The Trouble With Teeth may be Little Coyote‘s debut release, but it’s been a long time coming. The band’s frontwoman, Teagan Johnston, began writing the album in 2013. Together with bandmates Byron Patterson and Mike Poisson, they’ve been collectively chipping away at gaining steam with live performances and single releases since their coming together in 2015.
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What if we could live forever? That is the layperson’s version of the complex question that lies at the center of Listener‘s “A Love Letter to Detroit”. The song, alongside its stirring new music video, has more to do with the science of cryonics, as well as its founding father, Robert Ettinger.
Despite its strong melodic sensibilities, “Children of the Elements,” the final cut from Legend’s second album, is, at six minutes, too long to be a typical pop tune. With a vocal performance that sometimes calls to mind a darker, more mysterious Simon LeBon (had he been kept caged in Robert Smith’s basement for six months), it’s easy to imagine that the piece could ruffle some feathers within the heavy music world too. That alone makes it all the more necessary and all the more enticing.
Larry Conklin and Jochen Blum’s privately pressed 1980 effort Jackdaw arrives in reissued form via Tompkins Square on 6 October. Conklin, influenced by Bert Jansch, Rev. Gary Davis, Leo Kottke, John Renbourn, et al., Conklin demonstrates his 12-string prowess across the album, proving that he was already a deeply focused talent on his debut. In the decades following the release of Jackdaw, Conklin would become a consistent presence on the European music scene, recording several more albums across the decades.