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by Andrew Sacher

Lianne Smith @ The Living Room - 4/6/2012 (photo by Simon Egleton via Lianne's site)
Lianne Smith

Lianne Smith is an individualist. She does things her way - even if it means taking ten years or more to put out an album. Long considered to be one of New York's most important songwriters, she personifies the definition of cult artist. She'll play the occasional Bowery Ballroom gig and owns a rabid fan base who've followed her since her days as the Brooklyn dark Americana rock girl "most likely to get signed" in the late 90s. But that coincided with the sea change where the big record labels started to drop off the map - and the fact that Smith never courted fame in the first place. Since then, she's teased her fan base with home recordings on the web; one suspects that there are many prized live shows of hers kicking around as well. That it would take her this long to make her debut album, Two Sides of a River, turns out to be worth it: it's the best rock record of 2012 so far by a country mile. [New York Music Daily]
The above review is of Brooklyn folk singer Lianne Smith's 2012 debut album, Two Sides of A River, which as it points out, came out over a decade after she was first discovered. In that time, she's also been a regular at the Loser's Lounge shows, whose leader Joe McGinty (ex-Psychedelic Furs), appears on her album. The album also features contributions from a number of other notable guests, including guitarist Tony Scherr (Lounge Lizards) who was a regular at the now-closed Living Room, where Lianne played her record release show in 2012 (pictured above), drummer Anton Fier (Feelies, Golden Pallaminos, Pere Ubu, Bob Mould, etc), saxist Doug Wieselman (Antony and the Johnsons), trumpeter CJ Camerieri (yMusic), background vocals from Nada Surf singer Matthew Caws, Nada Surf/Crooked Fingers/etc collaborator Lara Meyerratken, and others. Musically, the album feels indebted to the cult folk singers of the late '60s and early '70s, and the whole thing can be streamed below.

Lianne will be teaming up with an excellent and likeminded lineup for a show in Brooklyn on January 25 at E Gallery (459 Vanderbilt Ave). That lineup includes '70s/'80s-era cult folk singer Kath Bloom, who has been fairly active as of late, in addition to Ember Schrag. The show starts at 9 PM and admission is $10 at the door.

UPDATE: Kath Bloom also plays another NYC show on March 19 at Manhattan Inn with Linda Draper, rescheduled from January 2.

Music from Kath, Lianne and Ember, below...

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Kath Bloom
Kath Bloom

Cult folk singers Kath Bloom and Ed Askew, who have teamed up in the past, will again be joining forces for two shows together this October. The first happens on October 6 at Yale Botanical Gardens in New Haven and the second is in Brooklyn on October 7 at Pete's Candy Store with Tica Douglas and an open mic beforehand. No advance tickets for either show at the moment.

The very prolific Ed Askew released his most recent collection, Laughing in the Light, which he recorded this year in his home with pro-tools and an Alesis synth. You can stream that album below and purchase it for $7 at his bandcamp.

Meanwhile, Kath Bloom put out her first release since 2010's Thin Thin Line with the Here I Am EP in June via Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde Records. You can download that EP on iTunes. She's also got another 2012 release planned called "Anything Can Go At Any Time." You can listen to the track of the same name HERE, and check out a list of all upcoming dates below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Kath Bloom in NYC in 2011 (via)
Kath Bloom

Kath Bloom is something of a cult hero in folk circles. You might know her song "Come Here" which was used prominently in Richard Linklater's film Before Sunrise. (Crayon Fields covered the song as a b-side last year too.) Chapter Music, which is Crayon Fields' label, has been a champion of her for some time, reissuing much of her impossible-to-find '70s/'80s catalog, as well as new material, including 2008's Terror, her first official new album since 1984.

Last year, Chapter Music released Loving Takes This Course, a two-CD set that featured one disc of covers by the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan and The Dodos, and a second disc of the original Kath Bloom songs that were covered on the first disc. Kath's brand new album, Thin Thin Line, which got an 8.0 on Pitchfork.

