Old Fellas New Music Episode 37

This is our 37th episode and the music is staying interesting for sure

show 37 link: https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/old-fellas-new-music-episode-37-dec-16/

  1. Jim White and Mary Margaret O’Hara – And the Angels Sing (Rising Singles Club)
  2. Panda Bear, Sonic Boom – Edge of the Edge
  3. CMAT – Every Bottle (Is My Boyfriend)
  4. Cole Pulice – City in a City
  5. The Beths – “Expert In A Dying Field
  6. Weyes Blood – Grapevine
  7. Porridge Radio –   Birthday Party
  8. Ethel Cain – American Teenager
  9. Phoebe Bridgers – So Much Wine https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/old-fellas-new-music-episode-37-dec-16/

This is our 37th episode and the music remains always interesting. This show is a little bit longer – the tracks were mainly 5 minutes of more.

As always, I am including the notes we used to put together the show. Bob’s first, then mine.

Bob’s Notes

Jim White and Mary Margaret O’Hara – “And the Angels Sing”

First up is a sort of Christmasy tune from Mary Margaret O’Hara and Jim White.  Jim is an Australian drummer, songwriter, and producer.  He has worked with Warren Ellis in the Dirty Three and collaborated frequently with Nick Cave.

O’Hara is from Toronto and of course, is the sister of comedy legend Catherine O’Hara. O’Hara made a huge splash in 1988 with her album “Miss America”.  This song is their contribution to the Rising Singles Club. Rising is an annual festival that takes place in Melbourne Australia. 

MARY MARGARET O’HARA & JIM WHITE / RENA ANAKWE

The song they tackle was first recorded in 1939 by Benny Goodman. here are both versions:

CMAT – “Every Bottle (Is My Boyfriend)”

Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson is  known professionally as CMAT, is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Dublin, Ireland. Her debut album, If My Wife New I’d Be Dead, was released in February 2022 and entered the Irish Album Charts at number one.  The Guardian wrote of her music; “Her songs are mournful yet accessible, emotionally literate and cleverly crafted, but, crucially, with a huge sense of humour…” She is a little reminiscent of Jann Arden.

Porridge Radio –“ Birthday Party”

Porridge Radio are a British indie rock band formed in Brighton in 2015. The The Guardian listed them among their top 40 new artists of 2018. Birthday Party is a track taken from the 2022 album, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky”.

The All Music Guide discusses : https://www.allmusic.com/album/waterslide-diving-board-ladder-to-the-sky-mw0003677449

here they are performing the song in Manchester. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EVReNd0NAM

The Beths – “Expert In A Dying Field”

This is the third or fourth time The Beths have made an appearance on the podcast.  The Beths are a New Zealand powerpop group. Formed in 2014, the band consists of Elizabeth Stokes (vocals, rhythm guitar), Jonathan Pearce (lead guitar, vocals), Benjamin Sinclair (bass, vocals), and Tristan Deck.  This is the title track from their 2022 release.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KACt6YhOyY

Both Rolling Stone Magazine and  Paste Magazine love them.   So do we….  https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/beths-expert-in-a-dying-field-1234584653/

https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/the-beths/expert-in-a-dying-field-album-review/

Phoebe Bridgers – “So Much Wine”

Phoebe  Bridgers is a Grammy nominated singer/ songwriter. Bridgers is also a member of the musical groups Boygenius (with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst)

Here, Bridgers tackles The Handsome Family 2001 Xmas song, “Too Much Wine”.  Bridger’s version is a one-off single to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

https://pitchfork.com/news/phoebe-bridgers-covers-the-handsome-family-so-much-wine-listen

Here’s the original 

Paul’s Notes –

based on some of the reading I did for the show

Weyes Blood – Grapevine

her real name is Natalie Mering from California. Big article in the most recent Exclaim! Magazine.

