Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Unknown & Unheard Show 154!

Stream & Download The U & U Show 154 Right Here, Right Now! (MediaFire) The Features - The Idea of Growing Old - Exhibit A (2004) - debut full length - 2nd album out last year. Released two other EP's in there - Kings of Leon fans can definitely find something here. Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine The Avett Brothers - Incomplete and Insecure - I and Love and You (2009) - forthcoming album - follow-up to their break out ‘Emotionalism’ - this is the exact type of track that makes me love this band. - Easy Americana Official Site : Myspace : Amazon : HypeMachine Family of the Year - Let's Go Down - Where's the Sun (2009) - Debut EP - full length debut, Songbook, is just out last week, November 17th - Download for free Here! Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Sambassadeur - Days - Days (2009) - Forthcoming 4th album - Really like the use of strings in this track - Fairly standard indie pop sound. Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds - Sigh No More (2009) - my favorite new band I’ve found this go around at SXSW - such a big, building sound for an acoustic song - nice use of banjo. Really compliments and adds to the song. MySpace : HypeMachine Jason Boesel - Hand of God - Hustler's Son (2009) - Jim James with a slightly deeper voice. Todd Snider a little even. - Drummer for Rilo Kiley and even Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst for a bit - His time with Oberst really shows on this track’s lush folk arrangement. Official Site : MySpace : HypeMachine Bobby Bare, Jr. - I Need You - The American Bread EP (2009) - EP of Bread covers produced and backed vocally by David Vandervelde - Son of traditional country legend Bobby Bare - I’ve enjoyed his more raucous music, but this is still really well done. - For sure the highest level of production I’ve heard on any of his recordings. Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Man/Miracle - Pushing and Shoving - Pushing and Shoving (2008) - Debut album - Big My Morning Jacket sound - Also remind me a bit of the Suckers Official Site : MySpace : HypeMachine James Husband - A Grave in the Gravel - A Parallax I (2009) - solo debut from member of Of Montreal - starts off sounding like it will be a Psychedelic rock track then mellows out significantly. MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Lucero –Darken My Door - 1372 Overton Park (2009) - New Lucero! - Ben Nichol's led band's first album on a major label - The level of polish has jumped significantly and it doesn't seem to fit with them - They have always seemed like the quintessential bar band, they hoarser and rougher their sound the better. - With that said, the polish can't disrupt the band's ability to write quality music. Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Part Company - Out of Egypt - dirty garage rock! Hooray! - There is no arguing that this genre has exploded this year. - Whether you like it or not, this is another quality act true to the genre - Big Rolling Stones energy here. MySpace : HypeMachine Twin Tigers - Red Fox Run - Curious Faces/Violet Future EP (2008) - Debut EP - Certainly a significant amount of psych here. - Somewhat reminiscent of Oasis without the hype and polish (that’s a good trait!) MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Suckers – Save Your Love For Me – Save Your Love For Me (2009) - Latest single - big pounding, distorted anthem with a couple huge builds - loads of hype around this short 4 song release… deservedly so! - Love this Song! MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Windmill - Start a War - Cover of the National - London singer/songwriter Matthew Thomas Dylan - I can see his voice being off putting for some people, but it’s so fragile sounding and just the right amount of quirkiness and nerdiness that I think it works. - RIYL: Cloud Cult and Polyphonic Spree Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Civil Twilight - Letters from the Sky - Civil Twilight (2008) - 2nd album - from Cape Town, South Africa originally - borders on over produced and too dependent on U2’s sound. - My Fence Sitter of the Week. - A big clue for me when it comes to a legit band and one trying too hard to make up for what they lack is over production, fancy packaging and a glossy site. Despite liking this track, this band suffers from all of those things. Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Unknown & Unheard Show 153!!!

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Cold War Kids – Audience of One - Behave Yourself (2009) - forthcoming EP - debut full length album out in 2006 - 3 eps prior to debut's release - New album is ‘Loyalty to Loyalty’ Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Man/Miracle - Hot Sprawl - The Shape of Things (2009) - Debut album - Big My Morning Jacket sound - Also remind me a bit of the Suckers Official Site : MySpace : HypeMachine

