Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Articles by Eric Shea

Ear to the Ground: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s “My Baby”

July 10, 2014
For the last 30 years, saxophonist Karl Denson has done stints with Lenny Kravitz, the Greyboy Allstars, and Slightly Stoopid, but this hard-grooving solo effort is where he really hits his stride.
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Ear to the Ground: Las Sultanas’ “Rober”

July 9, 2014
This all-female Spanish garage-rock outfit writes catchy songs that are perfect for vintage B-movie soundtracks.
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Ear to the Ground: Bonfire Beach's “Spit U Out”

July 8, 2014
In the mood for sultry noise rock? Dexy Valentine sounds like she was born to keep rock ’n’ roll dangerous.
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Ear to the Ground: Strand of Oaks’ “Goshen ’97”

July 8, 2014
This coming-of-age anthem about home recording and Casio keyboards features a raging solo from the one and only J Mascis.
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Ear to the Ground: Further’s “California Bummer”

July 7, 2014
The noise-pop pioneers’ out-of-print recordings are finally getting the reissue treatment—and just in time to help guitarist Josh Schwartz’s battle with ALS.
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Ear to the Ground: Parquet Courts’ “Black and White”

July 2, 2014
The Brooklyn indie rockers import ’90s sounds to fuel the fires of 21st-century paranoia and demonstrate how discordance can be anthemic.
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Ear to the Ground: Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Saturday’s Song”

July 2, 2014
Court & Spark cohorts MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch deftly avoid country mouse/city mouse clichés to craft a gorgeous Americana opus that’s an instant classic.
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Ear to the Ground: The Range of Light Wilderness’ “Perfect {the First Time}”

July 1, 2014
Just as Beachwood Sparks perfected the classic SoCal sound, this Bay Area trio captures the vibes of its home turf with a sublime gem of harmonious, psychedelic folk-rock.
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Ear to the Ground: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters’ “Rainbow”

June 30, 2014
The Led Zep legend returns to rock ’n’ roll, but infuses it with Afrobeat and trance to create a sound that is simultaneously rootsy and new.
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Ear to the Ground: James Williamson and Lisa Kekaula’s “I Gotta Right”

June 27, 2014
Motor City redemption! The Stooges guitarist and Bell Rays vocalist join forces for a ripped-to-shreds rendering of “I Got a Right.”
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