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A Heart is a Spade: White Hinterland Visits WNYC

March 2014
Hands In
"Ployester Itch

Portland's Eric Crosby is blessed with musical genious. His brilliance has been showcased in various groups through the years, including Yourself & The Air, and Settlers, but his solo project Hands In is truely on point. Through a combination of loops and live perormance, he creates a blend of lo-fi psych that I could listen to on repeat for days.

The track 'Take Time Enough' off his January 2014 release Polyester Itch floats through a dreamy cloud of punching synth, sampled drums and spaced out soothing vocals that can lift the heaviest of depression on a gloomy Portland day. Listen to the full album here. - Travis Leipzig

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Cigarette Trees at The East Room 3.20

An exotic blend of instruments, voices, and beautiful lyrics is what Cigarette Trees are all about. The song “The Snows” is whimsical and almost from a transcendental realm, and even a little ominous. Their songs are theatrical and the lyrics are genius. They are the Cigarette Trees and they will be playing at the East Room on March 20. Their sound makes for a wonderful listening experience for everyone. You will not be disappointed! -Amanda Aydelott


Album Review: Panfish, "Demogod"

Wednesday night regulars at Dan McGuinness Pub might be tacking on a few more miles to their drive if they were attending for the sole purpose of seeing Dave Pahanish in action (unless they happen to be East Nasvillians.) He and his band Panfish have moved their hang to The Building for Hump-day Eve. The first show in the new location will be March 5th with special guest SIMO, followed by an open mic, starting at 8pm. For those unaware of the Pahanish empire, follow this link for a review of the latest Panfish album, “Demogod.” -Terra James-Jura


Album Review: "Demogod" by Panfish
- by Terra James-Jura

It was a little misleading to look at the psychedelic fish-deity gracefully hovering just above a frying pan, guitar in one of many blue hands, eyes closed and lost in some divine groove on mythical headphones.  Adding to the dissonance was the faint whiff of nag champa that wafted heavenward when I slipped the disc for “Demogod” out of its sleeve.  It was very strange to me that the packaging for an album by a songwriter with #1 Billboard hits could easily be mistaken for some suburban dad’s DMB hobby band.  

Disregarding this, Pahanish has the capacity to pen some universally appealing tunes, having a hand in a few hits for the likes of Toby Keith and Keith Urban.  He’s well-known amongst Nashville’s songwriters, and tirelessly active in hosting evenings at the Building and Dan McGuiness Pub, steady platforms that allow him to support new talent. However, like most scenemakers, he flies under the radar of popular awareness. 

“Demogod” is an outlet for Pahanish’s wide range of influences to run free.  It showcases his ability to produce a strong, possibly chart-climbing specimen in whatever genre he dips into. Soul, hard rock and folk are interpreted through the filter of his persona as the All-American Gypsy. There’s a party anthem in “Have a Good Time” and a down and dirty come-on in “Number 2.” Everything is fair game so long as women, weed and whiskey get their mention.

Of the bunch, I would pin the gentle, acoustic guitar-heavy track “Gypsy” as the most genuine, and “Peace Pipe” as the song most likely to in the middle of a bidding war between Eric Church and Luke Bryan. However, “Creation” really jumped out in the arrangement as the only track that had the magically groovy breath of Cee Lo Green to it.  I really enjoyed it, and it made me curious to know what would happen if Pahanish really let his aptitude towards neo-soul rip. 

While one would never question Pahanish’s dedication to his music, especially after catching a live performance, any live performance, as he plays them with such energy and conviction that I am sure a few shower doors have fallen victim to his enthusiasm, some of the album came across as detached to me.  This could be my ears misinterpreting the deliberate four-track recording as hollow rather than, say, affectionately lo-fi, but some songs seem more like foster children rather than his own flesh and blood. 


The variety of “Demogod” combined with the expert songwriting makes it an engaging album all the way through. His personality shines through whatever angle he approaches from, and in all reality, it’s probably impossible for Pahanish to write a bad song.  It’s a solid stepping stone on his path towards conquering Nashville.  










Weekend Itinerary

Everyone and their mother seems to be having an album release show this weekend, so here’s a short list of who’s doing what where.


Honey Locust release their new album “The Great Southern Brood” with a bang at the Stone Fox with opener Alex Baker of Dewey Decibel. 9pm

Majestico are releasing their album “When Kingdom Come” with a show at Soulshine Pizza Factory 6pm, free.

