Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year, Y'all!

What a long, strange year it's been. There's been some good, and there's certainly been some bad, but when you get right down to it, I suppose I'll say it was a pretty ok year. And there was a whole lot of good music to soundtrack the last twelve months. 

I'd like to wish you a truly delightful Happy New Year, and I hope that the year brings you good health, good folks, good times, and of course, good music. In the spirit of the passing year, here's a few versions of my most favorite New Year's song, "Auld Lang Syne," as well as a beautiful rendition of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" by the forever flawless Ella Fitzgerald. Happy 2016, y'all!  


















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Live Review: The Jesus & Mary Chain/The Black Ryder @ 9:30 Club, 9/27/15

The world has turned 30 times around the sun since the Jesus & Mary Chain first unleashed Psychocandy on the world. Hard to fathom, but also hard to fathom what modern music might sound like without this record, and this band.

And so, in celebration of the 30th birthday of one of the finest records released in the entire 1980s, many a reveler gathered at the 9:30 for a two night stand. Support was provided by Australian imports The Black Ryder, which made me ever so happy. Their deep, lushly dark contortions provided a perfect segue into the two Jesus & Mary Chain sets.

Set one was a smattering of classics, and I just about burst with glee at the inclusion of longtime favorite "Head On." Set two was the main event, Psychocandy in its entirety. Perhaps it was just that I was completely enthralled, but I thought the set was flawless. And I even thought I detected some enjoyment coming from the stage, adding to the revelry. I'm already a fan of the album revival tours, and having missed out on Psychcandy the first time, it was amazing to get to experience it live after all this time. 

Here's hoping the guys keep getting out there on the road every now and again.      



[posted 12.31.15]

[photo copyright Megan Petty]

Singles Club: Flavor Waster

Hometown honeys Flavor Waster made some noise this past year, y'all. This District quintet makes a pretty mess indeed, bringing together pulsating synthiness with the occasional aggressive riff and some seriously sultry lady vocals. 

"Blackest Prius" is a romp through all things catchy, revealing a definite poppy underbelly under that rather pleasing genre-busting shell. 




[posted 12.31.15]

Good Cover Version: Natalie Prass does Simon & Garfunkel

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.

The kids sure do love them some Natalie Prass, and I'm a rather new conversion. Hearing her golden vocals against a lively backdrop of sound makes her rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" sound just dandy. She's got a voice, that one. If you haven't heard this one yet, stop and give it a go.  





[posted 12.31.15]

On The Road Again: GIVERS

If it's a good time you're looking for, you probably don't need to look much further than Lafayette, Louisiana's own GIVERS

The band will soon be peddling their quirky, super fun breed of swampy, sweaty melting pot pop on the road, and if you happen to be in one of their tour destinations I strongly suggest you get out there and see what these folks can do. 


GIVERS TOUR DATES

1/23: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

1/25: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt

1/26: Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain

1/30: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

1/31: Toronto, ON @ The Drake

2/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo

2/4: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

2/5: Columbus, OH @ The Basement

2/6: Cincinnati, OH @ MoTR Pub

3/4-6: Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Fest

3/11-12: New Orleans, LA @ BUKU



[posted 12.31.15]

Video of The Day #99: Gem Club

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.

The waning hours of the last day of the year are often reflective and contemplative, so no better video to see and song to give a listen to than Gem Club's "Speech of Foxes." Full of cleansing fire and the letting go of the past, this tremblingly lovely song is thoughtful and dynamic, and sounds like both the end of something and the beginning.  




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Singles Club: ALOHAHA

Dangle steel lap guitar and lovelorn lyrics in front of me and I'm more than likely to be all about it and then some. And that's exactly what I got with ALOHAHA's wonderfully melancholic "Nausea."

A joint venture between Jake Sinclair (ALOHAHA) and poet Lyndsay Thornton, with accompanying vocals courtesy Morgan Kibby (White Sea), "Nausea" is a lovelorn little ditty, full of woe is us but also the uncanny knack for certain sad songs to leave one feeling both bummed out and uplifted all at once. 





[posted 12.31.15]

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Singles Club: Mind The Journey

One-man sonic wizardry, that's what's happening here. Bostonian psych-synth-knob twiddler Spencer Sabo records his meandering ministrations under the name Mind The Journey.

Perhaps he should have gone with Mind The Trip. 

From the slightly chaotic, hyperactive intro to the syrupy slide of the vocals, "Rose Colored Glasses" is a heck of a ride. Not bad for a basement recording, I must say.   




