Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick

First Reflections

Mud Memory/Dischord

Never thought I’d say this, but it seems someone’s actually taking The Minutemen’s agit-prop minimalist funk far too seriously. Recent evidence: Edie Sedgwick’s First Reflections. With a two-part/13-point manifesto in tow, the duo’s debut displays a penchant for taut point/counterpoint, quivery/jittery vocalist Justin Moyer’s basslines bubbling up, over, and around drummer Ryan Hicks’ sometimes-straightforward/sometimes-skittering rhythms, the record’s songs abstractly skimming over the lives of a myriad of celluloid celebrities (chronologically, “Faye Dunaway” to the band’s namesake), no less • say, something like The Fall doing a concept record about the history of shoulder pads or deli trays. Yeah, weird. Stripped-down to say the very, very least, First Reflections can be acutely compelling at times, absolutely alienating at others, its 13 tracks in 26 minutes being the, um, “ideal” template for taut couture of such a bygone variety. Damn well know I should totally dig this, but somehow I’m not on board. No(w)-wave, anyone?

Mud Memory, 1654 Monroe St. NW, Washington, DC 20010; http://www.mudmemory.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

  • Southern Avenue
    Southern Avenue

    Keep On (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.

  • Don Felder
    Don Felder

    Don Felder took music fans down Eagles’ memory lane at Disney Epcot’s® Garden Rocks Concert Series, and Michelle Wilson loved every nostalgic moment of it.

  • Alfred Sergel IV
    Alfred Sergel IV

    Alfred Sergel IVtet (The Tam Tam Group). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Tanika Charles
    Tanika Charles

    The Gumption (Record Kicks). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives