City Center In Store
Formed out of the ashes of experimental indie pop pand Saturday Looks Good to Me, The duo of Ryan Howard and Fred Thomas, also known as City Center, will be coming up north to play at Nocturnum April 13th, but first they'll stop by for an all ages in store. Similar to artists like Panda Bear and the Ruby Suns, City Center pairs their haunting vocals with background loops and lo-fi guitar to create melodic soundscapes much in the same way as Tunng did with their album Comments of the Inner Chorus. Don't miss what is bound to be an awesome show, we'll be front and center. April 13th at 3:00pm, courtesy of Panache Booking and Missing Link Records.
City Center Myspace
We drove down to S.F. last week to see Radio Moscow play the Elbo Room with Assembled Head in Sunburst Sound, but it was heavy psych rockers Naam who stole the show. This newly signed TeePee Records band, having recently wowed audiences at SXSW, ventured west, camping on BLM land, "since we heard it was free," showering in a river and shitting in a hole for a week before leaving the woods to start off their tour in S.F. Heavy fuzzed out bass and melodic guitar ramblings meet with echoed out screams and reverberated vocals are backed by heavy drums that keep time with a perfect stoner rock-headbanging tempo. Not since the glorious days of yore have our brains been so blasted on a barroom floor.
Decheman & The Gardener
Recently I was on a roadtrip where we all had ipods and no plug in the rental car for them. We qiockly ran through the two cds we had, just about giving up home, until the sky split open, God tweeked his nipple with a grin, and dropped down a copy of Decheman and the Gardener. Part fuzzed out garage, part lounge bassanova, this French duo is made up of a seasoned veteran of the rock scene and his 18 year old gardener. the album is made up of the kind of thick guitar tones and hollow vocals that you might expect to find on some old Bacchus Re-issue, certainly not from today, somewhere in the suburbs of French wine country. Best enjoyed while drinking a glass of wine, one listen and you'll wonder why this isn't on that oh-so-hip "cocktail party" tracklist on your ipod.
Decheman and the Gardener Myspace
To me, seeing the word Thee before a band is like an M. Night Shamalyan movie, its probably going to suck but you go anyways. That's why I was so pleasantly blown away at a show featuring Thee Vicars. Described as, "four annoying bastards from the great town of Bury St Edmunds. Forming in April 2007, they like dirty and fuzzy noise," that just about sums it up. No pretense, no funky gimmicks, just good ole fashioned garage rock and roll, turned up loud and screamed with a British accent. With new tunes and some classic covers, including Strychnine by the Sonics, their set rekindled my belief that garage rock is still alive and well in the year 2010.