Friday, September 16, 2011
Believe me believer, this one packs a wallop of sad and urge and those things we tip toe around daily. One spin takes me back to when I was minorly obsessed with this LP and its maker.
Music can define times.
Allmusic.com: Richard Buckner's follow-up to his 1997 divorce odyssey Devotion + Doubt is a more upbeat affair, with questions of faith and being tossed into the electric mix. Moving from contemplative singer-songwriter treks ("Once") to blurry guitar rave-ups ("Believer"), Since is the picking-up-and-getting-on antidote to Devotion + Doubt's downer trip. Buckner still seems troubled by life's little hang-ups, but instead of falling into an acoustic-drenched funk, he rages against his blues with his guitar. That doesn't mean Since isn't without its distressing moments; there are plenty of hushed and fragile songs here that recall the breaking tone of his previous two albums. Yet, for all of the creeping positivity going on within the grooves, Buckner sounds more weary than ever, his already delicate voice cracking under the pressure as he trudges his way through his own brand of electric folk music.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
((Patronizers! REUPPED SEPT 08 with the correct link))
A real shredder reminiscient of the late Jay Reatard. It's the grimy Nashville/Memphis vibe in spades. Sturdy garage rock for the ecstatically feeble minded and oft inebriated.
Pop Matters blurb: So sure, Echo Kid is an album of simple pleasures. This is party music about girls and getting high and wanting to get up or get down or get “some mo’”. But that doesn’t mean the music is always so simple. The absurdly titled “Mama’s Mad ‘Cos I Fried My Brain” is a bit of psych-pop genius. The vocals are heavily soaked in reverb, the guitar riffs surge after each verse, and voices come together to chant with a size unheard on the rest of the album. “Broadzilla” may be just as silly, but the thundering drums and ringing guitars add texture and depth to a song that may well not be about anything nearly as deep as it sounds.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
[a fantastic Caddywhompus tune starts off the clip above]
funny that I was just now checking out the zorch kids
and I should find them jamming with Caddywhompus
Is truly no-holds-barred-superfantastic.
at Ronny's, back before Ronny's went down.
really nice guys
really smoof jams
check 'em out already
(their latest and finest)
was up at The Cactus Club
out there Milwaukee way last nite.
saw a rather fantastic band
brilliant young band
made me think of
all sorts of things
with my feet
fucking love the Cactus. what a treasure.
we dined around the corner at The Palomino.
incredible. deep-fried vegan goodness.
but plenty of actual animal fare, too.
talk about having your cake.
you Motherfucking Milwaukeeans,
(especially you Badass Bayview Bitches)
must know how fucking good you have it
(which is why you all keep it so quiet)
forgive this FIB for saying so
but can I move there?
at the bar with tall (-0-) Pete
after and this song comes on
and we both say Thin Lizzy?
the bartender laughs
and says yeah almost
he shows us the album
a conversation about the best ways to be derivative ensues.
this is the golden sample of that, the proverbial case-in-point
the ultimate crosstalk consensus: don't argue against groove
you will only sound small and lose. bartender pauses:
man, when those guys played here...
they floored the fucking place.
the kids went cray-cray.
band ended up hanging the whole wknd here in town
going to BBQs, backyard parties, record shopping
playing with the kids, playing for the kids
playing kids playing to kids
i could listen to aeons of albums by folks working this vein
Friday, September 2, 2011
in case you haven't heard
the stuff here is just fine:
Thee Oh Sees, Surfer Blood, Stanton Moore Trio
The Raveonettes, Cinematic Orchestra, Battles
Femi Kuti, Death from Above 1979, Wire
Gang of Four, Caribou, Of Montreal, MIA
Thurston Moore, and much much more.
did I mention Thee Oh Sees set?