JudyJams picks (#7) for July 2010: Zach Hill, Great Lakes, Wolf Parade, Oval
It’s been an eventful summer here at Toast N Jams. We are all traveling and summering here and there, seeing various shows, and keeping busy. Many updates to come, but for now, here are the picks!
First is Zach Hill‘s new solo album, called Face Tat, due out in October 2010 on Sargent House.
Zach Hill is an incredibly proficient drummer, known chiefly as a member of Hella but who has also worked with an exhaustive list of other groups including Team Sleep, Holy Smokes, and Marnie Stern. His music style varies depending on who he is playing with, but Face Tat displays all of the mathy, complicated progginess that he demonstrates expertly in Hella. He is impressively self-taught, and considered one of the best drummers in the indie scene today. Check out the track “Memo To the Man” from Face Tat here, and check out the video for the song “Sacto Smile” featuring a girl on an insane rampage via Pitchfork here.
Second is Brooklyn based band Great Lakes, who come to us by way of Athens, GA. The alt-folk country band is releasing their debut Ways of Escape in October on Orangetown records.
The album features an impressive amount of talented musicians from other bands including Mice Parade, Circulatory System, Beirut, Talibam! and Ted Leo, among many others. You can preview the song “Summer Fruits” from the upcoming album here.
Third is a Toast N Jams favorite, Wolf Parade. Their third full length album, Expo 86, arrived at the end of June and does not disappoint. The album was named after the 1986 World’s Fair, which took place in the band’s original hometown of Vancouver (they are now based in Montreal).
The new songs have a darker feel but are still rousing in the Wolf Parade sort of way. Check out the new tracks “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)” and “Ghost Pressure” to judge for yourself. A full list of tour dates is here.
The fourth pick is for those serious electronic music fans. Thrill Jockey has announced the release of a new double album by Oval entitled O on September 7th. Oval, based in Berlin, is Markus Popp, who is often credited as the creator of what was later dubbed the “glitch” or “clicks & cuts” style of Electronic music.
Thrill Jockey is offering 8 bonus tracks called the Ringtones EP for download here. Check it out, and get a sample of what is to come on O.
Entry filed under: Bands We Like, Jams, JudyJams, Music News. Tags: Beirut, Circulatory System, Great Lakes, Hella, Holy Smokes, Marnie Stern, Mice Parade, Oval, Talibam!, Team Sleep, Ted Leo, Wolf Parade, Zach Hill.