May 16, 2014May 20, 2014
This Week's In-Studio: Astronomique
Astronomique is a band from outer-space*. Described, somewhat aptly, as "space-wave" and "spacy dance music", I'm inclined to describe them as bubblegum darkwave in all the best of ways. This is what I want synthpop to sound like. Fronted by Logan Andra Fongemie (Satellite Voices) on vocals/keys and Sean Hogan (The New Monarchs) on guitar, Astronomique is making infectious, totally danceable electro-psych pop. Their debut EP, Burning Stars Fade, was released May 20th. Fongemie is a talented visual artist and Astronomique is an effective extension of her psychedelic, 1960s space-age inspired art. Make sure to check out "Pretend We're Stars" remixed by local producer Sloslylove.
*Not actually from outer-space
This Week's Playlist
Art-A-Whirl was a blur. I had to work my non-music-related job all weekend, but I still managed to catch Mark Mallman, Shiro Dame, BNLX, and Marijuana Deathsquads. There were probably around 15 other bands I wanted to see, but a girl's gotta make $$$.
We played new music from Leisure Birds' forthcoming LP slated for release this June on Totally Gross National Product, Haley Bonar's excellent new album Last War, Sativa Flats (a new project from local heavy-hitters Neil Weir and Chris Rose), Schoenburg (feat. members of Some Pulp), a new track from Frankie Teardrop, and music from Animal Lover's new album Guilt.
It was Amanda's last show- she's graduating and moving on to bigger and better things (congrats, girl!) and I'm going to miss her tons. She played some of her local favorites including Catbath, Baby Guts, Prissy Clerks, and The Wallets (killer Talking Heads-esque band from the '80s).
Prgrphs “Last Words: Kurt Russell” from You're Ridiculous (I Love You) on Plastic Leonard Music
Haley Bonar “Kill the Fun” from Last War on Graveface Records & Curiosities
Prissy Clerks “Bruise or Be Bruised” from Bruise of Be Bruised
Tungsten “Butchered” from Single
Leisure Birds “Waveforms” from Tetrahedron
Hardcore Crayons “100,000 Happy Meals” from Just for Grins
HOLLOW BOYS “Heartsick” from K-Local
Astronomique “LIVE IN STUDIO K” from !
ELITE GYMNASTICS “We Fly High” from Real Friends [EP]
Sonny Knight and and His Fabulous Lakers “Jucy Lucy” from I'm Still Here
Mayda “ALL I HAVE” from Busy Signals
Marijuana Deathsquads “Ewok Sadness” from Oh My Sexy Lord on Totally Gross National Product
Sun Gods to Gamma Rays “You Thought You Had It All” from The Water, The Wave - EP on Sun Gods to Gamma Rays
France Camp “Waste This Sun” from France Camp EP on Forged Artifacts
THE BLIND SHAKE “Call of the Hive” from Held Hostage RSD 2014 Comp
Shiro Dame “Crazy Ways” from Crazy Ways - Single on Shiro Dame
The Wallets “Totally Nude” from The Wallets (EP) on Vermillion
Courageous Endeavors “OKN” from Prototype
Schoenburg “Selfish Luvv” from s/t
Sativa Flats “Cha Cha” from s/t
Skoal Kodiak “Sciswell” from Kryptonym Bodliak on Load Records
Baby Guts “Tiny Cuts” from The Kissing Disease on Guilt Ridden Pop
Catbath “Bop, Ooo” from Small Time
Animal Lover “Plasme” from Guilt
Up Next: Fort Wilson Riot
Don't miss Fort Wilson Riot live in-studio this Friday playing tracks from their new album trillllun, which is basically going to be in everyone's top five local LPs of 2014. So good.