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June 2014
Thomas Comerford
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Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound. II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.


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Seattle Folk-Pop: The Horde and the Harem

Five piece folk-pop band The Horde and the Harem’s latest album “A Long Midwinter” lives up to the exact opposite of its name. A compilation of heartfelt melodies and whimsical harmonies, the album is cheerful and lighthearted enough to cure seasonal defective disorder. No upcoming shows to speak of this month, so your winter blues will have to be satisfied with streaming their music online, which might be even better because you don’t have to leave the warmth of your home. -Lucy Sherman

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Deli-cious reading for the Holidays!

For the upcoming holidays we thought you might enjoy some of our best articles from the past!

Hope you enjoy - and Happy Holidays!

ABOUT THE NYC SCENE
The Lower East Side is Over (2007) - by Andrew Spaulding 
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The Brooklyn DIY Scene (2009) - by Paolo De Gregorio
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The State of the NYC scene in 2012 - by Mike Levine and Paolo De Gregorio

GENRE RELATED PIECES
- Surf Music influences on the NYC Sound (2012) by Mike Levine
- Afrobeat Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Mike Levine
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Soul Music Influences on the NYC Sound (2012) - by Brian Chidster

SOME "VINTAGE" BAND FEATURES
Grizzly Bear - interview from first issue (2004) - by Stephanie R. Myers
- Matt and Kim (before they became huge, 2006) - by David Schneider 
- TV on the Radio (before they became huge, 2005) - by Liz Schroeter

ARTICLES ABOUT RECORDING AND GEAR
- A History of Audio Plug Ins - by Paolo De Gregorio
- Recording: Home vs. Studio - by Bruce Kaphan
- Recording Drums: Tips & Tricks - by Paolo De Gregorio
 

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Seattle Alternative Folk: King Friday

Folk music has evolved over the past few years, particularly with the emergence of the indie scene, but it’s refreshing to find a band keeps to it’s roots. Seattle’s King Friday occasionally features a piano in their songs, but that’s as far as they stray in terms of instrumentation from their straightforward acoustic guitar fueled folk pop. Joe Bolton, Matthew Sweeney, and Alex Folkerth use this simplicity of sound to showcase their engaging lyrics, vocal dynamics, and harmonization. Their three albums, including their latest “Let Him at Cake (Songs for Birds)” are available for download here.-Lucy Sherman

 

 

 

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Song Sparrow Research at Cafe Racer 12/29

Playfully incorporating elements of jazz, folk, classical, rock, and pop, Seattle's Song Sparrow Research achieves harmonic unity through subtlety. Their use of guitars, cello, upright bass, electric bass, synth, glockenspiel, various percussion instruments, and vocals mixes electric with acoustic for a dreamy indie-pop quality. Though this band tackles many different elements and noises, their music is anything but cluttered, each instrument calculated into the song to harmonize with the rest. Song Sparrow Research has their newest, self titled album available online for purchase both digitally and on 12" vinyl. You can catch their next show in Seattle at Cafe Racer on December 29th. -Lucy Sherman

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The Blakes release video for "NARWHAL"

The Blakes released album "Art of Losses" this summer, which blends dreamy pop, electro-tinged rock, moody post-punk and lo-fi guitars mixed with big harmonies. They are now unveiling the video for “Narwhal, the first clip from their recent album, Art of Losses, check it out here - video-less song streaming below.

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Delicious Audio Feature: Foxygen and the Recording Process

We've never really been that much into revival music, until we heard Foxygen's "Take the Kids Off Broadway" (which was our Album of the Month in April 2012 - the band graces the cover of our Fall 2012 NYC issue). But is this revival music anyway? To a certain extend, it is, since the NYC/Olympia duo's references to the rock sound of the 60s and 70s are undeniable. But Foxygen's way to unfold songs that constantly evolve from one brilliant melody to another, their imaginative kaleidoscopic DIY production, and Sam France's vocal flair trascend influences to conjure up something that encompasses past and present to become timeless. We were curious to ask these guys some questions about how they record their music - you can find their answers on Delicious Audio.

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Toykoidaho Appearing at Comet Tavern This Saturday

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Tokyoidaho are gearing up for a weekend gig at The Comet Tavern on Saturday the 17th. Soft Hills and Kingdom of the Holy Sun are on the lineup too, with Boat headlining.

This trio's (plus live member Projectorhead bringing the visual oomph) last release was the September full-length Tokyoidaho. Take vocals a little reminiscent of Trent Reznor, throw them in a capsule with haunting guitarwork, rolling drums, and pulsing synths, and one may begin to grip the band's sonic protocol. But only barely.

Opener "Other Places, Other Places" navigates some seriously celestial terrain with its stargazing shoegaze. Warped sounds ebb and flow like a form of echo location as the beat stays steady with ghost-hits to spare.

"Oberheim Sunshine," contrary to its title, presents a darker vista than some of the tracks. The synth-work features more prominently. The singing is earnest and dramatic, revealing uncertainty about the days and nights to come. The song is neither sugar-sweet light or disturbingly morose, occupying a middleground content with curious exploration.

Their experimentation with shoegaze/pop/alternative rock spins routine categorizations through the blender. What plops out on the other end is not found in nature, certaintly. But neither does the music hail exclusively from the deep regions of space. Tokyoidaho's ability to bridge melody and weird aural delights deserves notice.

Check them out live on the 17th of November at The Comet. Tickets cost $8 apiece and the doors are at 8:30pm. Listen to "Oberheim Sunshine" and visit their bandcamp to stream their self-titled record and pick up a physical copy.

- Cameron LaFlam

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Silicon Girls Have Final Performance at The Vera Project

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Silicon Girls are moving on and playing their very last show this Friday at The Vera Project. Marvelous Good Fortune will join them.

This three piece last issued a record in March 2012; Rana is a rough-and-tumble collection of artful tunes. Their music darts and weaves unpredictably with genuine jubilance. A punkish ethos pervades - they seem to hold no allegiance to any particular sound or structure. Rather than being explicitly about craftsmanship, Silicon Girls charge forth by championing creation, expression and energy.

The drums are rollicking and scatter-brained on "Take Care," a trait that is threaded throughout Rana. Its rhythms lend an incessant surfness to the music. The guitarwork harkens back to early Modest Mouse and other '90's indie rock pioneers. The song is also awash with a kind of drony, hazy film that corroborates the band's idiosyncrasies.

Try out "Shipwrecked," which begins with a simple vocal ode before flowing into a galloping sea shantie. The twang of the guitar and shimmering splashes of cymbals build ebuillient climaxes - listeners are tossed about Silicon Girls' waves in the best ways.

Their music, simply put, is charming and fun. They really sound like they are having a great time and will doubtlessly put it on full display for their last show on Friday, November 9th. Doors are at 7:30pm at The Vera Project with $7 tickets. Give "Shipwrecked" a listen below and check out Silicon Girls' bandcamp to hear all of Rana.

- Cameron LaFlam

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