Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Unknown & Unheard Show 249!


PAPA - Ain't It So - A Good Woman Is Hard To Find EP (2011)
-          Led by the drummer for the band Girls.
-          Upbeat, a touch beachy and sun-drenched pop and a perfect fit for the end of summer.



Peggy Sue – Long Division Blues – Fossils and other Phantoms (2010)
-          2nd album from UK trio.
-          Dark vibes soak this track and I love it.



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



The Raveonettes – Oh, Stranger - Batman: Arkham City Game OST (2011)
-          Contribution for a new Batman video game.
-          4th album from this Danish rock duo
-          Sound is heavy with feels of the Velvet Underground.
-          Also some Black Mountain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club missed in there too.
-          this one is blatantly laden with Lou Reed/VU sounds.



Richard Swift – Whitman - Walt Wolfman EP (2010)
-          4th full length
-          Finally this thing is coming out! Been in the works for over a year.
-          Hops from genre to genre
-          This track has some serious vintage sounds, Motown in particular, and was released on a primer EP that was filled with similar feels.



Man Man – Spooky Jookie – 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.



Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins - Big Mouth USA - 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!



My Brightest Diamond – Be Brave - All Things Will Unwind (2011)
-          Shana Worden’s debut album was out in 2006
-          Previously with Awry and Sufjan Stevens



Futurebirds - Wild Heart - Via Flamina EP (2011)
-          Forthcoming EP
-          Debut full length was out in 2010 and called Hampton's Lullaby.



ARMS - Fleeced - Summer Skills (2011)
-          2nd album
-          Harlem Shakes' member Todd Goldstein.
-          The song Tiger Tamer from their debut album is a brilliant track
-          SXSW Performer



Mark Kozelek – Up To My Neck – The Finally LP (2008)
-          an album of covers
-          This is an AC/DC cover
-          He has done several albums like this… dedicating entire albums to AC/DC, Modest Mouse, John Denver and Kris Kristofferson
-          The Modest Mouse album is fantastic.



Desertshore - Mercy - Drawing of Threes (2011)
-          2nd album. 1st was out in 2010
-          Collaboration of former members of the Red House Painters, a band led by Mark Kozelek.
-          Kozelek is now best known for his other band Sun Kil Moon



Sunset Rubdown – Dragon’s Lair – Dragonslayer (2009)
-          4th album
-          Eagerly awaiting this album
-          One of Spencer Krug’s many bands
-          This album has some epic sounding tracks.
-          Longest song on the show by 56 seconds!



Tuesday, September 20, 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