Some brand new music to kick off what looks like is going to be a beautiful Fourth Of July holiday weekend here.
When I first heard Justin Kline back in fall of 2008 with his jangly debut with the Six Songs EP, I pegged him as an artist to watch and anxiously awaited his first full length. Sadly, just as he was wrapping up nearly a year’s work and putting the finishing touches on the new record, thieves broke in to the Nashville studio where he was recording and stole much of the recording equipment, including the only copy of the masters from his new record. Disheartened but undeterred, Justin has decided to release a second EP entitled Triangle which includes versions of a couple songs that were being worked on for the new record, and couple outtakes From his Six Songs EP, to listen to while he begins anew on re-recording his full length. Check out the the glorious sunshiney pop of Alison, We Cannot Be Friends and head on over to his website to hear some more from the the new EP as well as some older songs.
Here’s one to keep your ears peeled for as winter gradually winds it’s way into spring. Philadelphia’s In Grenada are currently hard at work crafting an album that, if the demo tracks they sent me to are any indication, will be solidly sitting amongst 2009′s best records when all is said and done. Although painting from a sonic pallet that invokes easy comparisons to Arcade Fire or The National, their music is infused with a countryish warmth and pop sensibility that is distinctly their own. Beating Heart with it’s shuffling rhythm and reverb laden textural flourishes of glockenspiel and percussion is one of those addictive songs you can listen to ten times in a row and not tire of at all. Or, check out It Doesn’t Matter, where the melodies and vocals intertwine and skitter about on top of a driving, hypnotic, drum dance. Amazing stuff and I for one can’t wait to hear the whole album when it’s completed.
They’ll be taking a break from the studio to play a couple shows this coming week that you don’t want to miss. On Thursday February 12th they be doing an interview and playing live in the studio on Philly’s WKDU 91.7FM between 4 and 6 PM. On Friday the 13th they’ll take the stage at my favorite venue, the always excellent Johnny Brenda’s, opening for Lambchop (the band, not the puppet show).
In Grenada :
Jesse – Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Evan – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Kevin – Keyboards, Melodica, Harmonica, Vocals
Chris – Bass, Vocals
Monika – Glockenspiel, Percussion
Steve – Drums
Devin – Drums, Percussion
Funk and soul music is not something you can throw together off the cuff, it has to have a groove, a feel that makes it more than just the music itself. James Brown, Otis Redding, George Clinton & P-Funk, Prince, etc. all channel that power into their music. To categorize Phildelphia’s Swift Technique as just another band playing a blend of funk, soul and hip hop sells what they’re doing far too short. They know how to channel that groove, with some of the best musicianship I’ve seen in recent memory and a stage show overflowing with unbridled energy. The times I saw Swift Technique were easily two of the best shows I saw all this past year.
They have quite a few shows coming up including their Boston debut tomorrow night. I highly recommend you get out and see them if you can. Go, they’ll make you a believer too.
Swift Technique :
Sean McCann – Vocals, Lyricist, Rhymes
Jake Leschinsky – Bass
Andy Bree – Guitars
Rich Agren – Drums
Alex Roysdon – Alto Sax
Greg Rosen – Trumpet
Matt Fischer – Trombone
Saturday December 27th
All Asia Club
334 Mass Ave.
More Upcoming Shows
Jan 2 2009 10:00P The Bitter End New York, New York
Jan 10 2009 7:00P Lansing School Ithaca, New York
Jan 14 2009 10:00P University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 23 2009 10:00P Maxi’s (Temple University) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 10 2009 8:00P The North Star Bar Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 13 2009 10:00P Uncle Mike’s New York, New York
Feb 18 2009 9:00P Bootlegger’s Woodlyn, Pennsylvania