Bonny Doon announce Longwave for 3/23 relesae

by Woody on January 22, 2018

Photo Credit : Chloe Sells

I was a big fan of Bonny Doon’s s/t debut from 2017. Apparently, the folks at Woodist Records were also fans as they’ve snapped up the Detroit quartet for their sophomore effort. Based on the first tune, the boys continue to crank out Silver Jews inspired tunes and I’m more than OK with that. Here’s a little bit of info on the album.

Opting for spontaneity and simplicity over the exploration of layers and textures that defined the first record, the band architected an incredibly intimate sound for these new songs. The album was tracked with minimal overdubs or production flourishes, constructing a frame that is spare and understated in the same way as the twilight-tinted third Velvet Underground album or the rusty glow of Bill Fay’s Time of Last Persecution. Several songs were approached as meditations on subtlety, shifting only between two or three chords without deviation, dynamically expanding and contracting without ever actually changing. Other songs were born from complete improvisation, and it’s in these moments that the radically organic approach to Longwave truly comes into focus. The session aimed to capture the band at their essence. With the superfluous stripped away, a gentle but steadfast spiritual core is revealed as the backbone of Bonny Doon’s cosmic American music.

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Amen Dunes announce Freedom for 3/30 release

by Woody on January 17, 2018

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Amen Dunes last released an album in 2014. The album was called Love and I wasn’t really enamored with it at first. But a number of artists I like and respect really liked it so I kept going back to revisit and slowly I came around on it. Freedom is the new album by Amen Dunes (Damon McMahon) and it will be released on 3/30 via the fine folks at Sacred Bones. The tune below is called Miki Dora and as of 10 minutes ago, it is hands down my favorite tune by Amen Dunes. Here’s what McMahon has to say about the track.

“Miki Dora was arguably the most gifted and innovative surfer of his generation and the foremost opponent of surfing’s commercialization. He was also a lifelong criminal and retrograde: a true embodiment of the distorted male psyche. He was a living contradiction; both a symbol of free-living and inspiration, and of the false heroics American culture has always celebrated. With lyrics of regret and redemption at the end of one’s youth, the song is about Dora, and McMahon, but ultimately it is a reflection on all manifestations of mythical heroic maleness and its illusions.”

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Photo Credit: Sam Williams

Return To Love by LVL UP was one of my favorites of 2015. Trace Mountains happens to be the project of Dave Benton of LVL UP and A Partner To Lean On is his first full-length as Trace Mountains. The lead track, Turn Twice, is a nice slice of lo-fi goodness. Here’s a little more on the process via Dave Benton himself.

A Partner to Lean On, the first proper full length from Trace Mountains, is both an extension of my initial excursion to explore the world of sounds in solitude, and a continuation of my lifelong relationship with music-making as a social process. The songs featured on A Partner to Lean On came about over the course of many years, featuring some ideas that pre-date even the earliest Trace Mountains release in 2013. There are also more current songs, written right up into the summer of 2017 when the record was recorded and completed, a time of extraordinary confusion & anger, when the refuge of listening to & creating music was needed more than ever. The way the work spans time periods is intended to be reflected in the record itself, perhaps not strictly linearly, but flowing from place to place, idea to idea, connecting memories, thoughts and things in a way that feels purposeful. It starts in the present, and branches out into different directions to hopefully arrive at a meaningful assessment of where I stand.

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Juan de Fuca – Solve/Resolve (album review)

by Woody on January 16, 2018

Photo credit: Berkley Kirsche

Some nights as bang through the emails, I’ll check the name and guess what type of music it will be without reading the text. It helps keep things fresh in my old age. As I hit play for Juan de Fuca, I would have never guessed what would come out of the speaker. The sounds was reminiscent of the early sounds of The Walkmen; and those sounds make my ears happy.

Juan de Fuca is a tectonic plate. Juan de Fuca was a Spanish Explorer of Greek descent. But who is Juan de Fuca as it relates to music? Well Juan de Fuca started as the solo project of Jack Cherry in Athens, GA. He then rounded a band into a quintet and began to move the project further eventually recording with Drew Vandenberg.

Their debut is a real good listen.The construct of the album is really well done. At various times, Cherry’s vocals soar above the music, seem to get lost in the guitars or just get tangled in them altogether. These guys are going to be at SXSW and I’ll really looking forward to taking in a set.

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High Up announce You Are Here for 2/23 release

January 16, 2018

photo credit: Andy Lachance High Up is set to release their debut on 2/23 via the fine folks at Team Love. Fronted by Christine Fink, the band comes out of Omaha. The sound is like a blend of punk and soul; almost like the Dirtbombs but with a woman singing. And that woman is a […]

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Nap Eyes announce I’m Bad Now – 3/9/18

January 15, 2018

Credit: Matthew Parri Thomas Halifax-based Nap Eyes are back with their third album, I’m Bad Now. It will see the light on 3/9 via a combo release between Paradise of Bachelors and Jagjaguwar (depending on where you live). The lead track, Every Time The Feeling, is a winner. They’re still kicking off a Lou Reed […]

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Erika Wennerstrom announces debut solo LP, Sweet Unknown 3/23/18

January 12, 2018

Photo credit: Linda Beecroft Calling myself fan of Heartless Bastards is an understatement. They’re one of those bands that I’ve been on board with since the moment I heard them. Erika has been teasing this solo album for awhile so I’m psyched to finally hear a track. If you’re a fan of Erika, you’re going […]

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Hovvdy announce Cranberry for 2/9 release

January 12, 2018

Photo Credit: Bronwyn Walls Hovvdy announce their sophomore effort, Cranberry for 2/9 release via the fine folks at Double Double Whammy. Their tunes are chilled out pop tunes. They bounce along, never getting overly excited but leaving you humming along. Based in Austin, Texas, Hovvdy (pronounced “howdy”) is the writing and recording project of Charlie […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews announces May Your Kindness Remain out 3/23

January 11, 2018

photo credit: Laura E. Partain Courtney Marie Andrews’ last album, Honest Life, was a major oversight of mine in 2016. I’ve tried to make up for hit my spinning it incessantly. In a world gone mad, her gospel-tinged Americana can get you through a shitty day or two. Here’s some info on the new album. […]

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Bat Fangs announce s/t debut 2/2/18

January 11, 2018

Bat Fangs is comprised of Betsy Wright and drummer Laura King. I hadn’t heard of Laura but was a big fan of Betsy’s work in Ex Hex. Bono recently slagged off the current state of rock music as too girly. Um, if this is what he meant; count me in. Here’s a little info on […]

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