[posted 12.30.15]

On the Road Again: Valentiger

I can't even fathom how many years it's been since I saw Valentiger for the first time. I'm telling y'all, these Michiganian fellas know a thing or two about harmonizing, rustic rocking and rolling, and beer. 

I'm definitely pleased to see the 'tiger hitting the road for a string of dates in the very near future. One of these days I'll even forgive them for not coming back to DC. If you're in the path of their brief jaunt, do make sure you go see them. And buy these Grand Rapids boys a beer while you're at it. 

VALENTIGER TOUR DATES

1/5 Kalamazoo MI - Union Cabaret and Grille
1/6 Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe
1/7 Nashville, TN - The Basement
1/8 Terre Haute, IN - The Verve
1/9 Hamtramck, MI -The New Dodge
1/21 Grand Rapids, MI - Founders Brewing Co.
1/22 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
1/23 Milwaukee,WI - Linneman's Riverwest Inn
2/25 Brooklyn, NY - The Gutter
2/26 Philadelphia - The Fire
2/27 Pittsburgh - House Show



[posted 12.30.15]

Good Cover Version: Futurebirds Does Ray Charles

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.

How do you possibly improve on a Ray Charles song? It's a tall order, let's not kid ourselves. But the rambling dudes from Athens, Futurebirds, gamely gave it a heck of a college try, and their version of "Midnight" offers up slow motion late night moments, complete with a boon of brass and plenty of wistful what-ifs. A mighty fine effort if I do say so myself.  




[posted 12.30.15]

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Video of The Day #98: The Coral

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

I'm sick of not seeing the sun, but who needs it when there's videos like The Coral's "Chasing the Tail of a Dream" to be seen? The endless swirl of vintage psychedelic swirls fits hand in glove with the song's dark droning. The guitar solo midway through is especially dreamy. In this little ditty, the boys have joined the psych side, and I wholeheartedly approve. Can't wait to hear what else they've been up to when new LP Distance Inbetween comes out to play in March. 




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Monday, December 28, 2015

Singles Club: Tangerine

Every now and then I'll hear a song that gets me really, really excited. A song that totally and completely captures my attention, and makes me very happy indeed. From the first note to the last, Tangerine's delightful "Tender" does just that. 

Wiry and breathless, this sweet little number sparks with energy. The Seattleites capture a charming impetuousness, an irrepressibility that makes the just-so scuzzy racket that much more hard to resist. An EP is coming soon, and hopefully there's even more to come from these three.   




[posted 12.28.15]

Singles Club: Vandaveer

It always makes me a little teary when a great DC band pulls up stakes and hits the road for pastures new (and hopefully greener). Vandaveer is another transplanted outfit, having left DC for the bluegrass of Kentucky, but they still hold a pretty special place in this gal's heart. 

Kentucky has done well by the band, as new song "But Enough On That For Now" shows. The harmonies Mark and Rose create are enough to give me chills, Mark's raspy gravel mixing gorgeously with Rose's milk and honey sweetness (with a kick). It's simply a lovely song, and I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I do. And I hope it gets you pretty excited for the band's new record, The Wild Mercury, out in mid-February.




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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Newsflash!: Tenacious D Auctioning Memorabilia For The Sweet Stuff Foundation

We all know what happened in Paris (and, sadly, in more parts of the world than should ever happen). Through all the tragedy, though, comes that old triumph of the human spirit, the kind of inherent goodness in some that makes people want to help one another in any way they can.

Enter Kyle Gass and Jack Black (y'know, Tenacious D). Say the dudes: "Our friend Josh Homme asked if Tenacious D would participate in the awareness and fundraising campaign in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris...we were eager to join the cause. This is our small but heartfelt contribution."

You can check out several Tenacious D treasures, with proceeds to benefit the Sweet Stuff Foundation. Superfans with deep pockets, dig deep and get your bid on for a very worthy cause. 


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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Remix Fix: Apothek

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

I do tend to enjoy it when a band remixes their own song. After all, who among us hasn't wanted to go back and change things we might have done, so why not allow a band the creative leeway to get their tinker on? Oslo's Apothek does just that with their slinky electro number "Family," turning the screws so that the sinews are taut and rippling, yet somehow sounding silkier and more incandescent than the original version. Mind you, I recommend you listen to both versions, as they're both well worth your time.   




