Guardian Alien is the project of Brooklyn-based drummer Greg Fox, as well as vocalist Alex Drewchin. Their set at Basilica Soundscape yesterday served as my introduction to their work. All I can say is damn, Fox is one hell of a drummer.
Their songs are of the experimental/avant-garde world, with Drewchin’s vocals and electronic work built around the unstoppable steady force that is Fox behind the kit. Their songs took a while to get going, but once they hit that groove, it was hard not to be taken over by what they were doing.
Fox is so good behind his kit that Basilica brought him back out to play solo from an elevated area above the stage to warm the crowd before Swans took the stage. Now that’s saying something. Read the rest of this entry »
Last night Spoon commanded a crowd at Central Park Summerstage for their first offical headlining NYC show while on tour for new album They Want My Soul. Sure they played Governors Ball, and a secret NPR show at Le Poisson Rogue (as well as McKittrick) over the summer, but this was the first headlining show of their own for the general public. They made it count, bringing along a terrific pair of headliners in !!! and Operators. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released his new album Tied To A Star via Sub Pop. One of the album highlights is “Wide Awake,” a love-sick duet with Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.
It features a sensitive sounding Mascis who sings over a gently finger picked acoustic guitar. Marshall’s vocals come in and the two delight in an entrancing fashion showing all kinds of emotional vulnerability. I never would have seen this collaboration coming, but I’m very glad that it exists.
SBTRKT will return with new album Wonder Where We Land on September 23 via Young Turks.
“New Dorp. New York” is the album’s fantastic first single, and it features vocals from Ezra Koenig, of Vampire Weekend. It’s a tight funky track which uses Ezra’s distinctive vocals to its advantage. It’s a wonderful collaboration that is oddly seductive and a shit ton of fun. I’m loving it.
“Queen” is the first song shared from the album and its a heavy listen. It’s a track that hits the senses hard – from the synth-line to the drums – its hard striking song, yet also lush and romantic. There’s also some impressive production which gives it that much more of an edge.
Lead single “Less Out Of Sync” calls to mind Death From Above 1979. The duo chug out some killer sludge music that just calls for moshing in a grungy venue. It rides the tension that it builds towards, all leading towards a glorious release that will beg for you to hit the repeat button immediately after.
The first song to be shared from the album was called “No More Honey.” Since then, they have released a song called “Dripping”, a number that may make you do a double take to make sure that it is indeed a Blonde Redhead song. It features a chill dance groove that is rather pleasant and quite easy on the years. Change isn’t for everyone, but I think it works well for these guys.
Kyle Thomas, otherwise known as King Tuff, will release his new album Black Moon Spell on September 23 via Sub Pop.
“Eyes Of The Muse” is the record’s first single, and it hits hard with plenty of classic rock influences at hand. His high-pitched vocals are an interesting combination with the hard slinging guitar riffage, but its a delightful tune, ideal for chill out listening with some nice weather to show.