Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Unknown & Unheard Show 232! (mp3)

My Morning Jacket – Outta My System – Circuital (2011)
-          6th album
-          Probably the most notable Louisville band going.
-          Led by and known for Jim James on lead vocals.
-          Playing the Lawn at White River this summer.


Death Cab For Cutie – Stay Young, Go Dancing – Codes and Keys (2011)
-          latest full length… follow up to ‘Narrow Stairs’
-          One of the most prominent Indie-to-major label bands.


The Hold Steady – Certain Songs – Almost Killed Me (2004)
-          debut album
-          Brilliant lyricist, though his voice can turn some people away
-          Playing the Bluebird Thursday, Nov. 13th with the Drive-By Truckers
-          Writes dead on anthems… catchy, energetic and meaningful lyrics


Black Francis – Discotheque 36 – Bluefinger (2007)
-          Pixies’ leader, Frank Black
-          kind of an alter-ego
-          real name is Charles Thompson
-          this is an excellent catchy song


LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You - Sound of Silver (2005)
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends – Sound of Silver (2005)
-          2nd album of 3 from the James Murphy led outfit.
-          Band known for successfully tapping into many different genres: dance, rock, indie, dicso.
-          They are responsible for what many critics consider some of the greatest songs of the past decade: All My Friends and Someone Great.
-          Recently playing their last shows in NYC. I caught the first one! Was amazing!


Devendra Banhart – Seahorse – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007)
Devendra Banhart – Lover – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (2007)
-          sings some tracks in Spanish and that culture is infused to some of the instrumentation as well
-          there are a handful of tracks that bring back feelings of his previous work, some with a whole new feel and some a mix of both.
-          Makes for a very diverse album



Rivers Cuomo – Blast Off! – Alone: The Home Recordings (2007)
-          compilation of demos and unreleased recordings
-          He is the Lead Singer for Weezer


Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – The World's Greatest (R. Kelly cover) - Ask Forgiveness EP (2007)
-          8-song EP with 7 covers from William Oldham
-          Yes, this is an R. Kelly song.


A. A. Bondy – Vice Rag – American Hearts (2008)
-          solo debut from former Verbena band member
-          tons of praise for this effort so far
-          Daytrotter session is excellent.


Guided By Voices - I Am a Tree - Mag Earwhig! (1997)
-          The prolific Robert Pollard's primary outfit.
-          This is one of my favorite songs of all time. I play it about once a year on here.
-          Reunited last year and are playing the Pitchfor Music Fest this year.


Stephen Malkmus – Baby C’mon – Face The Truth (2005)
-          3rd solo album
-          One of the looser fun songs he’s released, easy to sing along with anthem
-          Former leader of the band Pavement
-          Put out one of the best albums of 2008… Real Emotional Trash


The Arcade Fire – My Body is a Cage – Neon Bible (2007)
-          2nd full length release
-          Funeral was their debut full length album
-          Debut self titled EP came out in 2003
-          Incredible show… they were so passionate and into what they were doing
-          Look up online a cover the guns of brixton… it’s excellent


Josh Ritter – Blame it on the Tetons – Girl in the War (EP) (2006)
-          One of the singles released off his album, ‘The Animal Years’
-          Modest Mouse cover


Modest Mouse – Never Ending Math Equation – Building Nothing Out Of Something (1999)
-          Compilation of various singles and b-sides.
-          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!


Cave Singers – Called – Invitation Songs (2007)
-          debut album. Just released their third.
-          interesting brand of folk
-          similarly to the arcade fire song, it’s like a chant
-          out of Seattle
-          on matador records… Shearwater and Stephen Malkmus


Iron and Wine – The Devil Never Sleeps – Sheppard’s Dog (2007)
-          This album and his latest ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ have been significantly more filled out than anything he’s done previously.
-          waits/Swordfishtrombones influence.
-          Sam Beam: Singer/Songwriter from Florida
-          Started recording in 2002
-          His more upbeat songs come off with a little funk and jangle… folky funk


Bishop Allen – Busted Heart – Charm School (2003)
-          This is a very solid indie pop/rock band.
-          this song is reminiscent of Modest Mouse, who also got their start in the early 90’s alternative/grunge rock scene

Eagles of Death Metal – English Girl – Peace Love Death Metal (2004)
-          debut album
Eagles of Death Metal – I Like to Move in the Night – Death By Sexy (2006)
-          second album of two
-          this is a side project from Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and friend Jesse Hughes
-          Homme goes by the name Carlo Von Sexron here though
-          Throwback raunchy garage rock
-          Just wrapped up a tour with Queens of the Stone Age

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