New Music Monday – 12/18/17

For this week’s post of new music, we have two Savannah bands — Clouds & Satellites and Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks — plus music from Lemuria, N.E.R.D., Craig Finn, The Decemberists, and Guided By Voices.

Clouds & Satellites
“sad song” from the band’s as-yet-untitled full-length album

Clouds & Satellites — one of Savannah’s most talented, versatile, and unpredictable bands — has just released “sad song” from their upcoming debut album, which was recorded at Dollhouse Productions. Wait, a band as good as Clouds & Satellites hasn’t already released a full album? Surprisingly not. The EP titled simply ep came out over a year ago, and we’re excited to hear the rest of the new work. The b-side “marbleize” is an early demo. – bill

Buffalo, NY
Recreational Hate now available on Turbo Worldwide

Lemuria has been a cornerstone of the indie rock scene for well over a decade and it looks like they don’t have any plans on slowing down anytime soon. With the upcoming holiday season, they’ve managed to give everyone a little surprise gift in the surprise release of their latest album, Recreational Hate. There’s a definite evolution in sound and even a few surprises when it comes to instrumentation on the latest project, but at its core, Recreational Hate is more of the hook-heavy, indie rock that fans would expect from the trio. – Petey

Virginia Beach, VA
No_One Ever Really Dies out now on Columbia Records

N.E.R.D. is a band that traditionally defies definition. Funk, R&B, rock, hip hop, electronica; it’s all present in their music and generally gets rolled into one, cohesive, sound. Their latest album, No_One Ever Really Dies, is the culmination of 7 years of work since their last album release and really shows the polish that one would expect. Along with the band’s stellar instrumentation and production, the album also showcases a who’s who of hip hop artists like Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, and more. – Petey

Craig Finn
Brooklyn, NY
“Fault Lines” out now as part of the “I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats” series of singles and podcasts

Okay, so this one will be a bit different, but totally worth it, especially if you’re a fan of The Mountain Goats. “I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats”, besides sounding like a phrase I’d utter on any given Saturday night, is an ongoing collaboration between Night Vale Presents and Merge Records where several artists like Laura Jane Grace and Amanda Palmer discuss their relationship with certain songs from The Mountain Goats. The latest episode has Craig Finn covering “Fault Lines” and, if you’re as obsessed with The Mountain Goats or The Hold Steady as I am, the track and the episode are definitely worth a listen to. – Petey

Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks
Savannah, GA
“Follow Me Down” video from Acid Bath, out now.

Yo, there’s a new really well done and rad video for Follow Me Down shot at El-Rocko during a Rude Dude show. I’m digging the expanded lineup. You should just mash the link above.

The Decemberists
Portland, OR
“Ben Franklin’s Song”, from Hamilton: An American Musical (sorta).

Colin Meloy put music to lyrics that didn’t quite work with the Hamilton musical, and it’s pretty awesome. I’ll be honest, I would love any song that has the lyrics “Do you know who the fuck I am? I’m Poor Richard’s Almanac writing Benjamin Fuckin’ Franklin.” Seriously, if the music was performed by Yanni (is that dude still a thing??) I would still dig this song.

Guided By Voices
Dayton, OH
“Space Gun” from album of the same name, due out March 23.

Hyper prolific Robert Pollard releases his 102nd album of his career in early 2018, Guided By Voices 26th proper album. I don’t even know what to say about that. The lead song is prototypical Pollard, semi lo-fi, weirdo lyrics and a brain worm melody and hook. A bit out the norm for the band is the run time of over 4 minutes, but stretching it out suits the song well, allowing it to sink in a bit more than their usual 2 and a half minute epics.

video premiere: “Steam Powered” by The Moonshine

We’re thrilled today to premiere the video for the new song “Steam Powered” by Athens-based stringband The Moonshine.

Some notes from the band: Starting a song with a quote by Marx could seem like a bold statement, but Michael Gerard doesn’t seem to care if it is. The rest of the lyrics to Steam Powered, the latest offering from The Moonshine, posit a world both cut and dry, and open-ended, where the lines of commerce and compassion are intricately, intimately linked. The recording itself is a handcrafted vignette created in the same location as the coinciding video which seems to say that dreams can come true, with impatience, and fishing, and dancing, and seeking, and singing. This is the sound of an ideal being stretched into an ethos without any artifice to get in the way.

