Thursday To-Do: Isaac Alexander album release show | Rock Candy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thursday To-Do: Isaac Alexander album release show

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Isaac Alexander plays an album release show Thursday at White Water Tavern.
  • Isaac Alexander plays an album release show Thursday at White Water Tavern.

ISAAC ALEXANDER
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.

For a certain type of young-ish, scruffy, artsy musician type, Isaac Alexander is one of those guys who'll make you feel not only untalented, but lazy too. He is quite the gifted hand when it comes to visual art, sure (he's one-third of the ad agency Eric, Rob & Isaac), but he's also a multi-instrumental wiz on the fret board, keys and behind a drum kit as well. He plays and has played in numerous groups (Big Silver, Greers Ferry, The Easys, The Boondogs).

Alexander's new solo album, "Antivenin Suite" (on Max Recordings), is the follow-up to his 2008 long-player "See Thru Me." That album was voted No. 6 in the Times' Arkansas Music Poll of the all-time best Arkansas albums. Times music editor John Tarpley called the record "an instant classic that's a tastefully spare, devastatingly melodic trip through surviving adulthood."

So how does "Antivenin Suite" stack up? Very, very well.

At 10 songs and just over a half hour, the album is like that first warm breeze of spring. It's reassuring and pleasant. It's laid-back rock that's not straining at some high-flown concept or blog flavor of the month. Mark my words: Put this album on this spring when you're driving somewhere with the windows down.

Highlights? The whole album is a highlight, but OK, some of my favorites are "Changing up the Skyline" and "What Love is All About," lively numbers, the latter a particularly appealing, perfectly brief number with what sounds like some EFX-ed Spanish guitar and piano swirling around and then it's over before you know it. Other faves: the "Chewing Gum Wrapper" and "Kitchen Windows," which has a stabbing Farfisa that's just right in the mix.

This record gets better every time I listen to it. Mark it, dude: One of the best albums of 2012. Listen for yourself here, it's streaming or you can purchase a download.

Also on the bill at this show are Adam Faucett and Nashville's Luella & The Sun, several members of which played on "Antivenin Suite."

Check out "What Love is All About" by Isaac Alexander:

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Robert Bell

Readers also liked…

  • Federal judge wants John Goodson to explain class action maneuvering

    A show-cause order filed Monday by federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith indicates class action attorney John Goodson has some explaining to do about the move of a class action complaint against an insurance company from federal to state court with an instant pre-packaged settlement that has been criticized as a windfall for Goodson.
    • Dec 22, 2015
  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • John Goodson and others add lawyers for hearing on forum shopping

    Lawyers facing federal court sanctions for forum shopping a class action insurance case have brought in new legal guns from out of state to fight potential sanctions.
    • May 26, 2016

People who saved…

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Riverfest calls it quits

    • Executive Director and the board failed the festival. Period. They blame other festivals, rising costs,…

    • on July 21, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation