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NYC artists on the rise: Uninhabitable Mansions

Why the hell haven’t we heard more about Uninhabitable Mansions? This collective is doing what so many of us wish we could: jamming out with friends, pressing little, under-the-radar records, publishing books and doing all kinds of crafty-crafts. It’s one of those indeterminate-number-of-members bands, pumping out exuberant, eclectic rock – Earlier recordings of The Most Serene Republic might be the closest parable. The drums drive a lot of the tracks, with fluttering or towering guitars and a chorus of voices. There’s a ton of variety going on; maybe it’s the fact the band shares members with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Au Revoir Simone, Radical Dads, and Dirty on Purpose, to name a few. “We Already Know” is a total jam, with deft vocals and propulsive drums. They’re unsigned, but it doesn’t matter – they just put out a full length, “Nature is a Taker,” and you can buy it online right now, along with a bevy of the collective’s gear. - DWE

   

Best of NYC #43: Javelin

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel and DJs).

By “Oh! Centra,” the third track on its Luaka Bop debut, “No Mas,” Javelin has already covered bumping Tom Tom Club funk, Beach Boys-circa-’66 chamber-pop, and “Super Mario Brothers” blip-bloop-bleep. Much of the music sounds lifted from thrift-shop vinyl, but according to George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk, the wily Rhode Island cousins who formed the band in 2005, only some of it is. Often, if the duo’s press releases are to be believed, Langford and Van Buskirk play real, live instruments, using guitars, keyboards, horns, and whatever else they’ve got handy to recreate vintage source material. As slick and seamless as it is, “No Mas” is smudged with human fingerprints and free of the “aren’t I clever?” gimmickry that mars many a lesser glo-fi record. Langford and Van Buskirk plunder with love, whether cribbing glossy new-wave synths (“Moscow 1980”) or the burping baritone saxophones of Stax-aping Daptone soul (“Shadow Heart”). - Kenneth Partridge

   

Rewards is born from a rib of Chairlift - Live at Cameo, 05.28

Rewards is Chairlift's Aaron Pfenning's new project, and it's scheduled to play live at Cameo on May 28 with Picture Picture.

   

NYC Girl with Piano: Dianne Birch, live at Highline Ballroom, June 1

It's remarkable how in the new millennium you can listen to new music that could have been written in any decade of the second half of the 20th century. The songs of hugely talented Dianne Birch take us back to the classic soul-pop of the 70s, flirting with the sound of Motown, the beautiful jazzy melody of Joni Mitchell and the playfulness of early Elton John. You may have recently seen Diane on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, or heard her new single “Valentino” (here's the video) as a Song of the Day on NPR. Her voice is a treat - if true talent is what you're after, don't miss her show at Highline Ballroom on June 1st.

   

Best of NYC #44: Locksley

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel and DJs).


Each song on Locksley’s album, “Be In Love,” is as peppy as the next, blending the sweetness of doo-wop harmonies and love-infused themes, with the urgent speed and strumming guitar style of punk. Album highlights such as the jovial jukebox jam, “Love You Too,” swinging and dulcet “Darling It’s True,” jubilant and ringing “21st Century” and exultant single, “The Whip,” are bound to lift spirits, charm listeners with a variety of genre tastes, and keep fans bopping and bouncing at shows. - Meijin Bruttomesso