veteran alpine snow motion stop stop stop
you and your veteran status full motion block block
wide open winter jade alpine glow
the moon you see it moving across the setting snow
january full luna looming down through the shivery fir
cats hunched in the window through the frosted blur
incandescent warming in the yellowed room, wallpaper parched
porcelain chipped on shelves turned just so, that tungsten glow
above and about, strained in the frigid night
there are valentines on the floor, crayons beside them, unfinished
these valentines on the floor, unmeant
like that top class sleeping in another day that’s never been
come here, hold my hand
let me see
carols and rodeo candy
from decaying cassette tapes — from basement sessions — proceed at your own risk
Skimbleshanks_Wayside (from Sonalysts 1987, better version forthcoming)
Skimbleshanks_Underground Recorded on Thames Street, Groton, by 17 Relics, 1987
Sodium Lights have released a follow-up single to their scintillating Transtulit LP from 2011. After the sessions that completed Transtulit, the band decided to go even further into the deep house foundations that made up the electronic side of the group’s electro-rock.
The guitars were put inside their cases, and programming began in earnest during the winter of 2011-12. The band wrote an album’s worth of new material in a few months, and singer Julia Farrar began to add vocals to the rough ideas. As the songs began to take shape, the band began to realize that releasing a single from the best of the accumulated material would actualize the ideal of the “trance pop” songs they were trying to create.
Each of Luke Hunter’s releases are more evocative and focused, driven with emotion and seeking our hearts.
Heart & Home is a proper single, assisted with James Burke on bass, and Tyler Crawford on drums. It gets in your head, it gets in your heart, and it hits straight home – a masterpiece and proof that Luke has truly become an artisan songwriter. The production and mixing, by Alex Pellish (17 Relics, Portersville, Vera from Alice, Highlighter, Sodium Lights), further refines and enlightens this immediate indie rock classic.
And cued right up, the backside features the daedalian guitarwork of Leafmeal, fleeting across unraveling midsummer meadows, across balearen lovers spread out beneath the wide blue sky – twirling in so many memories brought back from the fade –
The Whalies are always a blast and showcase a refreshingly diverse mix of live music and artists, all mingled together and celebrating in style – it is easily one of the most enjoyable and compelling events around, and we hope to see you there.
Several songs first published here at PortFire are up for some potential Critics Choice Awards:
BEST SOLO SINGER / SONGWRITER SONG
BEST DANCE / ELECTRONIC SONG
By now many of you have heard the sad news of Tariq’s passing. He died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the age of 52.
From Denis’ Facebook Page:
A memorial service for Denis will be held at La Grua Center in Stonington, CT on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:30pm. Everyone is also invited to a reception at Skippers Dock immediately following the memorial service. The La Grua Center and Skippers Dock are located very close to each other so you may park in either lot. Please allow a little extra driving time because Stonington Borough can be difficult to navigate.
La Grua Center
32 Water St Stonington, CT 06378
66 Water Street Stonington, CT 06378
In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests that any donations be made to Say Yes Like a Tree – Education Fund in memory of Denis Mahoney.
Tariq, we are heartbroken and we miss you, but we are comforted that your legacy lives on through your art.