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October 2014
Mumblr
"Full Of Snakes
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The major takeaway for Mumblr’s new album Full Of Snakes (Fleeting Youth Records) is that it really takes balls to write songs that truly say nothing. As counter intuitive as it may sound, there really is something admirable in using music to not really express all that much. Any jerk with a voice and a few chords can say a whole lot about how their ex is horrible; what really matters is how much of that content is actually worth hearing. And brother, Mumblr has found a way to make saying nothing profound.

On the surface, the album initially sounds like some sort of early 2000’s generic pop-punk; the first song “Got It” opens with that familiar sense of vague, safe anger. It’s very “high school” reminiscent, right off the bat, with lines like “I got it if you want it” and “I’ll invite you to my room.” But as the song closes and we drift into “Sober,” the tone very gradually starts to feel off. It starts to feel a bit weirder, with this sense of reckless abandon that you only hear in a Violent Femmes song. And it’s not that one is true, and the others is not; this album is walking a razor’s edge between the most self-aware of indie post-punk and the obliviousness of adolescent guilty pleasures.

And while that may sound like a chaotic mess, the seventeen-track full-length really is the having-and-eating of one's cake. We get the indulgence of grandiose guitar riffs and over the top shrieks, but with just enough originality in the composition to give it a sense of being slick and even avant-garde. Don’t let the outward sense of crazy abandon fool you - this thing is airtight. And a lot of that can be chalked up to Nick Morrison’s vocals; he brings a real sense of cleverness to the whole thing, in no small part to the fact that he can turn his voice on a dime.

One endlessly fascinating reoccurring theme is the use of repetition in their lyrics, with phrases like the aforementioned “I got it” and “someone’s been sitting in my chair” echoed over and over again, beyond the point of simple parody. It’s that old artistic trope of repeating something until it becomes meaninglessly applied to lyrics, and it’s interesting to hear expressions of youthful angst to become so alien and meaningless.

They take these universal touchstones of adolescences, including the use of “shock” lyrics such as “if God is a woman I’m going to hell” and gleefully drive them into the ground while enjoying the ride. It’s fun, it’s cool, and will leave you thinking more than any other post-punk album in months. And it does so while still being a genuinely fun throwback to a sort of music that you don’t really hear in earnest these days. - Daniel Ludwig


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Show Alert: Bootleg Glory CD Release Show at the Basement 10.25

This is going to be one hell of a night, and proof that South is just a state of being. Canadian refugees Bootleg Glory released their album "Buddy" on October 21st, and has been building up to tomorrow's show at the Basement by releasing a video for each day between point A and B. If you like your musicians fast, furious and showing a more leg than social mores dictate, (as demonstrated by video #2, "Build a State") these guys are for you. Their album release show tomorrow features Thelma and the Sleaze, Beef Oven, and Ben Spinks Supermelt, and is sure to lead to at least one misplaced pair of panties. So bring extra just in case. Show starts at 9, cover is $5. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Watch Kelly Ruth's "Monster Mash" Video; Attend Monster Bash 2014; Regret Nothing

We may have touched upon this upcoming show when talking about Tetherball earlier, but we're worried that the depth and scope of the event wasn't fully communicated. Monster Bash 2014 is scheduled for October 31st at Silver Point Studios, and will offer 16 bands on two stages, as well as a costume contest, tarot readings, and, most appropriately, a haunted house (because anyone that has sought out 10 Quality Way has probably already had a moment of fear that they were one wrong turn away from Saw VII.) Behind the madness is Palaver Records and Madhouse Management, which accounts for the awesome lineup including the likes of Kyle Andrews, The Wans, Sol Cat, The Blackfoot Gypsies, and Kelly Ruth.

Speaking of Kelly Ruth, the laid-back princess of quirk has released a video for her rendition of "Monster Mash" in honor of the occasion. Cute, campy, packed with familiar faces and lacking in neither confetti or the macabre, it sums up the spirit of the evening in one fell swoop. Tickets for the night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available HERE. -Terra James-Jura

 

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Listen to This Exclusive Stream of Tetherball's "Whimsy" Right Now!

We are so excited to bring you this exclusive stream of Tetherball's debut album "Whimsy," a week before it's release date of October 28th. The single "Spring Chicken" first caught out ear in September, and put us back in touch with long-lost fantasies of going fishing with Les Claypool. The subsequent video for "Bootss" put us over the edge. We were so taken by their twisted genre-hopping that we made "Whimsy" our CD of the Month, and the Tetherball camp was kind enough to let us stream the album before it officially drops. The band is doing some great things this month, including a CMJ showcase in New York on October 25th, and a show at homebase Silver Point Studios on Halloween. Take a listen below to what has got us all hot and bothered. -Terra James-Jura

http://www.tetherballmusic.com/

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October 2014
Tetherball
"Whimsy
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Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.

 

Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.

 

This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

 

“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com

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