Lina Tullgren announces Won – 9/22/17

by Woody on July 26, 2017


photo credit: Michael Winters

A little over year ago, we wrote about Lina Tullgren signing up with Captured Tracks. Well at long last, the Maine singer-songwriter has announced her full-length LP, Won, out on 9/22. Based on the first track, someone lit a fire under Tullgren since signing to Captured Tracks.

Won envelopes listeners with the idea of “home” and “homecoming” – - whether that means a relationship, a physical space, a mentality, or emotion is up to the listener. With 2016’s Wishlist EP – recorded to tape at the home of band mate Ty Ueda – Lina proved an ability to craft simple, introspective and succinct songs, each one a pulsing glow leaving you both hollow and whole, alone but never lonely. It is on Lina’s debut album Won that we reap the full rewards of this newfound confidence in expression and rejection of internal hesitation. It is clear throughout that Lina’s awareness of her internal shift is folded into every corner of these songs. The move towards working with a full band, the deliberate force with which her often quiveringly raw vocals are delivered, and the lyrics themselves, are all constantly functioning to process and take stock of an updated self.

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Photo By Alex Mctigue

Honey are a trio of dudes that rock; sitting on a razor’s edge stuck between punk and psych rock. Their new LP, New Moody Judy comes out on 9/29 via the fine folks at Wharf Rat Records. Here’s some more info on the band.

Before they were members of the same band, Cory Feierman (bass, vocals) and Dan Wise (guitar, vocals) knew one another from Brooklyn’s Academy Records, where Cory worked as a buyer and Dan was a regular. One day Dan mentioned he was looking for a copy of The Gun Club’s Death Party EP, which happened to be the next record in the stack of recent arrivals that Cory was pricing. The coincidence ultimately led them to realize that they had more in common than just an appreciation for punk records, and they began playing together not long afterwards. At the time, Dan was a member of The Psychic Ills, and shared the occasional bill with Will Schmeichen (drums), who was then part of Amen Dunes. Eventually it came to light that Dan needed a drummer for his new band and that Will was interested in joining a more rock and roll focused project. Soon after Honey was born.

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Bedouine – s/t (album review)

by Woody on July 20, 2017


photo credit: Polly Antonia Barrowman

Bedouine, traditionally spelled as Beduoin, has the meaning of a nomadic Arab of the desert. In this instance it is the moniker of Azniv Korkejian, an Angeleno that has born in Aleppo, Syria and spent time in numerous ports in between. Working in the sprawling entertainment industry, Korkejian was writing songs as part of the close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park without any preconceived notions of a career in music.

The tone of her music is 60′s Laurel Canyon Americana with some Latin flavors mixed in. And those flavors come courtesy of Matthew E. White, Trey Pollard and the folks at Spacebomb. I have been infatuated with White and Spacebomb since hearing his music a few years back. Korkejian had White in mind as she was writing these tunes, and the marriage of her tunes with Spacebomb’s flourishes is a thing of beauty. So much is added to each track, yet never stepping on her toes; her honeyed voice floating to the top on every track.

All in all, this is a lovely album to get lost in. Some of the standouts include One Of These Days, Dusty Eyes and the closer Skyline. Simply put, this is one of my favorite debuts of 2017.

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Bunny announce debut EP, Sucker

by Woody on July 19, 2017


Photo by Alexa Viscius

Bunny is a band from and the songwriting vehicle of Jessica Viscius. The track chill has a nice chill indie music vice to it that makes me want to hear some more. She’s play8ing a Lolla Party w/ The Lemon Twigs and at The Hideout on 9/2. Here’s a little more info on the EP.

Bunny, formed in Chicago during the winter of 2016, toes the bleary line between dream pop and bedroom rock. The first project of Jessica Viscius, their tunes take on a soft grunge feel, mixing dainty, pretty melodies with hazy lyrics delicately laced with sarcasm. Her tongue-in-cheek songs are a testament to the tried-and-untrue stereotypes of female frailty, dependency, and hopeless romanticism. Their debut EP, Sucker, will be released later this summer.

Sounds like: Mazzy Star, Velvet Underground, Opal, Courtney Barnett

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Guantanamo Baywatch announce Desert Center for 8/5 release

July 18, 2017

Originally from Portland, the surfer-punks are back with the follow up to 2015′s excellent Darling … It’s Too Late. The track below, Blame Myself, is a winner. Here’s some more info on the album. Halfway between LA and Phoenix on a desolate stretch of I-10 lies Desert Center, a mostly abandoned town that mainly serves [...]

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Youth Detention (Nail My Feet Down To The Southside Of Town) album review

July 17, 2017

A few weeks back, Jason Isbell was interviewed by Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. At one point during the interview, Noah acknowledges his preconceived notions of what Isbell’s beliefs should be based on his Alabama accent. It was an interesting observation and one that also translates to the music of The Glory Fires. Bains [...]

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Blank Range announce Marooned With The Treasure 8/25

July 14, 2017

Credit: Don VanCleave A couple years back, I had the pleasure of catching a set by Blank Range on the strength of their EP. Since then I’ve waiting for them to announce their debut LP. Well that day is here. Marooned With The Treasure, will be released via the fine folks at Thirty Tigers. Based [...]

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TORRES announces Three Futures, 9/19/17

July 13, 2017

First time I saw TORRES (aka Mackenzie Scott) in concert, I was completely blown away. I tweeted out during the set that she looked like my daughter’s kindergarten teacher. But those looks mask a ferocity in her music that sucks you in during the performance. It makes you forget everything else going around you. She’s [...]

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Melkbelly announce debut album Nothing Valley on 10/13/17

July 12, 2017

Melkbelly are a Chicago four-piece that has been making a lot of noise in the Chicago DIY scene since 2014. While I didn’t catch them this past SXSW, by all accounts they were one of the must-see acts down there. Now there set to release their debut LP, Nothing Valley on 10/13/17 via Wax Nine [...]

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Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love (album review)

July 11, 2017

Photo by Marie Lin From the moment Steven Hyden told me to start listening to Sheer Mag, they have become a staple in my listening diet. Led by the force of nature, Tina Halladay, the Philly 5-piece deliver an abundance of riffs on this homage to 70s rock and punk. Over the course of three [...]

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