Sunday, September 21, 2008

Natural's not in it

Image: Alexis Rockman

Eternal Day - Henegar-Union Sacred Harp Convention

Kedron - Sam Amidon

From Awake, My Soul: Original Soundtrack (Amazon)

Image: Rachel Denny

The Fallen Aristocracy - Northern Portrait

From The Fallen Aristocracy (Amazon), Myspace

Yeondoo Jung

Oh Sky! - Coal Beautiere

From Fight Your Broken Heart and Fly (Amazon),

Image: Aliki Braine

Avenue of Trees - Parenthetical Girls

From Entanglements (Amazon, eMusic), Myspace

Image: Will Cotton

Neverchanger - A Shoreline Dream (feat. Ulrich Schnauss)

From NeverChanger single (eMusic), Myspace

Image: Joel Ross

Settle On - The Shaky Hands

From Lunglight (Amazon, eMusic), Myspace

Zip file of Sept mix

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Glorious fuzz

Image: Mokona73

Private Amber - Rosemary Krust

Nico's smoky slur & drawl dances an uneasy lap with an opiated guitar strum. Instead of sun-baked, this field of poppies is traced with frost. Brittle petals crumble in a pinch. The cold wants to see you shake, she sings. And you do.


Tell the World - Vivian Girls
I never got the whole Pipettes thing. They are (were? are they gone yet?) charmless singers and I confess their post-post feminist irony performance thing cleared the top of my head by a good couple feet. Vivian Girls not only charmingly reconstitute Spector-girl-group, they make a passionate plea for the relevance of C86 breeze and shoe-gaze dense. Oh, and for new wave and garage rock and poor--really, really poor--production values. "Tell the World" is thick as clotted cream with close harmonies, gingersnap beats and a glorious fuzz.

Buy Vivian Girls (Amazon), Myspace