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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

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July 2012
Ludwig Persik

If you've been wondering what beat boxing soul machine Jamie Lidell has been up to, it turns out he's been teaming up with psychedelic, acid rock revivalist Ludwig Persik. Ludwig's self-titled debut EP trips through Iggy Pop and Lou Reed's New York, filled with the secret, late-night adventures you've always imagined happening across the Bowery in the '70s. And Ludwig should know, having grown up on the LES himself, this legacy permeates his slight frame. It's spirit is channeled through all five of these tunes.

From the welcome open of the Beatlesque 'Forward Motion,' to the Bowie-indebted 'On The Town,' there's a kind of staggering drunkenness to Ludwig's adventures through his city. Like he's already seen a lot of life, but can't quit now and let sleep get in the way of more story-making.

He may be rambling along throughout these jams, but 'Hallway Light' is arguably the album's most immediate destination. Looped in with a creepy, digitally distorted video, one wonders if Ludwig might be a half-cyborg invention beneath all the angst and alienation.

It’s a fascinating debut dealing with old styles, struggling to come to terms with new relationships, and trying to make sense of unfamiliar surroundings. The further along he goes, the more he leaves that past behind. As Ludwig explains in raucous album closer ‘Son,’ “I don’t want to come home… I’ll die if I have to.” - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

NYC Record of the Month: Cuddle Magic - "Info Nympho"

Cuddle Magic, a 10 piece avant-pop orchestra split between Philly and Brooklyn, is about to celebrate the release of their third album "Info Nympho", which is available for streaming here. The band offers an array of soothing instruments (including glockenspiels, toy piano, and various strings and winds) along with the more standard guitar, bass, and drums. At once playful and haunting, the record thrives on the dual male and female vocals spinning intricate counter-melodies. The rhythm section provides a steady but never banal backdrop, while the less conventional instruments are allowed to take the forefront and guide the listener through truly stellar compositions. The variety of sounds, textures, and arrangement ideas, and the quality of the material showcase a band in its full maturity, mastering an impressive musical vocabulary, ranging from classical counterpoint to math rock influences, without disdaining occasional jazz chords and electronic elements. From opener "Disgrace Note"'s semi-robotic mallets in six fourths, to "Jason" (streaming below) and "Hadwrit", with their beautiful melody and organic arrangements featuring almost any instrument you can imagine, this is a record that manages to be original, moving and memorable - what else can you ask? Catch Cuddle Magic in Bushwick on July 13th, at a new venue named Muchmore. - Bob Raymonda


Weekly Feature: Clouder - live at The Grand Victory on 07.14

Eric Gilstrap (vocals), Steve Spinella (guitar), Matt Revie (guitar), Max Goransson (bass), and Jim Wood (drums) unite under the name Clouder. The band has been quite prolific, releasing their EP, "Serious Business," last September and full-length record, "Freakin’ Out the Squares" in February. The Brooklyn-based quintet rustles up the sounds, auras and cover art inspirations of music’s decades past, saturating the already-spacey musical atmosphere with even more psychedelic effects, and injecting them with elements of surf and garage rock. Live, they are a force to be reckoned with - see them at The Grand Victory on July 14. - Read Meijin Bruttomesso's interview with the band here.


Weekly Feature: The Ludlow Thieves - Live at Mercury on 07.12

It seems kind of random that an Iowa gospel guy, a classically trained musician and a Manhattan hippy got together in a band that actually makes sense. The Ludlow Thieves have been playing in NYC for less than a year with a sound that is hard to pin down: Alt-Folk? Classic rock with a rustic Americana feel to it? Whatever you call it, all that matters is that it sounds good - and fun. Dan, the lead guitarist and composer, brings a classical foundation, weaving in string elements and some of the harder hitting stuff. Danny, lead singer, carries the heart of the band’s sound in his voice. And Walker, the drummer, brings a tribalism to the band that you can hear in almost every song. See them at The Mercury Lounge on July 12. - Read Keith Putnam-Delaney' sinterview with the band here.


NYC Artists on the rise: House of Blondes play Spike Hill on July 08

Here come House of Blondes. A groove-based synth trio, the band owes a heavy debt to ambient purveyor Brian Eno. Singer John Blonde especially sounds like the innovator from 'Here Come the Warm Jets' in the slow build of 'Do It Yourself (Landscape).'

As I understand it, Eno's ambient music works equally well when played in the background of a room as it does when closely payed attention to. This is the spirit behind tracks like 'Come Running'and 'Supermoon' (streaming below). These are songs that exist in their own universe of synth-generated noise and persistent drum machines that take on a life of their own as they evolve and develop over the space of over 9 minutes in some cases ('Love 2 B Looped'). A band that doesn't fit in with conventional pop formats, the time it takes to discover their soaring soundscapes is well worth the wait. See the group play this Sunday at Spike Hill at 7:30 pm with Photoreal. - Mike Levine


Team Spirit plays 4Knots fest on July 14 with The Drums, Hospitality and Devin

The free all ages 4Knots music fest will kick off in high gear on Saturday July 14 from 1-8 pm downtown at the South Street Seaport. Browsing through the NYC based acts performing, we decided to focus on Brooklyn’s Team Spirit, since we covered all the other acts abundantly in the past (Devin, Hospitality, The Drums). This band's repertoire comprises boisterous and disorderly stompers that have the potential to inflame any rock'n'roll craving crowd. "Jesus, He's Alright!" (streaming below) merges 80's era Clash with the farfisa organ sound of Elvis Costello & The Attractions. The vocal phrasing and overall timbre, however lean more towards Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels of the mid 1960's. "Teenage Love" careens along at a similarly frantic pace, as a tale of initial love found inevitably derails and crashes. While "Fuck the Beach" (video here) weaves between the hard riffs and harsh lyrics of the verses to a bouncier surf-rock chorus. Headliners Archers Of Loaf, and Crocodiles round out an excellent day of free music in this (insane) NYC summer heat. - Dave Cromwell


Lightouts releases new free single, plays CBGB fest

NYC's Lightouts have released another free single titled “The Big Picture” (streaming below). The song veers in a poppier direction, although maintaining the band's familiar rock influences. Their website supplies fans with free downloads , all hosting a clear influence of 90’s alternative music with a modern twist. Along with their summery new single, the band also announced news that they would no longer be a duo. The lineup will in fact expand by adding a permanent drummer and bass player. Lightouts  performed at the CBGB Festival on July 5 at the Highline Ballroom. - Christine Cauthen


Sleepies announce release + play Dead Herring on 08.17

Rather than scratching their heads like every pop culture scholar over a question with no shortage of answers - i.e 'what the 'ell is punk anyway?'- Brooklyn's Sleepies made its past their playground, juggling anything from oi to pop-punk influences to craft fast and fun music. Godmode Records having recently released a preview of the band's next LP 'Weird Wild World', we can all get a taste of the album to come! First impressions? Arrogant. Deliciously arrogant. Judging by the tone of 'Seriously', teasing game of distortions served with attitude and the stability of a tantrum, 'WWW' should be one more treat for those who like their punk with a middle finger up. Welcomed with a party at Dead Herring on the 17th of August, the LP will be released a few days later on the 21st,.Before that, catch them by the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk on July 21st!



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