Friday, June 30, 2017

Video of The Day #301: Hollow Everdaze

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.

Not only is the Hollow Everdaze ditty "Cartoons" a heck of an infectious song, but the video for said song is darned hard to tear your eyes away from. The constantly shifting, collage work images represent a punchy pastiche of vintage photos and art, hitting just the right visual note for this dandy of a jangling, fuzzy mess. This is a song of infinite possibility, and it proves to be an excellent way to kick off the weekend, indeed.   





[posted 6.30.17]

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Video of The Day #300: Alex Napping

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 isn't the Barbie dream house, y'all. In Alex Napping's "You've Got Me," it's an entirely different dollhouse altogether. As the Austin band's robust, sludgy noise churns along, capped by Alex Cohen's breathy bite, the band acts out as dolls gone bad (though these are some dolls who sure know how to cut loose). This "personal account of the frenzied and overwhelming nature of sexual tension" is not only incredibly relatable, but it's incredibly addictive. Watch now, listen often.  





[posted 6.29.17]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Video of The Day #299: The Away Days

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.

What is it about the idea of a white whale? Thankfully, this "White Whale" is nothing like Ahab's persistent nemesis. Instead, Turkish dreampoppers/dreamweavers The Away Days showcase gossamer guitar play, ethereal vocals, and a pervasive sense of being haunted, perhaps chased. The video is as lovely as the song, live shots of the band cut into scenic views of the dazzling lights of London and the scenic shores of Brighton.  



[posted 6.28.17]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Video of The Day #298: Eli Raybon

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 had a dream that I lost my mind," sings Eli Raybon in the synth-sational noir pop ditty "30 Cents." In the catchy as all get out song, the 19 year-old already demonstrates an assuredness well beyond his tender years, not to mention a voice made for these times. The video is quite a gem, espionage in reverse. Song and video are well worth a spin or ten.   





[posted 6.27.17]

Monday, June 26, 2017

Video of The Day #297: Cool Ghouls

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.

You may not have started out the day thinking that a video with a slow-mo clown gang hang (with a twist) was what you needed to see, but this could very well be what was missing from your day. To go along with the perfection of the dulcet, sun-dappled tones of "(If I Can't Be) The Man," Cool Ghouls have gone comical. And I dig it.   





[posted 6.26.17]

Live Review: Chastity Belt @ Songbyrd Music House, 6/23/17

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Chastity Belt at Songbyrd Music House.

Admittedly, I am a Chastity Belt neophyte, though I have wanted to see them for a while now. The four piece, on tour to support their third record, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, have built a lot of hype so I figured so many people can't be wrong. This sentiment was further confirmed Friday night when I ran into Ahmad. His taste and knowledge in bands is second to none. However, much like Animal Collective, another band that I decided to check out due to their popularity among the scene, I did not understand the appeal of forced celibacy.


There was nothing inherently bad about the sounds that pierced into the sold out crowd. In fact, the intricate manner in which all sixteen steel strings on stage intertwined with each other was a work of art. This is especially true of the guitars. Julia and Lydia strummed with astronomical precision, sending each vibration at all the right frequencies and intervals. Annie and Gretchen were not far behind, carving contagious cadence into space and time. Everything was moving in thundering tandem towards the promised land but we never arrived. I felt myself on the precipice of release but never going over.


It was very frustrating. I silently urged the band to speed up. They never did. Instead, they slowed down and one by one they dropped out until only Julia remained playing. Then she, too, trailed off like the sunset. At the conclusion, she took off her hat, tussled her hair then replaced it. The unconcerned, mundane manner of that action sparked something in me. There's no rush. There might not even be a destination. 

Simply focus on the present.




[words and photos of Chastity Belt by The Paper]

[posted 6.26.17]

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Week In Shows: 6/26/17-7/2/17

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

Yours truly will be off galavanting this weekend, my friends, and I hope you'll be having similar fun yourselves. In case of overdoing it this weekend, why not get your plans for the week ahead made now? It looks a little light for next week, given the 4th is around the corner, but still good sounds to be had. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of those very shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!


