Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 12/2/16 – 12/7/16

Hey guys,
This looks like a fairly good weekend coming up.  Friday has plenty of choices, from heavy rock at the Jinx to funk at the Social Club.  On Saturday, there is an all day show at the Dollhouse Studios.  It looks like there will be several interesting shows on Saturday evening, everywhere from the Wormhole to the Social Club.  There are also a couple of shows coming up next week that should be good, with fun shows at the Bayou on Sunday and El-Rocko this Wednesday.

Friday 12/2
Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy LongRandy Wood Guitars
Coneja Blanca (Greenville indie rock) – El-Rocko
Wolves x4, Sins of Godless Men, Burns Like FireJinx
Chapter: Soul (New Orleans funk & soul) – Congress Street Social Club
Harbor PilotsMolly MacPherson’s
Radio Birds, Wood & SteelBarrelhouse South

Saturday 12/3
Twin Studies, Yashira, False Light, Vatican, Between Symmetries, Big Awesome, King of Summer, Second Death, Riot Stares & Ana MeiDollhouse Studios
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
Pussy Launcher, Xulu Prophet & Broken GlowWormhole ($6)
Liquid GingerBoomy’s
HypnoticsCongress Street Social Club
COEDS (Sav’h Ruckus & Roll), Special Guest (Nostalgia rock) – El-Rocko
Wood & Steel (Sav’h rock) – Molly MacPherson’s
People’s Blues Of Richmond, CyclesBarrelhouse South

Sunday 12/4
Paving Gravy – Tybee Social Bluegrass Brunch
Ben Wells, Roy Swindelle, Thomas Oliver and Josephine JohnsonTybee Post Theater Savannah Songwriters (7p, $10)
Jasin Todd (Shinedown guitarist) & Trista Marbry, Thomas Claxton (Sav’h rock) – Bayou Cafe (9p)
Voodoo Soup (Sav’h rock)- Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/5
Craig Tanner & Mr Williams Open MicAbe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 12/6
Ben Keiser Band (Sav’h rock) – Bay St Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Wednesday 12/7
The Gumps (Sav’h fraggle punk), Tinmouth (Philadelphia) & Whaleboat (Sav’h rock) – El-Rocko

Jinx-o-ween cover band night two – photos

Another entry in the “this is much too late, but the show was really fun, so you’re getting it anyway” parade of blog posts…

Actual Halloween fell on a Monday this year, which is not ideal, but The Jinx forged ahead with a second night of ever popular cover bands. Turnout expectations were low, I think, but hell if people didn’t show up! On a Monday! Like, a lot of people!! Were people just excited about Halloween? Hyped up on candy? Just looking for a reason to drink on a Monday? I have no clue, but it sure made for a fun night.

Revenge Therapy, a Jawbreaker cover band opened the evening, and, if I’m being honest, caught me off guard with how good they were. The crowd didn’t seem super familiar with the tunes, but the trio nailed the unconventional song structures and won the audience over anyway.

The Lonely Boys were up next, belting out Black Keys tunes as a duo and then fattening up the sound with the addition of bass and keys after a few songs. Man, those guys have a bunch of great songs.

At this point the room was perfectly primed for the Brass Monkey Junkies, which was a sloppy (the crowd, not the band) and infectiously fun sing-a-long set of Beastie Boys covers. While I still want something from Paul’s Boutique in the set, the mixing of Brass Monkey on the stage while performing more than made up for this minor issue. We didn’t really have to fight for our right to party, we just had to pay the cover and buy beers, but it was totally worth it, Monday night and all.

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Creepoid, Darsombra, and blood wrestling at The Jinx – photos

A few days after Thanksgiving seems like the perfect time to post pictures from a show that was a couple days before Halloween, no? Well, no, actually, but that sure is what I’m serving up here.

Our friends in Creepoid rolled through town during the multiday Jinx-o-ween celebration/mess, and played their smoked out, hazy, psych grunge hybrid to a packed room the Saturday before Halloween. They had a new guitarist and super early copies of their new e.p., Burner, with them, and both the musician and the vinyl are excellent. The 4 piece sounded a little more muscular than usual to my ear and were as cool as ever. The duo Darsombra opened with some trippy visuals and “trans-apocalyptic galaxy rock” (read as some trippy shit) to match, pretty cool if you were in the right mind for it.

