Posts Tagged ‘Baked Tapes’

Jeffrey Alexander + The Heavy Lidders – “West Ellet Fadeaway”

Caught The Heavy Lidders last weekend in the first feasible show I’ve been able to attend in seven month. Its good to be out watching it happen in the flesh, even if its 10 feet from anyone else in an Upstate NY farm field while it happens. The band was cut down to the core of Alexander, Jesse Sheppard, and Scott Verrastro but even with the austere lineup they brought a storm of psychedelic fury. On their first release propper The Lidders are fleshed out between 4 and 5 with extra help from Eklhorn’s Drew Gardiner, Headroom shredder Kryssi Battalene, and Sunwatchers’ Jeff Tobias on sax. The air is thick with ash and amplifer fallout here and there’s a feeling that the band may tear it all down at any moment. The good news is that this is just the first from the band, with rumblings of more Lidders on the way soon. For now, the high-tensity jet fuel burn of “West Ellet Fadeaway” and the rest of this zone out on Baked Tapes will just have to tide you over.




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Prana Crafter Split for Robert Hunter on Baked Tapes

A surprise release snuck out over the weekend from Baked Tapes. In the wake of Robert Hunter’s death this year both Will from PC and ragenap wound up processing their feelings on the matter through the only medium that seems appropriate, turning their sorrow to song with a split tape that cracks open like a call to heaven. For his side Will invokes the “Beggar’s Tomb,” churning grief into a miasmic haunt that’s fried through to the bone by guitar exorcisms on the back half. The tape serves as a nice cap on Prana Crafter’s already stellar year and a celebration of a poet and songwriter whose imprint will be felt long after his mortal years.



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