Check it out:

“Steam Powered” is now available as a pay-what-you-want download via The Moonshine’s Bandcamp page. You can obviously keep up with the band on Facebook too. Enjoy!

The Moonshine – Rachael Renee’ Photography

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 12/15/17 – 12/20/17

Hey everyone,
Pretty good stuff coming up this week. The highlight of the weekend should be the Holiday Hoedown on Saturday. I just read that they still have some tickets. If you are interested in going, I would hurry, as this event usually sells out. If you don’t feel like heading to that show, there is a Veteran’s Benefit show at the Wormhole that looks like it will be fun. There are several shows listed below, I am sure you can find something that suits your tastes.

Friday 12/15
AM RodriguezJinx Happy Hour
Kamikaze Hendrix, Minorcan – Sentient Bean ($5, 8p)
City Hotel – Prohibition (9p)
Charlie Fog Band – Barrelhouse South
Squadron, Switchblade Villain, Jeff Two Names and the Born Agains – Jinx
Tweed – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 12/16
City Hotel – DeSota Street Market (5p)
Prime Real Estate – Southbound Brewery 
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
7th Annual Homegrown Holiday Hoedown – American Legion ($25, 6:30p)
McLeod, Mr. Wait, The Mercers, Garden Giant – Rockin’ for the Vets Charity Show: Wormhole ($5, 9p)
The Last Resort – Stage On Bay ($15, 8:30p)
Groovetown Assault – Barrelhouse South
Street Clothes – El-Rocko
2 Slices, Gold Light – Jinx ($5)
Damon and the Shitkickers – Congress Street Social Club (10p)

Sunday 12/17
Purple Brunch w/ Laiken Love – Barrelhouse South ($12, 12:30p)
Maggie and Jackson Trio – Good Times Jazz Bar (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/18
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 12/19
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 12/20
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

The Winter Sounds’ new compilation raising funds to fight malaria

We have previously featured the work of The Winter Sounds, including two premieres, but today we have something different.

The Winter Sounds’ frontman Patrick Keenan has released a new compilation featuring Mr. Rogers to raise money for the Against Malaria Foundation. Check out this great video:

You can find the full compilation on Bandcamp. All money raised will go directly to the Against Malaria Foundation.

On both YouTube and Bandcamp, Keenan addresses some obvious questions, including this one: why the Against Malaria Foundation? Keenan’s response:

According to GiveWell the Against Malaria Foundation ranks the highest as the charity that most effectively manages their resources and reaches the most people in need. Charities go through an intensive vetting process where their work, costs, and expenditures are analyzed for their effectiveness.

So click on through to Bandcamp, YouTube, or the foundation to learn more, to hear and download the music, and to support a great cause.

Keenan plans to continue promoting charitable causes following this evolving model, so you might want to support him on Patreon.

New Music Monday – 12/4/17

This week we have new work from:
The Orwells
Ty Segall
The Hold Steady


The Orwells
Chicago, IL
“Vanilla” off the Terrible Human Beings: B-Sides, out now on Canvasback Music.

The Orwells apparently had a couple pretty good songs laying around from recording the last album. Mid tempo, solid power pop…what’s not to like?

Ty Segall
San Francisco, CA
“The Main Pretender”, yet another single out now on Bandcamp.
Try to keep up with Ty Segall. One minute a punk burner, then a pretty T. Rex ballad, maybe some psych….he just keeps putting out killer stuff. This one features sax pretty heavily, a fuzzy and funky bass line, I don’t know, man, just check it out.

Demo (remixed​/​remastered), out now on Bandcamp.
From Bandcamp: “The 1″ 16-track analog master was found in a basement in 2016. J Robbins painstakingly baked and restored the tape before remixing it for improved fidelity. The lo-fi, low-tech charm remains.” Indeed it does. Previously only available on cassettes sold on the original Jawbreaker run. Super cool.

