incorporates the expansiveness of Television’s Marquee Moon with the clipped, agitated musical economy of early Wire and the Fall to create their distinctive narratives. From the naked, “Flowers of Romance”-era Public Image-inspired simplicity of the slyly catchy “Embrace” to the subtle, unrelenting crawl of the closing title track, each note they play is gracefully placed to extenuate the unit’s temptuous team-first titillations. It is powerful stuff, and their carefully measured restraints grow more intoxicating with each listen. If you are a fan of the Gun Club’s more pastoral explorations, Echo & The Bunnymen or The Cure’s 1982 dark classic, “Pornography,” I cannot recommend this band enough.” – Chris Bopst, Richmond Times Dispatch – September 29, 2011

Michael Harl on guitar and vocals, Josie Davis on bass, Noell Alexander on drums
Formed formally Sept. of 2010. Played first show Feb. 2011. Released debut e.p. Last Night In Sunway Knolls Aug 17, 2011

mp3: In The Panelled Basement (Canary Oh Canary from Last Night In Sunway Knolls)

Canary Oh Canary plays Saturday at 4pm.