I get a kick out of some of these larger sites (like Idolator) who are so passionate about music from 9-5 on weekdays and then go silent all weekend. Have they lost that passion or can they only write when the carrott is s anice fat paycheck from Gawker, Inc. Anyway….
In a continuing effort to highligh the lost art of vaudvillian cabaret meets circus freak show I bring you the music of Phillip Roebuck. His new record entitled Fever Pitch is due out in October and impossibly was produced by Steve Albini. That in itself is a story worth the price of admission. I mean really, how did the king of noise and founder of Big Black and Shellack get involved with this banjo strumming, bass drum bashing, footstomping one-man-band.
This is not subtle music either lyrically or musically. Phillip strums his banjo like a madman and perhaps like no other; this is not some type of hirsuite Beirut or avantgarde perfomance art. Instead it’s the fulfillment and final evolutionary stage of the sole busker performing on the street for all that will listen; competing with el trains, fire breathing circus acts or the hurdy gurdy organ grinder on the opposing corner. Fever Pitch comes out in October but you can buy it in Europe at one of his live shows or…
Here’s a video snippet of his live show (apparently not to be missed)