Knotted / Glass Heart (Acoustic)
Velah continue to find the perfect balance between atmosphere and immediacy on their latest single. “Knotted” opens with a slightly off-kilter, circular guitar riff that would have been at home on Amnesiac. This entrancing guitar line is offset by Nick Murphy’s measured vocal. His voice is a calming force amid the complex rhythm patterns. “Knotted” is a Velah song, so we’re soon awash in haunting backing vocals, swells of saturation and layers of delay. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Knotted” is backed by an acoustic version of “Glass Heart” from the bands Black Olympia EP.
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The Frost Heaves closed out a Monday night at TT’s with a blustery set.
Indiana Handshake came up from Providence to display their finely-honed, modern rock wares for the people of T.T. The Bear’s.
The Milling Gowns just put me on notice. I caught them for the first time earlier this year when they won over a Radio crowd. I enjoyed that set. The band’s set at TT’s last week was something else entirely. It was vital. There was urgency. The Milling Gowns are building toward something big. Let’s see how this plays out.
“If I See Him Again”
b/w “On Drugs” and “My Girl Looks Like Johnny Thunders”
The Fagettes are dangerous, raw and cut to the bone on “If I See Him Again.” This is Link Wray with lyrics, banned on late ’50s radio for all the right reasons. It’s viscous and vengeful, scathing and stark. It’s the sound of early rock ‘n’ roll distilled down and aged in barrels made from the beer-soaked wood floors of abandoned clubs. “On Drugs” mixes in a bit of Velvet Underground vibe. “My Girl Looks Like Johnny Thunders” has all the attitude of its namesake. The Fagettes mean business.
The vinyl itself is a small hole, basic black, 331/3 RPM 7″ in a full-color jacket. It comes with a digital download.
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You People have just jumped on to my imaginary list of favorite bands around town. I missed the trio’s first few shows. The fourth time was the charm. Their angst-addled fuzzfest has got me buzzing.
Job Creators twisted complex rhythms and intricate bass parts into creative musical moments.
Former teen idol Doug Orey played the songs of The Field Effect* for an adoring TT’s crowd.
* …and an Elliott Smith cover and maybe something else. I’m old and forgetful.
Good things happen when Nate Leavitt plays guitar. I’ve seen it over and over with Parlour Bells, Old Jack, The Blizzard Of 78, Brendan Boogie and Phil Aiken. He’s got a way of leaving an impression. His solo sets are no different. Listening to Nate fingerpick the hell out of his Martin on “The World Today”* made me wish the song would never end.
* From his 2011 solo EP, Inference.
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Phil Wisdom (here are some songs he wrote with Buterknife in case you’re not sure why this is such a good idea).
OK, I feel better now.