Friday, July 20, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 24

Mouse traps, stalker publicists, bad first we talk too much?
  1. Zena Carlota, “Muzinge” (The Confidence of Birds) (SH)
  2. Broke Down Rodeo - “On To The North” AND “Last Cigarette” (First Rodeo) 
  3. Ric Robertson, “The Fool” AND “Hallelujah, I’m a Dreamer” (The Fool, The Friend) 
  4. Murder By Death - “True Dark” (The Other Shore)
  5. The Breton Sound, “Why Are You Still Here?” AND “Illuminate” (The Breton Sound)
  6. Northern Quarter - “Fort Mac Anthem” AND “Every Second Counts” (Cold Dark Night)
  7. Michelle Mandico, “Water Bearer” AND “Giant Love” (Ptarmigan) 
  8. The Fey - “Contender” AND “The Cool”  (Strawberry Lemonade)
  9. Cowboy Junkies, “Sing Me a Song” AND “Shining Teeth” (All That Reckoning) 
  10. Itto - “Calling Out My Name” (Single)    

You can pick up Rachel's comic Artema here.

And check out Micah Schnabel's novel here!  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 23

Sports, hippies, and luaus. It gets a little weird, but mostly we stick to a raucous blues and punk-filled set!

Lucero - “For The Lonely Ones” AND “Long Way Back Home” (Among The Ghosts)
Jamie Lynn Vessels, “Whiskey Blues” AND “For Kim” (Storm Coming)
Levi Parham - “My Finest Hour” AND “Borderline” (It’s All Good)
Frank Newsome, “Gone Away With a Friend” (Gone Away With a Friend)
The Devil Makes Three - “Paint My Face” (Chains Are Broken)
Ben Bostick, “No Show Blues” AND “Tornado” (Hellfire)
Face To Face - “Keep Your Chin Up” AND “Disconnected” (Hold Fast)
Diali Cisshoko and Kaira Ba, “Alla L’a Ke” (Routes)
Michigan Rattlers - “Just Good Night” (Wasting The Meaning)
Basic Bitches, “How Come None Of You Ever Want To Hang Anymore?” (Single)

You can buy Rachel’s comic here.
You can buy Micah Schnabel’s novel here. His band Two Cow Garage wrote our opening theme!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jamie Lynn Vessels -- Storm Coming

Is there any genre better equipped to tackle love gone sour than the blues? Jamie Lynn Vessels' Storm Coming definitely proves that no, there's not, and all of those bent strings and slides demonstrate what she's going to do to you if she sees your cheating ass again. Vessels has made a name for herself in New Orleans' singer-songwriter community as an electrifying guitar player and Storm Coming cements that reputation.

The title track sets the broader tone of the album, conveying the fear and chaos of the city right before Katrina. Maybe it's because I was too young at the time, but I don't think New York musicians have as consistent a body of work about the shared trauma of 9/11 as I've seen in New Orleans' response to Katrina. Perhaps it's because, over ten years later, Katrina's damage is still visible. Perhaps it's because New Orleans musicians are more invested in their community and have simply lived there longer. Suffice to say, Vessels' spirited playing transitions from the broader, social concern of a community in fear to her more personal struggles with betrayal seamlessly throughout the rest of the album.

Storm Coming is a powerful listen, and the electric songs will surely help fuel your cocktail of grief and anger if you're currently going through a similar experience. However, the album also sees Vessels continuing to develop her songwriting voice. The last two songs of the album, "Burn" and "For Kim," are acoustic numbers that showcase Vessels' powerful vocals. Soon enough, Vessels' lyrics will become as much of a force as her shredding.

Jamie Lynn Vessels -- Official, Facebook, Purchase Storm's Coming

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 22

Von discusses his star turn in Rocky Mountain Fast Guy. Rachel laughed too loud during Hearts Beat Loud. Oops. Also, we take a deep dive into Jason Isbell and American Aquarium if you’re curious. Also also, read Rachel’s article about queer country artists in Wide Open Country!

