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June 2015
Annique Monet
"Phantom Letters
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Some records have the ability to plunge the listener into some kind of alternate reality. Annique Monet's uber-psychedelic debut album 'Phantom Letters' will do that to you. It took a few notes for opening track "Salt, Veruca," (streaming) to hypnotize us with its haunting beginning: a simple electric piano part, whistles, a fake horn section and a droney verse slowly led us towards a celestial chorus, which was quickly fogotten - for good - in favor of a baroque, droney outro. The following track 'Voodoo', a grottesque and dissonant waltz, took us to a really weird (and scary) place: we saw the devil looking at us through the speakers, from Vienna. With a beautiful melody, the first few bars of "Nowhere"  brought back some hope for a return to light, but the song didn't go anywhere - we should have expected it, considering the title. 'Relapse' delivered another waltz - a more subtle one - but filled to the brim with eerie and decadent melancholy. From its plodding intro, Turtlenecks in July resurrected the ghost of The Beatles' psychedelic pop, although sounding nothing like it, while in '52,' Greek mermeids lured us with the most ghostly of lithanies, asking us to join them - and drown. The following two songs on the record kept this beautifully absurd, elusive dream going, with noteworthy track "Unchange" closing the collection.

Although we often praise structure in songwriting (many songs here would benefit from more of it), there's very little structure in a dream - which is what this album is. In a scene that seems to have lost the imagination of its peak years, this is a record that will hopefully inspire other NYC artists to be more daring.

 
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Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Television
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
DNA  
Mars
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
Swans
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Nas
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
Interpol
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Liars
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear
 

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Notable Nashville: Bringing the Best Local Artists to You

Sifting through all the local tunes Music City has to offer can be a little daunting. Luckily, the guys at Notable Nashville have done the digging for you, and they're cranking out interviews and in-studio performances by your new favorite artists in their weekly podcast.
Hosted by Groove Doctor J and produced by Gary Branigan (Palaver Records) and Jordan Johansen, each episode features insightful interviews and acoustic performances with the cream of Nashville's bountiful crop. Pair that with a snappy theme song and Gary's Pick of the Week, and you've got one heck of a program.
Check out this week's episode, featuring singer/songwriter Kiernan McMullen, here.
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Blank Range to Record Debut Full-Length

Anemoia is nostalgia for a time you've never known, and if you've never experienced it, you've never listened to Nashville's vintage desert rockers, Blank Range.

Originally from the Midwest, the 5-piece troop has blended earthy guitar riffs, warm organ chords and earnest rock lyrics into a one-way ticket to a cool desert night with a heartache, a six pack and a turntable. Blank Range will soon wrap up their nation-wide tour at Sloss Fest in Birmingham, AL, and begin recording their debut full length album. Until then, sink your teeth into their 7" vinyl or EP, Phase II. -Caroline Bowman

 

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Blackfoot Gypsies, "Under My Skin"

The Southern rock revival is happening, and Blackfoot Gypsies are behind the pulpit. Snakeskin boots, fringe vests, flowing locks and oversized sunglasses: This Nashville 4-piece radiates rock-and-roll stardom. And with the musical chops to match, Blackfoot Gypsies are making sure Southern rock is alive and well, and having a damn good time doing it.

Shortly after signing with Plowboy Records earlier this year, the guys dropped their latest LP, Handle It, in April, followed by a video for their swampy voodoo single, "Under My Skin." Their home-cooked brand of Southern punk rock deserves to be cranked loudly and often, and their live show, packed with harmonica wails and high kicks, is more of a psychedelic spiritual experience than anything else.

Catch them on the road this summer, and order your own copy of Handle It on vinyl at SoundstampMusic.com. -Caroline Bowman

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Sad Baxter, "The Big One"

Get out your pastel gel pens because Sad Baxter is definitely going to be doodled all over your notebook by the end of homeroom. This female-fronted Lite Brite grunge trio is popping up all over the Nashville music scene. With their incredibly catchy lyrics about crushes named Eugene and unrequited young love backed by clean guitar and a strong and steady rhythm section, Sad Baxter will be spinning in your Walkman for the next million bus rides home.

Stream their EP and break out your Doc Martens and flannel for their upcoming shows around the Southeast. -Caroline Bowman

 

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