Monday, March 30, 2015

The Week In Shows: 3/30-4/5

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

Today is my last day in the wild, mountainous west of the Mountain Time Zone, and I'll soon be back to the greater DC metro. As the weather (finally) gets warmer at home, the good shows will keep on coming. I'm heading out to Macrock this weekend, so y'all might want to consider a drive to Harrisonburg for some fun. Remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


MONDAY, 3/30/15

-Twin Shadow + Lolawolf (Black Cat)
-Oh So Peligroso + Love Axe + Shining Blade Theory (Velvet Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 4/1/15

-Laughing Man + Anthony Pirog + Crown Larks + Dave Klinger (Paper Haus - 4th anniversary)

THURSDAY, 4/2/15

-Liturgy + Sannhet + Horse Lords (DC9)
-Single Mothers + Dirty Nil (Black Cat)
-Coup Sauvage & The Snips + Pleasure Curses + Cat Jack (MLK Library)
-Reptar + Breathers + Sun Club (U Street Music Hall)

FRIDAY, 4/3/15

-Damien Rice (Lincoln Theatre - SOLD OUT)
-MACROCK (Harrisonburg, VA) (Extra Recommended!)

SATURDAY, 4/4/15

-A Celebration of Muddy Waters' 100th Birthday (The Hamilton)
-MACROCK (Harrisonburg, VA) (Extra Recommended!)




[posted 3.30.15]

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Week In Shows: 3/24-3/29

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

Yours truly is on a rambling roadtrip this week, so I won't be able to attend any of the local shows. But there's some doozies! Remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. This week, there happens to be not one but TWO super extra recommended shows. Go to both. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


TUESDAY, 3/24/15

-Shakey Graves + Nikki Lane (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

WEDNESDAY, 3/25/15

-Swervedriver + Gateway Drugs (Rock & Roll Hotel) (Extra Recommended!)
-Dirt City + Big Black Wolves + Motorcade (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 3/26/15

-Tigerman Whoa + These Wild Plains + The Dirty Bangs (DC9)

FRIDAY, 3/27/15

-The Weight (The Hamilton)
-Big Data + On & On + Chappo (Black Cat)
-The Districts + Pine Barons + Shark Week (Rock & Roll Hotel)

SATURDAY, 3/28/15

-Father John Misty + King Tuff (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT) (Extra Recommended!)

SUNDAY, 3/29/15

-Years & Years (U Street Music Hall)
-Torche + Wrong + Jeff Carey + Black Clouds (DC9)


[posted 3.23.15]

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Video Of The Day #39: Saint Agnes

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

We all know covers can be a slippery slope. Saint Agnes, however, proves that they know how to do a mighty fine cover. Smoldering dual his + hers vocals and the right amount of canned sonic heat give their version of the Doors classic "Roadhouse Blues" all sorts of sex appeal, and the video (shot for the band's live effort Live Under London) captures the band as they burn down the house. Figuratively, of course.
  







[posted 3.21.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #45: The Mystery Lights

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

A big clue to the fact that I dig on The Mystery Lights is that they've played with FL favorites White Fence, The Night Beats, and Thee Oh Sees. These New Yorkers are seriously tapped in when it comes to making deliciously fuzzy, hazily jangling psych rock. Definitely ones to watch, and not just when it comes to playing SXSW.
  




[posted 3.21.15]

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #44: Surly Gates

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Not only do I think that Austin's Surly Gates has one of the best names around, I also happen to dig what they're laying down. Slightly chilled, smoky psych-infused nuggets are the Surly Gates calling card, the band mixing myriad melodies and daydream beliefs into far out pop songs. Or, as they call it, "strange darkened moods pierced by the golden harmonies of five eagle cries." Precisely.
   




[posted 3.20.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #43: Allah-Las

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Allah-Las

WHAT: Worship the Sun

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: Innovative Leisure

WHY: Some of my favorite psych is rooted in 60s pop, and the Allah-Las second album, Worship the Sun, has that very sound. It’s a little bit spaghetti western, and a little bit lounge lizard, in addition to the oft bouncy jangle and shimmy that prances confidently throughout the record. It’s a doozy, friends, this record, and it’s well worth some quality time.

My jams: “De Vida Voz,” “Artifact,” “Buffalo Nickel,” “Follow You Down,” “Yemeni Jade,” “Better Than Mine,” “No Werewolf,” “Every Girl”





[posted 3.20.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #43: Summer Heart

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

I've always imagined that in certain parts of the world, they cherish summertime even more than we do in the DC metro area. It must have something to do with the lack of sunlight in winter and then long stretches of sun for a few months. Sweden's one man wonder Summer Heart celebrates summer by name and by sound, like a Scandi, loved-up Washed Out. And that just makes me nothing but happy.
  




