Discoveries: Trevor Sensor

While I recognize that my musical tastes are extreme and all over the map, I’m still lucky enough to enjoy many old (and new) classics that pass over to you easily enough. But I would be remiss if I didn’t pass along something that stays in my head some months after release, and to introduce the artist that creates that excitement. This particular song is “Andy Warhol’s Dream”. The artist is Trevor Sensor.

As in days and decades past, once a label produces consistent likable talent, you come to watch out for their releases if only to sample what they’re interested in at the moment. One such label these days is Jagjaguwar. Last year, they released a Trevor Sensor debut album, also called Andy Warhol’s Dream. This album is a dreamy folk-based collection of tunes that has been likened to Woody Guthrie (although more Arlo, to me), early Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Sufjan Stevens, and – I suppose – some Bon Iver, He was born in Sterling, Illinois, which gives a bit of a midwest intrigue with other places like NYC.

The song, “Andy Warhol’s Dream” (heard below) easily reveals a strong Dylanesque voice (No? Then listen to “Nothing Is Fair“), if not a tad more unique and reminiscent of another artist who’s name eludes me (Help?). His lyrics explore like the lyrics of the ’60s, in ways more intense and pleading than anything U2 or Springsteen could conjure up these days.

Needless to say, I can’t escape the “Andy Warhol’s Dream” gem. And it compels me to hear more of his music, of which there are this debut album, and two previously released EPs (Texas Girls and Jesus Christ – 2016, Starved Nights of Saturday Stars – 2016).

I can only introduce you to Trevor Sensor. What you do after this is up to you. But Jagjaguwar got this one completely right!

’90s Gem Poster Children To Release First Album In 14 Years – Grand Bargain!

I often wonder at the reality that produces hot-selling bands, leaving some highly talented bands (generally with more talent dripping from their pores than many of the popular ones) to all too often deep obscurity. One of those bands are Poster Children.

A few bands have come from the breeding grounds of Champaign, primarily from the U of I. When Poster Children arrived back in the late eighties, they released an indie album, Flower Power (later reissued). But it wasn’t until their Daisychain Reaction that I became aware of this band from back home ( I lived a significant part of my young life in Illinois). With the clever “If You See Kay” classic, they provided a strong argument for notice! With their next album, Tool of The Man (1993), they enjoyed further attention with Sire Records signing them for several titles, after which Warner Brothers issued their RTFM in 1997.

On May 18, this underappreciated band known as Poster Children will release their new album, their first since No More Songs About Sleep and Fire from 2004. It will be called Grand Bargain! and will contain eleven new songs, The album will be made available on CD, DD,  Cassette, and vinyl LP. Grand Bargain! is generated by PledgeMusic as well as being released by Lotuspool Records.

Enjoy the first track from the new album, “Grand Bargain!” They STILL have it!