The Hold Steady
Entitlement Crew b​/​w A Snake In The Shower, out now on Bandcamp.
Any new Hold Steady music is always welcome, but 2 new pretty great tracks? Hell, yeah. This stand alone single was released ahead of their yearly NYC residency so “you can sing along at the shows”. Entitlement Crew would be at home on Boys and Girls in America or be one of the standout tracks on the more recent albums, whereas Snake in the Shower is super classic Almost Killed Me or even Lifter Puller talk/singing Craig Finn material. Best lyricist in the game, if you ask me. If you have any clue what any of that means, you definitely want to listen to these songs. Promise.

of Montreal, Wild Child, Larkin Poe among first wave of bands announced for Savannah Stopover 2018

Earlier today, Savannah Stopover announced the first wave of bands for the 3-day festival in March 2018.

of Montreal, who packed Forsyth Park during Savannah Stopover 2013, will return as one of the festival headliners. The iconic Athens-based band will perform at the Ships of the Sea on Saturday, March 10th.

Today’s announcement included two other must-see Athens acts — Pylon Reenactment Society and David Barbe & Inward Dream Ebb — along with about three dozen other bands representing a breadth of genres. This wave accounts for only about half the bands in the final lineup, so stay tuned for more announcements, including around 10 Savannah bands.

Savannah Stopover has established a reputation for snagging some big names before they got big, and that looks to be happening again for 2018 with performers like 20-year old New Yorker Gus Dapperton and the British band Shopping.

The initial lineup includes several stellar bands that played previous Stopovers, including Wild Child and Honduras, but most of the acts on the list will be playing in Savannah for the first time. We’ll have a number of preview posts before the festival and obviously share updates as new bands are added.

For lots more about the initial lineup, check out this piece in Do Savannah by our contributor Joshua Peacock.

Check out the Spotify playlist:

We’ve shot photos of a number of the acts headed to the 2018 version of Stopover, and we look forward to shooting lots of them while they’re in town.

of Montreal at Savannah Stopover 2013

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics at Revival Fest 2017

Pylon Reenactment Society at Bragg Jam 2017

Wild Child at Revival Fest 2013

Illegal Drugs at The Jinx 2016

Okey Dokey at Bragg Jam 2017

The Bones of JR Jones at Savannah Stopover 2017

The Nude Party at The Jinx in 2016

Honduras at Savannah Stopover 2016

Pronoun at Savannah Stopover 2017

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/30/17 – 12/6/17

Hey everybody,
I’d say this looks like a fairly good weekend for music downtown.  Any week that has Black Tusk and The Whores can’t be too bad, right Tom?  This is a quick look at several of the shows I would recommend this week.  I hope you get a chance to catch a couple of them.

I would also like to add that there is a new local band playing at Sulfur Studios on Sunday, The Ramages.  I’m not sure how they’ll sound, but I’m pretty sure the bands after them are gonna be good, so you may as well try to show up.  I am looking forward to it the most this week.

Thursday 11/30
Jason Bible – Molly MacPherson’s (4-8p)
Matt Eckstine Band – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Sb the Moor, Cunabear, Valore, Bravewun, Katalac – Space Cat Books (8p, $5)

Friday 12/1
Daniel Malone – Molly MacPherson’s (4-8p)
Brittany Moses Toledo – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7-10p)
Little Roy and Lizzy Long – Randy Woods Guitars (8p)
Matt Eckstine Band – Molly MacPherson’s
Black Tusk, Crud, A.M. Rodriguez, Abe Partridge – Jinx ($10)
Kenny George Band – Barrelhouse South
Kwame Binea Shakedown – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 12/2
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour and Late Set
Eclipse 6 – Mars Theater (8p, $30)
N.W. Izzard, NewRock Soul – Barrelhouse South
Young Americans- Molly MacPherson’s
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
DJ Basik Lee – Congress Street Social Club

Sunday 12/3
Maggie and Jackson Trio – Good Times Jazz Bar (7p)
Xulu Jones, Abe Partridge, John Cranford – Savannah Songwriter Series at Sentient Bean (7p)
Dark Thoughts, Poison Boys, Negative Graves, The Ramages, Tourist Trap – Sulfur Studios (7p, $7)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/4
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 12/5
Velvet Caravan – Good Times Jazz Bar (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Whores, Hotplate, Alistair Hennessy – Jinx ($10/12)

Wednesday 12/6
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 11/27/17

This week we’re listening to new work from:

  • Keith Baudry
  • Bummerville
  • Anna Kramer
  • King Gizzard and The Wizard Lizard

Keith Baudry
Savannah, GA
How Do You Do It?