Frightened Rabbit – Music Now – Sing the Greys (2006) - debut album - third album is due out in early 2010 - 2nd album struck a big chord with the indie music world and critics Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine The Features - The Temporary Blues - Some Kind Of Salvation (2009) - 2nd full length - Debut out in 2004. Released two other EP's in there - Kings of Leon fans can definitely find something here. Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Fyfe Dangerfield - When You Walk In the Room - Fly Yellow Moon (2009) - Forthcoming 3rd solo album from leader of the Guillemots - Very big pop sound. Upbeat catchy U2 or David Ford. Normally that wouldn’t sound like the most enjoyable/interesting brand of music, but I think it really works on this track. Official Site : MySpace : HypeMachine The Avett Brothers - The Perfect Space - I and Love and You (2009) - forthcoming album - follow-up to their break out ‘Emotionalism’ - this is the exact type of track that makes me love this band. - Easy Americana Official Site : Myspace : Amazon : HypeMachine Local Natives – Airplanes - Gorilla Manor (2009) - debut album - Check out their DayTrotter Session Here! Official Site : Myspace : HypeMachine Rock Plaza Central - Wherever You Are, I'm Home - …At the Moment of Our Most Needing Or If Only They Could Turn Around, They Would Know They Weren’t Alone (2009) - 2nd album from the Chris Eaton led rotating group of musicians - Another track that packs a boatload of intensity. - Strained feel to the song that you get from The Builders and the Butchers and even the Mountain Goats… comparable vocals as well. Official Site : Myspace : Amazon : HypeMachine Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – The World Is Alive – Inside the Human Body (2008) - 2nd album - Upbeat, enthusiastic Dylanesque folk - playing the Volrath in Indy Nov. 20th Official Site : Myspace : Amazon : HypeMachine King Khan & the BBQ Show – Anala – Invisible Girl (2009) - 3rd album - Out November 3rd - They are both in the Almighty Defenders with the Black Lips - They have been arrested for drug possession and have missed a few tour dates Official Site : Myspace : Amazon : HypeMachine

Girls - Laura – Album (2009) - the hype surrounding this band is extensive. - Their leader’s, Christopher Owens, story is quite unbelievable. - I’m more sold on that than anything. - He grew up in a cult in which his brother died, dad left and mom was prostituted out for the good of the cult. Then he was rescued by a millionaire, moved to San Fran and started this band. - They bring some seriously noisy, fuzzy, nostalgic and make me think of a darker T Rex playing on a beach. MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine Avi Buffalo – We Can Try This Again – What’s In It For? 7” (2009) - Debut Release on Sub Pop - They have a handful of tracks already for sale on their site. - Band of Horses was suppose to have an album come out this year… maybe they changed their name to Avi Buffalo? - Shins’ sounds as well. Official Site : Myspace : Amazon : HypeMachine A. A. Bondy - The Coal Hits The Fire – When the Devil's Loose (2009) - 2nd album - Debut was fantastic. - Stripped back acoustic folk singer/songwriter. Myspace : Amazon : HypeMachine Tom Waits - Falling Down (Live) - Glitter & Doom Live (2009) - Latest live album taken from his most recent tour - This is one of my favorite more recent Waits’ tracks. It was originally on ‘Orphans: Bawlers, Brawlers and Bastards’ - Fans should look for him in the intriguing new movie from Terry Gilliam (Fear & Loathing in LV) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Official Site : MySpace : Amazon : HypeMachine

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Unknown & Unheard Show 152!!!

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King Khan & the BBQ Show – Crystal Ball– Invisible Girl (2009) - 3rd album - Out November 3rd - They are both in the Almighty Defenders with the Black Lips

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Local Natives – Shape Shifter - Gorilla Manor (2009) - debut album - Check out their DayTrotter Session Here!

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Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For? – What’s In It For? 7” (2009) - Debut Release on Sub Pop - They have a handful of tracks already for sale on their site. - Band of Horses was suppose to have an album come out this year… maybe they changed their name to Avi Buffalo? - Shins’ sounds as well.

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Rock Plaza Central - Hot Blind Earth - …At the Moment of Our Most Needing Or If Only They Could Turn Around, They Would Know They Weren’t Alone (2009) - 2nd album from the Chris Eaton led rotating group of musicians - Another track that packs a boatload of intensity. - Strained feel to the song that you get from The Builders and the Butchers and even the Mountain Goats… comparable vocals as well.

