Brooklyn’s Brad Oberhofer has garnered a significant amount of buzz in 2012 with the release of Time Capsules II. The band’s single “Away Frm U” has been in steady rotation around these parts. Oberhofer released its cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway” from his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Record Store Day. The track trades Auto-tune for heavy synth lines, however it stays remarkably close to the original. Stream the track below.
Written by Rob Peoni
Now that record store day is in the books, we in Cincinnati have the pleasure of another fabulous indie music based weekend on deck. On Friday, Sharon Van Etten will be performing at Mayday in the Northside in support of her fabulous recent album Tramp. One of my own Record Store Day vinyl purchases from Shake-It, the album is the first true triumph of Sharon’s young career. Intimately emotional and heart wrenching, I’d hate to be the guy that inspired this is album, but I thank him for being around Sharon to inspire this masterpiece of sound. Tickets are still available via TicketFly for a measly $10. Don’t miss out as this will probably reach a sell out shortly. Check out Sharon’s recent Tiny Desk Concert courtesy of NPR below if you’re still on the fence.
If that wasn’t enough, we have Tacoma born and current Brooklynite band Oberhofer in town on Saturday with Chicago based Young Man at the MOTR Pub in Over the Rhine (OTR). Oberhofer is touring in support of his debut LP Time Capsules II, which Brett reviewed earlier this year. A healthy dose of fun pop, I’ve been digging on it recently and am excited to see the show in person. As always at the MOTR pub, this is a FREE show so get out early and have a few beers at OTR’s best music spot. Check out Oberhofer’s Late Night debut on David Letterman below with album hit “Away Frm U” below.
Written by Greg Dahman
I am a firm believer that we all have the ability to create our own paths in life. A mixture of talent, confidence, hard work while continuing to treat people well will open many opportunities in life. Maintaining a sense of ownership and garnering an entrepreneurial type of spirit is not easy for most, but comes naturally to others. This is why I am drawn to the independent music scene. These bands are artists, marketers, sales people, and their own PR departments. They make music, tell everyone to come to their shows, build a pipeline of fans while hawking merchandise, and emailing fellow bloggers asking them to promote their new single. There are many more components to this madness, but these are just a few I want to point out to try and display some appreciation for the work that independent musicians do.
Brad Oberhofer’s release of his debut LP Time Capsules II this week is a story to highlight. Oberhofer migrated from his home in Tacoma, Washington out east to the mecca of independent music Brooklyn to intern at prestigious independent label Matador records. During his tenure of running errands and doing the dirty work that keeps these labels moving, Oberhofer created a demo and slipped it to the people in charge. The talent was noticed and the opportunity was seized. Oberhofer grabbed other available musicians to build sound to his life show and the rest is history. The best part of this story is that Oberhofer chose to name his band Oberhofer, which shows his ownership in his self-made brand.
After hearing the first few songs streaming online I was in fully engaged with the release of this record. Time Capsules II is fast, happy, and well thought out music that could not come at a better time of the year. It sounds like it is comfortable projecting off the walls of a dirty old garage. Oberhofer presents a Wavves like vibe while channeling lo-fi influence. This is a recipe that hardly ever disappoints for me and is recommended to anyone who smiles at a healthy dose of electric guitar.
Track, “Away Frm U” is an anthem. This song should be played for those needing a lift. Melodic notes introduce the song backed by a deep drum beat. Oberhofer screams, “You’re pushing me away from you and there is nothing I can do, and I can’t fight all your battles for you”. This is a strong statement that is supported by synthesizers and whistles for color. This track is made for those waiting for the wonderful independence that summer offers.
“Away Frm U”
I will endorse “oOoO” as my favorite track on the album. A mellow beginning turns into a standing-room-only chorus in a matter of seconds. Line, “And the city is feeling queer and crass with beer cans rolling in blades of grass to look like something new”, displays Oberhofers’ creative, relatable approach to his words. The delivery is simple, effective and motivating for listeners. This is a song that forces a smile while eliminating the mid season doubt. It’s a catalyst that has expedited my spirits when looking forward.
Oberhofer’s strong point is his ability to accept influences while remaining creative. This record is an extension of a segment of music that I believe a majority of readers of this blog enjoy. Oberhofer’s ability to make ‘Time Capsules II” possible should be noted. He is his own company and has me convinced to invest early.
Written by Brett McGrath