If 2009 was the year of Larry Jon Wilson, 2010 was the year of Bill Fox and the Gibson Bros. I think I listened to Bill Fox’s two reissued albums — Shelter from the Smoke and Transit Byzantium — more than anything else. (Shelter got a deluxe vinyl reissue, and Scat promises a similar treatment for Transit in 2011.) Go get ‘em. And working on a story about the Gibson Bros. reunion show back in July occupied my brainspace and held my interest for months. I don’t know if CDR has any copies of the Build a Raft reissue left, but if they do, it’s required listening for any Columbus music fan or anyone with a passing interest in twisted, noisy country/blues/rock.
But in terms of new stuff, here’s what I liked this year, starting with national releases and ending with Cowtown LPs.
1. Strand of Oaks – Pope Killdragon
I didn’t immediately hit repeat when I heard this album, but once I came back to it, I never stopped. Who knew a record with songs about John Belushi (from the perspective of Dan Akroyd), a 12-foot man and JFK could be so engrossing. Devastating, too. If you think Tim Showalter is just another pretty-voiced folkie, the layers of synth and Sabbath-like riffs on “Giant’s Despair” prove otherwise. The best way to get Killdragon digitally or on vinyl is through Strand of Oaks’ Kickstarter page.
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
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There’s not much that makes me happier than seeing incredible live acts work their way through Columbus. On that note, I’m pleased to announce the news of Jonsi‘s solo performance at The Newport on Saturday, November 6th.
He released his debut solo album Go this past April and has been touring on it since. Though I’ve never had the chance to see Sigur Ros live, Jonsi’s New York show on May 8th at Terminal 5 was honestly one of the best shows both aesthetically and musically that I’ve ever seen. If you’re a fan of the record, be sure to also pick up a copy of his full length DVD, Go Quiet, in which he performs the entire album unplugged.
He will be supported by Mountain Man. Despite the name, the band is actually comprised of three Vermont women (Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath) whose harmonizing and instrumentation combine to create a mellow, euphoric sound. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster July 31st. Mountain Man video after the jump. Continue reading