Ruben’s Prime Slices of the Week (2/11-2/17)

OughtRoom Inside The World (post punk, art rock)

Ought’s latest album manages to be thrilling and repetitious at the same time. Room Inside The World incorporates more synths than Ought’s previous work without taking focus away from the unique guitar lines and idiosyncratic vocals.

Favorite Tracks: Disgraced In America, Take Everything, These 3 Things

Chemtrails – Calf of The Sacred Cow (Garage Rock, Pop)

If trash pop was an official genre, Chemtrails could be the textbook example. Calf of The Sacred Cow brings to mind the late great Jay Reatard but with a 21st century chip tune spin. As the band name might suggest, there’s a certain playfulness to the whines and snarls found in Chemtrails music. It is a thoroughly fun album without being annoyingly so.

Favorite Tracks: Killer or a Punchline, Watch Evil Grow, Milked

Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week

Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus // psychedelic rock, musical novel

This album is really intense and wonderfully unique conceptually. The entire thing tells a story in which Ezra is “in love with an angel, and a government is after [them], and [they] have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harboring angels”. The angels are “Transangelic” because “they have an operation, and they’re transformed [into angels]… and it causes panic”. Pretty intense stuff. The music really reflects the urgency of this story with its mixture of strings, synths, and distorted guitars. Ezra’s voice is haunting and seeping with emotion and just perfect for the role. You’ll be on the edge of your seat with every track.
Favorite Tracks: God Lifts Up The Lowly, Compulsive Liar, Psalm 151
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Citizen Kay – Belly of the Beast // soul, jazz, hip hop
Australian rapper, Citizen Kay, says he has really tried to push himself lyrically in “Belly of the Beast”, and I would 100% agree. I picked up a lot of funk/jazz in his basslines and chord progressions, and I could hear some Thundercat influences in some of the general instrumentation, specifically in “These Kicks” (track 3). The album as a whole is really fearless in execution and there is such a clear and thought out  flow from one track to the next.
Favorite Tracks: Early, These Kicks (feat. Georgia B.), For Me, Whatchu Got
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Lucy Dacus – Addictions [Single] / Night Shift [Single] // indie alt
I just love Lucy Dacus’ voice and general vibe. When she performs, its a story – like she’s sitting down with her best friend, sharing her most personal ideas, regrets, insecurities,etc.. Lucy’s words are deep and rich, both lyrically and vocally.The first line of “Night Shift” is genius, but then again the whole song is written so well; somehow balancing in the space between stream of consciousness and beautifully hand crafted poetry. I really recommend going in on her past repertoire. She really is a genuinely good artist that writes such genuine music it hurts my heart. Just go listen.
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Upcoming on birnCORE: Robert Stevenson of A Silent Film and I Am Strikes

Tune in to birnCORE on Saturday, February 24 for an amazing live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Robert Stevenson of A Silent Film and I Am Strikes .

For 12 years, Robert Stevenson was the front man, producer, and primary songwriter of British rock band A Silent Film. Stevenson will play the band’s hits and other fan favorites in stripped-down, acoustic arrangements. Continue reading “Upcoming on birnCORE: Robert Stevenson of A Silent Film and I Am Strikes”

Ruben’s Prime Slices of the Week

PalmRock Island (Math Rock, Indie Rock)

Math rock for people who hate math rock. Palm uses repetition and a cutting pop melodic sense to paint emotional pictures within the tropes of a genre that is too often devoid of feeling. Rock Island is one of the freshest sounding rock records of the past few years.

Favorite Tracks: Composite, (Didn’t What You Want) Happen, Dog Milk, Pearly

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Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week 02/5-02/11

Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love “Pirates” [Single] // alternative dance

Right from the start, “Pirates” slaps you in the face with heavy synths, and a bass line you won’t be able to get out of your head. This single just makes you want to move your shoulders and learn the lyrics. Sabina Sciubba’s percussive vocals bring you into her story, and when she switches into her higher register, you’re instantly hooked to their sound. Fun fact: none of the members are actually from Brazil!

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Interview: Erin Birgy of Mega Bog

Erin playing with Mega Bog at The Sinclair (Jan 24 2018)

I got a chance to sit down with Erin Birgy, the mastermind behind avant-garde pop band Mega Bog, before their show at the Sinclair with Destroyer. Here are some of her thoughts on music, Star Trek and pierogies:

Ruben: Is there a motif or concept that tends to drive your music?

Erin: Suffering (laughs). I think there’s a lot to be said. Actually one of my favorite writers passed away yesterday, Ursula Le Guin. In one of her books she talks about how the whole purpose of human, or what it is to be human, is to share and absorb other people’s suffering and make it less of a burden on one person. To like actually take that pain into yourself so you will feel bad but you will be helping somebody else feel less bad. I think that’s a lot of what it’s about and lot of where writing and songs come from. Continue reading “Interview: Erin Birgy of Mega Bog”

Upcoming on birnCORE: Viniloversus, Blue Hyenas & Javi Limón Jr.

Tune in to birnCORE on Friday, February 16 for an amazing live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring three great bands!

Viniloversus is a Latin Grammy–winning rock band based in Miami, Florida. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, the band recently released its first English album, Days of Exile, a follow-up to its first three albums, all critically acclaimed. The album is available on vinyl as well as all digital platforms. Continue reading “Upcoming on birnCORE: Viniloversus, Blue Hyenas & Javi Limón Jr.”