Archive for November, 2009

STACK SESSIONS: ELSINORE

Monday, November 30th, 2009

It’s been awhile, I guess, and we’ve got a huge backlog of interviews/in-studios, which will hopefully see the light of day soon. No better place to start, I think, than a session we did with Elsinore a few weeks ago. These guys have been touring around the Midwest for awhile now, bringing tidings of pretty, thoughtful pop. Also, dig the vocals – phenomenal. This is one of my favorite recordings, so grab a few mp3s from the session below:

The Wooden Houses
Body Of Water
Evens
Breathing Light

Album Review: Tegan and Sara, "Sainthood"

Saturday, November 28th, 2009


You listen to the new Tegan and Sara album once. You think, hmm, maybe they screwed up this time. Maybe there’s too much T-40 mixed in with their Lilith Fair-informed brand of emotionally charged power-pop. Then you listen to it again. Then it gets stuck in your head. Then it gets to you.

Play: 1, 3+, 4++ (Nice choruses on 3 and 4), 5, 6++(killer bridge), 9+ (piano nice here)

Album Review – Various Artists, "Daptone Gold"

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


The rawest, funkiest, most soulful label since Stax went under – Brooklyn-based Daptone Records – releases a best of collection that really earns the title. It’s all good: jaw-dropping instrumental and vocal talent, tight arrangements, sterling recording; I’ll just point out the previously vinyl-only/unreleased/rarities here.

Play: 2++(great, insane sax), 6+++(amazing ballad, will break you), 7, 10++(horn hit), 12++, 14+, 18+++(unbelievably great instrumental), 19+++(cover), 22+

Bar-B-Q Killers Reissued?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I’ve spoken highly of Athens, GA based Bar-B-Q Killers before. Well, it seems that someone (Mike Turner and Gordon Lamb) has finally stepped up to get their one and only album, Comely, properly remastered and reissued (with bonus tracks too).

I guess this project is dependent on raising some money first. You can donate/pre-order here. It looks like the goal is to get it out on CD, and if enough money is raised, possibly even vinyl. Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl!

Thankfully, I tracked down two original LPs both for extremely reasonable prices. I found one from a seller in Washington state on ebay and one at a used record store in Los Angeles. Both quite far from the Athens/Atlanta homebase. For a while, I even considered reissuing the LP on bootleg cassette. Glad I don’t have to because someone’s doing it legitimately.

KWUR also has the Athens, GA: Inside/Out soundtrack LP. Pretty rad BBQ Killers live track on that one..

And just to get you excited, here’s a clip of the Bar-B-Q Killers from that very film (directed by KWUR alum, Bill Cody)…

Some Instrumentals

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
THE PRUNES – TRACKS FROM THE DARKSIDE (1996)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR – ENTER THE 37TH CHAMBER (2009)
FAT JAZZY GROOVES VOLUMES 11 & 12 (1996)