PLAN 9 MUSIC OUTSIDE THE HEARD - NOVEMBER 2011

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Piers Faccini
My Wilderness
Six Degrees

 
Melodies and words are in Piers Faccini's bones and his finely crafted songs resonate with traces of his ancestry. If his songs were maps they would stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the parched plains of the Mediterranean before spanning the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Mississippi Delta. On My Wilderness, songs such as “Dreamer,” “Three Times Betrayed” or “The Beggar & The Thief” undeniably evoke the dryness of Mediterranean landscapes. Others, on the map of this album, such as “A New Morning,” begin like an ancient work song before flowing into an ocean of choir and strings, transporting us to other climes and to one of the cornerstones of Piers Faccini's writing: The legacy of Skip James, Son House and other pioneer troubadours of the great American songbook.
 
Scott Biram
Bad Ingredients
Bloodshot

 
Bad Ingredients is Scott H. Biram at his quietest... But don’t worry: Ol’ Hiram Biram still raises a riot. There’s a sweet country love song in “Broke Ass” and the heartful waltz of “Memories of You Sweetheart.” That’s not to say Scott’s still not a little twisted—who else could follow up a song like, “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” (originally written by Lightnin’ Hopkins) with “Killed A Chicken Last Night?” The blues will always be Biram’s first love and in his songwriting he channels his hero Lightnin’ Hopkins on the primitive “Born in Jail,” while “I Want My Mojo Back,” is a swaggering R&B throwback that features the help of a guest saxophonist (the only major musical duty that SHB farms out this record) and a gospel choir consisting of ... Scott H Biram. Even when he’s at his most quiet, it doesn’t get any more real—or louder—than Scott H Biram.
Various Artists
ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends
Show Dog Universal Music
 
It’s a tricky thing, the tribute album. You are almost always guaranteed a mix bag – both of artists and of quality... But that inherent danger is sort of the selling point: When artists as diverse as Grace Potter and The Nocturnals and Mastodon can come together to celebrate the heavily-bearded kings of Texas Rock and Roll Boogie, then all music fans win. ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends gives a variety of artists room to interpret ZZ Top a variety of different ways. You’ll fall in love again, you’ll learn something new, and you’ll remember that while some bands seem as different as oil and water, the love of a band like ZZ Top is what keeps us together.
 
The Dreaming
Puppet
EPOCHAL ARTISTS RECORDS

 
The Dreaming is a new band featuring Stabbing Westward’s vocalist Christopher Hall and members of The Murderdolls, Econoline Crush and Godhead and Powerman 5000. So, needless to say, Puppet is an album that is driving, epic, dramatic and not afraid to dip into dark electronic textures. It’s straight-ahead enough for lovers of Meat-and-Potatoes rock and just weird enough for... uh, lovers of Meat-and-Potatoes rock. Fans of Stabbing Westward and Filter will find plenty to love here.
The Beets
Let The Poison Out
Hardly Art
 
Over the course of four years, the Beets have become one of the best bands, if not the best band, in New York. The Beets are the musician's band, the artist's band, the band of bands. The Beets are smart and colorful individuals who treat life as a sing-along and a comic book all at once. The Beets are more than a band: they are a way of life, a gang, a gang from Jackson Heights, a gang that you want to be a part of. Let the Poison Out is the third masterpiece from the Beets. It was recorded in two days, with a few overdubs here and there, at Marlborough Farms by Gary Olsen of Ladybug Transistor. It's the album the Beets have been working up to... And we're glad you're around to hear it.
 
Ben Lee
Deeper Into Dreams
Dangerbird
 
There's a quote out there that says, "Dreams are only thoughts you didn't have time to think about during the day." Aussie-born singer/songwriter Ben Lee reaches beyond such a notion and turns it upside down in order to grab a hold of the unconscious. And on Deeper Into Dream he examines the intricate layers of dreams, looking to make sense out of life's most complex questions and ideals. "I find dreams to be incredibly honest despite the kind of world we live in," Lee says. "[Dreams are] proof that every single person on the planet is an artist and is completely creative. I really don't like that elitist attitude to art - I like the idea that we are all creative and dreams prove it because people create entire worlds every night." Catchy songs, too
Bubbling up from the underground of the Los Angeles music scene with an indelible Nashville-influenced sound, indie roots duo honeyhoney have arrived with their new full-length album, Billy Jack. Produced primarily by Raymond Richards (Local Natives), Billy Jack finds twenty-something musicians Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe threading sweet melodies with big acoustic guitar sounds, percussive banjos and countrified fiddles. honeyhoney's sexually tinged, bruised knee honeysuckle take on roots music must be heard to be understood, and Billy Jack pumps with the sound of hearts on fire, and real instruments played by people who really mean it. The album's first single, "Turn That Finger Around," is a steady-grooving story detailing hard times with a memorable hook and some Southern twang. A slow burn seethes beneath the gospel-flavored tale of romantic doubt, "Don't Know How (Slow Mover)," while strings baste the mourning ballad "Angel of Death" and "Thin Line" explores dissatisfaction, good times and loss through the blues. From the dark smolder of "Glad I Done What I Did" and stark piano of "LA River," to the euphoric romp of "Let's Get Wrecked"-- honeyhoney's music embraces the sound of what it means to be alive.

HoneyHoney -
Billy Jack

Lost Highway
The Harrow & The Harvest, Gillian Welch’s new record, is both a product of and is unrelated to those years in-between. Best to forget that. What it is, indisputably, is the product of two people (one of them being husband / guitar god David Rawlings) who have become so entwined in one another that the songs and the singing and the playing on this record seems to exude from a single voice. This is the sound of two people in a room, playing to one another, with one another. This is the sound of the room in which the two people are playing. This is the sound of two voices, locked in unison, locked in harmony. The sound of two people playing live, with no overdubs, and very few takes. Two people making music together as if they were one soul combined. You need this.

Gillian Welch -
The Harrow and the Harvest

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