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Sodafrog

CD Name: 
Hang the Moon
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Music Link: 
http://www.myspace.com/sodafrog
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<p>Sodafrog&rsquo;s debut release, <em>Hang the Moon </em>is a beautiful album, three years in the making. What amazed me about this album is that Tom Janovitz, the talent behind Sodafrog, plays eight instruments on the album including the Chinese erhu and all the lead vocals. It is meticulously written, produced and recorded by Janovitz himself at &ldquo;his place in Somerville&rdquo; which really adds an impressive element to the album. No, element is an understatement. The quality of the sound on this album is truly gorgeous and I am extremely impressed.&nbsp; It is obvious when an artist has put tremendous effort into their work to make it perfect and the end product glows with the labor and time that went into it. It makes an album very unique and gives it a pure personality. The songs vary in styles but root in American blues and indie folk-rock. The lyrics are balladistic and the stories are emotionally dark at times. &ldquo;Central Nonsense&rdquo; is a story about a girl who wants &ldquo;more, more, more&rdquo; the glockenspiel adds a jovial accent to the keep-on-truckin&rsquo; tempo and encouraging lyrics. It&rsquo;s borderline poppy and is catchy as hell, I woke up with it stuck in my head. &ldquo;Chances at Sea&rdquo; is my favorite track on the album, composed of dire and wintery lyrics, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t matter much anymore/the TV is still broken/you&rsquo;re running out of books/the guitar is still missing all its strings&rdquo;. The vocals are eerie and there are ghosts in the chorus. The song is beautiful and dark and sad. It is the only song on the album where Janovitz plays everything. The album is tight and the tracks are diverse. <em>Hang the Moon</em> is a shining example where hard work pays off. Sodafrog will be celebrating the release of <em>Hang the Moon</em> with a two day extravaganza at <a href="http://www.ploughandstars.com/">Plough and Stars</a> in Cambridge on Thursday April 22nd and Friday April 23rd. Sodafrog will be playing with a full band including members of Mean Creek and Molly Coddle. <em><a href="http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/">http://sodafrog.blogspot.com/</a>--Meghan Chiampa</em></p>
   

Weekend Warrior, April 9 - 11

It’s that time of year again. Can you smell it in the air? Yes, the distinct odor of burning flesh and sweaty, rabid party-goers ready to fuckin’ rock! It’s time for Pilam’s Human BBQ version XXXII! If you missed last year’s surprise performance by The Dead Milkmen, then I don’t think that you are going to want to skip this year’s celebration, especially with such a tasty lineup on the menu for this Saturday, which we so conveniently listed for you below. This is for all those who aren’t hopped up on illegal narcotics or something that you concocted out of your medicine cabinet. We know pacing yourself is key if you want to make it to the virgin sacrifices later in the evening. Are there any virgins on college campuses anymore? Well, that’s what she told you last night, right? BTW: If virgin sacrifices and hanging out with drunken underagers aren’t your thing anymore, but you still like to rock only in a slightly mellower way with your kids then we think Kidrockers on Saturday at World Café Live with Philly’s adopted sons The Spinto Band is certainly a cool option for all you aging hipsters who want to raise a generation of good music lovers. And if you still have some energy left, there is always reliving your college years up the road at Pilam after you pass the kids off to your in-laws, parents, babysitter or any who will take them. Pilam, 3914 Spruce St., 12pm - Infinity, was told $12 but poster says $13 - FREE BBQ if you get there early, All Ages myspace.com/thepilam

 
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Campbell Davis/Mike Murphy (Upstairs)
12:30pm - 12:45pm: Golden Ages (Upstairs)
12:45pm - 1:10pm: Slutever (Upstairs)
1:10pm - 1:25pm: MC Digga (Downstairs)
1:25pm - 2:10pm: Mr. Do (Upstairs)
2:10pm - 2:40pm: Dangerous Ponies 
2:40pm - 3:20pm: The Capstan Shafts
3:10pm - 3:50pm: Netherfriends
3:50pm - 4:35pm: These United States (Upstairs)
4:35pm - 5:10pm: Electric Jellyfish
5:10pm - 5:40pm: Dangerbird 
5:40pm - 6:00pm: My Mind (Downstairs)
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Amateur Party
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Hot Guts (Downstairs)
7:00pm - 7:40pm: Algernon Cadwallader (Upstairs)
7:40pm - 8:20pm: Miniboone (Downstairs)
8:20pm - 9:00pm: The Extraordinaires (Upstairs)
9:15pm - 10:00pm: Double Dagger (Upstairs) 
10:00pm - 10:40pm: Home Blitz (Downstairs)
10:50pm - 11:30pm: Birds of Maya (Downstairs) 
11:30pm - 12:15am: Blues Control (Upstairs)
12:15am - 1:10am: Pink Skull (Downstairs)
1:10am -2:00am: Anamanaguchi (Downstairs)
 
