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April 2011
Laughing Man
"The Lovings "63-69"
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Low fidelity swagger. That's what Laughing Man's debut album, The Lovings ('63-'69), exudes. It's a short album that spans only seven tracks, but it is dense with artistic potential. The first thing you will notice when listening to this album is the unique sound of the production. The vocals of singer Brandon Moses are quivering and distorted, hiding just below the surface in a way that convinces your ears they are listening to antique vinyl. The guitar and drums manage to be both tastefully understated and sonically raunchy. The song structures are simple but based around the sophisticated voices of jazz chords and a wide range of tonality.

I feel tempted to write about this album in a way that suggests that its very genius is founded on a perfectly balanced merge between classic blues and soul and the leading edge of rock music; that the juxtaposition between post-modern soundscapes (such as the lovely minimalist droning on "Swirl") and dripping-with-attitude blues manages to adeptly cross musical boundaries in style as well as in the audience that appreciates and supports it. I'd like to go on and on about those things - about how a whole history of music that has thrived in D.C. is somehow apparent in seven short songs. I'd really like to point out that the last track on the album, "Mood and Dress," manages to consolidate all of those points the strongest. This is possibly the most self-aware track on the album with Moses's emotion filled vocals ringing in the fuzzy background as bubbly supporting voices are brought to the very front of the song in perfect clarity.

However, I feel pretty sure that the band would cringe at reading that sort of review. Getting back to my original thesis, I'm reasonably confident that Laughing Man really just took all the music that they grew up loving and stirred it up into a really great debut. It's lo-fi without pretention and an homage to the early days of soul without sounding geriatric (despite what the album's aging title may imply...) 

-Jarrett





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These Mad Dogs of Glory @ Red 7 4/13

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Sun Airway New 7” On Course for the Summer!

As we learned in our last interview with Sun Airway, there were plans to release a new 7” this summer. At the time, they were finishing up work on the song “Wild Palms”, which is the first post-Nocturne song that they’ve recorded. Well, the band just tweeted today that the mixes for the new 7” were sent off to be mastered so it seems like things are on schedule. You can catch Sun Airway live on Friday, June 3 at the First Unitarian Sanctuary with Klip Collective's Ricardo Rivera doing projections and Dustin Wong (from Ponytail) as the opener. Tickets are available for purchase HERE. Cheers! (Photo by Incase) - The Deli Staff
 
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NYC Anti-Folksters grow up: Turner Cody

We stumbled upon this video by Turner Cody, a prolific Brooklyn based songwriter who has been performing and recording for over ten years. His first commercial release was on Rough Trade's 2002 "Anti-folk Vol.1" CD alongside Adam Green, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis and others from NYC's legendary Sidewalk Café scene. Since then Cody released 3 albums and toured Europe and the UK many times, opening for Herman Dune and Adam Green but also headlining as a solo act and with his backing band. He has appeared on some of New York's finest stages with the Citizen's Band.


 

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