local and I’m listening: the Lightning Bug Situation, CD release show this weekend

I first heard about The Lightning Bug Situation (myspace) a bit more than a month back and I was quickly obsessed with a couple of the songs.

Brian Miller (who is the Lightning Bug Situation) sent me the debut album, A Leaf, a Stream shortly afterwards. I’ve been listening to it for a few weeks and enjoying it.

If there is a “typical San Francisco” sound, I don’t think this is it. An album about both the birth of his daughter and the Iraq War, it’s based around mostly fingerpicked guitar or piano and reverbed vocals. It also has processed drums and audio recordings of family and friends talking about a variety of topics, including domestic abuse and oppressive fathers, sprinkled throughout. It’s these sobering recordings that give one the most-immediate sense that this is not your average album of light-hearted indie loves songs.

“Message to Myself After Franny was Born” was the immediate standout track for me. It’s a gorgeous piano song with a gorgeous chorus and a really beautiful set of slide guitar parts.

the Lightning Bug Situation – Message to Myself After Franny was Born (mp3)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

“the New Dad” has fingerpicked guitar and supplemental piano building the groundwork for a melancholy vocal and the three together form a really pretty song. The quick sound bite of a baby here and there serves to remind one what the song is about and that it’s thoroughly grounded in reality.

The Lightning Bug Situation – The New Dad (mp3)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

If you’re in the Bay Area, you can check out the A Leaf; a Stream CD release show this Saturday:

12/8 the Lightning Bug Situation, The Antiques and The Vision of a Dying World @ Amensia, 9pm, $8, 21+

[Note: not totally sure on that price, but it seems to be somewhere around there.]

Amensia, if you don’t know it (I didn’t), is in the Mission on Valencia between 19th and 20th.

You can buy the album at CD Baby if you’re not able to get to that show.



7 Responses to “local and I’m listening: the Lightning Bug Situation, CD release show this weekend”

  1. […] – Adrian discusses the new CD from San Francisco’s The Lightning Bug Situation and The Dodos’ recent signing to French Kiss Records. […]

  2. […] the Speakers (myspace) are Brian Miller of ipickmynose repeat play fodder the Lightning Bug Situation and Peter Musselman. They’re playing well after the game ends on Superbowl Sunday, February 3 at the Hemlock. 2/3 The Speakers, Correatown, Chris Robley @ the Hemlock, 9:30pm, $7, 21+ […]

  3. […] On Thursday, I saw the Speakers (myspace) with Ash Little at the Hemlock. The Speakers are Brian Miller of ipickmynose local fav Lightning Bug Situation along with Peter Musselman. Last of the Blacksmiths was also on the bill, but I wasn’t their for their set. […]

  4. […] from a lot of people that I’ve introduced to Or, the Whale. I also particularly like the Lightning Bug Situation and Two Sheds […]

  5. […] Lightning Bug Situation – A Leaf; a Stream (original post) This is a soft, tender, affecting and gorgeous album, but with all the found-sound and […]

Leave a Reply