May 20, 2013

Sound Bites: Allison and Katie Crutchfield, Pharmakon and Speedy Ortiz

Allison and Katie Crutchfield's "Oblivion" (Grimes Cover)

The online magazine Rookie, which counts a readership of teen girls as its primary audience and probably would have been a useful resource into understanding the female mindset back when I was hitting puberty, has managed to re-team two of that demo’s likely new favs in the indie-punk songwriting game by rejoining ex-P.S. Eliot members Allison and Katie Crutchfield (who are already joined by blood lines as it is, so in that regard, no big deal, but in the sense each now focuses on their own projects Swearin’ and Waxahatchee, yes. Let's be realistic, though -- There's probably a stash of great home made tapes sitting inside one of their apartments right now that could make for worthwhile listening.) In what Jenn Pelly brilliantly deemed a “feminist indie pop dream,” the two decided to go ahead and just blow up the Internet even further by covering meme-making idol Grimes and her 2012 synth-pop anthem “Oblivion” for the publication's monthly theme song series. Katie also sat down with Rookie to talk more about why they chose the track as well as shared her story about deciding to becoming a musician when she was a teenager, which you can read here.

Pharmakon's "Ache"

Last week, NYC-based experimental noisemaker and recent BUZZSound Pharmakon released her Sacred Bones debut Abandon, and it’s a tremendously violent-sounding listening experience that takes absolutely no mercy on your aural senses which AwkwardSound highly recommends, especially given the recent onslaught over the past two weeks of big name but kinda dull to mediocre releases from the National, Daft Punk and -- hate to say it -- Queens of the Stone Age. In case you need further convincing that Margaret Chardiet’s morbid dismantling of your earbuds deserves your attention over all else, check out the just-unleashed album cut “Ache,” whose droning militant stomp leads Pharamakon’s new round of tour dates, including those deservedly fitting with the NYC scene’s original flag bearers of excessively loud avante rock, Swans.

Speedy Ortiz's "The Hermit Crab" (Lilys Cover)

Northampton punks and AS favs Speedy Ortiz have a busy summer staring straight at them as they prepare the release of their debut album Major Arcana (out July 9th on Carpark,) but the snack-loving scholarly quartet found some time between teaching duties, touring across the States as well as the Great White North and fielding press inquiries to contribute a track to a brand new Clicky Clicky Music Blog tribute compilation to alt-era D.C. dream-poppers Lilys. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis told Vanyaland that Lilys’ mastermind Kurt Heasley’s “melodic breeziness over excessive chord changes” is something she’s taken note of in Speedy Ortiz’s work, which makes the Eccsame the Photon Band cut “The Hermit Crab” a natural fit. Hear their loyal yet not-so-sedated take below, and download the rest of the comp (featuring the likes of other "now acts" Infinity Girl and the Weaks) over at Clicky Clicky.

Speedy Ortiz - "The Hermit Crab" (Lilys Cover)

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