Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Unknown and Unheard Show 246!

Frightened Rabbit – Scottish Winds - A Frightened Rabbit EP (2011)
-          This is a tour-only EP for their current run with Death Cab For Cutie.
-          This is one of their greatest tracks, in my opinion. Why hide it away on a tour-only release?
-          4 albums out.
-          Midnight Organ Fight is their best to date.
-          Scottish accent stands out, but there seems to be something more than that to his vocals and make them truly unique.

We Are Augustines - Augsutine - Rise Ye Sunken Ships (2011)
-          Debut full length.
-          Consists of two remaining members of the band Pela, Billy McCarthy & Eric Sanderson.
-          Pela disbanded after McCarthy’s brother committed suicide.

Seasick Steve - What A Way To Go - You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks (2011)
-          5th album.
-          Has been huge in the UK ever since his 2nd album.
-          Slower style of blues than what he grabbed me with initially.

Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins - Motel Stationary - Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins (2011)
-          Latest single from this James Jackson Toth project's forthcoming album
-          Also released music as WAND after his band left him.
-          He conducted a pretty awesome fundraiser for this album. Check it out here!

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Fall Away – Mirror Traffic (2011)
-          5th album with the Jicks.
-          Leader of Pavement, one of the pioneering bands of independent music.
-          His fourth album, Real Emotional Trash is one of the best albums of the 2000's

Sic Alps - Breadhead - Breadhead 7" (2011)
-          Latest single from a a band that's not shy about releasing vinyl singles.
-          4th album out back in January
-          San Fran garage/noise pop band led by Mike Donovan.

Young Circles - Triangles - Jungle Habits (2011)
-          Debut full length. Also 1 EP out.
-          Extremely interesting blend of styles. Freak folk, harder alt-rock, electronic and beat driven.
-          I think they are at their best on heavier, more aggressive tracks like this.

Amazing Baby - Pump Yr Brakes - Rewild (2009)
-          This is the debut single from their debut album.
-          2nd album, Ice Water, is due out this year.
-          Band of one of Ill Fits' members. Ill Fits = Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson's new act.

Tiger Waves - Funeral March - Only Good Bands Have Animal Names (2011)
-          Debut album
-          A band that got its start as the two main members corresponded from Austin, TX and Chicago, IL and emailed each other parts of songs and created their sound.
-          Bigger fuzzier rock sounds here. The album also features a lot of lightly acoustic guitar-led songs.

Portugal, the Man - Senseless - In The Mountain, In The Cloud (2011)
-          7th full length. As the go on their music seems to be gradually less manic and erratic.
-          ‘Church Mouth’ is my favorite album.
-          RIYL The Raconteurs/Jack White/Brendan Benson

Mister Heavenly - Hold My Hand - Out of Love (2011)
-          Full length debut.
-          the latest in what's becoming a long line of big indie names collaborating.
-          Features Nick Thorburn (Islands/The Unicorns), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse).
-          This track is included on an incredible free Sub Pop Records sampler.

The Limp Twins - Living Well Parts One and Two - The Deadly 7" Sins (2011)
-          Debut single
-          Latest band from Will Holland. Also known as Quantic.

KhanWood Clarke - Apache Lover (Demo) (2011)
-          Newest project from King Khan!
-          One of my all-time favorite musicians teaming up with a couple other folks for this traditional country band.
-          Think Johnnie Cash.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Higher Love (Steve Winwood) (Live) (2011)
-          debut full length.
-          Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
-          Played the White Rabbit Cabaret and were fantastic!
-          Check out the Video!

James Vincent McMorrow - Higher Love (Steve Winwood) (2011)
-          Debut full length was out earlier this year.
-          This guy's music could pass as Bon Iver's
-          He seems to make no bones about his affinity for Justin Vernon… he even titles some of his songs like those of Vernon.
-          Good thing I love that sound!
-          Played SXSW, but I wasn't able to catch him.

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