[posted 12.26.15]

Good Cover Version: Aidan Moffat does Wham!

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.

Whenever I think of Arab Strap, I think of Aidan Moffat's thick Glaswegian brogue delivering downhearted, downtrodden, woe is everything so let's just go get fucked up lyrics. Moffat's voice definitely set Arab Strap apart, in the best way, and I was a big fan of that duo. Naturally, then, as soon as I chanced upon a cover, by Moffat, of that aforementioned guilty pleasure song of mine, "Last Christmas," well...I couldn't not bring it to your attention. 

Basically, Moffat has slightly adapted the song's original backing music, but with his voice the song takes on a whole different direction. Pure whingecore (his term, not mine) bliss.  




[posted 12.26.15]

On The Road Again: Mount Moriah

I do so love to see a band pulling a serious roadtrip. I always want to tag along when I see bands out there for months at a time. Especially when it's a band I really quite like, for example Mount Moriah

Getting ready to tour new record How to Dance (out 2/26 on magical Merge), the band will be on the road from early March through the end of April, kicking off their tour right here in DC. Definitely get out and see these folks if you can, you shan't be disappointed.  

MOUNT MORIAH TOUR DATES

Mar 11 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 12 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Mar 13 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC
Mar 15 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Mar 16 Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
Mar 17 Toronto, ON – The Drake
Mar 18 Chicago, IL – Schuba's
Mar 19 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
Mar 20 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Mar 22 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Mar 23 Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Mar 24 Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
Mar 25 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Mar 26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Apr 12 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Apr 13 Austin, TX – Lambert’s
Apr 15 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 16 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Apr 17 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Apr 19 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Apr 20 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Apr 21 Boise, ID – Neurolux
Apr 22 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Apr 23 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
Apr 25 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Apr 26 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Apr 27 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar




[posted 12.26.15]

Good Cover Version: The Ferocious Few Does Elvis

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

This one caught me a bit off guard, I must say. Not at all what I would have expected from The Ferocious Few, this cover of the Elvis classic "Blue Christmas" is about as far from the Presley end of the spectrum as you can get. There's one bit of roughness towards the very end, to hint at the usual FF noise, but it's primarily a bleary-eyed, heartsick little number. And I rather appreciate that about it.  




[posted 12.26.15]

Video of The Day #97: The Palma Violets

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

If you're in the anti-holiday mood, this here video from The Palma Violets might just be right up your alley. "Last Christmas on Planet Earth" is darkly poppy, sounding for all the world like a popular Christmas single but only if you're not paying close attention. "Rudolph got shot down over Georgia/and we ain't gonna see the like of him again," the band deadpans in lyrics that are only just kidding. 

The video itself feels very 90s buzz bin, and features possible dismemberment. Not the most feel-good of holiday ditties, that's for sure, but still a bloody good listen (especially if you've got holiday hangover).  




[posted 12.26.15]

The Week In Shows: 12/28-1/3

An early Boxing Day morning seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

The time has come, to celebrate the end of one year and welcome the coming of 2016. I trust y'all are busy making some resolutions, some undoubtedly more attainable than others. It's another rather light week, as one might expect, but there's still some great stuff coming to town. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 12/28/15

-Lorelei + Governess + DJs Geoff Turner, Dan Searing, and Archie Moore (Black Cat)
-Teenbeat Records presents Cotton Candy + True Love Always + Johnny Cohen Love Machine (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 12/29/15

-The Queers + Bigwig + Walk the Plank (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 12/30/15

-St. Paul and The Broken Bones + Seratones (9:30 Club)

THURSDAY, 12/31/15

-St. Paul and The Broken Bones + Trouble Funk (9:30 Club)
-Peaches O'Dell & Her Orchestra + Tony Anthony & His Malvivants (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 1/1/16

-Gogol Bordello + Chicano Batman (9:30 Club)

SATURDAY, 1/2/16

-Scream + Special Guests (Doc Night Tribute) (Black Cat)
-Gogol Bordello + Chicano Batman (9:30 Club)

-Dan Deacon (DJ set) + James Nasty (U Street Music Hall)

SUNDAY, 1/3/16

-Caravela + Celestial Low + Brendan Principato (Velvet Lounge)
-A Sunny Day in Glasgow + EZTV + Outer Spaces (Comet Ping Pong)*



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Friday, December 25, 2015

On The Road Again: Editors

If y'all heard a noise something like a thousand schoolgirls shrieking at the same time, I have to apologize. That might have been me, upon hearing the news I'm about to relay.