All of this just set the stage for the main event, blood wrestling. It’s always an experience when plastic is rolled out on The Jinx stage for protection, and this time it involved a sizable kiddie pool filled with a couple trash cans full of “blood”, which I’m still finding on my camera bag to this day. Four game Savannah ladies squared off against each other for two round matches until a champion was crowned. There were smiles and cheers all around, but the wrestling itself was no joke, save for the occasional slap from random dripping fake limbs that added to the mess in the kiddie pool. Blood wrestling and some great rock…what more could you want from a Saturday night?

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New Music Monday – 11/28/16

This week’s New Music Monday — a collaborative post by hissing lawns contributors — features work from:

  • Mega Bog
  • Christopher Paul Stelling
  • Father John Misty
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Creepoid
  • Ocean’s Acoustic

As is true of most weeks, you’ll hear wildly diverse styles in today’s post, so sit back and enjoy.

Mega Bog
Brooklyn by way of Seattle
“Fwee”

Mega Bog is the project of Erin Birgy, a Seattle musician now living in Brooklyn who I first discovered down one of those musical rabbit holes that’s impossible to re-trace (they played HangFire in Savannah back in 2015 but I missed them). This first track off of Mega Bog’s sophomore album, due in February 2017, melds an ethereal folksiness with experimental pop and a few free form jazz elements. It floats and soothes and excites the senses. If you want to dive deeper,check out the video for “192014” which shows an even wider musical range from what promises to be one of the most exciting early releases of next year. – Kayne

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Christopher Paul Stelling
Brooklyn, NY
“Badguys”

Christopher Paul Stelling has built his career as a warrior of the open road, touring non-stop around the globe with just his guitar and his beautiful folk songs and haunting voice so it was a bit of a surprise when ANTI- records dropped a CPS single last week with a full-on electrified band, complete with a blistering horn section. It’s flat out fantastic! Stelling describes it as simply a protest song but it’s one whose passion is emboldened by the fuller sound. It feels like the right song at the right time from the right guy. And I for one am excited to see where this new sonic direction leads…more please! – Kayne

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Father John Misty
Los Angeles, California
“Holy Hell”

A spare, beautiful piano ballad from J. Tillman, written in the wake of recent political events. Starts out depressed…”Hell, Holy hell, holy hell, Damn, the future ain’t looking so bright”….but comes out the other side with a sort of optimism…”But all my friends, Yeah, I’m talking to you, The world won’t end unless we want it to, There’s no one in control, And it’s our life to choose.” – Tom

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Cloud Nothings
Cleveland, OH
“Internal World” from Life Without Sound out January 27th on Carpark Records

There’s definitely a Weezer vibe to the second single from Cloud Nothings upcoming full length, and depending on your view of Rivers Cuomo and company, that is either a compliment or a knock. Check it out and see if it fills you with Raditude or makes you want to Hurley. (Yes, I went there.) – Tom

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Creepoid
Philadelphia, PA
Burner

Creepoid’s slow, trudging, psychedelic rock sound had long captured the ear of many Savannah locals long before their short stint of living in the Hostess City. Their newest EP, Burner, shows the band delivering more of their sludgy, effects laden instrumentals combined with ethereal, reverbed out vocals to great effect. Here’s hoping we see more from them in the not too distant future. – Petee

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Ocean’s Acoustic
Mexico City, Mexico
La Casa del Arbol

In trying to broaden my own influences I’ve been exploring more music from across the globe. I met Adan Days of Ocean’s Acoustic during the Savannah Film Festival, where this animated video that he created for his band was being shown. The winding rhythm, and emotional peaks & valleys contribute to a feeling that’s relatable in any language. Throw in the fact that these young musicians have honed their musical abilities and it makes for solid songwriting across the board. – Jon

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/25/16 – 11/29/16

Hey guys,
I hope y’all didn’t trypt out on too much turkey yesterday (haha – trypt, get it?). This looks like a pretty decent weekend to be out and about downtown. Tonight looks like a good night to start off with the Accomplices at the Rail, one of my favorite spots to catch that band. Later that night, I hope to catch some rock from Listen 2 Three, and see a new band with Nico and Mitch, the Mercers.  I may even  catch some jam band music at the Barrelhouse. Saturday will probably begin with Damon & The Shitkickers at Jinx Happy Hour. And hopefully end with Bottles & Cans at the Jinx late night. In between, who knows? See y’all soon.

