It’s almost July, and though summer brings the heat and the sweat, nothing has prepared you for this:
Athens, GA’s ABSOLUTELY-UNMISTAKABLY-LEGENDARY-AS-ALL-GET-OUT, Pylon, will be releasing LIVE, an amazing pristine live 2xLP on Chunklet on July 25th, in celebration of guitarist Randy Bewley’s (RIP) birthday. Don’t be afraid of the “live” album quotient here – this recording is as if you were at Austin City Limits, watching a taping of a professionally recorded for TV show. No kidding. All of Pylon‘s releases are long out of print on vinyl, and this will be the only vinyl release available from this stellar band. Set your batwatches now for July 25th.
Some of you are freaking out right now. NEW Pylon?!?!? I know, I know! And it’s gonna blow your loving mind. They even whetted your appetite back in May with the 7″ only releaseGravity b/w Weather Radio. But some of you, you’re too young, too old, too whatever – you say to yourself “What is Pylon?” Fair question, and I’ll let the luminaries treat you in their replies:
“Pylon is still my favorite Athens band, in fact, one of my favorite bands!” -Fred Schneider, The B-52s
“Randy Bewley and Michael Lachowski’s simple lines display untoward rhythm and melody, respectively. Curtis Crowe bangs away so obdurately it’s hard to understand why he didn’t become rich. Vanessa Briscoe Hay barks and brays whatever incantatory phrases seem called for. Timeless. Cool.” -Robert Christgau, Dean of American Rock Critics
“[Pylon] stands as shockingly modern and unparalleled these many years later.” -Michael Stipe, R.E.M.
(l-r: Vanessa Hay, Michael Lachowski, Curtis Crowe, Randy Bewley/pic courtesy of Curtis Knapp)
Chicago’s own, Cerise, will be releasing her amazing debut LP/CDSmoke Screen Dreams on June 24th, and she’s premiered the track “To Go Away” to boot! And…just…what…have…you…done….today? Huh? Let’s get inspired, shall we?
The 405 says of the track “The single captures the first music that ever truly stuck with Cerise, back in her early youth getting a first taste of bands like The Cure and Siouxsie And The Banshees. The post-rock tableau definitely borrows a moody tenor from her early inspirations, but there’s enough expansiveness for the Los Angeles musician to noticeably push her own methods.” Turntable Kitchen reported “This vibe Smoke Screen Dreams from LA by way of Chicago songwriter Cerise is the single best new piece of music I’ve heard this week. It’s airy and darkly romantic with serious presence.” The National Student, not to be outdone, mentioned “her soft alluring vocals chime ‘give me sweet dreams’ over a hazy drum backdrop, coming together to form a peaceful blend of dream pop that’s guaranteed to give you sweet dreams.”
Bichkraft‘s superb ShadoofLP/CD leveled the public on June 10th, and as if that wasn’t enough, they now will be playing their native Ukraine on July 8th at the Volodya Festival (Plivka, Dovzhenko Center) along with fellow Wharf Cat labelmates, Holy Motors.
Yes(!), young ones, it’s 18 & over. Old ones, don’t let that stop you! Mingle with the youths. Express to them your knowledge. Then ditch all of that jazz and join together to enjoy live music, life’s most enthralling undertaking!
As far as album-opening manifestos go, it’s hard to get much more on-point than “I wish I could go dancing, ‘coz dancing is the cure to mediocre moments,” the kickoff lyric to Free Pizza’s Berlin, DE, on Bufu Records, released on June 17th. Indeed, the seven-track, 13-minute affair is the stuff that ’80s indie dance nights are made of, the now-Nashville-based trio – founded by the South American-born Jesus Vio and Santiago Cardenas – cut a rug with ringing guitars, frantic bass, and hyperactive drums, sounding like a particularly nervous Smiths trying to impress John Peel. SPIN knows a thing-er-two, and have shared the tracks “Dancing” and “Sighing“.