For years now, New Jersey guitar hero Steve Marion has been recording adventurous, giddily fun, mostly instrumental music under the name Delicate Steve. But he can also straight-up rock. His last album, This Is Steve, found him wading into slightly more traditional waters, and beyond his career as a solo artist, he’s lent his … More »
Anyone who has heard Jeremy Gustin’s drum work with the (largely) instrumental acts Delicate Steve and with his own Star Rover project knows he can hit kits like a ton of bricks…if each brick in that ton was made of ten brick-like sticks: SKRONK, SPLAP, SPLORK AAHT AAHHT BLOOOT, SPUTZ SPITZA CHUKKUNK CLUNK, TING KATOONG PLAPF, UNKLIK ULK, ZZIP, SHMUZORFT, POFFISSS… (thanks MAD Magazine!).
But although Gustin can certainly conjure highly entertaining percussive sound effects with the best of them, he also possesses soul by the bucketful. This misfit mix puts him in high demand to play with diverse artists like David Byrne, Larkin Grimm, Marc Ribot, and Albert Hammond Jr. For his latest project, The Ah, Gustin gets to play center stage instead of upstaging those with whom he plays. The debut album from The Ah is entitled Common Bliss, and it comes out on compact cassette (w/180 gram digital download) via NNA Tapes on November 17 (pre-order it here.
The Ah gives Gustin the opportunity to step away from the drum stool and make an “electronic” record of sampling and programming field recordings, found sounds, and animal noises; and the result is an aesthetically intriguing look into his creative mind. Common Bliss’s first single, “High Low,” was premiered by Paste last month, and a trailer for the project can be viewed here.
And today, we at TMT are pleased to premiere the video for the album’s latest release, “I Changed Colour.” It’s a beautiful pairing of day-dreamy tones and youthful cavorting. See for yourself below and answer life’s eternal questions: Hmm…is The Ah, better than Allah-Las? Or not as good as A-ha? Now let’s get back to that magazine…BLEEGH YAAUGH RAWGH, BRAGHK, SPROP BLOP BLOP, GUKGUK, SPLAPPLE PLAP, BLAM BLAM BLAM, OOOOOH THUD!!!… (LOL, still so satisfying!)
Common Bliss tracklisting:
01. Inclined for Wren
02. Green Waves
03. I Changed Colour
04. Lamb Jump
05. High Low
06. Elephant Thimbles
07. Slight Beams
08. Common Bliss
09. The Kiss Truly
10. Hazel Club
11. Tre Dias
12. Black Cloud Shadows
13. Dearest Blue
I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »
Eclectic instrumentalist Delicate Steve already released an album called This Is Steve this year, and he’s already back today with a new surprise EP called Cowboy Stories. The four-track set is available through conventional means, but he’s also streaming various tracks through the social media profiles of friends including the Growlers, Mac DeMarco, Dr. Dog, … More »
Today, the playful rock instrumentalist Delicate Steve releases his new album This Is Steve, and he’s also dropped a new video. We’ve already posted his videos for “Cartoon Rock” and “Winners,” and his new video for “Tomorrow” is the best of the bunch. Director Brendan McHugh shows us a young man in office-casual … More »
Fuck this week. Fuck this day, in particular. Here are some videos.
5. Jeff Rosenstock – “Pash Rash” (Dir. Benjamin Epstein & David Combs)
A fitting rebuke of the weird phenomenon of everyone taping live shows on their phones, so that you see constant upraised phones all across the front row whenever you go out. But this is also a fun document of a a sweaty punk rock show, and we can never get enough of those.
4. Delicate Steve – “Winners” (Dir. Bob Burton)
Vaguely rednecky beach-boardwalk towns are some of the greatest places in our country. Look at how happy everyone is!
3. Watsky – “Stick To Your Guns” (Feat. Julia Nunes) (Dir. Carlos Lopez Estrada)
We just spent the past year letting that red-eyed sheep run around, didn’t we?
2. Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – “Star Stuff” (Dir. Harry Israelson)
A weird little collage of everything I thought was cool in the ’90s indie movies that I loved, especially the ones that haven’t aged too well. Those things are still cool, somehow, even if they’re cool with an extra set of quotation marks now.
1. Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (Dir. Ryan Staake & “Young Thug”)
A ridiculously fun deconstruction of the rap video shoot and all the maddening little things that can go wrong with it, from a guy who’s had enough and who is not going to take it anymore. I can’t tell if Staake just boosted his video-director career or sent it plummeting to a glorious death.
The gangly guitarist known as Delicate Steve is putting out an album called This Is Steve in a few weeks, and today he’s shared a video for early single “Winners,” which finds the New Jersey-born musician traveling down to Wildwood on the Jersey Shore to have what looks like a pretty fun day out. More »
Delicate Steve, the adventurous guitarist and serial collaborator, has announced a new album called This Is Steve. It’s coming next year on Anti-, and he teases it today with a video for new song “Cartoon Rock.” It’s a zany ’80s rock instrumental inhabiting the middle ground between a Replacements deep cut and Joe Satriani’s Surfing … More »
The composer and multi-instrumentalist Delicate Steve is a prolific collaborator, working with people like Dirty Projectors, Mac DeMarco, and, most recently, Paul Simon. And he also records sprightly, giddy instrumental music on his own, though he hasn’t dropped a solo studio album since 2012’s Positive Force. He’s recently inked a deal with Anti-, … More »