Artist: Karen Elson
Album: The Ghost Who Walks
Glims of glamorous endangered fingertips spread past casts of white 60s stone lamps. Shrines of ointment pointing to wayward golden goddesses enhanced by vintage materials, dancing in the rain, pearls flying in circles to the backbeat. Midway shifts to a tramp-like wallop like ghosts, predicting the future, declaring it all meaningless. Hardly. Its malleable, meek, and spry, clawing gently at your thighs. Full whimsy, almost folk, weaving poles of ribbon, ribbons of color. The great moments are clouded by the good, but there is enough good oozing through a few listens for a few more. From psychedelic scores to dangerous harmonical whorish echos beyond mid-level story-telling, Karen Elson takes us places, then when we get there, pushes our faces in the dirt, steps on the back of our knees and slowly scrapes our backs until the first sight of blood, all while keeping her dress white. "Ghost" finishes up on a western tip with "The Last Laugh," as if to pay homage to her roots...but perhaps sharing the beauty of her true talents as this is nearly the best song (or Lunasa), and it leaves you wanting more of it...or maybe that's just my current mood. Ghosts captures something for all occasions, or at least one good occasion. Intentional? Accidental? Mysterious? Either way, give us more like this one, Karen Elson...and watch out for the moon, its right behind you! -David A. Kurtz
Similar Artists: Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, Probably some shit that's too mainstream for us.
Similar Bocumast Artists: Cougar Legs (actually, not similar at all really...but we wanted to put something)
Artist: Mumford & Sons
Album: Sigh No More
So the other night I was flipping the channels and I happened upon a performance I cannot soon forget, the contents of which contained passion, power, compassion, distance, solitude, and discovery. It was folk music, but not really. It was bluegrass influenced, but not really...it just was. Visions of traditional jigs combined with country line-dancing, ice fishing, lumberjacks...whailing forest creatures respectfully building instruments from their land, instruments to convey the beauty of their souls and the emotion in their hearts. Pick up your long brown pipes, your muddy boots, and lift a giant mug of ale toward the clouds drawn beneath the cavernous walls of this record. Lay with bears and badgers in a field of tall grasses and twisting streams. With "White Blank Page" Mumford & Sons becomes a leaking boat gasping for one last chance to sail. "Little Lion Man" finds their stride, and pushes all of us to be better, to do better, and feel more, occassionally peaking through the floor boards, but breaking through at full force with climactic bending majors, taking their time to spell out all the little ideas with one big one. "Thistle and Weeds" and "Dust Bowl Dance" are backed by an army at times, angry and forceful builds wrapped in warm blankets and knee high socks splattered in blood. Sigh is a sign of deeper meaning and quality, spilling over into the mainstream ocular. You will crave a listen a day. Polish your wooden horse, clasp the saddle, take the reigns and play this at high volume, so you can't hear the neighbors banging on the door. "We are not alone in this."
Official Website: MumfordandSons.com
Lazer Sword, comprising of Lando Kal and Low Limit, is one of my new favorites in glitch-hop. These days there is a new glitch-hop artist coming out just about every day but these guys stand out above the rest.
The first 3 songs are by Lando Kal. Much more on the Dance side than the rest of the EP. Reminds me of Justice a bit but less grungy and more futuristic/techno-y. Like a dramatic, dark video game soundtrack on crack.
The last 4 songs are by Low Limit. These are much more crunk glitch than Lando's songs. Sounds of guns clicking along side a heavy hip-hop beat. But very glitchy. This stuff is so highly edited it makes me tired to think of how much work they put into these songs.
Live Show: I got a chance to see them live last year. Alongside 8 other artists that all sounded pretty close to the same (when I think back now 7 months later), they were the absolute highlight. The bass was totally ridiculous and the energy was very high. And the glitching blew my mind. Definitely check em out if you get a chance.
Check out this EP and their other 12in "Gucci Sweatshirt". Great stuff as well.
Photo from hipsterwave.com
Also, I stumbled across a second myspace page that has some very sick Lil Wayne remixes on it. Not sure who made this page. Might be a fan who bootlegged the tracks, who knows. Either way I think its them and that "A Mille Remix" song is friggin' awesome. myspace.com/lazersword2
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Visit http://www.myspace.com/thenaturalselection to listen to two new tracks off their new album "White Picket Fence". And don't forget we are celebrating this release on Friday @ Meadowlark bar (27th and Larimer, Denver). See you there!