MONDAY, 6/26/17

-Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie (Wolf Trap)
-Daryl Hall & John Oates + Tears for Fears (Verizon Center)

TUESDAY, 6/27/17

-The Shandies + Don Fredrick + Menage a Garage + Ryland Wilkins (Velvet Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 6/28/17

-Lincoln Summer Movie Series: Jaws (Lincoln Theatre)
-Goshdang + Church Girls + Curse Words (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 6/29/17

-Pronoun + Us and Us Only (Songbyrd Music House)
-Flowerbomb + Turtlenecked + Cool American (Comet Ping Pong)

FRIDAY, 6/30/17

-Des Demonas + Mr. Airplane Man (Comet Ping Pong)
-Ruse de Guerre + Cold Beaches + The Firnats + More AM Than FM (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit + The Mountain Goats (Merriweather Post Pavilion) 

SATURDAY, 7/1/17

-The Pains of Being Pure at Heart + Beverly + Ablebody (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Boogarins (Songbyrd Music House)
-Girls Rock! DC 2017 Showcase (9:30 Club)

SUNDAY, 7/2/17

-Big Business (DC9)
-Birdcloud + Abby Rasheed (Comet Ping Pong)
-Sam Kogon + Wes Charlton (Black Cat)
-Sean Barna + Ghost Lit Kingdom (Songbyrd Music House)


[posted 6.23.17]

Video of The Day #296: Chastity Belt

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 tonight at the Songbyrd Music House, let's take a moment to appreciate Chastity Belt's video for the fantastic "Used to Spend." The video, in which the satin jacket-clad babes visit the speedway, adds a lightheartedness to the song's introspection. It's a well-shot video for a song well-played, and if you're in DC tonight you should definitely go to this show.   



[posted 6.23.17]

Good Cover Version: London Grammar Does Fleetwood Mac

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.

I stumbled upon this one just by chance, and I'm quite glad I did. London Grammar's interpretation of the Fleetwood Mac classic "Dreams" is just gorgeous. The powerhouse vocals don't have that mystical spriteliness of Stevie Nicks, but still cut to the emotional quick. A wonderfully tender, bittersweet rendition that's well done indeed. Start with the cover, and stay for the band's own "Big Picture."    



[posted 6.23.17]

Singles Club: NRVS LVRS + Small Reactions + The Technicolors

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

Influenced by some big names (Kate Bush, Can, Massive Attack), Bay Area husband-wife duo NRVS LVRS creates some rather wonderful noise. "Castling" is some darkwave pop delirium, breathless and pretty and gliding through shadow and light.    



Having some new Small Reactions music to listen to warms the cockles of my heart, y'all. These Georgia dudes really hit it out of the park with new single "Sessions Street," a dandy of a hazy hip-shaker that's completely and utterly inescapably catchy.



A perfect song to start the weekend, "Imposter!" is a raucous piece of swaggering Phoenix noise. The Technicolors here are unapologetically brassy, offering up perfectly measured Friday night vim and vigor in a three-and-a-half minute burst of full-bodied controlled chaos that just happens to be catchy as all get out.



[posted 6.23.17]

Remix Fix: Dutch Uncles/Warm Digits

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 like the Dutch Uncles song "Big Balloon" quite a bit, and have already talked about the British Sea Power/Dutch Uncles recipro-remixes. But lo and behold, here's another remix of this very song - and it's also quite good. The Warm Digits treatment takes the song far into dancefloor territory, playing up the song's demon beat and adding enough dramatic slink and good time gloss to last into the wee hours of the morning.   



[posted 6.23.17]

On The Road Again: Gracie and Rachel

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

The sumptuous, dignified song stylings of Brooklyn by way of California duo Gracie and Rachel are plenty engaging on record. Classic sounds turned upside down and lovely harmonies are hallmarks with these two, creating a listening experience that is both mesmerizing and uplifting. Check them out on the road to see just how absorbing they are up close and in person.


GRACIE AND RACHEL TOUR DATES

6/24: Windham, NY @ Blackdome Music Festival
7/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool, LPR Presents: Record Release Show
7/26: Woodbridge, NJ @ Parker Press Park
8/24: Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien *
8/25: Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel *
8/26: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern *
8.29 @ World Café Live (Philadelphia, PA)*
8/30: Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Café *
9/8: Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square *
9/10: Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
9/12: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
9/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *
9/15: San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord *

* = co-headline with Henry Jamison





[posted 6.23.17]

Super Furryism #10: The Boy With The Thorn In His Side/Radiator

For those who don't know, this blog borrows its' name from the title of the debut long player record by wily Welsh cosmic psych poppers Super Furry Animals. As far as I'm concerned, that's certainly reason enough to start talking about them at random times, and for no real reason other than just because I darned well feel like it.

