Thursday, May 13, 2010
Review: Tender Forever's No Snare
Tender Forever- "Only the Sounds You Made" (YouTube stream)
No Snare, the forthcoming album by Tender Forever, resembles a misguided collection of Joy Division covers intended for children. In other words, it's wonderful. Naive pop darkened by ominous shadows, the June 8 release is perfectly suited for the K Records aesthetic. It's French native Melanie Valera's third effort for the label. Her broken lo-fi bedroom pop is both intimate and anthemic. An eight-component song stem of "Only the Sounds You Made" and details about a remix contest are available here.
Performance art ensemble Quixotic have gone pop. "To Live Free" is available as a free download until May 16.
I adore the new video for Emma Pollack's "Red Orange Green."
Ten days after the fact, I learned that Canadian jazz artist Rob McConnell died May 1.
I don't understand why all the cool kids aren't losing their minds over supergroup Gayngs. It's an amazing project.
Hipsters definitely have no use for the Deftones. Here's my favorite song from the impressive new album Diamond Eyes.
Marc Myers' study of the savvy widows of jazz legends is fascinating.
Kansas City Click: As I Lay Dying headline Thursday's headbanging show at the Beaumont.
Steven Jarvi conducts the Kansas City Symphony in a performance of Mozart, Mahler, Strauss and Schubert on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A new installment of Mark Lowrey vs Hip Hop takes place Saturday at the Record Bar. It will look and sound like this.
I won't pay your cover charge, but There Stands the Glass readers are welcome to attend my birthday party Sunday at Knuckleheads. Carrie Rodriguez, Jim Lauderdale and Tim Easton are providing the entertainment.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)