It’s been just over a decade since Woods released their first album, How to Survive In/In the Woods, and in that time the band has gone from home recorded tape releases to becoming one of the most preeminent bands in the admittedly niche psych folk genre today. The ever-prolific group released their ninth album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, earlier this year on their own label, Woodsist Records, and the album shakes up their sound a bit, adding horns and along with them, touches of jazz and funk, and forgoing the long instrumental jams for which the band has become known. Last week, the band brought this new album to DC at the Rock and Roll Hotel.
This week on the podcast we’ve got new faces, man tears, invaders from Canada and two groovy cats from across the pond. First up, it’s already July 71st and we STILL don’t have a new Frank Ocean album. In age of surprise album drops, does the “tease then delay” release strategy really work? More to the point, is a world without Boys Don’t Cry any kind of world at all?
Next up - Beloved by many, and confusing to some, Mac DeMarco is continuing his chill ride to the top of the world with a new “mini-LP” entitled Another One. Is life in DeMarco’s world one big brah-cation, or is there something more to this joker. On the other side of this coin lies the groovy cats of Ultimate Painting. With their second album Green Lanes, Jack Cooper (Mazes) & James Hoare (Veronica Falls) double down on the relaxed vibes they delivered on their 2014 debut to make a strong case for the art of leisure.
And last but not least - Johnny Krueger, formerly of Austin’s Hundred Visions has birthed an eleven minute opus of riffage, rage and volume. We share a track from his Explicit Power to finish of the podcast with a kerrrrrrang. All of this, plus Eduardo joins the gang too on Episode 131 of ChunkyGlasses: THE PODCAST!
Sounds Like: The Velvet Underground after they hit the Pavement, a late 60's cool that never, ever goes out of style
Why You Should Care: A dirty secret of almost everyone/anyone who is played in a band is that sometimes the most fun to jam out on the music that you were raised on, and on their debut record Ultimate Painting’s James Hoare (of Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (of Mazes) deliver on that basic tenet in spades. “Ten Street”, the second single from the upcoming record, is positively steeped in Velvety goodness, delivering a driving, psychedelic, guitar-hook heavy jaunt that all comes crashing down to the beat of a drum and one lonely piano in the end like some groovy bad trip. Does it sound familiar? Hell yea. Can you get it out of your head? Not a chance.