It’s time for the first of my off-the-cuff, bite-sized ruminations on purely random music. Let’s call it The Contrarian’s Critical Condition.
Here are the rules: I listen to some kind of audio — old, new, hip, tired, etc., and bust out 50 to 100 words off the top of my head about it, with little to no editing or revision. Then you can listen to an MP3 and decide if I’m full of shit.
Today’s entry: Howlin Rain, by Howlin’ Rain.
This is a bongsmoke-clouded side project from Ethan Miller of psych-overlords Comets on Fire fame. Ain’t anything on this record that sounds like it was recorded after 1972, yet it only came out last year. This little fucker goes down like a Tequilla Sunrise spiked with LSD. There’s a busted-up country vibe throughout, with some grafted-on guitar freakouts to keep the noise kidz happy. Parts remind me of Neil Michael Hagerty at his most sandblasted. Not perfect, but worthy of a lost afternoon or two.
Don’t be afraid to give it to me straight, now. I’m a big boy, and can take it.
In other music news, we’re going to check out Battles and Deerhunter in Baltimore tomorrow night. Figured it was about time to see some live music. I reviewed both bands’ most recent discs here and here.