Hey! Hi. It's Monday and it's kinda gross outside. Good thing we've got an MP3 for you, right?
This week's track comes from local MC SoulDivide, formerly of Shindiggaz; it's from his release from earlier this month with DJ Thermos, Prenutbucker Jellytime. The track is "Sterner Stuff."
SoulDivide performs live next on March 11 at Shadow Lounge.
I was scrambling on deadline for an MP3 to post today because a couple of prospects fell through temporarily -- you might say I was in a ... rush. Then the always-reliable Big Hurry came through with a single I played on WYEP a few weeks back. It's a fun little joint that builts a lot of tension then releases it into a danceable fun frenzy. It's the title track from the band's new EP (issued a fwe weeks ago) and it's here and free: Download "Gets Me Low," by Big Hurry!
Editor's note: With this edition of MP3 Monday, we welcome our new music intern, Bethie Girmai. She'll be holding down the fort on Mondays and adding to the music section this semester. Hooray!
Happy manic Monday, Pittsburgh!
If you’re looking for something to transform your Monday from manic to magical, check out Pittsburgh native Joy Ike’s new single, “Time.” The artist offers fans a new brand of mini-EP with the single. Ike produced "Time" in three tenses. "Time-past" is an acoustic ballad that rings with longing and nostalgia, while "Time-present’s" piano composition is more soft and feminine. But for your listening pleasure, today we have an mp3 of "Time-future," the last installment in a series of musical chapters. If you’re interested in Ike’s music, download the rest of the EP at Bandcamp … or read some of our past reviews of her work.
Late word here in the music department is that Titus Andronicus, the well-thought-of rock/punk/indie band with singalong choruses and Civil War imagery galore, is playing this Sunday night (Feb. 13) in a show put on by the CMU Activities Board. I thought I'd let you know that. Because The Monitor was one of the more acclaimed albums of 2010, and because what the hell else are you doing on Sunday night? The Super Bowl happened last week.
The show starts at 8 p.m. and takes place at the Rangos Ballroom, which is in the University Center, which is that big long building to the left of the cut if you're looking from Forbes Ave. right in front of that sculpture with the people climbing the big pole. If you can't find it, ask somebody. They won't bite. Probably.
Howdy! Let's not talk about that thing that everyone is talking about today.
Instead, let's talk about this: a free track from local band Atlas. A couple weeks ago I reviewed Atlas's new EP (in brief form); it's a solid effort! It's an eclectic disc, and the track they've supplied for MP3 Monday is a dreamy one: At the Water's Edge.
They've got a few upcoming local shows, including one tomorrow (Tuesday) night at the Hot Topic at Pittsburgh Mills(!) and a Valentine's Day show at the Hard Rock Cafe. Check their site for more.
Enjoy, and thanks for playing!
Welcome to a new occasional feature on FFW>>. It's called Space Time and it involves us going to local musicians' practice spaces, talking to them a little about where they practice and why, and then having them play a song for us. Apologies for the low quality of the video; we're print journalists. We'll get better. However, the quality of the song is quite high -- good thing for me since I spent the last five hours listening to it non-stop while I edited this thing.
Our first band -- also the inaugural participants in our Gearhead feature in the paper -- is Nik & the Central Plains. They just finished tracking a new album, set for release in April, and this song will be on it; it's called "Shade of Blue." Check it out on CPTV!
It's been just over two years since I last spoke with the enigmatic ANTI- recording artist Jolie Holland. Late last week, we caught up a bit, chatting about her forthcoming cookbook, early gospel recordings, rogue cats and the upcoming Super Bowl.
So what have you been up to in the past two years?
I started writing a book ... I dunno, I probably moved a couple times. Just keep moving within Brooklyn.
What's the nature of the tour with Kyp Malone -- is it collaborative?
We're friends, and we've been talking about playing music together for a while and -- Oh, no! A kitty just snuck in the room! I'm staying with some friends who have cats, and everyone I'm on tour with is allergic to cats. This is a contraband cat. Yeah, Kyp got me to sing on a TV on the Radio song a while back, and it went on the European version of the album, so it's not something a lot of people would be familiar with.
What's the book you're writing about? Are you at liberty to talk?
I really love to cook, and I kind of have to cook, because I've had so many weird health problems over the past few years. I got poisoned by a car, and my liver was super-sensitive, so I was trying to eat in a way that wouldn't hurt me. And before that I was a vegan, so I've always had to cook a lot for myself. So this cookbook is based on the work of a couple of nutritionists I really admire -- really amazing nutritionists whose work really runs counter to what a lot of people consider to be healthy food. Like, when I first started working with this woman Freida Lee, she gave me a lecture about how I needed to drink more coffee. It's been really fun being on her program, because I love coffee.
So you're hyped-up all the time.
No, no. When you get your thyroid working properly it doesn't affect you that way anymore. It's weird.
What have you been listening to lately that you've been particularly affected by?
Over the past few years, I've been really crazy about the Georgia Sea Island Singers, and I'm extra crazy about them right now. I looked for them on Facebook because I was writing about them and thinking about them and I thought, "I wanna 'like' them, on my page" -- not even my band page, but my friend page. Then I found them, and they didn't even have a picture, and I was the 22nd person that liked them. Then one of their main singers is a lady -- she wrote books and stuff, she was really cool, her name is Bessie Jones -- she really passed on a lot of beautiful cultural notes about how she grew up, and Georgia Sea Island culture. I went to look for her and seventy-some people liked her. And there was a picture of her. So I "liked" her too.
So she was like the Diana Ross of the Georgia Sea Island Singers.
[laughs] Yeah, sort of.
So what about this group moves you?
It's super early gospel recordings from a culturally isolated place -- it's from an island. And almost the entire slave population was from Sierra Leone, because they were brought over to grow rice, so they were brought from a rice-growing region. So unlike a lot of other ex-slave communities -- and, like, Bessie Jones's dad was a slave, and born in Africa -- there's a lot more cultural cohesion than a lot of other communities. When you hear the music, it's mostly clapping, stomping and singing, and some of the songs, you're not used to hearing that kind of music with English words. It's really beautiful. Often you hear African-American music and it's so much more "American" than "African." This is so African. And it's so beautiful.
You're going to be here with Kyp, who's a native Pittsburgher, two days before the Super Bowl. Are you guys excited? Are you going to play a Steelers song? I've been working on a story about local bands writing Steelers fight songs --
That's so cute! [laughs] Maybe we will! My uncle played professionally, he might've played for Pittsburgh, I can't remember the story. But yeah -- Kyp keeps saying "I'm going to the Super Bowl!" just because his town is going to the Super Bowl. And there's tragic story of [tourmate] Grey Gurston -- he's from Chicago, and the Bears bombed so horribly.