MoJo Author Feeds: Jon Young | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/rss/authors/10618 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Numero Group Releases a Stellar Retrospective http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/numero-group-unwound-retrospective <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WilH0XISBUQ?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Unwound</strong><br><em><strong>No Energy</strong></em><br><strong>Numero Group</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/image001%5B1%5D.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Part three of Numero Group's stellar <em>Unwound</em> retrospective picks up with the 1995 album <em>The Future of What,</em> followed by 1996's <em>Repetition</em>, and includes eight singles sides and some previously unreleased recordings. What's most immediately striking about these 33 tracks is how little interest the Olympia, Washington, trio has in repeating itself. While Justin Trosper (vocals, guitar), Vern Rumsey (bass) and Sara Lund (drums) still draw on deep roots in punk and hard rock, they often seem to be navigating uncharted territory. The songs are dark and jagged, more likely to generate brooding unease than provide easy catharsis. Check out either version of the tortured eight-minute epic "Swan" for an unpredictable, genre-defying experience that's thoroughly fascinating.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:22 +0000 Jon Young 262831 at http://www.motherjones.com Sallie Ford, the Exhilarating Provocateur http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/portland-sallie-ford-slap-back <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6-q1HAAtMzo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Sallie Ford<br><em>Slap Back</em><br> Vanguard</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="sallie ford" class="image" src="/files/SallieFordSlapBack-Cover-2-300x300.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Raucous, profane, and unapologetic, Sallie Ford relishes playing the provocateur. On the exhilarating <em>Slap Back</em>, the Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter debuts her new all-female backing band, sounding like the early, badass Elvis Costello who fronted the Attractions. Buoyed by waves of punky garage rock, Ford addresses urgent issues like romance and lust in her usual blunt language ("Give Me Your Lovin'"), while illuminating her own struggles ("So Damn Low") and pausing for moments of surprising tenderness, observing, "Loves may come and lovers may go. But I'm here for the long haul, I hope you know" in "Hey Girl." For all the catchy tunes and tough grooves, Ford's greatest asset is her rowdy charisma.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:21 +0000 Jon Young 262826 at http://www.motherjones.com The Vaselines are Back http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/v-vaselines-new-album-nirvana-kurt-cobain <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>The Vaselines<br><em>V for Vaselines</em><br> Rosary Music</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="V for Vaselines" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-11%20at%206.14.02%20PM.png" style="height: 235px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Talk about poor timing. Scottish duo the Vaselines split up in 1989, the week their debut album was released, so they weren't around to take advantage when Kurt Cobain became a fan and recorded three of their songs with Nirvana. But things have been going more smoothly since 2008, when Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee got back together. On the rousing&nbsp;<em>V for Vaselines</em>, their second post-reunion outing, the rowdy twosome offers a fizzy update of classic male-female sparring matches in the grand tradition of Johnny Cash and June Carter, or John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X. Whether trading scruffy lead vocals or combining for bracing harmonies, Kelly and McKee make exuberant punk-pop that captures interpersonal strife with entertaining zest. Memorable snotty lyric of the week, from "Number One Crush": "Being with you/Kills my IQ."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dzXhj4TCQtM" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 262246 at http://www.motherjones.com Allo Darlin's Latest is So Much More Than Twee Pop http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/allo-darlin-so-much-more-twee-pop <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ktinVfJ3GZk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Allo Darlin&rsquo;<br><em>We Come from the Same Place</em><br> Slumberland/Fortuna Pop!</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Allo' Darlin" class="image" src="/files/Allo-Darlin-Album-Cover-513x513.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Allo Darlin' has sometimes been tagged with the dismissive term "twee pop," but there&rsquo;s nothing cute or quaint about the jangly guitar rock on the Anglo-Australian quartet's excellent third album. Leader Elizabeth Morris crafts thoughtful vignettes that diagram the uncertainties of everyday life and fledgling relationships, exhibiting the perceptive, unpretentious directness of a master short story writer. "I can't say everything will be okay/I'm just trying to make it though another Tuesday," she sighs on the title track, while "Romance and Adventure" finds her confessing, "I'm just tired of being strong," to a stomping beat. Morris' understated vocals are a charming mix of wistful melancholy and determined resilience, giving <em>We Come from the Same Place</em> the resonance of a get-together with a nurturing close friend.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 261981 at http://www.motherjones.com Check Out This Incredible Trove of Vintage Amateur Gospel http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/soul-designer-records-amateur-vintage-gospel <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Various Artists<br><em>The Soul of Designer Records</em><br> Big Legal Mess Records</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/BLM0289_Designer_Cover.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px; float: right;"></div> <p>With 101 tracks on four discs, <em>The Soul of Designer Records</em> isn't for casual listeners, but it will delight most anyone who partakes. This amazing, irresistible collection chronicles the output of the Memphis-based Designer label, which from 1967 to 1977 served as a vanity press for mostly amateur gospel artists looking to record their own 45s. Despite the artists' nonprofessional status, not to mention the microscopic budgets, the recordings are almost uniformly excellent and exciting, marked by raw, unfeigned passion and stripped-down settings that suggest a church-ified counterpart to garage rock. From Grand Junction to Cora Bell Watkins to the Mighty Blytheville Aires, likable nobodies all, this is one terrific set.