Friday – 11/25
Accomplices – Rail Pub (7-10p)
Listen 2 ThreeCongress Street Social Club
The MercersMolly MacPherson’s
Lucky Costello, El DubBarrelhouse South
DJ Square OneJinx

Saturday – 11/26
Damon & The ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
Junkyard AngelsWyld Dock Bar
HitmanMolly MacPherson’s
Elise Testone, Katie Rose BandBarrelhouse South
Bottles & CansJinx
Dylan SwinsonEl-Rocko

Sunday – 11/27
Voodoo SoupCongress Street Social Club

Monday – 11/28
Cocktail CoMain Street Trio
Craig Tanner & Mr Williams Open MicAbe’s on Lincoln

Tuesday – 11/29
Ben Keiser BandBay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Dad Joke #31 with Cray Bags, Paint Fumes, Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks

What’s not to love about a free Monday night punk show? Dad Joke #31 at El-Rocko was a blast.

I arrived a little late, due to a tinge of full-moon magic leading to a loss of time, but fortunately didn’t miss much.

Savannah-based Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks opened the night. This was the band’s first proper venue show in Savannah, and they absolutely killed it. I am pretty sure they just picked up about 30 new fans. Oh yeah, about that. There was a pretty decent crowd for a Monday night in the 912. Rude Dude is punk/garage rock at its core, but mixed in a healthy dose of other influences. They call it Psych Rock. Someone, please book this band more. I’d buy an album’s worth of their music for sure.

Charlotte, North Carolina’s Paint Fumes was stellar. Old school punk with new flavors, helmed by two loud guitars and one rad drummer. (Their lead guitarist wins my award for best road kit setup ever.)

Cray Bags ended the night with a thick setlist, including a couple of new songs and some classics (can we call them classics now?) from “Hunks” and “Beauty Love.” There was vampire blood and a raunchy pit too.

El-Rocko is a fun, but somewhat confusing venue. They host live music on a regular basis, and every show there is free. The last three shows I’ve seen there were top notch. However, there are now permanent children’s toys in front of the stage, and in the middle of where a lot of bands, including all three on Monday, play. It’s fun, no doubt. Some dude jumped on one in the middle of the Cray Bags set. And an old dude fell off one during the Bask set last week, to the amusement of everyone. (He lived).

Whatever is going on, the shows there are a blast and I hope they keep booking them. Based on attendance, I’d say it’s a good idea.

Tom Cartmel grabbed some photos. He’ll claim they are shitty, but I don’t believe him.

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New Music Monday – 11/22/16

And we’re back with another New Music Monday. We started this feature back in the summer, and we’ve published a new list with embedded music every week except in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

As we head into Thanksgiving, we’d like to thank all of our readers for their support of this blog and for their support of the musicians among us.

This week we feature new work from:

  • Pissed Jeans
  • Ty Segall
  • The Cloth
  • Metallica
  • Futurebirds
  • SUSTO
  • Norah Jones

Pissed Jeans
Allentown, PA
“The Bar is Low” from Pissed Jeans February 24 album Why Love Now on Sub Pop

Maybe a bit more melodic than the lead singles off the last couple Pissed Jeans albums, “The Bar is Low” is still a fuzzed out, growling, nasty noise rock bruiser. The album will be worth it, if only for the videos and the handful of devastating shows that they will probably play in support of it. – Tom

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Ty Segall
Laguna Beach, CA
“Orange Color Queen” from Jan 27 full length Ty Segall on Drag City Records

Hyper prolific Ty Segall has made no secret of his love of T. Rex. He once released an ep of covers named, naturally and hilariously, Ty Rex. This song is straight up Marc Bolan worship and I, for one, dig it. – Tom