Somehow, it's been 20 years since the SFA record Radiator was released. I don't know where the time has gone, but I do know this record still sounds so very wonderful. To celebrate, the band is releasing all sorts of sonic goodies, including this not-all-that-often-heard "cover" of "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side." It's glitchy and jittery and silly, which makes this yet another wonderful piece of the SFA lexicon. Strangers to Super Furry Animals should definitely give this one a listen (and by this one I mean the entire record, along with the cover).   







[posted 6.23.17]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Video of The Day #295: Katie Von Schleicher

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 bit of wryness in the morning. Check out "Life's A Lie" from Katie Von Schleicher and you'll start your day enjoying the wryness, too. Channeling 70s radio-friendly sounds, Katie gives voice to timeless, nostalgic personal crises and worry, her musings  down but not out. The video also goes vintage, keeping it simple but sending its own message. "Life's A Lie" comes from Katie's Shitty Hits record, out soon on Ba Da Bing.    





[posted 6.22.17]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Video of The Day #294: Magic Shoppe

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.

It's the first day of summer, and the noise made by Boston psychsmiths Magic Shoppe feels like the right kind of noise to celebrate the arrival of the summer heat. Their video for "High Goodbye" is just as it should be: vibrant colors, cloudscapes, and tendrils of swirling liquid. Perfect together, the otherworldly video is the best possible visible companion piece to this powerful piece of psych noise.     





[posted 6.21.17]

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Video of The Day #293: Bedouine

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 vibe of Bedouine's "One of These Days" feels very much steeped in a vintage Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter aesthetic. Avniz Korkejian (AKA Bedouine) nails the idyll of California dreams, strumming and singing with pretty, determined attitude. The video is filled with plenty of dappled sunshine, along with some silly moments that bring things back down to earth. Gorgeous stuff indeed. 



[posted 6.18.17]

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Live Review: Girlpool + Vagabon @ Rock & Roll Hotel, 6/11/17

Intrepid mysterious Special Guest Star The Paper went in search of good live sounds, and the following is what transpired when he took in Girlpool and Vagabon at the Rock & Roll Hotel.

Sunday night marked a departure for Laetitia. She had been on tour with Tegan and Sara and I could sense the longing in her voice as she told us about the balloons the dynamic Canadian duo had on stage. Then she burst into a wide smile before continuing, "...but you're here."

That was a very cute way to get the sold out crowd cheering. I had seen Vagabon, Laetitia's musical moniker, twice before. She was solo both times so I was pleasantly surprised that this time she brought a band. There's an undeniable pleasure riding on a roaring bass line while soaking in shattering drum beats. It added much welcomed energy and a fuller dimension to the sound that further highlighted what we already knew. Laetitia's vocals define euphoria.



"I am just a small fish," she sang, except there's nothing small about her voice. It's not even powerful per se. It's sheer raw power. But never wild. In fact, it's actually very controlled given she would remove her ear plugs. "You're a shark that hates everything." When the beat fell off at the end, we were left with the sun. In this case, the sun was slightly bent over, head tilted up, forehead furrowed, eyes closed, sweat dripping, body trembling, throat contracting, and mouth open impossibly wide. The sun was one more fireball before going supernova. It doesn't happen.

Power, true power, is maintaing control.

And just like that it was all over. I looked at my phone and was flabbergasted. Thirty minutes of bliss that felt like the blink of an eye. I can't recall the last time I felt more wanting after a set. Not even with my favorite band. Thankfully, I had Girlpool to look forward to.

Keeping with the theme, the two piece grew to three with the addition of a drummer since I last saw them. This too was very much welcomed. They opened the set with "123," like their new record Powerplant. I was reminded of the magic that is watching the music you love brought to life before you. And there is a lot to love between Cleo and Harmony. The latter literally tried making love to the former the night before. Apparently the band found themselves in possession of a mattress that kept deflating the entire night. However that did not stop Harmony from making out with Cleo thinking it was someone else. Given their chemistry outside of bed, I don't blame her one bit.



