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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDq1_rnJVE4

a little loretta, a little exene, a little westerberg overall imo

big fan

steening in your HOOSless carriage (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 3 June 2013 00:49 (four years ago) Permalink

happy birthday to Lydia Lunch!

scott seward, Monday, 3 June 2013 01:28 (four years ago) Permalink

hell of a voice, good lookin out hoos

Oral Sex in Sharp’s Ridge Park (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 3 June 2013 01:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Found out about her through a baseball podcast of all places last year. Especially love "Can't Change Me".

maciej recognizing trill, Monday, 3 June 2013 02:26 (four years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

digging the new one - although I'm not sure how memorable this music really is

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 17 February 2014 11:42 (three years ago) Permalink

the new one is good!

for one second i misread it as Lydia Lunch on spotify and i was like damn new direction!

sXe & the banshees (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Maybe the Lydias will get together; could imagine a real good record (Together Again, or Reunited, or Let It; something like that).
I usually stick to links, but here's some freshly rescued blog-bait,fed to http://thefreelancementalists.blogspot.com: LL featurette and shorter preview; can skip to the latter re the gist of her appeal:

Just noticed that the place where this was first published has once again re-launched, once again sans most of its archives, at least those from 2011. Lydia Loveless has a new album out; more on that later, but here's some backstory (if Local Pop Radio's podcasts are still up---can also try it via patradio---they're a great trove of OH punk and other indie through the aeons):

LYDIA LOVELESS BRINGS THE PUNKY TONK TRUTH

By Don Allred for 4-18/19-2011

The living legend of Lydia Loveless began with the 2004 birth of her punk-inflected family new wave band, Carson Drew. Which is also the name of intrepid tween-lit girl detective Nancy Drew’s invaluable lawyer-father. So, the band’s name could be considered a salute to the then-14-year-old Loveless and her sisters’ own drumming dad, Parker Chandler. But, as their blog proclaimed, they were all “Carson Drew, Attorneys At Large”---ready to rock the halls of justice. Soon after the 2006 release of their album, “Under The Table”, Carson Drew imploded, and the country-bred Loveless reached for her heretofore-spurned roots. She wrote her first songs, busting the male malefactors of Columbus Babylon.

A still-available “Local Pop Radio Hour” podcast finds Loveless’s rhythm guitar and Chandler’s drums nailing a whirlwind of unanswered questions to a no-frills, every-night waltz. “Miller High Life” cross-examines the narrator, her man, her God, and even the “champagne of beers”, with a relentlessly spare clarity. This makes Loveless’s more typically cascading up-tempo testimonials seem like blessedly tempestuous vacation fare. Her characters were born to struggle, and they thrive on the noise-meets-poise of her 2010 solo debut album, “The Only Man.” Its independent producers excluded Chandler’s drums, among several other Nashville-associated decisions, but they were true venture capitalists, committed to finding new focus for Loveless’s jolting jukebox visions. Columbus-based Peloton Records’ Steve McGann released the album, then teamed Loveless and Chandler with equally seasoned lead guitarist Todd May and bassist Ben Lamb. McGann’s direction led them to Bloodshot, the pioneering record label of volatile Americana.

Loveless, now 20, is producing her Bloodshot album, “Indestructible Machine”----an appropriate title, judging by advance tracks. In writing them, she said, “I generally come up with a line that won't let me be. If a song wants to be written, it will get written.” The song’s gestation can take months, as Loveless tosses a bundle of inspiration to her band and audience, checking their responses. Then again, Loveless wrote several songs the night before her new album’s sessions began. “It was nerve-wracking but fun,” she reported. Another creation suddenly materialized at a Rock Potluck jam. “ I wanted to be good that day, and my fear made a song come out of me. I'm pretty proud of it.”

This show will feature “mostly new songs”, plus cover versions, probably including Goldfinger’s “Without Me” and CCR’s “Someday Never Comes.” Steve McGann also reminded us, “She almost always does ‘Miller High Life’ live.”

