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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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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Lucky discuss the evolution of band, release new record at RecordBar on Friday

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM

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Before cranking up Swimming Invisible, the raw, loud, energetic first full-length album by local punk band the Lucky, make sure no children are around - or your mom and dad, for that matter. I inadvertently started rocking out to "Sex Dream," the band's ode to somnolent sensuality, while lounging on my parents' couch a couple of weeks ago. I snapped my laptop shut right as vocalist Camilla Camille was about to launch into the chorus: Pump it like a sex dream. Pump, pump!

I wanted to leave as quickly as possible so I could listen to the song again and turn it up louder. Such is the essence of the Lucky - fun, rowdy, occasionally subversive, and a little bit naughty. According to lead guitarist and vocalist Iason Mac Ai, who rounds out the lineup along with bassist Calandra Rene and drummer Dustin Mott, the Lucky's live shows are quite the spectacle as well.

"We're a lot more dynamic and entertaining now that we're a four-piece and Camille is running around singing and being a front person, because she's a natural in front of a crowd," Mac Ai said when he, Camille, and Rene sat down with The Pitch to discuss the album, set for release on May 23. "She was born to be on stage dancing and singing."

With long, dark hair and a lithe physique, Camille hits the stage like a live wire bouncing on asphalt. She may have been destined for the spotlight, but she and the Lucky's other members have had plenty of practice honing their craft. Mott has a degree in percussion from Missouri Western State University and is a member of the Waldo Jazz Collective, and Rene also plays bass for Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds. With more than 16 former bands between Camille and Rene alone, these veterans of the KC scene know what makes a group tick. One of the keys for the Lucky has been collaboration.

"There's no complaining, and everybody gets along and respects each other," Rene said. "That can be hard to find in any relationship in general - and especially in bands. That makes it really nice."

"We're all invested and contributing, and it's like a single unit," Mac Ai added. "It's a lot more fun now."

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brooke Tuley of the Bloodbirds has a new solo record, at FOKL tomorrow night

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 2:33 PM

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The hearts of local music lovers were crushed last year when it was announced in October that garage-rock trio the Bloodbirds would be taking a somewhat unofficial hiatus (the band's bassist, Anna St. Louis, was relocating to California) and performances would become less regular. Now, there seems to be a sliver of sunshine to add to the news: drummer Brooke Tuley has released a solo record, and it carries over all the lo-fi, reverb-soaked goodness that the Bloodbirds were known for.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gee Watts on his new record, '199x,' out today

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 7:31 AM

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Local rapper Gee Watts has an acute sense of the depths of Kansas City's broken neighborhoods and the possibilities for lives born within the turmoil. His first official album 199x (Nineteen Ninety Never), filled with literate observations and prescient ruminations about life on KC's streets, drops this week and follows closely in the wake of his 11 unofficial mixtapes.

If there's any justice in the world, Watts will soon be recognized for more than just the cosign and guest verse from Kendrick Lamar that recently lit up hip-hop blogs. The release of 199x aims to position him as a more introspective alternative to KC's Strange Music label, and as an heir apparent to the lineage of self-aware lyricists turning the experiences of their youth into social commentary.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Domino Records to rerelease Lawrence act Your Friend's debut, Jekyll/Hyde

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:52 AM

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Good things come to those who wait, perhaps, but sometimes they just come to those who make good things. It was announced this morning that Your Friend's (a.k.a. Taryn Miller) Jekyll/Hyde, the sweet EP that was one of our favorite local releases of 2013, will be rereleased and distributed by Domino Records in April. Miller will be in some pretty good company at Domino, which is the current home to such artists as Animal Collective, Junior Boys, Arctic Monkeys, Dirty Projectors, and many more.

Check out Domino's announcement here.

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