The duet between the bass and guitar moves me every time in ways I neither understand nor want to end. Throw in the delicate, barely there vocals that are the trademark of the duo and I was transported somewhere above the clouds. Except this time it didn't stop there. The deft drums marched me higher and higher until I was knocking on heaven's door.

The crowd was knocking with me, with many waving their hands. Cleo, like an all-loving diety, graciously took time to shake hands with many in the front row and high fived a few in the second. She also decided to play three more songs shortly after announcing there were but two left. It epitomized the atmosphere of this beautiful night. Part of the magic of live music is sharing it with others.



[words and photos of Girlpool and Vagabon by The Paper]

[posted 6.17.17]

Video of The Day #292: The Veldt

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.

So slinky and ever so divine, this Andrew Prinz reworking of The Veldt's "One Day Out of Live" is an impeccable and colorful sonic daydream. The rapturous sinews and charmed beats are given visual in the form of a trippy stroll, which feels just right.   



[posted 6.17.17]

The Week In Shows: 6/19/17-6/25/17

A gray, Saturday morning in June 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 shows keep a-comin', and the so does summer. I am happy about one of these things, and it's not summer.  It's a little thin this week, but there's still some good shows to take in. And now, without further ado, here's a look at some of those very shows I happen to recommend for the coming week in the greater DC metro area.

And as an aside, if you've got a show coming up you'd like me to consider including in my weekly calendar, just shoot me an email with "Calendar" somewhere in the subject line. Thanks y'all!


MONDAY, 6/19/17

-Roadkill Ghost Choir + Walker Lukens (Songbyrd Music House)
-Stef Chura + Gland + Big Hush (Comet Ping Pong)
-Governess + Cat Tat + Ara Casey (Galaxy Hut)

TUESDAY, 6/20/17

-Gates + Vasudeva + Head North + Flowerbomb (Songbyrd Music House)
-Post Animal + Modern Nomad (Black Cat)

WEDNESDAY, 6/21/17

-Elliot Moss + Frances Cone (DC9)
-The Last Internationale + Unring The Bell (Black Cat)
-The Band of Heathens + Reed Foehl (The Hamilton)

THURSDAY, 6/22/17

-Incredible Change + Honest Haloway + The Jaguar Club (Velvet Lounge)
-Magic Giant + The Ludlow Thieves (Rock & Roll Hotel)
-Elvis Costello & The Imposters + Imelda May (Wolf Trap)

FRIDAY, 6/23/17

-Chastity Belt + Darren Hanlon (Songbyrd Music House)
-Aimee Mann + Jonathan Coulton (Birchmere - SOLD OUT)

SATURDAY, 6/24/17

-Mousetrap Dance Party (Black Cat)
-Lola Marsh + Louisa Hall (Songbyrd Music House)
-Joseph Arthur + Allison Pierce (Jammin Java)

SUNDAY, 6/25/17

-Post Pink + Bat Fangs + Faunas (Black Cat)
-Two Ton Twig + Alex Parez & The Hell Rojos (IOTA Club & Cafe)


[posted 6.17.17]

Friday, June 16, 2017

Video of The Day #291: Junior Astronomers

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.

Start your weekend off right, my friends. Check out this video from Junior Astronomers. Their breakup/go out anthem "Laid Out" is given visual in a day-in-the-life kind of way, and it's shot gorgeously. A great one to both wallow in and prepare to conquer the weekend with.   





[posted 6.16.17]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Video of The Day #290: Soulwax

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.

It's my birthday, and I've always been pretty good at getting into trouble...which makes today's chosen video so very apropos. Soulwax asks the question, "Do you want to get into trouble," and my answer will always be yes. The song is sinuous and more than a little naughty, and incredibly catchy. The video is more than a little cheeky, making it a great fit for the firecracker of a song.   





[posted 6.15.17]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Video of The Day #289: Burning Motherfuckers

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.

And now, for some wonderful weirdness all the way from Norway, via Oslo oddballs Burning Motherfuckers. The duo's home movie-style video for "Rolling on The Sound of Silence" is a perfect fit for the shambolic, not at all silent chaos. Turn this one up good and loud, my friends.   





[posted 6.14.17]

Monday, June 12, 2017

Video of The Day #288: Mellow Gang

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.

