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.
- October 8, 2014
That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?" Read More