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Liquorsmiths’ “Let It Come” is streaming on our Local Music Playlist.
Liquorsmiths’ “Let It Come” is streaming on our Local Music Playlist.

The Reader’s Local Music Playlist currently features over 1100 playable MP3s, with the following mini-reviews representing several of the most recently uploaded tracks.

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The Liquorsmiths, “Let It Come”: This new folk-rock trio (which plays House of Blues on February 6) performs with a crisp-winter clarity that conjures up the best and most thoughtful collegiate rock of, say, Simon and Garfunkel or John Mayer, as Drew Thams (Peripherals) croons of being “held up in a room and I’m sipping down booze, hoping the bottoms of bottles contain better news.”

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Stefan Christov, “Dark Lights”: The Oceanside pianist/ guitarist misleads a bit with the acoustic guitar intro, given how quickly the tune becomes drenched with increasingly Hawkwindish layers of heavy psychedelia, with lyrical mantras repeated over and over until evolving into a sort of sonic somnambulance.

Alan Lewis Silva, “Be Your Man”: Another slow-starter, Silva keeps this chordy number simple with a mildly electronic drone akin to latterday Syd Barrett (i.e., more Madcap than Piper), with occasionally atonal vocals fed through a wall of echo effects. Though minimalist, it made me curious enough to check out other recently uploaded tracks by the Grantville native.

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Diane Marie and Randy Lane

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Diane Marie and Randy Lane, “Good Stuff”: Lane, who cut his teeth busking the Gaslamp while “residentially challenged,” teamed up with graphic artist Marie around 2011, and this breezy number displays the same sort of lighthearted Timbuk 3 vibe of earlier cuts like “Stupid FN Song,” as Marie sings of meeting — and fawning over — a musical “hero” who inspired her.

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Dornob

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Dornob, “Zangula”: The Persian avant gardists, extant since 1985, offer this popaspiring slice of many-stringed world raga. The mesh of traditional and electronic instrumentation can be jarring to unfamiliar ears, but the tune’s basic jam-band infrastructure makes for an engaging five minutes.

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Jackstones

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Jackstones, “She Dyed It Red”: Now in their tenth year, the boomer-era dads making up this country-rock quartet seem to be having boozy fun as they spin the tale of a once put-upon lady friend gone supersexy MILF, thanks to her new look and an old dress that, dyed red, “seems a little higher, fits a little tighter, she wears it with no regret.”

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Liquorsmiths’ “Let It Come” is streaming on our Local Music Playlist.
Liquorsmiths’ “Let It Come” is streaming on our Local Music Playlist.

The Reader’s Local Music Playlist currently features over 1100 playable MP3s, with the following mini-reviews representing several of the most recently uploaded tracks.

Band songs

Liquorsmiths

More

The Liquorsmiths, “Let It Come”: This new folk-rock trio (which plays House of Blues on February 6) performs with a crisp-winter clarity that conjures up the best and most thoughtful collegiate rock of, say, Simon and Garfunkel or John Mayer, as Drew Thams (Peripherals) croons of being “held up in a room and I’m sipping down booze, hoping the bottoms of bottles contain better news.”

Band songs

Stefan Christov

More

Stefan Christov, “Dark Lights”: The Oceanside pianist/ guitarist misleads a bit with the acoustic guitar intro, given how quickly the tune becomes drenched with increasingly Hawkwindish layers of heavy psychedelia, with lyrical mantras repeated over and over until evolving into a sort of sonic somnambulance.

Alan Lewis Silva, “Be Your Man”: Another slow-starter, Silva keeps this chordy number simple with a mildly electronic drone akin to latterday Syd Barrett (i.e., more Madcap than Piper), with occasionally atonal vocals fed through a wall of echo effects. Though minimalist, it made me curious enough to check out other recently uploaded tracks by the Grantville native.

Band songs

Diane Marie and Randy Lane

More

Diane Marie and Randy Lane, “Good Stuff”: Lane, who cut his teeth busking the Gaslamp while “residentially challenged,” teamed up with graphic artist Marie around 2011, and this breezy number displays the same sort of lighthearted Timbuk 3 vibe of earlier cuts like “Stupid FN Song,” as Marie sings of meeting — and fawning over — a musical “hero” who inspired her.

Band songs

Dornob

More

Dornob, “Zangula”: The Persian avant gardists, extant since 1985, offer this popaspiring slice of many-stringed world raga. The mesh of traditional and electronic instrumentation can be jarring to unfamiliar ears, but the tune’s basic jam-band infrastructure makes for an engaging five minutes.

Band songs

Jackstones

More

Jackstones, “She Dyed It Red”: Now in their tenth year, the boomer-era dads making up this country-rock quartet seem to be having boozy fun as they spin the tale of a once put-upon lady friend gone supersexy MILF, thanks to her new look and an old dress that, dyed red, “seems a little higher, fits a little tighter, she wears it with no regret.”

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