What represents a funeral? Who died? Is it a person or a mentality, a vibe? Sonya Kitchell explains as best as she can in her new song that may be about the end of something, perhaps more obvious than you might think but maybe we really don’t know. Or maybe we know exactly what is dying but we are in denial. It is indeed a protest song so forget about being between the lines, this is blunt and direct.
Ian Murray calls himself Butch Bastard and that’s not an insult. What’s also not an insult is you taking time to listen to his new song that has to do with something that is a delicious dish for some. He wants you to know what it means to be “Waiting For A Hot Pocket”, a story that will be on his forthcoming album that he primarily did himself, with minimal help from good friends. Maybe you can become a good friend of him too after hearing this.
Quiet Steady is an EP to be released next summer from Canadian artist LeRiche, whose music shows a respect of pop while understanding what it means to be a songwriter. If you don’t believe me, listen to “Rain”, the kind of song I think we would love to hear on a regular basis regardless of the weather. LeRiche is backed by a string quartet, and that alone is enough to turn this into a hit, or at least it should be. Make it happen.
Ten days ago, I shared with you a cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ hit song “1979” as recorded by Freedom Fry. They’ve now turned their cover into a video, so be hip to the scene if you know what I mean.
Dream’s End (Crossbill) is a new album by Matt Bauer about to be released this Friday. His music is about someone who is unsure of himself but deals with the reality of himself, the world, and how everyone and everything interacts with one another, or something along those lines. It’s thinking person’s music, and to think about the situations he has created, listen to “I Am Trying To Disappear” and find out how he will not be going away in the immediate future.
In fact, his immediate future involves a small handful of shows coming up, head there to show support:
November 10… Tucson, AZ (house show)
November 18… Sacramento, CA (house show)
November 21… Nevada City, CA (The National)
November 22… Sonoma, CA (house show)
December 15… Live on WFMU with Irene Trudel
December 19… Brooklyn, NY (Pete’s Candy Store (Record Release Show))
If you like what you hear and see below, you’ll be able to hear and see much more from Angels Cut, who have released a video of interest for you. This is called “One More Day”, which gathers the talents of vocalist Stephanie Johnson, guitarists Mike Molina and Utah Blue, bassist Aaron McLaughlin, and drummer Joe Barney for one common cause. That cause will be felt beginning tomorrow than they go on a brief tour of the midwest. Head out and show some support:
October 22… Grand Rapids, MI (The Intersection)
October 23… Traverse City, MI (Ground Zero)
October 24… Flint, MI (Machine Shop)
October 27-28… Kansas City, KS (Red Eye Bar)
October 29… Springfield, IL (Boondocks)
October 30… Indianapolis, IN (8 Seconds Saloon)
October 31… Fort Wayne, IN (Piere’s Ent Center)
Brandon Andersen directed a new video for an acoustic song by Embracer called “Remission”. Taken from their EP Mend, which you can stream in full or download it for free, but definitely consider using the “Name Your Price” option if you find it to be of interest.
It’s for his album coming out on September 18th called Marsher, which will be on This Is American Music so here at This Is Book’s Music, I give you the clip for “To The Marshes”. Unlike the audio I presented in early July, it’s a more calmer version of the song, as it’s done acoustically.
Tedo Stone performs "Marshes" at the Stave Room at American Spirit Works in Atlanta, GA.
Alela Diane and Ryan Francesconi have collaborated on a project that will be an album called Cold Moon (Believe Recordings/Rusted Blue), due out on October 16th. To get a feel for it, have a listen to “The Sun Today” today, tonight, or whatever it feels most comfortable for you. Diane and Francesconi represent a side of Portland’s music that you might not have known existed but if you’re into some of the things the city has offered in the last few years, get a chance to know these two and get familiar with them.
A day after the album’s release, they’ll have a release party/show in Portland at Revolution Hall before preparing themselves for a European tour the following month. Here are the dates:
October 17… Portland, OR (Revolution Hall)
November 10… Brighton, UK (Komeda)
November 11… London, UK (Bush Hall)
November 12… Canteleu, FR (Espace Francois Mitterand)
November 14… The Hague, NL (Crossing Borders Festival)
November 15… Brussels, BE (Botanique Orangerie)
November 17… Caen, FR (Big Band Cafe)
November 18… Bordeaux, FR (Rock School Barbey)
November 19… San Sebastien, ES (Intxaurrrundo)
November 20… Madrid, ES (El Sol)
November 21… Barcelona, ES (Festival Musique Sensibles)
November 23… Montpellier, FR (Theatre D’Aurillac)
November 24… Paris, FR (Bouffres Du Nord)
Little Wings is not a group and if you caught the grammatics, you could figure that out. Little Wings is Kyle Field and his new album on Woodsist is called EXPLAINS, with all letters capitalized, and it will be formally released on May 26th but you can stream it in full ahead of time by heading to Stereogum.com to listen to it. Also coming up in his immediately future are two shows. Head there, plan ahead, I’ll try to find another word with the word “head” in it but I no like, check the dates instead (aah, a rhyme):
June 4… Los Angeles, CA (The Satellite) #
July 28… San Francisco, CA (Swedish American Hall) *
* = w/ Sam Amidon
# = w/ Bouquet, Tall Tales & The Silver Lining