Posts Tagged ‘Gainsville Florida’


Florida band UV-TV have returned with their sophomore LP, “Happy”. It was released this week on Deranged Records. The band had earlier covered The Primitives punk pop classic “Really Stupid” on an excellent EP released on Stewart Anderson and Jen Turrell’s Emotional Response imprint.

This new LP is steeped in some shoegaze elements. I’m quite particular about the genre, in that I need there to be teeth and melody beyond the dreamy vocals and reverb. This record has got it in spades. It’s just so well informed by diy traditions, it hits that nostalgic sweet spot but it also sounds modern. UV-TV have done their homework.

UV-TV was born in 2015, in the chaos of Gainesville’s thriving DIY scene. With Ian Bernacett’s driving riffs and Rose Vastola’s rock-steady vocals, the two have a knack for writing solid, energetic songs with a sweetness that sticks in your head.

Drummer Ryan Hopewell is one of the best drummers going. He’s busy but precise and bangy, and it really elevates the music and makes them sound unique. Rose Vastola (Bass, Vox) and Ian Bernacett (Guitar, Vox) have spent the last year since relocating to NYC working on this record. When I saw the title I thought I might be in for a Mighty Lemon Drops cover, but it’s an original and it’s sparkling and magnificent with a payoff at the end when the song does a melodic change that brings to mind the Mary Chain with the lyric “You’re always Upside Down, I’m always Inside Out”.


Southern Accents In The Sunshine State (2Cd)

2CD FM BROADCAST CAPTURES TOM PETTY s COMPLETE 1993 Homecoming Concert, I think this is excellent. It’s a fine record of Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers at his absolute peak, and it’s both exciting and satisfying. Stephen C O’Connell Center, Florida, University Of Florida,
Gainesville, Florida; November 4, 1993.

This is an FM radio broadcast of a 1993 concert in Gainesville, Florida. It’s a good, varied set with fine performances of real classics like Learning To Fly, Refugee, Don’t Come Around Here No More and many others, which makes it, among other things, a great reminder of how many brilliant songs Tom and the Heartbreakers have recorded. There is also a good smattering of more rare tracks and some covers, some of which are very good and some of which – like Something In The Air – don’t work so well. Mike Campbell’s guitar playing is superb throughout. The track selection includes most of the standards but also some material that to my knowledge has never been recorded

The sound is very good. It’s certainly plenty clear enough to forget about sound quality and enjoy the music, and although occasionally there are some of the usual balance and fade problems with a live recording they don’t interfere. The engineers have done a fine job on the balance of audience noise and music, capturing the genuine excitement of the event without interfering with the sound of the band overmuch. There are some great audience moments, like them all singing “And I’m free falling,” or all yelling “Stop!” in exactly the right places in Don’t Come Around Here, which really get the thrill of the concert and make me wish I’d been there. (I join in anyway, mind you.) There’s a bit of chat in which you can feel Tom Petty’s rapport with the audience, but not too much. It’s pretty well an ideal live recording,
I’m a bit dubious about the release of old live material nowadays after some terrible-quality recordings have been released over the last few years, but I think this is a terrific album and it’s warmly recommended.


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