Saturday, April 30, 2016

Video of The Day #128: Dilly Dally

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.

Dilly Dally plays tonight with Fat White Family, so in honor of that I say let's tip our collective cap to their video skills. "Purple Rage" is shot tinted with purple, and features the exploits of singer Katie Monks wandering around city and wilderness dolled up like a purple swamp thing. Somehow, it works, given the band's teeth-gnashing snarl punk sound. Good watch, and probably an even better rendition happens in the flesh. The song, not the getup.  





[posted 4.30.16]

April 30: Fat White Family Day

Y'all, this is such an exciting day. Not only is it a Saturday, but it's also now to be known around these parts as Fat White Family Day. Hurrah!

Yes, from now on please associate this the 30th of April with the noisy no good (in such a good way) shenanigans of FWF. 

If you're in DC, come celebrate this monumental occasion with the Fat White Family/Dilly Dally double bill of excellence a the U Street Music Hall this evening. And if you're not able to make the show, well, here's a little something for you, my friend.    




[posted 4.30.16]

Friday, April 29, 2016

Video Of The Day #127: 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.

In honor of their show at the U Street Music Hall tomorrow evening, I figured there was no finer tribute to Fat White Family than to highlight their amazing, rightest wrong video for "Touch the Leather." It is the ultimate sweaty, sleazy, raunchy little rock lounge song, and the video captures this essence to perfection. Oh, and also, bare ass. Keep the young kiddos away from this one, y'all. 




[posted 4.29.16]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Fat White Family @ U Street Music Hall, 4/30!

Y'all I'm just feeling like Lady Bountiful these days. I have a pair of tickets to dangle in front of your beautiful faces that I am particularly excited about. 

Fat White Family, across the pond purveyors of all things raucously salacious and sarcastic, are coming to DC this Saturday evening, and YOU could be there too, with a pair of tickets to this can't-miss show. 

To enter, email me and tell me your most favorite Fat White Family song. I need your entry no later than noon Eastern time on Saturday afternoon, so don't slack. Good luck, and see you Saturday night!  




[posted 4.28.16]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meet Seth Schowalter and The False Witnesses

Seth Schowalter has taken the long road to get here. Currently based in Hyattsville, Schowalter spent some time living in and soaking up the Athens, Georgia scene. That time down South is evident in the way Schowalter's voice tells its tales, all gravel and honey and a little off kilter.

Making the transition from solo bedroom act to full-fledged band, tonight's Velvet Lounge show sees Seth and his False Witnesses make their noise as a trio, shedding some experimental Americana noise light.   




[posted 4.27.16]

The Untitled Interview #219: Starring John Fanning (The Loom)

This here is a first, friends. A repeat customer of The Untitled Interview. Very nearly five years ago (give or take a couple months), The Loom's John Fanning played A to my Q round about the time the band was here in DC for a show. Fast forward to now, and it's happening again. Loom deja vu! 

A lot has changed in those five years, but Fanning's voice is still, as I put it back then, misty mountain morning. You can see the band in the flesh this very evening, at the Velvet Lounge, as part of a four-headed monster of can't miss. And now, John Fanning redux.  

Fuzzy Logic: How do you do?
John Fanning: Diligently.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
JF: "Cat Food" by Aesop Rock.

FL: Playing music is:
JF: Cathartic, joyful, challenging, wildly impractical, totally necessary to my sanity and happiness.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
JF: Aquemini by Outkast. Or at least that was the album I was most utterly in awe of upon hearing it for the first time.

FL: Beatles or Stones?
JF: John Lennon and Harry Nilsson - 'Many Rivers to Cross'

FL: What’s your first music memory?
JF: The older kid next door had an electric guitar and we were at their house for a holiday party, and I remember feeling like it was some incredibly mysterious and fascinating object that I was both intimidated by and drawn to, even though the idea of trying to play it seemed totally overwhelming. I think I've been hooked since then.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
JF: Now:
Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie
Drake - IYRTITL
Suuns - Hold/Still
Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
JF: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus by Jim White.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
JF: Depends on my caffeine level.

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
JF: How do I most quickly increase my caffeine level?

FL: Little-known Loom fact?
JF: We've already finished our third record also.

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
JF: Newbury Comics. (I grew up in Massachusetts)

FL: What was your first show, either in a band or as a fan?
JF: The Roots at Brown University, which sadly I have to admit I stumbled upon accidentally (they were playing on the campus and my middle school friend and I were visiting his older sister who went there), though I was very happy to have done so.