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The Cloth
Philadelphia, PA
Touched out now on Reptilian Records

I’m a Pittsburgh guy and I hate to admit it, but the Philadelphia punk/grunge/noise/generallyaggressive music scene has been killing it for a while now. Continuing that trend is The Cloth with feedback laden, sludgy noise that would sound great on a bill with Black Tusk or Eyehategod. Great music to break things to. – Tom

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Metallica
Los Angeles, CA
Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

Metallica is easily the most recognizable and polarizing name in thrash metal today. Love them or hate them, you probably know them and that’s what matters to a lot of bands in the end. Luckily, Metallica seems to have heard the many jabs that fans have been making ever since their slow but steady transition in style after their self-titled “Black Album”. They’ve experimented with groove metal and slowed things down a bit in the past but Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is a return to the classic days (for the most part). No matter what era of Metallica you embrace (I’ll take Kill ‘Em All personally), Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is definitely sure to have you head banging like the old days. – Petee

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Futurebirds
Athens, GA
Portico I

This the first of two EPs coming our way, and I can’t enough of the lead track “Only Here For Your Love” on this one. – Jason

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SUSTO
Charleston, SC
“Jah Werx” from the upcoming album & I’m Fine Today due out January 13th.

SUSTO continues to impress. We heard a version of this track as part of SUSTO’s bedroom stories on YouTube back in mid September, but the completed track hit Spotify, YouTube, and other platforms just recently. – Jason

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Norah Jones
Brooklyn, NY
“Carry On” off Day Breaks, available now

Jones’ new album Day Breaks was released over a month ago, but I’m just now delving into the beauty of the piano, the vocals, and Wayne Shorter’s sax. Highly recommended. – bill

remembering Sharon Jones

You’ve probably all heard about the passing of Sharon Jones already. If not, the sad news was announced yesterday on the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Facebook page:

I was lucky to see Sharon Jones twice at the Savannah Music Festival and once at Forecastle Festival in Louisville. The first Savannah performance was before her cancer, and Jones electrified the crowd with her ecstatic dancing, her dragging audience members on stage, her powerful voice. As good as that show was, the other two were even better — it seemed like cancer brought a new abandon to her performances. Stomping, scowling, laughing — Jones was simply mesmerizing to watch, but she always seemed so closely in tune with the audience. At one point in her final Savannah appearance, she encouraged audience members to fill the stage to overflowing, and then she posed for personal photos in the lobby — not many stars do that. What an inspiration.

And she was an inspiring figure for other reasons. From the obit in the NYT:

Ms. Jones was that rare music star who found fame in middle age, when she was in her 40s.

In addition to working as a correction officer at Rikers Island and an armed guard for Wells Fargo, Ms. Jones, who had grown up singing gospel in church choirs, initially dabbled in professional music as a session singer and the vocalist in a wedding band, Good N Plenty.

After meeting Gabriel Roth, the producer and songwriter also known as Bosco Mann, Ms. Jones made the leap from backup singer to main attraction. Desco Records released her debut 7-inch vinyl single, “Damn It’s Hot,” in 1996. She was 40.

A few shots from a couple years ago at Forecastle:

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Forecastle Festival 2014

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Forecastle Festival 2014

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/17/16 – 11/23/16

Hey guys,
There are some pretty good shows downtown this weekend. The music starts tonight, with a show at the Sentient Bean. After that, you can choose between reggae-rock at Barrelhouse South or punk and fun-rock at the Jinx. There are plenty of shows on Friday, I hope to catch City Hotel and the Hypnotics, then finish the night at the Jinx for the Talking Heads cover band, Same As It Ever Was (but be careful, the show usually sells out). Saturday looks like another night of multiple choices, I plan to mostly hang out at the Jinx for AM Rodriguez’s CD Release Party.  But I am sure I will be able to sneak out a catch a little bit of some of the other shows up and down Congress St. Be sure to get out for some music this weekend, it will be cold soon and you will use that an excuse to not go downtown.

