THE VENN REVIEW

Music reviews using Venn diagrams
and baby making analogies.

SONDRE LERCHE.  If Jens Lekman and Badly Drawn Boy had a baby.
Sondre Lerche’s first album was released in 2001 yet unfortunately I hadn’t heard of him until his latest single Bad Law was recently released. I gotta tell you, its the perfect mix of folk and pop. His 2011 self titled release has been on repeat since I found him. Very much looking forward to the new album, scheduled to be released September of this year. Keep your ear to the ground for this one!
http://www.sondrelerche.com  


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SONDRE LERCHE.  If Jens Lekman and Badly Drawn Boy had a baby.

Sondre Lerche’s first album was released in 2001 yet unfortunately I hadn’t heard of him until his latest single Bad Law was recently released. I gotta tell you, its the perfect mix of folk and pop. His 2011 self titled release has been on repeat since I found him. Very much looking forward to the new album, scheduled to be released September of this year. Keep your ear to the ground for this one!

http://www.sondrelerche.com 

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KISHI BASHI.  If Passion Pit, Andrew Bird and a young Paul McCartney had a baby.
I was not hip to this guy until I heard that Busman’s Holiday was going on tour with them. So I checked him out and immediately bought his latest release, Lighght. It is a fantastically orchestrated album. It has a danceable Passion Pit feel at times, the layered strings of Andrew Bird and in songs like “Q&A,” even a young Paul McCartney-esque voice. Definitely worth a listen.
https://www.kishibashi.com 
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KISHI BASHI.  If Passion Pit, Andrew Bird and a young Paul McCartney had a baby.

I was not hip to this guy until I heard that Busman’s Holiday was going on tour with them. So I checked him out and immediately bought his latest release, Lighght. It is a fantastically orchestrated album. It has a danceable Passion Pit feel at times, the layered strings of Andrew Bird and in songs like “Q&A,” even a young Paul McCartney-esque voice. Definitely worth a listen.

https://www.kishibashi.com

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BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY.  If Midlake (early) and Ra Ra Riot (acoustic) had a baby.
I was contacted by an old friend recently about finding a last minute show in Nashville for a band he is helping out. Turns out they had a day off and they wanted to try and fill it (Midwest Work Ethic at its finest). While I wasn’t the one that came through for them in the end, I am happy they were put under my radar. I actually haven’t stopped listening to their latest album A Long Goodbye since the introduction. Think early Midlake (Balloon Maker, etc.) and the catchy rhythmic-ness of Ra Ra Riot if they were to busk or play unplugged. Fantastic songwriting  AND they are from my home state of Indiana. High five!
*NASHVILLE! Busman’s Holiday DID end up finding a show to play on that day off of theirs. Come out and see them in a house show setting THIS FRIDAY, May 23 at 9pm. Free (Accepting Donations) atLittle Bohemia -  317 Leopole Rd Nashville, TN 37211
https://www.facebook.com/busmansholiday  
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BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY.  If Midlake (early) and Ra Ra Riot (acoustic) had a baby.

I was contacted by an old friend recently about finding a last minute show in Nashville for a band he is helping out. Turns out they had a day off and they wanted to try and fill it (Midwest Work Ethic at its finest). While I wasn’t the one that came through for them in the end, I am happy they were put under my radar. I actually haven’t stopped listening to their latest album A Long Goodbye since the introduction. Think early Midlake (Balloon Maker, etc.) and the catchy rhythmic-ness of Ra Ra Riot if they were to busk or play unplugged. Fantastic songwriting  AND they are from my home state of Indiana. High five!

