Thursday, February 14, 2019

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 51

It’s our Valentine’s Day episode! Awww! Celebrate lurrrrve with these great dedications.
OPENING - Drive-by Truckers - Feb. 14th (A Blessing And A Curse) 
Requested by Chris Jackson
  1. The Vegabonds - “Generation Of Happiness” AND “Best I Can” (V)
  2. *Valentines Dedication*  Jenny Lewis - “Red Bull And Hennessy” (Single)
From Trevor Post to Cassandra Decker
  1. Jerry David DeCicca -- “Jamila Rose” (Burning Daylight Acoustic After-party Version)
  2. *Valentines Dedication*  ICLASOB - “Walk Across Texas” (Creepy Little Noises)
From Mark Potter to his wife Michelle Potter
  1. Atlas Road Crew - “My Own Way AND “You Make It Easy” (Chasing Fire) 
  2. *Valentines Dedication* Jon Snodgrass/Frank Turner - “Buddies” (Buddies)
From Becca Shafer to Dan Shafer
  1. Tucker Riggleman -- “Sublet Blues” (Time Machine)
  2. *Valentines Dedication* Lars Pluto and The Reavers - “Dear Country Music” (The Remote Session)
From Paul Mason to music lovers everywhere
  1. The Marcus King Band - “Where I’m Headed” (Carolina Confessions)
  2. *Valentines Dedication* Chuck Ragan - “Symmetry” (Feast Or Famine)
From Sean McInerney to Carrie McInerney
  1. State Champion -- “My Over, My Under” (Send Flowers)
  2. *Valentines Dedication* Anna Nalick - “Knots” (At Now)
  • From Ceci Cholst to Nathan Zeichner
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PREMIERE: Maddy Chloe - "Too Little to Be"

There's a lot of toxicity flooding the Internet right now, so perhaps this Valentine's Day is a good time to reflect on things that are beautiful and pure. Walking to work today, I genuinely enjoyed all of the people on their way to work with arms full of flowers and teddy bears for their friends and partners. 


Of course, if the next most pure thing to teen love is teen heartbreak. At 16 years old, Canadian-born Maddy Chloe has channeled those emotions into a peppy folk song that twists the knife. Now living in Torino, Italy, Chloe's making a go of documenting her experiences at their freshest. Her new single “Too Little To Be” talks about a love story turned sour and the aftermath of a broken heart. Chloe wrote the lyrics, music, and played the ominiously de-tuned ukelele accompanied on piano and melodica are by Luca Baù. The track is arranged and produced by Charles Bisaillon and recorded in Addexxo’s studios in Torino.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Josh Brooks -- Catholic Blues

Two things to expect from Josh Brooks' new album: you're going to cry. You're also going to laugh really hard.

Brooks is an erudite lyricist whose songs feel more literary than anything else; the guitars and melodies are great, but the words are doing the heavy lifting here. It shouldn't surprise you that this album primarily focuses on faith and the hypocrisies of moral absolutism. Although this album is just Brooks and his guitar, the nine songs introduce us to vivid characters struggling to survive in a world that simply won't conform itself to the binaries of moral scripture.


It's not all bad news, though. "Helen of the Internet" -- which a quick Googling shows may be a reference to one of the first web comics in history -- is a truly delightful collection of tech double entendre. "Pessimist Blues" and "Anniversary" have a warmer view on relationships -- flaws and all.

But these simply leaven the truly masterful, sweeping sense of isolation throughout the rest of the album. I didn't know that it could come in so many flavors -- the benefits, I suppose, of Jewish guilt over Catholic guilt. Brooks' reedy falsetto truly sounds as if he could lift his words from his mouth to God's ear. 