For the first time in six (very, very, very) long years, Editors is bringing their dark, brooding wonderfulness from Blighty to the States. Having seen them live a few times years ago, this news pleases me verily, because they're pretty great when they hit a stage. I'm also pretty giddy because, unlike so many of the countrymen who do US "tours," they're not skipping DC. So yours truly is pretty pleased indeed. If you've yet to see the band live, make sure you get your ticket as soon as humanly possible.   

EDITORS TOUR DATES

Feb 26 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Feb 27 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
Feb 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Mar 2 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Mar 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern



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Good Cover Version: AURORA Does Oasis

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.

For those not familiar with the b-sides of Oasis, Noel Gallagher was (and probably still is) a songwriting machine. Collecting the band's singles was a hobby of many of us back in the 90s. One of my very favorite Gallagher anthems was the rather deep, deceptively heavy "Half the World Away." I think Noel loved it, too, as it was one that was recorded with him doing the singing, instead of baby brother Liam. 

These days, the song was covered by a 19 year-old Norwegian, AURORA, for one of those impossibly tearjerking John Lewis holiday commercials. The song and the voice are gorgeous together, AURORA's sweet blooms of youthfulness moving ethereally through the depth Gallagher penned way back before she was even born. Give it a go, and make sure you've got a tissue or two handy.   




[posted 12.25.15]

Singles Club: Blitzen Trapper

Like anyone else, I love the good ole Christmas standards. But I also love to hear those original holiday tunes, especially when they're not only good songs but attached to good causes.

Take this little ditty from Blitzen Trapper, for example. It's got some wonderfully traditional fingerpicking going on, and some festive jingle bells to accompany the band's folksy warble. Not only is the song so very pleasant to listen to, but this pay-what-you-can download gives back to Mercy Corps. Get your give on, y'all.  




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Good Cover Version: Phoenix Does The Beach Boys

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

This one is a pretty special cover, my little reindeer. The delightful Frenchmen of Phoenix took on the unreleased, 1979 Beach Boys song "Alone on Christmas Day," and it feels rather perfect. The Wilsonian melancholy blends together seamlessly with the moping, piano-peppered dancepop of Phoenix, and a little cameo from the one and only Bill Murray only makes things even better. The even more feelgood bonus here is that proceeds from the sale of the song go to UNICEF. All of them. So go ahead and do a little good while you enjoy the song.  




[posted 12.25.15]

Video of The Day #96: Wham!

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.

This guilty little pleasure just so happens to be one of my very favorite holiday songs around. Feathered hair! Dark, burning looks! Snow! It's really hard to resist Wham!'s "Last Christmas," especially when you're talking about the video. Snuggle up with your someone special and watch George Michael pine and emote, and try to pretend you don't love this song. 




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Thursday, December 24, 2015

XMAS GIFT GUIDE 2015: Bobby Bare, Jr. Holiday Song

The coming and going of Black Friday means that it's getting down to serious holiday shopping time. Struggling to find a perfect gift for your favorite music lover (or favorite music blogette)? Look no further. These gift guide ideas are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face this holiday season.

I don't need to harp on the power of the troubadour, ladies and gentleman, so I'll just cut to the chase. You, yes you, could have Bobby Bare, Jr. record a song for your sweetie (or even for your favorite blogette). All the pertinent details are here. There's a list of songs to choose from, and once you've made your choice BBJ will record said song and you'll get the song via email. Sounds pretty good to me, and it's a sure to me a way more memorable gift than some stupid old gift card to everyone's favorite big box stores.  

Video of The Day #95: Dent May

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.

Oh, the cheeky take on "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Set in a place that looks like anywhere, Dent May's video for "I'll Be Stoned for Christmas" gives me serious Pulp vibes. The clip is a sarcastic, wry take on going home for Christmas, and lyrically May pokes fun at holiday happenings ("'tis the season to be high"). It's altogether a little sad, and more than a little enjoyable. 






[posted 12.24.15]

XMAS GIFT GUIDE 2015: Knitted Morrissey Dolls

The coming and going of Black Friday means that it's getting down to serious holiday shopping time. Struggling to find a perfect gift for your favorite music lover (or favorite music blogette)? Look no further. These gift guide ideas are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face this holiday season.

