Today’s Edition: A review of the The Future by This Frontier Needs Heroes; we’re anticipating the new album by Paleo; considerations of note this week; and videos!
Review: This Frontier Needs Heroes – The Future
Siblings Brad and Jessica Lauretti are This Frontier Needs Heroes, an alternative folk act out of Brooklyn. Their second album, The Future, is out and available on Bandcamp. This album is immediately striking. Many of the tracks feature the two with nothing but their voices and a guitar. Brad Lauretti plays the melancholy storyteller as sister Jessica creates the mood with her sweet soprano. We are haunted by her ethereal beckoning on Space Baby, accenting a somnambulist’s world in No Need to Sleep, or simply softening the chorus about a heroine of the plains on Calamity Jane.
Make no mistake though, Brad Lauretti is more than a sad storyteller. His songwriting is imaginative and his stories are set in the most unusual places from space to the frontier to Key west where we take a playful and then tragic journey. While beautifully simple, The Future is also wonderfully nuanced and thoughtful. For fans of neo-folk and Americana, this is a must buy.
Stream/Purchase: The Future [Bandcamp]
Paleo Set to Release “Fruit of the Spirit”
Paleo is David Strackany, a freak folk phenom from Illinois whose steady rise has led to the recording of Fruit of the Spirit (out June 21 on Partisan Records).Partisan is making a special offer, pre-order Fruit of the Spirit before May 27, and get 128 kbps digital downloads of Fruit of the Spirit plus Paleo’s phenomenal, View of the Sky, at no extra cost.
There’s a bit of anticipation on our part, as we’ve heard a couple of very good tracks from Fruit of the Spirit. We’re also curious to hear more because of reports we’ve received about Paleo’s recording process. Strackany usually works alone, but on Fruit of the Spirit he enlisted the help of a dozen fellow artists to record the album. Apparently, most of the album was recorded in a three-day session with no rehearsal or orientation to what Strackany was planning. It was either Kerouac or Ginsberg who advocated, “First thought, best thought,” which was a bastardization of William Blake’s statement, “First thought is best in art, second in other matters.” Strackany and friends take these ideas to heart.
June 8 The Mill – Iowa City, IA
June 9 Replay Lounge w/ Cloud Dog – Lawrence, KS
June 10 Auntie Mae’s Parlor – Manhattan, KS
June 12 The Opolis w/ Blue Valley Farmer – Norman, OK
June 14 Lola’s w/ Bosque Brown / Tim Locke – Fort Worth, TX
June 15 La Grange w/ Fate Lions / Greg Schroeder – Dallas, TX
June 16 Hole In The Wall w/ CJ Boyd / Reverend Glasseye / Cartright – Austin, TX
June 19 Baltimore House – San Antonio, TX
June 20 Padre’s – Marfa, TX
June 24 Yucca Tap Room w/ Michelle Blades / CJ Boyd – Tempe, AZ
June 28 Tin Can Alehouse – San Diego, CA
June 29 The Standard – Los Angeles, CA
July 3 The Starry Plough w/ The Blank Tapes / JL Stiles’ House of Murmurs – Berkeley, CA
July 8 Café Coda – Chico, CA
July 23 Backspace w/ Canoe / AW Feldt – Portland, OR
July 29 Columbia City Theater w/ Shenandoah – Seattle, WA
July 31 Urban Lounge w/ Awful Truth – Salt Lake City, UT
August 5 Trident Café w/ Dovekins – Boulder, CO
(more dates to be announced soon)
- We All Want Someone to Shout For reports that Grizzly Bear is prepping for a new album (yeah!)
- Oops! We did it again… Check out Something For Later Volume 2 on the Paper Crane Collective at Tsururadio
- In radio studios this past week were The Mountain Goats and The Kills on The World Cafe, Lost in the Trees stopped by WUNC’s The State of Things, and Painted Palms visited KEXP
- Catch The Heartless Bastards at Laundromatinee
Videos, Videos, Videos
This Frontier Needs Heroes – Just Because
Gardens – Teachers (like early Stooges–nice, working class punk)
Paleo – Holly Would
Filligar – Guilty Good Intentions (Classic Rock-n-Roll is back!)
overlord – Keep It From The Baby