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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Jonathan Timm EP Release Show 7.26

Jonathan Timm released "These Hours" on cassette as a teaser for his upcoming EP.  The title track is vignette of haunting electric guitar and swoops of lapsteel; a perfect slice of moodiness and desolation. It's one of those trust-establishing tracks that hooks into you, and opens up your ears to whatever else he's created.  The other three tracks on the tape range from more brooding Americana to full-on traditional country, all crafted with a steady hand.  He's a seasoned perfomer with several trips across the US under his belt, so his Saturday EP Release show at Mad Donna's promises to be entertaining.  Listen to the "These Hours" below. -Terra James-Jura 

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Blue Matches at Exit/In 7.26

Where will you be Saturday July 26th? Either at Exit/Inn, or wishing you were there. The night is filled with four talented bands. The headliner is Blue Matches, a band nominated for the Nashville Independent Music Awards (vote here.) The band has been our very own Artist of the Month this past January. Also playing this night is Small Town Sleeper, Black Market Research, and Stereosparks. The lineup is great, it’s a Saturday night, and the show is only five bucks. There really is no excuse to not be supporting all of the kick ass talent going on in one night. It’s my birthday. Do me a solid, get out and celebrate. Drink till you puke; it’ll be worth it the next day. -Amanda Aydelott

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Show Alert: Kelly Ruth at fooBar 7.24

Kelly Ruth was mentioned here early this past spring, as she took up a residency at the East Room, and subsequently transformed it.  She had a hand in involving a number of local artists that we love (Honey Locust and Phantom Farmer, to name a few) for the month of April, and has earned a place in our hearts for that, because beneath our thin candy shell runs a neverending reel of new and emerging artists.  She's been playing her sweetly vintage folk rock around Nashville since, with her next performance this evening at fooBar as part of Palaver Records weekly showcase.  The evening's well-curated lineup also includes Juliana Daily and Midnight Pilot; it's going to be a great show.  Watch Ruth perform "Blue-eyed Lover" below and get a concentrated hit of her throwback style (and see if she doesn't rival Zooey Deshanel in adorable dissaffection.) Tonight's show starts at 9pm, and cover is $5.  -Terra James-Jura

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Majestico Release Video for "Gimme Love"

Majestico, featuring Graham Fitzpenn (AKA the jungle king of Nashville) has released this video for "Gimme Love." The track is off their debut full-length, "When Kingdom Come," which came out on ATO Records this March.  The video channels the same hazy, feral vibe originally hatched behind the Grassmere Zoo; you'll want to fist pump when Fitzpenn's headdress makes its first appearance. May the gods smile upon this garage band with a tribal soul. The next chance for some of Majestico's ju-ju to rub off on you is August 8th, where they will be part of the Tomato Art Fest's lineup.  -Terra James-Jura

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The KDSML Revue Returns to Exit/In 7.24

Exit/In will be featuring some of the freshest, most innovative talent in the South this Thursday night.  The KDSML Revue is the brainchild of its namesake, a UK-born turntablist with a DJ pedigree (his father wrote Babe Ruth's "The Mexican"). The purpose of the Revue is to showcase new artists and foster a collaborative spirit that reaches beyond genre and medium boundaries; the lineup for the evening includes Atlanta's Skymatic, SOSA, Black Cat Sylvester, Audeon, and live painting on Exit/In's new patio by REX2.  Check out this video of KDSML and Black Cat Sylvester showcasing the newly-patented Synth Table.  Expect just as much noodle-y dancing and more grooves on Thursday.  The event kicks off at 9, and cover is $5 (although ladies get in free before 11.) -Terra James-Jura

 

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ELEL "40 Watt"

Eight soulful musicians comprise ELEL, the newest band to hit Nashville. Spearheaded by Ben Elkins, they have just come off the euphoria of Bonnaroo to release their first single “40 Watt”.  Magnetizing from its first few seconds and amped up beats, the electric indie pop is anthemic. It emits good vibes and enthusiasm for long summer days. ELEL’s primary influences include Toro y Moi and Beach House, brought to Ben’s attention by his wife Eliska, whose name in turn influenced the band name. After listening to “40 Watt”, you won’t be able to wait until their debut project, Geode. While the project was slated to be released this summer, the date has been pushed back to the beginning of 2015, due to an opportunity to, according to Elkins, "-do it right." -Sammie Spector

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Congratulations to Oh! Grandpa, Our New Artist of the Month!

Congratulations to Oh! Grandpa, our new artist of the month!  While Murfreesboro might conjure up associations with house shows and Glossary's skeleton friend, it's time to add Oh! Grandpa's punchy, piano-driven noise to the list.  The trio draws influence from funk, rock, and blues with a very punk rock sensibility of pleasing their own aesthetics before anything else.  Luckily, what Oh! Grandpa likes is right in line with what Deli readers like; it was an easy win for the band (that may or may not have anything to do with how fun it is to say their name.)  If you have any lingering doubt that Oh! Grandpa can jam the F out, check out the twists and turns in "Stubborn Gatekeeper" from their EP "OG." -Terra James-Jura

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