With the spectral, sumptuous "Vendetta," London's Mellow Gang creates quite a heady, hypnotic psych pop sound. Lush layers of noise and smoky, knowing vocals make this an utterly transfixing listen. The accompanying video is just the right amount of disorienting, with saturated colors and band closeups simple but effective visuals.   





[posted 6.12.17]

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Live Review: Gringo Star + Shantih Shantih @ Black Cat, 5/21/17

At this point, it seems to be an annual happening, my going to see Gringo Star. This time, they brought along lovely lady cohorts Shantih Shantih, turning an ordinary Sunday night into a retro rock & roll get down at the Black Cat.

The babes of Shantih Shantih gave exactly what I had expected/hoped for: lots of sass, very vintage vibes with a winking eye, and a lot of noise. This is a band with style and substance, and nary a foot was left untapping as the ladies cooed and shredded their way through their set. New favorite "Winter in September" had a certain roughness around the edges, in the best possible way. Theirs is a very full, rich sound. It purrs, but look elsewhere if you want mere fluffy fun. There's muscle in this music, these women can wail. Great basslines, great drums, great riffage, and great vocals. What more could you want from these smart, swampy surf confections? 

Over the past nine years or so I've seen Gringo Star a whole lot, and even after several lineup changes this Atlanta band still rules. They never seem to put a foot wrong when they're up there on stage. Their breed of scuzzy 60s revivalism is effortless and undeniable, not to mention fun, from the catchy clamor of old favorite "All Y'all" to the slow and low spook of "Shadow" to the hip-shaking quake of "Ask Me Why." As always, the instrument handoff was frequent, the energy was high, and the songs sounded great. 

The crowd at the Black Cat was small but appreciative, though I was disappointed not to see a packed house for a band that certainly deserves it. To my delight, the band closed with one of their most irrepressibly jangly nuggets (and one of my very favorite Gringo songs), the crush-worthy crush anthem "Make You Mine." It's tough not to be smitten with a song like that, and it's tougher still not to be smitten with Gringo Star.     



[photo copyright Megan Petty]

[posted 6.11.17]

On The Road Again: My Morning Jacket

Well, well, well. Look who's taking their show on the road?

Those favorite sons of Louisville, My Morning Jacket, are gearing up to get themselves on the road once more to play their beloved songs to their adoring devotees. If the lure of seeing a heck of a live band in person isn't enough inducement, $1 from every ticket purchase is going to be given to the band's Waterfall Project, which links up with various charitable organizations and nonprofits with the aim of doing good. So, see a great live band and do a little bit for the greater good. Can't beat that, my friends. MMJ dates below. 

MY MORNING JACKET TOUR DATES  

6/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center *
6/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *
6/24 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Music Festival
7/7 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre **
7/8 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre #
7/9 – Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheater #
7/11 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point #
7/12 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum +
7/14 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion #
7/15 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium #
7/16 – Syracuse, NY @ Outlaw Music Fest
8/10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! –
8/11 – Scranton, PA @ The Peach Music Festival
8/12 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCa -

* The Record Company supporting
** Margo Price supporting
# Gary Clark Jr. supporting
+ Jaw Gems supporting
- The Districts supporting



[posted 6.11.17]

Remix Fix: Matthew and Me/Dean Honer

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.

The latest remix to strike my fancy is Dean Honer's splendid reworking of Matthew and Me's "Every Day." The loveliness of the soaring, ethereal vocals remain intact, but the synths take a much darker turn, sounding a little bit grimy and almost a little bit predatory. Where the original floats heavenly, the remix descends into some very satisfying depths.    





[posted 6.11.17]

Singles Club: The Tads + Thea & The Wild + Toro Y Moi

Consider Singles Club your musical matchmaker. I do hope you'll give all these ready to mingle bachelors and bachelorettes your ear as you listen to some new favorite tunes. Read on in the hopes of finding your musical love connection.

This installment of Singles Club is, inadvertently, brought to you by the letter "T." Three good tunes from three "T" bands. Talk about a treat!

"She Is My Dream" is pretty much as dreamy as can be. A perfect slice of 1950s poptasticness, this gem as recorded by The Tads is a true treasure. From the so very appealing sounding Mid-Century Sounds - Deep Cuts from The Desert record, this particular song just got some screen time in an episode of Orange is The New Black, and is worthy of a lot of your time. 



