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Deafheaven’s 2017 Tour Setlists: An Analysis

Posted in Concert Reviews, Esoterica, Exclusives, Reviews, Setlists with tags , , , , , on 04/09/2017 by kurtorzeck

Deafheaven’s setlist from their show at Mardi Gras in Boise on 3.25.17

When Deafheaven played their first show in Boise on March 25 — at Mardi Gras, a venue typically reserved for wedding functions — they provided the five-day Treefort Music Fest with its only dose of shoe-gazing black metal. Continue reading

Woods Of Ypres’ David Gold And Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts: Doppelgängers

Posted in Doppelgängers, Features with tags , , , on 03/21/2012 by kurtorzeck

Since David Gold is no longer alive, we’ll never get to hear him sing Crash Test Dummies’ “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.”

But that shouldn’t stop Brad Roberts of fellow Canadians CTD from tackling Woods of Ypres at some point.

Long live the bass-baritone.

My City Rules: Exray’s On San Francisco

Posted in Features, Interviews, MP3s, My City Rules with tags , , , on 10/27/2010 by kurtorzeck

You say your band has a big following on Facebook? Well, San Francisco’s Exray’s can do you one better: One of their songs is featured in David Fincher’s related movie “The Social Network,” which appears well on its way to a Best Picture nomination. The experimental lo-fi group just released its debut EP; here’s a downloadable song from it – along with one of the bandmembers’ contribution to “My City Rules,” a new Bad Penny series. Continue reading

Revising History: Wooden Wand On Guided By Voices, Black Flag, Rolling Stones, More

Posted in Features, Interviews, Revising History with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/27/2010 by kurtorzeck

Over the years, James Jackson Toth has quietly proven himself to be one of the more undervalued American songwriters out there. Calling to mind a broad array of characters from the canon of great music – Captain Beefheart, Willie Nelson, Sun Ra and more – the man better known as Wooden Wand has been making a case that, perhaps, eventually, he should stack right up there with those legends. For the most poetic edition yet in the Bad Penny’s “Revising History” series, Toth touched on the Rolling Stones’ “Coming Down Again,” Guided by Voices’ “Chicken Blows,” Black Flag’s “Three Nights” and other songs he wishes he had made. Continue reading

Cover Me: Dearling Physique’s Deadeye Dealer

Posted in Cover Me, Features, Interviews, MP3s with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/27/2010 by kurtorzeck

Minneapolis’ R&B-ish electro-pop squad Dearling Physique recently released a new single. Which artists would they most like to hear cover it? For that matter, which artists would they most like to hear cover every song on their forthcoming new record? Two members of the band chimed in for the latest installment in the Bad Penny’s “Cover Me” series. Continue reading

Chapin Sisters Reveal Best Songs To Get Dressed To

Posted in Features, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/11/2010 by kurtorzeck

From Revising History to Guilty Pleasures to Brushes With Greatness, the Bad Penny has had no shortage of new features as of late. But in deciding to blaze a less-traveled path, Lily Chapin of the Chapin Sisters – who have been performing live as part of She & Him’s ensemble, and opening for them too – has come up with an impressive one of her own: “Best Songs to Get Dressed To.” Here’s the list she compiled; fans of Scott Walker, the Zombies and Nico, look no further. Continue reading

Guilty Pleasures: Young Marble Giants’ Stuart Moxham On Sex, Procrastination – And Fish And Chips

Posted in Features, Guilty Pleasures, Interviews with tags , on 10/11/2010 by kurtorzeck

Cheers to Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants for sending along the second submission to the Bad Penny’s new “Guilty Pleasures” series. He took a bit of an abstract approach to the task, mostly naming general concepts instead of specific temptations (aside from fish and chips). Continue reading