[posted 3.20.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #42: Summer Cannibals

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

It's been a little bit of a long while since I last mentioned Summer Cannibals, and that's no bueno. The Portland outfit has expanded to a foursome, which only helps them more easily articulate their rough and rollicking, gritty and hellishly catchy rock noises. They've still got a few gigs down there in Austin, so if you're indulging in SXSW, why not indulge in a little Summer Cannibalism.
  




[posted 3.20.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #41: Springtime Carnivore

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

But soft, what sound through yonder speaker breaks? It's the fabulous, dizzy fuzz of LA girl Greta Morgan (AKA Springtime Carnivore). Morgan's "technicolor daydream pop" is just the ticket when the sky is gray and your world feels a bit droopy.





[posted 3.20.15]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #40: OBN IIIs

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Thanks to the wonders of recorded music, I can already tell y'all that OBN IIIs kill it live. Their sound, live, is ramshackle, unapologetic, confrontational, and straight up rock. It's also a wee bit loud. For some reason I always think of the MC5 when I listen to these Texans. See if you agree. If you dig your music a little on the shambolic side, you're gonna love these guys.
   




[posted 3.19.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #39: Pinecones

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Georgia is just one of those places, and Pinecones is just one of those Georgia bands. Which already means they're pretty alright. Pinecones takes some of the more traditional Southern rock sound and throws in a few decibels, featuring loud guitar riffage and wonderfully shouty vocals. Probably pretty killer live, I suspect.
  




[posted 3.19.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #38: Twin Limb

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

There's no denying the loveliness of Louisville's Twin Limb. It's just not possible. I've only heard one song but I'm hooked. Think of them as honey-coated folksy psych, with the inclusion of a rather morose accordion. Well worth your ear.
   




[posted 3.19.15]

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #37: The Parrots

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Madrid (as in Spain) might not be the spot you immediately think of when conjuring up hotbeds of super fuzzed out, gritty garage hijinks. But that's the home of The Parrots, and they fit that bill and then some. Brash as can be, loud as you like, this trio is young but capable and they're already buzzing in Europe. Ladies and gents, these lads are worth a listen.
  




[posted 3.18.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #44: Eagulls

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Eagulls

WHAT: Eagulls

WHEN: March 2014

WHERE: Partisan Records

WHY: A wonderfully nervy, agitated racket abounds on Eagulls’ self-titled effort. These Leeds gents defiantly snarl and claw their way through ten songs of fuzzed-out, angsty, gloomy post-punk clamor, sounding both irritable and empowered. It makes for a great listen, especially if you happen to be feeling particularly dark mood.

My jams: “Nerve Endings,” “Yellow Eyes,” “Tough Luck,” “Possessed,” “Fester Blister,” “Opaque,” “Souless Youth”





[posted 3.18.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #36: FOGG

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

I tell you what, y'all. If it's mind-melting, heavy psych you're after, you might just want to look into FOGG. These Fort Worth fellows make music to lose your mind to, and then some. Their noise is loud, it's thick, it's very 70s revival...and it's pretty dang good. And I can't even imagine how epic they can be in person, so if you're in Austin, go check these dudes out.
    




[posted 3.18.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #45: Nude Beach

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Nude Beach

WHAT: 77

WHEN: October 2014

WHERE: Don Giovanni Records

WHY: Twangy, fuzzy powerpop nuggets, and lots of ‘em. That’s what 77 is full of. So much wonderful strumming, so much wonderful lo-fi. At times, I hear old AM radio, at times Elvis Costello and/or Big Star and/or Tom Petty and/or early Teenage Fanclub (among others). It’s a long one, in terms of the number of songs, yet it goes by so quickly that you almost have to listen to it at least twice in a row. 77 is my first Nude Beach experience, and it won’t be the last.

My jams: “I’m Not Like You,” “Yesterday,” “Time,” “For A While,” “For You,” “On The One Too Many’s,” “It’s So Hard,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “It’s So Hard to Love You,” “Set Me Free,” “If We Only Had the Time”






[posted 3.18.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #35: GROUNDERS

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

There's something a little enchanting about Toronto outfit GROUNDERS. They've got this infectious, just plain old fun quality to them. Call them lively, call them spritely, call them what you will. If you like rambunctious swirls of pop-tinged fuzz, you'll be pretty into their love sausage (they said it, not me).
  




