Sunday, January 31, 2016

On The Road Again: Boogarins

They seem to enjoy being out on the road, and Brazilians Boogarins are soon to be at it again. Mid-April sees the band kicking off North American tour that goes from New Haven to Toronto and a whole lot of cities in between. No doubt many ears will be made happy by the rich, tropicalifragilistic psych rock noise made by Boogarins so very well. 

Dates below. Lucky Left Coast, getting to see Boogarins and Dungen together!    

BOOGARINS TOUR DATES

Apr 19 -New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine

Apr 21 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (Upstairs)

Apr 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right

Apr 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle

Apr 24 - Washington, DC - DC9

Apr 25 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - Back Room

Apr 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl

Apr 27 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa

Apr 28 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's

Apr 29 - Austin, TX - Levitation

May 01 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *

May 03 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *

May 05 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *

May 06 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *

May 09 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *

May 10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *

May 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *

May 14 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *

May 15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle *

May 16 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory *

May 17 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar Room

* w/ Dungen



[posted 1.31.16]

Good Cover Version: Ezra Furman Does LCD Soundsystem

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 came out a few months back, during the Summer of '15, but it's been in my head quite a bit lately and seeing as Ezra Furman will be in town on February 9th, it felt more than a little timely to give it a mention. Furman's version of the impeccable LCD Soundsystem song "I Can Change" is itself a treat. Simplistic acoustic strumming and Furman's forlorn falsetto and off-kilter warble turn the song into an ode that's equal parts hopeful and resigned. I'm going to cross my fingers and hope Ezra gives this one a go when he's in town.     




[posted 1.31.16]

Video of The Day #107: Oasis

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.

Indulge me, if you will. But driving around today, my iPod shuffled onto "Wonderwall," and I've had the song in my head all day. I can't tell you how much I looked forward to seeing this video, back in the 90s, and how much I swooned over Gallagher the younger. It's really not the best video, in truth, but it does evoke memories of a certain time, when Labor was New and thrilling and when Burberry shirts and Beatle cuts were a big deal. I'm still mystified by the clowns, myself, but the color-changing guitar was a nice touch. And so, ladies and gents, let's engage in a little Oasis nostalgia, shall we? 




[posted 1.31.16]

Singles Club: The Raveonettes

It's about time The Raveonettes were back on the scene. I hadn't even realized just how much I missed them. But dangit, I sure did. 

"This World is Empty (Without You)" is the first in a year-long series of songs the band is calling the "anti-album," each one a different vibe and unencumbered by the jigsaw puzzle that is trying to fit together as an album. The song itself is a delicious, 80s-inspired brokenhearted, lovelorn pop song that allows the band to indulge in their longtime love of 60s girl group pop sounds with the added fun of mixing in synthy bleeps and beats. Underneath the seemingly straightforwardness of it all is a sentiment I'm sure a great deal of us can relate to. 

Find out more about their RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH (and subscribe) here.  




[posted 1.31.16]

Remix Fix: Hot Chip/Soulwax

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 find this Soulwax remix of the dynamo dance party Hot Chip jam "Huarache Lights" to be well and truly fascinating. In giving it the Belgian touch, the Soulwax treatment gives the song a cold, clinical, efficient electronic touch. It's like a dance song for droids, perhaps? After all, as the song goes, "Machines are great/but best when they come to life." It's an angle that really takes center stage with this remix, and mercy does it work. 

And just as a PSA, don't hit play if you have any sort of epilepsy. 




[posted 1.31.16]

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Video of The Day #106: Vandaveer

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 happen to find yourself with four minutes and nineteen seconds, I suggest you take that time to watch the new Vandaveer clip for "A Little Time Off Ahead." It's a completely engaging, beguiling, and, ultimately, a little heart-wrenching. The animation of Michael Lloyd is a charming foil for the Vandaveer sound, deceptively chirpy and sweet with the lovely boy-girl vocals firmly in center stage. Get excited, y'all, the release of The Wild Mercury isn't far off now. 







[posted 1.30.16]

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On The Road Again: The Joy Formidable

It's been a little while since noisy Welsh trio The Joy Formidable graced this side of the Atlantic for an extended period of time, but that's not going to be the case for much longer.

