Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lady Queen: New Song (Free MP3) From Dog Bite

I got my hands on the album late last year and I kept playing it over and over all winter. Then I reviewed Velvet Changes in January and tried to express how much I genuinely loved the album from Phil Jones AKA Dog Bite.

Now he's back with a new track called "Lady Queen" and it's a strange, haunting swirl of Joy Division and all the bands that fell at Ian's grave. Dog Bite manages to make music that echoes that seminal Manchester band without seeming cheap or goth. Phil somehow gets things down to the elemental bits of that sound.

And that's to say nothing of how much he sometimes sounds like the best (earliest) A.R. Kane.

The easiest way to get "Lady Queen" is to check out the Dog Bite Facebook page or the indieATL Facebook page.

You can watch the live session of "Lady Queen" below.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Better Late Than Never: Play Superchunk's 2013 Record Store Day Single Here

Inspired by a legendary Dischord release, Superchunk recently cranked out a double A-sided single for 2013's Record Store Day. Taking its name from the two D.C. bands on that slab of monumental harDCore, the single is "Void/Faith" and it's a stomper.

As I don't buy vinyl -- stopped even before I moved to Hong Kong -- this has been my first chance to hear the 2 tunes. I think I like "Faith" a bit more but if we switch the conversation back to the D.C. bands, I'm definitely more a Void fan.

(The recently unearthed Sessions 1981-1983 by Void is an unholy, corrosive BEAST of a collection! I urge to get that on any format.)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Quick Review Of Clay Cutlery From Pulco

Ash Cooke, Mr. Pulco himself, is back with Clay Cutlery. Details on Pulco's website:

The record is a collection of "field recordings" but don't let that fool you; tracks like "Gnarl Chess" and "Cat" are just lovely. "Cat" sounds like some mix of early Lilac Time and a hint of Gruff Rhys, while "Gnarl Chess" is like some sort of combination of Derrero and Jason Lytle from Granddady (a band which Ash's Derrero opened up for).

Still, some of these cuts are a good deal more experimental: "Cathedral" mixes organ samples -- from St. David's Cathedral, presumably -- with trippy, sampled, stream-of-consciousness lyrics. It's like what Major Tom would have listened to in his space capsule. And the throbbing "Trial of the Lanyard" is Squarepusher doing disco.

But Ash Cooke has a natural ear for a great tune. Using his iPad apps and a cheap guitar (according to the press), he can find a SFA-worthy melody and turn it into something like the sublime "Who Are You?", all sad vocals and percolating bits. Ash makes the sort of music that sounds throwaway -- not over-produced, simple stuff -- but when he finds that hook he can make music of real beauty. Seemingly casually created, Cooke's tunes -- stuff like this one -- are haunting and touching.

Part sonic collage, part lo-fi grab-bag, Clay Cutlery is typically Pulco. I picture Ash roaming the fields of Wales recording bits of things -- ramblings from some drunk guy, bird-song, the wind, a church organ -- and then he pulls out the guitar and somehow pieces it all together. For all the really odd bits on this record, there are just as many lilting melodic ones.

Clay Cutlery will be out in July, presumably on Folkwit Records, but for now find out more via the links below.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

"How's Everything At The Front Of The House?" GLORIOUS New Racket From Superchunk! Play It Here!

Superchunk have dropped their "We're An American Band"-jam, name-checking sound guys and everything. "How's everything at the front of the house?" goes the refrain of "FOH" and it's from Superchunk's upcoming disc I Hate Music out August 20, 2013 on -- you guessed it! -- Merge.

Unfortunately, it looks like bassist Laura Ballance won't be going out on the road with the guys this tour. A note on the band's website explains her concerns with her hearing and I can attest that the 'Chunk can be gloriously, deafeningly loud in a live venue.

Still, support these American indie legends: buy the record, see the shows, buy the gear...and play "FOH" below.