Saturday, August 18, 2018

"Rock The Deer" by Lulu Lewis steam rolls over you with a kind of kitsch horror movie intensity

The track Rock The Deer by Harlem, New York's Lulu Lewis steam rolls over you with a kind of kitsch horror movie intensity (think of the manic sensibility of the Evil Dead) filtered through proto punk tropes. Dylan Hundley's possessed vocal performance grabs you by the throat and the punk bravado of that Farfisa-esque organ / guitar sound musical break is mind blowingly fun. The punk brevity is a damn shame but then keeping it short will surely lessen the chance of a bruised cheek or poke in the eye during the mosh pit that surely must break out during live performances. 

Lulu Lewis are (at their core) Dylan Hundley (vox, songwriter) and Pablo Martin (multi-instrumentalist, songwriter) and with too many accomplishments to mention (Tom Tom Club- are you fucking kidding me??) they bring a myriad of artistic influences to their table which most likely is slightly tilted. Listening to them made me think of Devo and Butthole Surfers and like those bands between the experimental art punk happening there are diatribes, social and political commentary happening too.  Press notes below is a must read on this one. I am off to find more of their music. 

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Robb Donker

PRESS NOTES:


The creators of Lulu Lewis are Dylan Hundley and Pablo Martin. They bring forth a multilayered approach to their music and visual art. Post punk, soul, psychedelia, garage and experimental film are the most easily identifiable markers as to their overall style.
Pablo Martin, from Buenos Aires, Argentina (multi instrumentalist, songwriting) is the producer of the music as well and plays guitar live. His numerous credits include lead guitar of the Tom Tom Club and the recently critically acclaimed funk outfit The Du-Rites. Dylan Hundley is from New York (lead vocals, songwriting), is the producer / director of the visuals and has an extensive background in film and production as an actress and producer. They are backed live by William Harvey on bass (Urban Verbs, Danger Painters) and Jay Mumford on drums (J-Zone, The Du-Rites). 
In the past 6 months they have been featured in numerous zines, blogs, podcasts and radio including Please Kill Me, Spill, Impose, The Devil has the Best Tuna, YabYum, Atwood Magazine, The Deli,Vanishing Ink, Vinyl Distict, WPKN with Chris Frantz, Bushwick Garage and Radio Free Brooklyn. The will be opening for Richard Lloyd of Television in April in NYC.
Music, Videos, Bios, Press Links can be found at - www.lululewismusic.com



Jailbox's track "Bird Rib" is a beautiful jigsaw puzzle

























Jailbox's new track Bird Rib feels deceptively simple and comfortable but is full of jigsaw puzzle pieces of sound that fit together making a picture that is fully clear from a distance. I love how certain notes are repeated as glue to hold this evocative piece of music together and the selection of whether those notes are on guitar or piano or something else feels more random and organic than planned. Beautifully dynamic production around a somber story drenched in longing inside the very sweet vocal performance.

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Robb


"Caveman" by Dean & the Dagumn Space Villains is a dreamy exploration

Caveman by Dean & the Dagumn Space Villains is a dreamy piece of music simply wrought but infinitely beautiful like space itself. I love the references to spaceman and caveman in the same passages as we are all on personal explorations after all. Not a lot of information on this artist and the track is very low in volume but definitely worth turning up. 

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Robb Donker


Calan Mai's "XO" is a chill piece of wanderlust with Polaroid experiences

Calan Mai hails from the Gold Coast, a small town in Queensland, Australia and his track XO bristles with movement, of covering terrain and having Polaroid experiences. Love Mai's voice which is just best bud cool and coupled with the addictive cadence and almost tropical chill vibe this song is an instant classic for summer and all year. No wonder that Rolling Stone praised it. 