Gearing up for the release of latest record Hitch, the band is popping over for a few weeks in late March. Having had the pleasure of seeing the three live before, I can only encourage you strongly to plan on seeing them. A taste of the new record is below, but be advised - the video is a little NSFW, and features some male objectification. Though I see nothing wrong with that.    

THE JOY FORMIDABLE TOUR DATES


Monday, March 28th 2016 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Tuesday, March 29th 2016 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

Wednesday, March 30th 2016 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Friday, April 1st 2016 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Saturday, April 2nd 2016 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's

Tuesday, April 5th 2016 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Wednesday, April 6th 2016 Chicago, IL @ Double Door

Thursday, April 7th 2016 Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival

Friday, April 8th 2016 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Sunday, April 10th 2016 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small's Theater

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Thursday, April 14th 2016 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Friday, April 15th 2016 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts





[posted 1.26.16]

Good Cover Version: WRAY Does Faust

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.

It's just about half as long as the Faust original, but WRAY's treatment of "Jennifer" only needs three and a half minutes to be really dang good. It's decidedly more straightforward and a bit livelier than the meandering pulse of the Krautrocking original, though the sounds here seem wrapped in a dreamy gauze of fuzz and are no less interesting. A great listen indeed.   





[posted 1.26.16]

Video of The Day #105: Benji Hughes

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.

At this very moment, I am sitting here chortling about the video for the Benji Hughes ditty "Girls Love Shoes." Against a backdrop of slinky, 80s inspired pop beats, three ladies run all sorts of amok in a shoe store. What started years back with that "OMG Shoes" video/song has been elevated here, and Hughes really gets my attention with this one, all smooth and more than a little sarcastic. 

"All shoes are not created equal." So true, y'all. So true. 







[posted 1.26.16]

Sunday, January 24, 2016

On The Road Again: Lush

If you're at all a fan of the whole shoegaze sound, odds are you're probably a fan of Lush. I absolutely loved their sass, and Miki's hair, and I'm absolutely thrilled to bits that they're doing some US dates this year (after SO many years). I had the pleasure of seeing them once, all the way back in 1996, and that's entirely too long ago. 

Just go ahead and mark your calendars now, because certainly there's nothing else that you'll need to be doing when Lush comes to your neck of the woods.
  

LUSH TOUR DATES

4/14/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

4/16/16 Indio, CA @ Coachella

4/17/16 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield

4/19/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Room

4/20/16 Seattle, WA @ Showbox

4/21/16 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

4/23/16 Indio, CA @ Coachella

9/14/16 New York, NY @ Terminal 5

9/15/16 Boston, MA @ Royale

9/18/16 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

9/21/16 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

9/22/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer




[posted 1.24.16]

Good Cover Version: Hot Chip does Bruce Springsteen

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 little number has really brought a smile to my face. Quite frankly, a Hot Chip cover of Bruce Springsteen was long overdue. Fuzzy faves Hot Chip give the Boss a dizzying 80s synth makeover, with a little LCD Soundsystem thrown in at the end (two covers in one!), and it's simply delightful. The video deserves to be noted, too, with the abundant 80s infomercial images and live shots. Good times all over the place, y'all.   




[posted 1.24.16]

Crossing The Pond: Rosie Carney

There are plenty of good voices out there, to be sure. But special voices, the kind that completely sweeps you off your feet, are a lot less common. And I am of the opinion that Rosie Carney, at just the tender age of 18, has a special voice. 

Innocent but certainly nobody's fool, Carney's voice carries with it ageless melodies and an unexpected matter-of-factness. Hers is the kind of voice that stays with you, sounding somehow as familiar as it does exciting and new. Hopefully there will be much more to come from this young lass, especially after her time at this year's SXSW.   





[posted 1.24.16]

On The Road Again: Sun Seeker

Nashville's daydream believers, Sun Seeker, are fixing to take their prettily pastoral, nostalgic sunset twang pop out on the road for some Southeastern dates in the very near future. If you're in the path of the tour, I'm going to go ahead and suggest you go check these folks out. And report back. Thanks in advance.
  

