As a solo artist, with his band and his multiple side projects, Ty Segall is an incredibly prolific artist. (He landed two top 10 spots on my best albums of 2016 list.)
Despite the high output, there’s no sign of Segall phoning it in on his latest offering, a self-titled album.
As he’s done on some past releases, this record is a mix of heavy rock combined with easy acoustic numbers.
Here, Segall once again reaches into the vaults to draw from his familiar influences, notably Black Sabbath (Break a Guitar, The Only One) and T. Rex (Orange Color Queen, Talkin’). There’s also a healthy sampling of ’60s folk and psychedelia (Papers, Freedom).
Overall, it’s an interesting album with a few gems. As with some of his past offerings, it feels more like a collection of songs rather than a cohesive album. But that isn’t a knock. This one is recommended.
If you haven’t seen him play live, there’s good news. He’s touring.
Last week, on the day Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States, a wise-cracking 19-year-old named Clementine Creevy and her band Cherry Glazerr put out the most fierce rock album of the new year.
The album, Apocalipstick, isn’t the most political album you’ll hear in 2017, but it’s a distinct social commentary from a young L.A. woman, who started her band in high school and has already broken into film and TV. It’s a brash, young woman’s statement with guitars. It’s a Trump antidote.
This excellent band will be playing Saturday at Subterranean.
My friend Andersonville Dan and I recently gave the new Cherry Glazerr album a spin. After a Cherry Glazerr cassette release in 2013 and full-length debut album the following year, Apocalipstick, has a much more full, well-produced sound.
Me: I love the first song, Told You I’d Be With the Guys. It sets the tone for the album.
Dan: Yeah, I especially love how she emphasizes “guy-hyees.” I have to say some of the charm is lost in the bigger production, the bigger sound, as opposed to the more teenage raw feel of that demo and first album. But the lyrics are just as funny and endearing. The guitars on Moon Dust sold me. It’s a big rock record.
Me: I’m a big fan of the more polished production. These are great songs that sound bigger and better. This is definitely an album with a sense of humor, too. The band doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Dan: Yeah and they don’t pretend to be more than what they are. (She still sings about wearing underwear three days in a row.) It’s a fun record and a good start to the year. It’ll be an album to keep going back to.