Desperate Spirits – November 28, 2016
What a great response to the ‘dumpster fire’ that has been 2016. With the emboldenment of white power this year, a strong, unified response against it can be a source of hope. Here are twenty bands and musicians with ties to Lexington lining up behind the cause of rejecting this notion of bigotry and malice.
The sounds on the compilation are pretty far-ranging, though electronic music (in many forms) runs through it as a common vein. Ainsley Wagoner contributed “Deep Water,” a soft, folksy track driven by soft synthesizers and a clear voice – a few songs later is “Mia Zapata” by Vegan Death, a melodic indie rock song with a touch of grunge in the guitars. Jeanne Vomit Terror channels a dark, thick, heavy, industrial mood on “Youth Infection,” which is a favorite of mine – it’s chased immediately with the short, spacey ballad, “No One is Inside You,” by The Silver Masked Tenor. Auto Delta Time and Dr. Midnight put forth a story about a house in Michigan set to an aggressive beat – TFC follows right after with a lengthy, soft slow jam about the death of a great-uncle. “Little One” is a beautiful, dark, quiet track by Frigid Kitty with a thick texture – the compilation is closed by Carl Calm’s inventive arrangement on an Idiot Glee track.
For those that like Lexington and its music, this should be a great listen. That said, I’d imagine event the most ‘plugged-in’ local music lover will find a lot here they hadn’t already heard – the compilation shows off several musicians that don’t commonly release their music in recorded form. Go here and pay for a copy (proceeds benefit the Anti-Defamation League), and find something new.
Tracks I Liked: (All of Them, but Especially) Ainsley Wagoner (“Deep Water”), Vegan Death (“Mia Zapata”)!!, Jeanne Vomit Terror (“Youth Infection”)!!!, The Silver Masked Tenor (“No One is Inside You”), Auto Delta Time + Dr. Midnight (“Air Ranch”), TFC (“The Bike”)!!, Frigid Kitty (“Little One”)!!, Idiot Glee + Carl Calm (“Life Without House”)
Ben Southworth – December 11, 2016 – Kenwick Place
Self-Released – October 9th, 2015
DeBraun Thomas is an important guy when it comes to the Lexington music scene. He’s produced the Crunkadelic Funk Show since 2009 (at WRFL from 2009 to 2013, and at WUKY from 2013 to present) and does segment at WUKY called ‘Local Music Mondays’ highlighting a different member in Lexington music each week. DeBraun has been a part of different bands throughout the last several years (Relic Delic and Soul Funkin Dangerous), but recently he’s been playing around town under his own name. His first album, All My Colors Are Blind, is a collection of ten tracks that channel influences of funk, soul, rhythm & blues, and rock – the themes of the songs range from more serious explorations of things like love, longing, diversity and racial acceptance to lighter subject matters like being ‘Broke in Denver.’
All My Colors Are Blind is not only a collection of good songs, though – it listens well as an album, too. DeBraun shows an affinity for grooving, up-tempo blues in tracks like “Bedroom Stranger” and the aforementioned “Broke in Denver,” but these are broken up well with slower and more contemplative songs throughout. “Bourbon Tears” is a lead-guitar-heavy slow-burner, “Take Me to Olympus” is simply DeBraun singing with an acoustic guitar – the two tracks are back to back, and offer an intimate centerpiece to the record. The album is a great production the whole way through, and DeBraun thanks a long list of people for their help in making it that way – over ten skilled musicians, the talents of Shangri-La Productions, and a lengthy list of supporters and contributors (former WRFLian, Daniel Morgan did some great work with the album art and design, too). All My Colors Are Blind is a satisfying result from someone who has put in more than their fair share of work and support within Lexington’s music scene, and absolutely something to be enjoyed and appreciated.
You might be able pick up a physical copy of All My Colors Are Blind at CD Central and Morris Book Shop for a few more days, and the album is available for download online at these places (to name a few): iTunes | Amazon | Google Play
You can catch Debraun this Saturday at Cosmic Charlie’s for the release party for All My Colors Are Blind – RSVP and let him know you’ll be there.
Tracks I Liked: All My Colors Are Blind, Coming Back, Bourbon Tears!, Broke in Denver!, Zuberi
Ben Southworth – October 10th, 2015 – Kenwick Place