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Jason Falkner tonight, Aug 25th @ Spaceland

Jason Falkner

What do acts like Beck, Gnarls Barkley, Cheap Trick, and Paul McCartney have in common? Jason Falkner, that's what. This multi-instrumentalist has worked with all of them and still found the time to record four solo efforts. It's no small feat that on his latest release, I'm OK, You're OK, he recorded, produced, and mixed every note on the album.

 If you haven't heard the his brand of infectious indie pop, tonight at Spaceland is your last chance for the rest of summer.

   

The Dont's

CD Name: 
Those Delicate Chemicals
Music Link: 
http://www.myspace.com/thedonts
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<p>Considering my usual tendencies towards the darker, brooding, far too narcissistic and self-indulgent end of the musical spectrum, <a href="http://www.myspace.com/thedonts">The Dont&rsquo;s</a> <em>Those Delicate Chemicals </em>embraced my ears with a welcome sense of levity. Their third album (and the first one I&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of delving into), <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> really stands out as being able to deliver the practices of a heady and experimental band through the parameters of a delightful pop-like sound. With its layers of charming guitar riffs, delicately placed textural oddities and an overall exuberant atmosphere, <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> could very well be the pop anthem for your art school experience&hellip; and I mean that in the most sincere way I can muster.</p> <p>Considering how surprisingly small San Francisco can seem, it comes as no surprise to hear influences from formerly local avant-rock stars 60-Watt Kid throughout this album (no more apparent then in the final two songs &ldquo;Backtalk&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Will of God&rdquo;). Perhaps they&rsquo;re friends, perhaps they&rsquo;ve just seen each others shows on a number of occasions, but the jagged ethereal and heavy tremolo guitar layers that appear throughout the songs of both bands is obviously comparable. Serving as one of the many interesting layers throughout <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em>, these wonderfully well-placed interruptions serve a vital role to elevate the pop framework to a vast and intricate soundscape.</p> <p>Opening with their call and response anthem &ldquo;Which Side You&rsquo;re On (The Pirate Song)&rdquo; <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> kicks off with a cheeky wink and a smile. You&rsquo;d love it if its clarion call asking &ldquo;what side you&rsquo;re on&rdquo; is The Dont&rsquo;s feeling the waters for whose side the listener is on, but lets not mince words; this is a song about pirates, and pirates will &ldquo;get it done.&rdquo; Surly as their &ldquo;piratic oath&rdquo; would demand, the song leads its crowd in a triumphant bellowing of &ldquo;ARRRRRRRRR. &ldquo; I imagine this is not a moment to miss at their performances.</p> <p>Leading immediately into one of my favorite songs on the album, &ldquo;Breakdown,&rdquo; <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> moves on past its initial playfulness to its slightly more serious, but still jubilant, elements. While the songs change somewhat in tonality, listening across <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> it&rsquo;s hard to pigeonhole it with one thematic quality. Not at all to its detriment, <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> seems to lack a greater arch to its narrative. There is depth to the individual songs, but short of the fastidiously executed sound, there seems little that ties them together. Favorites certainly pop out (&ldquo;Regardless, The Goddess,&rdquo; &ldquo;Peacetime,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Gasoline&rdquo; come to mind) but there is a certain distance held between the music and any underlying concept for the album.</p> <p>Perhaps that's just the point. The Dont&rsquo;s keep the audience at a distance with their Ramones style surname uniformity, and maybe by withholding just enough the mask serves to direct the listeners attention to the complexities of the sound as opposed to the distraction of a message. The mask is their tool of misdirection.</p> <p>The Dont&rsquo;s <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> is definitely an album to seek out. Elaborate and boisterous, <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> is the type of intelligent and experimental pop sound that is very hard to come by. It carries with it a depth that rivals its avant counterparts, but is delivered with the accessibility many similar sounding artists lack. I encourage you to add it to your collection if for no other reason than to scream &ldquo;ARRRRR&rdquo; every time that pirate captain demands.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-<em>Ada Lann</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Dont's <em>Those Delicate Chemicals</em> can be purchased <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/those-delicate-chemicals/id378944227">here</a>.</p>
   

Album Review: The Dont's - Those Delicate Chemicals

Considering my usual tendencies towards the darker, brooding, far too narcissistic and self-indulgent end of the musical spectrum, The Dont’s Those Delicate Chemicals embraced my ears with a welcome sense of levity. Their third album (and the first one I’ve had the pleasure of delving into), Those Delicate Chemicals really stands out as being able to deliver the practices of a heady and experimental band through the parameters of a delightful pop-like sound. With its layers of charming guitar riffs, delicately placed textural oddities and an overall exuberant atmosphere, Those Delicate Chemicals could very well be the pop anthem for your art school experience… and I mean that in the most sincere way I can muster.

