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BREAK RIGHT THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE

posted April 2nd, 2021

Standing tall against an open sky, E.R. Jurken and his spectral tenor (refracted via multiple overdubs) move across an oft-deserted soundscape, leaving behind them the footfalls of incandescent orchestral pop music (with the orchestra mostly erased). On his lonesome, Jurken's formidable energy populates the landscape with choruses of vocal color on I Stand Corrected.
 


"Right Through" is an exemplary E.R. Jurken miniature in full band rock mode: a slice of bedroom... (read more)

Artists in this story: E.R. Jurken

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PEACE OF MIND MAINTENANCE

posted March 30th, 2021

Mind Maintenance is the new duo consisting of Joshua Abrams (Natural Information Society) and Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground Duo, Chad Taylor Trio). This is where the music begins, but Mind Maintenance can’t be described simply as a summation of it's parts and players. When you put on the sound, you’ll know what we’re saying - you'll notice how immediate and meditative it is; how simple, how "in the room," and how the natural buzz of each instrument sits remarkably well against... (read more)

Artists in this story: Mind Maintenance

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A BILL FROM NO MAN'S LAND

posted March 29th, 2021

WANTED: a valid reevaluation of the depiction of life in America's old west! With "Cowboy", a single from Gold RecordBill Callahan acknowledges the long-prevailing fantasy, now in the province of the late movie, in itself an artifact of a former time. Dryer than a quarter-century of drought, Bill's song echoes the sweet melancholy of that vision, subtly decontextualizing the images of freedom and manifest destiny, allowing us to see them as a fictive projection - one that only exists in our collective mind.
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Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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DOWSING FOR A FEELING

posted March 24th, 2021

Keys, the forthcoming collaborative album from Bill MacKay and Nathan Bowles, showcases the duo's deep knowledge of folk traditions and their congenial improvisational coalescence. Performing only a handful of times before embarking on this project, Bowles and MacKay together play like a seasoned old pair of pickers, with an uncanny ability to bolster each other's expression through sympathetic and expansively spiritual notes.
 


On the third single, "Dowsing", a favored rural pastime gives this contemplative instrumental its name. The song expands upon an... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill MacKay and Nathan Bowles

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MY BLUE SUIT

posted March 23rd, 2021

Last month, Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy announced their new album, Superwolves, out digitally April 30th and physically June 18th. Today, they release a new single “My Blue Suit,” with an accompanying video directed by Geoff McFetridge, and announce their first tour together since 2014. The tour will see the duo return to their ancestral lupine roots in Big Sur, the site of one of their first live performances, and beyond.

“My Blue Suit” follows previously released singles/videos “Make Worry For... (read more)

Artists in this story: Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

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SCHOOL'S IN!

posted March 15th, 2021

How do you act? Play it coo-ool! The Peacers slide back in the room like they own the place and propelled by the chugging intro riff of "Ms. Ela Stanyon's School of Acting", it's no act! They do.
 


Shimmying up with a stoned swagger, the latest Peacers single is a simple set up: a two-guitar rock and roller – three, with the late arrival of the acoustic – but with close-mic technique capturing applications of distortion (dialed way up when... (read more)

Artists in this story: The Peacers

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TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE

posted March 11th, 2021

Myths and truths of a country on the way down, viewed through a deep-focus lens trained on the city from the deserts on the east; Cory Hanson's Pale Horse Rider is an ecstatic vision poised in a sonic terminus of unoccupied residential parks and streets, fading into craggy footpaths to nowhere. From this vantage point, our passage is seen as diligent, ephemeral and grotesque by turns, forgiven and made beautiful again by the sound of the music.
 

Cory's... (read more)

Artists in this story: Cory Hanson

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MAIN(E) MAN ABOUT TOWN

posted March 2nd, 2021

Strange vibrations, queer notions - phantom memories of people and places we used to be! We're talking about the debut album of E.R. Jurken, to be released on the debut record label Country Thyme this April!

On I Stand CorrectedE.R. (Ed to his frenz) unravels the gauze from old wounds with delicate pop fingers strumming a guitar and a touch of keyboards beneath a chorale of overdubbed E.R.s, plumbing depths, tickling fancies and reaching for the light. E.R.'s songwriting and voice convey... (read more)

Artists in this story: E.R. Jurken

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THE PEACERS KICK OUT THE GHOST JAMS, MOTHERFUCKERS!

posted February 25th, 2021

With Blexxed RecThe Peacers have gone full-spectrum psych-pop! Strumming every guitar and every bass drum, rebuilding pop once again in it’s own fiendish mirror image, Blexxed Rec is a blessed event for all yer rock and roll people.

The perfect gutter groover to hold up your next hole-in-the-sock hop, "Ghost of A Motherfucker" is a down and dank ditty with sharply focused melodic tendencies, lit up by Bo Moore's falsetto-feinting lead vox. Coolly surveying the state of yesterday's well-respected man today, with... (read more)

Artists in this story: The Peacers

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WORKING BUMS' BLUES

posted February 23rd, 2021

Does anyone remember the local bar scene? Sure, it was a lifetime ago (the longest lifetime: a year and counting...), but we still recall those unsung heroes of every local scene; musicians who put their blood, sweat and tears into trying to capture the blood, sweat and tears of somebody else's music. Sure, almost everybody starts off performing covers before eventually finding their own original voice, leaving behind the quiet triumph 'n tragedy of those who continue to try and draw custom via a spirited... (read more)

Artists in this story: New Bums