Monday, March 31, 2014

The Week In Shows: 3/31-4/6

A dare I say springlike afternoon is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I may or may not be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

It's Spring, but that's STILL not stopping snow from rearing its annoying head. Seeing as it's just about April, we can only hope the weather will finally start to act like the right season. Maybe, just maybe, I'll see you out and about during the week, and as always, anything that's starred has a high forecast of yours truly being there.

MONDAY, 3/31/14

-Cosmonauts + Black Sea (Black Cat)
-The Plums + Chester Hawkins + Tag Cloud (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 4/1/14

-North Of Nashville (Hill Country)

WEDNESDAY, 4/2/14

-Real Estate + Pure X (9:30 Club)
-Case Conrad + Mittenfields + King of Prussia + Giraffetermath (Velvet Lounge)**
-Yellow Ostrich + Pattern Is Movement (DC9)

THURSDAY, 4/3/14

-Psychedelic Furs (State Theatre)
-Dave Hause + Northcote (DC9)
-Skaters + Team Spirit (Rock & Roll Hotel)

FRIDAY, 4/4/14

-Elikeh + Alma Tropicalia + Backbeat Underground (Black Cat)
-The Very Small + Bearshark (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Kraftwerk (9:30 Club - Both Shows SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, 4/5/14

-The Pack a.d. + Big Country Express (DC9)
-Jukebox The Ghost + Holychild (Rock & Roll Hotel - SOLD OUT)
-Rocket From The Crypt + Dan Sartain (Black Cat - SOLD OUT)

SUNDAY, 4/6/14

-Jon Langford & The Skull Orchard (Iota)
-Elsinore + Sons Of Steve + Go Cozy (DC9)


[posted 3.31.14]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 Of 2013: A Recap!

Well, my loves, I finally got there. The list was made. I hope you enjoyed my foray into the best that 2013 had to offer (to my ears, anyway). There was a lot of the expected (psych rock) and perhaps a smidge of the less-so expected (some popular records!). There were bands I was certain would be on the list all year, and bands that came out of nowhere to blow my house down. Amongst this list of 60, I hope you found something that you hadn't yet heard, something that warmed the cockles of your music-loving heart. For the sake of review purposes, below you'll find my list all the way from number 60 to number 1a.

And heck, let's do it all again next year.

Happy listening!

60. Air Review – Low Wishes
59. Pontiacs – Atacama Dreaming
58. The ACBs – Little Leaves
57. Dead Professional – Don’t Be Cruel
56. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
55. Lumerians – The High Frontier
54. Spindrift – Ghost Of The West
53. Yuck – Glow And Behold
52. The Palma Violets – 180
51. John Grant – Pale Green Ghost
50. Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana
49. Ell V Gore – Ell V Gore
48. Useless Eaters - Hypertension
47. Spectrals – SOB Story
46. M.I.A. – Matangi
45. The Phoenix Foundation – Fandango
44. Generationals – Heza
43. GEMS – Medusa EP
42. Jagwar Ma – Howlin
41. Running – Vaguely Ethnic
40. Gringo Star – Floating Out To See
39. Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen
38. Lorde – Pure Heroine
37. Clinic – Free Reign II
36. Surf City – We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This
35. Day Ravies – Tussle
34. Tape Waves – Tape Waves EP
33. CHVRCHES – Recover EP
32. Dame Blanche – Taking Happiness
31. Mystic Braves – Mystic Braves
30. Hookworms – Pearl Mystic
29. Native America – Bad Weed/Still Weed
28. Coke Weed – Back To Soft
27. The Flying Eyes – Lowlands
26. Mind Spiders – Inhumanistic
25. BRMC – Specter At The Feast
24. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight…
23. Disappears – Era
22. Ttotals – Spectrums Of Light
21. Grooms – Infinity Caller
20. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines
19. Gnod – Chaudelande
18. Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day
17. The Laurels – Plains
16. The Living Eyes – The Living Eyes
15. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
14. Bazooka – Bazooka
13. Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
12. L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch
11. Washed Out – Paracosm
10. Night Beats – Sonic Bloom
9. My Bloody Valentine – MBV
8. CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe
7. Primal Scream – More Light
6. Psychic Ills – One Track Mind
1e. Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion
1d. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
1c. Snowden – No One In Control
1b. Weekend – Jinx
1a. Cult Of Dom Keller – Cult Of Dom Keller


[posted 3.31.14]

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Week In Shows: 3/24-3/30

A Sunday afternoon before yet another possible impending snowfall is 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, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I may or may not be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

It's Spring, but that's not stopping snow from threatening to darken our doorstep here in the DC metro once again (this snow really is outrageous). Snow be damned, it's the season of good shows. Maybe I'll see you out and about during this last full week of March, and as always, anything that's starred has a high forecast of yours truly being there.

