Friday, June 22, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 20

Happy Pride! It’s our Pride episode! Von and Rachel get into hard-hitting subjects like chic circuses; the politics of Pride parades, navigating pronouns, and street harassment.

We mentioned a couple of resources -- here’s where you can find them:

Buy Rachel’s book --

INTERVIEW with Sam Gleaves, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer featuring songs from their new album, Shout and Shine:

  1. “Shout and Shine”
  2. “If the Poor Don’t Matter”
  3. “Closer to the Light”
  4. “Moonshine”
  5. “Hot Pink House Trailer”
  6. “Welcome Table”

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 19

It's part two of our live episode and...Power Rangers! So. Many. Power. Rangers. Also Jeff Goldblum. And the thickness of our accents.

Mallett Bros. Band - “Long Black Braid” (Vive l’acadie)
Cam “Diane”
Mountain Natives - “We Call Each Other Home” (We Call Each Other Home)
Tedo Stone, “Before Long” (Summer Sun)
Matt C. White - “Can’t Get Away” (Wallow In The Hollow)
Courtney Marie Andrews, “I’ve Hurt Worse” (May Your Kindness Remain)
Whitacre - “Find The Light”
The Titos -- “IDWTBA” (Standard Electric Sessions)
Thompson Faulk - “Wasn’t There” (Edge Of The USA)
Chuck Westmoreland “Denim Tears” (Long Winter Rodeo)

Buy my comic! You can learn more here!

Then buy Micah Schnabel's book here! He and his band, Two Cow Garage, were nice enough to let us use their music for our intro!

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 18

It's our first live show! Rachel discusses the live almost-nude girls she saw at an old-timey burlesque show. Von had a wild weekend. We also talk about who gets to be American and record country music (spoiler: everyone!) and fascism in country music. Von also interviews two film makers about their upcoming movie, “Rocky Mountain Fast Guy”, and discusses the film’s Americana soundtrack written by the film’s director. Also, there are lots of things for you to buy so please click on the links below!

Long Branch, “Ash” (Found the Setting Sun)
American Aquarium - “Tough Folks” (Things Change)
Elway, “Nobody Goes Into Meteorology for the Sunny Days” (For the Sake of the Bit)
Brendt Thomas Diabo - “My Baby Doll” (Patch And Repair)
Emma Dilemma, “It’s So Easy” (So Becoming)
King Borneo - “Oreo Pancakes” (King Borneo EP)
Mandy Rowden, “Bad Things Happen” (When That Day Comes)

------Rocky Mountain Fast Guy Soundtrack ------

Hog Wild (Feat. SG Wood)
Ain’t Gonna Be A Heartache (Feat. Cassandra Calo)
Whiskey In The Wine
Rusty Ol’ Knife

The Dreggs - “Feel Alive” (Seas Embrace)
Dana Sipos, “Blue Ridge” (Trick of the Light)
Mitch Bradford - “Come Meet Your Lover” (Love Is Kind)

Special thanks to Two Cow Garage for allowing us to use their music for the opener! Micah Schnabel, the lead singer, just published his first novel, My Name Is Henry. Buy it here!

Also, buy Rachel's comic! It's got magic and EXILE. Click here!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CONCERT ALERT! Cory Branan/America Aquarium

If you're reading this blog, there's a good chance you're familiar with one of these acts and have at least a passing acquaintance with the other. If you're in New York City, you're in luck because this is easily going to be one of the best bills in town this summer, if not this year.

I've written about Branan's frenetic energy before. Branan's got a fantastic set of songs full of the things you probably like: clever songwriting, sing-along melodies, and sick licks. Also, inventiveness in spades. Branan's not one to rest on his laurels and if you see him play a song live, it's likely that's the only time you'll hear it played in quite that way. His last album, Adios is still sticks with me and I'm stoked to sing along to some of my favorite songs of all time.

American Aquarium is fresh off one of their best albums to date. With a new lineup and a more mature outlook on life, I'm excited to see what BJ Barham and associates will bring to the table. They've got the songs, so we'll see what they bring to their live show.

UPDATE: For a look at what you're gonna get, here's the two of them performing Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town." Only Cory Branan could make holding a can of Coke look punk as hell.

The New York City show is this Sunday at the Gramercy Theater. Doors open at 8.

You can find Cory's tour dates here and American Aquarium's tour dates here.