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Karen O and the Kids – Heads Up – Where the Wild Things Are OST (2009) - Karen O composed soundtrack - The Kids include a couple other Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a couple Racounteurs and Bradford Cox of Atlas Sound and Deerhoof

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Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – The Worm In The Apple – Inside the Human Body (2008) - 2nd album - Upbeat, enthusiastic Dylanesque folk - playing the Volrath in Indy Nov. 20th

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Sonny & the Sunsets – Lovin’ On an Older Gal – Tomorrow Is Alright (2009) - Debut album - Raven Sings The Blues is one of my favorite blogs when I want something raw, garage, psychedelic, bluesy or any combination of those in the form of a band no one knows about - Sonny Smith is the leader and has release more work under his given name.

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Timber Timbre – Like a Mountain – Medicinals (2007) - Debut. Self-titled 2nd out earlier this year - M. Ward + Bon Iver + Tom Waits’ ‘What’s He Building In There?’ - Eerily cool spooky tracks… slogan on Myspace is ‘Creep on creepin’ on.’ - Toronto duo

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Molina & Johnson – Wooden Heart – Molina and Johnson (2009) -Magnolia Electric Co's leader + Centro-matic's. - Two of the best folk/alt-country singer/songwriters team up.

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Soulsavers – Some Misunderstanding - Broken (2009) - Single in support of 2nd Soulsavers album, ‘Revival’ - Mark Lanegan’s latest album since his insanely good album of duets with Isobel Campbell - This is a track not on the album. It is written by Lanegan, vocals by William Oldham. - 'You Will Miss Me When I Burn’ is on the album and is written by Oldham with vocals by Lanegan.

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Heavy Trash – (Sometimes You Got To Be) Gentle - Midnight Soul Serenade (2009) - forthcoming 3rd album from the Jon Spencer & Matt Verta Ray collaboration. - Jerry Lee Lewis rock & roll - Chuck berry/rockabilly/rocking blues Official Site : Myspace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

MOF Do KISS!

Sorry for the delay, but here's a clip of the Monsters of Folk performing 'Detroit Rock City' in full Kiss make-up and gear! And here's another clip of Bright Eyes' 'Another Travelin' Song' from their Kiss inspired encore. That's Conor Oberst trying to master the 8" platform boots...

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Unknown & Unheard Show 151!!!

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Julian Casablanca - Out of the Blue - Phrazes For the Young (2009) - solo debut from former Strokes front man. - A very catchy, upbeat, danceable album.

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Yeasayer - Ambling Alp - Odd Blood (2010) -Forthcoming 2nd album - Best Band of Pitchfork By Far! - Immensely layered quintet - Played a few new track that have me pumped for early 2010 - This is one album that people have been craving for a long time. Official Site : Myspace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

BOAT - Prince of Tacoma - Setting the Paces (2009) - 3rd album - Indie Rock - RIYL: Stephen Malkmus and A.C. Newman Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Boston Spaceships - Let It Rest for a Little While - Zero to 99 (2009) - 3rd album with this outfit in the past year - One of the most prolific recording artists you’ll ever find. - Robert Pollard = Former Guided By Voices front man and Indie Rock Idol Official Site : Myspace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

The Whigs - Hundred/Million – In The Dark (2009) - first single from forthcoming 3rd album - playing Birdy’s in Indy 11/4 - Remind me of NIN on this track. Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Todd Snider - Greencastle Blues - The Excitement Plan (2009) - 8th studio album - The Devil You Know was best/most commercial to date… this is working on surpassing that. - Peace Queer came out before this and was obnoxiously political… this album, thankfully, shows a return to what got him where he is. Official Site : Myspace : Buy On Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Mountain Goats – Romans 10:9 – The Life Of The World To Come (2009) - 6th album. Out October 6th - NEW MOUNTAIN GOATS! - If that alone is not worthy of a play, I don’t know what is - This seems to be some relative of a concept album based around lessons he’s learned. Each track’s title is a specific bible verse. Official Site : Myspace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Modest Mouse – History Sticks To Your Feet – Perpetual Motion Machine (2009) - Single preceding their forthcoming EP - They’ve released about an album’s worth of music this year but have just spread it out… a lot of it is pretty damn good too! Official Site : Myspace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Bobby Bare, Jr. - Sugar Mountain - Neil Young cover - One of the best voices out there for me. - His father was a traditional country legend. Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Boat – Summer of Fear (2009) - 2nd album - TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Grizzly Bear’s Christopher Bear continue to lend a hand to his work - His self-titled debut is well worth your time and reason enough to give this album a listen as well. MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine : Download on RCRDLBL

M. Ward - To Go Home - Post-War (2006) - 5th album - Hold Time is his latest and was repeatedly featured in the Monsters of Folk show - His presence seemed to dominate the show. Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

My Morning Jacket - Smokin' From Shootin' - Evil Urges (2008) - 5th and latest album - One of the best songs from the Monsters of Folk show - Jim James has since released a solo album of George Harrison covers under the name Yim Yames. Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine

Bright Eyes - Road To Joy - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005) - 4th studio album of 5 as Bright Eyes - this is the closing track on his mainstream break out album - Since he has released 2 solo albums Bright Eyes Official Site : Bright Eyes MySpace : Conor Oberst Official Site

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Unknown & Unheard Show 150!!! Halloween Edition!

