Posts Tagged The Julie Ruin
here’s the music in heavy rotation or that intrigued me or moved me in 2016. we need music and the arts now more than ever. music heals.
Bat for Lashes, The Bride [Parlophone]
— concept album. all the songs on this album= perfection. dark humor, dark melodies with gorgeous arrangements, provocative lyrics and lilting, rich vocals.
Warpaint, Heads Up [Rough Trade]
–the all-female Los Angeles indie band plays soothing, swirling, pretty, contemplative, dreamy, free-spirited music. Warpaint is Emily Kokal (guitar, vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals), Stella Mozgawa (drums, vocals) and Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals). The new album sounds a bit more pop, a bit more loud and loose without departing from the loveliness that makes up Warpaint’s current musical catalogue.
Daughter, Not to Disappear [4AD]
–haunting vocals, swirly moodiness and thoughtful lyrics
Tindersticks, The Waiting Room [City Slang]
–sexy, dark music. Singer Stuart Staples oozes romance with that brooding baritone and the varied instrumentation of violin, keyboards, percussion and guitar leads to gorgeous layered arrangements.
Band of Horses, Why Are You OK [Interscope]
–this band makes me feel slightly warm and fuzzy. also one of the best shows this year.
The Julie Ruin, Hit Reset [Hardly Art]
–edgy brilliance. The spectacular album bursts with a tangible emotiveness, unapologetic lyrics and a collective embrace for individual truth and identity.
Basia Bulat, Good Advice [Secret City]
–there’s an earthy loveliness in the Canadian folk singer-songwriter’s vocals. her captivating and honest lyrics get buoyed by layered melodies.
Suede, Night Thoughts [Warner Bros.]
–another one of my favorite British bands from the 90s still at it.
The Julie Ruin, Hit Reset [Hardly Art] out today July 8, 2016
Just received the new album Hit Reset yesterday so I’m in expository mode, enjoying and absorbing its edgy brilliance. The spectacular album bursts with a tangible emotiveness, unapologetic lyrics and a collective embrace for individual truth and identity. So far I adore it all. Stand-out songs include “I’m Done,” a peppy clap-back to negativity as well as “Mr. So and So,” a sarcastic take on the faux feminist guy. This one’s much more personal. Kathleen Hanna explained: “I was way more honest lyrically on this record because we’d been on the road together and I felt more confident taking risks in front of my bandmates. I’ve written about my personal bouts with illness, abuse, sexism and how hard it is for me to walk away from people even when they are toxic Tasmanian Devils before, but not in this way. Some songs were so close to me I had to stop singing in practice and while recording because I was crying. It’s rare to work with a group of people you feel okay doing that with.” This is the band’s first full-length since 2013’s Run Fast as well as the release of the phenomenal, potent biographical documentary The Punk Singer (which charts Kathleen Hanna’s career from Bikini Kill to The Julie Ruin).
North American TOUR:
July 14–Chicago–Thalia Hall
July 15–Detroit–Marble Bar
July 16–Lakewood, Ohio–Mahall’s
July 18–Toronto–Lee’s Place
July 19–Montreal–Theatre Fairmont
July 21–Cambridge, MA–The Sinclair
July 22–Portsmouth, NH–3s Art Space
July 23–New York–Panorama Fest
August 10–Richmond, VA–Broadberry
August 12–Carrboro, NC–Cat’s Cradle
August 13–Atlanta–The Wrecking Ball
August 14–Birmingham, AL–Saturn
August 16–Nashville–Mercy Lounge
August 17–Cincinnati–Woodward Theater
August 19–Washington, DC–Black Cat
August 20–Philadelphia–Union Transfer
September 18–Chicago–Riot Fest
October 8–Seattle–The Showbox
October 9–Portland, OR–Wonder Ballroom
October 11–San Francisco–The Fillmore
October 12–Santa Cruz—Rio Theatre
October 14–Los Angeles–The Roxy Theatre
October 15–Los Angeles–The Roxy Theatre
–unfortunately I can’t possibly hear every album released. I don’t hear about things. I don’t get access to many until the public does. publicists don’t send me as many albums in advance as I wish.
–here are the the albums this year that moved me, inspired me, made me think.
–they’re in alpha order
The Avett Brothers–The Magpie and the Dandelion [American]
Arctic Monkeys—AM [Domino]
Bleeding Rainbow–Yeah Right [Kanine]
Camera Obscura–Desire Lines [4AD]
Chvrches–Bones of What You Believe [Virgin]
Foals–Holy Fire [Warner Music]
Gliss–Langsom Dans [Modern Outsider]
Grace & Tony–November [Rock Ridge Music]
Haim–Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]
How to Destroy Angels–Welcome Oblivion [Columbia]
The Joy Formidable–Wolf’s Law [Atlantic]
The Julie Ruin– Run Fast EP [TJR]
Lorde–Pure Heroine [Lava/Republic]
Lovers–A Friend in the World [Badman Recording Co.]
Laura Marling–Once I Was an Eagle [Ribbon Music]
MGMT– MGMT [Columbia]
Mirror Travel–Mexico [Outsider Records]
My Gold Mask–Leave Me Midnight [Highwheel]
The National–Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]
Orbe Orbe–Invisible Kingdoms
Super Water Sympathy–Hydrogen Child [In Music We Trust]
Perhapst– Revise Your Maps [Jack Viking Music]
Throwing Muses–Purgatory/ Paradise
Frank Turner–Tape Deck Heart [Interscope]
Violeta Vil–Lapidas y Cocoteros [Young Cubs]
Waxahatchee–Cerulean Salt [Don Giovanni]
Chelsea Wolfe–Pain is Beauty [Sargent House]
[all selections by Amy Steele 12/1/2013]