If you live in Kerhonkson NY, it takes you two hours to get to Manhattan by car. If you can find a parking spot, you can hang out over there. So, you’re not quite in the center of New York City, but you’re also not quite upstate either. If you start a rock’n’roll band, you probably have the same chance of becoming the new Strokes as any other band in the USA. And who would even want that in the first place?
The Strungs are a duet that comes from Kerhonkson. On the back of their new record Nothing is Possible the photo is taken on a deck. One of the band members is pessimistically looking into the distance, while the other one greets imaginary crowd with a peace sign. They maybe just finished the mix of their new record in their bedroom a moment ago. That’s precisely the sound on the record. Perhaps the whole thing is recorded on a digital four track and microphones are from the previous century.
But don’t get hung up on technology. Nothing is Possible romps through the 18 tracks, most under two minutes, with the arena rock confidence. Catchy tunes will capture your attention beyond the cheap lo-fi background. Nothing is always possible, but you will more than likely to get into this.
The first track on the album is Listening to Your Twenty Year Old Records. Taking the time machine backwards, it’s not hard to imagine that the twenty year old records on their turntable were Alien Lanes and Bee Thousand. Possible?
Get the music at bandcamp.
This is what I played yesterday at the Blue Arrow Records.
Bevis Frond – This One
Elektricni orgazam – Metal Guru
Velvet Underground – Waiting For The Man
Elektricni orgazam – Waiting For The Man
The Last – Louie Louie
Tex And The Horseheads – Chicken Bounty Hunter
Wayne County – Max’s Kansas City
Sweet Apple – Reunion
Apache – Bloody Knuckles
The Stooges – I Got A Right
Alejandro Escovedo – Real As An Animal
Chuck Prophet – Castro Halloween
Green On Red – Sixteen Ways
The Rolling Stones – Sway
Rod Stewart – Hot Legs
Swell Maps – Midget Submarines
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Vambo
Ian Hunter – Just Another Night
Mink Deville – Let Me Dream If I Want To
The Zeros – Wimp
The Dils – Red Rockers Rule
T Rex – Buick Mackane
Mega City Four – Iron Sky
The Fuzztones – Cinderella
Dirty Looks – 12 O’Clock High
The Fuzz – Teen Rex
The Inmates – Mr Unreliable
The Sadies – Leave This World Behind
Meat Puppets – Hot Pink
Giand Sand – Change is Now
True Believers – The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over
Ballad Shambles – Listen To Lies
Dancing Hoodos – Impossible Years
House of Freaks – Forty Years
The Rolling Stones – Winter
The Games – When The Time
Firehose – Toolin
Das Damen – Bug
Sweet Apple – Under the Liquor Sign
Doug Gillard has a new record out called Parade On and we check out the new single. His old band-mate from Death of Samantha, John Petkovic and his new band with J Mascis, Sweet Apple, finally have their long-awaited second record out, and we check out one track from it. Holly Golightly and her Brokeoffs are back with another LP, All Her Fault. Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars also has a new record called Rock’n’roll Blues. Dex Romweber from Flat Duo Jets returned with Images 13 plus there’s a recent reissue of the back catalogue on Third Man Records. We introduce three new names. Little Murders from Australia and Lydia Loveless from Columbus. Muck and The Mires come from Boston.
I will be playing a DJ set at Blue Arrow Records on Sunday at 5pm, just before the Alejandro Escovedo show at The Beachland Ballroom. Come join us, Alejandro will be there too. See you there.
Swell Maps – Midget Submarines;
Alejandro Escovedo – Real As An Animal;
Muck And The Mires – Three Steps Closer;
Mozes And The Firstborn – Time’s a Headache;
Doug Gillard – Ready For Death;
Sweet Apple – I Surrender;
Nick Lowe – Raining Raining;
Haden Triplets – Raining;
Holly Golighthly And The Brokeoffs – Slc;
Luther Dickinson – Mojo, Mojo;
North Mississippi Allstars – Live in CLE;
Flat Duo Jets – Go Go Harlem Baby;
Dex Romweber Duo – Roll On;
Fabulous Thunderbirds – The Monkey;
Leadfinger – It’s Much Better;
Little Murders – White Train;
Lydia Loveless – Verlaine Shot Rimbaud.