In the stack of CDs I was sent by a magazine I write for was an album I was already intimately familiar with, Todd May’s ‘Rickenbacker Girls’. I’d like to think that a few kinds words in this magazine might lead to a record sale or two though I’m not sure that’s how it works in 2013. Unfortunately, a few of the reviews I submitted were cut due to space issues, ‘Rickenbacker Girls’ being one of them.
As I’m scrolling through iTunes, trying to make some semblance of a year-end list (I think my theme is going to be “CDs I listened to more than 5 times in 2013″), I stumble upon ‘Rickenbacker Girls’ which will obviously go on that list and then remember that I still have this review that nobody has seen. So, while it’s not in an internationally distributed magazine, here’s what I have to say about Mr. May’s release.
Todd May – Rickenbacker Girls - (Peloton)
As Americana as a mesh trucker hat and flannel shirt, ‘Rickenbacker Girls’ is Todd May’s first solo album as the singer/songwriter has been occupied the last few years writing songs and performing with The Mooncussers, Fort Shame (with ex-Scrawl bassist Sue Harshe) and Lydia Loveless. Songs like the Steve Earle-sounding “Alphabet City” and “Mercy” (think Jay Farrar fronting Wilco) establish May as a peer rather than an imitation and, with the exception of Jason Isbell’s ‘Southeastern’, you’d be hard pressed to find a better album in this genre released this year. High, but worthy, praises for a songwriter who’s finally stepping out from behind a band name and into a spotlight of his own. (www.facebook.com/pelotonrecords)
Listen to ‘Rickenbacker Girls’
Last week we had Lamb of God/Killswitch Engage/Testament/Huntress. This week we get Overkill/Kreator/Warbringer. In a few weeks, it’s Slayer. Not sure how Columbus is managing to score all these killer thrash metal bills but no complaints here.
Tuesday is the new Friday, so head out to the Alrosa ($25 at the door is a steal for two legends and a throwback-to-the-late-80s newcomer).
Shot at Ace of Cups on 10/31/13 by Jennifer Wray.
Animal Cubes performed at the Ace of Cups Annual Halloween Blowout as Sugar. Here they are performing “Tilted” off Sugar’s 1993 Beaster EP.
Watch Sugar’s version here.
In case you missed the premiere of Way Yes’s “Holy Drop” video on Stereogum this week, here it is. Pretty fun stuff, but it needs more Tim Horak!
It’s Faster Pussycat’s ’80s sleaze metal sound vs Lamb of God’s skullcrushing thrash on Monday night in Columbus. The two bands couldn’t be at farther ends of the metal spectrum but for fans of metal it’s a tough choice.
If price is an issue, or if you want to get nostalgic, Faster Pussycat’s your choice – the band features only one original member (singer Taime Downe) but they’ll undoubtedly play all the Headbanger’s Ball hits of the late ’80s and early ’90s when they perform at Turtle Creek Tavern (5571 N. Hamilton Rd., near Westerville). If you order tickets online before Monday, you can get into the show for $12 + service charge. It’ll cost you $17 at the door.
If mosh pits and skull-crushing trash metal are more your thing, you’ll want to head to the LC for the packed four-band bill headlined by Lamb of God. Killswitch Engage, Huntress (in town recently with Danzig) and old school thrashers Testament provide support for one of the standouts in the new era of metal. $35 will get you in the door. Ear plugs highly recommended.