Archive for February, 2010
On his debut album, WHY? multi-instrumentalist Josiah Wolf offers up a rare solo work with true legs of its own. His voice deep and straight at times and impossibly fragile at others, Wolf deals both in visual snapshots that illustrate the wistfulness of a mundane moment, and canny excavations of those poignancies that lie beneath the surface: tough triumphs, tougher truths, and outright failures. Wolf’s lean poems are set to an autumnal mix of warm folk and easy psychedelia played out (by Wolf alone) on guitar, vibes, kalimba, Hammond organ, bells, bass and drums to name a few. The end result is a sort of chamber pop minus the showy sweeps – virtuosity without the virtuoso – making Jet Lag as impressive in its subtle execution as it is a timeless, heartfelt listen.
“The Trailer and the Truck” begins the album like a lost thought on its way out of sleep. Notes freed by mallets bounce into the fuzzy foreground, bent chords stretch out from metal strings, then bundled bursts of drum-and-strum clear the way for Wolf’s voice. On “Master Cleanse (California),” he mulls over region and religion atop spare acoustics and a kaleidoscopic chorus where shimmering sounds move to an elastic tempo. One of the album’s best follows, “The Opposite of Breathing,” whose shuffling beat, cool tones and rich texture evoke late ’60s Greenwich Village. In that space, Wolf’s lyrics find him as Jet Lag often does: on the other side of divorce, hoping for the beatific wind that’ll blow him onward.
Throughout these songs, style and substance are treated with equal aplomb. The rolling bass and bright vocals of “The New Car” split the difference between The Zombies and Daniel Johnston. “Skull in the Ice” is lush in its instrumentation – blending bossa guitar, marimba, and tinkling keys – but sports Wolf’s most intimate singing yet. “The Apart Meant” rolls out a cloudy darkness, to which Wolf replies David Berman-like, “I guess it’s goodbye now/Did I guess wrong?/’I guess it’s goodbye’/Is a broken man’s song.” After such heaviness, the quiet Paul Simon folk of “That Kind of Man” feels like fresh air, while “Ohioho” is genuinely sunny, with Wolf following a different road with a different girl by his side.
Jet Lag came together following the dissolution of an 11-year relationship, and over the course of a move from California back to the Midwest, where Wolf grew up. It’s no surprise then, that the album contains such deeply moving works as the spooky, Cohen-esque “Is the Body Hung” and the warm, grand tribute to past love, “In The Seam.” But Jet Lag’s final two songs only look back long enough to prepare their author for newness. The stormy “Gravity Defied” conveys that knowing resignation that eventually comes, while on album-ender “The One Sign,” the breeze that Wolf was waiting on becomes a gale threatening to crash a loaded airplane. Rather than cower together or pray to God, however, the passengers stand to face fate head on. Wolf’s final lyric – “‘Heaven help me’ are just words / That time will make you say” – echoes out before the shelter offered by the song dissolves into the outdoors. Listen to Master Cleanse
02/27 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
03/05 Cincinnati, OH The Monestary ** RECORD RELEASE SHOW**
05/21 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
05/22 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
05/25 Missoula, MT The Palace
05/26 Seattle, WA The Vera Project %#
05/27 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret *#
05/28 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom *#
05/30 Eugene, OR WOW Hall *#
05/31 Eureka, CA Nocturnum #$
06/01 Reno, NV Biggest Little City Club #
06/02 Oakland, CA New Parish of Oakland *#
06/03 Pomona, CA Glass House *#
06/04 La Jolla, CA Che Cafe
06/05 Tucson, AZ Solar Cultural Gallery
06/08 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
06/09 Denver, CO Hi Dive
06/11 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
06/12 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
* = w/ WHY?
# = w/ The Donkeys
% = w/ AU
$ = w/ Citay
POP Montreal Music Festival Presents TWO Events At SXSW: Hollerado’s NACHO HOUSE Day Party On Thursday, March 18 At Lovejoy’s & POP Montreal Official SXSW Showcase On Saturday, March 20th at Club ParaThursday, February 25th, 2010
…”First up we are presenting Hollerado’s NACHO HOUSE day party on Thursday March 18, at Lovejoy’s (604 Neches at 7th). Last POP, Hollerado threw an amazing free mini festival in a Montreal loft space called Nacho House. We’ve decided to take the spirit of the event and bring it to Austin. The line-up includes our Brazilian friends The Name, musical genius and Guinness World Record holder Chilly Gonzales, folk songstress Basia Bulat, Youtube sensation Diamond Rings, recent Merge signees Let’s Wrestle and Ireland’s garage power pop master So Cow. Entrance is free, there will be free nachos and beer. so come down party with us! “….