SUN SEEKER TOUR DATES

2/6 - Nashville, TN - Grimey's New & Preloved Music

2/12 - Chattanooga, TN - The Mōme

2/13 - Atlanta, GA - The Cleaners

2/15 - Athens, GA - Go Bar

2/16 - Durham - Duke Coffee House

2/18 - Gainesville, FL -Boca Fiesta (Backyard)

2/19 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Bends

2/20 - Sarasota, FL - New College

2/22 - Asheville, NC - The Odditorium

2/23 - Knoxville, TN - The 1400




[posted 1.24.16]

The Untitled Interview #218: Starring WRAY

Ok, yes, it's true that I am admittedly predisposed to liking Alabama, football teams, therein, and bands therein. I must say, however, that in the case of Birmingham's WRAY, I'd like them a whole heck of a lot regardless of their home base. 

The trio plays a highly palatable, thoroughly engaging breed of psychgaze. Theirs is both noisy and nervy and fuzzy, but also shimmering and refined and cool as all get out. Currently out on the road touring latest release Hypatia, the band was genteel enough to answer some questions that yours truly wanted answered. So sit back, relax, and get to know WRAY. And if you're in DC (and the streets are clear enough), be sure to catch these lads at the Black Cat on Tuesday night.
     

Fuzzy Logic: How do you do?
David Brown: Well!
David Swatzell: Great!
Blake Wimberly: How do YOU do?

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
DB: Foals on NPR: World Café. It was on in the car.
DS: “CraneKiss” by Tamaryn.
BW: A sample of one of Tamaryn's songs...

FL: Playing music is:
DB: Enlightening.
DS: Amazing.
BW: Frustratingly rewarding.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
DB: Slowdive - Souvlaki
DS: Beatles – Rubber Soul
BW: Aerosmith – "Living On The Edge" – I would play the air drums to it and my older brothers would make so much fun of me.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
DB: Stones.
DS: Stones.
BW: Velvet Underground.

FL: What’s your first music memory?
DB: My sister and I would jump from the top of our toy chest during “Jump” by Van Halen – vivid memory for us both.
DS: At 4 years old I had a Fraggle Rock drum set and played them while my dad was playing piano.
BW: I have a good memory of a song playing on the radio in my dad’s car – “Love Shack” by the B-52s.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
DB: EVER
A. INXS - Shabooh Shoobah
B. Descendents – Two Things At Once
C. Slowdive – Souvlaki
D. Peter Gabriel – So
E. Fleetwood Mac – Mirage
DS: NOW
A. David Bowie – Lodger
B. David Bowie – Blackstar
C. Tamaryn – CraneKiss
D. Brian Eno - Discreet Music
E. Roxy Music – Avalon
BW: NOW
A. The Field – All Albums
B. Rifts – All Albums, especially early stuff
C. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
D. Ashra – New Age Of Earth
E. Lone –Galaxy Garden

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
DB: Grease II.
DS: Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii
BW: Phantom of a Paradise.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
DB: Full.
DS: Full.
BW: Depends on what it is...

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
DB: "What time is it?"
DS: Check my email alerts.
BW: It takes awhile to start thinking but its usually the faint remembering of whatever dream I was coming out of.

FL: Little-known WRAY fact?
DB: I started out playing guitar – Two guitars and drums, then moved over to bass.
DS: That David Brown started out on guitar, too, and then moved to bass.
BW: That we were almost named The Burbs from the movie.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
DB: Seasick Records / Birmingham, AL – I’ve been to so many great stores.
DS: Seasick – we’ve all been to a lot but they're from here in Bham and we really support local music.
BW: Amazon.com….The Record Exchange in Boise, ID – my boss owns that store...

FL: What was your first show?
DB: First band I was ever in called the Statistics, played a local venue and I was 14 years old.
DS: As a 14 year old playing in a little punk rock venue in town with an old band of mine named Last Flight In.
BW: I was 20 and in a band that played half originals and half covers (Pavement, Oasis, Blur). That was the first (and last) time I took my shirt off on

FL: Your boots were made for:
DB: Me.
DS: Walkin.
BW: Insoles.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
DB: Stirred.
DS: Shaken.
BW: On the rocks.

FL: What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on, and where to?
DB: 4 hours to Denver.
DS: 9 hours to Paris for a 3 week EU tour.
BW: I missed my initial flight from Seattle back to Birmingham because I was drunk, therefore adding an extra 3-hour layover. 9 total hours of waiting and drinking and travelling.

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
DB: Making some sort of art.
DS: Miserable.
BW: Working on my own music in my closet.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
DB: The original INXS.
DS: Lindsey Buckingham.
BW: 311.