[posted 3.18.15]

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #34: Greenbeard

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Stoner, sludgy, heavy psych rock. That's what you're getting into with Austin's Greenbeard. And if you're like me, that will make you pretty happy indeed. Haunted by the bombast of their 70s forefathers, Greenbeard's songs are indulgent, expansive, and full of wonderfully thick, all-consuming noise. Three words, friends: Turn. It. Up.
    






[posted 3.16.15]


The Week In Shows: 3/16-3/22

Top of the morning, friends! A gloomy Monday morning just before St. Patty's Day seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

We're halfway through March already! Goodness me, where does the time go. Let's take a gander at who's coming to the DC area this week. Remember, y'all, each week I'll be picking one show that is my seriously, go to this recommended show of the week. And here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week. Oh, and happy green beer drinking day! 

MONDAY, 3/16/15

-Perfect Pussy + Skating Polly + Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists (Black Cat) (Extra Recommended!)

TUESDAY, 3/17/15

-Perfume Genius + Jenny Hval (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 3/18/15

-Young Widows + Shannon Wright + The Austerity Program (DC9)

THURSDAY, 3/19/15

-Polyon + Solids + Stronger Sex (DC9)

FRIDAY, 3/20/15

-Sunbathers + Yo No Say + Sealab (Velvet Lounge)
-J. Roddy Walston & The Business + Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, 3/21/15

-Trunkweed + Echo Courts + BRNDA (Bathtub Republic)



[posted 3.16.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #33: Golden Fable

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

There is dream pop, and there is dream pop. Golden Fable, hailing from Northern Wales, is most definitely making some of the dreamiest dream pop around. Vocalist Rebecca Palin possesses one of the loveliest, most ethereal voices I've heard lately, and the band's songs are somehow both earthy and grounded while managing to float through the clouds.
  




[posted 3.16.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #46: Dead Fame

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Dead Fame

WHAT: Vicious Design EP

WHEN: April 2014

WHERE: HUMAN

WHY: "The Vicious Design EP, is a deliciously dark, seriously danceable assault on the senses. Titillating with their knob-twiddling and taut, spiky riffs, the band is anchored by pitch-perfect and somewhat theatrically crooning vocals. This is a band that’s looking like they mean business." (read more here)

My jams: “Joan Crawford,” “My Body, My Fool,” “Girl Undone,” “Lift,” “My Body, My Fool (Xiu Xiu Remix)"







[posted 3.16.15]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #47: The Phantom Band

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: The Phantom Band

WHAT: Strange Friend

WHEN: July 2014

WHERE: Chemikal Underground

WHY: My favorite wacky Weejies, The Phantom Band, are experts at churning out some of the most delightfully odd songs you’re likely to set ears on. Strange Friend sees the Glasgow outfit frolic through topsy-turvey, backards-forwards sonic terrain, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at you with no apologies. A strange, wonderful brew.

My jams: “The Wind That Cried the World,” “Clapshot,” “Atacama,” “Sweatbox,” “No Shoes Blues,” “Galapagos”






[posted 3.16.15]

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #32: Golden Dawn Arkestra

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

If you're the son of the legendary Sun Ra, this kind of thing is already in your blood. Zapot Mgwana, leader of the Golden Dawn Arkestra, has dramatic, tribal, spaced-out noise in his genes, and he puts that natural ability to good use in his outfit. A wide assortment of wonderfully weird sounds are fused together into epic songs, and I can't even fathom how entrancing this band must be live.
  




[posted 3.15.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #31: Girlpool

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

There's something endearingly awkward about LA girls Girlpool. They've got a don't-give-a-fuck vibe, but there's also a sweetness to their racket. "If you are a Jane put your fist up too," they proclaim, backed by unabashed basslines and strumming. Worth a closer look, for sure.
  




[posted 3.15.15]

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #48: Dream Police

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Dream Police

WHAT: Hypnotized

WHEN: November 2014

WHERE: Sacred Bones

WHY: There’s so much going on in Dream Police’s Hypnotized record, and I love every bit of it. It’s a madcap, careening ride through psychedelia and synthpop and country and straight up rock and roll, disparate elements taken apart and sewn back together in fanciful, spaced out patchwork and with an underlying, pulsating sexiness. And on tracks like the excellent, dizzy dance that is “Pouring Rain” (one of my favorite songs of 2014) there’s a good chance you’ll end up more than a little hypnotized.