Lydia Loveless will be performing with supporting acts JKutchma and Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons at the Rumba Cafe on Thursday, April 21.The doors open at 9 p.m. $6 all audiences. For more information, please visit www.pelotonrecords.com or www.columbusrumbacafe.com.
In a nutshell, from 2010 preview & Nashville Scene ballot comments)
Veteran Columbus OH teen Lydia Loveless sometimes includes the
Replacements' intensely frustrated "Answering Machine" and Def
Leppard's dynamically mesmerized "Hysteria" with her punky tonk combos
deliveries, unstoppably tumbling up, down and onto life's thrilling,
killing, chilling and flat moments. Loretta Lynn's points of departure
are extended and twisted through Loveless' compactly epic,
self-written debut, The Only Man, as desperately wired sexual power
struggles zap the void in passing: "Girls suck/They suck and suck and
never get enough," wails one contender, but it's time to ricochet off
another incisive epitaph.

dow, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:34 (three years ago) Permalink

this album is terrific. WINE LIPS, imo, is the highlight of a very strong set of songs/performances.

alpine static, Sunday, 2 March 2014 07:13 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Album is really good. One of the best of its kind, whatever that is, since the s/t Lucinda Williams. Or at least of a kind with that one.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 April 2014 21:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Actually, maybe I'm getting Patty Griffin "Flaming Red" vibes from this?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 April 2014 21:33 (three years ago) Permalink

since I posted up there on March 1, I've decided this is my favorite record of 2014 so far, which shocks the hell out of me

alpine static, Monday, 21 April 2014 21:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Every time I play this it's like "damn, why don't I play this all the time?" Appreciate the reminder.

Evan R, Monday, 21 April 2014 21:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Head is such a killer track. The cover at the end is great. There's basically one song on the whole album I don't love, and I don't even skip that one

alpine static, Monday, 21 April 2014 22:29 (three years ago) Permalink

"Wine Lips," "Head," "Verlaine Shot Rimbaud" make a heck of a trilogy. The one about the farm kills too; pretty much true-to-life, apparently (but if they hadn't had to sell it, her Dad might not have time to be her drummer, or not such a kickass one)

dow, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is absolutely great.

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Not convinced it's better than Indestructible Machine yet, but there's clear growth/refinement. I've never gotten Lucinda or Patty vibes from Lydia--more just general Bloodshot vibes.

Indexed, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Definitely: solo and various combinations of Kelly Hogan, pre-New P. Neko, Carolyn Mark; also, in days of old, bands led by or featuring crucial female presences, like Trailer Bride, Moonshine Willie, The Meat Purveyors, The Mekons, for that matter (Plus others, mostly all-guy acts, I didn't follow as closely, like Split Lip Rayfield, Waco Brothers, Deadstring Brothers, Ha Ha Tonka, Robbie Fulks).

dow, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 20:11 (three years ago) Permalink

All Bloodshot! Or Bloodshot-distributed, like Carolyn Mark's albums on Canadian label Minty Fresh.

dow, Tuesday, 22 April 2014 20:13 (three years ago) Permalink

Deadstring Bros. are the best of the group of acts you "didn't follow as closely" that I know (not familiar with Split Lip Rayfield), but they're all basically in the lineage of The Mekons --> Uncle Tupelo --> A.M.-era Wilco. Certainly not earth-shattering, but Starving Winter Report is worth a listen.

See also: Nora O'Connor, Old 97s, Lone Justice.

Indexed, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Basically the personnel list for:

https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/files/styles/album-image/public/album-images/album_main_bs077.jpg?itok=jYvSuBIV

Indexed, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:03 (three years ago) Permalink

I picked this one up yesterday. Lots of terrific songs on here... especially feeling "Everything's Gone".

jmm, Monday, 28 April 2014 01:01 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Speaking of Old 97s, she's doing a show with them in Columbus tomorrow evening; local station will stream: www.wcbe.org/listen! Dunno when it starts, exactly; promoter's site says "Doors Open 7:00 PM." That's Eastern Standard Time yall (note to Central self).

dow, Friday, 6 June 2014 00:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Corrected link: http://wcbe.org/listen

dow, Friday, 6 June 2014 00:51 (three years ago) Permalink

They're touring together. Saw photos of their DC gig but didn't make it myself.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 June 2014 13:59 (three years ago) Permalink

new Old 97s album is approximately 74 bazillion times better than I would've expected it to be, ftr

alpine static, Friday, 6 June 2014 16:07 (three years ago) Permalink

Looks like they are not going to stream it, at least not now---I misunderstood the excited post on the station site. Shit, sorry.

