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Band of the Day 2.16.11 – Heidi Spencer and The Rare Birds

16 Feb

Band of the Day 2.16.11 – Heidi Spencer and The Rare Birds

Heidi Spencer is a singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, WI who’s quietly toured and recorded for years on her own dime. She’s lived in 12 states, traveled the states, world and even had a Jewel-type stint, where her car became her home. Finally, finally the restless maiden gets her shot in the Bigs with Bella Union (the label is home Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Beach House and more). The well-paced indie folk twang accompanies her school-girl with an edge voice. “Alibi”, the opening single, sends you right down the Lucinda Williams path. I find some moments she’s sounding a lot like Emmy-Lou Harris, then she falls back into a somber slide guitar tone, that has less hope and more pain…Lucinda Williamsesque. It’s heavy stuff and it’s really good. Give this minstrel a whirl.

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Members: Heidi Spencer- vocals&acoustic guitar, Bill Curtis- drums, Jesse Hrobar- piano, Dave Gelting- contabass, Renee Hendrix- harmony, Matt Hendricks- guitar
Sonic Soulmates: Joanna Newsom, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch
Must Hear Tracks:


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Band of the Day (8.26.10) The Goodnight Loving

26 Aug

BOD (8.26.10) The Goodnight Loving

Garage folk and a little bit of backwoods punk best describes the boys of The Goodnight Loving. GNL have been tackling the basements of Milwaukee and other parts of Wisconsin for almost eight years and with a few LPs, several EPs and a 7″ or two, the band is ready to break. Their new album The Goodnight Loving Supper Club was released in July of this year and it’s splendid. What made the band famous was their Trampled By Turtles live show style, ripping up the floor and bringing the house down. Supper Club shows they’ve matured, it’s not a “keg and a studio” record, it’s well crafted with intelligent lyrics and a giant wall of garage folk sound. Thank you James, Ross, Paul and Jerome for great music.

Hear something from their new album and my favorite classic track
“The Pan” – I think it’s a punk folk version of “This Time” by Inxs, but you be the judge.

“Dead Fish on The Bank” – The Replacements with a banjo.

Label – Dusty Medical