Why we like it: Liam Betson was formerly in Titus Andronicus and previously recorded under the moniker Liam The Younger. “The Cover Of Hunter” is his first release under his own name and his first with up and coming label Double Double Whammy (LVL UP, Frankie Cosmos, Crying). It features appearances from members of Big Troubles, Titus Andronicus and Julian Lynch.
From start to finish, this is a great record. The Cover of Hunter starts off with the eight minute “I Can’t Tell If You’re Looking At Me”. Betson’s imagery and delivery as well as Lynch’s clarinet shine in this song. At times it sounds like Bright Eyes and at times it sounds like LVL UP. For his first studio recorded album, Betson and company did a fantastic job. There isn’t one skippable song on here.
Speaking of LVL UP, they’re going on tour with Liam Betson this summer.
Tour dates below:
8/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House w/ Sheer Mag, Spirit of the Beehive 8/19 Montclair, NJ @ Bat Cave w/ Toasted Plastic 8/20 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 w/ Spacemonster 8/21 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong w/ Max Levine Ensemble 8/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ The People’s Warehouse w/ WC Lindsay, Steady Hands, Denzell, I am a Sea Creature 8/23 Columbus, OH @ TBA w/ Tin Armor, All Dogs 8/29 Hamden, CT @ The Space w/ Loner Chic, High Pop, Krill 8/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Andrew Cedarmark, Mitski
“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit, all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”—Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices (via fleurlungs)
Alvvays are great! Sure, they don’t have the most original sound in the world, but the melodies and lyrics are generally as strong as anything I’ve heard from Camera Obscura, Dum Dum Girls, etc. I was really pleasantly surprised by their album and I listen to it all the time now.
lewisandhisblog aka chris cappello just followed me and i wonder if he has some kind of psychic knowledge of how many times i’ve listened to the stairwells and hallways of your new home while sitting alone, gazing into the distance and dreading the future
Hello, hello. I've just begun music reviewing and I feel extremely hesitant about it all - I'm not a musician (not yet, anyway) so things like music terminology really escapes me. I'm not able to listen to a song and immediately know the mechanics behind what is going on, and I feel that if I did I'd be a lot more confident.. Do you have any tips on how to get better at this particular aspect? If so, thank you!
It’s tough. There are critics out there who are really great writers despite no musical background, but I don’t think I would be as capable of understanding and appreciating the music I like without the background in musical mechanics and literary analysis that I have. The moment that I became proficient at the guitar completely changed the way I listened to and experienced music, as did the moment when I gained some firsthand understanding of production and mixing.
This is probably weird to say but I love your writing so much. Like the way you structure your reviews us fantastic abd wherever you write about a band I want to listen to them. Your super talented and I hope you keep doing your thing!
Thank you so much! Comments like this are so validating!
How did you get your gig writing for portals? How did you get your internship with anfan? I love your reviews!
Portals came after my time working with Anthony. Ian Stanley from chill mega chill and cactus mouth approached me and asked if I wanted to write for them. With the needle drop internship, Anthony approached me on here after following my blog for a while.