dow, Friday, 6 June 2014 23:10 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

saw her last night in a tiny packed club

amazing, obv

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:03 (two years ago) Permalink

pre-set music was the entirety of the mats 'let it be' which

if i weren't already smitten

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:03 (two years ago) Permalink

More details plz!

dow, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:21 (two years ago) Permalink

played a solid hour with stuff from all 3 records, roaring 3 guitar attack on the loud stuff and didn't miss a high note

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:46 (two years ago) Permalink

mainly played a telecaster, which surprised me

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:50 (two years ago) Permalink

surprised that it was a mostly middle aged crowd, but i guess she's doing kind of classic-rock-vibe stuff

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:53 (two years ago) Permalink

saw her last night in a tiny packed club

amazing, obv

Yes! I saw her on a whim when I was in Louisville a few weeks ago, having never really listened to her before. Impressive. Did not know until I looked it up later that she's married to the bassist:
http://www.columbusalive.com/content/graphics/2014/02/26/ca-m-lydialoveless-10.jpg

jaymc, Thursday, 25 September 2014 21:04 (two years ago) Permalink

they write a lot together too apparently

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 25 September 2014 21:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Washington Post freelancer liked her best at that gig without the band

Probably the most auspicious thing that happened to Loveless on Wednesday was when she popped a string on her electric guitar. Thereafter she played an acoustic guitar, allowing her vocals to float higher to the sonic surface.

For the final trio of songs, she performed alone. “Everything’s Gone” and “I Don’t Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)” were simply heartbreaking.

The clutter was cut away. And the point was made very clear. Loveless may never figure out what or whom she wants, or why, but in her own hands and voice, she’s got everything she needs.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/lydia-loveless-deconstructing-country-rock-with-a-healthy-dose-of-frustration/2014/09/25/be3821a0-44db-11e4-8042-aaff1640082e_story.html

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 September 2014 16:02 (two years ago) Permalink

So glad she finally redeemed herself in that guy's eyes---and ears!

dow, Friday, 26 September 2014 18:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Just discovered her thanks to this thread, I love her! Thanks ILM!

JacobSanders, Saturday, 27 September 2014 14:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh honey let me melt in your mouth tonight
Let me hold you in my palm like a prize tonight

She's great.

jmm, Saturday, 27 September 2014 16:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Last leg of the Somewhere Else tour: back to Skully's in Columbus on Friday, with another young Bloodshot turk: Cory Branan, whose new No-Hit Wonder incl. input from Isbell, Craig Finn etc. Can't cover it, but those currently better supplied w weed, whites and wine might be ready for the drive, before she goes away for a while:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1625543074336871/

dow, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 17:51 (two years ago) Permalink

i do like that cory branan

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink


Lydia Loveless ‏@lydia_loveless

"So you are very straightforward and sing about sex. That's very manly."

dow, Thursday, 9 October 2014 23:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Alfred on Lydia (and Jesse Ware, who seems pretty promising)
http://humanizingthevacuum.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/jessie-ware-lydia-loveless/ Note re his mention of Westerberg, she's been covering Replacements, often as encores, from way back.

dow, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 23:32 (two years ago) Permalink

Kinda like her but she reminds me of the Hold Steady of all people, including crap production and mixing. I'm guessing she's much better live than on record.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Sure, sounds just like Craig Finn. Meanwhile (this is educational, at least for me):

Lydia Loveless ‏@lydia_loveless

That awkward moment when a guy tries to hit on you as you're on your way to take a period poop #reallife

dow, Friday, 24 October 2014 00:06 (two years ago) Permalink

hahaha

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 24 October 2014 01:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Don't get the Hold Steady comparison either, but I agree the mixing/engineering could be 10x better. One of my favorite songs on the album is the "Everything's Gone," which is almost entirely her voice and acoustic guitar. It's a beautiful, gripping song, yet every time I listen to it, I can't help but think, "This acoustic guitar sounds like complete shit, and it sounds like she's singing in a barn."

