Tuesday, August 21st 2012: Oceanographer Presents

TONIGHT’S SHOW (no cover):

  • 11:45 PM — Gustaf Heden And The Zen Archers make psyched-out garage rock, or garaged-out psyche rock.  Or they rock out psyched garage.  With a healthy dose of druggy pop.  So it’s like The Libertines mixed with liquid LSD and a four track.  Listen here.
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  • 11:00 PM — Spectorbullets formed as a collaboration between Gustaf Heden (of the Zen Archers) and Russell Burn (of Scottish band Fire Engines).  Their songs are like a stoned sunny circus circling a toy train track, swinging, always on the verge of derailing.  Listen here.
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  • 10:15 PM — Oceanographer‘s Jeremy Yocum and Eric Elterman will appear as a two-piece tonight.  Metromix New York says of the band, “Deftly bridging the gap between the lovely French electronic movements of Air and the touching classic American soft rock of a Gerry Rafferty or Michael Murphey— all the while including the subtle rancor found within the products of such otherwise grandiose bands as Coldplay and U2.”  Listen here.
  • 9:30 PM — The Archive‘s John Epperly will play a stripped down Archive set tonight.  They’re proving the point that, in their own words, “the difference between Gillian Welch and U2 isn’t as great as we might have supposed.”  We have to say they’re making a fantastic argument.  With four-on-the-floor kick drums, arpeggiated chords on guitar and drawled out cathartic vocals.  Listen here.
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  • 8:45 PM — Sunlover is Grady Owens.  His songs bear a similar lyrical arc to those of Leonard Cohen, but his guitar sounds more like Nick Drake’s and his voice sounds more like Sufjan’s.  His minimal pairing of a single finger-picked guitar with voice still brings us back to Pink Moon, but his songs are shaded in with some of the same emotional hues found in Elliot Smith’s acoustic tracks.  A must listen for lovers of melancholia.  Listen here.
  • 8:00 — Thomas Quick makes earnest love songs, embarrassing in their unrestrained sentiment.  These are the acoustic tunes that made up the soundtracks to our first awkward love affairs, when we were too young to do it right but too old to be innocent.  Listen here.

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