Thursday, March 22, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 8

It’s a blues rock POWER HOUR with Von and Rachel. They discuss their various creative pursuits, including Von’s super cool bridge and Rachel’s super cool comic. (You can buy it in person THIS Sunday, 3/25, at the Feminist Zine Fest at Barnard College in Manhattan from 12 - 6. You can also get it online at or hit Rachel up for a physical copy. More info on that at Also, if you’re in a band or about to start one you want to listen to Von and Rachel’s sage...advice. Definitely not grumping. Nope.

Off With Their Heads - “The Eyes Of Death” (Won’t Be Missed)
El Warren, “To Churn the Soil” (Just a Little More)
Low Cut Connie - “Death And Destruction” (Dirty Pictures (Part 1))
The Skullers, “Peace Be With You” (Meet the Skullers)
National Anthem - “Wild Child” (Wild Child)
The Cat Lady, “Leave It All” (Bad News, Leave It All)
Sirsy - “Thieves” (Sketches & Ghosts EP)
Ross Cooper, “I Rode the Wild Horses” and “Strangers in a Bar”
Goodbye Picasso - “Flesh And Bone” (Somewhere Between The Dog And The Wolf)
Gregory Richard, “Hoop Earrings”(King Laugh)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Gregory Richard -- King Laugh

If you've been missing the delirious garage blues of the White Stripes and the Black Keys and have also been pining for Pixies-style eccentricity, Gregory Richard's King Laugh is the album your heart has been crying out for. Richard makes great use of the blues' specific structure to carve out a space for his own weird self between the notes and chord changes. The band's tremendous energy brings the songs into a primal frenzy of noise that simultaneously reach for the heavens and the gut.

Richard shines on the slower pieces as well. "She Plays the Part" and "A Heart That Roams" call to mind 50s crooners like Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Richard's genuine affection for early rock and the music that inspired it gives these songs a refreshing take. While many artists would pursue this angle ironically or with a fetish for authenticity, for Richard this just seems like the way he expresses himself best. For me, at least, these songs takes me to a time when music like this was exciting and rebellious rather than a quaint novelty.

Gregory Richard -- Instagram, Bandcamp

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Adobe and Teardrops: Episode 7

This week’s episode has a bit of an international flair, from Von and Rachel trying to figure out how to pronounce everyone’s names to an immersive discussion of troll rock. (Don’t worry -- we didn’t play any Norwegian folk metal...this time.) Also some solid throwbacks to the 90s and a shoutout to the teachers of West Virginia!

Matt Woods, “A Company Town” (Matt Woods Manifesto)
The Oh Hellos - “A Convocation of Fauns (A Faunvocation, If You Will)” > “Hieroglyphs” (Eurus)
Louis Apollon, “Looking For You” (Free To Be)
Salty Pajamas - “As It Was” (As It Was)
American Forrest - “Pastures of Plenty” (Ol’ Yonder)
Strand Of Oaks - “Dream Brother”
Jodee Lewis, “Buzzard’s Bluff” (Buzzard’s Bluff)
Roadkill Ghost Choir - “Classics (Die Young)”
Maiah Wynne, “Ballad of Lefty Brown”
Tracy Bonham - “Every Breath (feat. Kay Hanley)”

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Maiah Wynne -- "Ballad of Lefty Brown"

They say you have to take any opportunity you can -- especially in the music business. Maiah Wynne took that advice to heart. Working on the set of the recent Bill Pullman Western flick The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Wynne went up to Pullman's tent and played the song for him and his wife. The song ultimately became the end credits to the film. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a decent rating, but the song certainly conjures up plenty of drama and intrigue -- perhaps better than the film itself.

Maiah Whnne -- Official, Facebook, Purchase music by Maiah Whynne

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jodee Lewis -- Buzzard's Bluff

Country music has no shortage of artists who have been through the worst and lived to tell the tale. But it's not often that an artist gets through that crucible to produce art with the same sense of pride and determination as Jodee Lewis. The Chicago-based Missouri native's latest release, Buzzard's Bluff, is a tour de force of songwriting that digs deep and hits gold. Lewis wrote the album in the wake of the death of her second child. The album's opener, "Buzzard's Bluff" is a powerful thesis statement of Lewis's roots and where she plans to go. The song immediately caught my ear both for its self-assurance and control: one gets the sense that this is a song that's gone through several thoughtful iterations, and the attention to craft and performance shows.

The main thrust of the album is the aftermath of the crisis. Not immediately after -- the songs come to us at a point where the narrator has picked up the pieces. But now that they're in her hands, what do you do? For Lewis, it's about acknowledging the pain but looking forward to the next mile ahead. "It Ain't Killed Me Yet" seems to be a response to "Buzzard's Bluff" -- no matter what you've been three, there's a new place to visit.

But Buzzard's Bluff isn't relentlessly cheery. One of the other highlights of the album is "Nothing Ever Really Changes." In most others' hands, it'd be a song of gruff despair; the lyrics seem to ask "What's the point of trying?" Instead, Lewis infuses the song with a sly sense of humor, observing "Can't tell if I'm depressed/Or just middle-aged." The album closes on a more solemn note, highlighting Lewis's faith and the spiritual community that supported her emotionally and musically through this album and the events it recounts. Buzzard's Bluff is a survivor's guide to healing, through and through, and it deserves a spin or hundred.

Jodee Lewis -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 6

Von and Rachel compliment each other’s hairstyles, Von shares his meet-cute with his wife (it’s super adorable), and the pair comment on that universal truth: music brings people together. Thanks for joining us this week on a set that starts off mellow and ramps up really quickly.

Vivian Leva , “Sturdy as the Land” (Time Is Everything) 
Brandon Whyde - “Fighting For You” (Silver Apples Of The Moon)
Pedigo's Magic Pilsner, “Warning Shot” AND “Wet the Line” (Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner)
Kyle Cox, “Better Off Being Wrong” (Self-titled)
Megg Farrell - “Mr. Montgomery” (Fear Nothing)
The Revivalists - “Wish I Knew You (Single)
Michelle Malone, “Sugar on the Tongue” and “Just Getting Started” (Slings & Arrows) 
Fruition - “I’ll Never Sing Your Name” (Watching It All Fall Apart)
Brian Fallon - “Little Nightmares” (Sleepwalkers)
Whiskey Wolves of the West, “Sounds of the South” (Country Roots)

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Michelle Malone -- Slings and Arrows

It's been a while since I've heard somebody come out swinging like Michelle Malone. The Atlanta-based blues guitarist doesn't hold back with Slings and Arrows -- a blues rock album that nods to the Civil Rights Movement and present-day struggles for liberation: for people of color, for queer people, for women. That doesn't mean it's not a big party: her duet with Sean Mullins on Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" is a fun romp. Her original song, "Sugar On My Tongue," sounds like it would be right at home on a particularly smoldering Marvin Gaye song.

Malone is a seasoned guitar slinger and it shows here for sure. Malone's songwriting chops, though, are what got me. Whether it's a  more openly political piece or the highly personal "The Flame," the songs are brimming with confidence and humanity. The album's closer, "Boxing Gloves," is a tour de force of Malone's pointed lyrics, soaring vocals, and furious licks. Slings and Arrows teaches us how to take our anger and pain and transform it into strength. It's the kind of album that'll make you carry yourself a little taller having heard it.

Michelle Malone -- Official, Facebook, Purchase

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