Indexed, Friday, 24 October 2014 17:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Ie, classic Bloodshot.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 October 2014 21:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Unusually I pretty much disagree completely with Alf's review : 'Verlaine Shot Rimbaud' may be my favourite song of the year - the (rive) gaucherie of the conceit is totally redeemed by the way she sings "Just wanna know that I'm the one that makes you write that *shit*". But she totally flubs the post-pause "bay-bee" in 'They Don't Know'. Had to fill in an albums of the year poll last week and made this my no.2 - thinking now it should have been my no.1

Stevie T, Friday, 24 October 2014 21:52 (two years ago) Permalink

it was my #1 for a lot of the year, not sure if it's gonna end up there or get knocked down a peg or two, but definitely top 5

post-pause "bay-bee" is definitely not perfect, but it's cute that way

alpine static, Friday, 24 October 2014 22:16 (two years ago) Permalink

in addition to slightly duff production, the drumming's not great on Somewhere Else: guy slows down sometimes during tracks and does some cruddy fills (weird thing is, I think it's the same dude on tour and he sounded fine when I saw her in Sept.). She's absolutely worth seeing live---wonderful stage presence. "Wine Lips" was a revelation. Bassist/husband has unfortunate resemblance to a Will Ferrell character.

col, Friday, 24 October 2014 23:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Last I heard, the drummer was still her dad, Parker Chandler. See the early featurette upthread: he was the live and studio linchpin of their family new wave band, but was replaced by a session player [outside producers' decision] on Lydia's solo debut, The Only Man, which is quite good, and bit more country than her subsequent studio sets (all self-produced, I think). He's a bar-band lifer, but still hasn't recorded much more than she has, so not gonna sound right to every ear.

dow, Sunday, 26 October 2014 22:47 (two years ago) Permalink

She had to get rid of Drummer Dad a while back ... not sure if he played on the newest record or not:

http://exclaim.ca/Interviews/WebExclusive/lydia_loveless-cowpunks_cleanses/Page/2

About your dad — he was your original drummer.
Uh-huh.

And you had to fire him last year?
Yeah, and I hate to use the word fired. I don't know what I would use. But I mean it wasn't really like "You suck, get out of my band." I tour three or four months out of the year and I was like, you know my dad is getting older and does he really want to live in a van? And he has a grandson and all of that stuff. So I kind of like, sent him home. I felt terrible about it but I think it was ultimately for the best. I think he's a lot happier now not living in a van.

alpine static, Sunday, 26 October 2014 23:19 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, the guy on Something Else isn't her dad.

col, Monday, 27 October 2014 00:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Her buddy Lizard McGee's Earwig albums, the ones I've heard, are kind of prog, but tight considering

Lizard McGee ‏@earwigtheband

Ruined my jeans. Wiped out while chasing @lydia_loveless around the car. I totally ate it.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1AB9J5IYAAQ_7m.jpg:large

dow, Friday, 31 October 2014 17:00 (two years ago) Permalink


Lydia Loveless ‏@lydia_loveless

Snow as we flee the woods. And those dunes...I am definitely not 11 anymore #deathwalk

dow, Friday, 31 October 2014 17:02 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


‏@pattersonhood

Lydia Loveless. Badass! @ Bijou Theatre http://instagram.com/p/wSXRoTyqwv/

dow, Sunday, 7 December 2014 02:20 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So this director with a good track record is crowdfunding a Lydia doc:

https://files.ctctcdn.com/67e4e85b001/6e160f83-53c5-4db4-84c7-9c0e9e1d5257.jpg

The story thus far:

Filmmaker Gorman Bechard, who has chronicled three of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll with documentaries about The Replacements, Archers of Loaf, and Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart is turning his camera towards the future with his next film, WHO IS LYDIA LOVELESS?

The feature-length documentary will follow Lydia Loveless and her band into the studio as they lay down tracks for their forthcoming record. Along with live performances shot specifically for the film and extensive interviews with Loveless and her band it will visit places integral to her musical development, delve into the realities of a working musician on the brink of major success, and answer the question: Who Is Lydia Loveless?

"Lydia is the future of rock and roll," director Bechard explains. "She straps you onto an emotional roller coaster of love, lust, drunken mistakes, a little stalking, a lot of heartbreak, and you're left breathless, stunned, happy to have taken the ride."

