On Saturday, September 15, true locals LINOLEUM BLOWNAPARTE celebrate the release of their debut full-length, Twelve Flavors of Temptation, a collection of warm and searing blues number, with a gig at Bubba’s with the Hi-Tides. LB’s tracks take their time, employing the slow build and plenty of guitar noodling to wrap around Richard Shew’s growling vocals. These guys would do well in New Orleans and ought to do just fine here in Maine. Drew Wyman (bass) and Justin Page (drums) form a rhythm section that alternately chugs and purrs, and while the band might be a little silly in their lyrics, it never impedes on their ability to delivery a good instrumental performance.
Attendees of the release show get a free disc with a $6 admission (or get in free for buying a disc for $6, I suppose).
The next big weekend comes on September 28 and 29. Kicking the weekend off, SONTIAGO finally releases her much-anticipated (and I mean, “much”) sophomore album, Steel Yourself, with a show that will feature accompaniment by dilly dilly on saw, banjo, melodica, and trumpet, and Gabe FM on turntables, with an opening number from the Nile Girls.
While Abuse My Adoration, Sontiago’s debut, was largely an introspective affair and deeply personal, on this disc she moves outside herself, delving into the stories of people “blindsided by cruel reminders that you cannot predict your own destiny.” Well, here’s one prediction that this girl’s Friday night gig at SPACE will be hot, hot, hot.
Also playing that night is KATE SCHROCK, who’s released Invocation already this summer but hasn’t played a proper show to promote it, so her Jonathan’s gig on September 28 is the perfect time to check her out. Her first disc since 2003’s Indiana, the new 10-track effort was recorded largely at the Studio with local backing musicians, but also includes a number of additional elements recorded in Jamaica with former Wailer Glen Dacosta, who contributes tenor sax and flute and named the album’s “inspired advisor.”
Don’t worry, there’s plenty of Schrock’s mint voice and piano playing, but there’s also some phenomenal instrumentation, including, yes, a reggae up-beat, and lots to listen closely for.
The same might be said for the new BLUE COLLAR PRODUCT EP, Addict, though you might split your eardrums doing it. They’ll release their follow-up to 2005’s Pledge of Resistance, with a huge show September 29 that also features Sinaria, Vertigod, Nobis, and Boring Kind of Guy at the Station. The release will be the second for Dirty Dawg Records, which also released a disc for Split Ya Teeth earlier this year. Based in North Yarmouth, and not the same as the New Mexican hip-hop label by the same name, owner Chris Libby hopes to sign more hardcore and heavy rock bands up in the near future.
Looking out further into fall, grange hall regular DEAN FORD is looking to release his The Silent Pages debut full-length before the end of October. Maybe you’ve heard “The Manuscript.” Solid tune, that. Also due to drop in October is the debut solo effort from JEFF BEAM, frontman for Specter, who went away to college and got some ideas for songs that needed to be tracked. The disc is called Mind the Gap, which was also the name of an album released by Waterville band Traffic Jam in 2003.