The Pavement leader, with his infinite versatility, has managed to trace, once again, a new path of research that has given rise to Groove Denied.
The world that exists in Louisville’s State Champion’s Send Flowers is one cloaked in profound absurdity. It’s a place where you might lose your soul in “a gentleman’s hall in Tijuana” and have the manager offer to send it back home to you if he finds it, where cicadas harmonize with dial tones, where you can “unplug the stars from the sky.”
Young Jesus doesn’t get lumped into typical genres and “FFO” tags very often. They are four musical boundary pushers possessing a sharpened, unique set of characteristics to the way they jam. Complete with a philosophical backing, their music surges through moments of calculated improvisation and engulfing lyrical depth
The three-piece from Fredericton, NB have been touring both Canada and the US for several years, and they released their new album, Dear Bongo, right before heading out on another. This gives everyone in North America a chance to catch them live, and is it ever worth it, because the album doesn't so much take you on a ride as it does roll with you down a hill, laughing and shouting.
Robert Pollard and his most recent ensemble of Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr., Kevin March, and Mark Shue appear to be going through another renaissance. 25 years later, they are still putting out incredible, weird, and endlessly catchy rock and roll. The spectacular new double album Zeppelin Over China is a collection of soaring choruses and big riffs.
The underground mainstay utilizes the new Whelpwisher release, Stale Honey, as a way of exorcizing the ghosts of songs past. Given Grigg’s record – years playing in Geronimo!, one ecstatic Future Biff EP, FCKR JR, and contributions to Milked – there is unsurprising naturality with every song, even demos.