Music journalists from SPIN to Rolling Stone have likewise raved, with her last album SOMEWHERE ELSE finding its way onto many of 2014's Best Album lists.

"I'm excited to work with Gorman," says Loveless. "He's very passionate about music and about the true meaning and spirit of rock and roll."

Bechard's three previous music docs have all won critical praise. Rolling Stone called COLOR ME OBSESSED, A FILM ABOUT THE REPLACEMENTS one of "The Seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year." The Seattle Times raved about the "raw power and mesmerizing hooks" in his Archers of Loaf concert film WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? While EVERY EVERYTHING: THE MUSIC, LIFE & TIMES OF GRANT HART was labeled "beautifully sad" by The Village Voice.

WHO IS LYDIA LOVELESS? will be funded via a KickStarter campaign that runs through March 18th. The KickStarter campaign can be found at www.WhoIsLydiaLoveless.com

Filming is slated for spring and summer 2015, with a premiere planned for 2016.

For more information please visit: www.WhatWereWeThinkingFilms.com

Or email any requests to: WhoIsLydiaLovelessMO✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧

dow, Friday, 23 January 2015 22:31 (two years ago) Permalink

the last part of that addy is MOVIE at you-know-whut

dow, Friday, 23 January 2015 22:33 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Her National Record Store Day contribution (Cory B.'s too):

http://www.buzzfeed.com/realmikesmith/this-country-rock-cover-of-prince-is-completely-am-anrs#.xsmW45Nb1g

dow, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:47 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

"Catching Up With" LL:

Lydia Loveless ‏@lydia_loveless Nov 6

Last time I prayed on the toilet for three hours it was bc I ate at huddle house #bencarson

dow, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:20 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

v nice

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I forgot about her 2014 album :(

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 14:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Every time I play this it's like "damn, why don't I play this all the time?" Appreciate the reminder.
― Evan R, Monday, 21 April 2014 21:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha, same boat still. New song is good, man her voice. She deserves better than that album cover though

Evan R, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 14:16 (one year ago) Permalink

we all do

dc, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 14:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I love the 2014 album.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 14:37 (one year ago) Permalink

me, too. was gonna say: especially "head", "really wanna see you", "wine lips"...but then i realized i was gonna name all the songs.

dc, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 14:45 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

LYDIA LOVELESS’ VIDEO FOR “LONGER” PREMIERES ON
ROLLING STONE COUNTRY

NEW ALBUM REAL DUE AUGUST 19

ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES CONFIRMED WITH
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

http://static.stereogum.com/uploads/2016/05/BS239_lydialoveless_real_LPcover1600_0.jpg

“Uncompromising and direct, Loveless is one of those rare songwriting voices that seem destined to be sharing music with us for a long, long time.”—Paste

“Loveless has carved out an unmistakable voice as a songwriter, and she’s only getting better at using it to blur the line between running her mouth and pouring out her heart.”—Stereogum

“Bittersweet lyrics and a bruised but indomitable voice. She doesn’t write conventional tunes; even her love songs arrive with a twist.”—Greg Kot (Sound Opinions, The Chicago Tribune)

Lydia Loveless’ video for her track “Longer” premieres today on Rolling Stone Country, who call it, “an assault of crunchy power-pop, but behind the confident swagger are the tinge – and twang – of vulnerability.” Watch the video here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-lydia-loveless-day-in-bed-for-new-longer-video-20160706
The song appears on her highly anticipated new album, Real, which will be released August 19 via Bloodshot Records https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/real. In support of her forthcoming album Loveless confirms additional tour dates this fall with Drive-By Truckers. The dates extend Loveless’ ongoing North American tour with stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis and more. See below for complete tour dates.

Most recently, “Longer,” the first track to be revealed from Real, premiered on Stereogum. Of the song Stereogum says, “It’s like the Replacements soundtracking the sad aftermath of Big Star’s ‘Thirteen’—which is to say, it’s awesome.” Listen here: http://www.stereogum.com/1879738/lydia-loveless-longer-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/

Real was recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios in her home state of Ohio and was engineered and produced by Joe Viers (Dr. John, Twenty One Pilots). “I chose to work with Joe Viers, engineer and producer of my last three releases, again because I trust him completely not only with my music but with my words,” said Loveless. “There was a lot to say this time around and I wanted to return to that sort of playground and (sometimes literally) throw things at the wall. Whereas our previous records could be described as blunt or raw, this one I wanted to be known as honest, as true, as real (rimshot).”

