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by Caroline Shadood

26 Oct 2009

Tickley Feather
Paw Tracks Showcase
Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn
The fizzy lo-fi of Annie Sachs, a.k.a. Tickley Feather, enchanted audience members at the small-space high-ceilinged Cameo Gallery on Friday.  Alongside four other Paw Tracks greats, and her self-proclaimed biggest fans (members of Animal Collective) in attendance, Sachs churned out eerie, whimsical electro bringing to mind Tracy + the Plastics with a great deal more subtlety.  Her live vocals are a different story from her records—otherworldly—even Kate Bush or Emilíana Torrini-esque, and expertly placed over budget electronics.  It was a treat to hear Sachs’ voice stand out, unadulterated.  Her tone is that of experience while her live sound remains light and accessible, however, with two bizarre albums under her belt, I’ll be waiting with bated breath to hear what fanciful direction Tickley Feather is capable of going next.

by Eleanore Catolico

26 Oct 2009

Stereophonics
Keep Calm and Carry On
(Mercury)
Releasing: 16 November

Stereophonics return with their latest album, Keep Calm and Carry On, via Mercury Records on November 16th.  Watch the video for Keep Calm and Carry On‘s first single, “Innocent”, a melodic rock gem. The video looks keenly retro, with band members playing in a jovial English street of a bygone era. It reminds me of Weezer’s “Buddy Holly”, but a bit more translucent and color-happy at the end.

SONG LIST
01 She’s Alright
02 Innocent
03 Beerbottle
04 Trouble
05 Could You Be The One?
06 I Got Your Number
07 Uppercut
08 Live ‘N’ Love
09 100mph
10 Wonder
11 Stuck In A Rut
12 Show Me How

by Katharine Wray

26 Oct 2009

Field Music
Measure
(Memphis Industry/Revolver)
Releasing: 16 February

A three-year-long hiatus by Field Music has brought about a new 20-track double album from these English brothers. The break also resulted in two new members: Kev Dosdale on the guitar and keys and Ian Black on bass.

01 In The Mirror  
02 Them That Do Nothing  
03 Each Time is a New Time  
04 Measure
05 Effortlessly  
06 Clear Water  
07 Lights Up  
08 All You’d Ever Need to Say  
09 Let’s Write a Book  
10 You and I  
11 The Rest is Noise  
12 Curves of the Needle  
13 Choosing Numbers  
14 The Wheels are in Place  
15 First Come the Wish  
16 Precious Plans  
17 See You Later  
18 Something Familiar  
19 Share the Words  
20 It’s About Time  

Field Music
Measure [MP3]
     

by Andrew Martin

26 Oct 2009

As long as The Foreign Exchange is performing, no one can ever even think about showmanship being dead.  The eight-piece band that took the stage of B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grille on Friday night moved the crowd in a way that few acts are capable.  And it all started at 1 a.m. As such, you would think a show starting that late would lend itself to a somewhat less-than-energetic audience. But that was simply not the case—this is New York City we’re talking about.

by Stephen Stirling

26 Oct 2009

Slang Chickens
Cake Shop, New York City
No frills here. Slang Chickens bathed the cavernish Cake Shop in sleepy southern harmonies lifted by a charmingly confident frontman Friday night.  The four-piece was stripped to the bone-–with three-part harmonies drifting across country guitar lines—but the group injected occasional shots of caffeine that kept it from dragging. Nothing awe-inspiring, but by the same token a solid set from a group worth checking out.

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