Monday, April 3, 2023

Resurrectionists - Now That We Are All Ghosts

Four men in a pool. One is wearing heart-shaped sunglasses and is wielding a guitar in the direction of the camera.
Photo credit: TW Hansen

Hello there! Time for this blog to resurface and send a jolt to your RSS feeds as I add an entry to the Where Are They Now tag with a release from Joe Cannon's current band, Resurrectionists

Their new album is called Now That We Are All Ghosts and you really need to go listen to it.

The opening track starts with sparse banjo lines and soon gets loud with a bass line that sounds like it could fit in the score of a cinematic apocalypse and...distorted banjo? Yes, distorted banjo! The band had a lineup change which led to pedal steel guitar being replaced by a new member adding texture with guitar effect wizardry and keyboards. The sequencing brings delights like the fingerpicked meditation of "Break & Enter Part 2" giving way to the driving build of "The New Winter," which has a guitar line that I could probably have guessed was played by Joe even if I heard it out of context.

And then there's "Let Me Talk You Through This One," whose title I have typed out enough times in text threads enough that my phone's autocorrect will suggest the correct capitalization for me. It first appeared many years back as "Let me talk you through this one, lover" on the first Intelligibles album.  There, it was just Joe and his guitar. Here, it features a lovely understated arrangement from the full band. The final chorus may be my favorite musical moment of 2023 so far.

You can get some more info on the Resurrectionists and Joe's own musical history, including his South Bend Power 90s days, by listening to his appearance on the Watt From Pedro Show.*

Now That We Are All Ghosts is officially out in the world as of today. You can listen and buy vinyl, CD, and digital versions at the Bandcamp link below.  Resurrectionists also commissioned videos for every track on the album, the first two of which you can view on their YouTube page.  They are for the opening (A Classic Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue) and closing ((hotel with pool)) tracks.

* Yes, that's Joe talking to Mike Watt from Minutemen and fIREHOSE and yes, I'm still kind of riding on the contact high of hearing Watt ask questions about emiLy.

Friday, April 16, 2021


LUMBERER is pleased to announce the release of their self-titled debut album. Conceived several years ago during a weekend in DC, assembled over time and across great distance, and now finally realized, this album sees two former bandmates reunite to create something altogether new. Ted (The Mad Dogs, Obstruction) and Mike (bessie, The Catatonics, the cuba five, emiLy, The Mad Dogs, Severinsen, etc.) first collaborated musically over two decades ago in the basements of northern Indiana. Keeping in the tradition of DIY, the band recorded and mixed this new effort entirely on their own, doing so virtually between Austin, TX and Alexandria, VA. Though it finds the pair perhaps unabashedly wearing their influences on their sleeves, the album remains uniquely representative of the two musicians themselves.

Available now on Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and other streaming services.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

July - Miami Street Sessions

When July went into Miami Street Studios to record "Bunny" with John Nuner for the sfumato campus band compilation CD, they also put a few more of their songs to tape at the same time. Here we have a copy of those recordings, ravaged by dubbing and cassette decay, but still pretty freaking great. July!

The Roadapples - yeah.

The Roadapples were an indie rock campus band in the mid 90s. Here's their first tape "yeah." and a review from the Observer. Perhaps someday, more of the story of this band will be told. In the meantime...

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Cod in Salsa - Ring Bell For Yardman

Perhaps someday, the story of this band will be told. In the meantime, do NOT overlook Cod in Salsa.

Cripe Street - Starter Log

Perhaps someday, the story of this band will be told. Until then....

Brian, Colin and Vince - Bucket O' Fun N' Stuff N' Yeah

I can't believe this hasn't been posted to the blog yet. Thee big CD recording from ND acoustic legends.

Mars Hill - Gone For Good

Photo credit: JKorn Photographics
Mars Hill is a recent band from John Huston, and I must say, it's pretty special. I probably listened to this album five times straight through when they released it. Here's a video and the album is below.

Dougie - Big In Japan (video)

Mike Larmoyeux (seminally the man in 10 bands at the same time) is still in many bands at the same time. Dougie is one of them, and they have been known to gig around the DC area. Here is a lovely video for you to enjoy:

Plane Zero - S/T

Mike Larmoyeux (seminally the man in 10 bands at the same time) is still in many bands at the same time. Plane Zero is one one them, and they released their debut self-titled album back in 2018. From their Bandcamp page:
Stop whatever you're doing and keep reading this, because you're about to witness the release of the least anticipated album of 2018: Plane Zero's eponymous debut: "Plane Zero" by Plane Zero (#PlaneZero)! It's the album that you had no idea you couldn't live without. Reviews from around the world are already pouring in:
"Plane Zero is the weirdest thing that Mike Larmoyeux has ever done. Musically." -Robert Dahl
"You have to stop futzing around take this seriously or we're never going to finish the final mix. These phase shifts aren't going to modulate themselves." -David Lampp
"I'm not going to give you a quote for your ridiculous fake review conceit. Stop asking." -Taylor Dahl
"This isn't any weirder than emiLy." -Mike Larmoyeux
And now you can hear what all the fuss is about... right now.
Check them out in the player below!