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    • Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist Featuring Battles, Animal Collective, New Order, & More
      Welcome to Under the Radar's Weekly Playlist, where we compile the best tracks to debut online in the last week (or thereabouts). In this mix we've got new songs by Battles, Animal Collective, Joanna Gruesome, Chad Valley, Younghusband, and more; plus New Order, The Legends, and Young Galaxy get remixed.
    • Stuff Like That There
      For years, decades even, Yo La Tengo have inhabited the role of the indie mainstay; "business as usual" could describe any of their albums since the mid-aughts at least. That makes Yo La Tengo sound like a band who sticks to one successful sound, however, which couldn't be further from the truth. 
    • Premiere: La Sera - “10 Headed Goat Wizard” Video
      Since the release of last year's Hour of the Dawn, Katy Goodman's La Sera project has kept relatively quiet. Fortunately, Goodman and company have returned today with a video for "10 Headed Goat Wizard," an effervescent highlight from that 2014 LP.
    • Horizons
      On Painted Palms' second album, Horizons, the duo updates its sound by 20 years; moving from the '60s pop-psychedelia of its debut full-length, Forever, to the fritter-y synth-pop of the '80s. And boy, do Painted Palms love their synths. 
    • Dirty Weekend
      Neil LaBute’s latest confirms that the writer/director is out of touch and out of material.
    • Watch Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in the First Clip from Biopic “Born to Be Blue”
      In Born to Be Blue Ethan Hawke plays the iconic jazz trumpeter Chet Baker late in his career, in the late 1960s as he attempts a comeback after years battling his heroine addiction. Robert Budreau wrote and directed the film.
    • Listen: Younghusband - “Waverly Street”
      Younghusband recently announced their second album, Dissolver, which is due out on October 30 via ATP Recordings. They've already shared the nostalgic video for "Better Times" and now they've given us another song from the album, the somewhat dreamy/somewhat fuzzy "Waverly Street."
    • Watch: The Dead Weather - “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” Live Performance Video
      The Dead Weather's new album, Dodge and Burn, is due out September 25 via Third Man. Now the band led by Jack White and The Kills' Alison Mosshart have shared a live performance video for the single "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" (which has already gotten a regular music video). 
    • Listen: Florence and the Machine - “Queen of Peace (Hot Chip Remix)”
      Hot Chip have remixed the Florence and the Machine song "Queen of Peace." The original version can be Florence's recently released third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and previously also got the video treatment. 
    • Watch Arcade Fire Record “Afterlife” with James Murphy in New “The Reflektor Tapes” Clip
      Arcade Fire are releasing a feature film, The Reflektor Tapes. It will screen in movie theaters starting September 23 and Kahlil Joseph directed it. They have previously shared the first clip from the film, which was eight-minutes long and essentially also a music video for "Porno," a song from last year's album Reflektor. 
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    • Listen: Half Moon Run Share 'Turn Your Love' September 4, 2015
      Check it out now...Montreal's Half Moon Run released their album to a quiet, steady ripple of applause, not quite anticipating what would happen next. Word spread, and then spread some more - with the Canadian group finishing up as a bona fide international success story. New album 'Sun Leads Me On', then, arrives with no small degree of press […]
    • Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn Re-Issue Planned September 4, 2015
      'Cubist Blues' set to emerge once more...Alan Vega, Alex Chilton and Ben Vaughn walk into a room... No, it's not a slightly obscure avant garde one liner - it actually happened. The three musicians recorded a little known collaborative LP in 1994 which is about to be re-issued. 'Cubist Blues' revolved around two late night jam sessio […]
    • Aphex Twin Shares Bonus AFX Track September 4, 2015
      Listen to 'umil 25-01'After the drought, the deluge... Aphex Twin wound down his AFX moniker in 2005 following a series of Analord releases on Rephlex, before making a surprise return earlier this summer. A new EP followed, with fans who purchase the digital edition via Bleep offered bonus cut 'umil 25-01'. Well, now it's online for […]
    • Premiere: The Funs - 'Cross Kisser' September 4, 2015
      Dirty, rotten scoundrels...The Funs come from the nowheresville, USA, a cute couple with a deliciously evil sound. Skewed indie rock with a minimal vibe, The Funs released their debut album back in 2013. A sleeper success, Kim Deal was evidently a fan and invited the duo to open for The Breeders on a full American tour. The band's second album will be r […]
    • Nothing Stays Tha Same: Mike Paradinas September 4, 2015
      Planet Mu toast two decades of innovations...Sometimes the real taste-makers aren't the ones who shout the loudest, and Planet Mu are a perfect example of that. The scene-defining label has been at the forefront of releasing cutting-edge, idiosyncratic electronic music for 20 years. To celebrate this milestone, Mike Paradinas (AKA μ-Ziq) has compiled an […]
    • Premiere: Balthazar - 'Wait Any Longer' September 4, 2015
      Live at Les Nuits Botanique...Belgian art rock group Balthazar are practically an institution in their homeland. In the UK, however, we're going to have to play catch up. The band have a lengthy discography, one that recalls moments of The Cure, Radiohead or even Arcade Fire. An expansive sound, yet also a humane one, Balthazar have just announced a new […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Jody Wisternoff September 4, 2015
