Posts Tagged ‘album’

Lyal Strickland mega-update (new album, website and cd release shows)

August 26, 2009

lycalsticklandJust got a big update from local singer/songwriter Lyal Strickland detailing out a ton of stuff he’s been up to. He’s got a whole new album, new website, (not one but) three release party/shows, a radio promo blitz and more! You may be even more interested in the radio blitz because he’ll be giving away free CDs and posters. Details after the jump…


Springfield Music Scene, this could be your album

August 25, 2009
Cory King

Cory King

We’ve seen ensemble casts in movies, even the occasional ensemble song, and there are certainly some smaller ensembles out there that made albums… but what about a local ensemble? Cory King, guitarist for The First Teenager Ever and Sunrise Cassette in addition to doing solo work, began work on an album project a few weeks ago and wants to expand his list of collaborators… to as much of the local scene as possible.


Album Review: The Phallic Malice EP, by Knife*Death

July 29, 2009

If The Short Histories of Powerful Nations had a tongue-in-cheek doppelganger, it would have to be Knife*Death. While the former flies in the face of metal convention with revisionist-historian lyrics and walking-megaphone intensity, neither of which fit the genre’s mold, the latter band slaps convention in the back of the head and runs away laughing. Knife*Death is, in spirit, a sort of modern-day local-metal Spinal Tap-meets-Primus, mocking and undermining metal cliches while wearing its way-too-serious face on The Phallic Malice EP. It’s a tough line they’re walking, underpinning the six songs here with tight, clever playing and juxtaposing it with a healthy, if at times boyish, sense of humor.


Album Review: Gold Tops, by The Bootheel

July 15, 2009

Picture2Consider this one of those rare occasions when a band’s description of itself actually fits. Most bands are prone to hyperbole when it comes to bio details, and that’s putting it mildly. Not so The Bootheel, which attaches the appropriately compact tag “aggressively Midwestern” to its sound. On its debut EP, Gold Tops, the group combines elements of country, rock, punk and roots music to craft a sound that’s tough, simple and swells with an underlying emotional intensity. Oh, and aggression. Plenty of that, too.


Album Review: The Nova Heat, by The Nova Heat

July 10, 2009

novaheatIt took three years and who-knows-how-many band lineups to complete, but The Nova Heat doesn’t sound like an album one could rush to make, anyway. Really, it’s not one you can even rush through listening to. The sublime joy is in sitting down with nothing else around you but headphones on your head and trying to catch the little details. They’re everywhere.


Album Review: Shelter For My Enemy, by Assembly Line Gods

July 9, 2009

AssemblyLineGods_SFMESounding like a cross between early Tool and Dirt-era Alice In Chains, Assembly Line Gods go for dark menace mixed with a hint of the demonic from the outset of Shelter For My Enemy. “The Devil always wins,” singer David Samples snarls over his bandmates’ punctuated, chug-and-thump instrumentation on “Liberty Bell.” He’s referring to himself, by the way, and though you may not buy into the notion on this first track on the four-song EP, by the end it’s hard not to wonder.


IT BEGINS: Submissions for FourFourFest 2009 begin NOW

July 6, 2009


We’ve been looking forward to this since, well, November 16–the day after the first FourFourFest took place. The first festival was a nine-venue pub crawl that was equal parts fantastic, positive scene moment and learning experience. We can honestly say the ripple effects have been felt ever since, which is enticement to do it again, and better. Less than a year later, work has already begun in earnest on the second edition of the event. To get the quick-hit version, it goes like this:

1. We’re holding it earlier this year, on September 19.

2. It will be a single-location outdoor festival, not a pub crawl.

3. It will coordinate with a compilation CD which includes all of the performing artists, part of the proceeds of which will go to charity.

We want to start getting bands involved, both to save the date for the show and to begin readying said compilation CD. Ready to enter the rabbit hole? Click the link below and get the full details.


Can’t Stop the Flow: Roots Of Mankind singer working on hip hop record

June 26, 2009
Yo, man! I heard you was workin' on some new stuff, man. You need a hype man, you give me a call. I'm done with TV and I got some time, you know? I've worked with one of the best in the biz, my man Ch--yo, Chuck, where'd you GO, man?!

Yo, man! I heard you was workin' on some new stuff, man. You need a hype man, you give me a call. I'm done with TV and I got some time, you know? I've worked with one of the best in the biz, my man Ch--yo, Chuck, where'd you GO, man?!

We’ve known for some time now that Roots Of Mankind singer Jason Nunn likes a little hip hop flava in his reggae-song lyrical delivery, and we were never more sure than after he and his bandmates did a little freestyling and beatboxing during last Sunday’s episode of Rock Talk. Now we know just how serious he is about it. Nunn wrote in to tell us he is currently at work on a hip-hop side project with LemonDrop Records DJ/producer The Arkitect (formerly known as Nocturnal Doses), who has previously worked on tracks for The Spacetones. There is no announced timetable for completion, but hopefully it will see the light of day soon.

