It seems that the hardest working woman in indie-rock showbiz hasn't had the time to make music. From her days as punk-rock grrrl of Tsunami, to the atmospheric folk of Liquorice and the suave indie-pop soul of Grenadine, Jenny spent most of the s making tons of music. While she was doing all of that, she was also running Simple Machines, not to mention all of the day jobs, tours, volunteer work, music writing, political activating, and, most recently, her support and work with low-bandwith radio and her Future of Music organization, which is carrying her torch of DIY aesthetics set forth in her Mechanic's Guide to releasing and making your own music.
So if Ms. Toomey hasn't had the time to make a record, I'm sure you'll understand why That she's been gone doesn't mean that she's been forgotten, nor has she forgotten the reason she's here: music. Antidote is her "return to form," as well as her solo debut. First things first: don't be put off by Antidote's double-albumness. Charm City - Jenny Toomey - Antidote (CD) not so much a double album as you'd like to think.
Instead, it's a collection of recordings from two separate recording sessions in two separate citiesChicago and Nashville. An inspired decision; while both CD's could easily fit on to one CD, the sessions work so much better when heard separately. After buckling, threatening to bust up, plunging into rehab, breaking up a marriage and other "Behind the Music"-style dramas, the college-rock refugees of Sunday's Best pour their pain into melancholy, soft indie rock on their second album, The Californian.
Also on the bill, some major-label signage: polished alt rockers Moth, fronted by Carmen Electra's onetime grade-school squeeze Brad Stenz and augmented by former Rocket From the Crypt drummer Atom Willard, and A. San Francisco hard rockers and gearhead faves the Jack Saints keep the Rock 'n' Roll Holocaust cooking, accompanied by Motor City punk old-timers the Sillies, who recently released their first album, America's Most Wanton. Oh, the tales o' Johnny Thunders misbehavior they could tell.
Got to give these largely instrumental wits a hand, embellishing their latest split-CD previewing their "Finland-Oakland International Cooperation Tour" with an image of convicted killer Dan White and some other Twinkie shaking hands. Recent indie '80s crush-flick revival "Cherish" was as much a love letter to Noe Venable as it was to actor Robin Tunney.
But never mind the all-too-obvious moment of homegrown product placement -- the Bammie-nominated singer-songwriter's sweet, well-crafted songs are worth stalking, regardless of the hype. Enter jam band. Ace improvisers, Berklee dropouts and Phish friends the Slip slide together fusion jazz and ambient cool with tasteful aplomb and admirable restraint on their third album and Rykodisc debut, Angels Come on Time.
July Sweetwater, Throckmorton Ave. Chalk it up to drugs, jail, familial bickering, side projects, studio lollygagging and general erratic behavior -- but punk-savant twins Kim and Kelley Deal and company are ready to be taken back into the indie fold with their garage-rocky CD. July Tift Merritt. Yep, let your Emmylou Harris allusions fly -- singer-songwriter Tift Merritt is a sonic ringer for the Nashville skylark. Wielding a tremulous yet formidable soprano before her longtime band, formerly known as the Carbines, the Texas native carved out a niche in the Raleigh, N.
With Paula Frazier; Slim's11th St. July Robert Randolph and the Family Band. From the sound of sacred pedal-steel player Robert Randolph's latest disc, Live at the Wetlandsthis show will leave everyone feeling righteous. Some holy rollers may look in askance at his progression from chapels to rock venues, but New Jersey Charm City - Jenny Toomey - Antidote (CD) Randolph says he's doing it "basically for the instrument," accompanied by two cousins, bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph.
Like Aretha Franklin was doing it for the sake of human vocal chords. Nearly a decade Charm City - Jenny Toomey - Antidote (CD) madness -- and multiple members -- after its inception, the Brian Jonestown Massacre rises from the dead and springs into action, spreading around the Stones-y skronk, profanity-laced stage patter and aggro stage presence under the guidance of sole original member Anton Newcombe.
Are you eek-sperienced? Back in the day, pre-Eek-A-Mouse, everyone in the artist's native Kingston, Jamaica, was ready to roar like a lion rather than come on small and weird. The dancehall innovator otherwise known as Ripton Hilton nibbled out a path of his own as a raging rodent with a distinctive vocal style and, later, a meld of rock and reggae.
Gentlemen, start your llamas? The influential Bay Area elders of Peruvian music, Sukay, take a turn playing charangokenawankara and drums at this traditional Andean music performance. Is quasi-malevolent, heavy-duty art rock your poison? Tomahawk is there for ya. The intriguing product of two and a half weeks of "spilled drinks, shouting, barbecue and veiled threats," the band was crafted by Mike Patton of Faith No More and Mr.
Come back, Kelli Dayton, all is forgiven. OK, that might not be happening anytime soon for UK trip-hop hitmeisters the Sneaker Pimps, who benefited immeasurably Charm City - Jenny Toomey - Antidote (CD) her vocals on their debut album's "Spin Spin Sugar" and "6 Underground.
It's music for "knitting, banister sliding, cat petting This Jaguar will gladly scat, as well as rap, as she did fronting her first group, the Philly Blunts. Malian kamele n'gonior six-string harp, player, former apprentice bus driver and his country's "Brightest New Hope," Issa Bagayogo, or Techno Issa, made a splash in with Syaan amalgam of beats, samples and traditional folk music. Something funky this way comes -- from the fjords of Oslo, Norway.
Pushing the wa-wa pedal to the '60s proto-metal with plenty of keyboard psych effects in the glove compartment -- Cato Salsa Experience has New Musical Express drooling, ruling that the psychedelic, groove-infatuated foursome are truly "the most happening band in Norway. With the Cuts; Slim's11th St. Defying the fade-away fate of novelty acts ranging from the Chipmunks to Allan Sherman, They Might Be Giants started out as a particularly clever example of the jokey songsmiths, such as Dead Milkmen, and smart-ass avant psych cases, like Bongwater, that flourished on college radio in the '80s.
July The Fillmore, Charm City - Jenny Toomey - Antidote (CD), Geary Blvd. In honor of the Miles Davis' jazz-rock fusion album On the Cornerbass player Michael Henderson has gathered this group for an exclusive bow to this influential recording. Proving there's a throbbing, living heart beneath all the blips, bells and whistles, this Amer-indie electropop tour features Austin, Texas' American Analog Set and San Mateo's Her Space Holiday, playing separately, then together.
You'll just have to content yourself with the current EP, Updateswhich includes plenty of IDM-ish mesmerizing mixes as well as Her Space Holiday remixes and Styrofoam remixes, until fall's full-length comes out. Her Space Holiday, on the other hand, continue to crack audiences up with their magical misery tour of smart-alecky robotic stage patter, intriguing sonics and flash stage show.
Bottom of the Hill17th St. Word Traffic. Fall on Me. Clear Cut. Breezewood, PA. Needmore, PA. Useless Excuses. Track Listing - Disc 2. Charm City. The Smell of Him. When You Get Cold. Know from Me. Artful Dodger. Fool for You. Further Unclaimed. Patsy Cline Jenny Toomey. Spotify Amazon. Word Traffic Jenny Toomey. Fall on Me Jenny Toomey.
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