Generationals hail from New Orleans, Louisiana. In a city that boasts a rich history of jazz and blues, Generationals stand out with their extremely poppy, light hearted tunes. The band came about as a collaboration between Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, after their previous band, Eames Era, parted ways. The album was produced by Daniel Black at Bent Black in Washington, D.C. The 10 song-album clocks in at just under 34 minutes, and is a wonderful album to play on warm, summer nights. The danceable tunes are extremely easy to listen to, and after a few listens, I’m sure you will be singing along, too. Con Law boasts catchy percussive parts, beautifully constructed minimalist horn sections and cute synthesizer lines. It reminds me of Of Montreal’s earlier work, mixed with 60’s girl groups. What can I say? I love pop music. Check them out on tour:
Aug 4 2009 Club Congress-Tucson,AZ
Aug 6 2009 Stubbs Jr. w/ Floating Action-Austin, TX
Aug 7 2009 Super Happy Fun Land w/ Floating Action-Houston, TX
Aug 8 2009 HI HO LOUNGE-New Orleans, LA
Aug 9 2009 Louisiana Music Factory IN-STORE -New Orleans, LA
Aug 22 2009 Spanish Moon w/ Brass Bed Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 12 2009 Monolith Festival-WOXY stage Morrison, CO
Sep 30 2009 Howlin Wolf w/ Dr. Dog New Orleans, LA
Portugal. The Man.
The Satanic Satanist
The first time I was exposed to Wasilla, Alaska’s Portugal. The Man, was after the release of their second album Church Mouth. It was released almost two years to the date before their most recent effort, The Satanic Satanist, hit the market. Already, the album has hit #81 on the Billboard 200 – not too shabby for a indie band that’s only been around for five years. On this record the lineup includes John Baldwin Gourley (vocals, guitar, organ, machines), Jason Sechrist (drums and gang), Ryan Neighbors (piano, Rhodes, organ, synth, vocals), Zachary Scott Carothers (bass, percussion, vocals), and Zoe Manville (vocals, Moog synth).
As soon as I received the album, I noticed the amazing pop-up style art on the cover. It’s truly beautiful and was created by Gourley and Portland designer Austin Sellers. This is something I really appreciate, especially in an age of MP3s and artists digitally releasing. The Satanic Satanist flows beautifully from song to song, almost as if it were one large concept album. The songs have a lot of soul and rock influences. I am a huge fan of Gourley’s voice. It is enchanting and unique and he sings as if he truly believes in, and feels every song. All of the tracks are amazing, but I recommend #1, #4 and #5!
I can’t wait to see them live! Here are their upcoming dates:
Aug 5 2009 The Mercury Lounge -New York, NY
Aug 7 2009 Grog Shop -Cleveland Heights, OH
Aug 9 2009 Lollapalooza – Playstation Stage -Chicago, IL
Aug 11 2009 Vaudeville Mews -Des Moines, IA
Aug 12 2009 The Waiting Room -Omaha, NE
Aug 14 2009 Hi-Dive Denver, CO
Aug 27 2009 Crepe Place -Santa Cruz, CA
I have always been a fan of Asthmatic Kitty Records. They have released some of the most refreshing and unique albums of the past five years, and it really makes them stand out amongst the other labels. I have to admit, I had no clue who or what Helado Negro was when it landed on my desk a few days ago. The only thing I knew, was that I loved the label. So, I did my research and found out about this wonderful musical project.
Helado Negro is the brainchild of Roberto Carlos Lange; a south Florida native born in 1980. Now living in Brooklyn, the idea for the project started when he moved to New York City in 2006. Lange would create the music in his apartment with his friends, and they in turn would then contribute to his album. The contributors make for quite a list of heavy hitters, including Guillermo S. Herren (Prefuse 73), Jon Philpot (frontman for Bear in Heaven) and Shannon Fields (of Stars Like Fleas), just to name a few. The album is beautiful, with ambient sounds fluttering about in all of the tracks. There are elements of Latin and hip-hop fused into Lange’s completely original sound. Awe Owe will take a few more listens for me to completely hear all of the amazing parts, but this one is a true masterpiece. I am very excited to see what Lange’s future holds! Now for the live show:
Aug 22 2009 The Jackson-Queens, NY
Aug 23 2009 Bruckner Bar and Grill-Bronx, NY
Aug 24 2009 Cake Shop-New York, NY
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– Lottie Leymarie