MONDAY, 3/24/14

-Warpaint + Cate Le Bon (Black Cat - SOLD OUT)
-Axxa/Abraxas (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 3/25/14

-Tops + Calvin Love (DC9)
-David Crosby (Wolf Trap)

WEDNESDAY, 3/26/14

-INVSN + Color Film + Technophobia (DC9)
-Dirt City + D. Watusi (Comet Ping Pong)

THURSDAY, 3/27/14

-Yip Deceiver + Alexander Trust (Black Cat)
-Little Big League + Close Talker + Dagos (CD Cellar - Arlington)**
-And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead + Le Femme + Midnight Masses (Rock & Roll Hotel)

FRIDAY, 3/28/14

-Dudes + Blizzard Babies + Brenda (CD Cellar - Arlington)
-Ars Phoenix + Lenorable + Silo Halo (Velvet Lounge)

SATURDAY, 3/29/14

-Fairweather + Black Clouds + J. Robbins + Highness (Black Cat)
-The Jet Age + The Caribbean + Early American (Comet Ping Pong)

SUNDAY, 3/30/14

-Harness Flux + Nice Breeze (Galaxy Hut)


[posted 3.23.14]

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Meet Rad Wagon

In my personal opinion, Southern boys do it better. And by it, I mean filthy, dirty blues-infused rock and roll, of course.

Rad Wagon is a group of such boys, calling themselves "three dudes from Vermilion Parish making noise." That's a bit skimpy, so I'll see if I can't flesh things out a little. On their self-titled five-song EP, Rad Wagon gives you all you want in terms of perfectly sleazy, hot damn dangit rock with a sense of humor. Their songs are made to be played loud, and screaming to be listened to while getting your party on. A definite good time of an EP, no doubt.  

They say they play dirty, and I'm not disagreeing. What can I say, some of us like it dirty.
  






[posted 3.21.14]


Good Cover Version: CHVRCHES Does Bauhaus

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.

By now y'all know how much I adore that precocious trio of synthpop lovin' Scots known to the world as CHVRCHES. Naturally, I couldn't resist checking out their version of the absolutely iconic Bauhaus classic "Bela Lugosi's Dead." I wasn't sure how it would translate, but having given it a few listens, I have to say it's grown on me quite a bit. It sounds like a completely different song, CHVRCHES giving it their 80s synth vibe and cutting it down under four minutes in length. Lauren Mayberry's voice does manage to sound a bit funereal at times, and something a little gothic can be found lurking here. It was a risky move to cover this song, and you're either going to love it or hate it, but I'm a fan of the end result. I still prefer the original, of course, it's just one of those songs that can't be bettered by anyone other than its creator. But I like CHVRCHES, and I like Bela Lugosi. And there we are.  







[posted 3.21.14]


Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #1a – Cult of Dom Keller

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Cult Of Dom Keller

WHAT: Cult Of Dom Keller

WHEN: July 2013

WHERE: Mannequin

WHY: “I wanna see what you look like inside,” proclaims a line from “Eyes,” the first song on the self-titled Cult Of Dom Keller record. To my mind, that line relates back to the whole of the record in a way, because with these songs the Nottingham band seems to be striving to find new ways to look at just about anything and everything, new ways to see things no one has yet seen, and new ways to express what they’ve seen. To listen to this record is to fall down one hell of a rabbit hole, into the delirious, exhilarating uncertainty of unfathomable depths and unfathomable darkness, and to come out the other side not knowing which way is up, down, or sideways. Cardinal points mean nothing on their map, and it’s full steam ahead into the great beyond and the great unknown. This record is filled with all things wonderful; it’s murky, it’s loud, it’s mesmerizing, and it’s holy hellfire good. Even more than that, it’s exciting. If I had to pick one band from the UK to pin my hopes on in terms of flying the flag for psych rock, it would have to be the Cult Of Dom Keller. If you like psych rock and haven’t, for whatever reason, heard this record yet, you need to do yourself a favor and make sure this is the next thing you listen to.

