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Fergus & Geronimo: Unlearn First Album

16 Jan

Andrew put on glasses for this photo.

Leave it to a publicist to describe a band as “Black and Chicano doo-wop, the energy and atmosphere of classic soul, the precise control of Frank Zappa, psychedelia, and a thought to nearly everything in between.” Fucking pick one.

Here is the above with minor alterations: Black and Chicano doo-wop, the energy and atmosphere of classic soul, the precise control of Frank Zappa, psychedelia, and a thought to nearly everything garage in between. And that’s still really awesome.

Fergus & Geronimo combines first-generation rock ‘n’ roll with the style of its own protopunk mutation. Made up of Jason Kelly and Andrew Savage, Fergus & Geronimo (named after the button-cutter of War of the Buttons) will release Unlearn Jan. 18 on Hardly Art Recordstheir first full-length album after releasing several singles within the last two years (find “Blind Muslim Girl,”Tell It In My Ear”). Unlike Christopher Owens’ Girls, who modernized first-generation rock with sincerity, Fergus & Geronimo lean toward the tongue-in-cheek approach of protopunks like The Fugs.

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Fergus & Geronimo
Unlearn
(Hardly Art)
Street Date: Jan. 18, 2011

1.       Girls With English Accents
2.       Wanna Know What I Would Do?
3.       Powerful Lovin’
4.       Baby Boomer/Could You Deliver
5.       Michael Kelly
6.       Baby Don’t You Cry
7.       Where The Walls Are Made Of Grass
8.       The World Never Stops
9.       Forced Aloha
10.     Could You Deliver
11.     Unlearn

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New Releases from Dominant Legs, How to Dress Well via Lefse

9 Jul

The folks at Lefse Records have flawless ears. If you push aside their biggest artist, Neon Indian, for just a moment and take a closer look, Lefse (“P.S. It’s pronounced LEFF-suh.”) has gathered a diverse musical family of promise that should be on everyone’s radar.

Dominant Legs, the side project of Girls‘ guitarist Ryan Lynch and Hannah Hunt. Their debut four-track EP Young at Love and Life will be released Aug. 17 and will leave you wanting more.

Lynch + Hunt

The music is simple in its makeup, but summons a whole lot of feeling. Dominant Legs carries a similar nostalgic expressionism to Girls, only with less density and darkness in their review mirror. This is definitely one of the cooler side-projects to come along in a bit. Three of the four songs are streaming on their myspace.

Another EP by way of Lefse is Ready for the World, the two-track 7″  from How to Dress Well, featuring a re-mix by Twin Sister. The atmospheric, undefined sounds of HTDW are unique to an R&B genre cluttered in reproduced beats and samples. The droned vocals are landscaped and used instrumentally rather than as lyrical transmission, creating devastatingly erotic tracks. Grade-A baby-making music. The EP is to be released July 20th.