Jason Simon, best known for his work as the guitarist and singer for the seminal heavy psych band known as Dead Meadow, releases his first solo record(Tee Pee Records). It is a stripped down and intimate record filled with intricate guitar work and poignant well-thought lyrics. Some songs are filled with dark brooding drones. Others songs leisurely carry the listener down meandering rivers as they slowly develop in their own unhurried way. There are slight shades of Bert Jansch, Leonard Cohen, Sandy Bull, and Townes Van Zandt but only shades as it is most certainly its own thing. It is a record to remind the listener that heavy does not come from loud distortion and huge drums but comes from the depth within the song itself.
JASON SIMON Free In-Store @ Vacation Wednesday October 27th. 7:00pm
GHASTLY CITY SLEEP is one of those bands where the timeless adage “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” comes to mind. It’s fundamentally pointless, especially when it comes to a band like this. Reams of paper could be written up and they still wouldn’t encapsulate the dense, lush, and often subtle textures that comprise this Brooklyn quartet’s true sound. A precursory scan of Google results might produce comparisons to MOGWAI or a “heavier” RADIOHEAD, as if it were easy to pin down...
KIT Free In-Store/Record Release Party for the NEWInvocationLP @ Vacation Friday October 15th. 7:30pm KIT is a super-melodic experimental rock band mainly from Los Angeles, California. They were recently described by Rob Barber of High Places as “a strange intersection where Void meet Incredible String Band”, and this gives some insight into their wonderful muddling of genres. They play fast, short and defiant songs that mess with the ideas of pop music and wayward punk. Maybe they'll start off playing a song straight - sweetness and light abounds - but before you know it everything gets flipped on its head and chased into damaged terrain. KIT songs can typically embrace hardcore rush, pop verse, jagged noise and cheer rally, all within the same moment - nothing but raw energy and instinctive songwriting holding it all together.
KIT Free In-Store @ Vacation Friday October 15th. 7:30pm