Re: [fearnwhiskey] new releases this month
- And here's some other new stuff from the Midheaven mailer:
JIM MIZE "No Tell Motel" (Stump Grinder)
A scarred and broken new album from Arkansas honky-tonk and blues
songsmith JIM MIZE (who backs CEDEL DAVIS). A collection of
half-remembered stories of infidelity, road trips and hard living
delivered with great slide guitar and a voice damaged by whisky,
cigarettes and too many long nights. Features backing from BOB EGAN
(WILCO, BLUE RODEO) as well as members of BLUE MOUNTAIN. Produced by
BRUCE WATSON for his Fat Possum offshoot, Stump Grinder.
FRENCH TOAST "Bug Man" (Arrest)
The debut release from this engaging new duo comprised of JAMES
CANTY (NATION OF ULYSSES, CUPID CAR CLUB, MAKE-UP) and JERRY BUSHER (ALL
SCARS, FUGAZI, FIDELITY JONES). A blend of guitars, keyboards, drums,
percussion, samplers, sequencers, and haunting vocals that have earned
comparisons to Mission of Burma, Savage Republic, Captain Beefheart,
Wipers, and Wire.
ALL SCARS "Luna Magus" (Dischord/Mass Particles)
The third full-length album from Washington, DC genre-goosers
CHUCK BETTIS (META-MATICS, TRANCE AND THE ARCADE, Mass Particles
label), AMY DOMINGUES (THRENODY ENSEMBLE, MARY TIMONY, GARLAND OF HOURS,
TELEGRAPH MELTS), and JERRY BUSHER (FIDELITY JONES, FUGAZI, LAS
MORDIDAS, CLOCK STOPPERS, FRENCH TOAST). A raucous blend of shifting
sounds and styles that span the range of heavy metal, Korean shamanism,
West African drumming, techno, country, and Hasidic
traditions performed with vocals, trumpets, cello, and drums. Features
guest appearances from reedsman EVAN RAPPORT and vocalist
JOAN OF ARC "So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness" (Jade Tree)
The fifth full-length album from Chicago all-stars JOAN OF ARC and
frontman TIM KINSELLA (CAP'N JAZZ, OWLS, FRIEND/ENEMY, EVERYONE). A
fabulous collection of songs culled from a variety of sources-home
recorded computer sketches, collaborations with kindred spirits,
oddities, and half-fleshed ideas-masterfully built into some of the
band's best work. Includes contributions from members of CALIFONE,
ISOTOPE 217, BOAS, PINEBENDER, RED RED MEAT, NEED NEW BODY, CHICAGO
UNDERGROUND DUO, and more.
SOUND OF RAILS "Night Time Simulcast" (Caulfield)
The second full-length album from the Omaha, Nebraska-based trio
of CHRIS PALMQUIST, JOHN KESTNER and ERIC ERNST. A dynamic collection of
songs that range from the atonally aggressive "Keipher" to the
lulling dark rhythms of "Rulo," all expertly crafted with sophisticated
arrangements and surprising twists and turns, influenced by bands like
June of '44, Fugazi and Rodan.
YOUTH GONE MAD & DEE DEE RAMONE (Trend Is Dead)
A collaborative effort between YOUTH GONE MAD and the late DEE DEE
RAMONE recorded just before Ramone's death-his last studio project.
Begun as a painting project between Dee Dee and YGM frontman PAUL
KOSTABI, the music soon followed as the two forged a creative bond.
Fifteen tracks of zany, high-energy punk, including standards like
"Twist & Shout" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," as well as some songs Dee Dee
penned but never released in the US.
OUT CROWD "Go On, Give a Damn" (Orange Sky)
The debut full-length smoker from this infectious vintage pop
combo led by BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE co-founder and co-songwriter MATT
HOLLYWOOD, and featuring members of RICHMOND FONTAINE and THE HARLOTS.
An edgy and soul-bared blend of 1960s pop à la Byrds and Kinks and
shake-it-up BJM-styled rollick.
