In this fifth release from our beloved Garrett Johnson, he proves that he has a knack for this thing, whatever it is. Doug Nasty starts off with what seems like a total U-turn, a sample of digital synth cheese that, after it melts into a tasty cup of “Ovaltine in the Morning”, gives us that reassuring jolt. We are safely in the hands of the Brazilian Money we know and love. Jangly guitars, counterintuitive chord progressions, slamming drums, quirky bass bits, and that characteristic mix of dry acoustic guitars and over-fuzzed electrics. Garrett has a real gift for writing pop hooks that hold together the most cacophonous messes without making it sound neither too messy nor too neat. Each of these little albums could last you five years on re-listens, but you never have to wait more than a few months. I love this fucking band.
OLD UGLY has rallied its forces along with the forces of a dozen of their extended family to create a record ripe with mistletoe opportunities and rummy eggnog swoons! With looks from the folk adaptation, the slow dance, the neo groove, the 93 til infinitized rhymez, the clamorous, and even rockabilly, this record shuffles through twelve days of christmas and throws in boxing day for good measure. The record is a free download and should make for excellent christmas party music or background sound for crafting, etc etc etc. Apply liberally.
Kelowna is a strange place. I mean, I’ve only spent a tiny bit of time there and I am no authority on the place. Growing up, my family would always take trips out to Salmon Arm BC to visit relatives and my grandparents (actually, I’ll be going there in one week with the whole family, Grandmas turning 97!) To me then, Kelowna was a place where my big sister would go for a day from salmon arm with my cousin to do cool kid stuff (like go to a skate shop and buy Osiris shoes for over 150 dollars.) It was mystifying, until I went there this year and found that it’s just another small BC mountain town. When we got there, we went to a big clean ritzy Vietnamese restaurant that was populated only by the 2 people who were on shift. That night we played a blue collar blues club called the blue gator where there was no free beer. Weird, but otherwise fairly predictable shit for a town of it’s size and caliber. Walked around at 2 in the morning with some locals, stayed at Garret Johnsons house and got to sit in his starship enterprise sized/ styled couch.
Here’s a new one from the ever fertile GJ, who is Brazilian Money. I’d imagine Kelowna to be a good place to make music because there’d not be a better thing to do but to work on your musical craft. This is one of my favorite Braz Mon releases to date, has the same trademark razor sharp hyper loudness that it’s known for, as well as great songs (“You’re a Pretty Mermaid” is my jam.) Garret, I commend thee and thine strange habitat.
Arguing With Everyone Volume Three
HAVE IT NOW.
1. Sparrow by Tyler Butler
2. How’s Everyone by T H O M A S
3. Belong by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
4. Bull Elk by Royal Bangs
5. Give Up That Dog by Brazilian Money
6. Other Side by Family Portrait
7. Really Realize by Lab Coast
8. Only Fun by Slam Dunk
9. You’re The One by Silly Kissers
10. Long Time Girl by René Sugarglider Wilson
11. Lofticries by Purity Ring
12. Shroom Music by Quasimoto
13. Roll Out by Rasul Syed
14. Unassisted by Rasco
15. Moon Shadow by The Pine Hill Haints
16. I Got Pretty Mad Today by Ben Corno
17. Runner Ups by Kurt Vile
I apologize now for anything Quasimoto, Rasul Syed, or Rasco might say.
Intentionally or not, Brazilian Money’s anxiously awaited follow up to Friendly Neighbour brings to mind the timeless words of Gabriel Garcia Lorca: “Life is not a dream. Careful! Careful! Careful!” And if you were sleeping, you will surely be awoken by the lead jam on This Is Not A Dream, “Give Up That Dog,” a schizophrenic flurry of instructions: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! IT’S HERE IF YOU WANT IT! Beautiful. Garrett Johnson’s song writing effortlessly buzzes with a constant surging energy. And believe me, the live show carries that over, which is why you should go pick this album up at his dual release with yesterday’s blogged about band, Peace, this saturday at Pawn Shop! HYPE! Joining them is Sans Aids and Jessica Jalbert. It doesn’t get much better than that. More info on that right here. Check it out and cop it: