Due to space limitations in the print version of New Times, there are a lot of local records that we can't fit into the music section. That's why here, on Ear Infection, I try to turn you on or steer you away from certain acts and albums.
The latest truly stellar album I've gotten is by Wormwood Brothers, entitled Spider Lake. The band calls its music "dustcore," which is an appropriate description for this desert/country assemblage of depressing drinking songs. It's not what I'd call "y'all-ternative;" it sticks to traditional styles ranging from early Neil Young to modern purveyors of the sound like My Morning Jacket. Here are a couple of my favorites:
"Trigger Happy": http://media.newtimes.com/id/719720/
"Just Like John Lennon Said": http://media.newtimes.com/id/719724/
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On the other end of the spectrum, you've got pap like The Tryst (a Tucson band), who claim the name stands for TheRevolutionYouunderStartsToday, which makes no sense to me at all. Once I threw on the band's latest album Thirsty World, I threw up a little in my mouth. It's complete pap, a collection of jazzy upbeat numbers that bite some world rhythms and attempts at funkyness. Singer Keli Carpenter sounds like she belongs in a poetry slam half of the time, and puts way too much effort into sounding "ethereal" (as the press release describes her vocals). I'm not sure if The Tryst wants to join up on the jam band circuit or become a cabaret act, but in either case, the band's got a long way to go. See for yourself:
"Take Back the Day": http://media.newtimes.com/id/720000/