DIY/Lo-Fi

Rentz Leinbach is your new favorite musician

 *photo by Calvin Chen

It's always nice to switch up your musical routine and add some fresh talent to your aresenal. Rentz Leinbach is exactly who I'm talking about when I say this. The recent Deli Artist of the Month is multi-instrumentalist, inspired by greats like Guided by Voices, Hasil Adkins and Elvis Costello. He's been a solo acoustic artist (under the names the Pink Leather Tats and Root Shocker) and part of a three-piece band (Neither v. Either), but his current incarnation is quite addiciting. Rentz has got a show coming up on the 18th with Moon By You and Dim Wit at the Liquor Store, and a cassette release show at Mother Foucault's Bookshop on June 18th. He may only be one person, but he can put on one hell of a performance.

   

Andrew Strader's debut "No Improvement" needs no improvement to be a solid listen

Andrew Strader's debut recording No Improvement is a stripped down slacker tale that still feels fleshed-out and doesn't cut any corners. No Improvement takes itself completely seriously, sometimes a feat for bedroom compositions, but still takes advantage of its lo-fi tape hiss aesthetic to keep the whole thing fun. Vocals hiss and crack, solos wander in and out of the frame, and the (remarkably tasteful) reverb fills your ears like cotton. It's a brief listen, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by skipping it. -Austin Phy

   

WRITER releases new album “Principle Web” + video for single "Neighborly"

Former Deli Album Of the Month WRITER return with their follow up full length album “Principle Web.” Out on Small Plates Records, the ten track long player can be acquired in either digital or the once again popular vinyl format. Current single “Neighborly” presents a hypnotic drum beat straight outta Creedence Clearwater Revivals 1968 hit “Suzie Q,” as buzzy, distorted guitar and bass hover on a singular note before moving into a three chord progression. Chanted vocals come delivered with a mantra-like “I love – all of you.” A full minute in and the vocal cadence quickens, delivering simple observations like “there’s a shortage of clean laundry, and a mound of plastic bags” with the following verse declaring “there’s a party” as well as “a new tree that was planted.” In place of where one might traditionally expect a guitar solo is a falsetto vocal melody, moving it all closer to David Lynch film soundtrack weirdness. Harder power rock guitar chords lead the charge towards an ending that conjures the sound of a car wreck explosion. The accompanying video directed by Brooklyn-based visual artist Paul Remund portrays moving images in stark black and white, distorted by a form of digital cubism. - Dave Cromwell

   

New Free Cake For Every Creature LP Available for Streaming

Talking Quietly Of Anything With You, which is now available for streaming, is the latest collection of softly-whispered confessionals from Katie Bennett's twee-pop project Free Cake For Every Creature. The full-length album was produced in upstate New York with Chris Daly (Fraternal Twins, Long Beard) at Salvation Recording Co. It officially arrives on April 15 via Double Double Whammy, and Bennett will be hosting a record release show on Saturday, April 16 at Everybody Hits with Hello Shark, Addie Pray, and Microsoft Saint.

   

New Music Video: "Jawbreaker" - Laser Background

Laser Background, a.k.a. Andy Molholt, released his latest single, "Jawbreaker," on hand-cut lathe 7" via Eric Slick's new imprint Least Records. The track will also appear on Molholt's upcoming album Correct, due out May 13 via La Société Expéditionnaire. Below is a suffocating new music video for "Jawbreaker," which was directed by Ross Brubeck.

Laser Background - Jawbreaker from Ross Brubeck