Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Unknown & Unheard Show 245!!!

Ryan Adams – Lucky Now - Ashes and Fire (2011)
-          Forthcoming album.
-          This is one of my all-time favorite artists and this is the first  song I've really enjoyed in a while. Hopes are high that he'll back off the big label polish.

We Are Augustines - Book of James - 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 Hold Steady – Stevie Nix - Separation Sunday (200)
-          2nd album.
-          Big ass, borderline-punk, rocking anthems that will get you moving.
-          Possibly my top all-time live show.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Forever 28 – 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

Halloween, Alaska - Empire Waist - All Night the Calls Came In (2011)
-          3rd album
-          Indie rock along the lines of Pavement

Donkeys - Don't Know Who We Are - Born With Stripes (2011)
-          3rd full length.
-          Super catchy rolling track.
-          Makes me think of These United States.
-          Download a bunch of this music for free from their site!

The Duke and the King - Shine On You - Long Live the Duke and the King (2011)
-          3rd Album… kind of. This one is a US release that pulls from their two previously released import-only albums.
-          Mellow, easy folk on this track that makes me think a lot of some of T. Rex's softer acoustic stuff. Even something slightly fuzzy from Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield or Ben Harper

Wilco – A Shot In the Arm - Summerteeth (1999)
-          3rd album. 8th on its way in September.
-          Playing the Murat Theatre Sept 16th!
-          Led by Jeff Tweedy after he split with Jay Farrar his Uncle Tupelo (one of the ultimate alt-country pioneer bands) partner.

Blitzen Trapper – Might Find It Cheap - American Goldwing (2011)
-          6th album
-          indie folk/rock
-          Great example of their folk leaning rolling rock.
-          Wild Mountain Nation is their best album to date.

St. Vincent - Cruel - 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.

Young Circles - Jungle Habits - 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.

The Stone Foxes - Serious People - Psycho 7" (2011)
-          Latest single.
-          2 full lengths out also. One in 2008 and one in 2010.

Matt Duncan - Summer Song – Summer Song (single) (2011)
-          Stand alone single. One full length out as well, Beacon.
-          Kentucky songwriter.
-          Vintage 50’s and 60’s doo-wop sound.
-          Download this track for free at his BandCamp.

Team Me - Me and the Mountain - Team Me EP (2011)
-          Debut EP warming the waters for their forthcoming full length debut.
-          Norwegian indie power pop that makes me think of the Antlers and the Kissaway Trail.

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed – Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (2008)
-          Debut album
-          TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Grizzly Bear’s Christopher Bear continue to lend a hand to his work
-          His 2nd album was out in 2009, Sound of Fear.
-          Had a very hard life prior to these releases.

Ill Fits – Blood and Devotion (2011)
-          Brand new band led by U & U favorite Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.
-          Also features members of MGMT, Amazing Baby and Foreign Islands
-          AND they’re apparently friends with Suckers! Can’t get much more cred than that background to start with.
-          Sounds more like Bowie that anything. Actually reminds me of Suckers, too.

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