The mood ring was invented in New York in 1975, so it's only natural to pair my favorite CMJ 2015 bands with a few moods you'll be feeling this week. Plus, a few illustrations to go with it.Read More
Hurricanes, Halloween? October has dibs on all the delightfully dreary days. In honor of that, I created a playlist that's as darkwave as your favorite late '70s goth flick.Read More
The Mayberries have created an effortlessly ethereal collection of work through gumption, focus and reinterpretation of classic folk. Now I just want more.Read More
Vibrant is a fitting description for Canadian singer/songwriter, Joanie Wolkoff and her musical creations. She's studied in Paris, modeled in Tokyo and tattooed pigs in rural China. After a traumatic event overseas, she decided to take a chance on Brooklyn and form electro-pop group Her Habits.
Their debut EP, released January 26, Northerner is self-aware pop music. It takes electronic risks while maintaining a reflective beauty. It's also accompanied with an illustrated manual created by Wolkoff depicting habits of women. She collected stories of feminine habits like, "She assembles weird costumes at night."Read More
'Sitting Bitch With Bailey' is a podcast about capturing a moment of transportation with musicians. In short...I sit in between musicians in a car and go somewhere. Episode One features Brooklyn rock and roll band, The Jeanies.
Honest rock and roll has a tendency to get lost in genre-bending garage rock that's saturating the present Brooklyn scene right now. That is until The Jeanies came out of their lamp, which was probably filled strictly with Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour and Buddy Holly records. The Brooklyn four piece consists of Joey Farber, guitar and lead vox; John Principio, bass and vox; Dylan Handelman, drums and Jon Mann, guitar and vox. They're self-titled debut album produced on analog cassette equipment releases December 19 via King Pizza Records.
30 years of influences ranging from doo-wop, boogie and R&B create their music’s shimmering jangle that has the power of '80s Brill Building pop. The Jeanies’ sound shines light on dark corners of DIY basement shows everywhere in Brooklyn.
The album The Jeanies plays like a love story. It's full of love songs about girls with names like Judy, met while dancing or on the train, who were always thought to be 'the one,' but quickly fall out of love. Catchy songs like "I Think You're The Wrong One" will never leave your head. Vocals from Joey Farber sound like a step back in time throwing old-school sheen on fuzzed out guitar.
The most arresting moment in the album comes during "I'll Warm You." It's a lovely, lilting song that suspends a raw moment of infatuation. Sweet melodies keep the album moving within a dreamy, fantasy landscape in a sort of purgatorial time-line – not quite now, not quite then.
The analog cassette recording creates a sound that's deep and rich, yet tantalizingly out of reach. The Jeanies' debut album curates the best moments from their favorite bands into their own interpretations with tender songwriting, genius countermelodies and just enough vintage flair.
Catch the new album live at their record release show Dec 19 with Games, BIG HUGE and the Mad Doctors at Don Pedro.
Listen to the full album below:
- Seen Her Dance
- I Think You're The Wrong One
- It's For You
- The Girl's Gonna Go
- I'll Warm You
- Believe Me Jenny
- Her Flesh
- That's The One
- The Kids Are No Good
- Gotta Get Back To Judy
Natural Stranger posses a 90's grunge nostalgia and familiarity – yet their sound deviates into something original and different. Based in Brooklyn, the band has released two EPs. Their first, "Summer So Far" expresses the excitement of moving to New York and warm nights, while their latest release "Talk About Our Demons As Friends" explores the dark camaraderie we have with our inner demons.
I met Natural Stranger at a Jewish Temple somewhere in Park Slope to talk about their journey in the New York music scene and to play a few unplugged songs.
They embody the melting pot that is New York. Bass player, Jino Arielly, came to New York from Israel, Ernest Hampson, vox and guitar, lived in Germany from ages 12 to 15. Joseph T Paz on drums came from a long string of musicians and guitarist, Kevin "Sully" Sullivan came from New Haven. They met working at the same music store about a year ago and found a shared love for music. Together they have a solid and defined sound that's somewhere in between the angsty cool of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the melodic temperance of Bright Eyes.
"The attitude that everyone brings to this band is very positive, people are just really easygoing with things," Arielly said. "So nobody is like in other person we all give our space to each other. There's not a lot of ego."
Listen to their latest EP below:
A calm glow hung around Chinatown Thursday night. Walking into Fontana's was no exception. The red backlit bar into the basement could have been an entrance into a punk rock vampire flick. There might not have been any blood-sucking immortals at this concert, but there was a dark thrill about Of Clocks and Cloud's set.
It began with a moody electronic beat that gently escalated into a hard-hitting song. Joe Salgo, vocals and guitar, led the band with just enough guitar to make the sound full but not jarring. A subtle light show illuminated the 20 or 25 guests at the show. Despite two bands before them, the audience was captivated.
Easing the audience into the set, Salgo's soft voice in "Carry" and the controlled rhythms of drummer, Ross Procaccio, complimented each other. There's a hazy affect about Of Clocks and Clouds sound. Each song has a certain sense of fogginess, but the density of the fog fluctuates. In their next song "Psychic Realms" there's a moment of clarity and the fog parts for a moment.
Usually the band only consists of Salgo and Procaccio, but this time around they were joined by bassist, Cav Loria. The presence of the bass grounded the moments of dramatic climax like the guitar solo in "Tripping on the Far Side of the Sun."
OCAC has a precise and clean sound, partially due to the never-flinching drum skills of Procaccio. That clean sound was showcased in a Black Sabbath cover. They're not afraid to show their darker influcences and roots while still having a planned and thoughtful execution.
A new untitled track teased at some innovative melodies and drum patterns. If it's any evidence of what's to come, it's something to look forward to.
Live, the band has a sophisticated energy that you might not be able to tell by their casual appearance of jeans, t-shirt and sneakers. But that un-done look forces the audience to look beyond the flashing lights, the obnoxious dancers and broken beer bottles and just listen.
Decide for yourself at their next gig:
Greenpoint Music Festival / September 20 / 12 pm