Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Recap

Source: Fuzzy Logic

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Recap

Well, we’ve come to the end of the road. While it was a bit more fashionably late than I anticipated, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down this musical memory lane with me. It’s been a rough month for me, and listening back to this wonderful music has been like therapy. I have taken a lot of comfort in these albums, and I hope that perhaps you’ve found something that has made your life a little happier, too. 

As always, thank you for reading and bearing with my fashionably late ways, and, of course, many thank yous to the bands ...

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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015 #1: Lower Dens

Source: Fuzzy Logic

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015 #1: Lower Dens

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I’m also mixing it up a little this year, y’all. Instead of ranking every record, I’m giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year’s best with a ...

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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015 #1: Lower Dens

Source: Fuzzy Logic

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015 #1: Lower Dens

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I’m also mixing it up a little this year, y’all. Instead of ranking every record, I’m giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year’s best with a ...

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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Youth Lagoon

Source: Fuzzy Logic

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Youth Lagoon

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I’m also mixing it up a little this year, y’all. Instead of ranking every record, I’m giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year’s best with a ...

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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Younghusband

Source: Fuzzy Logic

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Younghusband

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I’m also mixing it up a little this year, y’all. Instead of ranking every record, I’m giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year’s best with a ...

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Singles Club: Gringo Star

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Singles Club: Gringo Star

You know what sounds good to me, y’all? A new Gringo Star song. And looky here, as luck would have it that’s exactly what we’ve got. 

“Rotten” is the Gringos at their best. Led by the brothers Furgiuele, the song sees the gents letting loose for some exhilarating, hazy goodness. Full of the kicky jangle you probably expect by now, “Rotten” is also coated with a sultry, smoky out of focus feel, adding to the undeniable charm. A welcome taste of their impending full length coming soon on Nevado.  

[posted 5.31.16]

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The Key Studio Sessions: Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells

Source: The Key (WXPN)

The Key Studio Sessions: Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells

Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | Photo by Michelle Goodwin Photography for WXPN | michellerosegoodwin.com

Bookspace was a great DIY venue on Frankford Ave circa five years ago, if for nothing else than the sheer novelty of seeing crushingly loud rock shows in a towering warehouse stacked floor to ceiling with books. There was something about that straddling of artistic disciplines, sounds and literature, and it seems appropriate that this was the first place I saw Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session. I caught the Philly five-piece on a bill with the late great ...

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Critic’s Notebook: Spoleto Festival Premieres Follow Somber Reflection

Source: New York Times » Music

Performances of “La Double Coquette” and “The Little Match Girl” followed this Charleston, S.C., event’s remembrance of a deadly shooting in 2015.

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Sondre Lerche, Sheer Terror members & more playing HiFi tribute shows

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The schedule includes a Prefab Sprout tribute with Sondre Lerche, Jen Goma (A Sunny Day In Glasgow), Skylar Spence and more; a Small Faces tribute with Richie Birkenhead (Underdog/Into Another), Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror); Marty Wilson-Piper (ex-The Church) and more; plus others.

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Richmond noise punk Cherry Pits rocked out at Strange Matter, 5/29

Source: The Deli Magazine

Richmond noise punk Cherry Pits rocked out at Strange Matter, 5/29

Shredding at insane speeds from the outset, Cherry Pits is the Richmond punk band you need to see live and don’t want to mess with. Their stage presence is electric and defiant, blasting out all that’s good about their noise punk flavor and keeping their Sunday night show at Strange Matter going full speed ahead even after a forced guitar switch. Each member of this fearsome foursome performed his piece flawlessly, effusing contagious energy and displaying a mastery of what it means to play in a punk band. Smooth, yet raw, Cherry Pits takes names until there aren’t any left. ...

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Richmond noise punk Cherry Pits rocked out at Strange Matter, 5/29

Source: The Deli Magazine

Richmond noise punk Cherry Pits rocked out at Strange Matter, 5/29

Shredding at insane speeds from the outset, Cherry Pits is the Richmond punk band you need to see live and don’t want to mess with. Their stage presence is electric and defiant, blasting out all that’s good about their noise punk and keeping their Sunday night show at Strange Matter going after a forced guitar switch. Each member of this fearsome foursome performed his piece flawlessly, effusing contagious energy and displaying a mastery of what it means to play in a punk band. Smooth, yet raw, Cherry Pits takes names until there aren’t any left. Give these powerpop-influenced punks your ears ...

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Svetlana and the Delancey Five Bring Their Poignant Cosmopolitan Swing to the Blue Note Jazz Festival

Source: New York Music Daily

Among New York swing jazz bandleaders, singer Svetlana Shmulyian either has the best taste in supporting musicians, or has finagled her way to the best access to them. Maybe both. She distinguishes herself as an original songwriter, and she sings in character, bringing new life to old standards as well as her own dynamic, poignant originals. She and her band the Delancey Five are one of the highlights of this year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival coming up on June 24, with two sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM at Lucille’s, adjacent to B.B. King’s on 42nd St. Advance tix are ...

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Svetlana and the Delancey Five Bring Their Poignant Cosmopolitan Swing to the Blue Note Jazz Festival

Among New York swing jazz bandleaders, singer Svetlana Shmulyian either has the best taste in supporting musicians, or has finagled her way to the best access to them. Maybe both. She distinguishes herself as an original songwriter, and she sings in character, bringing new life to old standards as well as her own dynamic, poignant originals. She and her band the Delancey Five are one of the highlights of this year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival coming up on June 24, with two sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM at Lucille’s, adjacent to B.B. King’s on 42nd St. Advance tix are $20.