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Robb Donker


"Shadowland" by Montreal artist Baby Fuzz is a self protest song






























Shadowland by Montreal artist Baby Fuzz is one of those songs that embraces you from the beginning but then starts holding you tighter. When singer songwriter Sterling Fox starts belting out the words passionately it feels like a cry for help. When audience screams are filtered into the mix it feels like art theater and whether those screams are directly tied to the song or an effect it works. Baby Fuzz aka Sterling Fox says that the song is a protest song but he is protesting against himself after moving back to the US from Canada as he says: 

 "In 2017 I moved to Canada for a year. Eventually, my passport ran out and I came back to the US. 'Shadowland' is a protest song about myself. I'm protesting my hypocrisy, my lack of empathy, my greed, my loneliness, and my complicitness to everything my taxes go toward. It's easy to protest other people or institutions. Look in the mirror and protest yourself. That's 'Shadowland.'"

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Robb Donker



"10/6" by the dangerously enticing Meggie Brown feels like feral punk rock (London)



























10/6 by the dangerously enticing Meggie Brown feels like feral punk rock with serious proto punk bones. Love the lit fuse aesthetic and how the open spaces in the song make everything else sound so potent and on the edge. When this intimate punk song explodes the sound feels cavernous. Love this. Meggie Brown is based out of London and her debut physical release new single "10 Out Of 6" is available as a 7 in vinyl via Hate Hate Hate Records.

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Robb Donker


Dog In A Man Suit - "Shock Treatment" has bite and bark


























Shock Treatment from Dog In A Man Suit's self Titled EP is tight fisted bare bones rock and roll with post punk / garage rock tones offset by more alt folk meets blues rock girl / boy vocals. The double (or is that triple lead lines) add art rock flavors to the already super dense sounds. These guys hail from the Northeast, U.S.A (thinking NYC).

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Robb Donker



Django Haskins' dark evocative "So It Is Ever" from the album "Shadowlawn"

From the onset Django Haskins' So It Is Ever paints dark imagery over a kind of down home roots rock meets porch psych folk blues. The beautiful melodies both vocally and musically offset the dark center and the result take your mind away from whatever crushing weight is on your shoulders. So It Is Ever is from the trippily narcotic SHADOWLAWN album (see below).

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Robb Donker

PRESS NOTES:

A songwriter based in North Carolina, Django Haskins has fronted the pop-noir band, The Old Ceremony, since 2004. He also forms one half of the psych-folk duo Au Pair with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris. He has toured. He has been written about. In 2016 he received the NC Arts Council's Artist Grant in recognition of his extensive creative exertions. He has been a part of the traveling circus known as Big Star's Third since its inception in 2011. He has released a dozen albums of his songs in various guises.


SHADOWLAWN is his first solo record in 17 years. It began as a series of experimental recordings in his newly built studio, and eventually evolved into a kind of late-summer song cycle full of meditations on death, love, fear, wanderlust, and exploration of interior worlds. The 1966 Nancy Sinatra recording of "Bang Bang" and Angelo Badalamente's work with David Lynch provided sonic touchstones for the album, with their extensive use of negative space and simultaneously lush and spare atmospheres. As twenty-some songs were whittled down to eleven, banjo and baritone guitar alternated with piano in accompanying the unusually exposed vocals, leaving plenty of space for listeners to fill in the spaces with their own imagination.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Visc waxes poetic about Internet Trolls on "Merciless"

Feelings are sometimes hard to define and when I listen to the track Merciless by Visc that bounds like a Samurai horseman with sword raised my eyebrow raises and the sides of my lips edge up into a quizzical smile. Merciless is about "the relationship between an Internet troll and their revenge seeking prey" and between the addictive opening lead licks riding on a galloping beat and Visc's (the moniker of one Dylan Fellows) smooth vocal performance there is something off and ultimately unique about this whole aesthetic. At least, to me, it feels like art punk run through a pop filter with poetic lyrics that run dark but the darkness is hidden just like that Internet troll. The result feel almost kitschy in a sort of really good way. To me Fellows looks at the world with equal parts cynicism and romance (yes, romance) and I like it.

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Robb Donker


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tar and Flowers ride the rails with "Ten Ton Heart"

Ten Ton Heart by Tar & Flowers out of Chatsworth, California has a wanderlust beat and folk country melodies. I thought of Beachwood Sparks, The Band and even Kris Kristofferson. 

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Robb Donker