Letters of Transit, the debut album from Strangers in Daylight, has been the most pleasant surprise so far this year when it comes to Columbus releases. I’ll just state what I said in a recent Other Paperreview: “Letters of Transit represents a change in direction from the original spy-rock vision of Strangers, trading in trippy, Pink Floyd tunes for a hook-driven, Britpop base… Eight tracks clock in at just 26 minutes, and a few songs that end around the two-minute mark feature anthemic, gang vocals reminiscent of that Surfer Blood song “Swim,” but filtered through an apparent love of Blur.”
Above is the lead-off track for your downloading/listening pleasure. Download the full album at SiD bandcamp HQ. An official CD release is coming in June.
Strangers were also just added to this Sunday’s Rumba show with Howler, the Minnesota young bucks who share a love of brit-pop and released America Give Up a few months ago on Rough Trade. (You may have heard “Back of Your Neck” on CD102.5 recently; grab that one above, too.) For those who like to complain about late-night shows that make work-week mornings miserable (who, me?), there are no excuses for this one: This well-paired $8 double bill goes from 6-9pm at Rumba Cafe (Hoo Doo Soul Band is the late show).
The folks at Sleepover Shows shot this video of Lydia Loveless doing “Learn to Say No” inside the unnamed statue at MIT. Check out the rest of the session for “More Like Them” and “Bad Way to Go.”
Loveless will stop in Columbus Friday at the Rumba Cafe with Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage, Lost Revival and 10 High (featuring Chris McCoy and Sean Beal). Then on Saturday, it’s Stuart’s Opera House’s all-Ohio Cabin Fever Festival with Loveless, Nick Tolford & Co., Buffalo Killers (Cincinnati), The Sundresses (Cincinnati), Sportfishing USA (Yellow Springs/Athens) and J.D. Hutchison (Athens). Tickets $12.
While the writing process of a musician can vary from traditional to bizarre (check out this amazing website describing different methods), sometimes a little distance from your musical counterpart is all that it takes to create something beautiful.
In the mid 2000s, Columbus darlings Amy and Meagan Alwood recorded a collection of lo-fi demos in their respective homes whilst Meagan was living in NYC and Amy was in Ohio. These demos were worked on by one sister, then sent to the other, and back and forth until they decided the songs were complete.
Across The Lines, as this project is now known, will be released this evening in CD format at Rumba Cafe, where the entire Alwood Sisters band will perform the songs. The show kicks off at 10pm.
Not exactly a CD release party for a CD that’s been available to purchase both physically and digitally for a few weeks, Lydia Loveless plays Columbus on Saturday night for the first time since her badass twang-rocker Indestructible Machine was released by Bloodshot Records on September 13.
While Josh Krajcik put Columbus in the national spotlight due to his 7-minutes (so far) of fame on the X-Factor (one of Loveless’s first shows was with Krajcik), glowing reviews have been piling up for Loveless, the introverted (at least when she’s not on stage) singer whose biographical tales of local stalkers, woebegone relationships with both bad boys and alcohol, and the reality of everyday life have struck a chord with music listeners worldwide.
Welcome Lydia Loveless back to Columbus on Friday night when she makes an appearance at Rumba Cafe along with The Mooncussers and a solo set from Two Cow Garage’s Shane Sweeney. Copies of Indestructible Machine will be available at the show though you all certainly own it by now!
Friday was the last day of the amazing Music Week Columbus. This night I made it to all three venues to catch Audrey & Orwell, Maza Blaska and Moon High at Rumba, Phantods at Kobo and finally Town Monster at Rumba Cafe.
Eddie Vedder’s working on making the ukulele cool – the Pearl Jam singer recently released an album titled Ukulele Songs featuring the small stringed instrument.
On Monday evening, a young Minnesota songwriter, the charming Savannah Smith, brings her unique ukulele compositions to Rumba Cafe where she’s likely to play songs from her recently completed EP, Leaving Eau Claire, as well as a few covers. This is an early show, Smith goes on around 8pm.
Music Week Columbus is being hosted for three nights at three Old North bars, Ravari Room, Kobo and Rumba Cafe. Wednesday I hopped between Rumba and Kobo to check out Dave Buker & the Historians, Narrow & the Brights, Milano (Chicago), Ghost Shirt and Wet Darlings.
Music Week Columbus kicks off tonight, with a whole bunch of bands playing at Kobo, Ravari Room and Rumba Cafe. Thursday night at Kobo you can catch Youngstown’s Sewing Machine War, and Friday night at Rumba Fort Wilson Riot (above) of Minneapolis will headline.
Both bands stopped by Electraplay studios recently to record a live session, so here’s an in-studio preview of what to expect at their Music Week Columbus sets. Continue reading →
I’ve always liked Corey Fry’s Monolithic Cloud Parade project, so I’m sad to see the band go. But, as he sings in this mp3 from The Sea and Setting Sun, “Die die die, it’s all gonna die.”
From the Facebook event page: This is the final show you will see Monolithic Cloud Parade play. Then we die. We will be playing all of the hits that you’ll vaguely recognize unless you’re the Moms or Girlfriends, at which point you will probably know lots of the words better than Corey does.
It all dies at Rumba tomorrow (8/19) with the Saturday Giant and Domes.