Hunx and his Punketes // Lovers Lane. This week Hunx and his Punx dropped the full-length Too Young To Be In Love via Hardly Art. The record was recorded in New York City by Ivan Julian (founding member of Richard Hell and the Voidoids). Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams) wrote three of the songs on the track, and “Lovers Lane” showcases her powerful vocals. Hunx and his Punkette’s are playing an album release show this Saturday (4/2) with Shannon and the Clams and Grass Widow. After the show, the band goes on a national tour with Shannon and the Clams.
Moon Duo // Scars. Today Moon Duo’s first proper full-length Mazes was released in the US via Sacred Bones. The pair makes entrancing music with wild guitar solos supported by rhythmic keys. For the Bay Guardian, I interviewed Ripley Johnson (also the front man of Wooden Shjips), while him and keyboardist Samae Yamada drove from New York to Boston for the band’s next gig in Cambridge. Johnson meditated on the journey of life, and I learned that the band moved this past summer to Blue River, Colorado. Catch the band live on April 11th at Bottom of the Hill with Royal Baths and Lilac. $10, 9pm.
Oakland based Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-yArDs, has garnished quite a bit of national attention this month. With the release of the single ‘Bizness’, her Rolling Stone exposure (as #4 artist to watch), and today’s video release, she’s quickly making ears excited. Handcrafted beats and polyphonic seams hold the sound together, a move away from the soft sounding 2009 album Bird Brains. Her sophomore album whokill is due out April 19th via 4AD. Catch her play at the Great American Music Hall on April 26th with Buke & Gass, and Man/Miracle.
It’s hard to know what the dudes in Eat Skull are up at any point in time. They were living in Portland, then I heard Sacramento, then some in Oakland, then I heard they got lost and stranded in London. Then I heard they were playing the Knockout with CCR Headcleaner, and Little Queenie. Needless to say, I didn’t want to pass up a chance to see them.
On March 14th, while most music people were gearing up for SXSW. I headed to the Knockout around what was supposed to be show time. The bands got started really late, luckily things got really weird early on. Just so you know, the KO’s Monday happy hour has Karaoke with a very elaborate song list. Let’s just say I didn’t expect to see Eat Skull’s Rob Enbom do a rendition of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain.” Length of song: 9 minutes.
Then the show: Little Queenie got the night started on the right foot. Two Rickenbacker basses, drums, and vocals. It was real loud. Their sound was fast and trashy. Like two giant mutant electric eels fighting and wrestling as a heavy drum beat cheered them on. CCR Headcleaner are always fun. They were even LOUDER as Justin Flowers’ luscious locks swung to crunchy jagged guitar riffs. Finally, Eat Skull. It took them long enough to get set up. Was it worth it? Definitely. They’re the kind of band that makes the crowd feel 14 as the toss around their tallboys and sing along to Enbom’s antics.
The first thing I was asked when I played Nick Waterhouse & The Tarots to my friend was, “When was this put out?” Looks are deceiving, as I show my bud the 45 RPM 7 inch with no cover. Self described as a “midnight-hour R&B shake-fest,” it’s a sound that hooks, and this band is doing a very smart thing. The 7 inch released by PRES Records last fall has already sold out. A repress came out in February, and since then the R&B gang has been busy recording in LA. See the band live, and get the record this Friday, March 25th when NW & the Tarots open for The Strange Boys, Ty Segall, Cosmonauts, & Moonhearts at Club Verdi. Waterhouse & The Tarots are on at 9pm. $10, All ages.
Tomorrow (3/24) will be the night to dance and sweat—the rain and yourself. It’s wetness all around. Kitsch Gallery hosts MARKLION, Kit Clayton (dj), Wav Dwgs (LIVE), and Dominique Leon (dj). MARKLION is the beat ego for Vicent T—former member of Dat Politics. But he wont be packing sound toys, he’ll be bringing a full bodied visual and audio implosion. 9pm.
Last week, I interviewed Daniel Martin-McCormick about Mi Ami’s new release Dolphins for the Bay Guardian. The phone cut off a few times, because he was driving through the midwest to perform as Sex Worker with Psychic Reality and Prince Rama at Oberlin College. (My alma mater, where I attended every show. He said the last time he played at OC was at house part in 2004, which was before my time.)
Mostly, we talked about the band as a bicoastal duo and the new EP. The title song, he explains, is a poignant image: “It’s dolphins begging us to stop, basically everything we’re doing—the oily film of guilt that coats complicity.” They’ve got a new set up, but rest assured Mi Ami prove change isn’t always bad. Read the published piece