FL: Your boots were made for:
JF: Resoling. And that's what I need to do. It's raining today and I've already had to change my socks twice.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
JF: On tap.

FL: What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on, and where to?
JF: To Poland, when we played at the Halfway Festival in Bialystok and flew into Warsaw.

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
JF: Really bummed out.

FL: Favorite spot in Kingston?:
JF: Coffee: Outdated
Music: BSP
Drinks: The Stockade

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
JF: Joanna Newsom. Though we could never possibly or even remotely accurately replicate any of the million things she does brilliantly well. So it would be more of a fan club.

FL: Best song ever written?
JF: The Dreamland EP by Moonface.



[posted 4.27.16]

Video of The Day #126: The Loom

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 one's a little abstract, y'all, and involves snow. And also involves longtime Fuzzy favorites The Loom, who after nearly five years away have just released a new long player. This clip is for the intriguing "Some Voice Other Than Mine," and focuses on lead vocalist John Fanning, coated and lying amongst a blanket of newly-fallen snow. Sonically, it's a bit of a departure from their eccentric urban folksmithery, and that's not a bad thing.  





[posted 4.27.16]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: GEMS

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: GEMS

What: Kill the One You Love

When: October 2015

Where: Carpark Records

Why: My my my, what a debut record. Cliff and Lindsay, the duo behind GEMS, have really done themselves proud here. Serpentine beats and Lindsay's siren song vocals (equal parts angelic and smoky chanteuse) prove a very winning combination. At times the songs reach the ethereal, while others they take a darker tone. Basically, this record is smooth, it's sexy, and it's everything you might have expected after hearing their impressive Medusa EP.

My very favorite jam: "w/o u" and perhaps also "Living as a Ghost" and maybe also "Heartbreaker"




[posted 4.26.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Gaz Coombes

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Gaz Coombes

What: Matador

When: January 2015

Where: Hot Fruit Recordings

Why: If you've ever been sad about the disbanding of the amazing Supergrass, I certainly hope you've followed Gaz Coombes on his solo journey. Coombes has grown up since those "Caught by the Fuzz" days, but Matador is still full of boundless energy. The Oxford lad is impressive all the way through this record, crooning in his way with solid lyrics and lush instrumentation. A record you really should listen to. Many times over.  

My very favorite jam: "Seven Walls" but also "20/20"




[posted 4.26.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Fuzz

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Fuzz

What: II

When: October 2015

Where: In The Red Records

Why: Sweet holy mercy. That's what I've said every time I've listened to this here record. Unrelenting, heavy psych with a definite classic (hard) rock vibe, these folks seriously know how to wail. Sure, you run the risk of blowing your speakers out, but that's a risk I really think you should be willing to take. The mind-melt potential definitely negates any potential harm to speakers. Oh, and Ty Segall's involved. Need I say more?  

My very favorite jam: "New Flesh"



[posted 4.26.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Father John Misty

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Father John Misty

What: I Love You Honeybear

When: February 2015

Where: Sub Pop

Why: Everyone's favorite indie lounge troubadour Father John Misty returned last year with another collection of divinity. Witty as ever and with honey voice still delicious, our hero has provided us with an album of songs that are impeccably glossy and instantly addictive (though slightly less rambunctious). All filled with the wry, sly delivery that made us fall for him in the first place.  

My very favorite jam: "Strange Encounter"



[posted 4.26.16]

Remix Fix: Peter Bjorn and John/Miike Snow

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.

Oh, how Swede it is. 

Sorry, I just couldn't not.

Essentially, what we have here is Swede-on-Swede sonic sweetness, with a dandy of a new Peter Bjorn and John ditty being twisted and sparked by a Miike Snow rejigging, adding some expertly slinked up, syrupy synthery and an inherent, undeniable danceableness. It's a winner, y'all. 



[posted 4.26.16]

Meet Marian McLaughlin

It is entirely possible when listening to the beguiling Marian McLaughlin to find yourself completely and utterly entranced by her "experimental folk." McLaughlin's bewitching voice is at once enveloping and charismatic, richly organic, and incredibly expressive. Her songs deftly jump from shades of chamber folk to experimental to throwback, and all the while McLaughlin's voice captivates. McLaughlin is a true standalone vocal talent, and her songs have notes of whimsy sitting shoulder to shoulder with everyday realism.

DC folks can catch local treasure McLaughlin play a heck of a show at Velvet Lounge on 4/27, along with Near Northeast, The Loom, and Seth Schowalter and The False Witnesses. Let's say it's an evening not to be missed. So don't miss it.    



[posted 4.26.16]

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Vetiver @ The Hamilton, 5/4!

