ALBUM REVIEW for Left & Right: Computer generated and recorded music would not be possible 15 years ago like it is today. Which is good and bad I suppose. The way we hear things has no happy accidents from your regular old analog compression unless its you’re own special subtle twist and you have drunk people insisting your guitarists sound like Dean Wareheim from Galaxie 500. Maybe a obscure sign you are making good music you like verses what you think other people will like. To reproduce that magic accidentally is the trick for sure for whatever the drunk guy heard. You still of course need some SKills underneath all of “it” and be able to borrow ideas, as there is only so much auto-tune that can be corrected, so lets face it most independently recorded music are demos until there’s some validation of your product at some point. Whatever the hell it is what do I know. Maybe somebody pays your way? Left & Right has four dudes who have documented the special secret sauce and the ingredients are in their album Miss Virginia. The music comes highly recommended and we give it four hot southern girl’s drunk on PBR’s which is our way of saying — thumbs up.
Download: Teenage Wasteland | Fathers MP3 by the band Left & Right from a bunch of Bus Drivers who work for the University Transit Service in Charlottesville, VA. I can’t make this up. Check them out live Sat Jan 15th on tour at Brooklyn’s all ages venue Shea Stadium | Get their record »
Old Smile’s Debut comes to us via the new cassette label tree top sorbet. I first encountered this bizarro cassette label culture a few years ago at the Cake shop when I picked up Knyfe Hyts (which i’m just getting over btw) and I suppose we need to calm down a bit considering the above rant about demos and self recording quality. Music on tape used to = Demo.
Anyway, the O.S. decompiles a freedom of making music. Tom Herman the man behind this viejo’s grin is in good shape. Mixing experimental noise with your regular ones is fine by me in Neutral Milk kind of way. This is the early stuff. The music you will roll back to and turn on the 60 watt energy efficient light buld and “I see where he was going”. Who wants a bunch of pop-songs in a row anyway? There’s some nice oceanic layers in this music and is meant to be listened to in sequence because the notion that everything needs to be hit is a negative affect of top 40 radio Regardless, while there are no “hyts” on Hawkin’s Bridge perse the music is ambient like cough syrup on a tofu icecream sunday and organically fills in the melody with swan song vocals making picture of Brooklyn cityscapes streets seems clear to me. We hear it this way at least. Three and 1/2 PBRs on me.
Download: Swept Up With The Tide Mp3 by Old Smile from Hawkin’s Bridge