By this point, I'm sure your shopping is done. But bear this next suggestion in mind should you need an after Xmas, oops I forgot to buy you a gift or I just met you and wanted to impress you with an awesome present. Check out these adorable knitted Morrissey dolls, which are pretty much perfect in every way. They even have that delightfully dour look down pat. Make sure you get one when you see one for sale, as the lovely lady who makes the dolls doesn't do commissions. 

 





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Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Week in Shows: 12/21-12/27

A gorgeous Sunday morning 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!

Twas the weekend before Christmas! The holidays always sneak up on me. Christmas is just around the corner, and the new year is a mere 12 days away. I wish you a very happy holiday, friends, and hope you will get to spend time with friends and loved ones. And maybe, just maybe, you'll get to spend some time with some great live music. 

This week is, understandably, a little lean, but there's still some goodness around town. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. And I'll be making one pick for an extra special super recommended show that you really, definitely, seriously ought to consider going to. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 12/21/15

-The Torches (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 12/22/15

-Dagger Moon + Scanners + Airhead DC (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 12/23/15

-The Woodshedders + The Plate Scrapers + Brandy Station Company (Gypsy Sally's)
-Hickory Dave's Honky Tonk Christmas (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 12/25/15

-Merry Christmas, y'all!

SATURDAY, 12/26/15

-El Quatro + History Repeated + Sister Ex + Electric Temple (IOTA)

SUNDAY, 12/27/15

-Ruse De Guerre + Dropping Ugly + Tarfu (Black Cat)
-Hank Williams Tribute Show (Birchmere) (Extra Recommended!)
-Alice Despard Group + The Bold Deceivers (Galaxy Hut)



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On The Road Again: SWMRS

The tour announcements for the new year just keep coming, y'all. Bay area boys SWMRS just put out the word that late winter will see them hitting the road on quite a tour all across this great land.

Touring their soon-to-be-released lp Drive North, the band will be bringing their youthfully exuberant brand of raucousness to a city near you soon.  

SWMRS TOUR DATES

February 16, 2016 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
February 18, 2016 Three Links Dallas, TX
February 19, 2016 Mohawk Austin, TX
February 20, 2016 The Korova San Antonio, TX
February 21, 2016 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
February 22, 2016 Parish at House of Blues New Orleans, LA
February 24, 2016 The Local 662 St Petersburg, FL
February 26, 2016 Backbooth Orlando, FL
February 27, 2016 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL
February 28, 2016 The Masquerade - Purgatory Atlanta, GA
March 1, 2016 Shaka's Virginia Beach, VA
March 2, 2016 Black Cat Backstage Washington, DC
March 3, 2016 Studio @ Webster Hall New York, NY
March 4, 2016 The Fire Philadelphia, PA
March 5, 2016 Brighton Bar Long Branch, NJ
March 6, 2016 Middle East - Upstairs Cambridge, MA
March 9, 2016 La Sala Rossa Montreal, QUE
March 13, 2016 Majestic Cafe Detroit, MI
March 15, 2016 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
March 16, 2016 Now That's Class Cleveland, OH
March 17, 2016 1st War at Chop Shop Chicago, IL
March 18, 2016 Firebird St Louis, MO
March 19, 2016 Lefty's Des Moines, IA
March 20, 2016 The Garage Burnsville, MN
March 21, 2016 Lookout Lounge Omaha, NE
March 22, 2016 Lost Lake Lounge Denver, CO
March 23, 2016 The Black Sheet Colorado Springs, CO

w/ The Frights




[posted 12.20.15]

Singles Club: Sonya Kitchell

It's been a good long while (round about seven years) since Sonya Kitchell has released any new music, but the new year sees the Grammy-winning siren release her latest long player We Come Apart.

"Mexico" is the current single from the new record, and it's a heck of a how do you do. Kitchell's voice could launch a thousand ships during the nearly four minutes of the song, her voice all spell-castingly sensuousness and honey-coated. It's pretty much a knockout. 




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Friday, December 18, 2015

Video of The Day #94: Great Elk

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

I'm feeling incredibly restless lately, so a video featuring a dogsled team mushing along across some exotic snowy tundra wilderness is incredibly appealing. That the song the video was made for just so happens to be a lovely, forlornly yet tenderly realistic moment feels like an added bonus. So get cozy and curl up with Great Elk and this beautiful song/video couplet for "Everything Falls Apart." 






[posted 12.18.15]

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Otherwise Engaged: Foals

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

I might be more than a little bit bummed out to be missing tomorrow night's certain to be incredible Foals gig. Still touring on the back of this year's long player, What Went Down, the fireball fury of Foals live is set to take over the stage at Lincoln Theatre tomorrow night. And if you're in DC and have any sense whatsoever, you'll be there too.  




