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5 Score Pachyderm is proud to present Jeremiah Nelson w/The Warbuckles, Beth Bombara, and Dots Not Feathers at Old Rock House Sunday, February 13 at 8pm (doors at 7pm, $7 cover, 21+). Wisconsin based singer-songwriter Jeremiah Nelson is constantly creating and reinventing his music with an ever-evolving cast of characters. Whether he’s fronting a band or taking the stage on his own it’s the poetic lyrics, and strong pop sensibility that remains ever constant. When I listen to Jeremiah Nelson’s music I move from foot stomping with reckless abandon to thoughtful contemplation. Jeremiah Nelson has helped produced songs and albums for many wonderful artists and I strongly recommend checking out Jeremiah Nelson’s site, where you can listen to songs at different stages of the production process, it’s really a great porthole into the creative songwriting and producing process. Nelson also took part in a project showcasing the talented musicians found in the state of Wisconsin. A powerhouse in the music blog world Muzzle of Bees collected recordings from various bands featuring their unique takes on the track’s from Wilco’s classic album Summerteeth. You can take a listen to Jeremiah Nelson’s contribution “She’s a Jar” here.
Photo courtesy of Onion A.V. Club
Following his wonderful debut full length, Take Me Down To The Interstate, Nelson is readying another batch of songs for an as of yet untitled album due out 4/16. Take Me Down To The Interstate is full of folk-rock gems, with song after song begging you to hit repeat before moving on to the next. Jeremiah Nelson has outdone himself with his new batch of tunes, including the lead single from the upcoming release “Skin to Touch”. 5 Score Pachyderm is proud to offer up the web debut of “Skin to Touch”, grab the track below and get ready to hit repeat.
Video: Jeremiah Nelson – “Skin to Touch”
Video: Jeremiah Nelson w/ Heidi Spencer – “Show to Show”
Video: Jeremiah Nelson – “Hard to Love on Bourbon Street”
This show also features three of the finest musical acts St. Louis has to offer:
The Warbuckles first caught my attention at The First Annual Dogtown Street Musicians Festival. More recently their unique brand of rustic folk has shown up on the STL LOUD EP project, which focuses on showcasing the many wonderful musicians found in the St. Louis area. Take a listen to The Warbuckles’ addition to the STL LOUD Vol. 1 EP “These Chains Are So Long” and enjoy a part of their 5 Score Practice Session below.
Video: 5 Score Practice Session w/ The Warbuckles – “Will Be Gone”
Photo courtesy of Corey Woodruff
Beth Bombara is a staple of the St. Louis music scene, playing as part of several different acts around town. She released her debut solo album Wish I Were You on vinyl this past November courtesy of a successful kickstarter campaign (take a listen to “Winter Blues” from the album here). Produced by her husband Kit Hamon, Wish I Were You is one of those albums that just belongs on vinyl. Beth’s intimate and authentic sound moves easily through a diversity of songs, highlighting country-rock, bluesy jams, and quiet folk songs. Beth creates simply beautiful tunes and I’m not sure there’s a better example of that beauty than the video below.
Video: Beth Bombara – “Don’t You Know”
Dots Not Feathers
Photo courtesy of Clint Alwahab
Folk rockers Dots Not Feathers are relatively new to the St. Louis music scene, but they have already released their first LP A Thousand Novels. Each song contains disarmingly intimate lyrics that rise and fall with the pulsing energy that each member of the band adds to the mix. Playing a plethora of different instruments this group of rising stars is ready to break out in a big way.
Video: Dots Not Feathers – “Shoulda Coulda”
Today’s videos come from the wonderful folks over at Mostly Midwest, Black Cab Sessions, and Southern Souls. If you haven’t yet ventured over to these site you’re missing out on some great musical discoveries.
Mostly Midwest Video: Bridghouse Session: Chris Bathgate – “No Silver”
Black Cab Sessions Video: Lissie – “Hello” (Lionel Richie)
Southern Souls Video: The Wilderness of Manitoba – “November”
I love mornings like this. I start out slowly sipping my coffee until I’m eventually gulping it down. The caffeine starts to hit me, subtly at first and then in a wave. I move from one email in my inbox to the next, listening to bands I’ve never heard of, trying to find something that really hits home. This morning I run across Yo Soybean, an alternative folk band from Athens, GA. Their track “Anticipation” draws me in and I can’t get enough. The first thing that hits me is the slide banjo, driving the song and forcing me to bop my head despite the early hour. Yo Soybean have an infectious energy born of singer and primary songwriter Nicholas Mallis’ feisty, melodic vocals. Mallis’ lyrics and vocals immediately remind me of Oberst, dripping with authenticity.
