Showing posts with label 12inch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 12inch. Show all posts

May 24, 2010

the GOODNIGHT LOVING "Arcobaleno" 12inch EP

The start of summer for more years than I care to count I have made a mix titled "Up North" and the year that correlates to it. It started with cassettes, then CD's and now a folder in my Mp3 player.
It's all the songs I want to hear when I'm miles north of this town, smelling the pine, wood smoke, bar-be-que and the lake (being it one of the Great ones or one of the over 11,000 inland ones we have here in Michigan. Over 11,000 of them! HAH! Take THAT Minnesota) with not one chemical factory around for 100's of miles. Music for listening to the late night crickets and bullfrogs and the birds at sunrise.
Tunes for hitting the highway, rolling the car windows down and looking at the lush green land and big sky vistas. The kind of songs you can both fish to and fire up a dirtbike and hit some hills, have ice cream with the kids in the afternoon and beer with the grown ups after dark.
The Goodnight Loving first weighed in heavy on those mixes in 2005 (when all they had were some demo tapes that were circulating of the songs on it was "Up North Girl" which seems so appropos for such things. A couple of years later a recorded by Greg Cartwright version of was released as the a-side to the Goodnight Loving single my label, Bancroft, released. And before you ask, YES! I do have a scant few copies of it left if you are looking to score one) and have ever since.
Though there's only 5 songs on this (all on one side-the other side being a beautifully etched earth, sun and flowers motif) I'm having a hard time paring down what track of two I should include into this years mix.
"4&3" starts off the record with surfing & spying feel. It's followed by "You'll Own My Heart" where a listening to CCR on the back porch mood finds it way into a hazy late night Nashville jam session.
Both "Sweet Clover" and "Pinalope" nod in the directions of 60's pop-The former with a Shangri La's if they were scuffy boys from Wisconsin kinda of thing; the latter something like bloodshot eyed Mersybeat and the ferry crossed the Great Lakes. "Orphans" closes the record like a rustic and happy go-lucky sing along that includes a whirly organ bit in the middle.
Finding a band where one member writes consistently solid songs over a period of a few albums seems to be becoming a rarer and rarer treat in these times. Goodnight Loving has the advantage of each member coming up with good ones over and over again. I think instead of trying to nail down to just a song or two from this on this summer's mix I may just have to take everything they done with me on my up north trips.

Jan 18, 2010

the SOFT PACK s/t 12inch EP

About a year or so ago this San Diego based band was operating under the name the Muslims. A decision was made to change the name for the obvious reason that some might find it offensive or interpret it as them making a mockery. Other reasons for the name change was that maybe they didn't want to cringe when some snarky blogger would make some dumb joke or comment at their expense not to mention it wasn't really all that great of a name to begin with. Not that the Soft Pack is all that great of a choice either but we all should by now that a lot of the already best band names have been taken.
The band's sound, heavily rooted in the Velvet Underground's third album and the things it influence like the nervous smart kid sound of the Feelies, hasn't changed with the 4 songs here.
"C'mon" kicks off the record with something that if heard coming out of the radio of signal quickly fading college station while driving through a barren strip of the midwest you'd pull over the side of the highway to hear the dj tell you who it was. Then you'd scour record stores until you were once again able to hear it's bright jangle and simply catchy slightly off key harmonies in the chorus. Tables are turned on "Eat Gold" where it's a heads down straight into the storm bash and raw throated yearning resembling Hootenanny era Replacements trying their hand at sounding like the Swans.
"Answer To Yourself" is full of a really wet surf reverb guitar licks backed by loud twitchiness, a full on middle part of noise and topped with heavy lidded singing. The record ends with "Faithman" which shows the world how comfortably 60's garage comp's sit next to Sonic Youth records.