Considering how surprisingly small San Francisco can seem, it comes as no surprise to hear influences from formerly local avant-rock stars 60-Watt Kid throughout this album (no more apparent then in the final two songs “Backtalk” and “The Will of God”). Perhaps they’re friends, perhaps they’ve just seen each others shows on a number of occasions, but the jagged ethereal and heavy tremolo guitar layers that appear throughout the songs of both bands is obviously comparable. Serving as one of the many interesting layers throughout Those Delicate Chemicals, these wonderfully well-placed interruptions serve a vital role to elevate the pop framework to a vast and intricate soundscape.

Opening with their call and response anthem “Which Side You’re On (The Pirate Song)” Those Delicate Chemicals kicks off with a cheeky wink and a smile. You’d love it if its clarion call asking “what side you’re on” was The Dont’s feeling the waters for whose side the listener is on, but lets not mince words; this is a song about pirates, and pirates will “get it done.” Surly as their “piratic oath” would demand, the song leads its crowd in a triumphant bellowing of “ARRRRRRRRR. “ I imagine this is not a moment to miss at their performances.

Leading immediately into one of my favorite songs on the album, “Breakdown,” Those Delicate Chemicals moves on past its initial playfulness to its slightly more serious, but still jubilant, elements. While the songs change somewhat in tonality, listening across Those Delicate Chemicals it’s hard to pigeonhole it with one thematic quality. Not at all to its detriment, Those Delicate Chemicals seems to lack a greater arch to its narrative. There is depth to the individual songs, but short of the fastidiously executed sound, there seems little that ties them together. Favorites certainly pop out (“Regardless, The Goddess,” “Peacetime,” and “Gasoline” come to mind) but there is a certain distance held between the music and any underlying concept for the album.

Perhaps that's just the point. The Dont’s keep the audience at a distance with their Ramones style surname uniformity, and maybe by withholding just enough the mask serves to direct the listeners attention to the complexities of the sound as opposed to the distraction of a message. The mask is their tool of misdirection.

The Dont’s Those Delicate Chemicals is definitely an album to seek out. Elaborate and boisterous, Those Delicate Chemicals is the type of intelligent and experimental pop sound that is very hard to come by. It carries with it a depth that rivals its avant counterparts, but is delivered with the accessibility many similar sounding artists lack. I encourage you to add it to your collection if for no other reason than to scream “ARRRRR” every time that pirate captain demands.

 

-Ada Lann

 

Which Side You're On (The Pirate Song) by thedonts

 

The Dont's Those Delicate Chemicals can be purchased here.

   

NYC Artists on the Rise: Lacrymosa's Residency at The Living Room

Caitlin Pasko just graduated at NYU and plays mellow but somehow eerie orchestral pop under the name Lacrymosa - sounding somewhere between Kate Bush and Joni Mitchel - with a piano. She recorded her debut album "Selah" as her senior project. The first single, entitled "Simple Questions" will be released on September 5th, in occasion of the first date of her September residency at The Living Room. Check out also the live video on her site here. Definitely a new talent to keep an eye on.

   

The Deli SF's Weekend Highlights For 8/26-8/28

As San Francisco's true summer begins, and the heat descends, hopefully you'll be making time between your enjoyment of our long overdue nice weather to see some live music.

Thursday night, at the Hemlock, you can catch The Royal Baths playing with Mrcy Hot Sprngs, Outlaw, and Lilac, 9pm.

Friday head out to the East Bay where Burbank International will be playing their first show in far too long. At Mama Buzz, along side Nick Sinetos, this is a show you should definitely check lest it be another year before you can see them again, 8pm.

Lastly, on Saturday head over to the Great American Music Hall for a juggernaut of an instrumental band line-up with From Monument to Masses, Silian Rail and Judgement Day. This will be From Monument to Masses' final show so see that this event makes itself onto your Saturday night to-do list.

 

-Ada Lann