VOLTA SOUND "This is the Yin and the Yang" (Orange Sky)
Cleveland's prolific the VOLTA SOUND follow up March 2001's critically
acclaimed My American Girl and November 2001's Fast Light With Radio
Signal EP with their most powerful recording to date. While the
aforementioned releases were fantastic collections of songs, this one
flows like a true album, a cosmic space rock masterpiece, holding its
own with the likes of Spacemen 3's Perfect Prescription and the Brian
Jonestown Massacre's Their Satanic Majesties Second Request."
STARS AS EYES "Enemy of Fun" (Tigerbeat 6)
The second album from Austin (by way of Providence) indie rock and IDM
thrillers STARS AS EYES. Eleven tracks of pure musical reinvention and
rebirth, composed on piano and guitar, and then fleshed-out with
pounding drums, samples, and electronics. Heavier, thicker and more
intense than their previous output, the record runs from minimal to
psychedelic to IDM to krautrock to electro to full-on Providence rock.
and simultaneously searing and beautiful.
BROKEBACK "Looks At The Bird" (Thrill Jockey)
The third album from the bass-driven duo of DOUGLAS McCOMBS
(TORTOISE, ELEVENTH DREAM DAY, PULLMAN) and NOEL KUPERSMITH (CHICAGO
UNDERGROUND TRIO/ORCHESTRA, MONADE). Nine tracks that forego the duo's
previous more "loose" approach in favor of more traditional songwriting
structures, performed with six-string bass, guitar,
double bass, sequencers, marimba, vibes, organ, and more. Includes
guest appearances from STEREOLAB's LAETICIA SADIER and the late MARY
HANSEN, as well as members of TORTOISE, SEA AND CAKE, and the CHICAGO
> Tammy Faye Starlite & the Angels of Mercy Used Country Female (Diesel Only)Or- When Good Labels Go Bad.
Okay, I'm not a fan of TFS and I don't want to start a slagging session
over here, but for me, Diesel Only has become quite a disappointing
vanity label in the past few years. Between the unlistenable Will Rigby
cd and yawners from Joe Flood, Amy Allison and Laura Cantrell (whose
first cd I dug but really wasn't interested in more of the same with the
second, especially with no improvement in her kinda charming but weak
vocals) and now TFS, it's become a slumming ground for Jeremy Tepper's
friends and family, regardless of whether they have a decent cd's worth
of tunes to release. Which is too bad, as there was an excitement in the
air of new musical discoveries with the first few Diesel Only
collections and also collaborations with Bloodshot Records in live
events both in NY and Chicago. The complacency that's bogged down
Bloodshot is even more apparent with Diesel Only. Diesel Only has made a
name for itself, but now seems uninterested in breaking any new ground
or hoisting any new acts upon listeners that are anxious for different
sounds in the roots rock/ alt.county genres. Oh well.
> VA We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones (w/Eddie Vedder, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others) (DV8/Columbia)Or- Why Did The Good Ramones Die Young?
So who is the intended audience for this tribute? I can't see long time
Ramones fans having much interest in a lineup that reads like a
Billboard chart from the mid 90's and I don't see why any current
MTV-geared kids would care about it. And why is there no participation
from the Ramones peers- folks like Blondie or Joan Jett or Television or
the Dictators or Motorhead or X or Nick Lowe or Elvis Costello or Dave
Alvin or yeah, Joe Strummer? And how about some current acts such as the
Hives, Derailers, Hank 3, Supersuckers, Neko Case? Dwight Yoakum
might've done a good take on "Questionably." This whole thing stinks of
a thoughtless, ill-conceived cash-in by Johnny Ramone (I figure Rob
Zombie would've known better) and maybe that's the reason why none of
the acts I listed above are involved. If nothing else, I'm thinking the
cd booklet might be cool (Rob Zombie has always done a nice job on the
booklets for his own releases) and that's the only reason I'd look for
this in the used bins.
- --- In email@example.com, Carl Abraham Zimring <cz28@a...>
> February 4Trust)
> The Damnwells (Whiskeytown drummer Steven Terry) PMR +1 (In Music We
Carl, I don't know whether you're aware that the Damnwell's lead
guitarist is David Chernis from the late lamented (at least by you
and me) Star City.<sigh>