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July 2014
Talkative
"Hot Fruit Barbeque
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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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Listen to This Exclusive Stream of Tetherball's "Whimsy" Right Now!

We are so excited to bring you this exclusive stream of Tetherball's debut album "Whimsy," a week before it's release date of October 28th. The single "Spring Chicken" first caught out ear in September, and put us back in touch with long-lost fantasies of going fishing with Les Claypool. The subsequent video for "Bootss" put us over the edge. We were so taken by their twisted genre-hopping that we made "Whimsy" our CD of the Month, and the Tetherball camp was kind enough to let us stream the album before it officially drops. The band is doing some great things this month, including a CMJ showcase in New York on October 25th, and a show at homebase Silver Point Studios on Halloween. Take a listen below to what has got us all hot and bothered. -Terra James-Jura

http://www.tetherballmusic.com/

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October 2014
Tetherball
"Whimsy
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com

Good Sex Record Release Show at Halcyon Bike Shop 10.21

Because bikes are just as likely as cars to have tape decks these days, Good Sex will be releasing their second full length album this Tuesday, October 21st with a show at Halycon Bike Shop. Titled "Tucked In," it will be available as a cassette for 5 bones at the show. This is a follow up to last July's "Get Bent," and maintains their slutty, lo-fi brat rock. The show will be supported by Deli favorite Mouth Reader as well as Western Medication. The show is free, so there's no reason not to head out to 12 South and let Good Sex inject one more gasp of summer into your week. -Terra James-Jura

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Super Shaker, "Kong"

We had a friend that twists knobs at one of Nashville's fine musical establishments turn us on to Super Shaker the other day. Lo and behold, it had been only two hours since they posted "Kong" on their Facebook page when we finally decided to creep on their social media. This is the first single from a recent marathon recording session, and it is one hell of an introduction to the band. It has an lead in similar to a Super Mario Bros. boss theme and may have a kazoo that surfaces somewhere in the middle, a few of the wtf moments that, after a few extra moments of deliberation, make this track awesome in a darkly weird way. We dig it, and respect Super Shaker's altruism in providing dance rock for stoned gamers. The next chance to check them out live will be at The 5-Spot on October 30th. -Terra James-Jura

 http://mysupershaker.com/index.html

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Congratulations to Dustin Sellers, Our New Artist of the Month!

Just when we thought this poll had quieted down, Dustin Sellers pulled a final campaign that earned him the vote in the last few days. While he may be known for cutting a figure stage right on background vocals for Magnolia Sons, Dustin Sellers has been quietly building his solo career. Last winter saw the release of EP "The Valley," with a full-length tenatively planned for this December. Sellers keen sense of songwriting combines a homespun familiarity with a 90's alternative edge, and it is no small feat to present something organic that hits rock, folk and soul in one breath. Sellers also puts on an impressive, professional-grade live show, two of which are on the horizon: October 28th at The Basement, and November 19th at The Stone Fox with Kelly Ruth and Kylie Rothfield. -Terra James-Jura

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