Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The U & U Show 404 | New Justin Vernon & 5 Show Debuts



Justin Vernon : Time Goes Inside Out… (2015)
-          Cover of Spoon's song 'Inside Out'
-          Promo single and video for the Eau Claire Music Festival.



Sufjan Stevens : John My Beloved : Carrie and Lowell (2015)
-          I believe it's officially his forthcoming 6th album, but he's also but out numerous other compilations and releases from side projects.
-          One of the most talented musicians that I've been able to enjoy every step of the way.
-          This first teaser sounds like a hope-elevating return to his early stripped back folk days.



Damaged Bug : Jet In Jungle : Cold Hot Plumbs (2015)
-          2nd LP
-          Solo moniker for Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer.
-          Debut album, Hubba Bubba, was out in 2014.
-          Less amped up and aggressive, synth-heavy psych rock weirdness.



Unknown Mortal Orchestra : Can't Keep Checking My Phone : Multi-Love (2015)
-          Forthcoming 3rd LP.
-          Debut album, 2011's s/t, was a huge critical hit.



Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel : Right Where You Ought To Be : Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious (2013)
-          Debut Album.
-          Led by Tomas Dolas, but features Wyatt Blair.
-          Burger Records



Stealing Sheep : Murmur Earth : Record Store Day 7" (2015)
-          Latest Single. 2nd album, Not Real, is just out as well.
-          Liverpool psych folk band.



Waxahatchee : Summer Of Love : Ivy Tripp (2015)
-          3rd full length.
-          Project from Kate Crutchfield. Twin sister of Swearin's Allison Crutchfield.
-          Her 2nd album, 2013's Cerulean Salt, was one of the year's best.
-          Debut was lo-fi and a rougher DIY style album.
-          Played a series of stripped back solo shows with only her twin sister, Allison of Swearin', on backup vocals at SXSW 2015.



John Andrews & The Yawns : Pennsylvania : Bit By The Fang (2015)
-          Debut LP.
-          Dylan-esque big band, steady-rolling, Americana-tinged, jangly classic rock.
-          Andrews is also Quilt's drummer and Woods' keyboardist.



Warm Soda : Cryin For A Love : Symbolic Dream (2015)
-          3rd Album.
-          Led by Matthew Melton who released his solo debut in 2014 and led Bare Wires previously.
-          Another highlight of the Burger Records SXSW 2015 showcase.



Hagerty-Toth Band : 2D Girl : Qalgebra (2015)
-          Record Store Day 2015 release.
-          Collab of James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand) Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux).
-          James Toth has been one of my favorite folk artists of the past 10 yrs.



Howlin' Rain : Death Prayer in Heaven's Orchard : Howlin' Rain (2006)
-          Debut LP
-          Just put out their 4th album, Mansion Songs.
-          Led by Ethan Miller, formerly of Comets On Fire.
-          Big blues psych rock that gets a bit jammier than I tend to go for, but the vocals are pretty powerful and unique to Ethan Miller



Wand : Melted Rope : Golem (2015)
-          2nd album.
-          LA-based loud, psych-heavy rock.
-          Buddies with Ty Segall.



Les Big Byrd : Tinnitus Ætérnum : Back To Bagarmossen (2014)
-          Latest EP. One LP.
-          Stockholm psych rock.
-          Work with Anton Newcombe of Brian Jamestown Massacre.



Suuns & Jerusalem In My Heart : Metal : Suuns & Jerusalem In My Heart (2015)
-          Collaborative LP.
-          Suuns have two albums out and were one of my top bands at Sx 2015
-          Both groups are from Montreal, which has a booming and eclectic music scene.



Girl Band : Lawman : The Early Years EP (2015)
-          Forthcoming EP.
-          Explosive cover of UK Electronic act Blawan.
-          Debut EP, France 98, is available for free on their BandCamp.
-          Eractic punk rockers out of Ireland.
-          One of the more exciting and exhilarating punk rock bands I’ve heard in a long time.
-          Best Band of SXSW 2015!



Khun Narin : Lam Phu Thai #1 : Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band (2014)
-          Debut LP.
-          Thailand instrumental psychedelic band.
-          On Innovative Leisure label.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The U & U Show 403 | Record Store Day 2015 Preview



Night Beds : Tide Teeth (2015)
-          2nd recent single that continues their now more electronic approach.
-          'Me, Liquor and God', was released in Dec '14.
-          Beautiful debut LP was 2013's Country Sleep. Also one EP.
-          One of the danciest tracks the band has released.
-          Led by Winston Yellen.



Sufjan Stevens : Exploding Whale : Epic Fail 7" (2015)
-          Latest single released close enough to include it as a Record Store Day surprise.
-          Just released his 6th album, Carrie and Lowell.
-          It is widely regarded as his and the year's best so far.
-          One of the most talented musicians that I've been able to enjoy every step of the way.
-          This first teaser sounds like a hope-elevating return to his early stripped back folk days.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The U & U Show 402 | So Many Big Names w/ New LPs



Tame Impala : 'Cause I'm A Man : Currents (2015)
-          First single from forthcoming 3rd LP.
-          By far the most dance-y track to date. Sounds more like Daft Punk than their previous music.
-          Innerspeaker & Lonerism have been two of the best Beatles-leaning vintage psych rock albums of the past few years.
-          One of the leading forces of the Perth, AUS psych rock scene.



Sufjan Stevens : The Only Thing : Carrie and Lowell (2015)
-          I believe it's officially his forthcoming 6th album, but he's also but out numerous other compilations and releases from side projects.
-          One of the most talented musicians that I've been able to enjoy every step of the way.
-          This first teaser sounds like a hope-elevating return to his early stripped back folk days.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The U & U Show 401 | SXSW Leftovers & New Goodness



Faith Healer : Fools Rush In : Cosmic Troubles (2015)
-          Debut album.
-          Amid all of this year's big name new LP's this is a contender for my favorite.
-          Led by Jessica Jalbert, who has one solo album out as well, Brother Loyola.
-          Big time sound of Velvet Underground & Nico sound.
-          Edmonton pop/rock duo.



The Velvet Undergorund : Femme Fatale : The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
-          Debut album from one of the most influential bands of all time.
-          Led by Lou Reed and John Cale.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The U & U Show 400 | #SXSW 2015 Recap





Sufjan Stevens : Death With Dignity : Carrie and Lowell (2015)
-          I believe it's officially his forthcoming 6th album, but he's also but out numerous other compilations and releases from side projects.
-          One of the most talented musicians that I've been able to enjoy every step of the way.
-          This first teaser sounds like a hope-elevating return to his early stripped back folk days.



Waxahatchee : blue pt. ii : Cerulean Salt (2013)
-          2nd full length. 3rd is on its way.
-          Project from Kate Crutchfield.
-          Debut was lo-fi and a rougher DIY style album.
-          Played a series of stripped back solo shows with only her twin sister, Allison of Swearin', on backup vocals at SXSW 2015.