The idea and experience of ‘home’ is the focus and, appropriately, the title of the new EP by Ridgewood, New Jersey’s (and, occasionally, SUNY Purchase’s) Spook Houses. This theme is pervasive throughout this fantastic four track (soon-to-be) seven-inch, but this subject is no stranger to this band, who put out one of my favorite albums/EPs of last year, Real Ghosts / Pretend Ghosts (which Steve posted here way back in the summer). Read the rest of this entry »
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Julian Lynch‘s music has genuinely brought me to the verge of tears. I mean, context, sure. But the point is his music is powerful and vital in a way one would generally attribute to something more “in-your-face,” though what it lacks in urgency it more than makes up for in feeling. Read the rest of this entry »
I looked through all of their songs in my Itunes and couldn’t come up with a better pun or poor clever turn of phrase for the title then the one I put up, so, live with it. If it’s any consolation, Jeff fucking Mangum is making the rare trek down from the cave which he likely inhabits up on a quiet mountain somewhere to grace us with a performance, both in my home, the lovely Garden State. The most noted hipster recluse since J.D. Salinger is performing at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Asbury Park on September 30, a festival curated by a specific band-in this case, the renowned trip hop group Portishead. He will also be playing a show shortly after, also in Asbury Park.
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Free Energy play 1970s AM radio rock. They deal almost exclusively with Crunching Les Pauls (replicas), air guitar riffs (authentic) and power-chord driven pop melodies (FUN!). As you can imagine, music made from the sums of these not-so-disparate elements ain’t groundbreaking, but Free Energy just want you to kick back that leading leg, punch the sky, and air guitar the hell out of the night.
Check out their videos below, and come to one of their shows with Titus Andronicus on their North American joint tour. We’ve already seen them play together once, and we’re going again tonight at Il Motore. KICK OUT!
This time it’s for the excellent track ‘Just Enough’ off his recently released (and absolutely fantastic) album Mare. This video was made by Mark Shoneveld (of yvynyl) using footage shot by his mother Colleen in 1983. It’s a collection of clips featuring children playing and the final element of the video is the triumph of what is likely the father cutting down a tree for what I imagine to be a real pretty Christmas tree. It’s beautifully shot and edited to go along just perfectly with the song. I think this may be my favorite of the Julian Lynch videos thus far, but it’s hard to say as I think that about each one as they come out. Enjoy the video below.
Also, my good friend Ethan, who’s review of The National show at Radio City Music Hall we posted a little ways back, wrote an excellent review of Julian Lynch’s album Mare, which is also featured on OneThirtyBPM. You can listen to Julian Lynch’s music here and pick up the record there or from Olde English Spelling Bee.
So we already loved the video for Julian Lynch’s track ‘In New Jersey’ (as well as the song), and now we’ve got another awesome video to accompany one of Mare‘s best tracks, ‘A Day At The Racetrack’. The video was made by Ezra Ewen by using footage shot over different generations during the past forty years, and compiling pieces together to make a really beautiful music video. The shots accompany the music perfectly, and like the music, are very personal. It’s ‘home video’ for ‘home music’. Enjoy it below, you can check out the rest of Mare here, and pick it up from Olde English Spelling Bee here.
Denver based married duo Tennis, whose fantastic song ‘Marathon’ we posted on a while back, have released the ‘rich man’ themed artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming 7 inch on Underwater Peoples Records.
1 – Baltimore
2 – Marathon
Both the songs can be downloaded off The Citizen Insane. The 7 inch is released August 1st.