Judson McKinney/ April 25, 2011
April 25, 2011
Aaron and I met up with Judson and the gang around noon at everyone’s favorite new hangout, Lot 1 Cafe, on a random Monday. Eileen was kind enough to let us take over the side room even though they weren’t technically open (which seemed to really confuse a number of passersby), in order to set up and run through a few songs. The downside of them not being actually open was that I couldn’t grab a veggie burger or Telegraph, both of which I highly recommend.
This was a busy week for Judson (and band). After this they were headed to Anaheim for a few days in the studio to try and knock out an EP with the tunes they’ve been playing around town as of late. Word has it though, despite some intensely long days of tracking, that session didn’t work out and now they’re over at Kingsize with Andrew Lynch engineering — so maybe all for the better, since that’s sure to sound freaking amazing (and likely to have some stellar piano playing, and maybe even some horns, if you’re familiar with Andrew!). Judson’s (previously of Judson & Mary) latest batch of songs, if you’ve been lucky enough to catch their under-the-radar set around town lately, is the kind of immediately accessible folky-indie pop that will surely grab your attention and keep you buzzing about the songs long after (that is, if you’re into great songwriting a la Wilco or Tom Petty, which chances are you are if you’ve stumbled upon these videos). Not to mention the motley “power trio” is backed by a stellar rhythm section of notable LA players — John (who seems to be everywhere, but most known for playing in Seasons probably) and Sheridan (who also seems to be in countless bands right now, but you likely know her from Avi Buffalo). Clearly all the makings for a winning combination (and it doesn’t disappoint). Whether a reaction to his personal tribulations of late, or just his natural progression as a songwriter, Judson has really hit something special with these songs. I can’t wait to hear the album.
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Sound: Elliot Glass
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