Of the album Loveless says, “Because I feel like I spent my formative years flopping around like a fish, masking pain with substance abuse and somewhat ashamed of who I was—a hayseed, a phony, I felt—it was absolutely necessary for me to become a stronger, more confident human, or I was going to die. Real is my sort of love letter to that realization, that my existence was just as valid as any other.”

Loveless is joined on the album by Todd May (vocals, guitars, keys), Ben Lamb (bass), Jay Gasper (guitars, pedal steel, keys), George Hondroulis (drums, percussion, keys), Andy Harrison (guitar, keys) and Viers (percussion, guitar).

In 2011 Loveless released her second full-length album, Indestructible Machine, about which The Chicago Tribune says, “she conveys toughness, tenderness and humor with off-handed conviction.” Two years after the critical success of her breakout second record, Loveless released Somewhere Else. On Somewhere Else Loveless is less concerned with chasing approval—she scrapped an entire album’s worth of material—and more focused on fighting personal battles of longing, heartbreak and the aesthetic that comes along with them.

TRACK LIST
1. Same To You
2. Longer
3. More Than Ever
4. Heaven
5. Out On Love
6. Midwestern Guys
7. Bilbao
8. European
9. Clumps
10. Real

LYDIA LOVELESS LIVE
July 9 —Chicago, IL —Square Roots Festival
September 8—Columbus, OH —Ace Of Cups
September 9—Indianapolis, IN—The HiFi
September 10—Madison, WI—The Frequency
September 11—Milwaukee, WI—Colectivo on Prospect
September 15—St. Louis, MO––The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
September 16––Louisville, KY––Zanzabar
September 17––Cleveland, OH––Grog Shop
September 24–Minneapolis, MN–First Avenue*
September 25–Sioux Falls, SD–The District*
September 28––Missoula, MT––The Wilma*
September 29––Seattle, WA––The Showbox*
September 30––Portland, OR––Wonder Ballroom*
October 1––Portland, OR––Wonder Ballroom*
October 2––Vancouver, BC––Rickshaw*
October 5––Sacramento, CA––Ace of Spades*
October 6––San Francisco, CA––The Fillmore*
October 7––San Francisco, CA––The Fillmore*
October 8––Stateline, NV––Montbleu Rescort Casino*
October 11––Los Angeles, CA––Teragram Ballroom*
October 12––Los Angeles, CA––Teragram Ballroom*
October 13––Solana Beach, CA––Belly Up*
October 14––San Luis Obispo, CA––The Fremont Theater*
October 15––Scottsdale, AZ––Live Wire*
October 18––Austin, TX––Antone’s
October 19––Houston, TX––Continental Club
October 21––Birmingham, AL––The Saturn
October 22––Atlanta, GA––Terminal West

*with Drive-By Truckers

dow, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 20:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Interview on WGN Radio posted here:http://wgnradio.com/2016/07/09/getting-to-know-the-real-lydia-loveless/

The amazing singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless joins Justin to talk about her career, growing up in Ohio, being surrounded by music when she was younger, her new record, “Real,” opening up to experimentation, writing about pain and depression and putting it into music, how her voice has evolved, where she finds inspiration, working with Bloodshot Records and headlining tomorrow night at the Square Roots Festival. Lydia also sings a couple of songs including “Real” and “Somewhere Else.” Great!

dow, Saturday, 9 July 2016 21:40 (one year ago) Permalink

I love the single.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 July 2016 23:05 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New album streaming now:

