Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Last Town Chorus - featured on Podcast #12

  • LINK to Podcast #12: "Betty's "Warm Covers and Cold Comfort" Mix!"

  • I purchased The Last Town Chorus CD a couple of months ago through
  • CDBaby.
  • I had downloaded several of their free MP3s (including some from the SXSW homepage) and really adored a few of them. The album is quietly moody and reminiscent of the southern gothic sound of Mazzy Star. Listeners who appreciate subtle sounds and lilting lap steel, along with lonely vocals and melancholy phrasing should appreciate this CD immensely.

    The band is getting some pretty nice press coverage as displayed on their webpage. Publications such as No Depression, Paste, Uncut and The Village Voice have given some pretty nice reviews to this up-and-coming group.

    See excerpts from the webpage below:
    "Even before Hickey spellbinds listeners with her Gillian Welch-meets-Hope Sandoval voice, the sheer exclusivity of what you're seeing is enough to make you stop and gawk."
    Paste Magazine (July 2005)
    "This highly seductive debut is set to spellbind a whole new set of languid disciples. Floating on the thawed-crystal voice and lap steel of songwriter Megan Hickey...the sound they make is a liquid tension of urban and rural, transplanted souls with an impossible longing for the best of both"
    UNCUT, UK (January 2005)
    "The tension between the permanent and transitory, between belonging and leaving, marks the music as fundamentally urban. HIckey's lap steel conjures up street lights and Navy yards rather than dirt roads and front porches."
    No Depression (July/August 2005)
    "Brooklyn's Megan Hickey is basking lately in the one-two-three punch of glorious praise overseas, coveted showcase gigs, and new material that kicks her ethereal music into grander, grittier gear. She sings like an angel and plays lap steel guitar like the Devil. Audio Narcotics."
    Village Voice (March 2005)

    Impressive for newbies, don't you think? I am not GAH-GAH over the CD myself, but really do like CD tracks "Change Your Mind" and "State Fair". I am looking forward to the new CD that, according to the website, is being recorded in Brooklyn at present.

    I have always loved this genre of dark and moody country-twinged music. The Last Town Chorus joins the ranks of new artists like Jesse Sykes, Trespassers William and Nina Nastasia, as well as southern goth goddesses Hope Sandoval and Margo Timmins. It's just so lovely and painful...makes you want to take a walk by the "crick" and then go "off yourself" in the barn with daddy's shotgun. Well, not really.

    Their website has LOTS of FREE MP3s!! Here are a few I've enjoyed...JUST DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN...

  • "Change Your Mind"
  • from
  • The Last Town Chorus

  • "Oregon"
  • from
  • The Last Town Chorus

  • "Wire Waltz"
  • from
  • SXSW 2005

  • "Modern Love (David Bowie cover)"
  • - Recorded at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, March 3rd, 2005

    These tracks are available, along with lots of other information and SONG STREAMS, at
  • The Last Town Chorus' webpage!

  • If you like the music, SUPPORT THE ARTIST and BUY, BUY, BUY!
    Buy their CD
  • The Last Town Chorus

    Blogger sharon said...

    I was lucky enough to see Megan perform in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely spellbounding! She played the David Bowie cover and also a cover of Gillian Welch's "Good til now"

    12:25 PM  
    Blogger "Betty" said...

    Wow...I would love to hear that Gillian Welch cover! Great pics on your blog! Last Town Circus, New Pornographers, Kathleen Edwards, Rosie cool is your life?? :) Thanks for the comment!

    12:40 PM  

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