Black Belt Eagle Scout, Stevenson, WA, July 2018. Photo by Jason Quigley

Photo Credit – Jason Quigley

Black Belt Eagle Scout is the project of Katherine “KP” Paul, someone who identifies as a “radical indigenous queer feminist.” Paul grew up on a small reservation with her family, learning the play guitar via bootleg copies of Nirvana and Hole records. The song below is outstanding and being that I don’t encounter too many radical indigenous queer feminists in the Chicago burbs, I am anxious to hear more of her message. Mother Of My Children will see the light of day on 9/14 via the fine folks at Saddle Creek.

Recorded in the middle of winter near her hometown in Northwest Washington, Paul’s connection to the landscape’s eerie beauty are palpable throughout as the album traces the full spectrum of confronting buried feelings and the loss of what life was supposed to look like. Paul reflects, “I wrote this album in the fall of 2016 after two pretty big losses in my life. My mentor, Geneviève Castrée, had just died from pancreatic cancer and the relationship I had with the first woman I loved had drastically lessened and changed.” Heavy and heartbroken, Paul found respite from the weight of such loss in the creation of these songs that “are about grief and love for people, but also about being a native person in what is the United States today.”

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The Lemon Twigs are the Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario and they are set to follow up on 2016’s excellent 2016 Do Hollywood with what I guess you’d call the score for a musical. It sounds kind of insane but I wouldn’t bet against these guys pulling it off. Check their Tiny Desk concert. if you have doubts. Check out the closing track below and see what they have to say about the album.

Go To School tells the heartbreaking coming of age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy as he comes to terms with the obstacles of life. Todd Rundgren and their real life mother Susan Hall play Shane’s parents. The album features contributions from Jody Stephens (Big Star) and their father Ronnie D’Addario.

Today, The Lemon Twigs reveal “If You Give Enough,” the soaring album closer. In lines like “Your life’s only good as love, if you give enough,” the moral of the fable is revealed: give a lot of love without expecting it in return and you won’t be corrupted by the hate around you.

Just added in Small Victories, a funky piece of psych-pop that will worm it’s way into your brain after one listen.

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The Lemon Twigs are here

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If I said to you, “Hey you. Would you like a band that will remind you of Whiskeytown, Mandolin Orange and The Everybodyfields?” And your reaction was, “fuck yeah I would;” then you’re in luck. Carolina Story is the project of Ben & Emily Roberts. It centers on their gorgeous harmonies and the journey that got them here. That journey spans ten years, countless odd jobs and two kids.

We Were Young Once Too and Your Children’s Children really hit that nail on the head. The former looks back like old fuckers like me do, to a point in your life was simpler; when mistakes maybe didn’t matter as much and before like got so fucking complicated. The latter is something any parent can relate to, wanting to relay as much advice to your kids so they don’t make the same mistakes you did. The song seems to realize that there is only so much you can do, as mistakes are all part of growing up.

This is a wonderful album; and one that would be appreciated by anyone that had to scrap to get where they are. Ben & Emily have some serious chops and this is an album well worth your time.

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Quiet Hollers release new track, Addicted

by Woody on July 16, 2018

Quiet Hollers have released a new track, fresh off of 2017’s excellent Amen Breaks. As the band continues to tour behind Amen Breaks, they have released a new track. Here is some info on the track.

Quiet Hollers’ frontman Shadwick Wilde didn’t intend for it to be a “drug song” necessarily, though its inception came at a time when his family was struggling with the loss of his mother’s brother, who died of a fentanyl overdose. Wilde himself has struggled with addiction since adolescence. Fortunately, he’s always stayed away from heroin, but we’re in the middle of an epidemic and just about everyone has lost someone to it, so he felt it was important to acknowledge how deeply vulnerable we all are to these things, and how serious that problem really is. Not just of the problem of addiction, but of this world we’ve created and why it can be so hard to live in.

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Quiet Hollers are here

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Valley Queen – Supergiant (album review)

July 16, 2018

Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana Paste recently described Valley Queen as Neil Young meets Florence Welch. That’s fairly apt description as lead singer Natalie Carol has a powerful and beguiling voice. But as I’ve always said, having a great voice is one thing; lots of people have great voices. But give me a great writing and […]

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones announce Young Sing Camellia for 9/7 release

July 13, 2018

Credit: McNair Evans Birmingham’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones are back with their 3rd album, Young Sing Camellia. Following the success of 2016’s Sea of Noise, the band enlisted celebrated R&B/hip-hop/dance producer Jack Splash to produce the new album. The track below reminds me of peak-era Tower Of Power. Where Sea Of Noise featured […]

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Lala Lala sign w/ Hardly Art announce Lamb for 9/28 release

July 12, 2018

Lala Lala is the Chicago based project of Lillie West. Oddly enough, I recently took in a set by Lala Lala when they opened up for Courtney Barnett. I came away a fan and am happy to see they found a happy home with the fine folks at Hardly Art. In an interview with Stereogum, […]

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Night Shop announce In The Break for 9/14 release

July 11, 2018

Night Shop is the moniker of Justin Sullivan. Justin Sullivan has 20 years of experience and hard work in this game, most recently as the drummer for Kevin Morby’s band. I first heard of Night Shop when Morby tweeted something about it. Being that I love most things Morby, I clicked on it and became […]

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Versing signs to Hardly Art, release Silver Dollar

July 10, 2018

Credit: Conner Lyons First off, I just like the word Versing. My kids used to use it all the time. For example, who are the Cubs versing today? On top of that, I dig this tune. They are from Seattle so my view might be clouded, but they do sounds like a Pacific Northwest band. […]

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Michael Nau & The New Thread announce s/t release for 8/3 release

July 10, 2018

Photo: Photo credit: Jasmine Parisa & Chris Norris Michael Nau is set to release a follow up to 2017’s excellent Some Twist. I rediscovered my appreciation for Nau with that album and if anything, this album sounds like it is going to be an improvement. This just has such a chill groove to it. Here’s […]

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