( marriage ) 2005
Musicians are normal people too, Hank. It just so happens that this Jona B. (pron: It's half of Jonathan. Most people say Jonah, like the biblical man-n-whale story guy.. but that's totally not it) Yacht music isn't "normal" by your outdated industry standard, but he is a musician. I mean, if you like your beats edgy and can take a jump from 61bpm to 500bpm in under 3 seconds - it's normal. Don't further confuse yourself, hot dog. Hot dog?
Jona makes delightfully click-and-drop electronic music in the vein of a red "wah" panda, and he's also in all the other bands you love - you likely just didn't know it (yet). Mega is his ultra-release from PDX-infinite Marriage Records - a combo package that you can invest in any of the three-way split including a DVD (sorry - don't own that, it's on the wishlist), the 10" and/or the pink/purple pleasure horserider compact disc.
Fifteen tracks to choose from, 2 of these being "field recordings" covering such varied topics as insects in DC ("DC November 2003") and a take on trucks with snazzy design ("Why Do Trucks? etc."). On the electroid tip, Yacht has a swift vase of amazing goodies - do hear "I Love A Computer (Anacortes Version)", it can be found here and on a Marriage comp. somewhere that is certainly not this place.
Included in the celebration is also a (version) of friend, roomate, clever pal indeed Thanksgiving's "Now It's All Over Like The Birds", that gets the Mega treatment anyone with proper etiquette should enjoy. Set your fancy alarm-radio-cd player to buzz "Roar (oops version)" every morning and you'll likely rise pre-caffeinated and bouncing like a soldier. A swift bass drum & springs of Squarepusher-ish sonic gristle should do the trick every time.
From time to thee time, his blazing site has nifty handcrafted items for sale - often in limited batches of one. Sleep is for the tired, Hank - you shut those eyes simply only a brief moment.. . then you've already lost.
Adrienne Young & Little Sadie
The Art of Virtue
( Addiebelle Music ) 2005
I gotta admit it: this disc sat 'round my crummy little piece of God's gray earth, partly because I got an "impression" from the rather ornate artwork of The Art of Virtue. The "look" (sorta late-period Ben Franklin) and "feel" of the CD seems to shout, "We ARE serious & traditional, dammit!"
Don't you believe it/me! Artwork aside, this is a SUPER-fine neo-trad bluegrass disc, with some judicious undertones of folk, country, and (subliminally) rock. I used "neo-trad" because we critics are expected to
Mark Keresman 07.27.05