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Natural Selection does not live in a cave. Natural Selection is not a conglomerate band based on loose neck ties, loafers, and a nice bike. You won't hear anything like them in this town or even the next city along your journey to Pacific Play Land. But when you get there, Natural Selection gives you new hope by tracking down all the good stuff left and making songs out of it. I hope you will all join us for what will be a metaphysical experience at the Meadowlark bar. And I don't mean that in a cheesy way. I mean it in a really awesome way.
Their new album is like putting on a new shirt in the store where you just bought it and wearing it around town. Its a gift to the lion tamer and the bearded lady, celebrating the purpose of celebrations, where everyone gets their own cake...not just a piece. Attention Colorado Residents or Visitors! Here is your show information: Natural Selection "White Picket Fences" Release Party (OUTDOOR SHOW!!) Meadowlark Bar June 4 w/MMCIII, Wire Faces, & Pirate Signal Get there early. This will be a big one! RSVP HERE: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=118288514877858&ref=ts other CD release performances include: May 30th in St. Louis, MO June 3 in Lawrence, KS June 5 @ Surfside in Ft. Collins. Please come to one of these shows and get the new album "White Picket Fences." Its one of those that will make you think "well, gosh darn it, that's what I've been missing from my life." And then it won't leave your player for 6 months. Be well.
You can read a great article about Natural Selection and Samuel Glover's quest to hypnotize the world right here Thank you, Eryc Eyl for the amazing write up!
Formed in late 2008 from the ashes of The Jimi Austin, Wire Faces is the brainchild of guitarist Ian Haygood and drummer Shane Zweygardt. In 2009 they added world renowned chef Menyus Borocz on bass, and felt a sudden kinship reminiscent of 80s movies and popcorn, lace and undergarments, or Trivial Pursuit on Sunday. Soon Wire Faces began to bury their previous endeavors in swooping clouds of mysterious neo-retro alternative pervasion. The transition maintained the hearts and minds of past fans, while attracting passionate embraces from new crowds hell-bent on a good time. Their new self titled album is now available at all digital outlets and physical copies will be available at both their cd release shows this weekend: Fri May 7th @ Meadowlark Bar, Denver, w/ Achille Lauro, Astrophagus and Milton Melvin Croissant III Sat May 8th @ Road34, Fort Collins, w/ Tommy Metz and M. Pyres See you there!!
If you or a loved one..or even just an acquaintance or coworker live near one of the following areas, then please send them by way of one of these events. Aenka will have lots of cds, drop cards, cds, t-shirts, those fabulous aenka ties, and becca mhalek on alto and baritone. You never know when the next time you'll be able to tell your mom about such an awesome show. You might have to wait til next mother's day to share such news. Don't let your mom go without details from these great shows. Wednesday May 5 Vaudeville Mews 212 Fourth St. Des Moines, IA 50309 w/We Are Ourselves, Kyle Miller/Matthew Crowe, Town Talkies 6pm. This is an all ages show. We’ve heard this place is amazing. Come on out. Get there early or you’ll miss it. Thursday May 6 The Sugar Maple 441 E. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53224 Friday May 7 Chicago. Madison. TBD. contact David @ 720 2893132 if interested in having aenka perform at your home or venue. thank you. Saturday May 8 HEAVEN Gallery w/Wingspan (Caroline Davis, Patrick Breiner, Tony Barba, Dave Miller). These guys are amazing! Do come. 1550 N. Milwaukee St. Chicago IL 2nd Floor. 10p –all dates presented have been confirmed. please double check times w/venues for accuracy. thank you, America.
That's right! You read it correctly. With shows like Bill Frissel, Speak, Thomaz Stanko, and an upcoming Nels Cline Singers show, Dazzle seems to be changing its ways a little bit...at least opening up to new possibilities and perhaps, younger, more hip concert goers...although this is an opinion that is my own. So in the tradition of the aforementioned performances, Dazzle has invited Aenka to perform on Thursday April 29th. Aenka, looking for an opportunity to have a CD Release & Tour Kickoff decided that it would be so. The best part is that Becca Mhalek (Nels Cline, Nightshark, Wilco, Ron Miles, etc), who helped start the band back in the day, will be joining them on this fine occasion all the way from Chicago. So please, if you have plans, cancel them and come to Dazzle tomorrow night. The shrimp cocktail is amazing.
Here are full details: Aenka CD Release Party feat. Becca Mhalek Dazzle Jazz Lounge 930 Lincoln St. Denver, CO Thursday, April 29 10p - 1a CDs available for half price (only $5). quantity limited. This is our chance to affect the future of Dazzle, to show them that there is quality jazz oriented music that can affect the lives of everyone. So please come, for the future of Dazzle, for the Denver music scene, for America....for the world!