It's still Monday, and we've still got music to get to!
On January 21, 2014, Portland/LA label Deer Lodge will release Deer Lodge George Jones, a double-album tribute to the late country legend. The tracks are by and large performed by Oregon musicians, and here's a first taste: Jones' "We're Gonna Hold On" as performed by Hook and Anchor, the bluegrassy side project of members of Blind Pilot. Hook and Anchor, along with many other contributors to the album, perform this Friday, December 20 at the Deer Lodge George Jones release show at the Landmark Saloon. Expect a very crowded stage.
Dan Lurie (formerly of the band Solyoni) has a new album, Postcard Club, coming out on cassette early next year; it's compiled from a series of EPs Lurie released over the past two years. Let's listen to the opening track, the dreamy, lightheaded "The Girl with the Upside Down Eyes," a bedroom-pop symphony that changes its shape through various movements, including a blistering double-guitar-solo conclusion. Lurie plays a cassette release show on January 10 at the Waypost.
New ones from EMA and Pure Bathing Culture after the jump!
Erika M. Anderson—formerly of Gowns and now better known as EMA—recently signed with indie powerhouse label Matador, who will release the second EMA album, The Future's Void in 2014. Here's a first listen to "Satellites," a vengeful and gripping track that sounds like thatches of intergalactic interference ornamenting a transmission of full-charge, industrial rock. Expect more news from the kitten-loving EMA in the new year.
Pure Bathing Culture closes out the year with a winning cover of Jessie Ware's "Wildest Moments," turning the British pop star's slow-banging anthem into a spacey, gauzy bit of sparkling synth pop—in other words, something entirely PBC's own. It's a delicate, nuanced reading of the karaoke favorite, finding vulnerability in the original's sometimes overbearing tone. Pure Bathing Culture perform at Mississippi Studios on Monday, February 17 with Marissa Nadler.