My jams: “Hypnotized,” “Iris,” “Pouring Rain,” “All We Are,” “Let It Be,” “Sandy”





[posted 3.15.15]



The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #49: Dum Dum Girls

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Dum Dum Girls

WHAT: Too True

WHEN: January 2014

WHERE: Sub Pop

WHY: Slinky as fuck, Too True is a pretty sexy record. Come-hither lady vocals and hypnotic rhythms undulate at every turn and simply refuse to take no for an answer. Showing signs of their musical compatriots Crocodiles’ affinity for French poetry references, the moody but ridiculously catchy “Rimbaud Eyes” embodies the cool factor that Dum Dum Girls has in spades.

My jams: “Evil Blooms,” “Rimbaud Eyes,” “Too True To Be Good,” “In The Wake of You,” “Lost Boys and Girls Club,” “Trouble Is My Name”





[posted 3.15.15]

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #50: Kissing Cousins

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Kissing Cousins

WHAT: In With Them EP

WHEN: December 2014

WHERE: Velvet Blue Music

WHY: I couldn’t help but include the In With Them EP on my list. After all, it’s four songs full of seductive, smoky rock incantations that both cajole and confront, wrapping serpentine around your senses. To me, it’s the sound of fog rolling in, followed in the distance by a tempest. A haunting effort from Kissing Cousins.

My jams: All of them






[posted 3.14.15]

Video of The Day #38: Indiana Queen

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

We've all been there. That relationship that didn't work out, and maybe it was our fault. Indiana Queen captures the heartbreaking sentiment of that realization in the gorgeous, slow strum of "This Is Me Trying." The accompanying video is on point, black and white and elegantly evocative. This Nashville outfit, led by the honey-voiced Kevin Thornton, is definitely one to watch.
  



The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #51: Honeyblood

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Honeyblood

WHAT: Honeyblood

WHEN: July 2014

WHERE: FatCat

WHY: Pretty with bite, that’s what you get with Scotland’s lady duo Honeyblood. Big, bawdy vocals and raucous (yet polished) instrumentation proves a winning combination on the lasses’ self-titled effort. Honeyed coos take a bit of the sting out of lyrics such as “I will hate you forever,” adding an air kiss to a kiss-off.

My jams: “Super Rat,” “Bud,” “Killer Bangs,” “Choker,” “Fortune Cookie,” “All Dragged Up”







[posted 3.14.15]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #52: The Blue Angel Lounge

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: The Blue Angel Lounge

WHAT: A Sea of Trees

WHEN: May 2014

WHERE: A Records

WHY: The short version is that A Sea of Trees is a beautiful record. Beyond that, it’s cut with the chill that comes with this kind of visceral, atmospheric noise that mixes psych rock with something a little darker. With this record, The Blue Angel Lounge creates a world that is alive with ghosts and winter and storms, and it’s a glorious place to be.

My jams: “Winter,” “Melloch Halb & Halb,” “Woods (Sea of Trees),” “Walls,” “In Distance,” “The Pain You Got From Me”







[posted 3.14.15]


Sounds of SXSW 2015 #30: The Ghost Wolves

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Y'all know I like it when a band creates their own genre, and Austin's very own The Ghost Wolves have done just that. Their muddy, moon-howling comic book gritty rock is known as stomp'n'roll, and that works for me. This duo makes a whole lot of racket, and I like it.
   





[posted 3.14.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #29: Royal Teeth

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

I was intrigued, looking at Royal Teeth's SXSW info page, when I saw that the only thing under their bio was the following statement: "Royal Teeth makes music for adventures." My interest piqued, I gave "Wild" a listen, and can confirm that song definitely is adventure-ready. Glossy and uplifting, the songs made by this Big Easy band offer up a joie de vivre and an infectiousness that's undeniable.
  




[posted 3.14.15]

Sounds of SXSW 2015 #28: The Rich Hands

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

The three fellas in The Rich Hands cite 50s and 60s sounds (rock and roll and pop, respectively) as influences, and you can definitely hear both pulsing through their energetic, slightly scuzzy rambunctiousness. The San Antonio lads have an easy appeal, and their salty sweet sound is sure to win folks over down Austin way.







[posted 3.14.15]


The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #53: Goat

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Goat

WHAT: Commune

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: Sub Pop

WHY: Everyone’s favorite Swedish psychedelic tribal tropical groove voodoo band followed up the excellent World Music with Commune. Turns out Commune, just like its predecessor, happens to be another record filled with song after song of spaced out, cosmic jungle beats and wizardry. It’s enough to make you want to put on your favorite hooded robe and dance around a fire chanting a long-dead language at Stonehenge.

My jams: “Words,” “Goatchild,” “Goatslaves,” “Hide From The Sun,” “Bondye,” “Gathering of Ancient Tribes”







[posted 3.14.15]