Slick releases their album “Street Lips” with Moseley and el el at The Basement, 9pm, $5.

This is also Night One of the The Delta Saints Revue. The Delta Saints take the stage at Exit/In for two evenings. Friday night includes performances by Humming House and Boom Forest. $10 in advance, $12 DOS and $17 for both nights.


Ri¢hie album release show for “Night Game” with Blank Range and Bully at The End at 9pm. This lineup will be like seeing a leprechaun, a unicorn, and Elvis on one stage.

Across the River, The East Room is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with The FeaturesPhoto Ops, Babe City, Mystery Twins, and *repeat repeat.

Night Two of The Delta Saints Revue at Exit/In. Saturday night’s show includes Omega Swan and Joe Robinson in the lineup. $10 in advance, $12 DOS and $17 for both nights.


Find your next favorite band at Gorilla Fest at the Rutledge. Beginning at 4, an epic battle of the bands will be waged between Insane, The Turncoats, Tristen Proffitt, Everson, Take Captive The Captain, The Sweetest Sleep, Arcane Atlas, Paradise in Ruins,Hour Hands, Another Dead Saint, and others.

Supposing that you attend Gorilla Fest, you will be within walking distance of 3rd and Lindsley, where Wild Cub will be playing with Roman Candle. This event is being presented by Lightning 100, and only a precious few tickets remain, available HERE.


The David Mayfield Parade at Exit/In TONIGHT

While his talent and charisma are renown in their own right, David Mayfield might be more readily associated with The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, or little sister Jessica Lea Mayfield. Of his solo career, Mayfield has earned the title of “The Wild Man of Americana.” “Human Cannonball” from his second album “Good Man Down” unfolds from a soft folk number to a sweeping orchestral movement, with the story echoed in the way the fiddle winds its way through the song. The video is a seamless work of art, but probably only half as entertaining as catching Mayfield live. This Thursday promises to be a great night of music, between The David Mayfield Parade, Those Darlins and Shakey Graves, enhanced by the exclusive availability of Lagunitas’ Couch Trippin’ Fusion Beer. This is the band’s last show before they head to Austin for SXSW, and free for those that RSVP here, so there’s no excuse to miss it! -Terra James-Jura


The Poor Boys Release New Song "Psycho"

I caught The Poor Boys this past Sunday open for Thelma and the Sleaze (hey, it had been a minute since anyone addressed me as motherf****r, and it turned out it will be a few more, since this show was being broadcast live by 102.9 The Buzz, and decorum was being exercised with white-knuckled intensity.) Taking cues from the Nashville Pussy school of Southern Rock, Poor Boys presented a steady noise that seeped through the eardrums in the same way mud finds its way through holes in your boots. Yeah, it's filthy and going to be a pain to clean up, but in the present moment, it's kind of fun to wiggle your toes around in. Any band that treats a room of 50 like 5000 is always fine with me. They released the tune "Psycho" on February 5th, as an ode to a particular individual, but it can easily transfer that special hosebeast in everyone's life. -Terra James-Jura


Ponychase to Release Debut LP "Parade of Youth" 3.4.14

Those at Mercy Lounge for the QDProm over Valentine’s Day got lucky in more ways than one (or just one, if they’re severely lacking game) as Ponychase was in the lineup. The backstory in the group’s creation reads like its own little romance: girl (Jordan Caress) is distraught over what will come of her home demos, meets her musical soulmate in Beth Cameron of Forget Cassettes, enlists her synth-savant little brother, and the rest of the pieces fall into place. The band’s debut album “Parade of Youth” is due out March 4th. From the sound of the title track released last fall, the serendipity of the band’s creation is going to make a lot of people happy. Ponychase performs at The Basement on March 7th; the show starts at 9 and cover is $5. -Terra James-Jura


Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes Album Release Show at Exit/In 3.8.14

Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes have been in the Deli before, and its about time we mention them again for the release of the new album “Kid Tiger."  The release party is coming up on March 8th, when Ellsworth will be at Exit/In with Alanna Royale and Blank Range. Their first album “Civilized Man” probably had you bouncing around or even relaxing, so don’t expect “Kid Tiger” to be anything less than completely captivating, addictive, calming, and perfect for any occasion. "Tourniquet" was posted to the public all of two days ago. After the album's  release, they will be on tour. So come out and see them before they leave! The show starts at 8, and cover is $10. –Amanda Aydelott


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