New video from twee-folk faves Super Desserts. They’ll open for Here We Go Magic at the Wex 3/29.
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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.
You’ll see from these live sessions at Electraplay that Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s are all about guitars now. Gone are the strings, horns, triangles, various hand percussion, etc. (along with some of the members who played them). Even Columbus’s Erik Kang, who plays violin in Super Desserts, played only guitar on Margot’s new album, Buzzard. This is a leaner, and sometimes meaner, Margot. See and hear for yourself. More videos below.
James “Jimi” Payne
For the past three years I have lived in the Monster House, a DIY punk house in Columbus, Ohio. I co-founded the Monster House with Pat Crann, Austin Eilbeck, Ryan Eilbeck, Jeff Love, Kristina Markey, Matt O’Conke, Joe Scarbro, Dylan Taylor-Lehman, and Nick Wong. A few weeks ago the last three original roommates – besides me – left. And, as of this week, I’m moving out as well. A group of our friends still living at the Monster plan to continue hosting shows and events. On October 8th, Apache Dropout, Landlord, Reverse The Curse, and Cody Troyan are performing there.
After “the jump” is a list of every performer who occasioned the “stage” at the Monster House in the last three years. 400 different performers have played over 150 shows booked by over 20 promoters. The list is representative of the Columbus punk scene as well as the national DIY touring circuit from 2007-10.
More than 30 people paid rent at the house during this time span.
The new Brian Deck-produced album, Buzzard, will be out Sept. 21 on Margot’s own Mariel Recordings (with distro via Redeye), and the next day (9/22) the recently downsized band (featuring Super Dessert and Tiara alum Erik Kang) will play Circus with the Lonely Forest and Cameron McGill & What Army. Tickets here.
I don’t think you can call Margot chamber-pop anymore.
More tour dates: Continue reading
MP3: Wicker Chair
2010 is turning out to be the year of the Super Desserts as Friday sees the boys and girls releasing their second album of the year, Twee As Folk. The new album returns to the path traveled by 2009 ‘s Barefoot in the Disenchanted Forest, with new handmade CD packaging in 7″ vinyl single size and a secret tale to be told by the entire package. Long song titles galore and another batch of pop ditties, this time with more hand-clapped BEATS. The release party is tonight at Wholly Craft at 7, featuring an opening set from none other than Jeff Fernengel.
Video for “Give Your Mom a Call” Continue reading
Rebirth motherfucker! Yeah, here we go again. A TON of cool shit has happened since we last got together in this official capacity and I’m not gonna tell you anything about it! I will tell you that Duffy made me take some online journalism and creative writing and photography courses while I was on hiatus and as you’re about to see it did absolutely no good!
I will also tell you I picked a good week to decide to start doing this crap again. Super Desserts, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Guinea Worms, Warpaint, Don B, and of course, Mike O! If you are at all inclined to listen to a bitter, old, hateful, cynical and all around super cool and totally nice dude’s rant about, you know, stuff, you know what to do! Continue reading
MP3: Yr Heart
The Super Desserts are set to release their new record Banjo Forever this Sunday (Jan. 24) at Used Kids Records. In a way, this is a new old record, as many tracks come from previously released material that have been remixed with added instrumentation. Singer/guitarist Bobby Miller explains: “Really it’s just the culmination of a plan we had from day one. We set out to record as many songs as we could in a two-year span, releasing them in DIY fashion along the way. Then, we took our favorites and packaged them with the strongest of our “new” songs to create this record.” Whether you’re new to their music or not, their efforts don’t seem to be in vain as they’ve managed to channel all of their energy into a highly enjoyable album.
This quirky gaggle of artists call on a variety of instruments (as with the first album, Barefoot in the Disenchanted Forest) that seem to tell stories of the mishaps of seeing life through melodic, rose-colored glasses. In fact, their airy way of tale-telling can refresh your inner child and leave you whistling, like in the track “Gotta Lotta Sun.” While I’m left wanting to hear more new material, I’ll be playing outstanding tracks such as the Sondre Lerche-like tune “Falling Out of Fashion,” the charming “Yr Heart” and the tragically fun “I Only Love You Because You Can Play Guitar” on repeat for a while.
On Sunday you’ll be able to purchase your own vinyl copy as well as catch an in-store performance from both Saintseneca and Super Desserts.
MP3: Vetiver – Everyday
We’ve mentioned the Ohio Winter Folk Festival a few times in the past couple weeks. With Sub Pop’s Vetiver and Columbus bands like the Black Swans, Super Desserts and Moon High, plus Athens’ Adam Torres (ex-Southeast Engine), it promises to be a pretty great show. Before Saturday’s show at the historic Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, there’s also a Music Swap Meet and DIY Art Fair (1 pm).
We’ve got a pair to tickets to give away, too. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject WINTER FOLK FESTIVAL. A winner will be chosen on Friday. You can also buy tickets here ($12 in advance, $15 at the door).
Ohio Winter Folk Festival
Saturday, Jan. 16 @ 6pm
Stuart’s Opera House I Nelsonville, Ohio