Album of the Week: Iran – Dissolver

dissolver

Artist: Iran
Album: Dissolver
File Under: Lo-Fi Indie Rock
Recommended if You Like:  Pavement, Elliott Smith, Brian Wilson, Sebadoh, TVOTR
Featured Tracks: “I Can See the Future”, “Buddy

“I Can See The Future”:

Buddy“:

“Somehow they all got it wrong/ and they all seem to like it that way/ I let it go on too long/ and I forgot what I really meant to say/ and it feels like I’m lying/ and I don’t even know the truth….”

No doubt about it, the Buddy EP hooked me on Iran.  The combination of  Kyp Malone’s  (of TV on the Radio) masterful guitar work and the pathos laden lyrics of frontman Aaron Aites works for me – utterly and completely.  I wouldn’t call Iran a side project however, this band is actually a pre-cursor to TVOTR.  Dissolver is their third release and is fairly classic in it’s construction – catchy, melodramatic pop-tinged lyrics dragged through lots of rock swagger.  Very reminiscent of Pavement, which is perhaps why I like it so much.  They’re not breaking any barriers with their sound here, but the familiarity feels really, really good. 

Buddy” is certainly a stand out track for me.  To say I’m obsessed with it is an understatement.  “Airport ’79”, (reportedly an epilogue of sorts to John Lennon’s “Airport ’77”) is another excellent song  that’s been stuck in my head all week with it’s distorted, fuzzy guitar and catchy refrain ‘you won’t know who I am/ ’cause you don’t know who I am’.  Much of the album has that ballad-like quality which showcases Aaron Aites true lyrical talent.  It’s lovely.

SXSW 2009 Saturday Highlights

The day started out in a haze trying to find who I thought was Gentleman Reg, only to find out halfway through the set that I ended up at Gentleman Jesse and His Men, which was okay by me.  It was a nice outdoor venue with shade and seating, which I really needed at that moment.

Listen to Gentleman Jesse and His Men, “I Don’t Wanna Know“:

Luckily, the same venue was hosting another band I was dead set on seeing, Dead Confederate.  No pun intended. Thankfully my Gentleman Reg blunder got me to the venue in enough time so that we weren’t shut out from seeing them.  The venue was small and there was a loooong line at the door.  Waiting for the band to start, I was interrogated by a man named Walker as to whether or not a fair maiden like myself was in the right place and if I indeed liked the Dead Confederate.  After assuring him that I was and did, he replied “cool” then walked up to the stage and started playing guitar.  

Listen to Dead Confederate, “The Rat”:

The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band at Home Slice Pizza

The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band

After a quick pit stop at Starf**ker (I couldn’t resist), we headed South of Congress to chill out at Home Slice Pizza and catch up with The Phenomenal Handclap Band – again.

Listen to Starf**ker, “Florida

Listen to The Phenomenal Handclap Band, “You’ll Disappear”:

Iran frontman Aaron Aites

Iran Frontman Aaron Aites

After refueling, it was off to Club Deville to catch Iran – Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio’s) side project with friend and filmmaker Aaron Aites.  I’m really liking their new album, Dissolver, right now. 

Listen to Iran, “Buddy“:

harlem

Harlem

Then it was off to The Beauty Bar to catch a little Jana Hunter, Harlem and – finally – Gentleman Reg. Harlem was a hoot and I was completely to surprised to learn they were local.  They were all one big hot mess and looked like they’ve been living out of a van for months.  

Listen to Jana Hunter, “Babies“:

Listen to Harlem, “South of France”:

Listen to Gentleman Reg, “How We Exit”:

Black Joe Lewis

Black Joe Lewis

 Wrapping up the evening was Halifax Nova Scotia favorites, Wintersleep, followed by Austin’s answer to Little Richard,  Black Joe Lewis.

Listen to Wintersleep, “Drunk on Aluminum” 

Listen to Black Joe Lewis, “Bitch, I Love You”