Tuesday, July 25, 2017
When Cats Claw
Make a list of every metaphor you can come up for outer space and it has most likely been used to describe Shabazz Palaces. Truthfully, I still can’t come up with something concise to tell you readers what to expect. The only solution to this quandary is to listen and judge for yourself.
Shabazz Palaces recently released two albums, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarzvs. The Jealous Machines, on July 14th worldwide through Sub Pop Records. The band will be on the road from early August to mid-September. All dates with (*) are with Porter Ray. Here are those dates:
Aug. 16 – Portland, OR – The Star Theater*
Aug. 18 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall*
Aug. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre*
Aug. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*
Aug. 21 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow*
Aug. 23 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)*
Aug. 24 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada*
Aug. 25 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon*
Aug. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
Aug. 27 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm*
Aug. 28 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
Aug. 30 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups*
Aug. 31 – Detroit, MI – El Club*
Sep. 01 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace*
Sep. 02 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount*
Sep. 03 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Sep. 05 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair*
Sep. 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw*
Sep. 07 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
Sep. 08 – Washington, DC – Black Cat*
Sep. 09 – Baltimore, DC – Ottobar*
Sep. 11 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sep. 15 – 17 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Monday, July 24, 2017
Soap In My Whiskey
This is one of those fun little numbers that grows on you with each play. And, YES, one could substitute the words to “Goodnight Irene” and sing along to the melody, but it doesn’t make this song any less pleasing to the ear. In fact, I found it quite endearing listening to Getto sings about sobriety.
According to Alan Getto’s bio, “Inspired by paradoxical elements of life and examining his own transition into his current lifestyle, Getto finds a perfect balance between various dualities through his artistic expression.”
His debut album, Versus, comes out August 18th.
July 22, 2017
“Me & The 99”
Because of the cultural diversity of New Mexico, the music produced in the Land of Enchantment brings many flavors to the table. Son of Hwéeldi is another fine example of the allure of the aesthetic beauty in the sounds of the great southwest.
JJ Otero is lead vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter for the band once known as Saving Damsels. Their new album is entitled 019910 and it was nominated for three New Mexico Music Awards where the band won for Best Rock CD and Best Native Track (To’ ei ííná át’e’). You can catch the band performing at the New Mexico State Fair Indian Village on both September 9th and 14th. Until then, enjoy this politically charged tour-de-force from 019910.
Friday, July 21, 2017
“Heaven I Know”
I must admit that when I first began playing this single, the ghostly counting of “1, 2, 3…1, 2” threw me off. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this one. In fact, I had relegated the email announcing the release of the video for “Heaven I Know” to the trash bin. Well, curiosity began to get the better of me and I went back, fished it out, played it again and then once more and I was hooked.
24 year old Sophie Payten, a/k/a Gordi, soaks the songs on her forthcoming album, Reservoir, August 25th on Jagjaguwar, with as much sadness and loss as one can handle. She, however, does so with such craftsmanship and precision that one is given no choice but to listen and admire the work.
Gordi will tour North American in August. Go to her website at https://gordi.bandcamp.com/
Thursday, July 20, 2017
In today’s world, it seems we are left to do whatever is necessary to simply survive. From Los Angeles, CA, comes Youngblood Hawke and their new video “Robbers.” According to the band, “Robbers” “…addresses the dizzying experience of our modern world. The single is a flashing collage of technology, violence, planetary exploitation and the comforts of hometown roads changing before your eyes.”
No tour dates are currently scheduled and no other album or single information is available, so enjoy this one.
Check then out on Twitter at @YoungbloodHawke.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
You ever feel like things just aren’t going your way. No matter how hard you try, you feel stuck and unable to move forward. Sometimes I wonder if our world isn’t in that state of being. From Richmond, VA comes Andrew Carter and his band, Minor Poet, with today’s SFTS “Song of the Day.”
“River Days” is the second singe from the band’s forthcoming debut, And How!, released in August on Egghunt Records. On the song, Carter advices listeners that when life gives you lemons, you simply go with the flow.
Check out the band’s FACEBOOK page for more info on the upcoming release.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
When I Lived in Carolina
What does “normal” sound like? Of course, the answer to that question can be rather elusive considering the subjective nature of the term. For songwriter/guitarist Peter Frey, the answer is simple.
“With Happy Camping, the band has reached a steady state with sound, lineup, age/maturity, and life. Simply, we’ve struck balance. The band is experiencing normalcy at a sustained pace.”
Couple that with a wedding and a trip to Alaska, where he and his wife-to-be set up camp atop a glacier, things seem to be looking up for Frey as he sings the lines “The tighter I close my eyes / the clearer I see” on “When I Lived in Carolina.” This slice of Americana is simple, intimate, soothing and, for Frey, therapeutic.
Kazyak’s self-released new album, Happy Camping, comes out July 21st.