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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Albums in the Stream: St. Even, Log Across the Washer, Towering Trees, Dan Lurie, Carcrashlander

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Set your browsers to stream. Here are a bunch of local albums you can listen to in full, mostly via Bandcamp:


St. Even's self-titled second album was released late last year in a uber-super-limited edition. I wrote about it then; Party Damage has just re-released it so that more people can hear it. It's a superb album from start to finish. You can listen to it in its entirety on Bandcamp, and it's also now available on Rdio and Spotify, so there's no excuse. Listen to "A Light Goes on in My Car" above, then check the whole album out. St. Even—the nom de record of Steve Hefter—will play a release show for the album this Sunday at Mississippi Studios, opening for Maria Taylor.

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Log Across the Washer—AKA the super prolific Tyler Keene, formerly of And And And—drops albums like breadcrumbs in the woods, and his latest, Moons is a scrapbook of low-key sketches with more than a few real avant-pop wonders tucked in there. "Daughterland" is one of those, a tarnished, water-damaged gem with a hooky chorus. "She's a Bear" is similarly indescribable. The entire album is mixed in mono, except for a few bonus covers of Sonic Youth and Bob Dylan at the end. Streaming on Bandcamp.
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Towering Trees' latest is a little more polished, a bright, sunny collection of sing-along, blue-ribbon rock. Hangover Hearts is the result of the band's successful Kickstarter campaign, and it's streaming on Bandcamp while vinyl versions are available at Green Noise Records. "Friday Night" is a grinning, FM radio rocker, suitable for pre-funking, cruising, hanging out, laying low, getting down, and whatever else you might be doing when Friday night rolls around.
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Dan Lurie's lovely new album Postcard Club just came out today on cassette and digital (embed it into your earholes through the magic of Bandcamp). It's an inventive collection of rainy-day pop and homebrewed rock, culled from a series of EPs that Lurie recorded at home on cassette, in long-distance collaboration with co-producer Daniel Dominic Mancini. We previewed "The Girl with the Upside Down Eyes" on the blog earlier; here's "Switch the Tags," a vitriolic takedown of the iron-clawed mattress industry* (*not true, I just made that up). Lurie plays a release show this Friday, January 10 at the Waypost.
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Faithful End Hits readers first listened to "All My Light Begins to Dissipate" from Carcrashlander's A Plan to Tell the Future all the way back in May, so don't let Impose tell you that their post was the "debut." (We also had the album's "Call in Sick" way back in January 2013.) Petty quibbles aside, the album is now receiving much-deserved physical issue (did I make that sound weird?). It's getting the vinyl treatment via local label Jealous Butcher, who are issuing 100 copies, and Curly Cassettes is pumping it on trusty ol' tape, which includes bonus tracks and interludes not available on the Bandcamp stream. Take a listen to the muted but radiant title track above, and check out Cory Gray & Co.'s release show for the album on Monday, January 13, at Valentine's.

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