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April 2016
The Original Crooks and Nannies
"Ugly Laugh
The Original Crooks and Nannies follow-up to 2015’s Soup For My Girlfriend begins with the sputtering staccato of “Call It Good.” The track’s rhythmic pulse collides flawlessly with Madeline Rafter’s vocals and buzzing synth, supported by a backbeat tailor-made for the dance floor. The album’s opener prepares its listener with ease for the pulsating energy of “Carry Me,” a heartfelt melody that brings to mind the romantics of Matt and Kim or the twee-drenched lyricism of Mates of State. The track’s sentiments are earnest, amplified simultaneously by urgent diction and humming chords. “Carry Me” is a living testament to The Original Crooks and Nannies’ ability to craft love songs so cathartic that it hurts.
Similarly, the unabashed desperation of “Throw Out” followed by the electro-hum of “Television” suitably precedes the tangibly raw frustration of “Dates.” For Rafter and her bandmate, Sam Huntington, drinking poison and having smashed teeth proves to be a more desirable fate than going on a date. Even in its state of exaggeration, the track is a potential artifact of our contemporary moment, depicting romance in the age of Tinder and the banality of #netflixandchill. It’s a critique with a memorable hook.
“Ghost” is suitably haunting with lines like “I can make you feel/I can make you feel much better” and crashing riffs and cymbals. The narrative of the song, like its namesake, will linger in your mind long after its heartfelt and nearly ethereal end. The intimacy of “Ghost” is transformed into a cinematic nostalgia in “Shake Hands.” Breathing to life an account of suburban antics and shared memories, Rafter and Huntington’s duet-esque ballad is irresistibly sweet, even for the most jaded listener, preparing its audience for the forthright emotives equally fervent in “Crying at the Dog Park.”
The woozy start of “Central Heating” and the narrative blends effortlessly into Ugly Laugh’s final track “Holy Wreck.” The album’s closer is an intimate confession paying homage to failures, flaws, and limitations. It’s a veneration of vulnerability and the beauty that can be found between fractures. “Holy Wreck,” much like the songs that precede it, is introspective, a melodic mirror reflecting the complexities of emotion and the adjacent irony of love, making Ugly Laugh the quintessential album that you didn’t know you were waiting for. It begs to be replayed again and again. - Dianca London

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Heroin Chic

Heroin Chic released a new single recently called "We Live In Clouds". The duo, Michael Heringhaus and Aaron Joseph, have a gritty post-punk basement sound that becomes nearly dream-pop on this hazy summer track.


Simpleton & Cityfolk

Simpleton & Cityfolk have released a new video for their track "Le Moyne & Hoyne" which appears on their recent ep Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.

You can catch Simpleton & Cityfolk along with many other great bands at Green Music Fest on June 22nd.


The Orwells "Disgraceland"

Disgraceland, the new album from The Orwells is out today via Canvasback. Despite the strange nature of their first performance on Letterman, the band will be returning to The Late Show stage on June 10th.

You can catch The Orwells on June 16th for a free in-store at Reckless Records and at Schubas for a free private show on June 19th. The band will also recording a JBTV performance on June 17th.


Jenny Gillespie

Today marks the release of the latest album, Chamma, from Jenny Gillespie. We previewed the release back in April and gave you the history leading up to the recording of this fantastic album. To celebrate the release Jenny has released a second single from the album, "Child of the Universe" and a video for the album's first single "Holi".



Album of the Month: Thomas Comerford

Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound.

II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.

Comerford recently released a video with the help of local animator Chris Sullivan for the track "Prefer Not To".

You can celebrate with Thomas at The Burlington Bar on June 12th with Mar Caribe and Angela James.



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