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Friday, July 4, 2014

Album Review: Federation of Horsepower's Hermanos de Sangre

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

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Hermanos de Sangre
EP
(self-released)


It’s strange to think of a bunch of Midwestern white guys putting together this EP. It bookends three high-octane, full-throttle rock-and-roll numbers between an instrumental cumbia (“De Estas Mano...”) and a cover of the traditional Mexican song “Volver Volver.”

Somehow, it all works. The instrumental bridge in “The Tijuana Upholstery Job” sings like a mariachi band, and the swing of “Fried Chicken for Breakfast” sounds like something ZZ Top would broadcast from a border radio station. The inclusion of “The Queen of Rosedale,” which was on Federation’s debut album a full seven years ago, seems a little crazy, though. Why rerecord something old when you’re putting out so few songs, right? But the interplay between the soaring soul of Monique Danielle and frontman Gregg Todt — in addition to some royally beefed-up guitars — makes this track Hermanos de Sangre’s centerpiece. 

Listen to Hermanos de Sangre here

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Album Review: Red Kate and the Bad Ideas' self-titled 7-inch split

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM

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Red Kate/The Bad Ideas
Self-titled 7-inch split
(Mills Record Co.)


Red Kate and the Bad Ideas’ new split single marks the first release by local store Mills Record Co. Each side features two tracks from both groups, each song a brief starburst of joyful fury.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Album Review: Gee Watts' 199x

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

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199x

(Distant Dreams Music)


Thanks to a serendipitous collaboration with Kendrick Lamar last year on his debut mixtape, Watts Up, Gee Watts is one of Kansas City’s most buzzed-about rappers. And when his debut, 199x (say: nineteen ninety never), was at last released, in April, it stirred up a flurry of approval from underground hip-hop blogs and local listeners.

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Album Review: All Blood's The Kids Have No Taste

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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The Kids Have No Taste
(self-released)

Calculated in its use of lo-fi recording techniques, the first release from the full-band All Blood expands on the work that Jonathan Brokaw has been recording as a solo project for the past few years. The quartet mines a sonic territory familiar to fans of Goner or Slovenly Recordings — angular, but with a jangly shimmy that allows for dancing even as it encourages you to wreck the room.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Album Review: Brooke Tuley's First Midnight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

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First Midnight

(self-released)

When garage-rock trio the Bloodbirds dissolved last year, following the relocation of bassist Anna St. Louis, local music fans mourned the loss of one of their community’s most enigmatic groups. But in April, drummer Brooke Tuley announced the release of First Midnight, a small batch of songs she had recorded with her husband, Bloodbirds guitarist Mike Tuley, and now it seems that the best-loved parts of the band live on.

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Album Review: Burial Teens' Fascist Chrome

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

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Fascist Chrome
(self-released)

If you had to name a band that typifies the underbelly of Kansas City rock-centric music today, you may as well say it’s Burial Teens. Unapologetic and intentionally contrary, the band — guitarist and lead singer Nathan Loud, drummer Dan Ohm, bassist Carrie Thomas — began under this name just a few months ago and was obviously fated to implode. And so it has: Scarcely three months since the release of Burial Teens’ debut, Fascist Chrome, the group has split.

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