Thursday, May 21, 2015

U & U Show 408 | Tom Waits Debuts & The Night Sweats



Tom Waits : Take One Last Look : Late Show with David Letterman (2015)
-          New song played as a sendoff for Dave's final run of shows.
-          Started mellow, soulful and jazz-leaning, but has slowly turned more alternative and weirder.
-          One of the greatest of the great musicians over the past 50 years.



Spoon : TV Set : Poltergeist OST (2015)
-          Cover of the Cramps.
-          Perfect band and style for Spoon to take on in a cover.
-          8th album was out in 2015.
-          First album since the band found success teaming up with Dan Boeckner in the Divine Fits.
-          One of the most prominent and critically acclaimed indie bands of the past 20 years.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

U & U Show 407 | Thee Oh Sees Remain Undefeated



Thee Oh Sees : Turned Out Light : Mutilator Defeated At Last (2015)
-          Forthcoming LP.
-          Prolific San Fran garage psych from John Dwyer.
-          Their last 2 LPs, Floating Coffin and Drop, were two of the best of the past 2 years.
-          One of the best SXSW 2015 bands.



Mac DeMarco : The Way You'd Love Her : Another One (2015)
-          Forthcoming 'mini album'
-          His 3rd album, Salad Days, was one of 2014's best.
-          Lazy, wobbly, in and out of tune indie pop.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

U & U Show 406 | Titus Returns and Has Me Excited



Mikal Cronin : Turn Around : MCIII (2015)
-          3rd album.
-          One of the best songwriters going writing vintage beachy psych rock/pop.
-          Also in a surf-punk band called the Moonhearts & Ty Segall's backing band, just like Ty's in Mikal's band.



The Tallest Man On Earth : Darkness of the Dream : Dark Bird Is Home (2015)
-          4th album.
-          Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson
-          Powerful voice and bringing in the fullness of a War On Drugs LP.
-          2008 self-titled debut was very well received.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

U & U Show 405 | Strong New Ezra Furman & Sheer Mag



Ezra Furman : Lousy Connection : Perpetual Motion People (2015)
-          Forthcoming 2nd solo LP.
-          This one is a fun, slightly demented punky do-wop track.
-          Formerly recorded as Ezra Furman & the Harpoons.
-          Brother of KRILL's leader Jonah Furman.
-          Longtime show favorite.



Sheer Mag : Fan the Flames : EP II (2015)
-          2nd EP available on BandCamp.
-          Latest single, Button Up, is their best song to date.
-          Awesome blend of punk and catchy vintage rock and roll.
-          One of the best bands at SXSW 2015.

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.