Thursday 11/17
Glass Mansions, Britt Scott and Erin Armstrong, Craig TannerSentient Bean (7p)
Yamadeo, Cloud9 VibesBarrelhouse South ($10)
Baby Baby, Jeff 2 Names and the Born Agains, The GumpsJinx

Friday 18th
City HotelRail Pub  (6-9p)
Same As It Ever WasJinx ($10, 2 long sets)
Thomas Claxton, Ben Keiser BandBayou Cafe
Forrest and the FireCongress Street Social Club
Whitley Deputy, Ember CityBarrelhouse South
HypnoticsMolly MacPherson’s

Saturday 19th
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
AM Rodriguez and His Damn Fine Band, Meagan Jean and the KFB, Dead Oak, Brandon Nelson McCoyJinx
4th Ward Afro-Klezmer OrchestraEl-Rocko
Five40, RipeBarrelhouse South
Bonnie BlueMolly MacPherson’s
Morning FattyCongress Street Social Club
Bounty HunterSavannah’s Music City Bar and Grill
Jonny LangLucas Theater

Sunday 20th
Paving GravyTybee Social Club (12-3p)
Kris Youmans Band, Josh Sanders Band, and Anders ThomsenTybee Post Theater (7p, $15)
Voodoo SoupCongress Street Social Club

Monday 21st
Craig Tanner & Mr Williams Open Mic Abe’s on Lincoln
Main Street TrioCocktail Co

Tuesday 22nd
Mitch & Friends Acoustic Happy HourWormhole
Ben Keiser BandBay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Wednesday 23rd
The Sound ExperimentBarrelhouse South
Eric Culberson BandBoomy’s

A.M. Rodriguez releases debut e.p. – check out the title track

A.M. Rodriguez sends his debut e.p. into the world Saturday, releasing the Dead Dogs and Dried-Up Dreams cassette at a Jinx show with Megan Jean and the KFB, Dead Oak and Brandon Nelson McCoy. Both Connect Savannah and Do Savannah can bring you up to speed nicely on the details, but long story short, A.M. hunkered down with the Train Wrecks‘ Jason Bible and put 9 songs from his back catalog to tape, 5 of which make up the new release with the other 4 tracks slated for future use. A.M. played almost everything on the tunes, with Bible adding some slide guitar and harmonica on a couple songs. Jason also handled the recording, mixing and mastering duties.

We’re happy to preview the title track, “Dead Dogs and Dried-Up Dreams” at hissing lawns. The song begins with spare finger picking and A.M.’s gritty country vocals, with some pretty piano and harmonica creeping into the background after a bit, adding up to a haunting, reflective listen. Even if you can’t make the show Saturday (a pretty strong lineup top to bottom, btw), the song is definitely worth checking out.

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Savannah Stopover announces 40 bands for 2017, including Kishi Bashi, Lee Fields & The Expressions, & Jeff The Brotherhood

Earlier today, Savannah Stopover Music Festival announced the first wave of bands for the 2017 version of the indie music festival, which is scheduled for March 9th to 11th. Dozens more bands, including more headliners and the Savannah-based bands, will be announced in January.

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As Tom has said in posts on this blog, Savannah Stopover is all about discovery. Stopover parent company MusicFile Productions has an impressive track record of bringing up-and-coming bands that are poised for much bigger things.

Kishi Bashi will headline the festival’s Opening Night Event at Ships of The Sea’s North Garden. A former member of of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his 3rd album Sonderlust in September to critical acclaim.The high-energy soul act Lee Fields & the Expressions, supporting their recent November release Special Night, will headline Friday. Other acts with top billing include Jeff The Brotherhood, Ezra Furman, and City of the Sun — all three are awesome.

Lee Fields at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival

Lee Fields at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival

We’ll eventually see more than 80 bands on the schedule — the last couple years have featured about 100 — so it’s a dizzying three days for those of us who love live music.

Kishi Bashi at Geekend

Kishi Bashi at Geekend

Passes are now on sale — 3-day passes are $79, VIP passes $149, 1-day passes $34, Friday-Saturday passes $59. Bands can still submit themselves for Stopover consideration via SonicBids.

