Lydia Loveless

Episode 214: Lydia Loveless - Real

Episode 214: Lydia Loveless - Real

The internet has given us a lot of things, but probably its most valuable contribution to society (besides cat videos) has been access to loads and loads of stats. A recent study by Value Penguin (internet stat provider!) went ahead and ranked the quality of music cities around America. Noble goal. Dubious results. Because internet.

On Lydia Loveless's fourth album, Real, the Ohio-based singer/songwriter is growing in all kinds of new directions. Kevin and Paul get real about the songs, the critical acclaim for Loveless's work after Indestructible Machine, and the (possible) wrongheadedness of their own expectations. 

Baltimore is kinda killing it this year...again. And Wing Dam is gonna kick you around the sun straight back to the fuzzed out heyday of Smashing Pumpkins, and...well...Smashing Pumpkins. The Corgainasance is real folks. Really real. 

The List for August 19, 2016: Here Comes the Flood

The List for August 19, 2016: Here Comes the Flood

As you may or may not know, it's been a really hard week for the greater South Louisiana family. Yet another historic storm with record-shattering rainfall -- this time in and around my stomping grounds of Baton Rouge, LA -- ravaged and nearly drowned our fair capital city in floodwaters this week. There's not a single family unaffected in some way. Most are safe, but the scope of damage and displacement is historic and near-unfathomable. Louisiana still needs all the help they can get. (Please consider chipping in even a few tax-deductible bucks toward a great organization and a cause very near to my heart.) 

"Longer" - Lydia Loveless

"Longer" - Lydia Loveless

Sounds like:

A more-country-than-rock-tinged eulogy for a friend

Why you should care:

The leading single for alt-country artist Lydia Loveless’s latest album, “Real”, (set to release on August 19 via Bloodshot Records), revolves around a real loss in the musician’s life. According to a For the Country Record interview, the death of close friend (and guitarist for The Girls) Joey Blackheart, spurred her to pen this song.

Episode 46: Lydia Loveless / The War On Drugs

Episode 46: Lydia Loveless / The War On Drugs

In this episode Kevin, Andre and Adam parse the pro's and cons of Neil Young's new PONO music service to figure out if it's a winner or if only the most righteous of music nerds need apply. PLUS! The gang takes on a new release from cow punk siren Lydia Loveless , then go on a vision quest with The War On Drugs latest, Lost In The Dream.

LIVE: Lydia Loveless @ The Black Cat - 6/19/12

LIVE: Lydia Loveless @ The Black Cat - 6/19/12

Late in 2011, Columbus, Ohio native Lydia Loveless released her second album, Indestructible Machine. Recorded in two days, with only one take on the vocals, it was a raw, heartfelt firecracker of a record that couldn’t be ignored.  Carried by the impossible strength of Loveless' voice, and the almost shocking maturity of her songwriting (at the time she recorded Machine, Loveless was 20 years old) the record quickly shot to the top of many critics year end best of lists – ours included – with Chicago music critic Greg Kot giving the record 3.5 out of 4 stars, calling Loveless “a major new voice blowing into the country-punk dives and honky-tonks.” High praise indeed, but well deserved.

After a year of criss-crossing the country riding the crest of that wave, Loveless’ travels finally brought her to DC last Tuesday. Standing at barely five feet tall, she took the stage to an already packed Back Room at The Black Cat (she was opening for blues-punker Scott H. Biram) and delivered a stripped down, gut wrenching performance that was anything but diminutive.  

Best of 2011: Kevin's picks

I've heard a metric f@#@-ton of music this year. More bands than I can even remember have gone in one earhole and out the other. I'm sure in the process of checking out absolutely everything I could get my hands on a few bands might have slipped through the cracks, and to them I can only hope to catch up with them again at a later date. These next 10 bands are the ones that didn't slip through the cracks though. They're the groups/individuals who managed to make their magnificent noise rise up above the rest, and in the process make 2011 a quite exceptional year for music.

#10 Caveman - Coco Beware

The simple act of discovery can color one's opinion of a band, and it certainly has in Caveman's case...for everyone that's ever heard them apparently. I "discovered" Caveman opening up for The War on Drugs at The Red Palace here in DC earlier this year, and from that instant I was hooked. This record is drenched in moody, dreamscape inspired Radiohead-esque harmonies and sounds, and yet plays like something only Caveman could create. I know, I know, that sounds circular, but when a band this early in their existence can so well define who and what they are as a band, borrowing liberally from everything around them and somehow managing to put forth those collective influences as something better is the sign of a great artist. They've already got the attention of the music-nerd set (including NPR) and in 2012 they're the band to keep an eye on, because with a debut this good, sooner or later everyone is going to catch on to Caveman's fire. (Yes, I just wrote that)

Best of 2011 Day 3: Paul's picks

Today our "Word Economist" steps up to the plate to let you know what he's been putting in his earholes over the course of the year. I'm not gonna lie, we've had e-fights over some of his picks that generally result in me telling him to GTFO my lawn, but at the end of the day, the man knows his shit and has gotten me to listen to more music that I probably wouldn't have otherwise than any contributor this year. Now if he could help me unhear half of it, we'd really be getting somewhere! (I kid, I kid).


#10 Buke and Gass – Riposte

It is just short of incredible how much sonic variety the two members of Buke and Gass (Aron Sanchez and Arone Dwyer) can coax from the plethora of instruments (including the experimental instruments from which the band takes its name) that they play on their debut LP.  But, while such experimentation could (and often does) descend into unlistenable navel gazing, Aron and Arone use their innovations (and Arone’s amazing voice) in the service of some truly excellent songs.

Best Tracks: Bundletuck, Medulla Oblongata


Thing You Should Watch: Lydia Loveless - Steve Earle

Our love for Lydia Loveless's album Indestructible Machine (hear it here) pretty much has no bounds, and we'll be talking a little bit more about it next week as we start rolling through some of the best music we've heard this year.

In the meantime, check out Lydia and the band performing one of the best tracks from that album, "Steve Earle", at this years Comfest in Columbus, Ohio. Which isn't DC. Which makes us here at ChunkyGlasses sad. Lydia, it's up to you to fix that, OK?