The band is comprised of longtime friends Nicholas Mallis (vocals, primary songwriter), Ryan Sedgewick (drummer), and Andrew Klein (Banjo). The band is regularly joined by friends and fellow musicians on stage, with the composition of the group changing from night to night. Their debut LP Manifest Blasphemy was just released this month and can be found on their bandcamp page. Take a listen to “Anticipation”, the lead single from Manifest Blasphemy below and purchase album if you feel so inclined (it’s worth your while).
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It was nearly six years ago when I first heard Explosions in the Sky. I was riding along in a 12 passenger van nearly falling asleep when my AmeriCorps teammate turned them on. At first I thought it was the perfect music to continue nodding off in the car to, but then it hit me. The music, as subtle as it was, built up to such a crescendo that sleep wasn’t an option. Suddenly I was wide awake, soaking in every note.
I consider that moment a defining point in my musical journey. I’ve explored many different genres of music since, but it was Explosions in the Sky that opened me up to atmospheric music. I moved from Mogwai to M83, from Battles to The Octopus Project. To be honest lyrics have always been secondary to me, it’s the atmosphere a song creates despite the words that always hits me first.
Explosions in the Sky recently announced plans to release their fifth LP Take Care, Take Care, Take Care on April 26 via Temporary Residence Ltd. This will be the first album since 2007′s All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (wow has it really been that long?). For a taste of the new album you can check out a teaser featuring the band playing basketball below.
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care Tracklist:
The band will be touring in support of the album throughout 2011, here’s hoping for a St. Louis date.
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The floodgates have opened this week with a torrent of excellent new releases. I’m really looking forward to diving into Iron & Wine’s new LP Kiss Each Other Clean (pictured above) as well as Cold War Kids’ Mine Is Yours. Destroyer’s Kaputt and Deerhoof’s Deerhoof Vs. Evil will be queued up as well.
Here’s the releases of note today, let me know if I missed something and enjoy the previews below. Today sounds like a good day to grab a Scotch Ale and consume copious amounts of music (not the other way around kids).
It seems easier than ever for bands to get their music heard. Just set up a bandcamp site (move over Myspace) or a facebook bandpage and you’re set. Yet people have to find the music in order to hear it and that’s where music blogs come in. Get enough blogs to write about something and people will start to listen. Yet emailing off a track or two to everyone under the sun doesn’t really cut it (my bursting inbox is evidence of that). Creativity can help a band to stand out and electronic indie-rockers The Pass have certainly done that. They went straight to the music blogs with their video for “Vultures”, which references over 30 different blogs (can you name them all?). The Pass have used some creative marketing, but they also have the music to back it up.
The Pass first got a little buzz last January with their Colors EP, showcasing the Louisville natives’ electro-pop chops. There have been several comparisons to both Phoenix and Passion Pit, but there’s a free-for-all party mentality that sets The Pass apart. Their songs are immediately catchy, switching from sweet funk grooves to banging dance hall bass lines. The Pass released their debut LP Burst this past fall and it’s full of upbeat electro-pop goodness that is almost as addictive as those darn Swedish Fish (I may have a problem).
You can catch The Pass at Old Rock House this Thursday, January 27 (show at 9pm, $7 cover). If you need a break from the week (how the hell is it only Tuesday?) or just want to discover a fantastic new band, I suggest you check them out. Grab a couple tracks from Burst and let me know what you think.
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This isn’t Jon Hardy and the Public’s first rodeo. Since releasing 2007′s Working in Love the band has released three EPs, creating music with a workmanlike zeal. The investment of both energy and emotion never fails to shine through their songs. Jon Hardy and the Public aren’t reinventing themselves with their latest EP A Hard Year, but rather cementing themselves as St. Louis’ next breakout act.
Hardy’s thoughtful lyrics and soulful voice share an intimacy that will have you pulling for him to not just get through his trials and tribulations, but to find whatever it is he is looking for. The melodies are full of pop goodness, driven by incredibly strong guitar work. The title track “A Hard Year” catches Hardy & co. at their finest. A wonderful song finds a way to get better in the end, finishing with a sing-a-long chorus that will have you hoping his baby can hang on just a little while longer.
