Tuesday, December 18, 2018
WYMA blog has a soft spot in our hearts for musical lawyers (not that there are many of them). You see, the majority of us that founded the blog are members of the bar. Shocking, I know, but don't hold it against us. To borrow a phrase from the person holding the position previously known as 'leader of the free world', "some of [us], I assume, are good people".
And in addition to likely being a good person, Andrew Choi, Esq., is a very talented musician. Recording as St. Lenox, Choi's 2018 offering is Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love, the third installment if his biographical sketches of his life, background and, more directly in this instance, the tensions between a career and the search for romance. The album crackles with energy and immediacy. Andrew's delivery is a stream of conscious, rapid fire street soul that you would expect, and be delighted, to find in your local club, or maybe the best corner in your neighborhood on a sunny day. Melodic and raw, there is a bit of Tom Waits and a bit of John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) in the vocals, but the themes are all Andrew Choi. The songs on Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love are insightful and memorable. It is an album that seeps under your skin and stays with you for a long time, and we thoroughly recommend it.
You can grab a digital copy at the Bandcamp link below.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Three tracks are provided for your evaluation below, including the very fun video for album opener "Captain". But we recommend you then go to Bandcamp and check out the whole album, including two of our favorites, "Home" and "Cuttlefish".
Northern Times is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Emotional Response Records. Other projects in which either Mia or Jen have been involved include Sleepy Township, Huon, Cannanes, Boyracer, and Rabbit in Red.
Bandcamp for Northern Times
Twitter for Tobias Isaksson
Friday, December 14, 2018
Famous World is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Killroom Records, a Seattle label formed by Troy Nelson (of KEXP) and Ben Jenkins. And a shout out to Ben for the production/engineering work on the album.
Bandcamp for album
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Links for purchase or streaming
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Late night -- a place in time, an event, a state of mind. Last Night, by trio Benin City, is a surging, sparkling ode to London nightlife comprised of beats, spoken work, hip hop, electronica, and dance floor delights. And it is one of our favorite discoveries this year. Cue it up and push back the furniture. This album is so good you may skip going out this evening.
Benin City are Joshua Idehen, Tom Leaper, and Shanaz Dorsett. Last Night was released earlier this year via Moshi Moshi Music.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Bandcamp for The Fuzz
Sunday, December 9, 2018
We are advised that the members of the band are Thibault Picot, Cyril Angleys, Antoine Barbier, and Simon Lapillonne. Brace! Brace! is out now as a digital release via Howlin' Banana Records.
Bandcamp for album
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Slum Summer is Hugh J. Noble, D.J. Anderson, Grant Stewart, and Jen Edwards.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
We are familiar with Pat Thomas because of his work with one of our Bay Area favorites, Cool Ghouls, but he is on these pages today to celebrate his late October solo album, I Ain't Buying It. The eight songs are warm, soulful, breezy, making us smile and giving us a bounce in our step every time we spin this record. Less garage rock than Cool Ghouls output, the arrangements here include horns and piano. We've always known that Pat could write good songs, but are impressed with his comfort and flair as a frontman. Do you want to feel good? Well then, check out this album.
I Ain't Buying It is out now in all formats via Empty Cellar Records.
Bandcamp for Album
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Facing Death is out now via Toulouse's Howling Banana label.
Bandcamp for Facing Death