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July 2014
"Hot Fruit Barbeque

Whitnessing the growth of Portland punky psych-pop outfit, Talkative, over the years, has been an absolute pleasure. Each of their albums has a home in my music library and heart. Not to mention the dudes in the band are some of the finest gents among the Portland music community. I knew we'd be good buds from the first time I met guitarist/synth/vocalist Cody Berger in 2011, after my own band played a show at Kelly's Olympian, and I reluctantly let an intoxicated Cody, saying "hey man, I heard you like to smoke pot too, cool!" hop a ride back to the SE with me to shorten his walk home. 

Talkative's latest stoney efforts, Hot Fruit Barbeque, takes their raucous high energy sounds to new levels. And it's not just upscaled production. The album feels more purposeful than their previus work, each song commanding you to yield and listen or dance (I prefer to wiggle). Lead single "Rudy Huckleberry" will be left lingering in your ear as you try to recreate Berger's catchy but mostly unintelligible vocal hooks for the remainder of the day. Equally as catcy, "Snow Jobs" and "Hava Nagila" showcase the impressively explosive capabilities of Casunn Taft's drumming. The boys explore slightly more worldly rhythms and tones alongside their distorted guitars on "Gentrifuckation" for an overall excelent, bouncy, party track. 

Hot Fruit Barbeque easily falls at the top of my list of favorite albums in 2014. Listen here.

- Travis Leipzig

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Wilco on Daytrotter

Wilco has had a full blown revitalization this year, and they are capping it off with an appearance on Daytrotter. The band stopped by and performed four tracks from their critically acclaimed 2011 release The Whole Love.


Secret Colours "Faust"

Secret Colours have released a video for the lead track "Faust" from their forthcoming EP3 by the same title. The video was directed by Elijah Alvarado and is just twisted enough to blow your mind. "Faust" will be released on January 1st.

You can catch Secret Colours at Empty Bottle on Jan. 7th.


Ezra Furman "The Year of No Returning"

I received an email from Ezra Furman this week announcing his plans to release a solo album this February. The album will be called "The Year of No Returning", and Ezra sent along the album's first track "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde".

MP3: Ezra Furman "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"

In the press release that he included in his email he wrote, "these are songs I wrote after fighting with strangers. Stricken by writer's block, I felt stuck in a songwriting persona that no longer applied to me. I don't know why I was moved to start physical fights with people I met at bars. The first one happened by accident. The fact is, though, that I began writing the next morning and did not let up. Somehow physical violence was the catalyst for transcendence and forward creative progress. It's something I do not recommend to others--I got hurt and I hurt other people. And yet for me, it was the key." Everyone finds their muse in different places, and Ezra Furman has found his in his fists, at least for this project.


A Lull @ Subt

A Lull are launching a winter tour with Deleted Scenes with a show at Subt on 12/30. The band has had a great year and are thanking their fans by releasing a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire".

I'm On Fire by A Lull


Live from The Old Town School released today

This past week Old Town School of Folk announced that they will be releasing a four volume, 127 track collection of archived recordings. The recordings span 50 years and contains recordings from Joan Baez, Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, Lila Downs, Steve Earle, and more. The four volumes are broken down into "Family Music," "New Folk," "Trad Folk," and "World Music."

Here is "Dear Old Greenland" recorded by Andrew Bird on September 15, 2000 which is in the "New Folk" section of the collection.

This project is out today, and you can view the entire track list here.


An Aesthetic Anaesthetic Kicks off a Campaign

Over the weekend, An Aesthetic Anaesthetic kicked off a campaign to raise fund for their next album. The band is hoping to raise at lease $1500 to help cover the cost of recording. The four-piece band has an array prizes levels line-up including copies of their the new album, their second, which will be called Names and be released in July.


Midnight Moxie's Mailbag

Midnight Moxie has launched a new web series called Moxie Mailbag where they attempt to answer the questions that their fans submit.


Josh Carterer The Heart of Christmas

There may not be a more distinctive voice in Chicago music history than that of Josh Carterer of The Smoking Popes. This Christmas Josh has released a new solo album filled Christmas songs. When I say solo, I mean he sang all vocals, and played all instruments on the project – including, but not limited to, drums, guitar, keyboard, tambourine, shakers, hand claps, foot stomps and even 2x4s. The album, The Heart of Christmas, was released on November 22nd and Josh has been touring singing his carols since that time.

MP3: Josh Carterer "The Heart of Christmas"

He returns home tomorrow, Dec. 14th, for a show at Schubas with Scott Lucas and Rainbow Rhythms.



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