If you haven’t had a chance to experience the sweaty passion (it sounds dirtier than you want it to be) of a Jon Hardy and the Public show you need to get yourself to The Sheldon tonight (show at 8pm, tickets $10). A Hard Year has been out digitally since November, but the physical release takes place this coming Tuesday, January 25. You can also catch Jon Hardy and the Public at Off Broadway on Friday, March 4 with Kings Go Forth.
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After hearing “Down By The Water”, the first single from The Decemberists’ The King Is Dead, I couldn’t wait to dive into the whole album. The album was released this Tuesday and I haven’t been disappointed. I have a feeling this album will be an acquired taste for most Decemberists fans, but for me it’s an enjoyable departure from the extravagance of Hazards of Love (although I did love “The Rake’s Song”). The songs could be described as plain, but I really enjoy the sparse arrangements and the focus on simple song structure and moving melodies. The Decemberists have been busy promoting the new material. They recently stopped by Conan, performing the standout track “Down By The Water” with the wonderful Gillian Welch.
The band also had a treat for their hometown of Portland as they stopped by Oregon Public Radio to play The King Is Dead in its entirety in front of a live studio audience before heading out on tour. You can take a listen to the concert here. For you STL folks you’re going to have to make a trip to Kansas City on 2/7 if you want to hear the new songs live, for a full list of 2011 tour dates head over here.
The last time I saw Cold War Kids they were opening for Scott Weiland at The Pageant along with Eagles of Death Metal. Needless to say I caught the openers and left before Weiland did his thing. While the boys put on a good show, they didn’t blow me away. I attribute that empty feeling to the release of their decent, but not great second LP Loyalty to Loyalty. Come January 25 Cold War Kids will release their third full length Mine Is Yours. Cold War Kids first caught my attention with their Take Away Show, specifically their incredible performance of “Saint John” (see video below).
The soulful singing of Nathan Willett and the raucous percussion of the band always fills me with energy. “Louder Than Ever”, the first single from the upcoming album, has me excited that Mine Is Yours will be as enjoyable as the debut LP Robbers & Cowards. Cold War Kids just released a brand new video for “Louder Than Ever”, grab the track below while you view the show. You can also catch the boys performing “Skip The Charades” from Mine Is Yours at Jack White’s Third Man Records.
Cold War Kids 2011 Tour Dates (No STL date listed, but you can hop over to Columbia on 3/15)
3 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
4 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
8 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
9 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
11 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
12 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
15 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
16 – Columbus, MO – Newport Music Hall
17 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
18 – Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
19 – Montreal, Quebec – Corona Theatre
21 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
22 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
24 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
26 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
28 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
29 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
31 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
1 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
2 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
8 – Lake Tahoe – Harrah’s
9 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
There’s been a lot going on in the world of music this week so let’s get straight to it.
Delta Spirit found some time to stop by NPR’s Mountain Stage and the performance is one you’re going to want to listen to a few times through. Great songs and stories from one of my favorite bands.
The lead singer of Delta Spirit Matt Vasquez is part of the super group Middle Brother (pictured above) along with his buddies John McCauley of Deer Tick and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes (are you sick of me explaining this yet?). Middle Brother just announced their spring tour dates (with Dawes and Deer Tick opening the shows!), along with previews of each track from their upcoming album (due out 3/1 via Partisan Records) and a live video which you can view below. There’s no St. Louis date listed yet, but I’ll be crossing my fingers while planning my trip to Madison and Chicago. You can take a listen to their first single from the upcoming album “Me Me Me” here.
Daytrotter just keeps moving on up in the music world. Their session with Iron and Wine is excellent and features songs from Iron and Wine’s upcoming album Kiss Each Other Clean (due out 1/25 via Warner Bros.)
John Statz just released his new EP The Budapest Sessions on his bandcamp site as a pay what you want download. I highly recommend downloading the album and giving up what you can for some wonderful songs.
Pitchfork debuted Strand of Oaks’ (you can download one of their tracks on the 5 Score Pachyderm Mixtape V10.0) new video for “Last to Swim” from Pope Killdragon – an album that I can’t recommend enough.