////////////// WEDNESDAY 9.22.10 //////////////
WORD OF MOUTH WEDNESDAYS presents: W U M P !
wump (wuhmp) n. - A person who exhibits tremendous childlike wonder and imagination.
A new party hosted by Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion, WUMP is a journey through your imagination. Also, you will dance!
DJ Sets and short performances by Deidre, Savoir Adore, French Horn Rebellion and Mighty Five. Cheep Beers and Pickelbacks provided by the bar!
Followed by THE RESCUE PARTY w/ DJ Preston Craig of KissBrooklyn
French Horn Rebellion
////////////// WEDNESDAY 9.15.10 //////////////
THE VILLAGE VOICE: Yes in My Backyard on TRANSLATIONS »
"Reverb-soaked New York art-crooners Translations are a lazy Sunday dream, tempering their drizzly indie-pop with the subtle shades of classic r&b. Drums rattle drearily and bass lines groove silkily under a haze of lo-fi hum—think doo-wop ballads covered by a Homestead Records band, or Thee Oh Sees at your backyard BBQ already drunk and sleepy on Coronas and cheeseburgers. The Translations’ self-titled debut EP is a purely DIY affair, recorded at bassist David Harrington’s house, mixed by their friend Jeff Curtin and released on New York vinyl-only label Shoot The Singer (run by Kate Pedatella, the sister of Translations member Stefan Pedatella). Says vocalist Andrew Fox, “You could measure the cost of all of that in booze.” Opening track “The Wanderer”—not the Dion song, but certainly lyrically inspired by it—is a two-and-a-half-minute pop gem that matches a hard-pounded post-punk groove with a Nuggets-ready sunburst of warm echo and a harmony-laden chorus, landing somewhere between Creedence, Motown, and Bauhaus”
"Yum, dissonant rock straight out of the early ’90s. Where have these girls been all my life?? A: in Brooklyn." -feeslist
"Heliotropes describe their sound as “poppy doom.” That moniker works better than anything I’d pull out, so I’m going to run with it. Principally, I like the potential for double entendre there. The inclination is to think “poppy” as in Justin Timberlake, but the label works just as well if you think “poppy” as in lotus eaters. Heliotropes hit both connotations, with a distinct ear for what makes the toe tap and an eye on swirling, psychotropic freakouts. " - Citizendick.org
////////////// WEDNESDAY 9.8.10 //////////////
"Enfolded in fuzz and strident, distorted guitar, Heavy Birds’ music on “Sounds of the American Underground” also has delicate elements of soft vocals, weeping cello and acoustic guitar that create a dark, intimate atmosphere. The instruments and noise take different forms in songs, as layers build cacophonous complexity or breezy, blissed-out sweetness. Evoking musical similarities alternatively reminiscent of Jesus and the Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones, the band still claims its own musical territory with varied song structures and charismatic attitude." - Nancy Chow -Deli Magazine
////////////// WEDNESDAY 9.1.10 //////////////
Beat Radio is an American indie pop project guided by New York singer-songwriter Brian Sendrowitz. Current lineup also features Dan Bills, Brian Ver Straten, Evan Duby, and Mike McCabe. Beat Radio released their debut LP The Great Big Sea in 2007 and the follow up, Safe Inside the Sound, in the fall 2009. The band has embarked on a singles series for 2010, releasing 2 songs each month via bandcamp.
"With a set combining electric and acoustic songs, Family Lumber showcases their depth and originality that you’ll be sure not to miss" - BreakThruRadio.com
"They’re like a high-gain Pavement with all the quiet, humble restraint of The National and the atmospherics of — well, something atmospheric. Family Lumber delivers a really, really - we mean really powerful set." - Dead Horse Catering Company
////////////// WEDNESDAY 8.25.10 //////////////
STRAIGHT TO VHS
RCRD LBL on THE PRESS »>
"You can definitely define many of the band’s influences— Neutral Milk Hotel, New Pornographers, Of Montreal, Built to Spill, The Clash, The Grateful Dead—but the band succeeds in letting their predecessors guide them without defining them. Their debut full-length album (title TBD) is a testament to that. Recorded at the Fort in Brooklyn, the band was intent on creating songs that are as natural and logical as they are adventurous and unexpected. This intention rings through in a thrilling, beautiful cohesion of songs personifying their smart, playful, irreverent, and eclectic character."
WAILINGCITY.COM CD Review of Straight To VHS: Self Titled »>
"…The vocals and the bass completely rule the tone of this record. The overdriven bass cuts through absolutely everything and socks you straight in the gut. The vocals, though melodic, are multi-tracked so that it sounds like there is a large gang of people singing at you… There will be a lot of comparisons to ’77 style punk when people talk about this record but the snarl and swagger is much more rock n’ roll. The fun time pop mixed with the aggressiveness of these songs reminds me more of underground 60’s bands like The Sonics and The Standells than the Sex Pistols and the Clash."
////////////// WEDNESDAY 8.4.10 //////////////
Strange Shapes are a Brooklyn four piece that make chiming anglo rock.. think early REM and Teenage Fanclub, bristling with metallic guitars and fluttery syncopations. Sunny crystalized pop that’s tuneful and grooving, with an anxious uneven sheen. Songs about stars, girls and cars.
"Marc Jacobs always has his thumb on the pulse of coolness – and his millions of fans look to him without fail for the next big thing. It goes without saying, then, that he would surround himself with multi-talented, terminally cool people as well. One of his newest discoveries is Unsolved Mysteries, a band fronted by Jon Lynn (left), 28, who just happens to also be a designer for Marc by Marc Jacobs. Unsolved’s sophomore album, Tragic Trouble (Mirror Universe), is available exclusively at Marc by Marc Jacobs stores and it could not have found a more appropriate place. The music, like the clothes, is young, extremely fun, sometimes moody and always tragically hip. Danceable and electronic, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and quirky beats, the album is a perfect way to get in the mood for summer…”