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Local Record Round-up

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Album Reviews

I usually get about 1 or 2 music submissions every week. Given my lack of free time I haven’t had a chance to do detailed reviews on every record that passes my ears. In an attempt to “catch up” on reviews, here’s another multi-album music feature.

Woodsman – Rare Forms: A layered, expansive, experimental record with enough structure to avoid self-aggrandizing guitar noodling. As the 5th release from Woodsman in 2 years, it reflects the group’s progress thus far and builds anticipation for the next record. Top track: Serfer

A. Tom Collins – OH NO!: Dirty jazz meets piano meets a whiskey-soaked delivery from a former member of the now-defunct band Machine Gun Blues. The record swings from track to track, slowing down on the intro to “Be My Baby,” picking up again on the laughter-driven “Ants.” Top track: Oh No!

FLASHLIGHTS – Hidden Behind Trees EP: A reverb-drenched electro-pop record that blurs the lines between pop and electronic music, Trees marks FLASHLIGHTS first release on LA-based Binary Records (out June 6th). The 6 tracks mastered by Tjutjuna’s Brian Marcus, mix Sam Martin’s retro synth sounds with Ethan Converse’s aural vocals. Top track: Holidays

Thrifty Astronaut – Caffeine Heartache: If Bob Dylan and Neutral Milk Hotel had a baby it would be Thrifty Astronaut. Distorted acoustic guitar, bright toy-keyboard tones, and lyrics about girls (who have lip rings and like boys who huff glue), and middleclass suburban drudgery mix into a sometimes delightful, sometimes heart wrenching experience. Top track: Middleclass Suburban Teenager Blues

Fingers of the Sun – Fingers of the Sun: If the 1960′s had never ended, there might be more bands that sound like Fingers of the Sun. Expanding from their debut EP, the self-titled Fingers of the Sun LP features sunny instruments and lyrics that would fit well in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of years gone by. Top track: Cup of Tea

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In Photos: Woodsman album release at the Larimer Lounge

by on Feb.22, 2011, under Concert Reviews, Photos

Friday nights were invented for good live music. Two weeks ago Woodsman celebrated the release of their newest record Rare Forms with a great show at the Larimer Lounge. Experimental-visual musician/artist Milton Melvin Croissant III opened with an electronic set of synthesized music followed by LA-based Speculator. Vitamins brought their style of pop-infused psychedelia in what may have been one of the best sets I’ve ever seen them put on. Woodsman brought everything together by the end of the night by playing a number of new and old songs (with quite a few from Mystery Tape). I found it interesting that since I have started following them, Woodsman has transformed from free-form jams to recognizable song structures and melodies.

MMCIII

Vitamins

Woodsman

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