Jesse Davis Rosenthal, “Party Dress" (Party Dress/Old Closure)
The Brothers Comatose - “Already Ready” AND “These Ways” (Ink, Dust And Luck)
Chris Crofton, “Numbers Game” AND “Everywhere You Should Be (Except For in Love)” (Hello It’s Me)
Brent Cowles - “Keep Moving” AND “The Fold” (How To Be Okay Alone)
Riley Moore, “Wandering Man” AND “Sitting on a Boat” (Vagrant)
Jason Isbell - “Whisper” AND “The Assassin” (Sirens Of The Ditch BONUS TRACKS)
Pat Reedy, “Conversation With Jesus” AND “Wedding Ring” (That’s All There Is)
St. Paul And The Broken Bones - “Apollo” (Young Sick Camellia)
Brother Dege, “The Shakedown” (Farmer’s Almanac)
Strange Majik - “Building It Up And Tearing It Down” (Single)

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Here’s where you can get more deets on Rachel’s comic Artema: The Exile
And a huge thank you to Two Cow Garage for letting us use their music! You can pick up Micah’s new novel Hello, My Name is Henry here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jesse Rosenthal -- Party Dress/Old Closure

I generally don't review EPs, but you need to hop aboard Jesse Rosenthal's train before it leaves the station. The first song on the EP, "Party Dress," is just a stunning display of vulnerability. From the vocals to the guitars, it's a song that will gut you and bring you back (if you're lucky enough to have left them) to sultry, desperate nights.

"Old Closure" is a more minimalist song. I don't respond to it like I did "Party Dress," but it's very much in the same vein. On the podcast, I compare Rosenthal's music to Twin Peaks. It doesn't sound like the music from the show, but it has that same aura of taking the familiar and giving it a Gothic twist. Perhaps it's more accurate to compare Rosenthal's music to 80s acts like New Order or Depeche Mode, but with a fuller, more organic sound. Regardless, these two songs show a lot of heart and soul -- the good and the ugly -- that speak of great things to come for Rosenthal.

Jesse Rosenthal -- Soundcloud, Bandcamp

Friday, June 29, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 21

Rachel and Von get into all the ways to celebrate Pride, including Twitter stardom. Also, travel tips for Disney World (related!) And varmints that get into the house. This episode is psychedelic and bluesy and, if we say so ourselves, hecka amusing.

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs - “Kill Grey Mule” (Clippety Clop)
River Whyless, “Born in the Right Country” AND “New Beliefs” (Kindness, A Rebel)
Josh King - “Relax” (Into The Blue)
Kasey Musgraves -- “Oh, What a World” (Butterflies)
Speedbuggy USA - “Hold My Head Up High”(Kick Out The Twang)
Darth Nater, “The Immigrant” (A Century Ago)
James Scott Bullard - “Wicked Ways” (Full Tilt Boogie)
Ian Moore, “You Gotta Know My Name” (Toronto)
Echo Bloom - “English Teacher” (Green)
Jeffrey Foucault -- “Dishes,” Blood Brothers

Also read Rachel's treatise on queer country over at Wide Open Country

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Also, you can buy Micah Schnabel's book here and Rachel's comic book there.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

River Whyless -- Kindness, A Rebel

I'll be honest -- this is the kind of album I would have spurned when I first started writing this blog. I've matured. I've broadened my tastes. I've become more tolerant of music that sounds less familiar to me at first.

That's pretty much the theme of Kindness, A Rebel. The album is what happens when you take Southern rock of the gentler, Glossary-style variety and introduce it to Paul Simon. The Asheville-based band constructs song that feel delicate at first, with whimsical arrangements and abrupt tempo changes. But when you get to the core of the songs -- the lyrics -- you see that they have more staying power than your typical indie rock sound.

That's because the album takes a deep dive into the political landscape, as if using the frame of roots music to call into question American-ness itself. Above all, though, the album is fun. When we go from the gently persistent "New Beliefs" and whipsaw into the surf rock-inspired "The Feeling of Freedom," you fully appreciate how much control River Whyless has over their art. On Kindness, A Rebel, River Whyless asks us to lean into the unfamiliar to expand our boundaries, find a point of connection, and change.

River Whyless -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

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