THE VENN REVIEW

Music reviews using Venn diagrams
and baby making analogies.
HARLEM.  If Ty Segall and The Kingsmen had a baby.


So this band isn’t entirely new. They aren’t even technically playing together any more. According to various interwebs the band has been on an indefinite hiatus since 2012. Regardless, I am not sure where I was in 2010 when their album Hippies hit the streets but apparently I was somewhere missing out. They have the lo-fi rock influence from Ty Segall while maintaining a 60’s garage band feel like that of The Kingsmen. Give it a listen and then get bummed out that they aren’t making music anymore.
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_(band)
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HARLEM.  If Ty Segall and The Kingsmen had a baby.

So this band isn’t entirely new. They aren’t even technically playing together any more. According to various interwebs the band has been on an indefinite hiatus since 2012. Regardless, I am not sure where I was in 2010 when their album Hippies hit the streets but apparently I was somewhere missing out. They have the lo-fi rock influence from Ty Segall while maintaining a 60’s garage band feel like that of The Kingsmen. Give it a listen and then get bummed out that they aren’t making music anymore.

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_(band)

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YUMI AND THE SYSTEM.  If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Kills had a baby.


What’s that? You say you like good music created by good people? I played a show with Yumi and the System a few weeks back at FooBar in East Nashville. All the bands were friendly but Ben and Amy from Yumi stood out among them as just being all around good people. Amy even offered to share her crafty skills by creating a sticker box for my band’s merch. All the friendliness aside, they also make great music. They just released their new single for their upcoming album and it is a killer track, giving us the perfect teaser for the upcoming full length. Check out the new track by clicking the diagram above.
www.yumiandthesystem.com

YUMI AND THE SYSTEM.  If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Kills had a baby.

What’s that? You say you like good music created by good people? I played a show with Yumi and the System a few weeks back at FooBar in East Nashville. All the bands were friendly but Ben and Amy from Yumi stood out among them as just being all around good people. Amy even offered to share her crafty skills by creating a sticker box for my band’s merch. All the friendliness aside, they also make great music. They just released their new single for their upcoming album and it is a killer track, giving us the perfect teaser for the upcoming full length. Check out the new track by clicking the diagram above.

www.yumiandthesystem.com

GARDENING, NOT ARCHITECTURE.  If Rilo Kiley and Maria Taylor had a baby and that baby grew up and released an album that was produced by Trent Reznor.


Have I mentioned I love Nashville? It truly is a small town after all. I was introduced to Sarah Saturday (AKA Gardening, Not Architecture) a few weeks ago by not one but two mutual friends. I had been told to check her out by one of these mutual friends on more than one occasion but had let them down and never got around to it. After our formal introduction I figured I should probably get around to it. She is not your typical Nashville act. She’ll be the first to admit to that. But like a 75 degree day after a slew of muggy 95 degree days, her music can be a breath of fresh air in this town. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty eclectic (and awesome) styles coming out of Nashville these days but nothing quite like Gardening, Not Architecture. To be brief, it’s catchy pop rock electronic. Check her out and don’t waste as much time as I did.*NASHVILLE! G,NA will be performing TOMORROW at East Nashville’s Tomato & Arts Festival at 5pm. Go get you some!**Another Venn Review alumni will also be performing at the Tomato & Arts Festival: Andrew Leaheyis at 2pm
http://gardeningnotarchitecture.com 


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GARDENING, NOT ARCHITECTURE.  If Rilo Kiley and Maria Taylor had a baby and that baby grew up and released an album that was produced by Trent Reznor.

Have I mentioned I love Nashville? It truly is a small town after all. I was introduced to Sarah Saturday (AKA Gardening, Not Architecture) a few weeks ago by not one but two mutual friends. I had been told to check her out by one of these mutual friends on more than one occasion but had let them down and never got around to it. After our formal introduction I figured I should probably get around to it. She is not your typical Nashville act. She’ll be the first to admit to that. But like a 75 degree day after a slew of muggy 95 degree days, her music can be a breath of fresh air in this town. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty eclectic (and awesome) styles coming out of Nashville these days but nothing quite like Gardening, Not Architecture. To be brief, it’s catchy pop rock electronic. Check her out and don’t waste as much time as I did.

*NASHVILLE! G,NA will be performing TOMORROW at East Nashville’s Tomato & Arts Festival at 5pm. Go get you some!

**Another Venn Review alumni will also be performing at the Tomato & Arts Festival: Andrew Leaheyis at 2pm

http://gardeningnotarchitecture.com

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WALTER MARTIN.  If Andrew Bird (minus the violin) and Nick Jr. (the kids channel) had a baby.


You may recognize the name Walter Martin as a former member of The Walkmen. While others in the band went on to make (you guessed it) rock albums, Walter Martin went on and created a children’s album. Yes, a children’s album….AND it’s awesome. I actually love it and not just because I have children but because it is really good. It’s catchy and innocent and fun all at once. The album is also riddled with other great artists like Matt Berninger (The National), Karen O. (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Kat Edmonson. So moral of the story; whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, it is in your best interest to give this album a spin.
http://waltermartinmusic.com


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WALTER MARTIN.  If Andrew Bird (minus the violin) and Nick Jr. (the kids channel) had a baby.

You may recognize the name Walter Martin as a former member of The Walkmen. While others in the band went on to make (you guessed it) rock albums, Walter Martin went on and created a children’s album. Yes, a children’s album….AND it’s awesome. I actually love it and not just because I have children but because it is really good. It’s catchy and innocent and fun all at once. The album is also riddled with other great artists like Matt Berninger (The National), Karen O. (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Kat Edmonson. So moral of the story; whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, it is in your best interest to give this album a spin.

http://waltermartinmusic.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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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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Concept by Jon DaCosta 2013 (c)