[posted 12.15.15]

XMAS GIFT GUIDE 2015: Sub Pop Sweater

The coming and going of Black Friday means that it's getting down to serious holiday shopping time. Struggling to find a perfect gift for your favorite music lover (or favorite music blogette)? Look no further. These gift guide ideas are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face this holiday season.

'Tis the season of ugly as sin sweaters, that's for sure. However, you can buck that ugly sweater trend something serious if you nab one of these fetching, classically-styled Sub Pop sweaters. Black and white and rad all over, this comes in a wide array of sizes and makes a great gift for just about anyone who's anyone on your list. 

Not that you necessarily need additional incentive, but as an added bonus, get a whopping 20% off this here sweater (through January 4, 2016, so don't sleep on this deal, y'all).

Video of The Day #93: Morning Smoke

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.

Oh, the sweet sounds of gritty, dirty fuzz. I can't get enough. Enter Morning Smoke's song "Soft Decay," filled with gritty, dirty fuzz. Combine that with vocals that often feel decadent yet disaffected, and I can't get enough. The video for the song is in no small part chaotic and colorful, muddled in murk and mystery. Much like the song itself. 






[posted 12.15.15]

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Untitled Interview #217: Starring The Kickstand Band

A few months back, I stumbled across The Kickstand Band when they played a show with some local band friends. I was intrigued by the Detroit duo's self-proclaimed "Future Time Travel Basement Rock," and must confess that I quite enjoyed their set. 

I managed to coerce both Allison and Gordon into answering some questions, the answers to which you can read below. See what Weezer, Wheatus, and Brady, Nebraska mean to the world of The Kickstand Band! Be sure to check these two out, and go see 'em if they happen to visit your town in the coming year. 

Fuzzy Logic: How do you do?
The Kickstand Band: Very carefully.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
TKB: Some guy just sang "Love Lockdown" on The Voice. We don't watch The Voice all the time. Just when we're waiting to watch the Republican Debate.

FL: Playing music is:
TKB: Gonna pay the bills someday goddammit.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
Allison Young: Weezer - Blue Album. 

Gordon Smith: Weird Al - Another One Rides the Bus

FL: Beatles or Stones?
TKB: Uggggh such a loaded question. Are we at a party? Don't put the Beatles on during a party.

FL: What’s your first music memory?
GS: My grandpa playing piano whenever we went to his apartment.

AY: My mom playing Joni Mitchell while cooking.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
GS: In no particular order,
Dean Martin - Swingin' Down Yonder
ELO - A New World Record
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
Weezer - Pinkerton
Lightning Love - November Birthday

AY:
B-52's - The B-52's
Lightning Love - November Birthday
Weezer - Pinkerton
Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
Nick Guilder - City Nights

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
TKB: That Thing You Do.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
TKB: Violently swinging from one to the other every hour or two.

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
AY: "You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far
'Cause you know it don't matter anyway"

GS: "Fuck."

FL: Little-known Kickstand Band fact?
TKB: We once played Brady, Nebraska. Population: 304. It went well!

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
TKB: The internet, probably. :(

FL: What was your first show?
TKB: Halloween Basement Party! We played three songs, including "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus.

FL: Your boots were made for:
TKB: Food service jobs.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
TKB: Stirred, I feel so guilty making anyone do that Bar Rescue shake-n-smile thing.

FL: What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on, and where to?
TKB: El Paso, working on the Jessica Hernadez and the Delta's album (Secret Evil).

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
TKB: In an orchestra.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
TKB: We did a tribute band of the B-52's for Halloween and it changed our lives. We've also thought about doing Johnny Cash and June Carter.

FL: Best song ever written?
TKB: "Just What I Needed" - The Cars.

The Kickstand Band...

As a movie: Independence Day.

As a drink: Pickleback, hold the whiskey.

As a weather event: SUNNY.

As an obscure vintage LP: Switched on Bach.

As a moment in history: Last Thursday.

As a denomination of currency: 20 bitcoins.

As a place in Washington, DC: Einstein Statue!

As a video game/character therein: Skate from Streets of Rage 2. Killer soundtrack.

As a work of literature: Frog and Toad are Friends.

As a historical figure: The Terminator.

As a campaign promise: Fries before guys.




[posted 12.13.15]