The first two cuts from Restorations upcoming album LP5000 are pure post-rock Americana gold. Today’s Most Important, “The Red Door”, is a well painted and compelling look into the inexorable gentrification of American cities and “Nonbeliever” another side to that coin; a tale of work, family and growing up in America. I’ve spent a bit of time lately looking into their back catalog and it’s also terrific. Their new album is out soon, on Tiny Engines, of course.
Family Fold is Australian artist Paul Andrews, formerly of Lazy Susan. I’d never heard of Lazy Susan, but I guess they were making the rounds on the Australian indy circuit for awhile. No, I discovered Family Fold randomly whilst out bar hopping my last trip to Sydney. And I’m glad I did. I greatly enjoyed Lustre Glo, and the single “Get a Grip Upon Yourself”, which is a raucous anthem, that reminded me right away of Ted Leo, one of my favorites. That feeling continues with his latest, “Molly Meldrum’s Eyes”. That His new album, Ashfield Skyline, is coming out in a couple weeks and if prior art is any indication, it’s going to be warm, pleasant and a joy to listen to.
Rejoice! The Most Important Song is back! Ok, that’s minor news compared to this: The Hold Stead has some new music out, it’s great, and there is quite a lot of it. Over the last month or so they’ve had a steady (heh) stream of singles coming out and they’re all really great. My favorite, so far, is “The Stove & The Toaster” a song that I think is best described as “classic The Hold Steady”.