Profile: PARTCH – Corporeally Yours

Originally published in San Diego CityBeat Feb. 29, 2012 Imagine musicians in street clothes flowing rhythmically as they hammer split ends of bamboo or pluck de-tuned strings. Picture dancers slinking across the stage, fluttering out impressions of Buddhist poetry or Greek tragedy. Picture an invention resembling a mutated organ, its customized tuning system boasting more…

REVIEW: Robin Aigner – “Bandito”

Robin Aigner’s got you hooked from the first verse. The acoustic guitar, jazzy and hushed, slowly shuffles, the violin weeps and fingers run over the keys of a piano before a single word is spoken. And, then, it comes. “I’ve been to the Campbell Apartment/ at the invitation of F.D.R./ I’m the only one who…

Review: Kill Henry Sugar – Hot Messiah

Kill Henry Sugar has never been fond of genres. The New York City duo just isn’t easily classified. To call Erik Della Penna and Dean Sharenow a folk act is reductive and off-the-mark, as their songs do not worship at the altar of early Bob Dylan or, even moreso, at those of Woody Guthrie or…

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Yesterday Is Here

No better way to begin than with a blessing from Tom Waits. If you want money in your pocket and a top hat on your head, a hot meal on your table and a blanket in your bed, well today is grey skies, tomorrow is tears, you’ll have to wait till yesterday is here. Well,…