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by Scott Interrante

27 Aug 2015

Girls’ Generation – “Party”

What’s great—or horrible, depending on your perspective (maybe a little of both?)—about the internet quickly shrinking our nostalgia cycle is that in 2015 you can get a song as clearly nostalgic for 2010 as Girls’ Generation’s “Party”. Specifically, the single has all the trappings of a Teenage Dream-era Katy Perry/Dr. Luke song: Fizzy synths, disco-lite guitar and slap bass, and a chord progression that cleverly avoids resolving to tonic. I didn’t know I could get pangs of nostalgia for auto-tuned vocals, but the subtle inclusion of the vocal processing effect when the girls sing “P-A-R-T-Y” is the perfect amount to bring the song to a different level. The lyrics too, focus on Perry-esque Summer fun, with a chorus about drinking and traveling to beautiful beaches around the world (“Lemon soju, tequila for me, mojito for you/Let’s go to Jeju, California, Rome/Let’s go to a white pearly beach with great waves”).

by Paul Duffus

26 Aug 2015

Photo courtesy of Jim Newberry.

This week’s entry marks the halfway point in our series. “Yr Web” is track six on Lifestyle and for those lucky enough to be listening to a vinyl copy of Silkworm’s classic seventh album it is the closing track of side A. While the previous song, the wistful, acoustic, Andy Cohen penned “Roots” eased the album to its quietest point so far, marking a moment of stillness and poignancy, Tim Midyett’s “Yr Web” bounces into our midst like a Labrador pepped up on sherbet and double-glazed doughnuts, ending Lifestyle‘s opening chapter with a brilliant life-affirming ebullience.

We suggested in previous entries that Lifestyle‘s fourth, fifth, and sixth tracks — “Plain”, “Roots”, and “Yr Web” — form a kind of mini-trilogy centring on themes of nostalgia with all three songs looking backwards in one sense or another. “Roots” takes its place in the triptych with lyrics which send glad tidings to an old flame. Although it expresses feelings of regret, the song is not an apology. And it is certainly not any kind of come-on. Rather it’s an open-hearted acknowledgment of past love, the good and the bad, a magnanimous tip of the hat from one human being to another. In other words, it’s very Silkworm.

by Sloane Spencer

18 Aug 2015

The Daddy Fronting Dead Confederate and Diamond Rugs Is Drownin’ on a Mountaintop

T. Hardy Morris is probably known as much for his buddy band, Diamond Rugs (with members of Deer Tick and Los Lobos), as he is for his Southern rock band, Dead Confederate.  Morris is less known for his solo albums, though, where he explores the intersection of early grunge with his own Southern rock sensibilities. Keeping a touch stone of “Will the Meatpuppets like this tune?” kept this Adam Landry-produced record on point. Drownin’ on a Mountaintop moves on from Audition Tapes.

by Paul Duffus

17 Aug 2015

Photo courtesy of Jim Newberry.

After the restless escapades of Lifestyle‘s opening trio of songs and their exotic thrills, dank apartments, and Motorhead-related hijinks, with the next track “Plain” we found ourselves back home, Silkworm’s home that is, in Missoula, Montana. The narrator of Tim Midyett’s beautiful love song gazed fondly back to the place and time where he first laid eyes on the object of his affection and his world changed. Uncharacteristically Lifestyle‘s fifth track stays put, and once again the former Hellgate Trading Post, the Garden City, Missoula is our setting, this time for the Andy Cohen penned “Roots”, which is the subject of this week’s blog entry. And whereas in “Plain” Missoula’s role was arguably that of backdrop to the main subject, namely the earliest bloom of love, in “Roots” it takes centre stage as Lifestyle, an album with themes of travel and movement, turns its attention to the problematic notion of home and all that can mean.

by Sloane Spencer

13 Aug 2015

RayLand Baxter shaved his mustache and put the chicken down for his latest release, Imaginary Man. As he has grown as a songwriter and performer since his debut album, Feathers & Fishhooks, he has also honed his team and his flexibility in lineups, ranging from solo to trio with two fiddles, to a full nine-piece band… and a Grateful Dead cover band full of friends.  With an engaging tale about why he capitalizes the “L” in the middle of his first name, and how the royal Russian family connects to the Grateful Dead, Baxter tells tales and writes songs that keep you listening.

//Mixed media

Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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