Most people, when they do a special pre-order, toss in a t-shirt, colored vinyl, and a couple stickers and call it a day. Not former Parts and Labor man, Dan Friel. Pre-order his new album, Total Folklore, from Thrill Jockey, and you can win a music box of the track, “Thumper.” That’s a prototype of the music box version, embedded above. And that’s his cat in the video, too. Below, you can stream “Thumper,” in the more traditional manner, complete with the type of electronic squeaks and tweaks Friel once crafted for his noise-punk band. Instead, here, instead of a rousing anthem, there’s a pop song with a relatively clean keyboard lead.
- August 25, 2015
If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney. Read More