MY JAMS: The whole shebang







[posted 3.20.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #1b – Weekend

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Weekend

WHAT: Jinx

WHEN: July 2013

WHERE: Slumberland

WHY: Weekend left the Left Coast, moved to New York, and released a record that is nothing short of triumphant. With the name of the record and the gator skull on the album cover, one could be forgiven for thinking that Weekend was offering up some sort of voodoo curse. If this Jinx is a curse, I’m all for it. Jinx is absolutely electrifying, a live-wire tightrope walk of deliciously gloomy moodiness. The songs are brutally beautiful, scaled to impress with highly-charged guitar and bass riffs and a splendid cruelty to the delivery. Exceptionally well-recorded, Jinx is an impeccable listen. The songs are relentless in their force, and all convey a disquieted restlessness that sounds so very stunning. At times breaking from the darkness, even in lighter moments the severity can’t be denied. It’s a breathlessly magnificent flight of modern fancy, and the members of Weekend really outdid themselves with this one.

MY JAMS: “Mirror” “July” “Oubliette” “Celebration, FL” “It’s Alright” “Rosaries” “Scream Queen” “Siobhan”







[posted 3.20.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #1c – Snowden

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Snowden

WHAT: No One In Control

WHEN: May 2013

WHERE: Serpents And Snakes

WHY: I have waited something close to seven long years for this record, and as impatient a girl as I am, I have to say it was worth the wait. They pick up pretty much right where they left off. Listening to it, it’s almost as if the past seven years never happened, and along comes the new Snowden record right on schedule. This is an unusual album for me, because there’s not a single song on No One In Control that I don’t love to pieces. They’re all amazing, all full of that delicious fuzz-centric prettiness coupled with smoky smooth serpentine vocals, some spiky guitar, and an endless, exquisitely haunting haze of an atmosphere. More often than not, Snowden is transcendent (see: “So Red,” “Anemone Arms,” "Hiss," “Don’t Really Know Me” etc etc etc). These are songs to stir your senses, songs to make you remember, songs to make you forget, and songs to fall in love with (or perhaps even fall in love to).

MY JAMS: Every single song













[posted 3.20.14]






The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #1d – The Black Angels

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: The Black Angels

WHAT: Indigo Meadow

WHEN: April 2013

WHERE: Blue Horizon

WHY: Approximately no one should be at all surprised to see The Black Angels so high on my list this go round. Indigo Meadow is just The Black Angels doing what they do best, unleashing song after song of killer modern psych, kissed with the haze of the desert and the endless night sky and the undulating shimmer of magical mirages. As expected, it is a phenomenally loud, at times hostile group of songs, bombastic and full of skillful, crushingly noisy guitars and a slightly threatening vibe. Always upping the ante with their music, the members of The Black Angels have become masters at the art of concocting smart, challenging, shatteringly strident kaleidoscopic psych gems. Obviously, the future of American psych rock is in safe hands down in Austin.

MY JAMS: “Evil Things” “Don’t Play With Guns” “The Day” “Love Me Forever” “Always Maybe” “War On Holiday” “Broken Soldier” “You’re Mine” “Black Isn’t Black”







[posted 3.20.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #1e – Crocodiles

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Crocodiles

WHAT: Crimes Of Passion

WHEN: August 2013

WHERE: Frenchkiss

WHY: “It's my belief that, should their paths have crossed on this mortal coil, the Marquis (de Sade) would most definitely have approved of Crocodiles, and been quite a fan of their latest full-length Crimes of Passion. After all, there's enough decadence, angst, and sacrilege to sate even the pickiest de Sade accolyte. When it comes to Crocodiles, being bad sounds pretty good indeed. Sticking with their blueprint of Jesus & Mary Chain inspired noisiness, the Crocodiles gang shakes, shimmies, and occasionally blasphemes their way through ten killer songs. All told, Crimes of Passion is more than likely my favorite Crocodiles lp to date. It's a naughty thing indeed, and probably best enjoyed by those of us with a little bit of a bad streak. Of course, the good guys might just find themselves enamored of the dark side by the time they've had a listen.” (read my full review here)

MY JAMS: “Marquis De Sade” “Cockroach” “Heavy Metal Clouds” “Teardrop Guitar” “Gimme Some Annhiliation” “Virgin” “Un Chant D’Amour”

mp3: Heavy Metal Clouds

[posted 3.20.14]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #6 – Psychic Ills