Here’s the full list of bands confirmed today:

  • First Wave Confirmed Acts:
  • AJ Dávila – San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Alanna Royale – Nashville, TN
  • Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz – Philadelphia, PA
  • Becca Mancari – Lynchburg, VA
  • Big Jesus – Atlanta, GA
  • Blue Healer – Austin, TX
  • Chain of Flowers – Cardiff, Wales
  • Charly Bliss – New York, NY
  • Cicada Rhythm – Athens, GA
  • City of the Sun – New York, NY
  • Crocodiles – San Diego, CA
  • Daddy Issues – Nashville, TN
  • Ezra Furman – Chicago , IL
  • Gibbz – Bohemia, NY
  • Half Waif – Brooklyn, NY
  • Hoops – Bloomington, IN
  • Jeff The Brotherhood – Nashville, TN
  • Kane Strang – Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Kelsey Waldon – Nashville, TN
  • Kishi Bashi – Athens, GA
  • Lee Fields & The Expressions – Brooklyn, NY
  • Major and the Monbacks – Norfolk, VA
  • Muddy Magnolias – Nashville, TN
  • Nellie Pearl – Louisville, KY
  • pronoun – Brooklyn, NY
  • *repeat repeat – East Nashville, TN
  • River Whyless – Asheville, NC
  • Ron Gallo – Philadelphia, PA
  • Ruby Amanfu – Nashville, TN
  • Tall Heights – Boston, MA
  • The Bones of J.R. Jones – Rosendale, NY
  • The Dig – New York, NY
  • The Paperhead – Nashville, TN
  • Upright Man – New York, NY
  • Vagabon – Cameroon/New York
  • Valley Queen – Los Angeles, CA
  • Vita and the Woolf – Philadelphia, PA
  • Walker Lukens – Austin, TX
  • Wreckless Eric – Newhaven, England
  • Yoke Lore – Brooklyn, NY

You can read more about the bands and sample music on the Stopover website, and here’s a Spotify playlist that’s definitely worth a few listens:

I know almost half the acts in this impressive first wave, and I’m already excited about the March event — and as always I’m wary about the inevitable touch choices that will have to be made because of the whirlwind schedule.

As usual, I’m sure we’ll have some previews here at hissing lawns as Stopover approaches, so keep on the lookout for those.

Jeff The Brotherhood at Forecastle Festival

Jeff The Brotherhood at Forecastle Festival

New Music Monday – 11/14/16

Well, it’s been a quick, busy, and stressful week since our last New Music Monday, so let’s get right to the picks this week from our contributors. Today’s lineup includes work by:

  • Blake Rainey & His Demons
  • This Becomes Us
  • The xx
  • Leonard Cohen

Blake Rainey & His Demons
Atlanta, Georgia
“Losing My Way”

One of my favorite discoveries this year has been Blake Rainey in all of his various musical outfits. This longtime Atlanta performer crosses a variety of genres from harder edged rock to alt-country tinged soulfulness. This track is from his latest effort, and the band will be having an album release for ‘Helicopter Rose’ on December 8th at the Earl in East Atlanta. – Jon

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This Becomes Us
London, UK
This Becomes US

The brainchild of Future of the Left’s Julia Ruzicka, This Becomes Us is a scuzzy, fuzzed out journey that takes quite a few surprising twists and turns along the way. Featuring a slew of guest artists from other projects that provided their own lyrics as well as talents to the album, This Becomes Us is impressive not only due to Julia’s phenomenal work on the bass, but also due to the sheer variety that the album exhibits. – Petee

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The xx
Wandsworth, London
“On Hold”

The xx exploded onto the indie-pop scene in 2005 and while they’ve been relatively quite since the release of their sophomore album, they’ve still remained as a prominent band on the scene. Their latest track, On Hold, from their upcoming release, I See You, shows that their hiatus from recording was well worth the wait. – Petee

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Leonard Cohen
Westmount, Quebec/Los Angeles/This World and the Next
“You Want It Darker” off the new album of the same name, released less than a month before his death

This dark and beautiful new song was released in September. I just listened to it for the first time today. From the lyrics:

“Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer, let me out of the game
If you are the healer, I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory, mine must be the shame
You want it darker”

-bill