Things that Tim Cohen has done, or is in the process of doing this month:
1. Released the a new, surprisingly mainstream sounding, single from his first and foremost band The Fresh & Onlys. Listen to it here.
2. Stepped behind the boards for the upcoming album by TDC favorite Cool Ghouls. I honestly cannot wait to hear what this is going to sound like.
3. Released yet another single from his recently released Magic Trick album Rulers of the Night. “Invisible At Midnight” continues the idea that Magic Trick is an enormous blank canvas in which this prolific musical madman can splatter his brain paint all over. Where “Torture” the first single off the album, seemed to move down a poppier road, “Invisible At Midnight” is dark and cerebral, a somber jam punctuated by big swings of almost choral background noise. Oh Tim Cohen, what will you do next?
I go back and forth on my love of Fresh & Onlys. I’ll listen to certain tracks of every album and listen to them on repeat, until the needle is smoking, until my roomies complain. But as a whole sound -Tim Cohen’s deep vibrato, the tendency towards a sound that borders on pop – it often times just doesn’t click. Their newest 7″, in all its singular glory, hits me right in the soft spot though, with The Fresh & Onlys kicking it off with a sultry guitar riff before thundering in to a break-neck jam with Cohen’s powerful yoller leading the charge. Who knows what I’ll think of the next one, but for now, my Fresh & Onlys needs are sated.
Mexican Summer just put out a co-sampler with there electronically oriented broski Software, and this new non-album track from San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys pops up on it. After countless albums from this dependable group, I struggle to say anything new about them, but “Do What I Came To Do” rockets forward with a slinky little baseline and a muscular bit of guitar work as well as some some almost Cars sounding vocals from reigning god of the prolific Tim Cohen. Though not to be featured on the upcoming Mexican Summer debut, whatever session this spawned from is boding well.
Grab the Stash Ruins compilation from Mexican Summer here.
Wymond Miles is best known for his role as The Fresh & Onlys guitar-shredding virtuoso and the daunting shock of hair that protrudes from his scalp. This talented gent is branching out though and will release his first solo EP on Sacred Bones in early February. It’s a mix of spacey psych rock, The Cure, with a hint of David Bowie tossed in and it sounds, quite frankly luscious. I want to drink a big old pitcher of this on a hot summer day and then sit back and watch the sky change color.
You can pick up Earth Has Doors on February 7th, via my current favorite label Sacred Bones.
Arvel Hernandez and the fantastic folk at Empty Cellar Records have taken a moment from their exceedingly busy days and given one of you lucky readers the opportunity to win the brand new LP (vinyl styles here folks) from Tim Cohen (of a little band called The Fresh & Onlys). The Glad Birth of Love is sad and strange and long and beautiful and you’d all be damn lucky to end up with this waxy goodness noodling away on your record player.
Tell me your definition of “glad birth of love” in the comment section below and I’ll choose my favorite.
I should just start a blog that gives an inappropriate rub-down to everything Tim Cohen does. I’m constantly impressed by the prolific nature of his musicianship as well as the quality and range of what he puts out. Thus, new Fresh & Onlys EP? Somebody tie me down put a piece of leather in my mouth, I’m bound to snap.