*NASHVILLE! Busman’s Holiday DID end up finding a show to play on that day off of theirs. Come out and see them in a house show setting THIS FRIDAY, May 23 at 9pm. Free (Accepting Donations) at
Little Bohemia -  317 Leopole Rd Nashville, TN 37211

https://www.facebook.com/busmansholiday 

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WILLIAM TYLER.  If Leo Kottke and Sandy Bull had a baby.
If you are from Nashville and you haven’t heard of William Tyler, chances are you aren’t paying attention. He’s been in back up bands for Caitlin Rose, Bonnie Prince Billy and others, but lately he’s been also putting together beautifully landscaped albums of his own. Normally I am not a huge instrumental fan BUT William’s tracks take you places. His fingerpicking style keeps you interested and pulls you in as his chord progressions change and change. Check out his latest full length titled Impossible Truth and his latest EP titled Lost Colony.
**NASHVILLE: William Tyler is performing at The Stone Fox TONIGHT at 9pm with Steve Gunn! $10. 18+

www.williamtyler.net 
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WILLIAM TYLER.  If Leo Kottke and Sandy Bull had a baby.

If you are from Nashville and you haven’t heard of William Tyler, chances are you aren’t paying attention. He’s been in back up bands for Caitlin Rose, Bonnie Prince Billy and others, but lately he’s been also putting together beautifully landscaped albums of his own. Normally I am not a huge instrumental fan BUT William’s tracks take you places. His fingerpicking style keeps you interested and pulls you in as his chord progressions change and change. Check out his latest full length titled Impossible Truth and his latest EP titled Lost Colony.

**NASHVILLE: William Tyler is performing at The Stone Fox TONIGHT at 9pm with Steve Gunn! $10. 18+

www.williamtyler.net 

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DELETED SCENES.  If Anathallo, Efterklang and Dismemberment Plan had a baby.
This Washington D.C. band just released their third full length album on April 15th. I’ve got to be honest, it didn’t grab me at first BUT it has become what I refer to as a “grower”. Give it a couple listens and these songs will start reaching out to you.
www.deletedscenesmusic.com 
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DELETED SCENES.  If Anathallo, Efterklang and Dismemberment Plan had a baby.

This Washington D.C. band just released their third full length album on April 15th. I’ve got to be honest, it didn’t grab me at first BUT it has become what I refer to as a “grower”. Give it a couple listens and these songs will start reaching out to you.

www.deletedscenesmusic.com

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THE WEATHER STATION.  If Jason Molina and Gillian Welch had a baby.
Hailing from Toronto, Tamara Lindeman’s music sounds way more southern than Canada. Songs like “Trying” remind my of her hypothetical father, Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia fame. While songs like “Everything I Saw” obviously have her hypothetical mother’s influence. You are definitely going to want to give her album All Of It Was Mine a listen.
www.the-weather-station.com 
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THE WEATHER STATION.  If Jason Molina and Gillian Welch had a baby.

Hailing from Toronto, Tamara Lindeman’s music sounds way more southern than Canada. Songs like “Trying” remind my of her hypothetical father, Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia fame. While songs like “Everything I Saw” obviously have her hypothetical mother’s influence. You are definitely going to want to give her album All Of It Was Mine a listen.

www.the-weather-station.com

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STEELISM.  If Pete Drake and A Quentin Tarantino Soundtrack had a baby.
I finally caught a set by Steelism a few weeks back when they opened for St. Paul and The Broken Bones at The Mercy Lounge in Nashville. If St Paul hadn’t brought the house down as well, I would’ve said these guys stole the show. I normally get a little bored with instrumental music but these guys keep it interesting. The title of their debut EP says it all, “The Intoxicating Sounds of Pedal Steel & Guitar.” I heard they killed it at SXSW as well. Check these guys out if you know what’s good for you.
www.steelismmusic.com 
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STEELISM.  If Pete Drake and A Quentin Tarantino Soundtrack had a baby.

I finally caught a set by Steelism a few weeks back when they opened for St. Paul and The Broken Bones at The Mercy Lounge in Nashville. If St Paul hadn’t brought the house down as well, I would’ve said these guys stole the show. I normally get a little bored with instrumental music but these guys keep it interesting. The title of their debut EP says it all, “The Intoxicating Sounds of Pedal Steel & Guitar.” I heard they killed it at SXSW as well. Check these guys out if you know what’s good for you.

www.steelismmusic.com

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NOAH GUNDERSEN.  If Damien Rice and Justin Townes Earle had a baby.
I was just recently introduced to Noah Gundersen, thanks to the fine folks over at Cause A Scene. Noah has a effortless and powerful way of writing songs about life, love and family. Definitely worth a listen. Plus if you like what you hear and you are in the Nashville area on April 24th, Closeup.fm will be hosting a new concert series of “secret shows” and the first featured artist is none other than Noah Gundersen. Visit Closeup.fm for more info.
www.noahgundersenmusic.com  
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NOAH GUNDERSEN.  If Damien Rice and Justin Townes Earle had a baby.

