THE VENN REVIEW

Music reviews using Venn diagrams
and baby making analogies.
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.

YOU WON’T.  If Neutral Milk Hotel and Vampire Weekend had a baby.
I just heard this band last night. They were opening for Lucius at the High Watt. It was a terrific set. The drummer was all over the place. Literally. All in one song he played drums, bass, harmonica AND an occasional synth part. The songs were sincere, heartfelt and often riddled with clever and humorous one liners that kept you smiling. Keep your ear to the ground for this duo from Massachusetts. I think they may have something pretty special.
 www.youwontmusic.com 
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YOU WON’T.  If Neutral Milk Hotel and Vampire Weekend had a baby.

I just heard this band last night. They were opening for Lucius at the High Watt. It was a terrific set. The drummer was all over the place. Literally. All in one song he played drums, bass, harmonica AND an occasional synth part. The songs were sincere, heartfelt and often riddled with clever and humorous one liners that kept you smiling. Keep your ear to the ground for this duo from Massachusetts. I think they may have something pretty special.

 www.youwontmusic.com 

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JUNIP.  If Nick Drake and Four Tet had a baby.
Junip’s self titled album is probably my favorite album of 2013. That is saying a lot, as there were so many great albums released last year. I just love this album from start to finish. Junip has José González ‘s  soft spoken vocals, like that of Nick Drake and the steady sample-esque drums of Four Tet. Every song is a road trip. Every song is an adventure. Go buy this album.
 www.junip.net  
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JUNIP.  If Nick Drake and Four Tet had a baby.

Junip’s self titled album is probably my favorite album of 2013. That is saying a lot, as there were so many great albums released last year. I just love this album from start to finish. Junip has José González ‘s  soft spoken vocals, like that of Nick Drake and the steady sample-esque drums of Four Tet. Every song is a road trip. Every song is an adventure.
Go buy this album.

 www.junip.net  

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TRISTEN.  If Sarah Jaffe and Tori Amos had a baby.
First off, Happy New Year! This is the first Venn Review of the year! Two thousand thirteen brought us CAVES, the latest release from the Chicagoan turned Nashvillian, Tristen. CAVES is a beautiful mix of folk and synth. There are definitely hints of her previous album, which was much more straight forward indie folk, but this album feels like it grew up, comparatively. Go check it out, if you haven’t already!**Nashville! Tristen is playing THIS Sunday, January 5, 2014 with Willy Mason at 3rd & Lindsley. Do the right thing.
 www.tristen.com 
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TRISTEN.  If Sarah Jaffe and Tori Amos had a baby.

First off, Happy New Year! This is the first Venn Review of the year! Two thousand thirteen brought us CAVES, the latest release from the Chicagoan turned Nashvillian, Tristen. CAVES is a beautiful mix of folk and synth. There are definitely hints of her previous album, which was much more straight forward indie folk, but this album feels like it grew up, comparatively. Go check it out, if you haven’t already!

**Nashville! Tristen is playing THIS Sunday, January 5, 2014 with Willy Mason at 3rd & Lindsley. Do the right thing.

 www.tristen.com 

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DEREK HOKE.  If Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett had a baby and raised it in East Nashville.
Last night (at the Outta My Head Benefit for Andrew Leahey) was not the first time I’ve seen Derek Hoke perform. I’ve seen him countless times at The 5 Spot, as he is also the gracious host of the ever popular $2 Tuesdays. Loosely known as the Mayor of East Nashville, he’s got the country guitar chops and the songwriting to back it up. Pick up a copy of his latest full length release at his website below.
 www.derekhoke.com 
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DEREK HOKE.  If Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett had a baby and raised it in East Nashville.

Last night (at the Outta My Head Benefit for Andrew Leahey) was not the first time I’ve seen Derek Hoke perform. I’ve seen him countless times at The 5 Spot, as he is also the gracious host of the ever popular $2 Tuesdays. Loosely known as the Mayor of East Nashville, he’s got the country guitar chops and the songwriting to back it up. Pick up a copy of his latest full length release at his website below.

 www.derekhoke.com

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GRASS ROOT KIDS.  If The Appleseed Cast and Manchester Orchestra had a baby.
These guys (and gal) are the kind of band you want to have in your local music scene. A hardworking, original band that has that “all for one” kind of attitude with the other local bands. I was only able to find one EP online (“Loose Change”) but keep an eye out for these “kids” as I suspect they will gain more and more fans and attention with each release.
 
***The Grass Root Kids are hosting this months BMI 8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN, next week on Monday December 9th. w/ special guests The Highland Reunion, Levi Weaver, The Oak Creek Band, Lines in the Sky, This Mountain, The Rough and Tumble and The Winter Sounds
 
www.grassrootkids.com 

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GRASS ROOT KIDS.  If The Appleseed Cast and Manchester Orchestra had a baby.

These guys (and gal) are the kind of band you want to have in your local music scene. A hardworking, original band that has that “all for one” kind of attitude with the other local bands. I was only able to find one EP online (“Loose Change”) but keep an eye out for these “kids” as I suspect they will gain more and more fans and attention with each release.
 
***The Grass Root Kids are hosting this months BMI 8 off 8th at The Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN, next week on Monday December 9th. w/ special guests The Highland Reunion, Levi Weaver, The Oak Creek Band, Lines in the Sky, This Mountain, The Rough and Tumble and The Winter Sounds
 

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Concept by Jon DaCosta 2013 (c)