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Friday, May 03, 2013

New Dirty Beaches Jam Casino Lisboa


  It's funny that the reward for success in any field of enterprise is the opportunity to fail on a much grander scale.  It's a truism of the business world that people rise to the level of their incompetence, and when you trying to get some skin in the indie record game, the prospect of massive, enterprise failure pops up every time you try to expand your scale.  Plus, literally the only feedback that a newer indie label gets from more established indie labels is that what your are trying to accomplish is impossible and that you should give up.  I can honestly say that in the last five years I haven't got a single compliment from anyone: local or national.  I've actually gotten waaaaayy more positive feedback about this blog then the labels I've worked with.

  And while I certainly don't do anything because I crave the approval of others, the lack of feedback can lend a most funeral air to sessions of self reflection, which is why I'm well over asking questions of the universe.  Don't ask questions of the universe has been my motto for about a decade and I think it's working out.  I highly recommend that attitude if you are someone who is actually trying to accomplish something vs. someone who is trying to figure out "what makes them happy" or "how to survive."

  All I'm saying is that is pretty easy to be on the cusp of an epic success and a career ending failure at the exact same time.  In the indie music game a small label doesn't get a half dozen shots to scale up.  It gets one shot.  Maybe two, and then it's over.  So as I sit here I can see it going either way, but I'm pretty sure the answer will be clear by this time next year.  If it works: Awesome.  If not: also OK.  It hasn't been a  bad experience to have before I turn 40 and I will always look back on this period of my life with fondness even if it's a business flop.

  Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil double LP comes out May 21st in the US, May 20th in the EU/UK and it is being released by Zoo Music.  Above all I'm grateful to my partners for giving me the chance to participate in something that at least possesses the potential to be larger then myself.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Show Review: Broken Water @ The Void San Diego

Kanako Pooknyw

Show Review:
 Broken Water @ The Void San Diego

  Another cool Olympia band rolling through town. Self released LP vinyl in hand, Broken Water demonstrated a strong sense of self and dynamic stage presence during their headlining set at the Void Tuesday night.  The live show made it abundantly clear that this project is fronted by Kanako Pooknyw- the singing/drumming/guitar playing musician who is at the heart of Broken Water.

  The music had a shoegazy tinge that reminded me of another act I've seen recently- SISU- the band of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu.  Unlike that Act, Broken Water  plays a more stripped down style minus synths/keys and etc.

  It was a breezy, entertaining set with a very decent turnout for a Tuesday night.  Better then what Grave Babies produced the night before.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Show Review: Grave Babies @ The Void

Danny Wahlfeldt Grave Babies

Show Review:
Grave Babies @ The Void San Diego

  Something I'm proud to say is true about me is that I can recognize a good band in a club even if they are playing to a small Audience.  That is the difference between people with good taste vs. people with bad/no taste:  People with good taste can distinguish good from bad Art products without knowing that other people feel the same way.  People with bad taste confuse popularity with aesthetic merit and often judge based on the former rather then the later.

 The truth is I've been going to numerous shows since my past blog post, but I haven't reviewed any of them.  I wanted to review Grave Babies because they really delivered with their live show, and I think it is important for people to know that fact.

  Grave Babies is yet another entrant in the suite of gothy punk bands being ignored by Pitchfork (1)- another example from that group is Cold Showers.  I think the issue is clearly that Pitchfork finds the entire aesthetic derivative, but as someone who actually goes out to shows in a West Coast market, bands like Grave Babies, Cold Showers and, going back a couple years, Blessure Grave & Trudgers are a refreshing breath of air.

  Grave Babies were notable for the compelling live performance. Front man/guitarist/song writer/arranger Danny Wahlfeldt has a voice both powerful and interesting.  The song structures are focused.  The presentation and delivery are well thought out.  Talking to band members after the show I was impressed by the professional attitude.

 The fact that Hardly Art signed them out of Seattle tells me that their potential has been readily apparent for a number of years.


(1)  Please note I am not complaining, simply noting an aesthetic choice made by Pitchfork.

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