If you've been having a rough week, I've got a little something that just might turn your frown upside down. If not make you jump for joy and swoon with glee. Here's the skinny, y'all.

Your hostess has a grand ole giveaway for you, including (but not limited to) a pair of tickets to the 5/4 Vetiver show at the Hamilton here in beautiful downtown Washington, DC. Not only that, but there's a copy of Vetiver's record Complete Strangers for the winner, to boot. You lucky ducks! 

To enter, please pop me an email and make me want to give you this Vetiver goodness. Simple! Contest is open immediately, and will close at 9 am Eastern on Tuesday, 5/3. Good luck, and don't be late!     




[posted 4.26.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Django Django

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Django Django

What: Born Under Saturn

When: May 2015

Where: Ribbon Music

Why: There's just something about those Djangos. Clever beats and an almost b-movie feel make them more than your average bear on the knob-twiddling band scene. They give off a sound that's both more than a little slyly tongue-in-cheek and unabashedly carefree (not to mention ridiculously fun). If it's a party your ears are craving, you might want to put the needle down on Born Under Saturn something sharpish. 

My very favorite jam: "Shot Down"



[posted 4.26.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Diamond Center

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: The Diamond Center

What: Crystals for The Brass Empire

When: August 2015

Where: EggHunt Records

Why: Before I knew Kyle Harris and Brandi Price as awesome people, I knew them as awesome musicians. Their labor of love, The Diamond Center, is a beautiful thing indeed, and this latest long player captures the essence of dusty, dirty Texas psych rock. Hazy to high heaven, this is a record that traverses all of the nooks and crannies of kaleidoscopic psych rock, and is sure to capture the heart of the uninitiated. Recent transplants to Austin, I have no doubt this snatch of songs fits right in down there in a heck of a fertile psych scene. 

My very favorite jam: "Pony"



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Monday, April 25, 2016

Newsflash!: A Fuzzily-Sponsored Show!!

Y'all, it brings me so much happiness to tell you about this. I'm positively tingly with excitement. Let me explain.  

Longtime favorite New York eccentric urban folksmiths The Loom will be back in DC this very week as they tour their much-anticipated second record, and yours truly had the pleasure of working on the show. 

Here's why you should eschew all other plans on Wednesday evening and come hang with us at the Velvet Lounge. Not only is The Loom on the bill, but so too are highly excellent locals Near Northeast, Marian McLaughlin, and Seth Schowalter and The False Witnesses. To say it's going to be a great night is to make a grievous understatement. But don't take my word for it. Come to the Velvet Lounge this Wednesday and experience awesomeness times four.     



[posted 4.25.16]

Video Of The Day #125: Near Northeast

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.

Near Northeast's video for "Under The Pines" is a total visual feast. Animations, original artwork, and a clouds eye view all appear in this clip, and the song for which it was made floats along perfectly in self-described "melodic-ambient-folky-rock" loveliness. A great piece of night music (or any time of day music).   






[posted 4.25.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Dave Rawlings Machine

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Dave Rawlings Machine

What: Nashville Obsolete

When: September 2015

Where: Acony Records

Why: Nashville Obsolete makes me feel as though I've been transported back to the golden 70s, to the days when life was simpler and the music was amazing. Dave Rawlings Machine takes it to that place through a very appealing Americana vibe, and also keeps true to more traditional sounds with fiddles and a front porch feel. Songs on this record are complex and rich, and the vocal dynamics between Rawlings and Gillian Welch are electric. Dylan comparisons are not at all far-fetched. A very rewarding listen indeed.    

My very favorite jam: "Short Haired Woman Blues"



[posted 4.25.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Crocodiles

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Crocodiles

What: Boys

When: May 2015

Where: Zoo Music

Why: Long have I been a fan of the lush, lascivious languidness concocted by Crocodiles. On Boys the gritty glamour scuzz pop is in full force, slinking and come-hithering through ten salaciously outlandish bedroom-eyed gems.  

My very favorite jam: "Peroxide Hearts"



[posted 4.25.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Courtney Barnett

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Courtney Barnett

What: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

When: March 2015

Where: Mom & Pop

Why: Miss Courtney Barnett well and truly blew up last year, and with a record like this it's not hard to understand why. This critical darling reports on the rubbishness and oft-boringness of modern life with grungy, scuzzed aplomb, droll vocals and plenty of big riffs carrying the songs into wonderful depths. Her lyrics are uncannily right on, and the lines "we don't have to be around all these coffee shops" and "a little pesticide can't hurt" will forever make me smile. 

