Love Hangover, the new album from Old Baby, is available now from Karate Body Records. Hailing from Louisville, Old Baby is Jonathan (guitar, lead vocals), Neal (keyboards), Drew (drums), Todd (bass) and Evan (guitar, backing vocals). Other babies on board: Joe (sound) and Tim (projections).
How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet proceeds to inject them with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, Lake Street Dive encompasses a myriad of possibilities within its members’ collective experiences, and the resultant music is a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop. “It seems the only limitation we have,” Kearney explains, “ is that we try to make music that we would like listening to.”
The new record, Fun Machine, is available now from Signature Sounds.
Pre-orders from Dais Records up for the new COUM Transmissions “Home Aged & The 18 Month Hope” LP which features a compilation of various recordings and interviews spanning from 1971-1975. COUM Transmissions was a Fluxus-inspired performance art group founded in 1969 by Genesis P-Orridge (then Neil Andrew Megson) after a stint with the Exploding Galaxy Commune and would go on for the next ten years and eventually morph itself into the industrial music pioneers, Throbbing Gristle.
Hailing from Nashville, Kyle Thomas is a singer-songwriter in the vein of Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan. You can grab a copy of his brand new album now, and stay tuned for tour stops in a city near you!
Purling Hiss is the work of a well-mannered longhair named Mike Polizze, who is best known for his reckless shredding as the guitar player for Philadelphia’s BIRDS OF MAYA. Coinciding with the start of their fall tour on October 12, you can grab the new LP – Paisley Montage (available everywhere October 29).
If Neurosis is the collective consciousness bearing down on the listener with the weight of centuries, As The Crow Flies is a brief compendium of one man’s private torments laid bare—a mere third-of-a-lifetime in the echo chamber of human history. And yet it is no less powerful, no less inclusive; no less reflective of the spirit that created it. The sixth-ever release on the band’s own Neurot Recordings, Steve Von Till’s solo debut was the first in what has become a long and illustrious line of solo recordings created by various members of Neurosis.
As The Crow Flies was originally released in May of 2000, when the world was a very different place. The historically and mythologically loaded concept of flight—be it that of birds, planes or drones—didn’t carry quite the psychic weight that it does today. At least not in the public arena. But for Von Till, a purer set of correlations was already in place—flight as freedom, flight as exploration, flight as the most fitting artistic method of scaling heights.
As such, this album is the direct path from spirit to spirit, from heart to heart, from source to ear. It’s sad and desolate. It’s sparse and introspective. There are no superfluous notes. Born of earth and stone and a respect for the power of nature, it’s everything it needs to be: A funeral for a way of life. A yearning for what lies beyond the pale. A journey in which waiting is knowing and knowing is seeing with true eyes for the very first time.
Princess Music is comprised of five musicians that play with chamber orchestras of varying size. The group is fronted by Tyler Ludwick, who orchestrates playful complexities and rich harmonies with a mixture of expertise and mirth. He applies his classical finger-style to an electric guitar, composition skills to string and woodwind textures, and passion for percussion to the polyrhythmic and irregular meters of the music. Princess Music displays high emotional and intellectual IQ and expresses poignant narratives found within the arrangements, which embody subtle pop sensibilities that create a sanctuary for even the most casual listener.
Odobenidae, the band’s new album (available from Hot Congress), is fashioned as a song-cycle of eight pieces, undulating between the dungeonesque depths of classic rock grime, and the playful heights of bantering woodwinds and strings. It is sonically sewn together to form the chimerical world of the walrus. Never lacking in drama or caprice, Princess Music has crafted an album intent on mirroring the nature of our lives.
Hailing from Northern California, John Davis is a sound artist, composer and filmmaker who has released music on labels such as Root Strata and Digitalis. With Ask the Dust, he offers up a moving suite of compositions made using a plethora of instrumentation including guitar, piano, tape loops, Max/MSP, field recordings and the newest addition to his arsenal, a complex assortment of Blacet synthesizer modules. Davis uses the synth not as the crux of his recordings but as a tool among many in his kit, weaving oscillations and mangled or rhythmic tones through pastoral webs of processed guitar and field recordings. To this end, the richness of his palette cannot be denied, nor can his prowess as a masterful arranger of abstract sound. “Superpartner” opens the record, a jittery array of pure sound that refuses to sit still, developing slowly and accruing detail and a sparring partner in the form of delicately treated acoustic guitar. Perhaps the record’s defining movement, “Synecdoche,” begins with a contemplative, and even romantic, piano arrangement, sparse and beautiful – a moving miniature that is abruptly broken apart and replaced by a bed of layered sine waves and guitar haze which somehow matches the radiance of what preceded it. Striking in its attention to detail and compositional deftness, “Ask the Dust” is easily Davis’ most refined set of recordings to date, a deep album that rewards focused and repeated listening.
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo on the road! PLUS! PUCKER! This is the new Scott Amendola record that shipped from our plant this week — depending upon which show you hit up, you just might be able to grab a copy. Stay tuned to www.scottamendola.com for updates!
Packy Lundholm is self-releasing his new self-titled EP. You may know him as the guy who plays lead guitar in Nintendo-rock band I Fight Dragons, or as the guy who plays other things in other bands around Chicago, or you might not know him at all.
Packy has been playing music his entire life, and writing/recording his own music since he was about 15. Despite having toured/performed with many bands and contributing to lots of artists’ records over the years, he never brought his own songs into a proper studio.
If you are not already getting a copy of this record because you helped crowdfund it, be sure to watch for how to buy it — hitting the streets very soon!