Stream & Download The U & U Show 150 Right Here, Right Now! (MediaFire) Arcade Fire – Neon Bible – Neon Bible (2007) - sophomore album - great song that fits the holiday… eerie feel - more accessible follow up to brilliant, but further out there debut - Go French Canada! Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Timber Timbre – We’ll Find Out – Timber Timbre (2009) - 2nd album, debut was out in 2007 ‘Medicinals’ - M. Ward + Bon Iver + Tom Waits’ ‘What’s He Building In There?’ - Eerily cool spooky tracks… slogan on Myspace is ‘Creep on creepin’ on.’ - Toronto duo Label Site : Myspace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Monsters of Folk - Baby Boomer - Monsters of Folk (2009) - Debut from the M. Ward, Conor Oberst & Jim James - Not ground-breaking, but as quality as you’d expect from these names. - Album is out in September - Download this song for free right now on their site! - Whole Lotta Love: M. Ward influence - Ahead of the Curve: Conor Oberst influence - The Right Place: Jim James influence Official Site : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Devendra Banhart - Goin' Back - What Will We Be (2009) - Forthcoming 7th studio album - Full Name: Devendra (Hindu god of rain and thunder) Obi (Star Wars inspired) Banhart - He has perfected and pioneered the genre called ‘freak folk’ - It is very far reaching, eclectic folk. He mixes in a lot of pop and makes his track very danceable and catchy. MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Thao Nguyen & the Get Down Stay Downs - Body - Know Better, Learn Faster (2009) - new album - if you are unfamiliar with Thao you need to correctly that quickly - Her last album, We Brave Bee Stings And All, was highlighted by the track 'Bag of Hammers." - Female M. Ward? + some Modest Mouse-y guitars Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Sleigh Bells - Ring Ring – (2009) - one of the biggest ‘breakouts’/benefactors of CMJ. - Beta Band sound here, but really dive into the electronics on the other tracks I’ve heard. MySpace : Stream on HypeMachine Dead Man’s Bones –My Body's a Zombie For You – Dead Man’s Bones (2009) - First single from actors’, Ryan Gosling and Zack Shields, band featuring Silverlake Conservatory children’s choir. - Out October 6th - On ANTI one of the most eclectic labels going. - Best Halloween album ever? Yes. - Arcade Fire and Polyphonic Spree fans… dig in! Myspace : Stream on HypeMachine Midnight Masses - Deserter Song - Heaven 7" (2009) - EP prepping the waters for their debut - NY Band of varying numbers, from 3 & 4 up to the mid teens. - Even in the eerie dept. with Dead Man's Bones, but with more of a vintage Doors-inesss MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream of HypeMachine Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes (2009) - Debut album - Echoey sound is reminiscent of Kurt Vile except these guys have more of a anthem sound. MySpace : Stream on HypeMachine Surf City - Autumn – Autumn Single (2009) - forthcoming full-length debut - they released their debut ep in August - New Zealand band Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine The Black Angels – Black Grease – Passover (2006) - First full length album - Formed in 2004 in Austin, TX - Interesting feel to it… similar to some of the Black Keys more eerie songs - Debut Self Titled EP was released in 2005. 2nd full length out in 2008 Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Black Keys – When the Lights Go Out – Rubber Factory (2004) - 3rd album - one of the eeriest songs I’ve ever heard - latest sounds the most affected by outside/big label influence, but still good Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Tom Waits - Jesus Gonna Be Here - Bone Machine (1992) - scary, intense, primitive sounding album - one of my top songs for this time of year. Official Site : MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine Naam - Skyling Slip - Naam (2009) - Debut album - Black Sabbath and Black Mountain couldn’t make on to tonight’s show, but these gentlemen will gladly (if that word is even in their lexicon) fill the sludgy blues metal void. MySpace : Buy on Amazon : Stream on HypeMachine