Josh Brooks -- Official, Bandcamp

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 49

Just your casual discourse about immigration and special ed justice in schools -- you can tell Rachel took the reigns on this one because Von is sick. HOWEVER, we’ve got the low-down on how YOU can take part in our first LIVE show with Matt Woods on March 12th!
  1. Bones Owens - “Bout Time” (Singles)
  2. Josh Brooks - “The Devil Taught My Mamma How to Play” (Catholic Blues)
  3. Shovels & Rope - “The Wire” (Single)
  4. Joanne Rand - “Lay Down Your Burden” (Single)
  5. Matt Woods - “With Love From Brushy Mountain” (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
  6. Robert Connely Farr - “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” (Dirty South Blues)
  7. The Vandoliers - “Troublemaker” (Forever)
  8. Steev Richter - “The First Time I Tried to Win” (Boundaries)
  9. Ryan Adams - “Fuck The Rain” (Big Colors)


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Goldenchild -- Bridges

If you're in Nashville, you should make the time to go see Goldenchild. Wiley Gaby, who's relocated there from Brooklyn, is a real spitfire of a performer. I got to see him play with Paisley Fields and Mercy Bell up here and my girlfriend and I were floored by his band's cover of "Jolene." It wasn't just Gaby's stage dynamism;as a band leader, he has a knack for building dense arrangements that will tickle your ears -- and give space for his lyrics to devastate you.


This is a slight generalization, but I've noticed that many queer artists in the country field are pushing towards combining classic country elements with the kind of art-pop more commonly associated with gay men. Bridges is a case study in combining country with pop music and coming out with something that is heartfelt and mature. In other words, real country music -- unlike what we tend to get on the radio. Each song on Bridges is quite distinct -- "Searching For Strangers" and "Change Your Mind" are the most guitar-driven. They also show Gaby's range, with "Strangers" an intrepid jaunt into the unknown and "Change Your Mind" being exactly what you think it is. On the other hand, "I Just Want Tonight" feels like it could be at home in a club. It begs the question: what's preventing artists who authentically channel pop from making it big in mainstream country?

I'll let you figure that one out.



Goldenchild -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

HEY! LISTEN: Alicia Blue -- "Incognito"

"Growing up as a 'passing' Mexican-American taught me that being a working class Mexican was not cool, at least to upper class suburban white kids," Alicia Blue writes. "My friends made that apparent with comments like 'do you have an alarm on your house?' Or 'ew, the gardeners' when I’d be outside at their houses playing. I don’t care what ethnicity I was born into, I had a deep seated knowing of what a hero was. And that was somebody doing a job nobody wanted to do. Work in 90° weather that’s backbreaking? Not for me. So my heart palpitated for people like that, and they happened to come from the same place my ancestors came from. I couldn’t understand why nobody else could recognize that."


Blue's debut single, "Icognito," dives headfirst into the thorny -- and hypocritcal -- mess of white identity in America. Blue details an unfortunately long list of micro-aggressions she's experienced when people around her assume she is white -- and the even worse things they say when they learn her Mexican heritage. In a piece on the song shortened here for clarity, Blue described white boys growing up who lost interest in her when they learned of her background, casting directors' thoughtless racism -- and the catharsis of writing "Icognito." "This song is the release of it all. The anger. And now, freedom."

As discussions about gender equity in country music seem to be making glacial progress, it's past time to expand this discussion to people of color and queer people in the music industry. "Incognito" has a heavy blues swagger, but it also veers into the kind of anti-folk talk-singing reminiscent of Ani DiFranco that gives the song some extra heft. "Incognito" premiered on KCRW yesterday and I hope this leads to bigger platforms for Alicia Blue to share hers -- and all too many other peoples' -- stories.



Alicia Blue -- Website, Facebook

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 48

Rachel drives solo-ish, Von tries keto, there’s a lot to say about Star Trek. Also, which band should be shorthand for your lowest expectations and what is emo, anyway? 

  1. Ryan Bingham - “Jingle And Go” (American Love Songs)
  2. Jeff Przech - “Someday” (Single)
  3. John Paul White - “The Long Way Home” (The Hurting Kind)
  4. Scott Pettigrew - “Rising Tide” (Rising Tide) SH
  5. The Avett Brothers - “Trouble Letting Go” (Singles)
  6. Abigail Lapell - “Gonna Be Leaving” (Getaway)
  7. Horse Feathers - “Altamont” (Appreciation)
  8. Rachael Kilgour - “Holy Are We” (Game Changer)
  9. The Dead Tongues - “Thunder And Crash” (Unsung Passage)
  10. Old Nobodaddy - “Read ‘Em and Weep” (Single)

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