It’s a sad scene when you have a native of the Appalachian region wondering what the hell happened to all the great folk/folk rock acts out there. Sure, we’ve got our Bowerbirds (which yes, are amazing) but they appear to be spinning in different directions now a days. And as I look around the area to see which acts will step up to fill in these shoes, there appears to be a very sorry lot available. Ink Music’s Nowhere Train has finally provided an answer to this surprising longing with their latest album, “Station“, a triumphant of not only the folk/folk rock scene but also an incredibly gifted reminder of the benefits of a truly independent, global music society.
For one, the album has a momentum and flow which appears easy yet by no means is an easy achievement. From their opening track, “Ashes” with the obvious train like rhythm exemplified beautifully by the light snare gliding of the percussion to the melancholy bluegrass soaked with an almost drunken beauty to the vocals witnessed in “Are You There“, Station truly does take the listener on a metaphorical journey through such universal themes as mortality, love, and regret all with a flow which never leaves a listener bored. And while the album plays well as a complete whole, I do not meant to downplay the parts which make this amazing sum. A personal favorite would have to be “Outrageous”, with an unapologetic yet faded glory tone, “Outrageous” features your nonchalant yet seemingly sarcastic lyrics backed by a sound which is almost classic Roma meets Folk-Rock. “Annabelle” incorporates a haunting bluegrass melody while keeping a sincere and honest voice within each verse and chorus. Frankly, Nowhere Train’s “Station” is something along the lines of what I was hoping the Figurines could achieve to no avail, all of which makes me that much more excited to witness the series of music videos which, undoubtedly, will be released over the coming weeks (already a live session video for “Ashes” is available at the top of the article).
Thoughts, comments, and concerns? I am wildly impressed by Nowhere Trains ability to take a genre which is often misused and incorporate it with respectful nods to classics of wildly different genres (think the Velvet Underground when listening to “With A Lot Of Love” and tell me I’m wrong). Station is an album which elegantly molds contemporary tools provided by technological advances with an honesty played out in both playful yet reflective folk meets alternative society. Welcome, my friends, to globalism. It’s good to finally be here and yes, thank you Nowhere Train, for showing us what it might sound like.
It’s soulful without being pretentious. Heartfelt without being saturated. It’s in depth while remaining minimal. I first experienced Little Owl (Shana Isadora) over at Jollys, participating in a Tuesday night show case. Playing the same night as The Resonators, Little Owl caught my eye, or I guess I should say my ear, with her sincerity. May as well go ahead and address the fact that yes, the female singer/song writer feels, particularly in popular culture, played out. But this is not one of those cases. With a tone and attitude remarkable to early Des Ark and an endearing simplicity with folky tinges sound that brings Bowerbirds to mind, Little Owl carries you through a meandering floating journey from “Valley Below” to “Angel Knight“.
So now that I have raved on Little Owl, let me go ahead and get to the point. Dissociative Identity Productions and WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm are proud to present a live instudio with the one and only Little Owl. To give ya a preview, in case you are unfamiliar, be sure to check out the bandcamp (which, by the way, is name your own price so it’s hard to go wrong… though come on, don’t be cheap) and hell, maybe at a local show near you.
Life can seem, oddly enough, boring. More often than not, there appears to be a growing white noise which overwhelms our mind and spirit. Relief from such violent turbulence is always a reward, and it is perhaps for this exact reason that I feel excited for this Wednesday. I hope you do too. Tune into WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm this Wednesday, December 12th, from 6:30-7:30 pm for Little Owl. It’s an experience worth having.
I’ve been very happy with how instudios have been going, so far, at WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm. Usually a long winded struggle through red tape and administration, it is always extremely welcoming to have an instudio up and running, all in a timely manner. Well after the incredible instudio nearly a month and a half ago with the Downtown Club (video available here), Dissociative Identity Productions are proud to announce, today at 7:00 pm exclusively on WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm, the Resonators live instudio.
An acoustic folk/alternative duo formed here in Philadelphia, the Resonators are Alex and Maura and have been making their rounds through everything from venues and dive bars to open mics. A soulful combination of harmonic vocals backed up by sobering melodies, the Resonators are currently looking into recording and should get started on the endeavor before the end of the year, a task which should delight many who have already indulged in the live sets that has made the Resonators a frequent sight.
Of course, I want to take this moment to not only thank WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm for their continued support, but also all the individuals who are actively involved including the ever precious sound engineer. Anyways, be sure to tune in tonight, from 7:00 pm to approximately 8:00 pm, for a live instudio that will help ya get through the rest of the week. The Resonators bring about a sound that is soothing while reflective, calm while anxious. If that sounds at all appealing, which my instincts tell me it will, then take some time out of your night and enjoy the Resonators. It’s worth it.
The very first interest my girlfriend and I shared was Deer Tick. Rallying around their first full length release, “War Elephants“, it only seemed appropriate to spend our first year anniversary at our third Deer Tick show together, over at Harrison Auditorium. It was a brilliant decision, to say the least. Although the first act, Fun, nearly scared me to death of how Deer Tick’s newer material may sound, it turned out to only be good things from there. Starting off with the new material off of their upcoming “Divine Providence“, the newer songs are certainly crisp with an even more classic sound to it. Whether it was “Going To The Park“, a song which strangely reminded me of The Ramones, or “Walking Out That Door“, which could’ve easily found its way onto a Bruce Springsteen album, the new material was truly a delight to behold. Yet the older routines did not disappoint either. This being the third time that I’ve seen them, I had a whole lot higher of expectations. Yet what was truly remarkable about the event was how they were able to alter every single classic song off of “War Elephants” that I thought I knew. “Crying Shame” became a ballad of Door’s esque organs while “Baltimore Blues” shined out through it’s bluesy verses. Finally, the encore was a short yet beautiful edition, in honor of Nirvana’s 20 year anniversary of “Nevermind“, Deer Tick, or “Deervana“, covered it beautifully while providing a firm, south western taste to “La Bomba“, the last song of the night. I could not have thought of a more perfect place to be that night.
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