The Daily Rind Podcast: Week of August 26
The latest installment in the Daily Rind’s weekly podcasts is here.
Track 1: Mr. Lif “Presidential Report Vol. 1” [Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises
Track 2: Immortal Technique “Harlem Renaissance” from The 3rd World [Viper Records]
Track 3: The Bloody Beetroots “Butter” from The Rombo EP [Dim Mak]
Track 4: The Spinto Band “Summer Grof” from Moonwink [Park The Van]
Track 5: Frances “Brain” from All The While [Gigantic Music]
Bump music: Uusitalo “Korpikansa” from Karhunainen [Huume Records]
Harmony Central: Carlon Coos and Crows On Ropeadope Debut
Meet Carlon, the secret treasure of New Jersey, recently scooped up by Ropeadope Digital, the lucky ducks who’ll get to issue the twangy indie quartet’s debut full-length, Johari Window , on September 30th. Why so lucky? Well, the long-anticipated following-up to the band’s self-released Suburban Heel EP overflows with folksy rock songs and meticulously-harmonized ballads that masterfully take cues from 60s rock, Americana, and sweet tea indie acts like Band of Horses. But, hey, you don’t have to take our word for it. In advance of the album’s release, Carlon has offered up one of Johari Window ‘s many stand-outs, “Cantaloupe,” for free download. No stranger to reverb, this song borrows the grain silo massiveness of early My Morning Jacket records, while calling to mind the careful harmonies of Fleet Foxes. Gorgeous, right? Right.
MP3 : Carlon – Cantaloupe
Backyard Tire Fire Bring Their Blazing Rock to The Places We Lived
Backyard Tire Fire have been burning up the web since the 2007 release of Vagabonds and Hooligans, an album that landed on many year-end “best of” lists and brought the Bloomington, IL trio into the tastemaker spotlight. This year finds the band on a new label, Hyena Records, and their fourth album The Places We Lived is winning over fans and fresh ears alike with its exciting brand of indie roots-rock and down to earth songwriting. Streaming right now on AOL Spinner and My Old Kentucky Blog (and available for purchase right here), The Places We Lived has been called “Midwestern Americana at it’s slice-of-hard-life best” by Berkeley Place, and CYSTSFTS calls it “lovelorn with yearning nostalgia but coupled with straight-up Southern-fried noise.” Stop Okay Go recently conducted an interview with frontman Ed Anderson right here, and PopMatters gave the album a great review as well.
Influenced by classic artists like The Band, Howlin’ Wolf and Neil Young, Backyard Tire Fire frontman and principle songwriter Anderson says, “my objective in the songwriting process is to be honest. I want folks to feel like the tune was written for them and identify with what the song is about.” This sincere approach is what has people comparing Anderson to great American storytellers like Hank Williams and Lowell George. He is joined by the rock solid rhythm section of his brother Matt on bass and Tim Kramp on drums. BTF has shared stages with the likes of Jason Isbell, Clutch and Cracker, and are starting a headlining tour with Ha Ha Tonka next week in Chicago, before embarking on a slew of December dates with the legendary Reverend Horton Heat.
Check out opening track “The Places We Lived” below. Full tour dates and tracklist after the jump.
MP3: Backyard Tire Fire – The Places We Lived
SST. Despite the accuracy of the above headline, it actually stands for Solid State Transmitters, which was originally a mail-order WWII surplus radio equipment company that Greg Ginn started when he was twelve. Now thirty years after Greg changed the dial from surplus to punk, we are celebrating one of the most pivotal and influential labels of our time. How we love thee SST, let us count the ways.
Perhaps you are simply a fan of a little band that Greg started called Black Flag . Yes, THAT Black Flag; the hardcore band responsible for launching the TRUE indie DIY model/mentality. Maybe you’re a warm blooded, die hard Minnesotan with a love for Hüsker Dü and a certain Mr. Bob Mould who would go on to influence everyone from The Pixies to Green Day .
For me, I was smitten once SST put out I Against I by Bad Brains . When the worlds of hardcore and reggae combine forces it only makes sense for the offspring to reside at SST. While this was the only Bad Brains album to come out on SST their explosive frontman H.R. would continue making records with Greg for some time to come.
Crossing lines and mixing flavors was nothing foreign to SST, however, as one of their most pivotal releases Double Nickels on the Dime featured 45 tracks with styles ranging from punk to jazz and funk to country. Touching upon important social issues such as the Vietnam War and racism, the album credits inspiration from such visionaries as Jack Brewer and one time Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins .
The Minutemen , Soundgarden , Sonic Youth , Dinosaur Jr. , The Descendants …the list goes on and on and on. You have
undoubtedly rocked out to an SST release, bought a badass vintage t-shirt of one of their bands, tattooed the Black Flag logo on you forearm or sworn
allegiance to a modern day band that would have
never existed had Greg Ginn and SST not started putting out records.
For 30 years we have been following Greg Ginn’s lead by cranking up the dial, at least to 11, and personally i cant wait for the new bands 30 years from now to do the same, giving us, and a new generation of music fans a reason to rock, all while still having a home to trace it all back to.
In what seemed like a fruitless quest to wean myself off The Dodos’ Visiter, (yes, I know it dropped forever ago) I finally found salvation with the long awaited full length from Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line. Despite having just been released August 19th on Barsuk, I may have already listened to the album a billion times, only to find new things I like about it every time I push play.
Including new and improved versions of previously recorded tracks from their debut EP, the album fulfills what anyone would expect in a full length from the band. Songs that encompass death and the celebration of life show how the band has continued to evolve and thrive even after the death of drummer/songwriter/friend John Pike.
Produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Gossip, Islands, Blonde Redhead) at Bear Creek Studios, The Rhumb Line includes a revamped version of “Dying is Fine,” which includes lines from E.E. Cummings’ “Dying is fine) but Death”. The band also uses violin and cello players Alexandra Lawn and Rebecca Zeller to their full potential on songs like “Winter ’05” and “Oh La”, where the strings act as the songs’ melodic backbone rather than as accessories. (more…)