Archive for December, 2011

Album of the day: Mount Moriah – Mount Moriah

Posted on Saturday, December 24th, 2011

As we move towards the end of 2011, here’s a worthy record that we overlooked the first time around earlier this year. Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: In a 2006 interview with Pitchfork, the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle explained why he chose Bellafea as an opening act: “I took out good bands I liked! It’s really as simple as that. I really wanted people to see Bellafea especially. I think you don’t see a stage presence like Heather McEntire’s more than a few times in your life. She’s unbelievable.”

Five years later, Bellafea’s fate is unknown– it’s unclear whether they’re on indefinite hiatus or broken up permanently– but McEntire‘s charisma comes through strong and clear in her new act, Mount Moriah, which she formed with guitarist Jenks Miller of Horseback. While Bellafea derived its sound from spartan postpunk experimentalism, Mount Moriah explores more traditional folk, country, and gospel sounds.

Those are, of course, the hallmarks of the bustling North Carolina scene– one of the most interesting and active in the country right now– but this new sound is a perfect setting for McEntire, whose voice suggests the expressiveness of Dolly Parton, the forcefulness of Carole King, and the textured restraint of Emmylou Harris.

That voice is the ideal conduit for McEntire’s lyrics– or perhaps the lyrics are the ideal vehicle for her voice. She writes in a direct style that manages to incorporate interesting turns of phrase, knotty combinations of words, and evocative imagery. ‘Social Wedding Rings’ deftly dissects circle-of-friends politics, neither lambasting nor condoning those interrelationships but finding a finer balance between fond remembrance and bitter regret.

Even singing about hanging out in Colorado Springs and listening to Buffy Sainte-Marie, she’s makes the song specific to her own experience yet sympathetic enough to apply to any listener. On ‘Lament’, McEntire slyly subverts love-song conventions to write a declaration of love’s opposite: “A mouthful of bees couldn’t stop me from whisperin’, ‘I don’t love you,'” she sings with a steeliness in her phrasing, right before the handclaps come in. Her repulsion is just as intense and wild as the attraction and excitement of first love.

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Album of the day: Hateful Abandon – Move

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2011

As we move towards the end of 2011, here’s a worthy record that we overlooked the first time around earlier this year. Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Our daily lives are awash in seas of egoistic, materialistic, ideologic-less whisperings. We are slowly but surely destroying the earth. Religious fundamentalists are sharpening […]

Give Us Your Favorite Albums of 2011!

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Roadburn’s Album of the Day has become a tradition. Now that the year is drawing to a close, we here at Roadburn HQ want to invite our loyal readers, friends, associates and anyone who might have wandered in to help us compile a list of favorite records released in 2011. […]

Album of the day: Roadburn HQ Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Many excellent records came out in 2011. We don’t pretend to be arbiters of taste, we just think it’s fun to share which albums rocked our worlds, soothed our souls, lifted our spirits or otherwise burrowed into our systems this year. Of course, in addition to occupying our turntables, many […]

Album of the day: The Men – Leave Home

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As we move towards the end of 2011, here’s a worthy record that we overlooked the first time around earlier this year. Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Nothing is sacred to the Men. For one, this Brooklyn quartet’s name is pretty much identical to that of fellow New Yorker JD Samson’s […]

Roadburn Festival 2012: The Artwork of Costin Chioreanu

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

We have invited Romanian visual artist Costin Chioreanu to be the official artist for Roadburn 2012. Chioreanu will set the visual tone for the festival together with Voivod’s Michel Langevin and a new, as of yet unnamed, Dutch artist. NY-based music scribe and fellow countryman Stefan Raduta from Transylvanian Hungerrr […]

Album of the day: Samsara Blues Experiment – Revelation And Mystery

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When I reviewed Samsara Blues Experiment’s previous album, Long Distance Trip in 2010 I wasn’t fully convinced I have to admit. I could sense that here was a band with genuine talent but had yet to fully harness their skills. It was a decent […]

Album of the day: Uzala – Uzala

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: Nothing beats a solid doom metal album. Remember that time you listened to Born Too Late? Of course you do; the classics are untouchable, but one needs to remember just how ambitious bands like St. Vitus, Pentagram, Trouble, and Black Sabbath were (fuck it, are). […]

Album of the day: Iceage – New Brigade

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011

As we move towards the end of 2011, here’s a worthy record that we overlooked the first time around earlier this year.  Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Here’s what we know about Iceage: They are four friends, ages 18 and 19, from Denmark. Their debut LP, New Brigade, has actually been […]

The Day After The Sabbath: Vol.57 – Speedball Morning Posted On line

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011

The Day After The Sabbath is a blog specialising in regular compilations of obscure heavy 60s and 70s rock. It’s Rich’ aim to reveal the secret world of bands that were inspired by the early psychedelic, doom and hard rock greats but were too short-lived, un-commercial or just plain unlucky […]