Music writers Derek Caterwaul and M. Brianna Stallings checked out new releases from Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood and Resin Cum and an Adult Swim garage comp. Read all about it in this week’s Sonic Reducer. Peep related A/V below and experience Paseño noise-doom act Resin Cum live in Burque on Wednesday night. Synchro Studio • Resin Cum • Pepper Griswald • Roñoso • I CUM DRUMS • Wed May 29 • 8 pm • $5 • ALL-AGES!
Sonic reductions of Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood, Resin Cum and an Adult Swim garage comp
Last Month in Music
April 2013 Edition
Captain America sonically reduces Bob Mould, The Hi-Lone Tones and The Raveonettes
Man-about-town Captain America listens to and reflects on releases by Bob Mould, local rockabilly quintet The Hi-Lo Tones and The Raveonettes in this week’s Sonic Reducer.
Watch videos from Mould, above, and The Raveonettes, below.
Ignoring Objectivity Since 1998
The Scrams single-handedly fill a long-gaping hole in our local scene: a trashy garage rock combo with frantic hooks and sonic mayhem. “La Llorona” is a far cry from the muy triste folk song of the same name. This original forsakes the sadness of the ghostly mother forlornly searching for the children she drowned when jilted by her lover. It depicts a tortured soul consumed with vengeful fury and indelibly marks the band as New Mexico home boys. The Scrams’ rock and roll is as hot as a bowl of straight green chile with no tortilla on the side. (CA)
Three fine ladies draped in vintage glam sing vaudevillian songs to accordion and tuba. A smoky-voiced vixen croons torch songs about the devil over moody piano. Susan Hwang, Mia Pixley and Maria Sonevytsky are the Debutante Hour—and it’s quite a smart and sexy 60 minutes. With great voices and bluesy harmonies, the band questions world views, religion and self-identity. “Miracle Birth”—which includes hilarious synopses of the Immaculate Conception and Athena bursting from Zeus’ head, among others—is exemplary of The Debutante Hour’s aplomb. It manages to raise intelligent issues and treat them cheekily, all in the guise of sultry cabaret tunes.
Mixing punk with Mexican border music is nothing new. Joe “King” Carrasco hit it big on the frat-boy circuit with nuevo wave-o Tex-Mex party songs that ultimately tasted like watery horchata. Tired of Black Flag copycats but not the energy, San Antonio native Álvaro del Norte reclaimed the corridos he rejected as a child to study under Texas accordion maestro Juan Tejeda. Now his band, Piñata Protest, serves a steaming pot of caldo de res with beefy punk riffs and greasy accordion marrow—the tastiest Norteño/rock recipe to date. Be sure you save your last bit of tortilla to wipe the bowl clean. (CA)