      Bristol legend toasts Anjunadeep...When Bristol's Jody Wisternoff first caught attention he was a precocious teen, a living emblem of the tirade of energy rippling through hardcore. One half of Way Out West, the producer has gradually evolved, staying ahead of the game which broadening his sound and softening his approach. In almost continual demand bot […]
    • Swim Deep - 'Namaste' September 4, 2015
      Starring Paul Daniels!Swim Deep are due to release second album 'Mothers' on September 25th, but ahead of this the group have lined up a cheeky single. 'Namaste' is out now, a Motown stomper from another dimension. In a neat twist, the accompanying video uses friends, family and iconic magician/entertainers. Yep, they've nabbed Paul […]
    • Premiere: Life Is Better Blonde - 'Follow Me' September 4, 2015
      Melbourne producer with an oddly forward-thinking aesthetic...Melbourne-based producer Life Is Better Blonde emerged earlier this year. Debut cut 'Mine' matched R&B with forgotten voices, the swirling sound seeming to coalesce from half-remembered sounds. Beautifully hazy, the producer is now set to match this on 'Follow Me'. A beauti […]
    • Carhartt WIP x Oddisee September 4, 2015
      The rapper will make an appearance in-store.Carhartt WIP has a bold history of collaborative projects, with sartorial hook ups including A.P.C., Patta and RetroSuperFuture (see here, here and here for the full story). Alongside the aesthetically rewarding, the streetwear megabrand has long flexed its listening party mentality, tapping a selection of artists […]
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    • 9/3: LABOR DAY WEEKEND UPDATE, HEADED TO FARM ROCK IN IL September 4, 2015
      Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend. I’m headed to Wauconda IL this weekend to co-host the 3rd annual Farm Rock concert on Saturday and Sunday. I did this event year one but missed it last year. Look forward to going back and seeing all the bands and fans. Follow on Twitter and Periscope […]
    • 9/3: ALL NEW EXCLUSIVE BRUCE DICKINSON PODCAST UP NOW FREE WORLDWIDE September 3, 2015
      My podcast from Tuesday night with a live audience from the Hard Rock in NYC with Bruce Dickinson is now available free worldwide! The entire program is around 90 minutes and includes email and fan questions. I hope you enjoy this special Eddie Trunk Podcast. Grab it free now on Itunes (just search my name […]
    • STRYPER RELEASE NEW SONG “BIG SCREEN LIES” FROM UPCOMING ALBUM September 3, 2015
      Stryper has released another song from their frothcoming new studio album, Fallen, will be released on October 16th through Frontier records. Listen to Big Screen Lies below. Michael Sweet described the song with this sentiment, ““It talks about how Christians are mocked on screen. I don’t know if you know this, but 9.5-times-out-of-10 in movies […]
    • BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCE “THE END” TOUR DATES September 3, 2015
      It’s the Beginning of The End. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their […]
    • KISS’ PAUL STANLEY JOINS RON KEEL AND THE BADLANDS HOUSE BAND ONSTAGE ON AUGUST 27TH September 3, 2015
      The Badlands House Band, the musical voice of Chuck Brennan’s new Badlands Pawn entertainment destination,and featuring Ron Keel, made their debut in true post-Apocalyptic fashion on Thursday, August 27th at The District in Sioux Falls. The band, fans, staff and venue endured a record-breaking thunderstorm which caused major flooding and road closures throug […]
    • 9/2: BRUCE DICKINSON RECAP & PODCAST, LABOR DAY SPECIAL, FARM ROCK, MORE September 2, 2015
      Had a great couple days with Bruce Dickinson in NYC. Monday Bruce dropped by my live SiriusXM show and sat in for about an hour talking Maiden and taking calls. That interview is now available on demand on the SiriusXM app. Just search my name or Trunk Nation. Last night over 200 people came out […]
    • DUE TO FRONTMAN LEMMY KILIMISTER’S ON GOING HEALTH ISSUES, MOTORHEAD CANCELS AUSTIN SHOW AFTER THREE SONGS September 2, 2015
      Motorhead were forced to stop last night’s (9/1) show in Austin after just two songs as frontman Lemmy Kilmister continues to battle health problems. According to Glide Magazine, the band only played three songs — Damage Case, Stay Clean and We Are Motörhead — before a “fatigued and winded” Lemmy announced the next song, Metropolis, […]
    • IRON MAIDEN FRONTMAN BRUCE DICKINSON SAYS HE THINKS HIS CANCER CAME FROM AN STD September 2, 2015
      Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was guest on Eddie’s August 31st broadcast of his Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live. Portions of the interview appear below as transcribed by blabbermouth.net. Discussing what he believes caused his tongue and neck cancer: “It’s a virus. HPV — human papilloma virus. They all are. I’m almost willing to bet, […]
    • GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “THE STRANGER” September 2, 2015
      Operation: Mindcrime – the band fronted by former Queensryche man Geoff Tate – have released a lyric video for their song The Stranger from their forthcoming album, The Key. Watch it below. To watch a video for the song, Re-Inventing The Future, go here. To read more about The Key, and to view a track […]
    • W.A.S.P. RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR THE SONG “SCREAM” FROM THE FORTHCOMING “GOLGOTHA” ALBUM September 1, 2015
      W.A.S.P. have released a lyric video for the song, Scream, from the band’s forthcoming Golgotha album, due out October 2nd. Watch the clip below. “Scream was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for,” says singer Blackie Lawless. “The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes […]
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Artist of the Day: James Jackson Toth

