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Posts made in September, 2011

AA BONDY-Believers

Warning: Don’t listen to A.A. Bondy if you’re feeling sad, rejected or—most of all—suicidal.  It’s not quite as extreme as The Cowboy Junkies, but it comes close.  Bondy’s latest album, Believers, is a collection of songs that crawl though sadness and pain through dark, gothic echoes and distortion.

It’s the musical version of heroin.

Which of course implies that it’s addicting.  And it is.

You may recall Scott Bondy, if you haven’t heard his earlier works, from the 1990s band Verbena.  They were pretty good.  But his solo work far surpasses it.  It’s haunting without being dark and dull.  It’s moody but still engaging.  I think this kind of work is some of the hardest to produce, and some of the riskiest—because atmospheric moodpunk is bound to lose major chunks of listeners and will almost never finda young audience.  But don’t miss out.  This is a good one.

Buy it from Fat Possum.

Stream it at AOL.

Taste “The Twist
Download A.A. Bondy The Twist


BLITZEN TRAPPER-American Goldwing

Perhaps more than just about any other indie labels, Sub Pop has always had a surprisingly versatile roster, ranging from punk to prog to Americana.  And then there’s Blitzen Trapper.

The Portland band has never, ever let me down, and American Goldwing continues their winning streak.  Between their five prior albums and a few powerful EPs, the band has developed a unique voice in the world of indie Americana.  Their music hits the peaks of the genre, with backporch harmonica and acoustic cuts, while at the same time jolting the listener into the world of garage band rock (“Your Crying Eyes”) or 1970s AM rock (“Love the Way You Walk Away”) and never, ever slacking in the lyric department.

It’s practically impossible to get sick of this band, because every time they grow and pop just a little bit more.

Love the Way You Walk Away

You can order it here.  Support the artist!


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