Album Review: Blood On James River, by Holstein

June 25, 2009

BOJRAlright, so maybe it was a little unrealistic to hope that Blood On James River would be a happier record than Holstein‘s previous work, The Big Black Clouds EP. Blood is really an expansion on the established vibe, literally and figuratively. Two of the previous album’s songs–“Big Black Clouds” and “Complications”–return for use here, and they’re surrounded by 11 more snippets of angst and woe. Two albums in, we can honestly say angry and indignant appears to be Holstein’s thing, and the band is pretty good at it.


Album Review: A Brief Treatise on Land Ownership Vol. 1, by The Short Histories of Powerful Nations

June 18, 2009

CD101_out [Converted]Say what you will about the sheer long-windedness of the band’s name and album title; The Short Histories of Powerful Nations have a lot on their minds and, frankly, aren’t interested in pleasing the masses. A Brief Treatise On Land Ownership Vol. 1 is hard rock as high art, a three-song revisionist history lesson not afraid to point fingers or blow speakers. Doc Brown is taking you on a metaphorical DeLorean ride through the muck of greed and failure, and you had better have your five-point harness strapped tightly.


Album Review: Black Lungs & Bitter Tongues, by Iseah

June 12, 2009

Iseah- Black Lungs & Bitter TonguesIseah‘s EP Black Lungs & Bitter Tongues brings an intensity so unusually sharp it should come with a warning label of some kind. Perhaps Do not listen to unless other modern hard-rock bands bore you would be appropriate. In a genre that has become the new least-common-denominator form of rock music–let’s face it, it’s easier to scream than sing and easier to look cool playing guitars in drop chords–Iseah distinguishes itself by being a band that plays with genuine ability–and genuine aggression. Without intending to resort to rock cliche, every instrument sounds weapon-like.


The art of blues: Underground Blues Division combines CD release party with art show

June 8, 2009
"Cold Heaven," by Kimmy Bess

"Cold Heaven," by Kimmy Bess

We can’t resist a band trying something a little different with its live show, and local blues group Underground Blues Division has found one of the most intriguing approaches we’ve heard of in a while. The band has a new album, Lessons Not Learned, ready for release July 10 at Nathan P. Murphy’s, which naturally necessitates a CD release show. What to do for the occasion? Hmmm… the album has cover art… what about getting the cover artists involved? Indeed, the band has orchestrated the night to start as an art exhibit of the works of Kimmy Bess, whose painting “Cold Heaven” is the album’s cover. (Click here to see more examples of her work.) A look at the gallery linked above will show that her collection actually follows a strong musical theme, so it seems as though her work would be an ideal compliment to a music show. The exhibit begins at 7 p.m., and those who arrive between 7 and 7:30 can skip the $5 cover charge for the show. At 9 p.m. Murphy’s converts back into a music club, with an as-yet-unannounced opening act taking the stage then, followed by Underground Blues Division at 10:30.

Album Review: Things Change, by Josh Heinrichs

June 4, 2009

Things Change album coverGiven the events of recent months, calling Josh Heinrichs‘ album Things Change seems like wrapping six songs around an understatement. First there was the split with his band, the local reggae powerhouse Jah Roots, and the surprising cutting of his signature dreadlocks soon after. Whether planned or coincidental in their timing, breaks with the past seemed to be all around. The inevitable question surfaced: How would it affect the music?


Album Review: Welcome Home, by Storyline

June 2, 2009


Though it’s really only 50% new–three tracks appeared on the band’s previously distributed demo–Welcome Home is a, ahem, welcome step forward for Storyline, and further proof that the band is not One Star Story Mach II.


Time for your history lesson: The Short Histories of Powerful Nations CD release @ The Warehouse 6/19

June 2, 2009

the-short-histories-of-powerful-nations-the-underground-42509-by-thefourfourcom-springfields-music-blogThank God this show is a little more than two weeks away. We need psych-up time. Lately The Short Histories of Powerful Nations have been putting on some of the most intense concerts we’ve seen in Springfield in quite some time, mixing heavy, fast music with wild, flailing performance art. In short, it’s like watching hardcore on speed and having every band member do his best Jim-Morrison-if-Morrison-played-an-instrument impersonation… with an occasional horn interlude. It’s fantastically chaotic stuff; it also hasn’t been committed to record–until now. The band finally has its EP, A Brief Treatise on Land Ownership Vol. 1, ready for public consumption, and a killer CD release concert ready to roll June 19 to celebrate. We’ll tell you more about it after the break.