A few years ago, when MySpace was a more relevant term, I stumbled across a link somewhere in the vast depths of Internet and it brought me to Jessica Lea Mayfield’s MySpace page. That fortunate, mistaken click lead me to one of my favorite new artists.
This kind of fortune seems to court the young singer. There were only 100 copies made of her debut EP, White Lies, and one of them found its way into the hands and ears of the Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach. She would go on to be a guest vocalist on their Attack and Release album and Auerbach would go on to produce her 2011 release, Tell Me.
The track that baited my ears was "Our Hearts Are Wrong." It has a simple yet infectious melody and the writing sounded like Kurt Cobain taking a stab at noir country. There were large yet soft guitars, echoing tastefully against her fragile but determined voice.
Langhorne Slim recently released his latest album, The Way We Move. The music is charged poetic alt-country with banjo pushing and pulling against rollicking piano and twanged vocals. The Way We Move is a break-up record that finds itself galvanized and energetic.
The album was ushered into the world by the donations of fans through pledgemusic.com. In return for the donations, Slim offered everything from presales to the opportunity of having a drink with the band -- an opportunity perhaps possible this Friday at the Casbah.
August 10, 2012:
Langhorne Slim & the Law, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Quiet Life @ Casbah
Coda Reactor, Low Volts, the Beautiful View, Children of Nova, Jesse Lamonaca @ The Griffin
The Donkeys, Bad Dad @ Eleven
Sleeping People (CD release), Devfits, Kata (CD release) @ Soda Bar
Schitzophonics, Gloomsday, Cash Crop, Small Talk @ Tower Bar
The Offspring @ Del Mar Concert Series
Monster of Rock Tribute with Damage Inc., Back 2 Black, Wag Halen, DJ Man Cat @ Belly Up
Pussy Galore featuring Slpwlkrs, DJ Robin Roth & Samazon @ Whistle Stop