I was just recently introduced to Noah Gundersen, thanks to the fine folks over at Cause A Scene. Noah has a effortless and powerful way of writing songs about life, love and family. Definitely worth a listen. Plus if you like what you hear and you are in the Nashville area on April 24th, Closeup.fm will be hosting a new concert series of “secret shows” and the first featured artist is none other than Noah Gundersen. Visit Closeup.fm for more info.

www.noahgundersenmusic.com 

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ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES.  If Al Green and the Alabama Shakes had a baby.
If you haven’t heard the buzz around this band by now, you may not be listening hard enough. With the soul of Al Green and the live grit of the Alabama Shakes, Paul Janeway and his Broken Bones have the ability to take you somewhere else. Somewhere in the late 1960’s. This has been a highly anticipated album. Upon first listen, they did not disappoint. This is a solid album that you should own. Period.
www.stpaulandthebrokenbones.com 
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ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES.  If Al Green and the Alabama Shakes had a baby.

If you haven’t heard the buzz around this band by now, you may not be listening hard enough. With the soul of Al Green and the live grit of the Alabama Shakes, Paul Janeway and his Broken Bones have the ability to take you somewhere else. Somewhere in the late 1960’s. This has been a highly anticipated album. Upon first listen, they did not disappoint. This is a solid album that you should own. Period.

www.stpaulandthebrokenbones.com

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JASMIN KASET.  If Dawn Landes and Wye Oak had a baby.
Today I listened to Jasmin Kaset’s new album roughly 5 times, back to back. Each time I fell in love with a different song off the album. It’s title is Quiet Machine and those two little words almost perfectly describe this album. She inherited catchy, iTunes commercial friendly melodies from her hypothetical mother Dawns Landes and borderline dark and desperate lyrics from her hypothetical father, Wye Oak. Jasmin Kaset can write indie folk songs like the best of them. You are going to want to listen to this beautifully crafted album. Order it now, via her website below, for a mere $7 (that’s less than a dollar a song!) or get the limited edition 12” vinyl for $10 (that’s less than a dollar an inch!).
*NASHVILLE! Jasmin’s record release show is TOMORROW, January 31 at The Basement. w/ Rayland Baxter and Ponychase. $5 cover or $10 gets you in plus a copy of the new album on vinyl (Umm yes please).See you there.
www.jasminkaset.com 
Click on the diagram to listen to the entire album while watching her friends and family listen to the album for the first time as well.

JASMIN KASET.  If Dawn Landes and Wye Oak had a baby.

Today I listened to Jasmin Kaset’s new album roughly 5 times, back to back. Each time I fell in love with a different song off the album. It’s title is Quiet Machine and those two little words almost perfectly describe this album. She inherited catchy, iTunes commercial friendly melodies from her hypothetical mother Dawns Landes and borderline dark and desperate lyrics from her hypothetical father, Wye Oak. Jasmin Kaset can write indie folk songs like the best of them. You are going to want to listen to this beautifully crafted album. Order it now, via her website below, for a mere $7 (that’s less than a dollar a song!) or get the limited edition 12” vinyl for $10 (that’s less than a dollar an inch!).

*NASHVILLE! Jasmin’s record release show is TOMORROW, January 31 at The Basement. w/ Rayland Baxter and Ponychase. $5 cover or $10 gets you in plus a copy of the new album on vinyl (Umm yes please).
See you there.

www.jasminkaset.com

Click on the diagram to listen to the entire album while watching her friends and family listen to the album for the first time as well.

Concept by Jon DaCosta 2013 (c)