Old Familiar Chime Guitar Festival Announced
This is big news for anyone interested in experimental/primitive/Americana guitar: it was recently announced that the Turf Club will host the Old Familiar Chime Guitar Festival, which will showcase a number of gifted and unique artists from around the world. The festival was organized by Chris Berry who runs local record label Soft Abuse and will be co-presented by First Avenue. The show will take place on September 19th and will utilize both the upstairs and downstairs of the newly renovated Turf Club.
Glenn Jones (Boston, MA)
Glenn Jones is an American experimental guitarist known both for his work in the American Primitive style as well as instrumental rock band Cul De Sac.
Michael Chapman (UK)
Michael Chapman is a British songwriter/guitarist who has been active since the sixties. His influential early albums have been re-issued by impeccable curators Light in the Attic records.
Sir Richard Bishop (Seattle, WA / Thailand)
Sir Richard Bishop is an experimental artist in a number of genres, most notable for being a founding member of Sun City Girls as well as for helping to form and run the Sublime Frequencies Record label (another curator with excellent taste).
Read a review of the Sun City Girls Funeral Mariachi here.
Spider John Koerner (Minneapolis, MN)
Spider John is a local legend and founding member of Koerner, Ray and Glover. He was a big influence on Bob Dylan and remains a West Bank fixture.
Steve Gunn (Brooklyn, NY)
Steve Gunn is a Brooklyn based guitarist, formerly of Kurt Vile’s Violators.
Alexander Turnquist (Hudson, NY)
Alexander Turnquist is a young American guitarist and composer who creates beautifully atmospheric instrumental pieces of music.
Matthew De Gennaro (Webster Township, MI)
Matthew De Gennaro is a reclusive Michigan artist who creates sparse, pastoral tunes using a variety of instruments. De Gennaro has one album out (and soon to be another) on loccal label Soft Abuse Records (the founder of which, Chris Berry, also organized this event).
Read a review of De Gennaro’s record Chuang Tzu Motherfucker here.
Animal Lover: “Guilt” / Show Tonight
Below this quaint little post is a link to an Animal Lover LP that will pummel your eardrums and shatter your quiet Thursday morning. The trio hails from Fargo, and they have a no-frills, post-hardcore sound that combines noise and hard rock in a way that sounds very tightly executed while at the same time straying near the edge of a nervous breakdown. Local Label Learning Curve seems like an obvious home for such a sound and sure enough, they are releasing Animal Lover’s new LP Guilt this Spring (5/20). If you can’t wait a few days, the band will be kicking off their U.S. tour tonight at the Turf Club with STNNNG, Solid Attitude and Les Deux Maggots. Shoul;d be a terrific show!
Warehouse Eyes: “Through the Glass” / EP Release Show
Warehouse Eyes may look like a duo from their band photo, but according to their bio the band is comprised of five: Jennie Lahlum (vocals/synth), Christopher Williams (keys/synth), Jason McGlone (drums), Colin Sheffield (guitar), and Kevin Scott (bass). The local quintet produces moody, ethereal dream pop that is focused around the vocals of Lahlum. And Lahlum has a good voice – the kind of prettily breathy alto that is perfectly suited to this genre. Thus far, Warehouse Eyes only has a single track available for streaming so it is difficult to describe the range of their sound beyond the single track. “Through the Glass” sounds pretty promising though. Though still labeled “demo” it has a nice, clean sound and a pretty melody. The band will presumably be including more tunes on their debut EP, which is called Carvings and will be released on Friday, May 23rd at the Turf Club.
Jessica Lea Mayfield: “Oblivious” / Show
I haven’t really kept track of songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield over the past few years – I loved her melancholy-soaked country/folk debut With Blasphemy So Heartfelt but then, as so often happens, I lost track of her. Listening to tracks on her new record Make My Head Sing it appears that a lot has changed since 2008 (Mayfield also released Tell Me in 2011, a record that I similarly missed). Whereas I knew Mayfield as a master of the woebegone, regret-filled ballad, the leading tune off of her new album, “Oblivious,” is a raucous, distortion-filled, rocker. It is definitely a change, but I think it’s a good one – Mayfield’s evocative alto is as well suited to garage/grunge as it was to country and it’s a refreshing update to her sound. Mayfield will be performing at the Turf Club this Thursday night with Dylan LeBlanc (another talented artist I have admired but not kept very good track of). You can get tickets here or at the door.
Flashback Friday: Loop (Show TOMORROW!)
While the UKs shoegaze scene of the 80s moved towards the 90s and flirted with almost pop music in the cases of Ride or even My Bloody Valentine, Loop took their sound towards apocalyptic punishment to their last album A Gilded Eternity. Opening with the dark sinister riffs of “Vapour” it was clear that founder Robert Hampson was looking to do something darker and even briefly joined Godflesh after the breakup of Loop. With the current resurgence of shoegaze and psychedelia, Loop’s influence is pretty clear today. Choruses and hooks were never really part of Hampson’s vision of music but instead a simple and pounding to trance inducing levels. As we approach the 25th anniversary of A Gilded Eternity, Loop reformed the final lineup for last year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival and are doing their first tour of the United States in decades. If the video below from last year is any indication the band has not lost a step at all. Don’t miss this because you’ll probably never see it again.
Loop play the Turf Club tomorrow (April 26th) with The People’s Temple and Chatham Rise. Tickets are still available.