Vol. 10 Issue 122 November 2015

Jeez, October. Where did you go? We hardly knew ya! One day it’s summer, the next day Halloween is over and the Mets already lost the World Series… And now the Holidays are creeping ever closer… You know what. I can’t do this. It’s too soon to be talking about, you know, Holiday stuff. I think I need something to keep my mind off of that impending doom, how about you? New records from Traams, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Jesse Marchant and more should do the trick! Enjoy!

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Mexican Summer
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Mexican Summer


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Soldiers Of Fortune

"Early Risers"

Soldiers of Fortune is back, and they are a hot mess. I couldn’t mean that more complimentarily if I tried. A self-proclaimed “Anti-Band” by the super members of this supergroup, (seriously. Members of Interpol, Oneida, Zwan, Endless Boogie, Chavez, Man Forever to name some of them) got together to be a band that didn’t write songs, didn’t record, and maybe played a show every year or two just trusting their instincts as hard working musicians. Thankfully for us, Keith from Mexican Summer would not leave these people alone. They relented, recorded one 12” and now years later have followed it up with the sprawling anti-record Early Risers. Here, they indulge every rock fantasy they’ve ever had. At times they sound like every band you ever secretly wanted to be a member of (many times, all at once).

Fat Cat


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"Modern Dancing"

Is it just me or are we in some sort of post-punk renaissance? I feel like all of a sudden all my rock records are angular and off-kilter, and I couldn’t be happier. Take, for instance, Modern Dancing (FatCat), the second LP from trio Traams. (And while your at it, take Modern Dancing at your local community college. Bet you’d have a ton of fun!) Like a joke-less Pavement, tunes have quick-changes and unsuspected turns at every step. Yet, somehow for a genre that is full of suprises, the biggest surprise might be how catchy some of these tunes are. They have the ability to turn a dissonant, raucous rager of a tune into a whistle-along piece of ear candy. It’s quite a trick, and one that makes this record exceedingly fun to listen to.

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Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

"Like Water Through The Sand"

Having recently relaunched their post-classical imprint 130701, FatCat has now started making good on that promise and given us a taste of what is in store for us. Here we have a debut LP from Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch. I warn you, however. You might want to straighten up around the place before you play this, because Like Water Through the Sand (FatCat/130701) is one gorgeous, sophisticated, elegant album. Blurring the lines between classical music and electronic music, their are pieces on here that appear to feature the acoustic piano by itself, others unaltered string instruments. Other times hints of ambient music and loop based electronic music seep in, leaving it at times like Steve Reich at his prettiest.



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Jesse Hale Moore

"Every Time/Holding A Sign 7""

Look. There’s no way around it. The first time you hear Jesse Hale Moore you might think you were in a laundromat and they were playing some deep cuts on whatever radio station syndicates Delilah in your town. It is super-Bolton-y at first listen, like a sexy song from the Cocktail soundtrack you forgot about until you found your old cassette version and decided to listen to Kokomo for the first time in forever. Something your Mom might sing along to. But if you turn the music up a bit, and listen a little more carefully, it actually falls in line more with the super odd Lewis LPs of the 80s. You can almost understand what Jesse is saying most of the time, but not quite. It’s just out of reach, much like his music in general. It is beyond pretty; lush and smooth in a “getting busy” kind of way.], but keyboards are tweaked in ways that makes it very modern. Don’t be surprised when Adele records a version of one of his tunes on the eventual 33.

No Other


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Jesse Marchant

"7 and the Fall EP"

B-Sides. Singles. We love it all. We also love Jesse Marchant’s music. So if you remember thet logic class you took in college to get out of your math requirement, then it can be assumed that we love 7 & the Fall, a new 7” record from JBM himself. Imagine a world where Radiohead stopped being a rock band, and still played a guitar or two on stage (at least in a way that any human could recognize as guitar), dumped that Mopey Thom Yorke and hired Mark Kozelek as his replacement. That is the delicious sound found here on these two songs.

