Kurt Wagner performs in support of Lambchop’s new album OH (ohio), released October 7, 2008 on Merge Records. OH (ohio) was recorded in Lambchop’s hometown of Nashville and produced by Mark Nevers and Roger Moutenot. 11 new songs: “Slipped Dissolved and Loosed,” “National Talk Like a Pirate Day,” and “Popeye.” Hear some of OH (ohio) here and here.
Since starting their hell-for-leather, Penta-caustic roadshow Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers have earned quite a name for themselves with their unique brand of American Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Led by their wildly charismatic rail thin frontman, the blues-harpist J.D. Wilkes, th’ Shack*Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers. Wilkes’ film “Seven Signs” accompanies the tour.
Rolling Stone says: Georgia rockers Dead Confederate made their debut album, Wrecking Ball, in a tiny, dingy Austin studio — the same place where the sound effects for the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre were recorded. “It was a shit-shack,” says bassist and songwriter Brantley Senn, 28. “We called it ‘the dump.’ It was spooky.” The eeriness seeped deeply into the quintet’s music — a raw, howling take on Southern rock that recalls the darkest moments of Nineties grunge; not surprising, since they are the first band on the new label from Gary Gersh, the A&R exec who signed Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Lead singer Hardy Morris’ raspy vocals are a ringer for Kurt Cobain’s, while lead guitarist Walker Howle kicks out Dinosaur Jr.-like spiraling riffs. “Our music has always been dark,” says Senn. “I don’t think I’ve ever written a song when I wasn’t angry or hurt by something.” But the band’s growing popularity is making it harder for Senn to get into the proper songwriting mind-set. “I’m at the point where I am about to take a minimum-wage job just so I can be unhappy about something so I can write a good song.” (also at Union Hall in BK on Oct. 10)
Flavorpill says: Mentioning the Elephant 6 collective to music geeks is like bringing up Godard with cinephiles: there’s a pretty good chance they’re obsessed. The gang of Atlanta psych-folkies spawned distinctive acts like the Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Neutral Milk Hotel, and many more. While the group is less active these days, Music Tapes frontman Julian Koster brings together members of the aforementioned bands for a grand old celebration of all things E6. There’s been no mention of the elusive Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind Jeff Mangum showing up, but the holidays are all about miracles, right?