NEW SINGLE: Dinosaur Jr – Garden

photo by Cara Totman

For single #2 from the forthcoming new Dino Jr album, Lou Barlow takes centrestage with his song ‘Garden’. The video clip for the song was directed by Lou and Adelle Barlow, with illustrations by John Moloney and animation by Chloe Hemingway.

Of the song and video Lou says:

“Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. It began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden. Luckily I was able to complete the vocals and instrumentation for the song just before the quarantine. 

There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for Garden. I wanted to capture the two of us holding hands on a levy overlooking a scenic bend in the Connecticut River (very close to where the first Dinosaur video, Little Fury Things, was filmed!). Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song. So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it! Thanks for watching.”

The new album Sweep It Into Space will be released April 23rd via Jagjaguwar.

NEW MUSIC: The Holy Soul – 747

Sydney band The Holy Soul are back with ‘747’, the new single from their forthcoming Robyn Hitchcock-produced LP Get Old! Coming six years after their superb album Fortean Times, the track has a heavy psych garage feel with a bassline that lurches and rumbles with melody and menace in the verses before the song blossoms out of the shadows into a damn sweet descending, jangly chorus.

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NEW MUSIC: Nonagon – The Family Meal

See-sawing tension and a mix of post-hardcore and post-punk styles makes this new track from Chicago trio Nonagon a real delight. On ‘The Family Meal’ there’s the knottiness and angles of Fugazi mixed with the reaching melodies of Sunny Day Real Estate as the song lurches and churns.

This new single comes from their full-length LP They Birds, released on March 3rd, 2021.

REISSUE NEWS: Jack Ladder signs to Endless Recordings, reissues Hurtsville

Photo: Mclean Stephenson

Endless Recordings has announced the signing of Australia’s Jack Ladder to its label roster.

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of his watershed album ‘Hurtsville’, originally released on the venerated Spunk Records. Recorded in the dead of winter in a rural NSW mansion, it left behind the shuffling soul of its predecessor (the Australian Music Prize shortlisted ‘Love is Gone’) for an austere chronicle of longing and loss. Produced by Burke Reid (The DronesCourtney BarnettJulia Jacklin), it also marked his first collaboration with backing The Dreamlanders – an idiosyncratic group comprised of Kirin J Callinan (guitar), Donny Benet(bass) and Laurence Pike (drums). The album achieved damning reviews and widespread critical acclaim, again being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. It’s centre piece, the remarkable ‘Cold Feet’ was awarded Song Of The Year by Mess and Noise (RIP).

To celebrate the anniversary of ‘Hurtsville’Endless is releasing a limited edition vinyl repressing of the album, out April 23rd 2021. This will be accompanied by ‘Hurt Book’, a collection of never before seen photos, lyrics and other ephemera, combined with essays and testimonials about the album from the likes of Sharon Van EttenLloyd Cole and Alex Cameron. The re-issue will also include Ladder’s original ‘Hurtsville’ demos, a intriguing document of the album’s genesis.

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Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders will be revisiting ‘Hurstville’ for the first time since its release this May, taking you through the depths of despair, and lifting you into the great heights of self-actualisation. Featuring the original band members, this is a performance for return travellers and new arrivals alike. Special guest performing at both shows will be Sarah Mary Chadwick.

May 6th @ The Forum, Melbourne with Sarah Mary Chadwick

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May 27th @ Factory Theatre with Sarah Mary Chadwick

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NEW MUSIC: Pansy – Woman of Ur Dreams

Wonky, wobbly guitar lines tumble and cascade out of the speakers with a li-fi charm on this new track from Pansy. It’s got that ramshackle vibe that reminds me of Australia’s RVG and Blank Realm. A 60’s backbeat and garage/surf-pop chime and jangle makes this a real gem.

More than three years ago, Vivian McCall, of the band Jungle Green, began transitioning, a process which inspired the songs that make up her self-titled debut album as Pansy. It comes out on the Earth Libraries label on April 2nd.

NEW MUSIC: Loco Tranquilo – Golden Flower

Here’s a really nice upbeat slice of indie folk-rock from San Francisco artist Loco Tranquilo (Julian Gervasi). Surf guitars wobble, shimmer and jangle over the bubbly punch of the rhythm section. Gervasi adds the psychedelic folk vibe with a vocal style reminiscent of Devendra Banhart – that free-spirited, trippy, grinning-at-the-sun kind of sound.

Recorded at Coyote Hearing Studios in collaboration with local producer Mackenzie Bunch (French Cassettes and Tino Drima) – it comes from his upcoming concept album being released later this year through eclectic, post-genre label Text Me Records.

Loco Tranquilo’s soft and dreamy melodies were apparently inspired by nights spent on top of coloured mountains making songs about the stars, being inspired by the beauty of nature, and meeting fellow musicians and artists on a bohemian journey towards California.

ALBUM REVIEW: The Lemonheads – Lovey (30th Anniversary Edition)

THE LEMONHEADS

LOVEY (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

FIRE RECORDS

In 1990, Lovey was a huge step forward for Evan Dando and his Boston band The Lemonheads. It was their major label debut on Atlantic Records after releasing their first three albums in the previous three years. Those records were a collision of noisy melodic punk rock. Part Black Flag, part The Replacements. Co-founder Ben Daily had left the band prior to Lovey and that gave Dando the opportunity to rejig the band’s sound to more of a country and indie/alt-rock blend. 

This reissue has been superbly remastered to give Lovey a greater warmth and sonic richness, further accentuating the sense that this was the start of a new chapter for Dando. The album contains absolute classics such as ‘Half The Time’ and ‘Ride With Me’ as well as their version of the Gram Parsons’ ‘Brass Buttons’. The variety of Lovey is what really elevates it – with the alt rock swerves of ‘Ballarat’ and ‘Lil Seed’ and the tumbling remnants of their punk past on ‘Left For Dead’. It was a turning point for the band and one of the landmark early releases of 90s alternative rock.

The 2xLP/CD formats come with a deluxe book with expanded liner notes and unseen photos as well as an eight song triple j Live at the Wireless session from their tour of 1991. 

Chris Familton

Bats Galore… New music from within and around The Bats

Dunedin and indeed NZ music royalty The Bats have been pretty busy of late. They released their new LP Foothills last year, to wide acclaim, and earlier this month they also intriguingly released an instrumental version of the album on Bandcamp which gives a really interesting twist on the songs, allowing the rhythm section of perpetual motion and those sparkling guitars to take centre stage.

During the pandemic, Bassist Paul Kean and guitarist Kaye Woodward have formed a humble supergroup of sorts by teaming up with Alec Bathgate (Tall Dwarfs, The Enemy) and Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) to record a couple of songs of darkly hypnotic, underground psychedelia. Hopefully more recordings are on the way!

Robert Scott always seems to be working on something new and he’s teamed up with Dallas Henley to release Level Four, an album of low-key, mostly acoustic songs that wind through some lovely melodies. The 14 tracks feature bass, Omnichord, guitar, vocals and keyboards.