Lately, I've been listening to a playlist of recent local and sorta local releases on my trusty Galaxy SIII (hey, at least it doesn't explode!). I think these bands all go together in a mellow way appropriate for the fall season. Since I never have time to review records, and this is only a small selection the the many great local releases to come out in the past few months, I thought I'd share some here.
Beauty World and Moon Racer celebrate their two releases Saturday at the Carrack in Durham. Eston Dickinson recently released a collection of songs that's decidedly more lo-fi than the his last, AM Gold (fully fleshed out with his Carolina Wrecking Crew). But this set of tunes shows that if the songs are good, production is secondary. Sort of the same thing can be said for SE Ward, who's recent EP is stripped down compared to the full band she's been hitting stages with of late. But either way, the songs are good; and damn if her voice doesn't sound awfully Southern for being from Vermont. Oh, and BTW, Eston will be on Raleigh Little Radio tonight from 9:00-10:30.
While Flock of Dimes may not be considered local (listed as Baltimore on their bio), Jenn Wasner now calls Durham, I think, home. And Davíd Garza, though not a local, was a big part of my scene coming up in Baton Rouge. He's always been an Austin guy, but came east to play Red Stick a bunch of times when I was hosting local radio show back then, so he's kinda "local" to me. Plus, for the first time since I've moved here, he plays the Triangle! (Nov 1 at the Pour House, with Gaby Moreno). I can't recommend that show highly enough; and show up to catch Garza opening!
My short little mixtape closes with Greensboro's Echo Courts, kicking it up a bit (though this song is mellower than most of the psych-romps on their new LP, In the Garden). So here's a short little playlist of that stuff. Be sure to check out the full releases! (which you can jump to from each of the tunes below)