The above quote is taken from a post Bill wrote in 2010 when Kath Bloom had just released Thin Thin Line, her most recent solo album. Kath began a tour last night (6/5) in Burlington, VT which she'll be on for the rest of the month. That tour includes an East Coast leg which brings her to NYC on June 10 at Zebulon for a show with fellow cult folk singer Ed Askew along with Cave Country and Fancy That. That tour also includes a hometown show in New Haven, CT show and a few more East Coast dates before Kath heads to California to finish up the final leg of her tour.

I caught Kath on her 2011 fall tour and she's definitely worth seeing if you have the chance (especially on a shared bill with Ed Askew). Like Ed, she's a totally humble performer and her voice is in great shape. With just her delicate guitar and sorrow-filled voice, Kath has the ability to keep a room entirely quiet in a way that fans of Phil Elvrum should find appealing. Some live videos are below.

Speaking of Ed Askew, he's got another NYC show coming up this month at La Sala on June 25 with Ry Crane and Strawberry Hands.

A list of all dates and videos below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World (MP3)

Crayon Fields
Crayon Fields

One of my favorite albums of 2009 was the baroque pop gem All the Pleasures of the World from Melbourne, Australia's Crayon Fields. It's ten swoony epics in miniature, recalling The Zombies and The Left Banke without ever directly ripping them off. You can download the album's title track at the top of this post. The band are making their first trip to the U.S. to play SXSW but then are heading to New York for four shows: Bruar Falls on March 23, The Sycamore on March 24, The Bell House on March 25, and Pianos on March 26.

The Bruar Falls show is especially noteworthy and pretty unmissable in my opinion. Also playing is singer Kath Bloom who is something of a cult hero in folk circles. You might know her song "Come Here" which was used prominently in Richard Linklater's film Before Sunrise. (Crayon Fields covered the song as a b-side last year too.) Chapter Music, which is Crayon Fields' label, has been a champion of her for some time, reissuing much of her impossible-to-find '70s/'80s catalog, as well as new material, including 2008's Terror, her first official new album since 1984.

Last year, Chapter Music released Loving Takes This Course, a two-CD set that featured one disc of covers by the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan and The Dodos, and a second disc of the original Kath Bloom songs that were covered on the first disc. Kath's brand new album, Thin Thin Line, which got an 8.0 on Pitchfork. She doesn't play very many shows and I'd imagine her alone would be enough to get people out to the show.

But there's more. Also on the Bruar Falls bill is Australian indie legend Richard Davies, who in the early '90s fronted The Moles (get their essential, out-of-print debut, Untune the Sky, any way you can) and then went on to form chamber pop group Cardinal with Eric Matthews (their 1994 debut is equally amazing ), and then a three album solo career that ended when he gave up rock for a law degree in 2000. But Davies has become active in music again as of last year. First came Cosmos, a collaboration with uber-prolific Robert Pollard, that is worth picking up. This year will see a new Davies solo record and the long-rumored second Cardinal album, both of which will be released by Chapter Music.

Fouth performer on the Bruar Falls line-up is Guy Blackman, who writes "sensitive piano ballads that aim to make straight white men feel slightly uncomfortable by confronting them with my renegade sexuality" and who has also run Chapter Music since starting the label in 1992. Chapter Music releases a lot of great stuff: Pikelett, The Twerps and Tenniscoats among them.

The Bell House show The Crayon Fields are playing is the second-annual Aussie BBQ that features 12 (!) bands from down under: The Chevelles, Love of Diagrams, Pets with Pets, Paul Dempsey, Sherlock's Daughter, Children Collide, Oh Mercy, City Riots, Beaches, Bliss N Eso, and The Goons of Doom. As the name implies, there will also be Australian BBQ and beer. Sounds like fun. Maybe you went last year?

All Crayon Fields tour dates, plus three of their music videos are below.

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