http://www.npr.org/2016/08/11/488660920/first-listen-lydia-loveless-real

righteousmaelstrom, Thursday, 11 August 2016 15:40 (one year ago) Permalink

this day keeps getting better

dc, Thursday, 11 August 2016 15:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Plenty of tumult in several, as written and sung, also nobody's slacking, but aren't shredding and headbanging sideways into the walls of the barn, cos no barn, for one thing: we're somewhere, several wheres, relatively smoother and more spacious, also it just isn't 'llowed : "On these January nights, when I hate my life, and try to start a fight, you're not falling for that one any more." So there's circling each other, plenty tension, building too, some sparks and pullme-pushyou, but relatively civil fuckyou, and meltdowns are (relatively) more implosive or one-to-one than previous, though no mumblecore; she can still project.
First couple tracks are gonna have to grow on me, with vocal lines smoothly extended, guitars tumbling and tunneling around her, but with a space between her and them--kind of like Petty and Heartbreakers with a better Petty. "More Than Ever" is where she laughs a little and then starts to let it blurt---"If you want self-control I'd have to break my fingers"---but doesn't let it rip past a certain dramatically timed point.
"Heaven" has slightly shuddering bassheart core, with very spare electronics occasionally flickering, checking in, whole thing pulling me in through the silence around it (in space no one can you scream).
"Out On Love" seems like she's been listening to (good) Patti Smith, with the well-paced drama again, "Bilbao" starts kinda like that, but suddenly she turns around, "Marry me, there's no place I'd rather be," kinda dreamily, but then again, "Even when the waves are ten feet tall, you don't look up", and when she comes back to the chorus, it might be "Bury me," working the Ohio country accent in a sneaky way, but just as sweet (maybe relating to how she wants a boy to come along and tell her not to jump off the roof--"There he is now, man!"---in "Real" which is not headbanging, but headjangling, and maybe she's been listening to Big Star too, yadda-yadda this is different but she's got me into most of it so far.

dow, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 01:38 (one year ago) Permalink

"Heaven" is my initial favorite, but it's probably the most atypical song on the album. Sorta in love with the whole thing, though.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 17 August 2016 02:31 (one year ago) Permalink

"heaven" an early fave of mine, too

dc, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 02:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Publicist update:

Real, the highly anticipated new album from Lydia Loveless is out now via Bloodshot Records. Additionally, Loveless will perform on CBS This Morning Saturday on August 20 while the official music video for her track “Clumps” premieres on Vice’s Noisey. Of the video Noisey says, “It’s simple and gorgeous.” Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2bzv44x

or oisey.vice.com/blog/lydia-loveless/

In support of the release, Loveless confirms additional dates this fall extending her ongoing North American tour with stops in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and more. See below for complete tour dates.

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=b057aec5cb&view=fimg&th=156a3f88173b67da&attid=0.4&disp=emb&attbid=ANGjdJ_KXg0nne_rLAbpr8NX8ZoufJrBVd0W6AmQbd9-0rk66deAxDs6_ZViKBxvTVOK_OdCs5YqrF1-vFm7AWpnnril0vGbee7sGywsE74LzixZ6SbExwwBAwPyIdE&sz=w500-h750&ats=1471637347542&rm=156a3f88173b67da&zw&atsh=1

Real was recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios in her home state of Ohio and was engineered and produced by Joe Viers (Dr. John, Twenty One Pilots). “I chose to work with Joe Viers, engineer and producer of my last three releases, again because I trust him completely not only with my music but with my words,” said Loveless. “There was a lot to say this time around and I wanted to return to that sort of playground and (sometimes literally) throw things at the wall. Whereas our previous records could be described as blunt or raw, this one I wanted to be known as honest, as true, as real (rimshot).”

Of the album Loveless says, “Because I feel like I spent my formative years flopping around like a fish, masking pain with substance abuse and somewhat ashamed of who I was—a hayseed, a phony, I felt—it was absolutely necessary for me to become a stronger, more confident human, or I was going to die. Real is my sort of love letter to that realization, that my existence was just as valid as any other."

