In our latest podcast, the TIDAL wave of fail continues for Jay Z’s newborn streaming service. CEO firings and cold calls from Jack White? We dish the latest news on TIDAL, then dive into the messy realities of “poptimism” and what it means for you. PLUS!! The gang takes an Ivy Tripp with singer/songwriter Katie Crutchfield aka Waxahatchee, and Escape From Evil with one of Baltimore’s best, Lower Dens. It’s a jam/schadenfreude packed hour of deep feelings, hard truths and a bit of outlaw country on Episode 113 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!
In our year end podcast, the gang is joined by Dave and Mike from Mittenfields to cover some ground that we might have missed in 2013, offer advice to artists in the year to come, and discover what Kenobi the dog really thinks about Bill Callahan. Chance the Rapper, Minks and more on our special year end blowout. Grab a beer...lord knows we did.
10. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
When an artist known for idiosyncratic, personal work hits the big time, there is always some concern that success, and the expectations that come with it, will somehow spoil their work. Fortunately, fresh off of the critical success of The Magic Place, Julianna Barwick was able to avoid these pitfalls and leverage her newfound resources to create an intriguing new album. Working with collaborators for the first time and using more complex production techniques allowed her to expand her unique ambient soundscapes, making them more elaborate without losing the personal touches that have always made her work unique.
10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
Expanding on the jangly, lo-fi sound of UMO’s debut, the trio seem to find a harmony between noodly-jamming and bonafide pop songs, all while keeping that four-track sound.
Every job has its risks and, for travelling musicians, unexpected equipment failures are one of the most difficult to deal with. But, as in other walks of life, true professionals continue on, do their jobs, and put on kickass shows anyway. That brand of tried and true showmanship was on full display when the Don Giovanni Records Fall Tour rolled into the Black Cat on Wednesday as both Waxahatchee (broken amp, replaced earlier in the day at Atomic Music) and Screaming Females (mid-set equipment failure) had to deal with significant technical issues (Tenement appeared to be fine, though the lead guitarist did “mistake” a maraca for a guitar pick at one point).
After an energetic set from Tenement, Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) took the stage in front of an enthusiastic audience, eager to hear live interpretations of the tracks from her standout 2013 album, Cerulean Salt. Katie did not disappoint, leaning on Cerulean Salt with tracks like “Dixie Cups and Jars” and “Lips and Limbs” with callbacks to her 2012 debut American Weekend (Including the stellar album closer, “Noccalula”) and a fantastic cover of “Make Your Own Kind of Music.”
10. Deerhunter – Monomania
When not in various side projects, the members that make the Atlanta five-piece write under the prolific name Deerhunter. With that said, Bradford Cox and his group have recorded a true garage rock classic that would make T. Rex proud. Standouts like “T.H.M.” and “Monomania” show the band leaning back toward the gritty feel of Cryptograms as apposed to their dreamy previous piece, Halcyon Digest.
9. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
The London duo have produced quite the aggressive album for the 2013 summer. With everything from retro-gaming synths (Prince’s Prize) to chainsaw-house beats by way of Portishead (The Red Wing), Fuck Buttons have made another contribution to the electronic world after a stint of producing for the London Olympics.
8. Wild Nothing - Empty Estate EP
Jack Tatum has always referenced his love for 80’s dream pop but no album has come as close to that scene as Empty Estate. Tatum has stated that this EP finds him experimenting with new sounds (or at least new to him) and rightfully so. “A Dancing Shell” is the first time you’ll hear a sax in a Tatum-penned song.