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Psychic Ills

WHAT: One Track Mind

WHEN: February 2013

WHERE: Sacred Bones

WHY: “One of the best records of the year by far and then some. One Track Mind is a fitting name for their latest endeavor, because you just might find yourself unable to think of anything other than this record whenever you listen to it. Experience tells me those odds are pretty good. A murky, rambling wreck of gravelly, gritty psych-heavy rock, One Track Mind is a force to be reckoned with. I first listened to One Track Mind in the middle of those magical mountains of Western Virginia, and being among those mystical peaks proved the perfect time and place for some Psychic Ills. Many listens hence and it still feels so very right, even without the mountains. Lovers of psych should find this record damned irresistible.” (read my full review here)

MY JAMS: “See You There” “Tried To Find It” “FBI” “Drop Out”







[posted 3.20.14]


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #7 – Primal Scream

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Primal Scream

WHAT: More Light

WHEN: June 2013

WHERE: First International

WHY: I’ve been a Primal Scream fan for well over 15 years now, and have seen them undergo many a sonic reinvention. The Bobby Gillespie-led outfit has proven chameleon-like over the years, but while the method of delivery changes many of the messages stay the same. With More Light, the Scream continues their quest to agitate the powers that be through their music, and hits many a right note in the process. Leadoff track “2013” is one of the best songs of the year, in my humble opinion, a terrible sprawling sonic diatribe mixing vitriolic social commentaries with an uncanny danceability (a Primal Scream hallmark). “Punk rock came and went and nothing changed/was it just a pose,” “The total subjugation of the rock & roll nation,” "What happened to the voices of dissent/they're gettin' rich I guess," and “You fear in another/what you fear in yourself” are a few select barbs Gillespie lobs at the state of the civilized world today (and quite frankly, their take on the complacency of today is spot on). Modern life, Primal Scream has not come to praise you. But they have come to show you a good time while they have their say. Over the course of the record, the Scream does what they do best, ripping society to shreds while kicking out seriously killer jams. Cynical lambasting of societal deficiencies has never sounded so good.

MY JAMS: “2013” “Culturecide” “Hit Void” “Invisible City” “Goodbye Johnny” “Sideman” “Elimination Blues” “Turn Each Other Inside Out” “Walking With The Beast”







[posted 3.19.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #8 - CHVRCHES

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: CHVRCHES

WHAT: The Bones Of What You Believe

WHEN: September 2013

WHERE: Glassnote

WHY: If Scottish synthpop powerhouse CHVRCHES had existed when John Hughes was making the classic Brat Pack flicks “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty In Pink,” and “Sixteen Candles,” I’m pretty sure he would have included them in one or perhaps all. The Bones Of What You Believe is a firecracker of a record, deceptively sweet amidst a sweep of synths and boy-girl vocals that sound chirpier than the lyrics they sing. At times confrontational, at times coaxing, the songs delve into the ambiguity of life and love in the myriad shades of gray between the black and the white, maintaining a level of exuberant effervescence throughout.

MY JAMS: “We Sink” “Tether” “Lies” “Recover” “Night Sky” “Lungs” “By The Throat” “You Caught The Light”







[posted 3.19.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #9 – My Bloody Valentine

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: My Bloody Valentine

WHAT: MBV

WHEN: March 2013

WHERE: MBV

WHY: Sure, it took them almost two decades to release this record. And that's ok. Is it is amazing as Loveless? Does it even need to be? MBV is a new My Bloody Valentine record, and that's pretty much enough for me. It's a great record, and it's in keeping with the music they were making twenty odd years ago, the golden, gritty haze and epic guitar washes that made legions of noise lovers fall for them. I all sorts of love it.     

MY JAMS: “She Found Now” “Only Tomorrow” “Who Sees You” “In Another Way” “Nothing Is” “Wonder 2”







[posted 3.19.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #10 – Night Beats

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Night Beats

WHAT: Sonic Bloom

WHEN: September 2013

WHERE: The Reverberation Appreciation Society

WHY: There is rock and roll, and there is fucking rock and roll, and Seattle's Night Beats make fucking rock and roll like nobody’s business. Right out of the gate Sonic Bloom brings sizzling, white hot noise, and it doesn’t look back. Carrying a bit of a torch for Motor City of Stooges and MC5 vintage, not to mention Austin heroes the 13th Floor Elevators, the Night Beats wail, howl, shimmy and shake their way every song on their record. Their sound is raw, it’s rambunctious, and it makes it next to impossible not to fall in love with Sonic Bloom.

