I saw this guy open for Times New Viking at Kung Fu Necktie last night. It was like seeing an epic rock show circa 1974. Rather than the tinny drum machines on his albums, they had a burly drummer pounding away to the songs. And rather than the Jim James style vocal effects on the albums, they used enough reverb to make even his most intelligible mumblings bounce around the room til the end of the set. Kurt Vile and his band turned these lovely bedroom pop songs into monstrously powerful walls of sound. It was a performance I won’t soon forget.
Oh yeah, and Times New Viking sucked.
Constant Hitmaker LP
God is Saying This To You… LP
Woods are the latest of the indie lo-fi garage bands to release an album to critical acclaim. And for good reason. Their new album Songs of Shame is immediate, catchy, and personal all at the same time. However, they take a different approach to lo-fi than their peers and Woodsist Records label mates (Vivian Girls, Wavves, Crystal Stilts, Sic Alps, Kurt Vile). Their’s is a sound more, well, woodsy. You could say they’re the psych-folk arm of the lo-fi scene. Ha. That was a ridiculous sentence. Regardless, it’s an excellent album. There’s alot of talent swimming around in this lo-fi pool.
Songs of Shame LP
Sunlit/The Dark 7″
I’m making this list of shows I want to see in the coming months. I’m sure I’ll only make like half of them, but I can dream. If anyone else wants to join in the orgy that is live music in the spring/summer, holla at me. I’m always down.
Shows and music below the link…