FL: Best song ever written?
DB: "Heroes" - David Bowie.
DS: "Hold Me" - Fleetwood Mac.
BW: "Music for 18 Musicians" - Steve Reich.

WRAY...

As a movie:
DB: The Way Back (Peter Weir Film).
DS: It's a Wonderful Life.
BW: A Rom Com Sci-Fi.

As a drink:
DB: A Saison.
DS: Dark and stormy.
BW: Wray & Nephew.

As a weather event:
DB: Dust storm.
DS: Dark and stormy. Haha.
BW: Nightmare waterfall.

As an obscure vintage LP:
DB: Pink Floyd - Relics
DS: Spirit - The 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
BW: Still in the plastic wrap in a bargain bin.

As a moment in history:
DB: The moon landing.
DS: When Nirvana came out and made pop metal irrelevant.
BW: When the Missoula Floods caused drastic changes in the Columbia River Gorge of Washington State at the end of the last Ice Age.

As a denomination of currency:
DB: Euro.
DS: Loonie.
BW: 3 dollar bill y'all.

As a place in Washington, DC:
DB: Library of Congress.
DS: Museum of Modern History.
BW: The traffic jam we are sure to be stuck in outside of DC on I-66.

As a video game/character therein:
DB: Metroid's Samus Aran.
DS: Simon from Castlevania.
BW: Top Gear.

As a work of literature:
DB: Lost Horizon (James Hilton).
DS: 1984 (George Orwell).
BW: 2001 - A Space Odyssey (Arthur C Clarke).

As a historical figure:
DB: Harvey Milk.
DS: Abraham Lincoln.
BW: Ray Croc.

As a campaign promise:
DB: "We Care."
DS: "Yes We Can."
BW: "Make America GWRAYT Again."




[posted 1.24.16]

[photo by Wes Frazer]

Singles Club: Beverly

The sky is blue and the sun is shining, and Beverly's "Victoria" is really giving me the perfect amount of warm fuzzies.

Put together with the assistance of Kip Berman from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, "Victoria" is a perfect coming together of Lush-esque shoegazing with icy cool pop. It's enough to bring a flush of joy to any cheek, really. I have to say I think the song is simply swell.

And speaking of swell, the band's forthcoming record, The Blue Swell, will be out in May on Kanine. Mark your calendars!      




[posted 1.24.16]

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Week In Shows: 1/25-1/31

A seriously snowbound Saturday 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 calendar for the coming week is quite unique, friends. Be sure you check on any show you're thinking of going to this week, as this little blizzard might be wreaking havoc for a good portion of the week. And be safe if you do choose to venture out, as we've got a heck of a lot of snow around these parts. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk. And I'll be picking one extra awesome show that you should not miss (unless you don't live in the DC area, of course). So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.

MONDAY, 1/25/16

-Queensryche + Meytal + Halcyon Way (9:30 Club)

TUESDAY, 1/26/16

-Wray + Exit Vehicles + Show Pony (Black Cat)*
-Julien Baker + Lucy Dacus (DC9)

WEDNESDAY, 1/27/16

-The Grey A + Jumpcuts (DC9)

THURSDAY, 1/28/16

-Grant-Lee Phillips + Steve Poltz (Jammin Java)
-Coup Sauvage & The Snips + Foul Swoops (Capital Fringe)

FRIDAY, 1/29/16

-Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Verizon Center) (Extra Recommended!)
-The Escape Artist + Drop Electric + Polyon + Ape! (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Big Hush + Soda + Kid Claws (Songbyrd)

SATURDAY, 1/30/16

-Escort + Coup Sauvage & The Snips (Black Cat)
-AMFMS + The Lovebug Junkies (DC9)




[posted 1.23.16]

Video of The Day #104: Beirut

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 love a good split screen, and I love some good footage of nature. I also love dudes dancing not only on the beach but in some snow, too. So I'm pretty happy with Beirut's clip for "Perth." The ending...well, without giving anything away I'm not sold. But it's a great clip, and the song is a good 'un, full of life and kick and it's all really making me think I haven't spent nearly enough time with Beirut.  





[posted 1.23.16]

Singles Club: Jo Passed

It goes without saying that one Jo Passed song is good, but two Jo Passed songs are even better! 

