Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Unknown & Unheard Show 254!

Black Keys – Lonely Boy - El Camino (2011)
-          7th studio album already!
-          Their 5th & 6th albums had a much more polished sound to them, this track gives me some hope for the return of their early rough blues sounds.

Tom Waits – Raised Right Men – Bad As Me (2011)
-          17th album and 1st since 2004. Album teaser video
-          One of the most prolific, innovative and talented songwriters ever.
-          First new music since 2006’s triple album release.
-          Also an actor.
-          Give me his first three albums and a desert island.

Turf War – For The Last Time – Years of Living Dangerously (2011)
-          Debut album
-          Produced by Ian St. Pe’ of the Black Lips.
-          Atlanta band.

The Strange Boys - Omnia Boa- Live Music (2011)
-          3rd full length.
-          debut full length was The Strange Boys & Girls Club out in 2009)
-          in the same vein as the Black Lips… lo-fi mash-up of 60’s/70’s rock, old r&b and punk.

Deer Tick - Let's All Go To The Bar - Divine Providence (2011)
-          4th album
-          The leader of Deer Tick, John McCauley, has been working on the Middle Brother collaborative project recently and making some brilliant music there.
-          This is their first new recording in about 2 years as their 3rd album was recorded during the sessions for their 2nd.
-          The is the first single from the forthcoming album and has an easier feel that is more reminiscent of Middle Brother than the older Deer Tick stuff.

Guided By Voices - The Unsinkable Fats Domino - Let's Go Eat The Factory (2011)
-          First album with the recently reunited 'classic lineup' since 1996!
-          I have been kicking myself for a week now that I've realized I've missed a rare chance to see this band live!
-          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.

Bombadil - Laundromat - All That the Rain Promises (2011)
-          3rd album.
-          North Carolina Band.
-          Catchy folk pop/rock

13ghosts - Dr. Bill - Garland of Bottle Flies (2011)
-          6th album. 3 EPs as well.
-          Dark, building folk

Brown Bird - Fingers To The Bone - Salt For Salt (2011)
-          2nd of two EPs. Both out in 2011.
-          Layered, darker folk rock that is like a slightly less amped up version of the Builders and the Butchers.

Wild Flag - Glass Tambourine - Wild Flag (2011)
-          Debut full length
-          Rock outfit led by Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney.

The Duke Spirit – Everybody’s Under Your Spell - Bruiser (2011)
-          3rd Album
-          2nd LP was Neptune, 2008. Debut was Cut Across the Land, 2004
-          2 EPs as well… 2003 and 2007
-          Pretenders/ yeah yeah yeahs/Nico

The Black Belles - What Can I Do? - What Can I Do? Single (2011)
-          Debut album.
-          Dark/noir style blues rock from the all-female Third Man Records' group.

The Decemberists – Burying Davy - Long Live the King EP (2011)
-          Latest EP featuring extras from The King Is Dead sessions.
-          Latest full length, The King Is Dead, was out in early 2011.
-          Colin Meloy, leader, said he had initially envisioned this album as a musical.
-          distinct folk band that at times brings in some Jethro Tull sounds
-          Headlined the NPR music stage at SXSW.
-          It will be tough to top their last album The Hazards of Love.

The National - Twenty Miles To NH Part 2 (The Philistines Jr.) - If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods... (2011)
-          Compilation of covers for the Philistines Jr. 2010 album If A Band Plays In The Woods…
-          Sounds like a great National original.

The Loom - A Song of Faint Praise - Teeth (2011)
-          2nd album.
-          6 piece Brooklyn band.
-          Layered folk that is reminiscent of Iron & Wine and Horse Feathers.
-          Adeptly weaves together male and female lead vocals.

NewVillager - Shot Big Horizon - NewVillager (2011)
-          One of a couple singles they have out.
-          No full length out yet.
-          Eclectic dance pop that makes me think of Yeasayer quite a bit.
-          'Rich Doors' was their first single out and a great track as well.

The King Khan Experience - Hammer Ich Vermisse Dich - The King Khan Experience (2011)
-          Latest solo album. Been a long time coming.
-          Long time collaborator with Marc Sultan (AKA the BBQ Show)
-          One of my all-time favorite artists. The Supreme Genius of King Khan and His Shrines is one of the greatest albums.
-          This one is in all German I believe.

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