E – self-titled

Although being part-promoted as a ‘return-to-noise’ vehicle for Thalia Zedek, after her more rustically-inclined solo wares of the last 15 or so years, the search engine-unfriendly E actually operate much more as a three-headed democratic beast.  With Zedek sharing her vocal and six-string-slinging duties with Jason Sanford (Neptune) and marshalled … [Read more...]

Exit Verse – self-titled

Since the 2005 dissolution of post-rock lynchpins Karate singer-guitarist Geoff Farina has ploughed far more bucolic furrows with the bookish pastoral-pop of Glorytellers, as part of a rustic covers-centric duo with Chris Brokaw and as a solo troubadour.  However, after a recent brief stint in Chicago punk-improv outfit Bando, Farina has … [Read more...]

Glorytellers – Current Resident

Set for official launch - alongside releases from promising Damnably labelmates Bored Spies and Golden Gurls - on Record Store Day, this third album from Geoff Farina’s post-Karate outfit Glorytellers is likely to get a little lost in the crush for the 400 or so other musical products piled-up on the same day.  A state of affairs which is a shame … [Read more...]

Geoff Farina – The Wishes Of The Dead

Having found such a refreshing sense of informality, looseness and balminess across two delightful albums in 2010 with the multi-talented Chris Brokaw – namely the covers-only The Angel’s Message To Me and the originals-led The Boarder’s Door – it’s relieving that erstwhile Karate frontman Geoff Farina has retained many of the same musical … [Read more...]

Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina – The Boarder’s Door

Having already delivered one of the most enjoyable releases of both their careers earlier this year - in the shape of the stripped-down vintage covers-based The Angel’s Message To Me - journeying veterans Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina have rapidly, but not prematurely, returned for a second joint-billed installment. Strictly speaking, The Boarder’s … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#12 (Geoff Farina on 1928 Sessions/Avalon Blues)

Geoff Farina (Karate, Secret Stars, Glorytellers) on… Mississippi John Hurt’s 1928 Sessions / Avalon Blues (LP and CD release respectively, various labels/years) John Hurt was known as a musician for only a short time during his long life. He enjoyed brief popularity in 1928 when he recorded these 13 classics for Okeh, and again during the … [Read more...]

Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina – The Angel’s Message To Me

As rock conventions and clichés dictate, revisiting the hand-me-down songs of pre-WW2 blues, folk and ragtime is too often a cynical excuse for artists to ramp up rootsy credentials, cover material with less copyright-laden financial complications, plug gaps left by writer’s block and fulfil a few contractual obligations.  Consequently, the … [Read more...]