Another bit of local talent that’s flying subtly under the radar here, Keith Baudry has been around the music scene for a while now transitioning from projects on and off again. This time, he’s set down his electric guitar in favor of a bit of acoustic guitar work. Drawing influence from the likes of The Mountain Goats and Sufjan Stevens, Keith’s latest (presumably self recorded) album is a bit lo-fi, but shows a ton of heart and promise. ~ Petey

Chicago, IL
Promotional Tool

We may have lost one half of the Lynch brothers to the land of pizza and hot dogs (maybe I made that moniker up for Chicago, but it’s a lot better than The Windy City, right?) but that doesn’t mean we’re done hearing from Daniel Lynch by a long shot. The brains behind Sunglow and The Lipschitz has been busy with his latest project, Bummerville. Equal parts groove heavy indie rock and lo-fi garage rock, if you’re a fan of either of the previously mentioned projects, you’re sure to enjoy this one. ~ Petey

Anna Kramer
Atlanta, Ga.
‘Living on the Road’

From one of the Atlanta scene’s longtime stalwarts, known for her band Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause, plus recent touring/performing with Shantih Shantih, comes this melodic & roadworthy, dark tune. Check it out…. – Jon Waits

King Gizzard and The Wizard Lizard
Polygondwanaland album out now.

Okay, so this is the fourth full length album these Aussie weirdos have put out this year, and it’s pretty much exactly what you would guess at this point…trippy psych, prog, noodling, flashes of genius, some filler, basically music that should be popular in Colorado, Alaska, etc. (and D.C.), but here’s the thing, they put out this album for free. As in, do what you want with it. If you want to press it to vinyl and sell it, they’re okay with that! Burn a million CDs (do people still do that?) and give them away? Sure, why not? Post the YouTube link on a music blog? Uhhh….

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/22/17 – 11/29/17

Hey everyone,
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. This week looks like a fairly good week to try to catch some music downtown. There are some pretty good shows going on around town and the crowds may not be as big, since SCAD is out this week. It looks like there should be just enough music going on to find a show you can enjoy somewhere.  I don’t think you would go wrong with any of these shows.

Wednesday 11/22
Junkyard Angel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Whiskey & Wine – Barrelhouse South
Loi Loi, DIP – El-Rocko
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

Thursday – 11/23
Whiskey Dick and Dagger – Jinx
Bottles & Cans – Bayou Cafe

Friday – 11/24
Joe Wilson (4p), Ben Keiser Band (10p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Anders Thomsen TrioRail Pub (7p)
Train Wrecks – Jazz’d (9p)
Kick the Robot, Taller Trees – Barrelhouse South
Anders Thomsen Trio – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday – 11/25
Matt Eckstine – Southbound Brewery (2p)
Will Massey – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s
Ike Stubblefield and Friends – Barrelhouse South
Beneath Trees, Hotplate – El-Rocko

Sunday – 11/26
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday – 11/27
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday – 11/28
Clouds and Satellites- Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ray Lundy – Jazz’d (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday – 11/29
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 11/20/17

Just three songs in this week’s edition of New Music Monday, so take a moment to listen all the way through. Cheers.