LYDIA LOVELESS LIVE
August 20—Cincinnati, OH—Northside Yacht Club (solo)#
September 8—Columbus, OH —Ace Of Cups
September 9—Indianapolis, IN—The HiFi
September 10—Madison, WI—The Frequency
September 11—Milwaukee, WI—Colectivo on Prospect
September 14—Champaign, IL—The Accord
September 15—St. Louis, MO––The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
September 16––Louisville, KY––Zanzabar
September 17––Cleveland, OH––Grog Shop
September 20––25––Nashville, TN––AmercianaFest
September 24–Minneapolis, MN–First Avenue*
September 25–Sioux Falls, SD–The District*
September 28––Missoula, MT––The Wilma*
September 29––Seattle, WA––The Showbox*
September 30––Portland, OR––Wonder Ballroom*
October 1––Portland, OR––Wonder Ballroom*
October 2––Vancouver, BC––Rickshaw*
October 5––Sacramento, CA––Ace of Spades*
October 6––San Francisco, CA––The Fillmore*
October 7––San Francisco, CA––The Fillmore*
October 8––Stateline, NV––Montbleu Rescort Casino*
October 11––Los Angeles, CA––Teragram Ballroom*
October 12––Los Angeles, CA––Teragram Ballroom*
October 13––Solana Beach, CA––Belly Up*
October 14––San Luis Obispo, CA––The Fremont Theater*
October 15––Scottsdale, AZ––Live Wire*
October 18––Austin, TX––Antone’s
October 19––Houston, TX––Continental Club
October 21––Birmingham, AL––The Saturn
October 22––Atlanta, GA––Terminal West
November 4––Pontiac, MI––Pike Room
November 5––Toronto, ON––Adelaide Hall
November 6––Ithaca, NY––The Dock
November 7––Burlington, VT––Higher Ground
November 9––Portsmouth, NH––The Music Hall Loft
November 10––Allston, MA––Great Scott
November 11––Philadelphia, PA––MilkBoy
November 12––Charlottesville, VA––The Southern
November 13––Washington, DC––Rock & Roll Hotel
November 15––Pittsburgh, PA––Club Cafe
November 16––New York, NY––Bowery Ballroom
November 19––Chicago, IL––Metro

#with Tommy Stinson
*with Drive-By Truckers

dow, Friday, 19 August 2016 20:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Dunno why I now have to right-click to view image, but worth it.

dow, Friday, 19 August 2016 20:24 (one year ago) Permalink

revising my fave to "out on love"

dc, Friday, 19 August 2016 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

also lydia + tommy would prob make my heart explode regardless of the actual quality of the show

dc, Friday, 19 August 2016 20:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I like "Heaven" too but I'm not feeling the back half yet.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 August 2016 20:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Haven't really explored the latter part of the album yet though 'Midwestern Guys' sounds like a pretty brutal take down. I get the like for 'Heaven' (sounds like Aztec Camera to me - weird, I know) but loving 'More Than Ever'. Just a sucker for jangly twelve-strings.

righteousmaelstrom, Friday, 19 August 2016 21:16 (one year ago) Permalink

I get the like for 'Heaven' (sounds like Aztec Camera to me - weird, I know)

Not weird. otm if you ask me.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 19 August 2016 22:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that. Was really impressed with the Echo and The Bunnymen cover last year on the AV Club so I don't see this song as a big reach.

righteousmaelstrom, Saturday, 20 August 2016 00:12 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

sorry i'm late, this year's album is pretty nice yes?

Rock Wokeman (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 18 December 2016 09:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

Hell yeah, it adds some different (jangle, dance etc.-associated, but still chunky) sounds, didn't grab me like the previous sets did, yknow from the first second (I'm spoiled), but it keeps building, and it's always her and no other: that voice, those words, sometimes almost spinning out of control, willfully and compulsively I reckon.

dow, Sunday, 18 December 2016 20:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

i like "longer" but the arrangements on the new album feel really... off?

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 18 December 2016 23:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

I love 'heaven' , I can't resist to the mixture between fleetwood mac and hole's celebrity skin.

Nourry, Monday, 19 December 2016 00:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Real is a great album.....esp "Midwestern Guys", "Heaven" and "Clumps"

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:03 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Listened to this headbangle country soul extension right before/after watching an "In The Americas" ep about fireworks as folk culture in Mexico, fit perfectly:

https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/sites/default/files/styles/product_large/public/album-art/lydia_cover.jpg?itok=UfVc0sOI

Boy Crazy and Single(s)
Lydia Loveless

DELUXE LP ON TRANSPARENT BEER YELLOW VINYL (FIRST PRESSING), includes digital download
Collection of Lydia Loveless’s summery 5-song EP Boy Crazy, on vinyl LP for the first time, plus six non-album singles and B-sides spanning her career. Also on CD and digital.

Out October 13

Track list and more info here:
https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/boy-crazy-singles

dow, Friday, 8 September 2017 01:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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