Brian Standeford was barely out of high school when his band The Catheters signed to Sub Pop. Since the breakup of that band, he's been a member of the now-defunct 60s-inflected garage group Tall Birds and made a name for himself as a top notch poster designer. Currently, he's playing with former Catheter and Tall Bird Charles Leo Gebhardt and Unnatural Helper drummer Dean Whitmore in a new band he's dubbed Idle Times. So, tell us, Mr. Standeford...what have you been into lately?
I don't even know where to begin with this album. It basically has all the elements I love about music. It's harsh, loose, beautiful, sometimes sad, catchy, and all the while maintaining a high level of songwriting with really great, poetic lyrics. Has a permanent residence on my turntable at the moment.
He is on an absolute tear these days and at just 21 posesses a work ethic that makes me want to rip my hair out. As he continues to solidify his method and voice his work will become the stuff that people will talk about twenty years from now. Expect big things.
The Bajillion Sub-Underground Labels/ The blogosphere / MySpace
The limited pressings and eBay nerdery may be getting a bit out of hand, and for sure there will be naysayers complaining about the dearth of folks farting into a mike and throwing it up on the internet (me), but seriously how awesome is some of the music coming out these days? With the wealth of information floating around and the relative ease with which it can be accessed, we can easily hear stuff that ten years ago would not have made it outside the bedroom or garage. Sick.
Charles Leo Gebhardt IV
Sure, I play with him live so there's is a conflict of interest there, but the guy writes really amazing tunes. Check him out.