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Ba Da Bing
Other Music



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Edge Of Daybreak

"Eyes Of Love"

You can’t make this stuff up. Really, you can’t. Think  Johnny Cash’s Folsom County Prison LP took a chance being recorded in a prison by a mega-star? What about Jeff Ross’s prison roast? All child’s play compared to Eyes Of Love (Numero) by Edge Of Daybreak. What’s the prison catch here? Is this a Sideboob situation, a band including prison employees? No. This is a funky, free-wheeling soulful good time recorded by the INMATES of Powhatan Correctional Center in Richmond, Virginia. Yup, Numero knows where to look, and thank god for those peepers, because this one is a treasure. Intimately recorded, the Fender Rhodes sounds like it’s right next to you (which, if you’ve never been next to a Fender Rhodes, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s the closest you will ever get to sipping a Mai Tai at the Regal Beagle). Disco beats, funky bass, and all the keyboards you could ever want, it’s like the whole album has the vibe of Ray Charles’s performance in Blues Brothers (which is of course the best song in the movie).



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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

"Paper Mache Dream Balloon"

Over the course of 6 LPs and 2 EPs in 5ish years, spaced-out psych-rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have tackled many psychedelic genres and released more than their fair share of concept albums. This time around, their anti-concept even turned into a concept. They decided to unplug everything and make an acoustic album. An opposite day Newport Folk Festival move if you will. The result is a sunny, flute-heavy romp of an album. The result is something like children’s music made in the ‘70s by hippies and for hippie parents who wanna be as entertained as their kids. Hook heavy, and just an absolute blast. Seriously, if you are even a little interested in ‘70s easy listening psych-rock, then Paper Mâché Dream Balloon (ATO) is your new favorite.

Ba Da Bing


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Cross Record

"Wabi Sabi"

When is the last time you put in a 60 hour work week? That’s a lot of work in a week, no? Emily Cross, along with her husband Dan Duszynski, have recorded before as Cross Record. This time around, they left the bustle of Chicago behind and moved into a ranch in Dripping Springs TX. Somehow, between the shifts at restaurants, supermarkets, and other odd jobs, they found time to record Wabi-Sabi (Ba Da Bing) in the wee hours of the morning, before shifts started, or very late at night, after all the shifts ended for the day. The results are frail, human, and otherworldly. Perhaps the atmosphere created by the pre-dawn light helped create this just out of reach sound. A little bit like like a more sensitive Red Red Meat as fronted by Popeye-era Shelly Duval. Yeah. Sounds awesome, right?

Other Music


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Tall Tales and the Silver Lining

"Unknown Forces EP"

Trevor Beld Jimenez and the rest of Tall Tales and the Silver Lining are back with a little P.S. to their last LP Tightrope. The Unknown Forces EP (Other Music) features two tracks from those sessions that didn’t fit the LP as well as a live session from KCSN. Their Laurel Canyon-y ‘70s singer-songwriter-ness sound is still intact (as it very well should be, these ARE the same sessions as the last album). For a mini-odds and sods collection, these sound like anything but castoffs. Frankly, it’s tough to figure out how they didn’t make it onto the record proper. Let’s just be glad that they were released, because these deserve so much more than dust collecting (P.S. That would be a terrible hobby. Just saying).

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Brazil’s Boogarins are back with their sophomore LP Manual (Other Music). Whereas their debut As Plantas Que Curam was recorded alone by founding members Fernando and Benke before they had a proper rhythm section or a touring band, this time around the record was recorded smack dab in their first major tour. What we have here is a band at the height of their live prowess as they are expanding their already widely cast net of Brazilian music through a modern lens. A little bit of Tropicalismo, a little bit of ‘90s indie rock, modern world music, and even a little psych and prog thrown in. Really, this one hits all my favorite spots. It’s like an absent-minded concert booker scheduled The Sea and Cake, My Morning Jacket, and Os Mutantes all for the same night, and instead of fighting over who was gonna play, they formed a supergroup on the spot.