Concert Review: Daniel Johnston – Nov. 22, 2008

Daniel Johnston Nov. 22, 2008 Good Folk Fest – Louisville, KY What can you write after you’ve seen a legend? You wouldn’t know very much about Daniel Johnston — underground icon, father of the lo-fi singer-songwriter movement, and outsider artist — by the way he shuffled onto the small stage recently at Louisville’s Mellwood Arts…

Review: National Beekeepers Society – Pawn Shop Etiquette

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Nov. 24, 2008 The record’s title track begins with muted guitar notes, the humming of an organ and the soft, occasional strum of an acoustic guitar. The resulting mood, accumulated near the end of 13 songs and 34 energetic minutes, is one of exhaustion, if not a kind of…

Review: These United States – Crimes

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Nov. 17, 2008 Here’s a short lesson, for the sake of an introduction. The United States, as evidenced by the recent presidential election, has turned blue. These United States, as evidenced by Crimes, its sophomore outing on United Interests, has turned bluesy. Gone are the more spare, psych-folk platitudes…

Review: Daniel Martin Moore – Stray Age

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Nov. 11, 2008 “So much of what I pushed out once/ has returned after all these months,” Daniel Martin Moore sings over a strummed guitar on the introductory title track of his full-length debut. “Lines from a stray age/ News comes ‘round from another day’s page.” The sentiment, if…

Review: Nonagon – No Sun

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Fugazi’s In On The Kill Taker or Repeater or Steady Diet of Nothing weren’t just records. They were heavenly bodies that boasted their own gravitational pulls. Countless lesser planets and bits of interstellar debris were tugged into the orbit, echoing the refrains, mimicking the stances and trying to figure…

Review: Unknown Component – In Direct Communication

We all know what we mean when we say “lo-fi singer-songwriter,” right? There’s the obvious checklist: the do-it-yourself recording techniques, the fuzzy or half-amped guitars, the way passion outstrips production when the lone performer belts out a verse or finds a pop hook cleverly hidden in a chorus packed with tape hiss. These outings are…

Review: Pinataland – Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy If you don’t consider Songs for the Forgotten Future Vol. 2 one of the most anticipated new records of the year, well, you just haven’t been paying enough attention. Released a full five years after Pinataland’s majestic full-length debut, the new record owns up to the promise of its…