ADIOS is Cory Branan’s death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan’s mercurial work, it’s probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed “loser’s survival kit” doesn’t spare its subjects or the listener.
Not even Branan’s deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage “The Vow” he drolly cites his father’s favorite banality “that’s what you get for thinking” as “probably not the best lesson for kids.” For most songwriters that would be the punchline but Branan pushes through words and, in his father’s actions, finds a kind of “genius in the effortless way he just ‘did’.”
Not all the death on ADIOS is literal mortality. “Imogene” is sung from the wreckage of a love that once “poked fun at the pain, stoked the sun in the rain” but ends with the urgent call to “act on the embers, ash won’t remember the way back to fire.”
The trademark lyrical agility is mirrored sonically. Never a genre loyalist, ADIOS finds Branan (much like his musically restless heroes Elvis Costello and Tom Waits) coloring outside the lines in sometimes startling shades of fuzz and twang. While unafraid to play it arrow-straight when called for (“The Vow,” “Equinox,” “Don’t Go”), ADIOS veers wildly from the Buddy Holly-esque rave up “I Only Know” (sung with punk notables Laura Jane Grace and Dave Hause), through the swampy “Walls, MS” to the Costello-like new wave of “Visiting Hours.”
Mastered by John Baldwin, lacquers cut by Clint Holley.
Tokyo guitarist/songwriter/singer Suzuki Junzo‘s new album! Known from his work with Miminokoto, 20 Guilders, Overhang Party and more, Junzo’s Shark-Infested Custard mixes psychedelia, blues, drone, noise and rock into an intoxicating singular blend. Limited edition of 250 copies in a screen printed cover featuring art by Eric DeJesus (Easy Pop Art Research, We Have Heaven).
William Ryan Fritch is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer currently based in Oakland, California. His compositions are characterized by his unique range as a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, allowing him to realize large ensemble arrangements found in folk, Indie-rock, electronica, hip-hop, World and orchestral music as a solo endeavor.
Subscribe to the Lost Tribe Sound: Prelude to the Decline (Subscription Series) to receive ‘Eagle Hunters’ at a discount and a whole lot more here: losttribesound.bandcamp.com/album/prelude-to-the-decline-subscription-series.
Paste announces a return to print with Paste Quarterly—a luxurious print magazine with the new vinyl Paste Sampler—launching March of 2017. You can subscribe now via their Indiegogo campaign. Each issue will feature insightful long-form content and a vinyl album with exclusive tracks recorded at the Paste Studio in New York. The magazine will sell for $20/issue or $70 for a year’s subscription (four magazines plus four vinyl samplers). And we’re offering some bonus goodies for those who sign up in the next 45 days. Thanks to Paste for bringing GGR into the fold on this!
Whiplash Splash is an assertive doubling down on the power pop hooks and punk rock flair issued by California duo The Dollyrots. Tracking much of the raw performances of this 6th studio effort themselves, the band once again enlists Producer John Fields to add polish to Kelly Ogden’s vocals and craft a radio-ready mix. The resulting 13 songs exude authenticity and shift between breakneck tempo changes (“Babbling Idiot”), extreme loud/soft dynamics (“Mermaid”) and bubblegummy melodic three-chord punk (“I Do”).
Recorded during singer/bassist Ogden’s pregnancy with her and guitarist Luis Cabezas’ second child, Whiplash Splash is The Dollyrots’ first studio LP since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant and follows two Top 20 peaks on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Standout tracks include guest vocals by Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo (“Just Because I’m Blonde”), Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup (“Other Trucker”), and a modernized buzzsaw-guitar cover of Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking On Sunshine”. As a whole, the record fits sonically between any modern pop-punk and guitar goddess rock & roll… with a hint of Ronnie Spector.
Retail Space‘s You Can Catch A Lobster With Eggs But Not Egg Salad album was recorded to a 1/2″ 8 track Otari MX5050 and was mixed to an 1/4″ 2 track Otari MTR-12. Therefore, it sounds best on it’s natural analog medium of vinyl.
Includes digital pre-order of You Can Catch A Lobster With Eggs But Not Egg Salad. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Mother Evergreen is the musical project of Evan Loritsch. Brought up in, on, and around the Great Lakes and impacted by similar processes of glaciation, he explores themes of memory, escapism, attachment, impermanence, and the complicated quiltwork thereof. One of the most memorable initial releases from a Chicago artist in recent times, Mother Evergreen’s self-titled debut is available on 150-gram, 12-inch Vinyl from Sooper Records. Select from Colored Vinyl (Coke Bottle Clear) or Black Vinyl. Album includes four inserts handmade by the artist, Evan Loritsch. Purchase of album includes immediate digital download.
Even today, it’s possible to write songs honestly and intelligently, arrange them with a sensitive ear and sing in a way that brings their stories to life. We know this, in part, because that’s what Mark Erelli does. In his quiet way, the Boston-based singer/songwriter has gathered and grown a following that values these qualities. Which is why it’s seemed too long to too many since Erelli’s last album of original material. The long wait is over with the release of For A Song, a bouquet of new songs that reflect where this artist has arrived, personally and professionally. From introspective ballads to celebrations of love’s allure, these 12 songs stand-alone as eloquent statements and together as a meditation on life in all its dimensions. Grab it now!
From the depths of the uncharted wilderness (or is it “wildness”?), Nardwuar the Human Serviette, John Collins, Stephen Hamm, Nick Thomas and Shawn Mrazek, known hereafter as The Evaporators, release 8 new songs in the form of a digital download and coloured vinyl LP, titled Ogopogo Punk!
The Evaporators sing about a lot of things on Ogopogo Punk including: shaving, mohawks & dreadlocks, eating to win, the mythical landlocked BC monster the Ogopogo, Skagit Valley’s Chuckanut Drive and a whole lot more!
Over the past decade The Evaporators have graced stages / halls / living rooms with everyone from Anal Mucus to Sleater-Kinney to the Whack Attack Puppet Show.
Honcho Poncho is a five piece American alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington. They collectively weigh close to nine hundred pounds. Honcho Poncho aims to keep your toes tapping and your heads bopping as they fire you up and cool you down. Their self produced and recorded debut full length, Late Night is now available wherever you look hard enough for it (or at this link).