My very favorite jam: "Pedestrian At Best" in a dead heat with "Boxing Day Blues"



[posted 4.25.16]

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: CHVRCHES

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: CHVRCHES

What: Every Open Eye

When: September 2015

Where: Glassnote

Why: What would CHVRCHES do for an encore, one couldn't help but wonder, after releasing such a breathless, impressive debut? Every Open Eye is primarily more of the same from the Glaswegian trio, but there's a more grown-upness to their 80s-esque synth confections. Lauren Mayberry's voice still has that charming air of vulnerability, though songs like "Never Ending Circles" and "Leave a Trace" show a steely strength. I'd say they've successfully avoided the potential pitfalls of the sophomore record. 

My very favorite jam: "Bury It" (with "Never Ending Circles" and "Clearest Blue" nipping on its heels)



[posted 4.25.16]

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: CHAMPS

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: CHAMPS

What: Vamala

When: March 2015

Where: PIAS

Why: CHAMPS had me at hello, essentially. The first time I heard lead track "Desire," I was well and truly hooked. It was immediate. Vamala sees the English brothers wear their collective heart on their sleeve as they wind their way between lively, luscious beat-driven songs and softer, tenderly played numbers with gentle strummery. And their voices melt together in harmonies that might just knock your socks off. A lovely record, perfect for the lovelorn and loved-up alike. 

My very favorite jam: "3000 Miles"



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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Calexico

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Calexico

What: Edge of The Sun

When: April 2015

Where: Anti/Epitaph

Why: I've never really gotten that into Calexico, somehow, and Edge of The Sun makes me feel really disappointed in myself. A record filled with gorgeous, sun-bleached Cali-meets-Mexico desert roots-folk (with a kick), the songs are pretty much flawless. 

My very favorite jam: "Falling From The Sky"



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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: British Sea Power

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: British Sea Power

What: Sea of Brass

When: October 2015

Where: Golden Chariot

Why: I've been a British Sea Power fan for something like 16 years now. Sea of Brass is the latest in a long line of strong records from the band with a penchant for costumed gigs and taxidermy props. The record sees several BSP favorites rejigged and made even more complex and smart with the addition of brass sections, making each song sound shiny and new again.

My very favorite jam: "Atom"



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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

What: Mini Album Thingy Wingy

When: November 2015

Where: A Records

Why: I'm sure this one really can't be a surprise to anyone. The masterful 7-song "mini" album is full of gems, and includes some wonderful turns like a Slovakian ditty and a 13th Floor Elevators cover ("Dust") featuring a guest appearance by The Black Angels' Alex Maas. Just another notch in Anton Newcombe's belt, really, and proves that he's still the pacesetter with American psych. 

My very favorite jam: "Pish"



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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Blur

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Blur

What: The Magic Whip

When: April 2015

Where: Warner/Parlophone

Why: Perhaps part of this pick is nostalgic, seeing as I was such a Blur fangirl back in the 1990s. But The Magic Whip really is a good record, hearkening back to Blur's pretty-Blur days and incorporating some of the beats Damon Albarn worked with as part of Gorillaz. Social commentary fuels the fire of this record, and the band's sly cleverness is still in good form. Love all the menace that creeps through the album, as well. A rather nice listen, especially for Blur fans.

My very favorite jam: "Go Out"



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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Beach House

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Beach House

What: Depression Cherry & Thank Your Lucky Stars

When: August 2015 & October 2015

Where: Sub Pop

Why: I just can't help but fall in love every time Beach House puts out a record. This double dose of dreamy, tender bedroom music instantly gets under the skin. Theirs is the music of the darkest, most velvet star-lit nights, sultry and beautiful. Twice as nice, twice as swoon-worthy, two Beach House records are definitely better than one.   

My very favorite jams: "PPP" (Depression Cherry), "One Thing" (Thank Your Lucky Stars)






[posted 4.24.16]

On The Road Again: Gwenno

I was a fan of The Pipettes and their sassy, slightly over-the-top girl power pop. Fast forward a few years, and Gwenno Saunders has traded in her polka dots and effervescent peppiness for a single-name moniker and some seriously slinky, Welsh language electro Euro/kraut disco. Gwenno has become quite the chanteuse, all breathy vocals and sparkling, sophisticated noise (masking a more serious, politically-leaning message).  

Gwenno's US dates below. Don't miss out on this lady.
  

GWENNO TOUR DATES

5-16-16 – Boston, MA - Great Scott

5-17-16 – Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle

5-18-16 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade

5-19-16 - Washington DC - DC9

5-21-16 – Durham, NC - Moogfest



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