There are many people who consider the first two albums by the dB’s to be just as influential as those revered early Velvet Underground releases. The singing/songwriting backbone of the dB’s was the tandem of Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, whose simpatico musical attraction was strong enough to fuel Mavericks, an excellent 1991 album by the duo. Eighteen years later, the longtime friends have released the equally stirring Here And Now. The pair has also begun recording again with the dB’s, including original bassist Gene Holder and drummer Will Rigby. Holsapple and Stamey are guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with them.
Peter: You Can Go Anywhere, Do Anything is Max Indian‘s debut album, self-produced and -marketed, which means don’t look for it at Best Buy. It has been a long time since an album knocked me out like this one has. The songs, written and sung by Carter Gaj, are what we like to call “Beatle-informed,” which means that they’re pop-rock of the highest order. The production is weird and swampy, as dark as Carter’s murmured vocals; whenever a tambourine or cymbal breaks through the darkness, it’s like lightning in a summer thunderstorm. There’s not a bad tune here. James Wallace co-produces and plays the clattering drums throughout. Anything resembling a rock cliché is turned just slightly askew enough to render it refreshed. It was brought to my attention that this record is mixed in mono. Does anyone really give a shit about that anymore? Me, I’m buyin’ the mono Beatle box, having just been gifted a download of the mono Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and having reveled in that glorious clarity. Max Indian has only left my car’s CD player long enough to let Chris borrow it. Live video for “Heaven Help Us” after the jump.