NEWS AND VIEWS YOU CAN USE: The Atlanta/Athens rockers boys Wieuca are now five episodes in their self-written and produced podcast “The Wieuca Rogan Experience”. The episodes are creatively and fluidly edited, which is really enjoyable as a listener, and feature well-spoken interviews that are genuinely interesting. The latest episode highlights Mariah Parker/Linqua Franqa and mentions Dope KNife, Slime Ring, Dead Neighbors, Semicircle, Hardy, The YOD, WesdaRuler, Louie Larceny, Clip Art, Bennyhonda Supershifter, The Hernies and Juan de Fuca. The first episode came out last November, and five episodes in about two months is a lot of work. Hopefully they can keep the energy and enthusiasm going because so far they have done a good job. Find it on Spotify and Apple Music.
BUMMIN’ AROUND: If anyone out there remembers when Beck was just an acoustic troubadour making records at home and wandering around Los Angeles, then that memory should serve as an entry point to the music of The mushroom pickers. It’s Christopher J. Estrada’s project, and he just released the 15-track album HERE!. He’s been releasing tracks for about a decade, but it’s been about a year since his last release. Most of the time, this whole record sits in the gray area between weird people and unfinished ideas. For my taste, it reaches the climax of the album very early on with the third song, “Trees”, which is a slightly reggae-tinged waltz. There’s an overwhelming sense of meandering here, and while it might be uplifting for Estrada’s artistic vision, it can be a good test of going all the way. If you dive, be sure to get some fresh air once in a while. Check it out at estradacjames.bandcamp.com.
ALL GROW: Ancient Athenian Ed Cashin (Gamut, Freebooters, Recent Title) lived in town for a total of 12 years at different times, but moved permanently 17 years ago. Now based in Atlanta, but still with a lot of love for the Athens music scene, he started releasing new music a few months ago under the name Relaxed topping. Cashin’s latest collection, Think of a lonely friend, demonstrates his ability to use traditional rock instruments (guitar, bass, drums, etc.) to create transparent mental music that at one time, albeit with some technical tweaks, would fit right in with the rougher side of vaporwave. Although working in an environment without a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), he nevertheless coordinated all the sounds through an Akai MPC 1000 sampler/sequencer. The entire 14-track disc functions as a headphone party or soundtrack for the conduct. Overall, not bad. Check it out at relax-napper.bandcamp.com.
BEND OVER: When Winston Parkerregistering under the name Ohmupublished 18 year old brood a few years ago, it was his first public work in quite a while. No one imagined that we would wait another two years to find out more. Well, he just released a new collection of four titles named Gaussian Drift Vol. 1, and it should prick up the ears of fans of ambient improvisation. The “Vol. 1” in its title is also descriptive, as Parker is planning a series of releases under the Gaussian Derivative flag. The work here is much less prog than that of 18 year old brood and is, indeed, extremely uncomposed and was recorded largely via early takes. Parker was thoughtful enough to include a final track which is a continuous mix of the first four. The usual Brian Eno similes are appropriate here, but Parker’s work has sharper edges and moments of musical poignancy that Eno’s pure ambient works sometimes deliberately miss. Find it at ohmushell.bandcamp.com.
TRUE LOVE WILL FIND YOU IN THE END: Country music singer and songwriter Steven Anglin occurs under the name RC Cowboy. He’s performed at local venues such as Hendershot’s and J&J Flea Market, and he also recorded an album at Full Moon Studio some time ago. His style is regularly offbeat, with melodies that seem to only appear in his head and do not easily transfer to his audience. Her observational lyrical style is on full display on her new single. “Working at the Golden Pantry” in which he declares “Come to work / Do your job / There will be no problem. Anglin sings with an honesty akin to that of Daniel Johnston and, albeit to a much lesser extent, Wild Man Fischer. Anglin’s music may be an acquired taste, but it only took me a few hours to acquire it. That said, your mileage will vary wildly, so strap in for the ride. Find him on Spotify and follow all the news on facebook.com/anglincowboy52.
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