Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Unknown & Unheard Show 261! Christmas Show!

Tom Waits – Step Right Up – Small Change (1976)
-          4th album from one of music’s most prolific artists
-          This is my annual sarcastic tribute to the American Christmas… there is not a song more fitting.

Guadalupe Plata - Serpiente Negra - Guadalupe Plata (2011)
-          Debut album.
-          Spanish band.
-          Incredibly enjoyable Black Keys/White Stripes feel here.

Hanni El Khatib - Loved One - When the Guns Come Out (2011)
-          If you love the old Black Keys you will get into this guy for sure!
-          Hard, dirty garage blue rock.

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

You Won't - Television - Skeptic Goodbye (2011)
-          Debut album
-          M. Ward and T. Rex feel to this track.

Country Mice - Worn Hearts - Twister (2011)
-          Debut album
-          Folk rock outfit that formerly went by We Are Country Mice.

Tony Castles - Dream Job - No Service (2010)
-          Debut EP out.
-          Download for free at RCRDLBL!
-          Brooklyn band.

Thee Oh Sees - The Dream - Carrion Crawler/The Dream (2011)
-          12th album.
-          San Fran garage psych band.

Dead Luke – Paranoia Is A Flower Of The Mind – Meanwhile… In the Midwest (2011)
-          4th album
-          Luke Gasper.
-          RIYL: Wet Hair and any other heavy, muddy, pulsing psych rock.

Anna Calvi - Wolf Like Me (TV On the Radio cover) - Jezebel single (French Version) (2011)
-          Drastically different version of one of TVOTR's most popular songs.
-          Debut was out this year and she was nominated for the UK’s Mercury Prize for best artist of the year.

Blithe Field - Crushing - Two Hearted (2011)
-          2nd full length
-          19 year old from Ohio.
-          Ambient/electronic/looping/sample-heavy arrangements.

Christopher Owens – Cold Again (Live) (2011)
-          This is the leader of the band Girls (they are better known on the U & U for their drummer’s side project, PAPA)
-          He recorded these brilliant, spare tracks this past year.
-          Girls 2011 album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, is getting tremendous acclaim, but for some reason they’ve never struck a chord with me.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Nothing But Our Love (Live) (2011)
-          Original is on their debut full length, It’s A Corporate World.
-          This is a really gorgeous, seasonally appropriate, mellower version played only on a piano and organ.
-          Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
-          One of the my top of the top favorite live bands of the year.
-          Check out the Video!

Sufjan Stevens –Sister Winter– Songs For Christmas
-          Sufjan is a unique artist and without many people knowing has produced roughly fifty great… not the same old… Christmas songs
-          My personal favorite Sufjan Christmas original.
-          You will not hear a Christmas song like this in Macy’s… and that’s a good thing!

EMA - California - Past Life Martyred Saints (2011)
-          Debut full length.
-          This is the current from nowhere-to-everywhere band in the indie music world.
-          Erika M. Anderson

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