Posted by flotz on Monday, December 16, 2013 | Year End List

Not necessarily in any order:

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Waited for this record for many years. The songwriting is superb, living up to the bar she set on the last two records. Both structurally and lyrically, the record is full of surprises and bears many repeat listenings. And the production is exquisite, layered. Hope it doesn’t take this long for the next one.

Steve Lehman - Dialectic Fluorescent. Caught Lehman as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival and got hooked on his brand of avant garde jazz.  Record on repeat in the car for months, making sense. Love the covers of Coltrane and the tune “Pure Imagination.”  In fact, his playing is reminiscent of Coltrane, modal and abstruse. The record is definitely out there, pushing the boundaries of tone, melody, rhythm. Love it.

Father John Misty Fear Fun. Hat’s off to the producer, Jonathan Wilson, who took these songs, which are good, and helped make them great. Great backing band, great arrangements. Heard one of the songs in Seatac the other day piping through the airport. 

Hardcoretet Do It Live. Local musicians shine on this record. Love how the compositions unfold, morph. Can really hear the dynamics between the players on the tunes.

Lorde The Love Club EP. Gotta include it, even though “Royals” has been played to death. The rest of the songs on the EP are great. Shout out to Joel Little, responsible for the production.

Posted by flotz on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Video

13_12_15_seamonster600Stoked that Hardcoretet has a three show residency at the Seamonster – familiar spot for drummer Tarik Abouzied, whose there every Tuesday with McTuff. They are playing this coming Sunday, December 15th and again on January 19th and February 9th, showcasing new material from an upcoming album. Sweet!

Posted by flotz on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Audio

Saw Hardcoretet at the Royal Room last fall and was mesmerized.  Turns out they’ve got a record out that dropped in December 2012 called Do It Live. Definitely worth checking out. The drummer, Tarik Abouzied, is also the drummer in McTuff and provides the same drive and taste. The compositions are super compelling and the sound itself is lush with the electric keys and electric bass. Something hypnotizing about them, can’t put my finger on it. Love the tune Yeti btw.