Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Album Review: Syna So Pro, "Make Two People Happy"



St. Louis local Syna So Pro, a.k.a. Syrhea Conaway, is a self proclaimed "one woman musical enigma." She lives up to the title by making experimental symphonic pop by looping vocals, synths, guitar, bass, violin, and beats into a soaring, ethereal landscape. Her newest album Make Two People Happy works best when played VERY LOUD and in it's entirety, but here are a few highlights for radio play. Check out a bouncy little number, "Santhem", and a nice rocker with swirling vocal, "If You Really Want It". Finally, "All The Time" is a bit of a firework show to cap off the album with all her best tricks.

Check her out at the Firebird on June 4 or the RFT Music Showcase June 5.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Feel Good Hit of the Summer

Officially my summer jam:

Ty Segall - "My Sunshine"
(off of My Sunshine 7" on Trouble in Mind + his new LP Melted on Goner Records)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Album Review: Theodore's "Hold You Like A Lover"


Theodore is certainly neither traditional country music nor the twang country-rock that often goes by alt-country. Theodore brings an ethereal honesty to their songs that make them stand on their own.

Their new album Hold You Like A Lover is cohesive in it's intimacy. Opener "I Won't be a Stranger" is the kind of song that builds into a perfect crescendo with lyrics that hit you in the heart. The middle of the album stretches out augmented by trumpet, tuba, banjo, harmonica, and more. "Half Pint" uses all these in a beautifully dynamic song that soars between screaming highs and intimate lows. "Send My Love" finishes off the album with a soft love song and leaves the listener with the reverberations of the slide lead still in his head.

Check out the band for free this Saturday, May 22, at the Old Post Office Plaza in downtown St. Louis.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Steady Bloggin'

THE PRETTY THINGS - PARACHUTE (1970)
What do you get when you combine the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, and Pink Floyd? Why, the Pretty Things! Okay! According to wikipedia (you know, the Truth), this British Invasion band "made it" in the UK, but sadly never in the Land of the Double-Down. Until now!


The medley at the beginning: ("Good Mr. Square" at 1.49 is the shit.)

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Some 'Best Of' Nonsense

EDAN - BEAUTY AND THE BEAT (2005)

I guess I'm a few months late to the best-of-the-decade superlative party, but fuck it. In the aughts hip-hop got soggy as shit - the music hit the mainstream like never before, and it definitely suffered because of it. However that's not to say there wasn't a lot of great output in the last decade, and we saw great albums from the likes of Binary Star, Ghostface, Mr. Lif, and particularly groups outta California like Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, People Under the Stairs, and the whole Stones Throw stable of artists. But then we also saw the rise of Edan, a triple-threat MC/DJ/producer from Boston. I don't know if his second album Beauty and the Beat is the "best" album from the last ten years, but I certainly think it's the "coolest." Edan is a very good MC, and he scratches well too, but the production on this album is just insane. Boiled down to a few words, this is "psychedelic hip-hop," which I of course mean in the best way possible. This is innovative stuff: he successfully meshes hip-hop with something reminiscent of a Krautrock sound and maybe like early Funkadelic's trippy rock. Running only 34 minutes, it flows together beautifully. If there's any justice, this'll go down as a classic.

A taste:

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

KWUR gives away 3-day Pitchfork passes.


That's right folks. KWUR is going to be giving away a total of 12 3-day passes to the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival. We'll be giving away 3 3-day passes on each of the following shows:

Friday 12-1AM: Soundwich
Friday from 9-11AM: Bones Bugalu / Antwerp 1935
Sunday from 10-12PM: The Judgement Hour
Tuesday 10-12PM: Sprung from our Loins

All you have to do is listen in and when you hear the song "North American Scum" by LCD Soundsystem be the 7th caller (314 935-5987 or 314 935-kwur) and you'll win! So remember to tune in.

If you want to be kept up to date on when KWUR gives out more free stuff, make sure you check out this page.

Album Review: Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine, "Weathered Hands, Weary Eyes"


Local darlings Cassie Morgan and Beth Bombara spread their wings with this warm, airy full-length. Sweet vocal harmonies are enveloped by simple strums and a menagerie of bells, toy pianos, glocks, and whistling. Voted best singer-songwriter by the RFT in 2009, Cassie plays pure and simple folk songs in a way that makes you smile while it breaks your heart.

The album also features beautiful cover design by KWUR dj Joanie Walbert!

Play: 4++ upbeat, 1++ slow and sweet, 6+ bluesy and sexy, 9+ slow, thunderous, 2++ nice and pretty, 7+

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