The Lioness--Songs: Ohia
Some underground musicians never make it to their fourth album, and very few do it in style like our man from Lorain, Ohio, Jason Molina. To record The Lioness, Molina (along with regular Songs: Ohia members Jonathan Cargill and Geof Comings) traveled far from home - all the way to Glasgow, Scotland. Once there, local musicians Aidan Moffat and David Gow of Arab Strap and Ali Roberts of Appendix Out were more than happy to join the lineup, adding a new dimension to Molina's expert song craft. While it may initially be perceived as even darker than last year's Axxess & Ace, The Lioness is in fact more of a celebration of love, in direct contrast to Axxess' songs that generally focused on failing relationships. Songs: Ohia has always been a perfect vehicle for Molina to express wide-ranging, truthful emotions, but with The Lioness, the passionate reverence he pays to the value of love becomes his most sincere gesture yet. Review by Josh Bloom at Fanatic.
Previous CD of the Month selections.
|August 99::Double Agent 2000 compilation--Double Agent Records has been dubbed one of the best record labels you've never heard of. This stellar Double Agent Compilation features some of Radio 1190's favorite bands including Radio 1190's #1 band from 1998, The Push Kings, as well as Class, (Smooth) Operator, and Rose Melberg.|
|September 99: Stereolab Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night--After a hiatus of two years, a virtual ice age in Stereolabs chronology, the band is set to release a new CD. The new disc was recorded in Winter 98/99 in Brixton, London, and is splendidly titled "Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage In the Milky Night."All 15 songs were written by founding members Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, while recording and mixing is shared between the group and John McEntire (who also co-produced Stereolabs two previous efforts) and, for the first time, Jim ORourke. ORourke has worked with a dizzying array of people including Faust, Sonic Youth, Oval and Plush and this year released his own mesmerizing solo outing "Eureka." His string arrangements on this record are quite breathtaking.|
|October 99: Barcelona Simon Basic--Having been
raised in Washington DC during the Regan Regime of the 80's it was hard
for anyone not to be under the influence of new wave pop and Commodore 64's
let alone the members of Barcelona. Comprised of Jennifer Carr (bass), Jason
Korzen (guitar/ singer), Christian Scanniello (drums) and Ivan Ramiscal
(moog/keyboards/ guitar), the band somehow found time away from their love
of soccer and computers to add their own dose of synth-pop and indie to
play their only show in 1999 and release their first full-length "Simon
BASIC" that same year.
-- Mike DaRonco , All-Music Guide
|November 99: Handsome Boy Modeling School So...How's Your Girl?--Handsome Boy Modeling School is a project started by Prince Paul and Dan"The Automator" Nakamura. For this undertaking, they've taken on thepersonas of Chest Rockwell (Paul) and Nathaniel Merriweather. The concept is a school to make men handsome through training and technique. The name comes from the old Fox TV show "Get A Life", which starred Bob & Chris Elliot. Two of the tracks are "skits" using samples from the show. The album doesn't exactly train you to be handsome, but you shouldn't carebecause this is one of the most innovative hip-hop albums to arrive in quitea long time. Tracks examine such issues as rock, the projects and deathwhile ranging in style from hip-hop to digital hardcore. Many Handsome Boy graduates make guest appearances, including: Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Mike D, Grand Puba & Sadat X, Encore, Dave of De La Soul, DJ Shadow, DJ Quest, Kid Koala, Money Mark, Josh Hayden, Paula Frazer, & Father Guido Sarducci.|
December 99: Low Christmas & I Made it Out of Clay compilation--As a special holiday treat for our current and December members of the CD of the Month Club, Radio 1190 is throwing in an extra CD! Low, a sanguine threepiece from the drowsy shores of Duluth, Minnesota, have put out a special, hard to find CD of Christmas and Christmas related songs. The majority of the new CD is signature Low -- languid, mournful, and sparse. They do, however, make a noticable departure from their trademark style on the album's first track "Just Like Christmas." This catchy, beautiful track has been exceedingly popular with both staff and listeners. Christmas is a combination of original songs and covers such as "Blue Christmas," "Silent Night," and "Little Drummer Boy."
As a bonus, we're also including the new Hanukkah compilation I Made it Out of Clay put together by Little Shirley Beans. One of the greatest things about this new (and to my best knowledge, first) indie pop Chanukah compilation is it's mastermind, Brooklyn's Little Shirley Beans. Shirley Braha as she is known to her family, is but a mere 16 years old which lends a special air of awe-thenticity to this record. Shirley made her first mark earlier this year by organizing the "Indiepop List" song from the latest Momus album "Stars Forever" and now gives everyone at the intersection of Jew and Indiepop fan reason to rejoice with upbeat songs about our best known holiday. by Joshua Bloom