There were tons of releases this week, whether you wanted orchestrally-aligned pop like Belle and Sebastian or something along the psych vein, like Amen Dunes. But, I hope you looked into picking up the Jack Name album, as it’s one of the more diverse listens we’re likely to hear all year (I know that’s bold considering it’s January). There are marks of various influences from glam to funk and beyond, so why not take another listen to the latest single from the album. Be sure to pick up Weird Moons from Castle Face today!
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For those of you who didn’t quite get your fix this weekend, Hotel Vegas has an awesome show going down tomorrow night that kicks off pretty early for you working types. Drag City mainstay Jack Name kicks off at 8pm with the recently reunited (did they really even break up?) The Oh Sees taking the stage at 9pm. Following the headlining acts outside is a stellar lineup of locals inside featuring Warm Soda, Hundred Visions, and A Giant Dog. Kick off the week right!
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Jack Name has worked with a lot of your favorite heroes, and in doing so, he’s built a following all his own. His music’s something of an outlier, at least upon the first listen to his new song. There’s a synthesized beat that serves as the backbone, while the darkness of his vocals is so enchanting that I can’t pull myself away from it. He’s also got the approval of John Dwyer, who he’ll be touring with (including this week’s Austin date at Hotel Vegas); Dwyer will also be releasing Jack’s Weird Moons LP on his Castle Face imprint in January of next year.
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We feel like kicking things off on Monday should start with a little bit of introspection, but a whole lot of grit, providing you with some energy to jump into the week with just the right amount of spirit; I think this jam from Jack Name will do just the trick. It’s a lo-fi sort of affair, with sharp distorted guitars cutting in and out of the track. You’ll find low-end vocals beneath the front of the mix, possibly hearing a bit of Frank Black affectation. The project will be releasing Light Show on January 28th via God? Records, followed by a show that lands the band in Austin on February 8th.
Download: Jack Name – Born to Lose [MP3]