Everything in the World Is All Right
Lousy Robot releases a third album. Twice.
Lousy Robot plays power pop wherein the power isn’t always obvious. The songs are catchy but front man Jim Phillips’ lyrics bite harder than the music might lead you to believe. In other words, come for the hooks, stay for the poetry. It’s like buying a box of sugarcoated cereal and finding that the free prize inside is a weather-beaten diamond ring: It doesn’t need polishing and, like a battered “Antiques Roadshow” rarity, the appraisal would drop if the treasure were cleaned up.
Originating as the minimalist but striking Hey, Dandee! in 2003, the band has since stepped up its production values. Lousy Robot’s winningly modest debut The Strange and True Story of Your Life. was followed by the more complex Smile Like You Are Somewhere Else. The latest release, Hail The Conquering Fool (produced by long time associate John Dufilho of The Deathray Davies and The Apples In Stereo), is by contrast a rabid pop behemoth.
Rocking the Cradle
An interview with Dani Filth
Man, I’m going to take a rash of shit for this one, I can just feel it. But it’s not every day that one gets the opportunity to have a phone chat with the most famous metal midget on the face of the Earth, so I grabbed it. What can I say?
Solo pianist plays well with others
You can hear Montana in the piano of Grammy-winner George Winston—the open space, the stillness, the wild scents on the wind. Though several decades removed from his Montana boyhood, Winston still clearly recalls the feel of each of the four seasons up in the north country, and those sense memories continue to animate his compositions and performances. They’ve long since been interwoven with a world of musical and geographical influences—from New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair to Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Gabby Pahinui, from jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi to The Doors.
Flyer on the Wall
Witness epic riffage at Launchpad on Friday, Jan. 28, when Sandia Man and Ghost Circles join forces and simultaneously release albums. Black Maria and Bellemah open the show, which starts at 9:30 p.m. Seven ducats admits those who are 21-and-over. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Ghost Circles’ Dave Jordan
Dave Jordan is a guitarist and vocalist for “nerdy, but heavy” local act Ghost Circles. On Friday the band is throwing a party at the Launchpad for “Ultimate Nullifier”—an EP released last month. The band plays alongside fellow purveyor of heavy music Sandia Man (which will be releasing a full-length album at the show as well). To get a feel for Ghost Circles’ constitution, we asked Jordan to set his music library to “random.” Below are the first five songs that surfaced.