Her debut album, Night at the Speakeasy – inspired by her long weekly residency at Norfolk Street hideaway the Back Room – is streaming at Bandcamp. With a grand total of fourteen tracks, Shmulyian offers a lot of bang for the buck. And where others might have taken the safe route and opened with a standard, she kicks it off with a swinging, subtle midtempo original, All I Want, contemplating the hope for a summer solstice “in this winter city of my dreams” in a sunny soprano, shaping the blue notes with a coy bittersweetness.

Onstage, she draws from a semi-rotating cast of talent; the band here is killer, with Wycliffe Gordon on trombone (and some arrangements as well); Adrian Cunningham on saxes and clarinet; Charlie Caranicas on trumpet; Dalton Ridenhour on piano; Vinny Raniolo on guitar; George Delancey on bass; and the fantastic Rob Garcia (whose latest album is one of the year’s most brilliant jazz releases) on drums.

Much as the standards – and not-so-standards – here are choice, it’s her own material that stands out the most. It’s All Good has Shmulyian’s signature, precise articulation – she turns off her phone just to keep things nonchalant with the guy, but then she soars up into a big angst-fueled chorus. The way the sax and Shmulyian’s upper register flights mingle and then hand off at the very end is artful, and awfully fun. The most retro number is Temptations, a co-write with bassist Brandi Disterheft, bringing to mind Blossom Dearie with its jaunty litany of images.

The bandleader duets with Gordon on a couple of Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald tunes. You Won’t Be Satisfiied finds each reveling in their roles as wounded ingenue and similarly bruised rake, while Under a Blanket of Blue pairs dixieland flourishes with a nocturnal suspense and a bitingly good Ridenhour solo. The dynamic between Gordon’s signature, irrepressible humor and Shmulyian’s poignancy is a recurrent theme throughout the record.

Ridenhour and Caranicas bring some tempting latin allusions to Ellington’s Just a Sittin’ and a-Rockin’. Another Ellington tune, Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me gives Ridenhour a lauching pad for some Otis Spann-class purist blues. Garcia pushes the band’s reinvention of the Beatles’ Because with a stark tango-infused pulse under Shmulyian’s surrealistically straightforward delivery. And his original, Dance In Between the Moments, is arguably the album’s strongest moment; a sardonic, vivid, indelibly New York salute to escapist behavior on the Lower East Side.

Lady Be Good showcases the band’s expertise in stirring up a crowd on the dancefloor, while Tea for Two goes in the other direction as a tasty guitar shuffle. Shmulyian and Cunningham duet on the album’s funniest number, Sometimes I’m Happy: intentional or not, there’s a whiff of Jamaican rocksteady here.

The album’s most exotic track is legendary Russian trumpeter Eddie Rosner’s You Are Like a Song, Shmulyian giving it a balmy, tender interpretation in the original vernacular. There’s also a Beach Boys cover: the whole band gamely puts everything they have into it, but god only knows the album wouldn’t suffer without it. As it is, Shmulyian and her crew have crafted one of the year’s most dynamically fun releases, rooted in the past but inescapably in the here and now.

Svetlana and the Delancey Five Bring Their Poignant Cosmopolitan Swing to the Blue Note Jazz Festival

Video Of The Day #133 (Premiere Edition): Citrine

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Video Of The Day #133 (Premiere Edition): Citrine

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my most sincere pleasure to be offering you the premiere of this here video from Baltimore’s slinky dream pop trio Citrine

The three-piece is newish on the scene but features folks who are no stranger to making beautiful music (Galen and Kelci formerly were together in Kindlewood, while Beau was a part of Lands and Peoples).

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Live From The Lot Weekend

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image Courtesy of Matt Nestor

Review By: Matt Nestor

Saturday 5/21, Electric Factory

When Ardmore Music Hall’s Live From The Lot festival was moved down inside the Electric Factory due to Saturday’s unfriendly weather, fans were thrust into a dark, time warp of sorts. Thankfully the musicians and festival promoters had their watches set straight, because 12 hours is a long time to stay in any building, let alone a dark concert venue. If not for the overcast sky outside occasionally peeking through breaks in the industrial drapes blanketing the walls, daytime and nighttime would have been indistinguishable. But ...

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RVIVR & The Max Levine Ensemble playing shows together

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

On July 8, The Max Levine Ensemble‘s David Combs (aka Spoonboy) and RVIVR‘s Erica Freas are releasing their long-distance collaborative album as SOMNIA, How The Moon Shines On The Shit. Still no SOMNIA shows have been announced, but RVIVR and The Max Levine Ensemble have at least two shows together in the Northeast right after the album’s release…

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Minor Victories (Slowdive / Mogwai) postpone North American tour due to visa issues

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

“The band are currently looking to reschedule the dates and want all those who have booked tickets to know that they are keen to get details of these shows announced as soon as possible.”

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Jay Som releasing a single on Fat Possum, touring with Mitski & Japanese Breakfast

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Jay Som began as the solo project of Bay Area musician Melina Duterte, but she recently turned it into a full five-piece band. Their first release since solidifying the lineup is the “I Think You’re Alright” b/w “Rush” single, which will be out on June 24 via Fat Possum…

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