Download: Larkin Grimm's Pulsing, Luminous "Paradise And So Many Colors"

Doom-folk lifer Larkin Grimm is known mostly for 2008's desolate, pastoral daymare Parplar and her colorfully wry outlook (her hilarious MySpace post about attending SXSW in 2009 is required reading). The last four years have been nothing short of monumental for Grimm; she moved to Spanish Harlem, left her record label, married fire-breathing art-star Master Lee and gave birth to her first child. And if "Paradise and So Many Colors" is any indication, her new album Soul Retrieval (due in February) is naturally optimistic and lush, fueled by the sunny mutations of exotica. Starring members of Vetiver and Extra Life, as well as Jesse Sparhawk on harp and Bowie producer Tony Visconti behind the boards and on bass, "Paradise" is a manic slice of shiny textures (er, so many colors) and euphoric background coos, all backed by an Yma Sumac-inspired rhythm that pulses with electricity.

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Live: The Lowbrow Reader Presents Peter Stampfel, Larkin Grimm, and the Fiery Furnaces at Housing Works

Photo of the Fiery Furnaces by" target="_blank">Jesse Chan-Norris

Peter Stampfel, Larkin Grimm, and the Fiery Furnaces
Housing Works
Wednesday, July 22

"This one's about traveling to a distant galaxy to bring back spirit orgasms for women on earth who've never had one," Larkin Grimm said last night to a decent crowd at Housing Works, capturing the irreverent and earnestly bizarre tone of the evening. Grimm, an anarchist folk-rocker and former member of the Dirty Projectors, was one of five performers--three of them musical acts--that gathered to celebrate the seventh issue of The Lowbrow Reader, an excellent and actually quite high-minded comedy magazine edited by Time Out music writer Jay Ruttenberg.

Peter Stampfel and his Ether Frolic Mob kicked off the event with an eclectic set ranging from full-bodied Delta blues covers--e.g., Charlie Patton's "Shake It and Break It"--to things a bit more in the Pete Seeger, if not A Mighty Wind, vein. Stampfel, dressed in Birkenstocks and a racy Hawaiian shirt, did some yodeling and frenetic banjo picking and gave props to the great jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.

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