VIDEO: Susan Cattaneo -- Work Hard Love Harder (feat. The Bottle Rockets

I'm returning to this song fresh off a flame war on Twitter. Susan Cattaneo's up-beat "Work Hard Love Harder" feels like a good reminder of how to conduct ourselves on days where everyone is on edge -- not to mention a reminder of focusing on what really matters. (Spoiler: it's not the opinion of a music journalist in New York or an 18-year-old in Kansas City.) The whole thing has made me wonder why I feel so damn strongly about proving...what? I guess that I have dignity after having a slur thrown at me?

I think there's more to be said about how we conduct ourselves in those moments. I think Susan Cattaneo can anchor us there.

With the Bottle Rockets backing the song, you know it's  a high-energy romp. The video is fun as heck to watch, and its setting in a church speaks volumes -- a silent reminder about what spaces like that were originally intended to promote. Cattaneo's new double album, The Hammer and the Heart, has  hit #1 on the Billboard Northeast Heatseekers chart and it's easy to see why. Simple truths and straightforward songs never get old. Clearly, we still need them desperately.

Susan Cattaneo -- Official, Facebook, iTunes, Bandcamp

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Emma Dilemma -- So Becoming

Emma Dilemma's debut album, So Becoming, has a biting wit to it, betraying its punk rock DNA. As one half of the folk punk duo Chicken Little, fans of her work may have come to expect that. However, So Becoming is also an intoxicating blend of indie rock, folk, country, and punk. The blend leads to a strident album whose edges are softened by bedroom vocals and thoughtful string arrangements. The result is an album that goes down easy but will kick you in the gut once you stop to listen to Dilemma's poetry.

Like her music, Dilemma's voice wafts between a beacon shining above the swirl of her strumming and a gentle lilting just below the surface of her melodies. So Becoming is a bit of a free-floater, but it all ties together as a neat package by the end. Some songs are more distinctive than others, but it's clear that this is an album that deserves repeated listens. "It's So Easy," for example, has a sprightly beat and pop melody, but tackles some of the deepest existential questions there are. Here's but a small sample, though I highly recommend reading along to the entire song:

I have no savior, man, or god to which I pray
I have no savior, man, or god to which I pray
All of my anger, and all of my pain,
I have no one else to blame
But it’s so easy 

It’s so easy

When the sun goes down and everyone’s asleep but me
When the sun goes down and everyone’s asleep but me
When the sun comes up and everyone wakes up but me
But me  

Similarly, Dilemma can make the strongest vows sound like a lullaby. The album's closer, "Protector," makes a solemn promise while examining Dilemma's place in the great scheme of things:

We’ll never stop defying the
fascist house you’re building
We’ll never stop defying the fascist house
until you leave

I am not anybody
I’m just a part of this fucked up place
I can try to sing about it
until this song belongs to us
until this song belongs to us 

This is an album to make you stop and consider yourself and your values. At times forthright and subtle at others, So Becoming deftly interweaves the political and the personal with the loud and the soft.

Emma Dilemma -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Long Branch -- Found the Setting Sun

You'd be forgive if you thought you'd time-traveled back to the 90s while listening to Long Branch's debut LP. The Toronto-based band whips up a storm in a teacup with indie rock that is anchored in the low end and expansive in its reach. Found the Setting Sun shows us a versatile set of musicians that are equally happy with twang as they are experimenting with jazz-like time signatures. One gets the sense that Long Branch is ceaselessly searching for something that's just out of reach. But they are sure confident while they embark on the journey.

While the album's title suggests peace, Found the Setting Sun mostly trades in anxiety. "2 AM," a jangle pop piece that recalls the Indigo Girls' harmonizing, is a peaceful ditty about insomnia.  On the other hand, "Precious" is a loving dedication to an important mentor. The through line for the diversity of sounds and emotions the band works through are hooks you can hang a hat on and a rhythm section that refuses to lull you into complacency. Found the Setting Sun seems to be reconciling with aging -- the people and places we leave behind, the coulda-woulda-shouldas that haunt us at night. It might not always be a fun journey, but it's the one we've got. As Long Branch shows, even if you can't control what happens, you can push yourself beyond your boundaries to meet those mysteries head on.

Long Branch -- Facebook, Bandcamp, Purchase from DWR Records

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