Last month, Lucky Madison released Modernstate's debut, an impressive venture into downtempo pop for former Dutch Flat drummer Sam Schauer. Currently in the works are an album from the high-energy Snuggle-Ups and his own playful pop band, Dykeritz.
WW spent a recent afternoon in the 27-year-old Feigh's Southeast house, sipping coffee and listening to him talk about gems he has mined as they play on his stereo. (Mark Baumgarten)
Talkdemonic, Arrangements by ... (CD-R)
It impresses me only because I know very little and appreciate little about music without lyrics. That's kind of the first thing I focus in on when I listen to bands. I just like listening to [Talkdemonic's] stuff; it's one of the few instrumental things I can get into.
The Forth, Part Is Prologue
I'm of the opinion that you don't have to be a great musician to play great music. Maybe it's because I spent too much time with assholes in guitar shops claiming you had to be a virtuoso, like Joe Satriani. [The Forth] is a band that has a lot of musical talent, but it just sounds good.
The Metris Switch, Self-titled
When I got the idea for the label, I had a lot of friends that were trying to combine electronic beats and rhythms with acoustic background.... I moved here and I heard [The Metric Switch] and I thought, "Yeah, this is the kind of thing I need to start putting out." I talked to the guy, but he was like, "No, I'm done with that music." He's actually in the Snuggle-Ups now. He'd probably be embarrassed that I'm playing this right now.
Tommy James and the Shondells, Crimson & Clover
I bought this in a period when I was researching and just kind of excited about late-'60s unknown bands. I ended up having to wade through a lot of crap to find stuff that I could listen to all the way through. I probably paid about $2 for it. That's the only way I'll take chances on music, is if it's $2. Coming home with a stack of 50-cent and $2 records and wading through it, you're bound to find something good.
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