Like a misplaced 80s Brat Pack soundtrack nugget, Thea & The Wild's "City of Gold" is a pop diamond heavy with emotion. A self-described "tale of lost happiness," the song's glossy glisten belies something much deeper.



From Toro Y Moi's forthcoming fifth record, Boo Boo, comes "A Girl Like You." A lithe, though layered, synth dandy, there's a lot to this song - both in terms of sounds and content. It really speaks to the lovelorn in us all.



[posted 6.11.17]

Video of The Day #287: CLOVES

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 first time I watched the video for "California Numb," I was reminded of one of my favorite videos of all-time: Richard Ashcroft's angry walking in "Bittersweet Symphony," The Verve's biggest hit. Though, with CLOVES, as with The Verve before her, it's about more than the strut. Despite being but 21 years of age, this lady has pipes for days and depth beyond her years. With that kind of voice and that kind of strut, visual and aural jolt, "California Numb" is a doozy.   


California Numb (Official Video) by Cloves on VEVO.

[posted 6.11.17]

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Newsflash!: Win Tickets to Violent Femmes @ 9:30 Club, 7/9/17

You love going to shows. I love giving you tickets to shows. It's a match made in heaven. Read on for how you can win some tickets.

I've been going to shows at the legendary 9:30 Club since I was a teenager, and have seen some of the best of the best grace that venerable stage. It is a pleasure to be offering a pair of tickets to several upcoming 9:30/IMP shows.

A good many of us were exposed to Violent Femmes during our formative years, and have had the ribald racket in our ears for decades. For those a bit younger, the Femmes are once again touring - and they're landing in town at the 9:30 Club on July 9th. I'm quite pleased to be able to offer one lucky winner a pair of tickets to see the magic happen live.

To win, tell me your most vivid Violent Femmes-related memory. Perhaps it's a tale from your teen years. Perhaps it's a newer happening. Either way, email me and let me know. The most poignant story wins themselves the tickets.

Fine print: Contest is for two (2) tickets to this show. Contest closes at noon Eastern on Friday, 7/7/17.

Here's my favorite Femmes number to help inspire you. Good luck to one and all. 




[posted 6.10.17]

Singles Club - Premiere Edition: Timothy Eerie

From the land of Disney World comes an entirely different kind of magic kingdom: Timothy Eerie.

It's a pleasure to bring you the premiere of new single "It's Always The Same," taken from the three-song EP of the same name (out in July on Ghost Drag). Instrumental save for some spooky vocal clips peppered here and there, the song is a three and a half minute trip down a heck of a rabbit hole. A whirlwind of incandescent haze, serious guitar wailing, and bursts of towering noise, the song's shapeshifting gives it an underlying sense of not knowing what's coming next. All the decadent distortion and rowdiness make the song a most agreeable fix for psych fans. 

Timothy Eerie will be touring the EP come summertime, dates on the flyer posted here. And read on to get to know Casey, man behind the curtain, as you'll undoubtedly be hearing more about Timothy Eerie in the very near future. 


     

FUZZY LOGIC: PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Casey and I sing songs and play guitar under the moniker Timothy Eerie.

FL: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND
East coast pop art experimentation.

FL: WHAT'S THE SCENE LIKE IN THE GREATER ORLANDO AREA?
It can be a tough scene to crack into. But there are a lot of talented people around Orlando putting on interesting shows and making beautiful art.

FL: LITTLE-KNOWN TIMOTHY EERIE FACT
The band formed after Mike Scitney, the drummer for Timothy Eerie, and I met playing together in a blues cover band a couple years back. One day, I showed him my original tunes and he embraced the sound immediately which gave me the confidence to move forward with the project.

FL: WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR TOURING THIS EP?
We're doing a two week East Coast tour to celebrate the new EP during which we'll be experimenting with a lot of projection mapping, astral projecting, disorienting visuals, and groovy new tunes that will crawl into your ear hole and never leave.

FL: AND WHAT ABOUT AFTER THE EP? WHAT'S IN STORE?
After tour we're taking a band trip to a remote rainforest with a bucket of ayahuasca and 4 track recorder to cut our first full album.

FL: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR TIMOTHY EERIE?
A prolific spurt of creativity fueled by manic depression and loss of identity, eventual drug addiction, followed by a downward spiral of paranoia.



[posted 6.10.17]