The official music video for The New Pornographers‘ new song “Really Really Light” is a return to form for them! Written by A.C. Newman and Dan Bejar (the frontman of Destroyer and a member of The New Pornographers). The shifting membership of The New Pornographers is one of the twists to their records. On this album, the band is comprised of Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, Joe Seiders and Zach Djanikian and, of course, A.C. Newman. The new single is from the forthcoming album ‘Continue as a Guest’ out at the end of March courtesy of the fine folks at Merge Records. On this song you can hear the way Newman and Bejar are combining different elements together that move the song in directions that the listener does not expect. You can pre-order the record and stream “Really Really Light” now!
The New Pornographers
Best of 2019: Gladgirl Shelly Hulce’s Picks and Thoughts
The whole Maganaphone / Reel Love Studio or as I refer to them “Dayton’s own awesome Wrecking Crew” is going to be well-covered in a list for 2019! To be honest there are probably multiple crossover’s on local lists, but I’m going off the grid here with my faves that are IN ADDITION to the amazing music coming out of Reel Love.
“Who” by The Who was an incredible return to form!
The Gabbard Brothers have had a head-spinning year, together and separately.
Joining the touring band of The Black Keys on the “Lets Rock” tour did not slow them down on self releases. I will do my best to count them all, and it’s A LOT!
Under the artist name Strawberry Tapes, he released “Strawberry Tapes “Vol. 1” “
Single digital release, “Sell Your Gun, Buy A Guitar” was published while they toured in The Black Keys which tells you a little something about their fantastic work ethic and ability to craft a great song.
One of the many Gabbard Brothers productions from Zach’s Madison, Ohio farm studio, “Howler Hills”, comes his latest project “Sunday Creek Fed Birds”, released on the Gabbard Brothers home label, Sofaburn.
Black Sire self titled LP “Black Sire”
Another fave is all the Overthought Musik releases of Derl’s, (D.Robins), self performed and produced projects recorded under his pen name “Peopleperson”, he set out between March and September of 2019 to re-release his past work, as he states, “for your pleasure/confusion.” His trademark Dayton Surf sound, as we came to love in The Motel Beds days, is ever present in the Dayton Music Scene, but with more electronica thrown in for good measure.
Over on the Gas Daddy Go label, the mind bending, sonic collage, “Land Baron of Barren Lands” from Don Thrasher’s electronic music project Crossfade Rivals was something to behold. A sound collage featuring a veritable powerhouse of local musicians.
The Rockathon Label is still churning out more GBV releases than I can count (or afford), 3 GBV LP’s (Zeppelin Over China was a double LP), and Pollard side project as “Cash Rivers” rounds out 2019. GBV closes out the decade with a sold out NYE show in LA at the Teragram Ballroom tackling a 100 song set list. This team always wins at the rock games. GBV records will be on my top records lists every year, because they never stop.
Self released “Mobile Juke House Theater” by blues phenom, Noah Wotherspoon also needs to be included on a ‘Best Of’ list for the year.
From Poptek Records comes the long awaited, sophomore release from XL427, “Thee Attack”. Although officially release date is in January of ’20, digital releases have been served up via bandcamp during the pre-order phase. This attack was well worth the wait from bandleader and label runner, Andy Ingram.
So about the Reel Love / Magnaphone tsunami, I’ll step out for a second and tell all of you that I love all the faves that will be mentioned repeatedly on other lists (Amber Hargett, Dave Payne, and the like dominating the scene at the moment, I have to speak some of these titles, lest I blaspheme in the temple, number one being “Easy Is the New Hard” by Shrug).
Fun fun fun from John Dubuc’s Guilty Pleasures “Where Have I Been All Your Life” and the debut LP from The Paint Splats. (DANG IT, I said I wouldn’t overlap into Reel Love/ Magnaphone but it’s too hard not to do that when the music coming out from them is so good.) Okay, since I crossed over, I will end with this last fave, “Sympathetic Buzz” from the Tim Pritchard project, Superbloom.
New Show Means New Sonic Discoveries
This week on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative, Dr. J is playing new music from Cricketbows, Manray, Lillie Mae, The Castros, Arcade Fire, Lioness, Jesse W. Johnson, Tomas Pagan Motta, The New Pornographers, Dearly Beloved, Dan Auerbach, Lia Menaker, The Afghan Whigs, Joe Anderl, Debra Devi, Alvvays, The War on Drugs, The Texas Gentlmen, Mare Island, Chain & The Gang, The Good Graces, Beach House, Vandoliers, Tigerdog, Shabazz Palaces, Salvadore Ross and more. Because who does not want more music in their life?
Also on tap for the program is a very cool cover of ‘You Spin Me Round’ from Gregg Stewart. This sounds completely different than what Pete and the boys in Dead or Alive came up with. And Mr. Stewart has an an entire record of covers from artists who passed in 2016, appropriately titled ‘TwentySixteen.’
We will also have some #LookingBackIndie from Van Morrison and Crowded House. We are also continuing our quest to get one more show from Smug Brothers! Say it with us “One! More! Show!” And although everyone thinks that Madness — yeah that band! — has not put out new music since ‘Our House,” we have a cool song from a record that they released just last year!
And since attendance is mandatory at the Company Man Retreat on August 4th we have a few songs from Company Man in the set! We cannot wait for our net worth to move from boring billions to terrific trillions! Thanks CO man!
See you Tuesday, August 1st around 3pm over at WUDR.udayton.edu!