Lyn Avenue
Savannah, Georgia
‘Kentucky Bourbon’

It might be a li’l bit self-serving since I have a cameo in this brand new video from Lyn Avenue, but they continue to crank out the solid tunes, and keep their country audiences shuffling their shitkickers across the dance floors. This dose of new-school old-school was recorded at Savannah’s award-winning Dollhouse Productions. – Jon

West End Motel
“Tiny Man” from Bad with Names, Good with Faces, due out in December

New stuff from the Atlanta musical collective featuring dudes from Mastodon, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, and basically every other band ever from Atlanta. Actually, don’t worry about who’s in the band, just know that they are a very, very good melodic rock band that you should listen to…and see, at The Jinx on December 29. Seriously. – Tom

Anders Thomsen
Savannah, Georgia
“Mrs. Johnson” – newly released video by Volition Studios

"Mrs. Johnson" by Anders Thomsen (Guitar Build) from VOLITION STUDIOS on Vimeo.

We first heard “Mrs. Johnson” two years ago with the release of Anders Thomsen with The Downtown Sheiks, but wow it’s good to hear it again, especially in the context of this finely crafted video by Devin Smith of Volition Studios. A rollicking tune from one of Savannah’s best songwriters, performers, and guitarists. – bill

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/16/17 – 11/22/17

Thursday 11/16
Aaron Zimmer – Molly MacPherson’s (4-8p)
General Patton and the Heads of State – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Forsaken Profit$, The Commonwealth of American Natives, Pussy Launcher – Jinx
Universal Sigh – Barrelhouse South
Offsides, Solo Collection – El Rocko

Friday 11/17
Susanna Dyar (4-8p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Johnny Octane – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Mother’s Finest w/ Thomas Claxton – Stage On Bay (8p)
GTA, LaGoons – Barrelhouse South
Bahamacide, Xulu Prophet, The Night Shift – El-Rocko
Anders Thomsen Trio – Jinx
Goodfires, Cougar Sweat, McLeods – Wormhole

Saturday 11/18
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
American Hologram – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Empire Strikes Brass – Southbound Brewery (8p)
Michael Beke, Ezer – Sentient Bean (8p)
Whiskey & Wine – Molly MacPherson’s
TreeHouse – Barrelhouse South
Choir of Babble, Machine Dreams, Ember City – El-Rocko
Bumpin Uglies – Congress Street Social Club
Pee Wee Moore – Jinx

Sunday 11/19
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club
The Movement, New Kingston – Barrelhouse South

Monday 11/20
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/21
The Lark & The Loon – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Bottles & Cans Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/22
Junkyard Angel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Loi Loi, DIP – El-Rocko
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 11/13/17

This week we have new work from:

Angel Olsen
Drive-By Truckers
Wavves + Culture Abuse collaboration

As always, enjoy.

Chapel Hill, NC
“What A Time To Be Alive” off of the album of the same name due out on February 16, 2018

Superchunk has cranking out indie rock jams quite literally for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s kind of surreal to think that after 28 years, they’ve managed to pump out 11 albums and each one sounds sounds fresh and new. And if their stellar set at The Fest just a little over two weeks ago was any indication, they don’t plan on settling down any time soon which is more than alright in my book. ~ Petey

New York by way of Savannah, GA
“This Message Will Self Destruct”

Like garage rock? Or punk rock? How about super fun tracks with infectious guitar riffs and boogey-inducing grooves? If you answered no to all of those, well, go ahead and skip this killer track from KEWL. If you answered yes, get ready to throw on a pair of comfy socks and do that whole “dancing on top of your bed” deal that was all the rage for a minute. ~ Petey

Angel Olsen
Asheville, NC
“Special” from Phases out now on Jagjaguwar

Indie songstress and all around cool artist Angel Olsen just released an album of demos, b-sides and covers this weekend. I’m just starting to work through it, and if you like stuff that doesn’t suck, you should too. Available now on whatever platform you consume music on.

Drive-By Truckers
Athens, GA
“The Perilous Night” 7″ benefiting the Southern Poverty Law Center, out Dec. 15.

What’s that you say? You don’t like your Southern/roots/americana rock political? Well, you better stay the hell away from this one… Patterson Hood and the boys are singing what they’re feeling, and they’re not feeling great about what’s going on currently.

Wavves/Culture Abuse
“Upside Down” collab single out now.

Do you like your indie surf(ish) rock fun and kinda dumb, like Fidlar, Orwells, or King Tuff? Well… you go.