This Just In: Boy

Carla Bozulich – Boy LP:
The first time I saw Carla Bozulich perform was opening for Wilco in 2004. They were touring in support of A Ghost Is Born, their first record featuring the legendary Nels Cline on guitar. Researching things after the fact, Bozulich, whose live “interpretations” of Willie Nelson songs captivated some and rubbed others wrong, didn’t seem a strange choice after all. Cline and Bozulich had written and recorded together as Scarnella, and The Nels Cline Singers provided much of the backing to the Bozulich’s Red Headed Stranger album. With further research I learned Bozulich had a varied musical/performance past, dating back to 1982. Many people knew her best from 90’s alt-whatever group The Geraldine Fibbers. I certainly had a lot to catch up on.

About a year-and-a-half later, she toured with A Silver Mt. Zion (not sure which iteration of the name they were on then). I saw her play at a small club and the performance was very different than the last. It was a brash, writhing, cathartic revelation. And again, the audience was split. Half left the room and the rest were on the floor with Carla as she ominously sang with and to us in a memorable rendition of Evangelista album track “Baby, That’s The Creeps.” I can still feel that moment and think of it often. I listened to Evangelista hundreds of times and showed it to friends who I thought would “get it.”

Subsequent to the solo album, “Evangelista” became Bozulich’s new group outfit moniker and spawned a run of three incredible albums between 2008-2011. They toured relentlessly, and luckily I got to see many more performances. In record stores, punk house basements and proper venues, it was always real and relentless… playing to 5 people or 500 like she was possessed. Some of us were too.

So, about 8 years after Evengelista, Carla Bozulich has a new solo album, Boy, out on Constellation Records. It’s been referred to as a “pop” record, but that’s mainly in the sense that these songs have more definite structures than previous material and clock in under 4 minutes. I’m a pessimist and always expect my musical heroes to disappoint me. Carla still hasn’t. Boy is as splendid, well-written and real as anything she’s done. But hey, I’m already a fan. Check out “Deeper Than The Well” and “Lazy Crossbones” and decide for yourself.

Boy oh boy! New releases, reissues and restocks…
Afterhours – Lowlife LP
Aloa – s/t LP
American Music Club – San Francisco LP
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness LP
Antony & The Johnsons – The Crying Light LP
Argentinum Astrum – Malleus Maleficarum LP
Arthur Russell – Another Thought 2LP
Ava Luna – Electric Balloon LP
Axxa/Abraxas – s/t LP
Bags – All Bagged Up LP
Baroness – Blue Record LP
Basic Channel – Lyot Rmx 12”
Ben Frost – By The Throat LP
Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit LP
Birds Of Delay – Living Room LP
Blind Lemon Jefferson – Vol. 1 LP
Black Sabbath – Paranoid LP
Bobby Charles – s/t LP
Bob Frank – s/t LP
Bob Marley – Jamaican Storm LP
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow LP
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Ease Down The Road LP
Bonobo – LateNightTales 2LP
Bronze – World Arena LP
Butthole Surfers – Psychic, Powerless, Another Man’s Sac LP; Rembrandt Pussyhorse LP
Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos LP
Christina Vantzou – No. 2 LP
Chromatics – Kill For Love 2LP
Ciccone Youth – Whitey Album LP
Cloud Becomes Your Hand – Rocks Or Cakes LP
Cough/Wounded Kings – An Introduction To The Black Arts LP
Cryptic Slaughter – Convicted LP
Cure – Disintegration 2LP; Three Imaginary Boys LP
Current 93 – I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell 2LP, CD
Cut Chemist – Presents Vox Populi LP+7”
Damaged Bug – Hubba Bubba LP
Darkside – Psychic 2LPDeerhunter – Cryptograms/Fluorescent Grey LP; Microcastle 2LP
Eagulls – s/t LP
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath LP
Explosions In The Sky – Take Care LP; Those Who Tell The Truth… LP; The Earth Is Not… LP
Family Fodder – Monkey Banana Kitchen LP
Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action LP
Floor – s/t LP+7”
Fugazi – Steady Diet Of Nothing LP
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain LP
Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna LP
Gay Cat Park – Synthetic Woman LP
Germs – GI LP
Glass Candy – Beatbox LP
Grimes – Visions LP
GZA – Liquid Swords 2LP
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – All Her Fault LP
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’aime Moi Non Plus LP
Jello Biafra & Melvins – Never Breathe What You Can’t See LP; Sieg Howdy LP
Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala LP; I Know What Love Isn’t LP
Joe McPhee Quartet – Underground Railroad LP
John Coltrane – Giant Steps LP
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman – s/t LP
Johnny Cash – American Recordings LP; American II: Unchained LP; American III: Solitary Man LP; American IV: The Man Comes Around 2LP
John Lennon – Imagine LP
Justice – Cross 2LP
Lambchop – Nixon LP
Land Of Kush – The Big Mango LP
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang – Four Foot Shack 2LP
Lightnin’ Hopkins – And The Blues LP
Linda Perhacs – The Soul Of All Natural Things LP
Lo-Fang – Blue Film LP
Lushes – What Am I Doing LP
Mammane Sani Et Son Orgue – La Musique Electronique LP
Melt Banana – Fetch LP
Melt Yourself Down – s/t LP+CD
Men – Tomorrow’s Hits LP
Merchandise – Begging For Your Life 12”
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday 2LP
Michael Jackson – Thriller 25th Anniversary Picture LP
Mountain Goats – All Hail West Texas LP
Mr. Bungle – California LP
Nails – Abandon All Life LP
New York Dolls – Too Much Too Soon LP
Nguzunguzu – Mirage 12”
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise LP
Nina Simone – At Town Hall LP
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything LP
O.D.B – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
Omar Souleyman – Dabke 2020 LP
Omid Walizadeh – Modern Persian Speech LP
Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction 2LP
Pentagram – Relentless LP
Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back 2LP
Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II 2LP
Real Estate – Atlas LP, CD
Ringworm – Birth Is Pain LP
Royal Trux – Veterans LP
RZA/Various – Shaolin Soul Vol. 1 3LP
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha LP
Shannon And The Clams – I Wanna Go Home LP
Sleep – Dopesmoker 2LP
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags LP
Stone Jack Jones – Ancestor LP
Suede – Coming Up LP; s/t LP
Suicide – s/t LP
Sultan Bathery – s/t LP
Sun Araw – Belomancie 2LP
Sun Ra – Bad & Beautiful LP
Superchunk – Indoor Living LP
Swearin’ – Surfing Strange LP
Unsemble – s/t LP
Various – A Fist Full Of Fuzz LP
Various – Drop On Down In Florida 2CD+Book
Various – Heavenly  Ethiopiques: The Best Of The Ethiopiques Series 2LP
Various – Love, Peace & Poetry: Brazilian Psychedelic Music LP
Various – Love, Peace & Poetry: Mexican Psychedelic Music LP
Various – Miami Vice OST LP
Various – Rajasthan Street Music 2LP
Various – Rare Dubs From Jackpot Records LP
Various – Suicide Squeeze: Forever Singles LP
Various – Warfaring Strangers : Darkscorch Canticles 2LP
Vertical Scratchers – Daughter Of Everything LP
We Are Scientists – TV En Francais LP
Wild Beasts – Present Tense LP
Witch – Introduction LP
Yob – Catharsis LP

1 thought on “This Just In: Boy

  1. So much going on in such small spaces here. So many textures but so much emotion. The songs go from a very dark huddled place — the hole to crawl in — to a brighter place. I love having her music as an earworm. Always interesting and these songs are like candy to me.

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