Sadly a lot of the music I have been listening to recently could probably only be categorized into a genre I'd call, "Your Sister's Spin Class." I have no apologies. Everything else seems so pretentious sometimes. And when I get home I just want to dance around the house. Anyway, I have still found time to listen to more interesting, artistically richer music. In this playlist is the band Boy Harsher with their song, "Motion," a dark and cold number featuring Kristina from King Woman and Miserable who played last night in Sacramento. Also featured, is one of the most uniquely genuine and profoundly perfect examples of an artistic human, Aldous Harding. Her duet with her former beau, Marlon Williams is beautiful and deserves your attention.
Based on lead singer, Liz Mahoney's Instagram account, Screature appears to be calling it quits. This makes OM very sad, but let us take a moment to a celebrate a band that did many things so right when it came this band thing.
Wax Idols recently have been hitting the mark on gloomy, dark, post-punk goth pop. In the last album and what we have seen from the new album, there are equal parts Madonna and Siouxsie Sioux. I am a glutton for this sort of pop sensibility combined with driving rhythm, dark chorused guitars and songs about alienation, grief, and darkness. Please listen to "Deborah." The hook, which comes a bit later in the album, was stuck in my head for months. In Mausoleum, Wax Idols take us to Mtn. View Cemetery, one of the most beautiful places in Oakland. Set up against the Oakland hills overlooking downtown and all the way to San Francisco on a beautiful day. Mtn. View Cemetery was designed by Frederic Olmsted who also designed Central Park in NY and much of the Berkeley and Stanford campuses. The video is a mix of cheeky humor, driving around in a VW Cabriolet and the said dark goth popsisms.
Not to take some of the romance out of falling in love, but it nice to know the science behind the feelings that support so much popular music. When the sparks of dopamine run-out do you say hey, "I'm not into you anymore." A more useful song might be a scientific explanation for when you feel like shit and how to turn that around. 2018 has been a weird year. Music seems to be on a content overload. There so much good music out there that it is hard to get excited about things, because so many band are doing things so adequately.
Last weekend, Ex-Rippers played a show with three great bands. Pastel Dream - Some lineup changes have dogged their live show, but their recordings are beautiful, shimmering and catchy dreamy pop music. Sunday School was a great band riffing on the 90s college rock vibe that is so popular now. They played a cover of XTC's Respectable Street that was fucking awesome. It was fully on point with a lot of pogo-style jumping around by the lead singer. There whole set was on-point and I really appreciate their confidence on stage. I enjoy a little bit of swagger and braggadocio from a band, as long as it isn't expressed in an obnoxious way. They were good enough to enjoy a little bit of that. Sunglasses on stage are pushing it a bit, though. :) The Band Ice Cream played too. Great energy. Tight rhythm and again a good amount of confidence. I would safely call them party-boy-garage-rock. At least one member of each band stayed long enough for the entire Ex-Rippers set, who played last to ensure the touring band had an audience.
On that same night Chrome played Sacramento. I was not able to go, but I'm sure it was great. It is still hard to tell from social media whether or not it was as good as people anticipated it to be. I am not sure if any original members are in the band except for Helios Creed. Anyway, I posted my favorite Helios Creed record below. Love, J
Home Blitz (NJ) with Boy Romeo ( New Lineup) - Sept. 4, Monday @ Phono Select
In their first every west coast tour, New Jersey's Home Blitz will make a stop at a very early Labor Day Show at Phono Select. They create artistically progressive pop-punk with a baroque bent . Phono Select is at 2475 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento CA 95822 (near 24th and Fruitridge and not far from Lalo's Mexican). Boy Romeo is a opening with a new band hot band, new hot songs and a new hot tape called, "Shorts." It is going to be the best dumb time in Sacramento on Labor Day. If you haven't been to Phono Select, it's the record store of your childhood dreams. It air-conditioned and their isn't any 'vanity' pricing. Dal Basi keeps is honest and is always kind and hospitable.
There is a great show happening tomorrow Red Museum in Downtown Sacramento. Peacers are a sort of Bay Area supergroup. Containing current or former members of Fresh and Onlys, Big Techno Werewolf, The OhSees and Sic Alps. Peacers comes to us with the songwriting flavor of Mike Donovan, a sort of 60's songwriter mystic with a an ear for melody and an effective deadpan singing delivery.Sic Alps, "Description of the Harbor" changed my view of songwriting forever.
When did the band start?
We started playing together about a year and half ago. I recorded the first EP in my room, played one show by myself and then met all of them. We've been jammin' since.
How do you write songs?
Depends I guess, usually I have a riff or melody and we all just kinda jump in. Sometimes we will just start playing and something will come together out of the blue. Those are usually the most fun to play.
What do you wanna do with your music?
I just want to make people stoked about music, I'm enjoying it so I just want to make other people do/feel the same.
What's your fire right now?
Who is in your band?
I'm Pierce, I sing and play guitar. Cooper plays lead guitar, Claire plays bass, and Pickle Boy on drums
Anything special planned? What should people expect May 1st?
It should be a good time! We've never played Red Museum and the other bands are super chill!
How do you feel about Sacramento music?
I'm glad it's happening, so many bands have started popping up in Sacramento. There is always a show to go to and that is the way I like it!
See them at Red Museum tonight!