MY JAMS: “Love Ain’t Strange (Everything Else Is)” “Sonic Bloom” “Playing Dead” “Outta Mind” “Real Change” “Satisfy Your Mind” “As You Want” “At The Gates” “The New World”







[posted 3.19.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #11 – Washed Out

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Washed Out

WHAT: Paracosm

WHEN: August 2013

WHERE: Sub Pop

WHY: I don’t know how he does it, but Ernest Greene keeps churning out impeccable music with each Washed Out record/EP he releases. Paracosm is a thing of beauty, fragile but powerful and beguiling in its magnetically languid, inescapable way. The sound of sticky sweet summers and velvet humid nights under canopies of stars, Paracosm is lusciously chilled, but still it pulsates with dynamic forces. Songs break with waves of expectancy, crashing ashore with washes of electric anticipation. This record might just give you goosebumps.

MY JAMS: “It All Feels Right” “Weightless” “All I Know” “Paracosm” “Falling Back” “All Over Now”







[posted 3.19.14]



The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #12 – L.A. Witch

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: L.A. Witch

WHAT: L.A. Witch EP

WHEN: 2013 (not the 2014 date on Bandcamp - I've had this playing for months and months)

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: To start with, the cover of this EP has an illustration of a white cat with a face done up in black, Kiss-meets-the-dark-side makeup. We could just stop it there, but thankfully L.A. Witch is more than just a clever cover. Scuzzy, fuzzy, and loud seem to be three of my favorite words when it comes to music, and L.A. Witch produces all three in spades here. The three songs on this EP are spectacularly scuzzed up, and crackle with an attitude somewhere between bored and aggressive. From the belligerent posturing of “Get Lost” to the off-kilter, acoustic-driven “Heart Of Darkness” to the accusatory slow burn of “You Love Nothing,” this is one hell of an EP.

MY JAMS: All three of them







[posted 3.19.14]


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #13 – Joanna Gruesome

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Joanna Gruesome

WHAT: Weird Sister

WHEN: September 2013

WHERE: Slumberland

WHY: There’s a whole lot to love about Joanna Gruesome and their Weird Sister LP. To my ears, the band brings together the best bits of fellow Brits both current and from the generation prior: Elastica, Yuck, Veronica Falls, and Lush, combining breathlessly charming vocals with crunchy, lively riffs and incredible tunefulness. The result of this union is quite breathtaking. Both idyllically noisy and thunderously sweet, Weird Sister casts a spell from start to finish. It’s a tough but tender record, and I absolutely adore it.

MY JAMS: Each and every song on the record







[posted 3.18.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #14 – Bazooka

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Bazooka

WHAT: Bazooka

WHEN: May 2013

WHERE: Slovenly

WHY: From Greece comes Bazooka, tempestuous garage rockers who know how to tear shit up with the best of them (and who have a song about, what else, a mythical goat). This band blindsided me, they really did. The first time I listened to their self-titled record I was absolutely bowled over by the sheer power of what they’ve created. It’s an album full of wanton, absolutely compelling noise, gritty and grimy and pure rock. Surely, this is what parents feared for their little darling princesses back in the day: this is lusty, lewd, unabashed rock and roll. Bazooka is a record to be played loud and played often.

MY JAMS: “Zed The Mythical Goat” “Ravening Trip” “Bye Bye Girl” “Penny” “Summer Song” “Shame Take My Brain” “Mr. George” “Church” “War Parade”







[posted 3.18.14]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #15 – Arcade Fire

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Arcade Fire

WHAT: Reflektor

WHEN: October 2013

WHERE: Capitol/Merge

WHY: What is there to say about Arcade Fire that hasn’t already been said? It’s funny to think back to Funeral, when the band of Canadians rocked everyone’s world in this wonderful, unexpected way. I can almost hear some ghosts of Funeral here in Reflektor, and some Reflektor in Funeral. I was actually hooked on this record right away, thanks in no small part to the cinematic sprawl of “Reflektor” (and DAVID BOWIE!). There’s so many nuances, so many interesting sounds, they cram so much into each song that it’s really quite a gluttonous feast for the ears. And as far as I’m concerned, this band’s still more than got it.

MY JAMS: “Reflektor” “Flashbulb Eyes” “You Already Know” “Joan Of Arc” “Awful Sound” “Porno” “Afterlife”

[posted 3.18.14]