by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com
I’ve been meaning to write a formal review of Underwater Dream Machine’s new album, A Very Lonely Dream About Space, since it came out months ago. This is what I can tell you about it: It’s like a drug-induced lullaby to Andy Kaufman sung by an ex-member of the Up With People Choir who jumped parole after being arrested for running a prostitution ring while acting as the leader of a wilderness cult that lives on a small armed compound just north of Kennard. It’s weird. Maybe a little bit too weird at times. Maybe a bit distractingly weird, especially when you consider that songs of such singular beauty as “Revolution” and “Already Gone” are so good that Wayne Coyne has put a sizable bounty on the head of UDM frontman Bret Vovk. That’s a long-winded way of saying that this album is already on my short list for being one of the best locally produced records of 2012. Now the question is whether Bret can replicate these songs’ gorgeousness in a live setting. We’ll find out tonight at O’Leaver’s when UDM plays with Pearl and the Beard. $5, 9:30 p.m.
Based on what I’ve seen from their website and Facebook page, Brooklyn band Your 33 Black Angels has about 33 members, or at least more than a half-dozen. How they’re all going to fit on the tiny Barley Street Tavern “stage” tonight should be an interesting challenge. They call their sound psychalternativepopsoulpunk, but I just call it twang-rock with a healthy dose of The Kinks thrown in for good measure. Opening is the always interesting, always evolving Dim Light and maybe one more band that’s TBA. $5, 9 p.m.
Also this evening at 7 p.m., it’s the third installment of the Record Club at the Saddle Creek Shop, where folks can sit around, flip through the bins and listen to a classic LP in its entirety and then chat about it afterward. Tonight’s record is Magnetic Fields’ new one, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. The music starts at 7 down at the Saddle Creek Shop in the Slowdown complex. Go here for more info.
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