Sunday, February 24, 2008

Orange Alert's Music Minute

Orange Alert is proud to announce that, starting in March, we will be running regular concert reviews. This will all begin on Monday, March 3rd with the review of St. Vincent show at New York Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on Feb. 28th. These reviews and accompany photographs will be provided by photographer Dominick Mastrangelo (OA interview).

More on St. Vincent:

"St. Vincent is Annie Clark, born in Tulsa, OK, the middle child of nine brothers and sisters. While most little girls were still playing with dolls, Annie preferred crafting homespun guitars from cardboard and rubber bands. By the time she was twelve, she had moved on to the real thing and fallen quickly in love. Growing up in Bible-belted Texas, Clark found music by means of Coltrane records, found people by means of Tennessee Williams plays, and found philosophy by means of her Catholic, Jewish, Unitarian, and Meher Baba-loving family. All of this finds its way, with smirks and reverence, into her music.

St. Vincent makes cinematic pop epics that feel at times like Paris in the ’20s before all the fun ended. Or, conversely, an orchestra of pure modernity—a new American music, informed by jazz, gospel blues, Southern folk music, and classical composition but—in the end—an animal original unto itself.

On Marry Me, St. Vincent’s Beggars Banquet debut, we see a smartly crafted deluge of guitar, bass, and beats pulsing forward with warmth and immediacy alongside Annie’s classy soprano. Her lyrics can be weird or tongue-in-cheek or dead serious, capturing verily what it feels like to be 24 years old in America and caught up in the delirium of love blues and wartime blues and the various swashbuckling adventures of existence. Horns and strings cry out brassy and full-bodied over digital keyboards. Songs rock out vigorously, break down into squiggling post-noise-rock deconstructions, roll out mellow and slow-flowing as a river. Backing harmonies and kiddie choirs loom in the distance, rise, and lilt above the stately grandiosity."

Listen to: Now Now (mp3)

Remaining tour dates:
Feb 24 Columbus, Ohio Wexner Center
Feb 25 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol Mueum
Feb 26 Washington, DC The Rock and Roll Hotel
Feb 27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania First Unitarian Church
Feb 28 Brooklyn, New York Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb 29 New York, New York Bowery Ballroom
Mar 01 Cambridge, Massachusetts Middle East Underground
Mar 06 New York, NY Terminal 5 / Plug Awards
Apr 26 Indio, California Coachella Music Festival

Another band that we are hoping to cover is Say Hi (formerly Say Hi to Your Mom), who earlier this month released their fifth studio album The Wishes And The Glitch.

Listen to: Toil and Trouble (mp3)

February 24 - Waldron Arts Center - Bloomington, IN
February 25 - The Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
February 26 - Skully's - Columbus, OH
February 27 - The Gypsy Hut - Cincinnati, OH
February 29 - Soundlab - Buffalo, NY
March 1 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
March 2 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
March 3 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
March 4 - The Black Cat - Washington, DC
March 5 - The Boot - Norfolk, VA
March 6 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
March 7 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
March 8 - The Bottletree Cafe - Birmingham, AL
March 12 - SXSW - Austin, TX
March 13 - SXSW - Austin, TX
March 14 - SXSW - Austin, TX
March 15 - SXSW - Austin, TX
March 16 - The Cavern - Dallas, TX
March 18 - The Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
March 19 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
March 21 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
March 22 - Bottom Of The Hill - San Francisco, CA
April 2 - Venue TBA - Portland, OR
April 3 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA

This Ottawa band can really get the feet moving, and they are doing in more of a classic style. When most bands turn to heavy electronics and dance beats, Hilotrons focus on creating fun, energetic rhythms with the basic instruments. Sure there a few electronics here and there, but for the most part this album has a very organic sound. There music is almost ska, almost punk, but mostly good straight-up dance rock.

Happymatic will be released on April 1st on Kelp Records, and by Saved by Vinyl, who offer Happymatic in LP format (white vinyl!!) which includes a free MP3 download of the record.

Listen to: Dominika (mp3)

Minnesota's home to Justin Schweim (bass), Bradley Hale (drums, vocals), Cacie Dalager (vocals, guitar), and Britty Hale (keyboard) who come together to form Now, Now Every Children. This band creates music this both cute and tiny, and hugely powerful. This contrast is largely possible because of the vocal abilities of Cacie Dalager. Her voice so both soft and innocent, and forcefully powerful. Their first ep, "Not One, But Two" EP (AR039, released 2/19/08) is the first of two EPs that will be coming out before their full-length LP in May.

Listen to: Not One, But Two (mp3)

This Spring belongs to Blitzen Trapper! Not only are they embarking on a coast to coast tour, but they just appeared on Daytrotter (again!), released a "Live/Acoustic EP" (exclusively available on iTunes), and put together an exclusive tour ep.

2008 Tour Ep:
1. Silver Moon
2. Going Down
3. Shoulder Full of You
4. Preacher's Sister's Boy
5. Black Rock
6. Big Black Bird

Blizten Trapper will be in Chicago on 4/06 at Schubas with Fleet Foxes.
Listen to: "Sci-Fi Kid" (40 Thieves Remix) (mp3)

The Peel Back: Flat Duo Jets Two Headed Cow (Chicken Ranch Records, 2/12/08)

This album doesn't fit the typical mold for "The Peel Back", but it is not your typical album. Flat Duo Jets (Dexter Roweber and Crow) formed back in the mid-80's and played together unit 1999. In that time they played on both underground and major labels. Their sound began as a raw and honest interpretation of classic rockabilly music. This album, Two Headed Cow, is the companion soundtrack to the 2006 documentary on the life of Flat Duo Jet's frontman Dexter Romweber. All seventeen tracks on this album were recorded in 1986, and in that case it is perfect for a peel back. This album is a great look back at the pure energy and the powerful sound that these two men created.

Listen to: Rock House (mp3)


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