by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Idiot Glee - Trouble at the Dancehall (MP3)
Idiot Glee, aka Lexington, KY resident James Friley, plays Glasslands tonight (6/15) with Holiday Shores, Seattle's Seapony and The House Floor. It's a record release party for Idiot Glee's debut album, Paddywhack, which came out last week on Moshi Moshi.
The album puts a variety of '60s pop and soul touchstones through a decidedly modern DIY filter. Says Drowned in Sound:
What's instantly charming about Paddywhack is its welcoming aspect as Friley's honesty and sincerity creates a warming romanticism. In amongst the 'Build Me Up Buttercup' type bass line and floating warble of spaced out synths, he croons: "If you say it right/I'll be right on time/Finally make my way to the pool/And we turn and dance all night." It all flows with the same passionate tone as Rufus Wainwright but whereas Rufus channels his emotion through sharp dynamic changes, Friley prefers to let his voice glide on, entering spectral realms. Admittedly, while all the reverbration works for the spiritual nature of the music, it sometimes doesn't work as well for Friley's voice.Check out "Trouble at the Dancehall" at the top of this post. After tonight's show, Friley heads across the border for the NXNE Festival and then a couple Midwest U.S. dates.
Holiday Shores, whose new album New Masses for Squaw Peak will be released by twosyllable records on Sep. 13, also plays three NYC shows this week. All dates, the video for new song "Threepeat Got Old", and a stream of the band covering Talking Heads song "Cities" are all below.
Full Idiot Glee tour itinerary, and a video for song "Let's Get Down Together," are also below.
Idiot Glee - Let's Get Down Together
Idiot Glee - 2011 Tour Dates
June 15 - Glasslands - New York, NY w/ Holiday Shores, Seapony
June 18 - Half Drawn Dracula / Diamond Atlas NXNE Show - Toronto ON w/ Handsome Furs
June 20 - SS Schillax (above Skylab) - Columbus OH
June 22 - The Bishop - Bloomington IN
June 23 - Empty Bottle - Chicago IL
June 25 - CD Central In-Store - Lexington, Kentucky
July 30 - Electric Eclectics 6 - Meaford, Ontario, CANADA
New Masses for Squaw Peak
twosyllable records - Sep. 13
2). We Couldn't Be Together
3). Threepeat Got Old
4). Ocotillo Dripping
6). Squaw Peak
7). Mystic Pharaohs (Masc Pharaohs)
8). Coming to Shores
9). Cord Du Roi
10). New Masses
12). Shadie Spun Gold
Holiday Shores -- 2011 Tour Dates
Jun. 15 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands**
Jun. 18 Brooklyn, NY - The Woods
Jun. 19 Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
** w/ Idiot Glee