Blume (14) ‎– Low Glider Bus Rider

Artyzal ‎– ART001
CD, Album, Digipack


1 You, Me And The Dirt 4:01
2 Flying 4:18
3 Jive Turkey 3:42
4 Organic 5:39
5 Boiling River 4:22
6 Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? 3:07
7 Road Is The Mode 3:25
8 Cabin Fever 2:09
9 Time To Rest 3:08
10 Separation 5:30
11 Keep It Generated 4:36
12 A Little Honesty 3:51
13 More 2:59


Packaging: Beautiful saturated full-color reverse stock 4-panel Digipak. This ain't no generic (cheap) plastic jewel case packaging!
Guest Artists: Cameo performances by established Americana/Indie Rock artists such as pedal steel guitarist Bob Egan (Wilco/Freakwater) and Phil Spirito (Rex/Orso).

About the Artist:
Blume grew organically out of the Minneapolis alternative music scene: Singer/Guitarist Joel Blum and drummer B.T. played together in the critically acclaimed punk-folk group Kung Fu Grip, whose CD Whippasnappas was declared "an extraordinary recording" by Minneapolis newsweekly Pulse. Bassist Jill Bartyzal joined up after a stint with jazzy jam band Lace Martini. Together as Blume since 1998, the trio has gigged regularly to enthusistic crowds at Twin Cities nightspots including First Avenue, The Turf Club, and 7th Street Entry. Their unique sound mixes up folk-rock, boho jazz and hip-hop beats, all tied together by Joel Blum’s melodic and thoughtful songwriting.
Low Glider Bus Rider was recorded exclusively to hard disk in Minneapolis and Chicago. Producer Kenny Dread, who toured and recorded with legendary Bad Brains vocalist H.R., also contributes electronic wiggles and tasty guitars. The album features a stellar cast of guest performers including Americana pedal steel specialist Bob Egan (Wilco/Freakwater) and indie banjo-meister Phil Spirito (Rex/Orso). Several players from the Minneapolis musical underground stop in for a musical visit: Violinist Randall Throckmorton from the Deadly Nightshade Family Singers, saw virtuoso Andy McCormick of crazy cabaret act Tulip Sweet, and turntable executioner DJ Syrum of the acclaimed Leroy Smokes Big Band.

"They’re at once rock-solid tight and jangling loose, a quality associated with many great bands." -- Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis MN 2/9/00

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March 15, 2017
Coming on like an indie pop G. Love & Special Sauce, Blume mix and match acoustic roots melodies, hip-hop beats and scratches, and white-boy angst to create a distinctive if not completely successful sound that more often than not manages to overcome its cloying preciousness. Drawing most obviously on Beck's earliest efforts, Low Glider Bus Rider covers almost too much ground -- traces of jazz and punk creep into the stew as well -- but while Blume is good at approximating their influences, they're not always on the mark when it comes time to actually tie everything together. Although frontman Joel Blum's lyrics betray more than a little soul-searching neurosis, the overall vibe generated by the record is loose and carefree; one easily imagines Blume attracting a major cult following, and, at their brightest moments, they prove they're going to deserve it.
AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny


March 15, 2017
Musical Style: Totally today mix of folk-rock, boho jazz and hip-hop beats, all tied together by the melodic and thoughtful songwriting of singer/guitarist Joel Blum.