Her first album 2011. She also did an interesting cover of Your No Good (Linda Ronstadt)  for the movie Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack.

had to put this in here

some of the recent writing

Weyes Blood Reflects on Life’s “Sublime Violence”

Songwriter Natalie Mering talks her new album ‘And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow’ and why “California is a little bit like the canary in the coal mine”

By Kaelen Bell

Published Nov 17, 2022

Opening the door to Weyes Blood’s And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow, you’ll encounter the king and queen of loneliness, angels and dueling flames, an Emotional Cowboy looking to kick the moon’s ass. It’s a wonderland of sorts, a world awash in deep purples and reds so bright they blur white. 

Possessed of a grounded warmth that pulls the cosmic swirl of 2019’s Titanic Rising somewhere closer to a slowly burning Earth, Natalie Mering’s latest opus dresses modern terrors — climate disaster, digital disconnection, apathy and fear for a future that may not come — in great swathes of velvet, silk and bloodied chainmail.

Exclaim

Video for Grapevine

Panda Bear, Sonic Boom – Edge of the Edge

Album Reset 2022

I think this is Pitchfork – interesting article, the guys are neighbours in Portugal – didn’t see them though

Panda Bear and Sonic Boom Wring Joy Out of Terrible Times on Their Collaborative Album Reset

When the Zoom window opens, giving me a peek into Noah Lennox’s basement studio in Lisbon, Portugal, the psych-pop pathfinder best known as Animal Collective’s (Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland. Its members consist of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Geologist (Brian Weitz), and Deakin (Josh Dibb). The band’s work is characterized by an eclectic exploration of styles, including psychedelia, freak folk, noise, and electronica,[5] with the use of elements such as loops, drones, sampling, vocal harmonies, and sound collage, alongside complex production techniques.[6] AllMusic‘s Fred Thomas suggests that the group “defined the face of independent experimental rock during the 2000s and 2010s.”[7])Panda Bear and journeyman producer Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) sit in semi-darkness, a single mic stand casting a stark shadow on the wall behind them.

 Shot through with Beach Boys harmonies, sleigh bells, and toy-like synths, it’s infused with a naive, almost childlike spirit. “It’s one of those records that’s for children of all ages,” Kember says.

The two men clearly share a strong bond: After multiple work trips to Lennox’s adopted home of Lisbon, Kember—a lifelong resident of the English market town of Rugby—moved to Sintra, on the outskirts of the Portuguese capital, in 2018.

When you actually pay attention to the lyrics, they’re singing about the fact that they can’t get tea and they can’t get rice, and the police and the gangsters are indiscernable, but they do it in this really awesome way. I think we were trying to—”

Lennox interrupts him: “Make lemonade out of lemons.”

Video Go On from the album

Cole Pulice – Scry

Cole Pulice is a composer, saxophonist and electroacoustic musician from Oakland-via-Minneapolis. Following their debut album “Gloam” and two duo collaborations with Lynn Avery and Nat Harvie, Cole Pulice returns with their sophomore album “Scry”. 

It’s a record that, for me, resonates strongly with this sort of “between-ness:” it began in Minneapolis, and was finished in Oakland, bridging pre-pandemic life with the “new normal” of current times; being genderqueer and navigating the spaces between and outside of the masculine and feminine binary; wandering through a musical interchange station that is interconnects improvisation, “song,” and collage experiments . . . multidimensional yet woven together by similar aesthetic threads.

“To scry” defines the practice of foretelling the future through gazing into a crystal ball or other reflective surfaces.

Bandcamp

Ethel Cain – American Teenager

From what I could find, here earliest published material came out in 2019

From a Pitchfork interview – I am not sure how much I have learned about this musician, but I think we will hear more from her in the future…..singer, songwriter, and producer Hayden Anhedönia discusses her witchy alter ego Ethel Cain, her stifling Baptist upbringing, and her desire to soothe listeners even as she unsettles them.

Though Anhedönia was raised in a tight-knit Southern Baptist community—her dad was a deacon, and she and her mom sang in the choir—at this point, the 23-year-old’s relationship with religion is complicated. She left the church at 16, a few years after she was first ostracized for being gay, and a few years before she would come out as a transgender woman and start making harrowing music under the name Ethel Cain. She insists that her choice to live in a former place of worship—and to sometimes explore the nightmarish side of Christianity in her work—was made not out of spite but rather in the spirit of… 

Here is American Teenager – great song

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