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by Caroline Shadood

23 Oct 2009

Paleo
Partisan Records Showcase
Bowery Ballroom, New York City
The subtle, wiry tunes of David Strackany (aka Paleo) launched the Partisan Records showcase at the Bowery Ballroom last night.  Reminiscent of the late Eliott Smith, Paleo’s warbly, delicate vocals stood out against his charmingly modest demeanor, also reminiscent of M. Ward or a less jarring Conor Oberst.  Privileged onlookers parked themselves on the floor and were treated to an array of poetic acoustic sounds with torchy hints aplenty.

 

 

by Tyler Gould

23 Oct 2009

This is a great video, and so full of great animation (by Anthony F. Schepperd) and great moments that I only wish it could be longer, but that’s probably a selfish impulse, as its compactness makes it all the more impressive.

by Allison Taich

23 Oct 2009

It’s hard to believe, but this winter marks the 20th anniversary of the release Nirvana’s debut album, Bleach. In honor of this music milestone, Sub Pop is re-issuing Bleach as an expanded CD/double LP. Originally recorded in December, 1988 and released in June of ’89, the album received international recognition after Nevermind took off.

Some of the features include a previously unreleased live recording at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon from 1990, and extended liner notes with candid photos. Producer Jack Endino oversaw the sessions as the album was re-mastered at Sterling Sound off of the original tapes. The album is available for pre-order at Sub Pop.

SONG LIST
01 Blew
02 Floyd the Barber
03 About a Girl
04 School
05 Love Buzz
06 Paper Cuts
07 Negative Creep
08 Scoff
09 Swap Meet
10 Mr. Moustache
11 Sifting
12 Big Cheese
13 Downer
14 Intro (live)
15 School (live)
16 Floyd the Barber (live)
17 Dive (live)
18 Love Buzz (live)
19 Spank Thru (live)
20 Molly’s Lips (live)
21 Sappy (live)
22 Scoff (live)
23 About a Girl (live)
24 Been a Son (live)
25 Blew (live)

Nirvana
About a Girl [MP3]
     

Scoff (live) [MP3]
     

by Thomas Hauner

23 Oct 2009

Male Bonding
Piano’s, New York City
The Windish Agency showcase was eclectic in sound and personality, but it didn’t begin with Male Bonding.  The UK trio’s rhythm section was tight and its drummer rigorous, propelling their songs at Slayer-speed.  Vocals and intonation were at odds, but that seemed to be their MO.  Sadly their dejected attitude made it seem like they were just trying to finish the set at soon as possible. Above it all, loud guitars and racing beats—not entangled pitch, however—made for a respectable opening.

by Jonathan Kosakow

23 Oct 2009

Emmanuel & the Fear
The Living Room, New York City
It takes a lot of ambition to write rock songs that could serve as the score for a dramatic opera, but Brooklyn’s Emmanuel & the Fear do not shy away from it, nor do they fail to live up to the task.  Intricate arrangements for an 11-piece rock orchestra are the driving force behind this band, which provide the groundwork for passionately sung lyrics.  After only a year and a half together, it’s quite a feat to be at such a level of talent, and this accidental audience member is glad the Living Room’s schedule ran 45 minutes late so he could catch the show.

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