 
Just in case this is a little too much for you, here are some more places to do your thang…
 
The Ox (Just Ask) SAT Scott Churchman CD Release Party w/An American Chinese, The New Heaven & The New Earth, Snow Caps
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Thom McCarthy EP Release Party w/ Sonni Shine
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Kuf Knotz and The Lizards from Mars, SAT The Sobriquets
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Busses and Speed Skating, SAT Jotto EP Release Party, SUN Agent Moosehead and Late Night Drifters
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI The New Connection
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Stonethrown
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT American Babies

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI The Great Unknown
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Conversations with Enemies
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Lion Versus and Kettle Pot Black
 
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Caterpillar
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Mikey Galactic
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI ‘tine - ‘tine and Filmstar
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Xande Cruz
 
Fergie's (1214 Sansom St.) SAT TJ Kong and the AtomicBomb
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Toy Soldiers
 

 

   

Album Review -The Northern Key

We are all moving at a breakneck pace. Our calendars are overflowing with events, we’re constantly running late for work and always attempting to catch up on sleep. However, on a occasion something will come along and make us stop and take a breath. Enter The Northern Key.

The Northern Key's self titled album is the ultimate companion to San Francisco’s recent stormy days. Their perfectly stark, indie folk is meant for hibernation. Listening creates that satisfied calm that only happens when rain falls softly outside your window and the city grows quite. Singer Andrew Galluccio’s voice lingers on your ears like a crush’s whisper as each violin string is played at an octave that could break our heart.

Produced by Chris Chu of The Morning Benders, the album feels as if it was created with gentle care. Nothing is rushed or forced, each note feels right. Even down to their album art, the Northern Key convey a feeling that is beautiful and organic.

This album could easily be the soundtrack to a Sophia Coppola movie or the backdrop to a Cormac McCarthy novel. Opening track “Proof” eases you in with its bittersweet sound of somber lyrics over electric organ and gentle strumming. “Cowboy and Indian” grows a bit darker. “I just need to flush it from my system, toss the photos and soft copies of you,” Galluccio croons. The stronger “Spaced Out” takes you to the end of the road, gingerly shaking you from a melodic haze.

Do you self a favor and take this 40 minute mental health break.

- Alex Scioli

   

Weekly Feature 195a: Glass Ghost, Live at Glasslands, 05.14

The end of 2009 saw a lot of bands like Real Estate, Washed Out, and Glass Ghost producing tired blissful sounds. It was like the whole crowd of music listeners had had a fantastic busy summer and wanted their winter music to remind them what drinking a clandestine beer on the beach was like. Glass Ghost plays syncopated tropicalía rhythms over warm, eccentric keyboard riffs. Eliot Krimsky sings with a bouncy falsetto croon not too distant from Thom Yorke’s timbre. - Read Andrew Spaulding's interview with the band here.

   

Ladies Rock Camp Showcase this Sunday

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp has a public event coming up this Sunday, April 11th. For those of you that aren't familiar with the BAGRC, they are the non-profit Oakland organization now in its third year of bringing music education and empowerment to girls ages 8 to 18. Ladies Rock Camp, the weekend program modeled after Girls Rock Summer Camp, features an environment where participants learn/practice instruments, form bands, write an original song, attend workshops, and perform in a live concert in three days. For many of the women, this is the first time with their chosen instrument and maiden voyage of taking the stage.

In addition to seeing some music and supporting a music education program in the Bay Area, attendees of the Ladies Rock Showcase are eligible for drawing prizes such as health and wellness packages from local acupuncturists and yoga studios as well as museum passes and gift certificates. All proceeds go to towards Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and its programs.

Ladies Rock Camp Showcase
Sunday, April 11th - 3pm 
25 Women. 6 Bands. ALL ORIGINAL SONGS!
Oakland Metro Operahouse (630 3rd St., Oakland)
$5-10 sliding scale

-Nicole