The relatively new Canadian outfit (with deep roots) is currently based in Montreal, and as far as I can observe deals in both a breed of starry-eyed, placidly dreamscape psych alongside a livelier sound that features some fuzzier and more rambunctious noisesmithery. I hope you'll enjoy both iterations of the Jo Passed sound as much as I do. And Left Coast, catch the tour this week into next, while I'll hope for an East Coast tour one of these days. 
   





[posted 1.23.16]

Friday, January 22, 2016

On The Road Again: Small Black

I don't know about you, but I was already looking forward to the end of Winter. Now I'm eager to kiss it goodbye even more so. But why, you might wonder? Well, friend, this week has delivered the happy news that Brooklyn's delightful purveyors of dreamy, otherworldly synth space pop, Small Black, are hitting the road when Spring once again joins us.

The band is touring the pants off latest long player Best Blues, a ridiculously good listen if for some reason you've not yet checked it out. I can't wait to see how they melt faces here in DC. Don't miss this tour, y'all.   

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES

Wed. Mar. 30 - New Haven, CT @ BAR

Sat. Apr. 2 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Frankie Rose)

Fri. Apr. 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Coda

Sat. Apr. 16 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

Tue. Apr. 19 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

Wed. Apr. 20 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

Thu. Apr. 21 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt

Sat. Apr. 23 - Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival

Mon. Apr. 25 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird

Tue. Apr. 26 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop

Wed. Apr. 27 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement

Thu. Apr. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café

Fri. May 20 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Beats Festival





[posted 1.22.16]

Video of The Day #103: Weezer

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 think naming snowstorms is stupid. However, the memes that have been popping up in advance of Jonas featuring Weezer have been so great that for once, I am at peace with a named blizzard. And so, in the spirit of the storm currently snowing on the greater DC metro, I thought what better video to honor the day than a live version of Weezer's "My Name is Jonas." From Japan. It's a great boost of 90s nostalgia and a great way to deal with the impending blanket of snowy doom. 




[posted 1.22.16]

Otherwise Engaged: Those Darlins

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 can still remember, a good few years back, seeing Those Darlins for the first time and coming away feeling incredibly impressed. At the time, the band was made up of three badass, sass-and-swagger chicks who knew how to rock and roll. Years on down the road, lineup changes haven't stopped the Darlins from laying down the good old rock and roll. Sad, then, to learn of the indefinite hiatus the band announced recently. And even sadder, looks like the weather might be calling a halt to tonight's DC farewell show. At the time of publication, the Rock & Roll Hotel had issued conflicting reports of the status of tonight's show, so if you're going (or thinking about it), check with them first. If the show is no more, give a fond thought for the Darlins, and join me in wishing them well in their future rocking out. 







[posted 1.22.16]

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Singles Club: L.A. Witch

What a happy surprise indeed, friends, to learn of the arrival of a new song from the beguilingly bewitching vixens of L.A. Witch.

"Drive Your Car" is a steamroller of scuzz and sass, noir nouveau gaze chased by ghosts and demons and the need for speed. Buzzsaw riffs and burnt honey vocals make this one impossible not to love, as well as making it an easy song to listen to again and again (and again).     




[posted 1.19.16]

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Crossing The Pond: Holy Esque

Consider yourself warned, my ducks. It's hard to listen to Holy Esque's "Tear" and not feel moved. After all, as singer Pat Hynes proclaims, "The song has an emotional weight and looks at the ever-constant fears and woes of everyday life against the hope of something better. It touches on escapism and the pursuit of greater things." And he's not kidding, y'all. 

The song is fraught with this wonderful tension, a quickened heartbeat energy that pulses mercilessly on. Hynes's vocals hit almost guttural levels at times, adding to the heightened emotional state. 

And did I mention the band is based in FL adopted homeland Glasgow? Bonus points there, too. 

Just listen. A lot.  




[posted 1.17.16]

On The Road Again: Bleached

It's been a dramatic little while for the ladies of Bleached, and they've been channeling all of the personal trials, tribulations, and turmoil into new record Welcome The Worms. If single "Keep On Keepin' On" is any indication the record, due out April 1st on Dead Oceans, is going to be a heaping helping of sassy, glossy rock with a sneer.

I'm sure the live show will be a heck of a good time, to boot. The band will be hitting the road on an extended trek as a foursome. You've got plenty of chances to see them, so don't miss out.   


