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Introduce them to some bands…and give em something to do to avoid their post-holiday depression!
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When: Saturday, January 2, 2010.
Where: The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ (Broadway/E. of Rural)
Details: All Ages, 6:30pm, $10
BEFORE BRAILLE (first show since 2005…last show til 2000-never!)
THE PLAYER PIANO (reuniting from 4 states and 2 countries for this nite!)
FIVESPEED (just barely returned from hiatus w/ new record in works!)
NOVI SPLIT (w/ new EP, Portland,OR & San Pedro,CA’s finest!)
THE LETTERPRESS (reuniting to remind us what a rhythm section can do!)
PINEWOOD DERBY (first show since 2002! Unexpected & gr8 reunion!)
That link again…
Ticket Link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=2943634
In any case, I put it on today while writing and got really excited again about it. I have listened to this album more times than any other in my collection – and I am still not tired of it AT ALL! I love this album! So, without further blabbing – here is my previous blog post (with a few updates and edits) . . .
This is a band that everyone in the world should know: The Player Piano. Before breaking up in 2003, they released on the most musically mature and complex albums that I have ever seen come out of a local college scene. This is an album that I have listened to hundreds of times, and never gotten sick. And, to top it all off, they keep it interesting with almost no vocals. Their demise, prompted by members going to Harvard Law and other such lofty pursuits, was one of the saddest days in the Provo, UT music scene. Honestly, I think people probably held candlelight vigils. And, if they didn’t, they should have.
But, good news folks – Friend of Mine Records, Inc., (a Japanese venture) re-released this album. Better yet, the reissue included 2 previously unreleased tracks – Jazz Odyssey and Cottus Carolinae, which had not been mixed in time to be included on the original Sunset Alliance release.
So here is what you do:
Long story short, when I hit play on the album, I was blown away. They had a great sound – somewhere between Minus the Bear and the Long Winters – and the singer could sing! YES! The Long Winters comparison is apt not only because of overall tone, instrumentaion and style, but the guy’s lead vocals are VERY reminiscent of The Long Winters. If you had given me the album and said, “Here’s the new Long Winters album,” I would have believed you. Hooray for freaking awesome local music! Top tracks are And You’re In the Band, Cast off Dance Off [download mp3] and Deep South Detox.
Coincidentally, this album comes from my same penchant for local bands and again, Bob Hoag’s Flying Blanket Studio. After the demise of Before Braille a few years back, lead singer Dave Jensen started doing some songs on his own and in some crazy late-night sessions with Bob, recorded them. Then he went to Korea. Eventually he made his way back to AZ and finally released his new material as a 2-CD set. Dave was kind enough to send me quite a few of these songs a couple years back in their demo mixes, and it is great to hear the fully polished versions. The 1st disc – Drugs Made My Favorite Bands is largely electric and the 2ns disc – Drugs Ruined my Favorite People is mostly acoustic. It is similar to his previous Before Braille work, but distinct. The math-rock and heavy guitar noodling of Rajiv Patel and others is gone. More pronounced are thick layering of Jensen’s vocals. Complex harmonies with various vocal tracks and lines interweaving pervade the songs. As a music snob, its good to have the fully polished discs in my collection. Self-released on his own record label – Sunset Alliance. Top tracks include I Hope Ants Crawl Under Your Eyelids (On a Saturday Night) [download mp3], You Deserve a Disease, Pinprick by Prick [download mp3] and Diction.
Jimmy Eat World –
Clarity (1999) still ranks high on my favorite albums of all time. To celebrate the 10th year anniversay, Jimmy Eat World did a short tour where they played the album straight through, plus an encore. This is a live CD of the last show on the tour at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ. As good as it ever was! Top tracks include . . . well, just take your favorite from the originals and listen to its live version.
The Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice –
Moon Colony Bloodbath EP
Yet another Mountain Goats EP. I really like John Darnielle. I really like John Vanderslice as well, but am increasingly thinking that his music is a somewhat hit and miss for me. This is a good solid EP that deserves a listen for fans of both artists. My top tracks are Darnielle’s Satori in Denver [download mp3] and Surrounded.
Iain Archer – To the Pine Roots
Iain Archer has been way off my radar for quite sometime, and it was a somewhat random coincidence that I even stumbled across this album. I’m glad I did. His stripped down indie sounds are straightforward and presented with a marked degree of earnestness. I know that sounds like really schticky reviewer nonsense – “earnestness” – but it really is fitting. Top Tracks are Black Mountain Quarry, Everest and Frozen Lake [download mp3].
Lateef the Truth Speaker – Truth is Love mixtape
Oh Quannum! Lateef, why do you keep on teasing me with mixtapes?! I want a full length, full production album of new material! I want Lateef & the Cheif’s follow-up to Maroons: Ambush – I want Ashe! Well, this will have to suffice for now. There are some great tracks and bumps that I had yet to collect from disparate sources, some new takes on things I already had and a few brand new tracks all together. Some great collaborations with Headnotic, General Elektriks / Herve Salters and Fat Boy Slim. The mix blends together well – better than many mixtapes do. Top
I’m sure we’ve all heard more than enough about this indie compilation to end all compilations – ad naseum almost. I think it fine and all. A good number of the artists are ones that I don’t care for. And, even with some of the artists I do like – (The National, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon) – I wasn’t impressed with their contributions. I did like the Andrew Bird track The Giant of Illinois, but already had it from his Daytrotter session. Conor Oberst’s reinterpretation of Lua was interesting, but not needed. Iron and Wine’s Stolen Houses (Die) was phenomonal – but only 1:07 long.
Running EP List