Posted by falconi5 on May 5, 2012


from allmusic.com

When songwriter James Jackson Toth dropped Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice (his pseudonym was the first half of the band’s name) and let that unit simply dissolve into the neo-hippie ether, he created an almost unlimited sense of possibility for himself as a solo artist. That’s not to say that Toth has completely left his post-’60s ethos behind — far from it. He’s still assembling super-limited-edition CD-Rs to give away at impromptu shows and collaborating with many other artists. The hint that Toth was on his way to something else could be heard on 2007’s James and the Quiet, the final Wooden Wand offering. Issued by Ecstatic Peace, it was a deeply introspective album that, while more cohesive than anything Wooden Wand had recorded, was still a meandering cipher of a set. Released in 2008, Waiting in Vain is a 180-degree turn, produced by Steve Fisk and recorded in San Francisco with a band that includes wife Jex Thoth, Otto Hauser, Shayde Sartin, Jason Quever, and Jarvis Taveniere, along with guests including Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, and Andy Cabic. Each and every tune here has — in comparison to anything he’s done previously — a taut, formal structure, each of them evoking some source of inspiration. For instance, the calling up of the spirit of John Lennon in “Look in on Me” is eerie for all its forlorn need. The production comes right from Lennon’s debut solo album, while the lyrics and melody are pure Toth — ambling, leisurely paced country-rock. The combination works beautifully. The combination of Neil Young and Jason Molina that saturates “Midnight Watchman,” with its blend of hollow-body electric guitars, strummed acoustics, and upright piano, is gentle, forlorn, and sweet, but the only place you know it’s Toth is in the lyrics. And if there is a problem with Waiting in Vain, this is it: too much emulation, too much paying of tributes without enough focus on getting the songs across in his voice, whether they be rockers, ballads, folk tunes, countryish rock songs, or his attempt at psych pop.

 That said, Waiting in Vain is a pleasant listen; there’s plenty to like here, and despite some of its relative laid-back sloppiness, it carries within it the genuine effort of a very good songwriter who is not only trying to communicate but trying to find his way through his heroes into his own sound. Over nearly 50 minutes, however, the listener has to give Toth a generous benefit of the doubt, because it’s simply too long. This is a solid if flawed first try.

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