Growing up in the “greed is good” era of Reaganomics, AIDS, the war on drugs, and MTV, TW Walsh, like many Gen-Xers, sees many parallels to our current time of Trump, deregulation, rising populism and the renewal of the Cold War that was still going strong throughout the ‘80s. Echoing our existential anxiety, Walsh—who has worked previously with Pedro the Lion, Headphones and the Soft Drugs and is presently with Lo Tom—frames his new album Terrible Freedom as a meditation on fear and liberation, space and time, and the self and the mind.
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In the late 2010s, the idea of bending and fusing sonic traditions for something different isn’t exactly new. In the case of Radiator King (Adam Silvestri), it feels like the “folk-punk” artist is breaking new ground with his blend of raw ‘60s callback rock ’n’ roll and modern Americana, with some bluesy undertones to boot.
Featuring the Dresden Dolls’ Brian Viglione and the Hold Steady’s Franz Nicolay, Radiator King stands to ride the line between Ike Reilly and the Band on his altogether triumphant and melancholy road song, “Second Thoughts in Memphis”.
Cuneiform Records is known for housing some of the most enjoyable experimental acts around, and Chicago rock/avant-progressive quartet Cheer-Accident is no exception. Formed over 30 years ago by drummer Thymme Jones (and completed by Jeff Libersher, Amelie Morgan, Dante Kester, and a “revolving cast of collaborators”), the group never fails to deliver peculiar yet gripping sequences bursting with vibrant instrumentation and inventive movements. As its title suggests, the band’s upcoming eighteenth LP, Putting Off Death, finds them keen to prove precisely how poised and, well, progressive they remain following a six-year hiatus since 2011’s No Ifs, Ands or Dogs. Luckily, the band’s newest single from the LP, “Immanence”, does a fantastic job of showcasing that.
Today we are premiering the video for “Parachute”, the new song from Spaceface, led by Jake Ingalls, also known for his guitar and synthesizer work with Spaceface. It should come as little surprise that the track and the project itself are informed by the theatrical, the psychedelic and all manners of heart and mind expansion.
Ingalls, taking a momentary breather from a seemingly constant cycle of writing, touring and recording explains that “Parachute”, taken from the group’s new LP Sun Kids, originated with Spaceface’s live show.
We are pleased to premiere “Wait Until Dawn” from Julian Jasper. Featured on the expanded edition of the singer-songwriter’s EP 2AM, Chinatown/I Don’t Mind, out May 5 on Misra Records. Laden with danceable rhythms and a mellow haze of late night vibes, the song at times recalls Todd Rundgren and Steely Dan while offering listeners something unmistakably of the now. The tune’s economical nature (it clocks in at just over three minutes) speaks volumes about Jasper’s ability to say what needs to be said and not a word more. There’s even a letter-perfect guitar solo that reminds us that that form isn’t entirely a thing of the past.