12:30 pm The Name: http://www.myspace.com/thenamemusik
1:10 pm Turbo Fruits: http://www.myspace.com/turbofruits
1:50 pm Plants and Animals: http://www.myspace.com/plantsandanimals
2:30 pm Basia Bulat: http://www.myspace.com/basiabulat
3:00 pm Diamond Rings: http://www.myspace.com/diamondringsmusic
3:40 pm Chilly Gonzales: http://www.myspace.com/gonzpiration
4:20 pm Let’s Wrestle: http://www.myspace.com/letsfuckingwrestle
5:00 pm Hollerado: http://www.myspace.com/hollerado
5:40 pm So Cow: http://www.myspace.com/socow
Deer Tick reveals details of third full-length, The Black Dirt Sessions, due this June on Partisan RecordsThursday, February 25th, 2010
Recorded late last year at Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York, The Black Dirt Sessions is a deeply personal record from Deer Tick and most especially from lead vocalist and songwriter John McCauley. It is the sound of a band coming into its own, finding its voice and pouring its collective heart out. The comparisons that have often been thrust upon McCauley by the press seem to fall away as his own voice comes through more clearly. On songs like “Goodbye, Dear Friend” and “Christ Jesus” which find McCauley alone at the piano, about as naked as you can possibly get on record. The Black Dirt version of “Christ Jesus,” which also appeared on War Elephant, manages to be even more devastating than the original.
DEER TICK ON THE ROAD:
02/27 – Northampton, MA Pearl St.
03/05 – Los Angeles, CA Natural History Museum
03/13 – Cincinatti, OH Fountain Square
03/15 Columbia, MO Mojo’s
03/17 – 03/20 Austin, TX SXSW
04/02 Providence, RI Jerky’s #
04/03 Providence, RI Firehouse 13 #
04/04 Portland, ME Space Gallery #
04/05 Montreal, QC Il Motore #
04/06 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern #
04/07 Detroit, MI Magic Stick #
04/08 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge #
04/09 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club #
04/10 Iowa City, IA The Mill #
04/11 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall #
04/12 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
04/14 Phoenix, AZ The Trunkspace
04/16 Indio, CA Coachella
04/20 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom %
04/21 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret %
04/22 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern %
04/24 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
04/25 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *
04/27 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre *
04/28 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar
04/29 Santa Fe, NM Sante Fe Brewing Company *
04/30 Dallas, TX The Loft *
05/01 Austin, TX Emo’s *
05/02 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio *
05/03 Fayetteville, AR Majestic Lounge *
05/04 Little Rock, AR Sticky Fingerz
05/05 Birmingham, AL Workplay *
05/06 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom *
05/07 Louisville, KY Headliners *
05/08 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
05/09 Ithaca, NY Castaway’s
05/10 Albany, NY Valentines
05/11 Boston, MA Paradise *
05/12 Boston, MA Paradise *
05/13 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory *
05/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
05/15 New York, NY Terminal 5 *
* = w/ Dr. Dog
# = w/ Those Darlins
% = w/ Holy Sons
Check out this guitar maker, awesome musician, unbelievable, and its all taking place here, in the Holy land.This is Boaz Elkayam in his workshop in Ramat Hagolan, a wild place in northern Israel by the border.
This guy cracks me up. Just this stupid name and Godfather look. But Chilly Gonzales is about to give you the chills with his French film music of his. Watch out, cause he means business.
Recorded these guys last week during a radio show, I love these guys, Swing De Gitanes, great Gypsy music. 2 Acoustic guitars and upright bass, 3 inexpensive mics did the job. Django reinhardt is the fuel to their existence and they say that if u dig what they do you should visit The Rosenbar trio site and you could listen to their great music and a special treat for Django`s 100 birthday.
Swingdegitanes a sample.