Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WODGER - Your trusted noise dealer

This man Steve speaks to me sometimes, mostly about music. Mostly about music recording equipment - he's a veritable encyclopedia of music recording techniques and devices. His last name is Silverstein. He sometimes brings in these letterpressed sleeves that contain noise records and I buy them for $13 dollars. He has two bands, Christmas Decorations & Bleaks, but his label WODGER puts out other artists as well. Christmas Decorations's "Far Flung Hum" has made multiple laps on the turntable in the loft, I find it to be good party music, if your party is having a good time. It's the yin of the Bleaks yang, the former crawling towards a more avant-garde, minimalist creep territory. Wodger's latest release is from Nick Forte, formerly of Rorschach, entitled "Defeated".
While typing this, I was simaltaneoulsy IMing Steve about reverb rack units:
jimihenderson (3:27:34 PM): what's a good reverb rack unit?
stevewodger (3:27:51 PM): Do you have a budget in mind?
jimihenderson (3:27:54 PM): haha
jimihenderson (3:27:57 PM): of course
jimihenderson (3:28:19 PM): uhh, $1000
stevewodger (3:28:35 PM): The PCM 60 is really easy to use and cool, about $500.
stevewodger (3:28:44 PM): That's a Lexicon.
stevewodger (3:28:52 PM): I like the Klark Teknik DN780, which goes for about $700 used.
stevewodger (3:29:07 PM): That one needs more make-up gain in back, it's easy to overload the input stage if not.
stevewodger (3:29:22 PM): Some people love the Lexicon 300, that one goes for a lot of money.
stevewodger (3:29:42 PM): Albini's a big fan of the Quantec QRS, about $1000 used.
stevewodger (3:30:08 PM): Mitch Easter has one that goes for about $1000 used, I think it might be a Dynacord? Check
stevewodger (3:30:12 PM): That's a bunch of the ones that come to mind.
See, the dude is like a Google you don't even need!

Friday, May 8, 2009


Pursesnatchers are one of the many band branches that snapped off of the recently chopped-down Dirty On Purpose tree. Multi-instrumentalist Doug Marvin is the main composer, with assists from Jared, Harold, and wife Annie (Au Revoir Simone). Classic melodic indie-pop is their game, but the lyrics are the creeper that will keep you coming back. Take "Library Date" (see their MYSPACE here) for example, with its recollection of innocent kisses before the heartbreaking observation of "Our love was a product of particular times", (hold breath here) then break over the chord changes that hammer the real truth: "and we can't go back". Of all the DOP branches, Pursesnatchers are definitely the branch that fell closest to the roots of that mother band. I went to their last show at Union Hall and happened to record a couple of live tracks posted here. One thing I can tell you is that as a live band, Pursesnatchers bring the rock a helluva lot more than on the recordings (check out the "Baseball On The Radio" recording here). You can catch a triple whammy of a bill at Cameo in Brooklyn on May 14th, when the Snatchers share the stage with our very own SISTERS. Check out the flyer at the bottom of the post made by Post(er)Master Joe Jurewicz, whose band Joe & The Flying Spoons is also taking flight that night. (option/alt + click to download) Pursesnatchers (live @ Union Hall) - "Certain Famous Covered Bridges" Pursesnatchers (live @ Union Hall) - "Baseball On The Radio"