BLEACHED TOUR DATES

Tue. Mar. 15 - Sat. March 19 - Austin, TX @ SXSW


Tue. Mar. 29 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones


Wed. Mar. 30 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah


Sat. Apr. 2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar


Mon. Apr. 4 - Austin, TX @ Sidewinder


Tue. Apr. 5 - Houston, TX @ Walter’s


Wed. Apr. 6 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links


Fri. Apr. 8 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt


Sat. Apr. 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn


Mon. Apr. 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


Wed. Apr. 13 - Washington, DC @ DC9


Fri. Apr. 15 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott


Sat. Apr. 16 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB


Sun. Apr. 17 - Toronto, ON @ Garrison


Wed. Apr. 20 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness


Thu. Apr. 21 - Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch


Fri. Apr. 22 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle


Sat. Apr. 23 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry


Mon. Apr. 25 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge


Tue. Apr. 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court


Thu. Apr. 28 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret


Fri. Apr. 29 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza


Sat. Apr. 30 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir


Mon. May 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill


Wed. May 4 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room


Thu. May 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom


Tue. May 17 - Manchester, UK @ Gulivers


Wed. May 18 - London, UK @ Moth Club


Thu. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios


Fri. May 20 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet


Sat. May 21 - Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis





[posted 1.17.16]

Singles Club: Holy Wave

By now, I'd have to say that Holy Wave counts as some of my favorite Texans. They're making the new year pretty dang awesome by unleashing a new collection of psych rock gems called Freaks of Nurture (out March 11th on the divine Reverberation Appreciation Society imprint), and have recently unleashed a tantalizing opening volley from said record. Spoiler alert: I love love love it.

"California Took My Bobby Away" is possibly inspired by the RFK assassination, and is definitely, positively, absolutely without question going to get stuck in your head. Languid and lush, the song floats along in a honey-coated haze of beautiful, trancelike repetition. Think of it as pastoral psych, if you will. March sure does feel a long way away, but I'm going to wear this song out while I wait.  




[posted 1.17.16]

On The Road Again: All Dogs

I do so love a band that can give me nostalgic warm fuzzies with their grungy and scuzzed to pieces noise. If you share this particular sentiment, you might find yourself pleased as punch to know that purveyors of such noise, All Dogs, are taking their Ohio-based show on the road to make delightful sounds for one and all. The foursome purports to be a "loud rock band that plays pop songs," and while there's much more to it than that, that's really what's happening at the heart of it. I strongly suggest that you venture out this Spring and check these ladies and gentlemen out for yourself.      

ALL DOGS TOUR DATES

3/5 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

3/7 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong

3/8 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

3/9 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle (Back Room)

3/10 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover

3/11 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's

3/12 Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown

3/14-18 Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/18-20 Dallas, TX @ Spillover Music Fest

3/22 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St Collective

3/23 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall

3/24 Wichita, KS @ Welldone Skateboards

3/25 Denver, CO @ Club Scrum

3/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock

3/27 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival

3/28 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project

3/29 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

3/31 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern

4/1 Santa Barbara, CA @ Fun Zone

4/2 Pomona, CA @ VLHS Warehouse

4/3 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar

4/5 Tempe, AZ @ 51 West

4/8 Omaha, NE @ Milk Run

4/9 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean



[posted 1.17.16]

Video of The Day #102: Fat White Family

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.

Their songs aren't exactly shrinking violets, so why should Fat White Family videos be any different? The clip for the slinky, cooing snarl that is "Whitest Boy on The Beach" is full of gorgeous coastal scenery, camouflage, and charcuterie, in mass quantities. Vacuous pop song it is not. And the video is as much of an eyebrow-raiser as you'd probably expect.  






[posted 1.17.16]

Singles Club: Night Beats

Named after a Sam Cooke record and inspired by the legendary Texas psych mind melters 13th Floor Elevators, Night Beats seems pretty much destined to make a glorious meld of hazy, nuanced psych with a sugar rush of pop hither and yon.

The Seattle-via-Texas trio has just inked with Heavenly Recordings, and will be releasing new record Who Sold My Generation on the 19th of this month. From said record comes "No Cops," a breathless dust storm of hellfire swagger that also happens to be infectious as all get out.    




[posted 1.17.16]