DBT

DBT has never shied away from how they felt. Their music has always had a hint of their political leanings but never hit you over the head. But as the band turns 20 and our country stands on the precipice of voting in a racist Oompa Loompa, DBT has thrown down the gauntlet on an album that bristles with anger and passion.

Patterson Hood recently did an outstanding hour-long podcast with Steven Hyden. He made mention of how this current iteration of DBT was the one he’s enjoying the most. And it certainly shows. After a couple of albums that were OK, DBT seems to have found its groove again. After English Oceans saw the band return to form, American Band stands amongst their best work.

The lead single, What It Means, sadly remains timely as ever with the two recent incidents in Charlotte and Tulsa. Penned and sung by Patterson Hood, the song sees Hood just plain exasperated by what the fuck is going on in the country. It isn’t so much saying, “hey you on other side, you suck.” To me, Hood is saying, “Fuck me; is this as good as it gets? Can we not to do any better than this?”

There are also a couple of songs that deal with our country’s obsession with guns. The heartbreaking Guns of Umpqua, sung by Patterson, deals with the deadliest shooting in Oregon’s history. The opening track, Ramon Casiano, sees Cooley take the lead on a song about Harlan Carter. Carter is the man responsible for turning the NRA into the cesspool it is today and also killing a 15 y/o Ramon Casiano.

Other gems on the album include Patterson’s ode to his new hometown Portland, Sun Don’t Shine. Buoyed by Jay Gonzalez’s excellent piano, it sounds like something of his solo effort – Heat Lightning Rumbles In the Distance. And in tribute to his roots, he pens an ode to his Southern roots, Ever South.

Not to be outdone, Cooley delivers a couple of other tunes that are vintage Cooley. Filthy and Fried is a gem made all the better being that it was recorded live at The 40 Watt by David Barbe. You listen to that and Kinky Hypocrite and you wonder how someone that prolific ever went through writer’s block. Quite simply, he is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

The album comes out next week and this is one to get excited for.

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Split Single, aka Jason Narducy, is set to release his sophomore album on 11/18/16. Assisted by Jon Wurster & John Stirratt in the studio, you know you’re in a quality slab of rock n roll goodness. For those of you who ask, “who’s Jason Narducy and how did he get those two Johns to play on his album?” Well, he’s the bassist for Bob Mould’s band. He’s the touring bassist for Superchunk and apparently he is the man responsible for inspiring Dave Grohl to rock.

If that’s not enough, he is a damn good follow on Twitter. Still not enough, read this. Still not enough? Well, I think you need to find another half-assed blog.

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Natural Child – Okey Dokey (album review)

by Woody on September 21, 2016

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If there is a better band to listen to on your back porch after a long day of work, then I don’t know of them. I don’t care if you’re shuffling papers all day or doing back-breaking work, sitting outside with a glass of bourbon as the sun sets with this Nashville trio easing out the speakers is sure to bring a weary smile to your face.

Natty C have continued to kick out mid-tempo Southern jams that are soaked in whiskey and singed with weed. These tracks all cook but never get over-heated. Take the second track, the aptly timed NSA Blues. The tune just boogies a bit as an NSA fella sings of knowing when I jerk off. How Oliver Stone didn’t sanction this for Snowden is beyond me?

The second half of the album is just bliss. A little twangy, a little spacey (including a flute outro for the album) and just overall in no rush.

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Goon – Dusk of Punk EP (album review)

by Woody on September 20, 2016

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Goon is the project of LA-based musician and visual artist Kenny Becker. Becker suffers from severe polyps in his nose that affects his smell and his hearing. That sounds about as shitty as it comes but Becker has managed to cope with this and crank out a really enjoyable debut EP. What does it sound like? Well, that’s a good fucking question. There’s a lot going on here but overall the central tenet seems to be an adherence to the lo-fi aesthetic.

There are fuzzy guitars that can get real heavy at points, giving off a grungy feel to it. I seem to remember a bit of Americana somewhere when I first listened to it but now I can’t seem to reference it. Gay Rage reminded me of an early R.E.M. song the first time I listened to it. The second time it didn’t. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that its an interesting listen and you’ll hear some different shit on every listen.

I’m really digging this EP. And I really think I need more Goon in my life.

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The Devil Makes Three – Redmption & Ruin (album review)

September 19, 2016

Photo by Giles Clement When DM3 announced that their 5th LP would be comprised of all covers, I was not overly excited. As a rule, I tend not to enjoy covers albums. But as Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan’s excellent album proved earlier this year, rules are made to be broken. And now with the [...]

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Wolf People announce RUINS – 11/11/16

September 15, 2016

Wolf People, the English folk-prog outfit are back with their third LP for Jagjaguwar. If you’ve listened to them before, you’ll know this song isn’t coming to come out of the speaker all nice and breezy. Its going to leave a mark, the good kind. Here’s some more info on the album from their press [...]

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Tiny Little Houses announce Snow Globe EP – 10/7/16

September 14, 2016

Tiny Little Houses are a band out of Melbourne that are getting ready to release their sophomore album, Snow Globe EP out October 7TH via Ivy League Records. Below is the first track, Song Despite Apathy. You’ll clearly hear NMH guitars in the track and that was the first thing that drew me to the [...]

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise (album review)

September 13, 2016

Any worries I had about a sophomore slump were quickly put to rest during their electrifying set at Newport Folk Festival. When I first saw them a few years back, their manager told me that once some of the kids in the band finished college, they were hitting the road for a long, long time. [...]

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Nick Waterhouse annouces Never Twice, 9/30/16

September 12, 2016

Nick Waterhouse is back with his third effort, Never Twice, out on 9/30 via Innovative Leisure. Waterhouse puts on one of the best live sets you’ll have the pleasure to see and hear. Below are a couple of tracks, including one with Leon Bridges. Here’s what Waterhouse had to tell Fader. The track features his [...]

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Adam Torres – Pearls To Swine (album review)

September 9, 2016

Photo by Bryan Parker In listening to Pearl To Swine, I am reminded me of this great book I read, The Painter by Peter Heller. In the book, the protagonist paints these gorgeous pictures of natural beauty that are collector’s items; well that’s before he kills a dude and all hell breaks loose. But I [...]

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