For My Own is the first release from New London Fire‘s upcoming record Echoes in the Dark. Stylistically it picks up where The Dirt The Blood The Faith left off – Americana leavened with an indie rock sensibility – though tonally it’s a little darker. The first two times I listened to it I thought it was a mournful meditation on a lost relationship, the third time through I was like . . . hold on, is this a murder two-step? Not a lot happens in the video, and I mean that literally, it’s a little under three and a half minutes of home-movie style footage of what appears to be the back of a dude sitting on a wooded hill and staring at a lake. I spent a little bit of time wondering which lake – Central Park? one in Jersey? Upstate? – before deciding that ultimately it doesn’t matter. The anonymous lake is a metaphor, for the time the lovelorn spend with their attention turned inwards. Or else it’s where the narrator dumped the body. Well, whatever the lake means, or doesn’t, I definitely want to hear the rest of the record, and the story.
Revised and expanded from last week, but by no means complete. Studios and Labels in Need of Assistance: Norton Records Needs Your Help Now! Their warehouse in Red Hook got absolutely decimated. Jacob Blickenstaff has the complete low-down here. Un-Flood BK Music is taking donations to help rebuild studios and practice spaces destroyed by the storm, including Translator Audio. Things to Attend: The Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook!, Nov. 21 at the Bell House, which will include a squaredance hosted by NYC Barn Dance followed by music from Rosanne Cash, Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and the Brotherhood of the Whiskey Spitter Rebellion, and a screening of “B61”, a new film on the bus that runs through Red Hook by Michael Buscemi. Proceeds to Restore Red Hook. [Ed note: The Bell House has a LOT of benefit shows set up. Check their listings for more!] Taking Back Sunday, collectively from Long Island, will be playing a benefit show on Nov. 25 at the Pine Belt Arena. Proceeds will go to the Toms River Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund (New Jersey). Things to Listen To: New London Fire (Asbury Park / upstate New York) is offering a free song … Continue reading
Periodically people ask me what kind of music I like. My default answer is “big drums and dirty bass lines,” but now that I’ve spent some (more) time listening to current offerings in the field of country/Americana I have to add “fiddle and pedal steel.” The Dirt The Blood The Faith, the third and latest (out on vinyl as of yesterday, also available on iTunes!) record from New London Fire, combines all four of my favorite elements. I’m especially fond of the thudding at the heart of Until the Light Goes Out On Me (turn it up, it’ll rattle your bones in the best possible way), the sweet shimmer of high silvery sound that floats through Arizona, The Jungle, and Ain’t Wagin’ War, and the low, aggressive thrum that slowly expands to a roar in title track The Dirt The Blood The Faith. New London Fire are: David Debiak, Jon Lam, and D. James Goodwin and they are, collectively, from both Asbury Park, NJ and Woodstock, NY. (D. James Goodwin also produced the record, in his studio in Woodstock.) It’s worth noting here that New London Fire has not always been an Americana band; they actually started out closer to … Continue reading