Buzz bands come and go with a quick refresh of your Facebook feed. And Tom Fec, AKA Tobacco, the creative force behind Pittsburgh-based group Black Moth Super Rainbow, seems to be just fine with that. Since breaking through with their 2007 opus, Dandelion Gum, Fec (along with his crew of mask-wearing merry pranksters) have released consistently great records of mind-altering, sugar-coated, vocoder-heavy psychedelic pop. But they've never quite rocketed out of the cult-group ghetto.Maybe that will change with the band's terrific new set Cobra Juicy, out October 23, which finds Fec showing off his sharpened gift for gooey hooks — not to mention some pretty sweet guitar.
Sonic Youth leaders Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announced their split last week, adding a sad chapter to the complex and mysterious relationship we've all been watching play out over the course of the band's 29-year career. The pair were guarded about their private life, but a few details on life offstage have emerged: in David Browne's excellent history Goodbye 20th Cenutry, for instance, the writer recounts how the pair's opposite personalities complemented each other. Moore was the freewheeling spirit to Gordon's grounded practicality. "We can't eat those," Gordon said early in their relationship, referring to Moore's penchant for record-buying when they couldn't afford groceries.