Monday, August 13, 2018

Jesse Daniel -- Jesse Daniel

On a later episode of his podcast Cocaine and Rhinestones, Tyler Mahan Coe discusses the question of authenticity in country music. (btdubs, you should absolutely listen to the first season if and when you've caught up with our podcast.) Mahan Coe observes that being from a place doesn't give you authenticity in country music. In fact, it's sincerity that counts far more. You don't need to have had a hard life to sing -- or relate to -- country music. You just need to care about what you're singing. I agree.

When people ask me the kind of music I write about, I describe it as country music written by people who were punk in their 20s and then mellowed out.

Jesse Daniel, then, is an ideal candidate for this blog. Daniel found refuge in music during a tumultuous youth. Daniel's early experiences playing drums in punk bands in California soon introduced him to heroin. In his years of struggling with habit, country music was one of the few beacons leading Daniel to a healthier life.

Daniel's debut album is a raucous celebration of the high and low points of life. Daniel is submitting himself as a nominee for the "Honky Tonk Male" category for next year's Ameripolitan Awards, so that's the descriptor I'll go with. This self-titled album is as sly as it is agile. You could have yourself an amazing time going out and dancing your ass off at one of Daniel's sure-to-be fantastic shows, but the true reward is listening to the lyrics. Daniel looks back on the hard times but is not a member of the sad bastard song club (yet.) He acknowledges the less savory parts of his past without apology or regret. Instead, Daniel strikes me as a person who savors all of the pleasures in life -- alongside of anything else that's happening. The final song on the album, "Looks Like Rain," demonstrates Daniel's propensity for introspection -- perhaps a hint at a more contemplative sequel. But above all is, in spite of everything that's happened in the past, it looks like there's a bright and smooth road ahead for Daniel.

Jesse Daniel -- Official, Facebook, Purchase from Jesse Daniel, Amazon

Friday, August 10, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 26

Patreon was dumb this week. Here’s how we feel about. (But also keep paying us please.) That leads us into net neutrality, btdubs -- but it’s not Rachel talking about politics this time. Rachel did talk about the Newport Folk Festival and she and Von take on some sacred cows. Also, bizarre Florida man (and New York man) stories as well as your favorite holiday: Rachel’s birthday!

  1. Daniel Bachman, “Song For the Setting Sun III” (Three Lobed)
  2. Patrik Antonsen - “Fishbowl” (Mr. Futility)
  3. Reina del Cid, “Queen Hazel” (Rerun City)
  4. Dawn And Hawkes - “Promised Land” (The Other Side)
  5. Dave Sheinen, “Talking To Myself” (First Thing Tomorrow)
  6. Foresteater - “Unbutton” (Single) (Single)
  7. Coyle Girelli, “Where’s My Girl?” (Single)
  8. The Wirelight - “Brace For Impact” (Single)
  9. Nate Smith - “A Girl Named America” (Single)

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Also, if you want to read more about Newport Folk Fest, here’s what Rachel had to say.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Nick Ferrio -- "I Don't Know How Long"

Hello! It's been a while since I've had a non-podcast-specific post up here! But I can't think of a better person to break that bubble with than Nick Ferrio. Ferrio's written one of my favorite albums ever, Amongst the Coyotes and the Birdsongs. His last album, Soothsayer, took him in a new, psychedelic direction. On Ferrio's new single, he cranks up the garage rock influence in a song that critiques the gentrification of his hometown Peterborough, Ontario. The song has a killer riff and a manic beat that ratchets up the tension while Ferrio ponders his continued existence in his home.


Nick writes: "I wrote “I Don’t Know How Long” about the stress, the anxiety, and the precarity that gentrification causes. I was seeing a lot of changes where I live in Peterborough, Ontario – friends who had no choice but to leave the city because they couldn’t afford rent, couldn’t find jobs that pay enough to live, couldn’t afford to raise families here. I started wondering if it was time that I, too, found somewhere else to call home. I realized that the displacing and erasure that happens when a place is gentrified, which is a phenomenon happening in a lot of cities throughout Turtle Island, isn’t a new version of colonialism – it’s simply a symptom of the same old one."

Nick Ferrio -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 25

Von gets rid of that damn mouse. Rachel was stunned by Janelle Monae. They’re both giggly about her song “PYNK,” and you get to be, too! Also, it’s our 25th episode, so we share some stats about how we’re doing so far! Thanks for supporting us!

1. Janelle Monae, PYNK (Dirty Computer)
2. William Matheny, “Moon Over Kenova” (Moon Over Kenova)
3. Callum Pitt - “Away From The Rousing Parades” (Single)
4. Hawks and Doves, “The Dangerous Ones”(From a White Hotel)
5. Leitmotif (Feat. Lisa Rowe), “Trouble In The Making” (single)
6. Charles Walker/Ben Trickey Split, “Sorted Out” (Charles Walker/Ben Trickey)
7. Kodey Brims - “Bundaberg Rum & Coke” (Single)
8. Izaak Opatz, “Not Yet” (Mariachi Static)
9. The 502’s - “Oliva” (Because We Had To)
10. Kendl Winter “Pretty Saro” (Stumbler’s Business)
11. Terra Lightfoot - “Pinball King” (New Mistakes)

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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)    

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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)

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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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