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holla! it’s my girl samantha crain in the times
31 March, 2009, 2:33 PM
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So I get a little excited when someone I wrote about is featured in a major media source… Granted, it seems like it wasn’t the most polite audience for Crain and the Midnight Shivers, but that didn’t prevent New York Times writer Jon Caramanica from showering Crain & Co. with approval. Here’s the excerpt:

“When focused, Ms. Crain — with turquoise tights screaming out from between a beige print dress and red cowboy boots — was captivating. Her pleading, slightly distant intonation recalled early-1990s Britpop, an accent atop a voice that traverses the space between Gillian Welch and Regina Spektor. And when Ms. Crain pushes herself, that voice arcs and dips and punches like Siouxsie Sioux’s.

“She could have easily overwhelmed a less capable backing band, but the Midnight Shivers — the bass player and harmony vocalist Andrew Tanz, the guitarist Stephen Sebastian and the drummer and occasional harmonica player Jacob Edwards — ably played with texture.

“On ‘Rising Sun,’ Mr. Sebastian’s guitar rubbed up against Ms. Crain’s clear vocals like sandpaper, and the interplay of Mr. Tanz’s harmonies and Mr. Edwards’s stabbing snares gave ‘Get the Fever Out’ the impression of speeding up, then slowing down, over and over, as Ms. Crain wisely kept it stoic: ‘Can we see how we need to bury you, bury you?'”

Crain on MySpace, new album, Songs in the Night, will be out April 28th.

NYT Photo


the list: a dash of folk and remixes shaken, not stirred


In the mood for a songbird to capture your heart with her painfully compelling voice bordering on delicacy and gusto? Go no further than Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers (awesome name, btw). I like the haunting images that she conjures in my mind and I was blessed with her voice via one of KCRW’s “Top Tune” podcasts this week for “Get the Fever Out.” I just can’t wait to source the EP The Confiscation available now, new album Songs in the Night out 28 April, and she’ll be at The Hotel Cafe the following night. Mmm, lovely. 

“Evergreen” by B’more group Celebration and the remix of “Hands Off My Gold” by Simian Mobile Disco. ELECTRIC. 


BK trio Tall Firs is playing this weekend at The Glasslands Gallery along with Celebration for the Williamsburg Weekend devoted to new fashions by local talents. I am jealous and have been imagining life in New York all week. Anywho, “If Sonic Youth is the primordial, towering redwood forest of the indie noise-pop landscape, then underground NYC electric folk-duo the Tall Firs are the newly rising evergreens nestled at the foot of them,” Harp. Then The Wire wrote, “[T]hese songs possess a sense of simmering tension, where lugubrious lyricism and instrumental drift do not detract from a poised delivery and a subtle but thoughtful use of contrasting shades. The acoustic-electric interplay suggests a kind of rootless, melodic modernity….” Definitely worth a listen and this is one of my most subdued picks of the week. 

Who is not enjoying “Enjoy What You Do” by Bay Area MC/producer Trackademiks?”Sounds like someone who did their homework,” YES!!!   And popular remixes: Shadow Dancer here; Flosstradamus and Sammy Bananas remixes, and “Topsidin” all free listens here. Push play and let the weekend drop>>