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It’s Okay to Kiss Your Cousin

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MP3: Kissing Cousins – “You Bring Me Down”

When your music is described as a cross between the Shangri-Las and Black Sabbath, chances are you’ve struck upon a pretty interesting sound. But there’s much more to Kissing Cousins than those two bands. Hailing from Los Angeles, the all-girl group concocts churning mixtures of pitch-black atmosphere and driving rhythms that draw upon an array of musical, literary, and cinematic influences.

Sonically, the four-piece sounds like PJ Harvey on a cranky day, complete with surging factory beats and half-sung, half-spoken words that often maketh murder. Their lyrics are influenced by Southern Gothic writers like William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, both of whom heavily influenced frontwoman Bray Heywood during her childhood in Alabama.

There’s even some David Lynch (see the bible-spouting, Eric Stoltz-starring video for “Don’t Look Back,” off the band’s debut album, Pillar of Salt) and Cinemax-style exploitation (as in the new video for “You Bring Me Down,” which finds the girls being sent to prison and generally kicking the crap out of each other) thrown into the mix. Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: Timber Timbre (List)

MP3: Timber Timbre – “Black Water”

Timber Timbre‘s sophomore effort, Creep On Creepin’ On, sees the band bringing us even more of its characteristic, Halloween-style dance rock, from the Leonard Cohen-esque opener “Bad Ritual,” to the Shining Soundtrack-styled “Swamp Magic.” It’s the kind of music that makes you want to dim the lights, get that old headless mannequin out of the attic, and have a nice slowdance. Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: Brent Green (List)

Sundance-honored multimedia artist Brent Green will bring his film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then to San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts this Sunday.

Green is a self-taught animator whose unusual tales explore the nuances of life, death, and everything in between — even Santa Claus. Gravity is his latest work, and it’s based on the true story of Leonard Wood, a man who built an entire “healing house” for his cancer-stricken wife. For the film, the ever-creative Green constructed a full-scale town in his back yard: “five houses, a handmade working piano, a huge glowing moon, and a giant, wooden, fully functioning God.”

And just as Gravity isn’t your typical film, Sunday night won’t be your typical screening. As an added bonus, Green has put together an all-star band — including Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Howe Gelb — to play a live soundtrack to the film. Having seen Green perform on multiple occasions, I can say with certainty that the show will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

In anticipation of the performance, Green also told us a bit about his influences. Brent Green’s Poetic Memory is below.

James Apollo to Play Soda Bar on 10/7

If you’re on the lookout for some lush Americana, it doesn’t get much better than James Apollo. The Arkansas native’s desolate lyrics and gnarled vocals have invited comparisons to William Faulkner and Tom Waits, and that ain’t bad company to keep. His songwriting chops have earned him recognition in England, but US stardom has so far eluded him. That might change on October 12th, when Apollo drops his latest album, the quietly evocative ‘Til Your Feet Bleed, on The Orchard.

To celebrate the release, he’s embarking on a cross-country tour that kicks off at San Diego’s own Soda Bar on Thursday, October 7th. Local country artist Bill Cardinal and Carlsbad honky-tonk band Trouble in the Wind will open. The show is only five dollars, and is sure to be worth your while and the whiles of all your friends.

For a taste of Apollo’s new material, check out the somber ballad “How Hard” and the slithering shuffle “Happiness” on his Myspace page. Non-San Diegans can peruse the rest of his tour dates below. Continue reading…