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
Posted in 2010 Favorites, Columbus, Review
Tagged Anais Mitchell, Andrew Graham, Bill Fox, black keys, Black Swans, Deathly FIghter, Deerhunter, earwig, Ghost Shirt, Gibson Bros, Hadestown, Jana Hunter, Justin Townes Earle, Kanye West, Kyle Sowashes, Local Natives, Lost in the Trees, Love Language, Lower Dens, Mavis Staples, Micah Schnabel, Mountain Man, mumford and sons, Nick Tolford, Patty Griffin, Sam Amidon, Shearwater, Spoon, Strand of Oaks, Sufjan Stevens, Sun Kil Moon, super desserts, surfer blood, Time and Temperature, Vampire Weekend
Time and Temperature – I Know the Caves are Deep
Val Glenn, aka Time and Temperature, quietly released an EP/mini-album called Cream of the Low Tide last week, and it’s aptly titled — Glenn’s creamy guitar tones accompanying her gorgeous, lilting voice. David Fowler of Moon High recorded the songs, and he kept things nice and simple even as Glenn got a little help from her friends on strings, percussion, lap steel, glockenspiel, flute, etc. Highly recommended, especially on a gray day like today.
As far as I know, this is Time and Temperature’s first digital release after several cassette-only or limited-edition 7″ releases. Download it at her Bandcamp site. She left yesterday for a tour overseas. Dates in France, Belgium, Austria and Germany after the jump. Continue reading
Jimi “James” Payne posted this over on Banalization.
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.
Posted in Columbus, Music, Wes Flexner
Tagged andrew graham and the swarming branch, banalization, Cola Freaks, cult ritual, Dane Terry, delay, DJ Detox, Envelope, Ghost Mice, heath deadger, Homostupids, Human Boys, james payne, Jordan o' jordan, matt horseshit, Nautical Hyperblast, Nick Tolford & Company, Prosanctus Inferi, Sinkane, super desserts, Sword Heaven, the cheater slicks, the Ergs, The Monster House, Time and Temperature, Times New Viking, Tin Armor, vile gash, weedsteeler, Yea Big and Kid Static, You're So Bossy
Album artwork by Mr. Clinton Reno
MP3:Bookmobile – Weekends of our Youth
MP3:Ben Schwabe – Crystal Branches
First a little disclosure right upfront- I’m an official part of the Columbus Music Co-op volunteer machine, so this is a project which is near to my heart. Looking beyond my obvious lack of objectivity, I think most of you reading this have some shared interest in the Columbus music community and will appreciate both the efforts and the results of this undertaking. Something like a year and half ago, a plan was hatched by Jon Fintel (Relay Recording) and Erin Moore of the CMC to provide a vehicle to showcase the variety and quality of music making in town. Of particular importance to the founders was the notion that equal attention should be given to young (high school age) artists, who would be showcased adjacent to more veteran musicians. Over the past year, Fintel donated over a 100 hours of studio time to record and master eleven original tracks, some of which are the first professional recordings made of the participants. All of them are available only on this compilation, which turns out to be a really strong collection.
On Saturday, February 13th Relay and the CMC will host the first of two CD release shows at Carabar, where copies of the compilation, complete with original album art, will be available for $5. In the spirit of providing a musical experience for young people, a second all ages and family-friendly multi-faceted release show is scheduled for Sunday, February 28th in the North Market Dispatch Test Kitchen from 1-5 pm. All bands are volunteering their time, so should any profits be made from shows or sales, they will go to fund the CMC’s Columbus Music Assistantship Program to provide emergency medical expense grants to working musicians in need. Keep reading below for additional information on bands, a track listing, and set times.
Posted in Columbus, MP3, Music
Tagged Ben Schwabe, Bookmobile, Columbus Music Co-Op, deadsea, dolby fuckers, Dylan Kappler, Flotation Walls, Jinx Palm, Jordan Martin, Relay Recording, Shin Tower Music, The Lindsay, Time and Temperature
Pictured: Brainbow w/Lara Yazvac@Comfest
Oh man Comfest...or something like that. Basically there are a number of ways to go about Comfest. You can camp out somewhere in the park on a blanket, go check out bands with “clever” band names, wander around aimlessly running into people you know and drink booze and eat food and not pay attention to any bands, or you can hang out at the Offramp Stage all weekend like I pretty much did and watch bands that you know will be good.
How many times can you say the same things about the same bands? Find out after the jump! Continue reading
Posted in Columbus, Comfest, Contest
Tagged Brainbow, Comfest, Happy Chichester, Kirk Kline, Lara Yazvac, moons, Nick Tolford and Co., The Lindsay, Time and Temperature