When: 07/12/12 @ 7:00pm
Dent May shares music video for "Home Groan"
Do Things out now on Paw Tracks
VIDEO:"Home Groan" (Dir. by James Alexander Warren) -
Dent May's video for "Home Groan" was compiled from iPhone footage taken by James Alexander Warren and Dent May over the last year. The video shows Mississippi through the lens of the Cats Purring "Infotainment Cult" in Oxford, Mississippi, where Dent and his bandmates make their home. Warren previously directed Dent's video for "Best Friend," and he plays drums in Dent's touring band.
In the years since signing with Paw Tracks in 2009, Mississippi native Dent May has made music that balances saccharine pop sincerity and campy affectation. His debut LP, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, put wry storytelling at its fore, but imbued each track with sweet strums of the titular instrument and earnest harmonies sure to arrest listeners' sympathies. Eager to explore different styles, the two singles released since the album, "That Feeling" and "Fun," have seen May plugging in and finding footing somewhere between 60s psychedelia and disco-era balladry in the vein of Ashford and Simpson, a vibe he expands on with his new record, Do Things.
Played entirely by himself and recorded in sessions split between his bedroom at the Cats Purring Dude Ranch and a small cabin by a cotton field outside Oxford, MS, Do Things finds the self-described "wedding reception band on acid" purveying the same heavy helpings of sentiment, but forgoing the jocular tone of his debut for a more contemplative-but still relentlessly optimistic-demeanor. Underneath the shiny veneer of synthesizer filigrees and harmonious coos, May zooms in on such timeless subjects as the nature of friendship, finding purpose in a world that seems devoid of it, and dealing with insistent feelings of malaise. "Funk" is certainly a word that's written all over the album, and May's Orange Juice-ian take on it lends songs like "Best Friend" and "Don't Wait Too Long" a sprightly boogie and conjures images of soft-lit rooms and mirror balls. When not thumping and grooving, Do Things bops and sways along the psych-pop avenues of "Tell Her" and the ascending melodies of "Find It." Full of stylistic changes but retaining May's singular voice, Do Things is a great step forward for the pop devotee.
Dent May writes and records homemade pop music in Mississippi, where he was born in 1985. He began songwriting at age 12. The following year, he started a band called Flood, who covered Creed and 311 and sold homemade cassettes to classmates. In high school, heavily influenced by Elvis Costello and The Cars, Dent fronted a power-pop band called The Rockwells. Feeling like an outsider in Mississippi, he retreated to the Internet, where he spent his time soaking in pop music and culture from around the globe.
After dropping out of NYU film school, Dent founded Oxford, Mississippi's self-proclaimed "infotainment cult" Cats Purring. Since then, his musical endeavors have included a debut LP of ukulele tunes on Paw Tracks, dance recordings under the Dent Sweat moniker, and a mysterious unfinished psych-country rock opera called Cowboy Maloney's Electric City. He throws notorious DIY shows at his home, a former Boys & Girls club now deemed the Cats Purring Dude Ranch.
Recent singles on Forest Family and Paw Tracks have found Dent abandoning the ukulele in favor of cosmic synths, funky guitars, analog drum machines, loopy bass lines, and massive vocal harmonies. He played all the instruments on his new album Do Things, which was recorded at the Dude Ranch and in a friend's rural cabin by a cotton field. Do Things will be released by Paw Tracks on June 12, 2012.
MILK MUSIC SET TO EMBARK ON NATIONAL TOUR THIS JULY, INCLUDING PITCHFORK FESTIVAL
BEYOND LIVING AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE 1st TIME EVER
DOWNLOAD THEIR SET FROM PRIMAVERA VIA WFMU
Olympia, WA's cult rock and roll band Milk Music are about to embark on a full US tour in July, including a stop at Pitchfork Festival. Today, the band are sharing a new/old track to celebrate the tour. "Violence Now" originally appeared on a very small run of flexi discs as a split effort with Carrie Keith of Gun Outfit. They were included with an issue of the Olympia based NUTS! Fanzine. If you didn't have a friend who was in the know, or were already familiar with NUTS!, chances are you didn't get one. You can hear the dirty, fuzzed out anthem right now, released digitally for the first time.
Speaking of digital releases, you can now purchase Milk Music's long sold out, sought out EP Beyond Living on iTunes for a bargain price of $4.99
To get a taste of what Milk Music is all about live, you can check out WFMU and download their full set from Primavera Sound which includes some new songs that hint at what's to come for their next LP being recorded this summer.
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