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 261516 at http://www.motherjones.com The (Almost) Unabridged Barbara Lynn http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/10/barbara-lynn-complete-atlantic-recordings-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LoaLCc2jR_g?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Barbara Lynn<br><em>The Complete Atlantic Recordings</em><br> Real Gone Music</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Barbara Lynn" class="image" src="/files/51NSmQGV2qL._SY450__1.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px; float: right;"></div> <p><em>The Complete Atlantic Recordings</em> spotlights Texas-born singer Barbara Lynn, best known for the 1962 smash hit "You&rsquo;ll Lose a Good Thing." While her tenure with Atlantic Records in the late '60s and early '70s failed to generate major commercial sparks, there's plenty of fine Southern soul (tempered with a dash of Motown) on this 25-song collection. Lynn's husky drawl never sounded better than it does on "This Is the Thanks I Get," "People Like Me" or her previously unreleased version of the Box Tops "Soul Deep." For those who prefer a more concise portion, Light in the Attic Records will release a straight reissue of Lynn's sole Atlantic album at the end of October.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:00:11 +0000 Jon Young 261511 at http://www.motherjones.com Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. Is the Guitar Hero for Our Time http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/gary-clark-jr-live-new-album <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RtubNxl_Cdk?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Gary Clark Jr.<br><em>Live</em><br> Warner Bros.</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Gary Clark Jr Live" class="image" src="/files/GCJlive.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>A guitar hero for the modern era, Gary Clark Jr. plays bluesy rock with a blistering urgency that makes the hoariest conventions feel brand new. For all his flashy expertise, the muscular solos and buzzing riffs never feel gratuitous, while Clark's terse, tough singing nicely complements his fretwork. This 15-track, 97-minute feast is the perfect showcase for his brilliance, mixing versions of standards like "Three O&rsquo;Clock Blues" (popularized by B.B. King) and "Catfish Blues" (also covered by Jimi Hendrix) with pungent originals, from sleek boogie ("Travis County") to tender soul ("Please Come Home"), with lots of fireworks in between. While it's tempting to view him as the next coming of Hendrix, especially in light of his take on Jimi's "Third Stone from the Sun," Clark is closer in spirit to Stevie Ray Vaughan: less an exotic, godlike genius than a gifted guardian of tradition who never fails to thrill.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260986 at http://www.motherjones.com Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier Delivers a Captivating New Solo Album http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-laetitia-sadiers-new-solo-album-something-shines <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IKYb_3P9O4g?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Laetitia Sadier<br><em>Something Shines</em><br> Drag City</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%">&nbsp;</div> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-12%20at%202.45.00%20PM.png"></div> <p>Best known as the singer for the long-running British-French band Stereolab&mdash;now on an indefinite hiatus&mdash;Laetitia Sadier has always been able to address pointedly political and deeply personal concerns with equal eloquence. The debut of Sadier's side project, Monade, was titled <em>Socialisme ou Barbarie</em>, while her first solo outing, <em>The Trip</em>, was her attempt to come to grips with her sister's suicide. On this captivating third solo album, she continues to range far and wide, mixing acoustic sounds with the retro-futurism that made Stereolab's electro-pop so inviting. Whether asking tersely, "Do the rich need the poor to be rich?" on "Oscuridad," or accentuating the positive on the soaring, Beach Boys-inspired "Life Is Winning," her serene, lovely voice is a remarkable oasis of calm that's sure to make you feel better about things to come.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260191 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Pressure" by My Brightest Diamond http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/music-review-pressure-my-brightest-diamond <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CePpTXIuQzY?list=UUOkWMIcLDDV1P48NSCdkJ5w" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 1</p> <p><strong>"Pressure"</strong></p> <p>From My Brightest Diamond's <em>This Is My Hand</em></p> <p>ASTHMATIC KITTY</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> The fourth MBD album gets off to a rousing start with this joyful brew of marching-band rhythms, xylophone, brass, and Shara Worden's big, operatic voice.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> An alumna of Sufjan Stevens' band, Worden's r&eacute;sum&eacute; includes collaborations with David Byrne, Matthew Barney, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Decemberists.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Brainy art-poppers, meaning St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, or Joanna Newsom.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:35:06 +0000 Jon Young 259071 at http://www.motherjones.com Lia Ices' Newfound Urgency http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/lia-ices-masters-dreampop-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BXTJ5JHNC1Q?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Lia Ices<br><em>Ices</em><br> Jagjaguwar</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="Ices" class="image" src="/files/JAG205.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>After displaying her mastery of mesmerizing dream-pop on 2011's <em>Grown Unknown</em>, Lia Ices adds a shot of energy to the mix on this charming third album. Though recorded piecemeal at studios around the country, Ices feels focused and cohesive, with the leadoff track "Tell Me" setting the tempo, setting a typically lush melody to a thumping party beat. Ices is still happily indebted to Kate Bush&mdash;witness the meditative seven-minute "Waves"&mdash;but jaunty songs like "Higher" show she has the confidence to play around with her sound and not settle for ambient-music clich&eacute;s. If this bracing newfound urgency indicates a willingness to court a larger audience a la Lykke Li, more power to her.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 260141 at http://www.motherjones.com