Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Unknown and Unheard Show 248!

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (AKA Shovels and Rope) - Gasoline - Shovels and Rope (2011)
-          Collaboration of two South Carolina musicians.
-          Cary Ann Hearst just released her 2nd full length this year, but is best known for the great song 'Hell's Bells'
-          Upbeat rootsy, country rock.

Blue Giant – Blue Giant - DayTrotter Session (2011)
-          Debut full length
-          One of my all-time favorite songs. Granted it's a long list, but this song always makes me happy.
-          This is a side project from members of Viva Voce.

Young Circles - Changing - 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.

Mother Falcon - Fireflies - Alhambra (2011)
-          Debut full length. Also a Debut EP in 2010.
-          Austin band led by Nick Gregg and consists of a varying number of members from 10-20+
-          Incredibly layered orchestral songs.

Megafaun - Everything - Megafaun (2011)
-          Forthcoming 4th album
-          Rolling gospel feel to this the album closer.
-          Members of this act were in DeYarmond Edison with members of Bon Iver.
-          Played SXSW

A. A. Bondy – The Heart Is Willing - Believers (2011)
-          3rd album.
-          solo debut was American Hearts and out in 2007.
-          Former Verbena band member
-          tons of praise for this effort so far
-          Daytrotter session is excellent.

Strange Markings - While Domini Sleeps - Lightly Asleep EP (2011)
-          Debut EP
-          LA band that brings forth a pretty entertaining casual and loose style of rock.

Pela - Anytown Graffiti - Anytown Graffiti (2007)
-          Only full length release. 2 EPs as well.
-          This band consisted of people who now make up We Are Augustines.

We Are Augustines - Juarez - 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.

The Pack A.D. - Seasick - Unpersons (2011)
-          3rd album
-          Big White Stripes and Kills vibes here.

Grouplove – Cruel And Beautiful World - Never Trust a Happy Song (2011)
-          Debut full length.
-          Self titled debut EP was out last year and blew me away.
-          Modest Mouse and Polyphonic Spree had a baby band… not really, but that’s what this sounds like.
-          Big power pop.
-          SXSW performer.

Hello Echo - Birdbeat - Birdbeat (2011)
-          2nd album. Debut out in 2010.
-          pretty straight forward pop rock. Hard not to turn it on and enjoy it.

Man Man – Knuckle Down – Life Fantastic (2011)
-          Forthcoming 4th album
-          Manic and energetic big band sound.
-          I always think they bring the sound and style that Franz Nicolai (formerly of the Hold Steady) is aiming for on his solo work, but never achieves.
-          They were great at SXSW!
-          Leader of Man Man is also in the collaborative project called Mister Heavenly with folks from Modest Mouse and the Unicorns.

St. Vincent - Cheerleader - Strange Mercy (2011)
-          2nd full length. Debut was out in 2009, Actor.
-          Was a member of Sufjan Steven's backing band along with My Brightest Diamond, arguably two of the biggest breakout female artists of the past couple years.

Cowboy and Indian – Troubled Tracks - Cowboy and Indian (2011)
-          Debut full length. One EP out as well, ‘Pony.’
-          They can bring an upbeat folk rock sound with male and female lead vocals, but here they showcase a much more restrained folk duet.
-          Austin, TX band.

Wilco – Misunderstood – Being There (1996)
-          2nd album of 8 albums.
-          The Whole Love is their 8th and out Sept 27th


Tim said...

Strange Markings here--thanks for playing us! Such a small world, we were just hanging out with The Pack AD last friday, and I used to cut music videos for Michael Trent back when I'd never made any music. Honored to be in their company!

The Unknown and Unheard said...

No problem! Thanks for popping by! I'll have to work you all back in. Coming through Indy anytime soon?