Author Archives: Joel Oliphint

Video: Saintseneca – “Only the Young Die Good”

Courtesy the folkies at Folk to Folk. If you haven’t picked up Saintseneca’s Last, you should.

Video: The Black Swans – “Where are You Tonight?”

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Here’s a brand new video from The Black Swans for their song “Where are You Tonight?” off the band’s most recent and excellent Misra release Occasion for Song. Filmed here in Columbus, it features local Elvis impersonator Billy Cash (aka “The Columbus King”) goofing around with Black Swans singer Jerry DeCicca.

Watch the trailer for Dave Grohl’s Sound City film

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Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, Sound City, will premiere at Sundance this year, with a wider release in February. Here’s the 10-cent description:

The film tells the story of Sound City, the legendary Van Nuys recording story, and was inspired when Grohl purchased the Neve 8028 recording console built in 1972 from the studio (and his personal connection to Sound City began in 1991 when Nirvana recorded Nevermind there). The recording console is considered to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment and has captured such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and many other legends.

Fleetwood Mac will kick off reunion tour in Columbus

Rolling Stone announced tour dates for another Fleetwood Mac reunion tour “built around Fleetwood Mac’s large catalog of hits,” though Nicks told RS, “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play.” Not sure if that’s good news or bad news…

The band kicks off the tour in Columbus at Nationwide Arena on April 4.

Tour dates:
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Low will release Jeff Tweedy-produced record in 2013

Here’s the album trailer for The Invisible Way:
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Via Sub Pop:

Sub Pop Records is excited to announce that Duluth, MN, trio Low are releasing their 10th record, The Invisible Way, on March 19, 2013 (the 18th in the UK). The record was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, engineered by Tom Schick and recorded in Wilco’s studio in Chicago, IL, during the fall of 2012. Coincidentally, the release marks Low’s 20th anniversary as a band.

“While driving through Chicago on tour, we finally stopped to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft,” says guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk. “They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day… What really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on – big, simple, raw and intimate. Plans were made then and there.”

The Invisible Way finds Low’s majestic melancholy in full bloom yet distinguishes itself with its starker, unadorned soundscapes, layered harmonies and drummer/vocalist extraordinaire Mimi Parker singing lead on five of the 11 songs. The album tackles large issues (“the songs are about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archaeology and love,” says Sparhawk) in a manner that plays a stunning counterpoint to the sublime hush of the music.

Download Over the Rhine’s holiday album for free

It’s understandable if you haven’t surrendered to the Christmas music machine quite yet, but if you’ve been waiting for the right time to infuse your playlists with yuletide greetings, I recommend heading over to NoiseTrade where you can download Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels for free (with the option to tip the artist and/or spread the word on social media). Snow Angels is a staple in our house during the holidays (cover art by Clint Reno). While you’re at it, check out some other free Christmas music from NoiseTrade.

And, lest you forget, Donewaiting and Each Note Secure teamed up with Electraplay Studios in 2010 for A Very Ohio Christmas, featuring Ohio artists playing holiday tunes (cover art again by Reno). It’s still available for free on Bandcamp.

Video: Divine Fits + Bradford Cox cover The Ramones

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As Pitchfork noted, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox took the stage with Divine Fits at Terminal West in Atlanta to cover The Ramones’ “53rd & 3rd.” The Oct. 29 show fell right in the middle of Sandy, so Cox appropriately dedicated the song to New Yorkers.

Divine Fits will also perform at a Thursday taping of Letterman; it’ll air on Friday night.

Video: Sufjan Stevens – “Silver & Gold”

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From Silver & Gold, Songs for Christmas Vol. 10: Christmas Unicorn, available November 13th on 5xCD box set and digital, and later in a vinyl box set.

Almost Thanksgiving = time for Christmas music.

Video: Crooked Fingers – “Sleep All Summer” (live @ the Tree Bar)

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On election night, Eric Bachmann and his Crooked Fingers crew came through town to play a show at the Tree Bar with John Vanderslice. Here’s a sublime version of “Sleep All Summer” off the 2005 Merge release Dignity & Shame.

Listen: Barely Eagle

I’m loving these two tracks that Columbus band Barely Eagle debuted on Bandcamp. Featuring CD102.5’s Tom Butler, plus alums of Deerhead and Butler’s old band Church of the Red Museum, Barely Eagle announced itself with little fanfare but great anticipation this summer. These two songs deliver. “There’s Something Wrong with the Kids in this Town” drones for seven minutes but never bores, and “Guns Don’t Kill People, Barely Eagle Kills People” is an onslaught of chunky riffage. Give ’em a listen, and head to Carabar on Saturday, Nov. 17 for their free show with Temple and Bridesmaid.