Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Unknown and Unheard Show 253! Halloween!


Mark Lanegan - On the Steps of the Cathedral - Here Comes That Weird Chill EP (2003) 
Mark Lanegan - Wish You Well - Here Comes That Weird Chill EP (2003)
-          EP that led into the release of his 6th and final solo album.
-          Man of many projects and styles… most of them dark.
-          Initially the leader of Seattle grunge band Screaming Trees.
-          Member of QOTSA
-          Collaborations with: Greg Dulli in the Gutter Twins; Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell; Soulsavers.



Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce – Bad As Me (single) (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.



The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream – Phosphene Dream (2010)
-          3rd album from the ominous psych rockers.
-          Formed in 2004 in Austin, TX
-          Interesting feel to it… similar to some of the Black Keys more eerie songs
-          Debut Self Titled EP was released in 2005. 2nd full length out in 2008



Arcade Fire – Neon Bible – Neon Bible (2007)
-          sophomore album
-          great song that fits the holiday… eerie feel
-          more accessible follow up to brilliant, but further out there debut
-          Go French Canada!



Timber Timbre –There Is a Cure - Medicinals (2007)
-          Debut album. Released 2 since.
-          M. Ward + Bon Iver + Tom Waits’ ‘What’s He Building In There?’
-          Eerily cool spooky tracks.
-          Toronto duo



Emperor X – Allahu Akbar – Western Teleport (2011)
-          5th album.
-          Former HS science teacher.
-          RIYL: Mountain Goats & Death Cab for Cutie



Black Keys – When the Lights Go Out – Rubber Factory (2004)
-          3rd album
-          one of the eeriest songs I’ve ever heard
-          latest sounds the most affected by outside/big label influence, but still good



The Kills – Ticket Man - No Wow (2005)
-          2nd album of 4. Latest, Blood Pressures, was out in 2011.
-          Detroit rock duo. Dark, hard rock.
-          The female half, Allison Mosshart is in the Dead Weather with Jack White.
-          Played SXSW



The Ghost Wolves - Gonna Live - In Ya Neck (2011)
-          Big Black Keys/Kills/White Stripes vibes here.
-          Austin band



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



The King Khan Experience - I Got Love - 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.



Deer Tick - The Bump - 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.



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



JEFF the Brotherhood - Whatever I Want - Whatever I Want Single (2011)
-          4th album, We Are Champions, was out in earlier this year.
-          Jake & Jamin Orrall
-          Kraut punk rock. Harder, eclectic rock.
-          Played SXSW and they lead singer & guitarist came out into the crowd, right in front of me and played a solo from his knees for me!

  

Nick Cave – Death Is Not the End – Murder Ballads (1996)
-          9th album
-          One of Cave’s best and masterfully dark albums
-          One of the best received critically albums.
-          All about crimes of passion… Stagger Lee is a great un-airable song.
-          Cave's latest release was with side project Grinderman.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Unknown & Unheard Show 252!


Deer Tick - Main Street - Divine Providence (2011)
-          Forthcoming 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.



Emperor X – Compressor Repair – Western Teleport (2011)
-          5th album.
-          Former HS science teacher.
-          RIYL: Mountain Goats & Death Cab for Cutie



First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar - The Lion's Roar (2011)
-          2nd full length.
-          Swedish folk outfit.
-          They also have one EP out and a DayTrotter session well worth your time.



Brown Bird - Bilgewater - 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.



Dan Mangan – About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All – Oh Fortune (2011)
-          Third Album.
-          RIYL: David Dondero & Wooden Wand.
-          This one feels like a waltz.



Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin - Fame (David Bowie) – Castle Face Records Group Flex Sampler (2011)
-          Bowie cover from these fuzzy lovin' San Franciscans.
-          Ty Segall has almost single-handedly revitalized the fuzzy garage rock genre.



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



Hanni El Khatib - Come Alive - 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.



Mikal Cronin - Is It Alright - Mikal Cronin (2011)
-          Solo debut.
-          Album is produced by fellow west coaster, Ty Segall.
-          Also in a surf-punk band called the Moonhearts.



Benjy Ferree – Fear – Come Back To The Five And Dime Bobby Dee, Bobby Dee (2008)
-          2nd album
-          Concept album inspired by Bobby Driscoll, the boy who played Peter Pan for Disney in the 40’s & 50’s
-          After hearing a couple old time pop songs (‘Fear’) I wasn’t expecting to hear a track like this one… sounds like it could be found on a Raconteur’s record.
-          He’s getting comparisons to Jack White, Freddie Mercury and Marc Bolan… pretty accurate and pretty good company!



Matt Duncan - Meanstreak – Beacon EP (2010)
-          Debut 6 song EP
-          Retro pop that makes me think a lot of Benjy Ferree.



The Strange Boys - Doueh - 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.



Air Review - Low Wishes - America's Son EP (2011)
-          Debut EP
-          Dallas folk rock band
-          Cool Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith vibes on this track.



PAPA - Let's Make You Pregnant - 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.
-          There is something triumphant in their tracks that really draws me in.



Future Islands - Balance - On the Water
-          3rd full length.
-          This song has popped up in so many places, but I could never decide if I really liked it or not… I think I do.
-          Upbeat beach pop.
-          Baltimore band.



Carousels - Here To Me - Carousels EP (2011)
-          They have a sound that is part Jesus and Mary Chain, Pulp and a little
-          A must Google.
-          There is pretty much nothing out there about this band, however there is another band out there with the same name… different style.



Psychic Ills - Mind Daze – Hazed Dream (2011)
-          3rd full length, but numerous other EP and single releases.
-          Trippy garage psych rock.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Unknown & Unheard Show 251! SXSW Approved!


Emperor X – Sig Alert – Western Teleport (2011)
-          5th album.
-          Former HS science teacher.
-          RIYL: Mountain Goats & Death Cab for Cutie



Air Review - America's Son - America's Son EP (2011)
-          Debut EP
-          Dallas folk rock band
-          Cool Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith vibes on this track.



Siskiyou - Twigs and Stones - Keep Away The Dead (2011)
-          2nd album
-          Led by former Great Lake Swimmer Colin Huebert.
-          Feels like an amped up Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy track.



We Were Promised Jetpacks – Through the Dirt and the Gravel - In the Pit of the Stomach (2011)
-          2nd album
-          Scottish band with a very similar sound to Frightened Rabbit on the mellower tracks but seem a bit more aggressive when they amp up their sound.



Hanni El Khatib - Build. Destroy. Rebuild. - Build. Destroy. Rebuild. 7” Single (2010)
-          If you love the old Black Keys you will get into this guy for sure!
-          Hard, dirty garage blue rock.



Gentlemen Rogues - Run From the Light, Carol Anne - Run From the Light, Carol Anne (Single) (2011)
-          Latest single. Debut 3 song EP is also out on their BandCamp.



The National - Think You Can Wait - Win Win OST(2011)
-          This song is from a movie soundtrack.
-          Latest full length album was High Violet. First since 2007
-          They also had a hand in the production of the ‘Dark Was The Night’ compilation.



Color Radio - Vespers - Architects (2011)
-          Debut full length. Also have an EP out in 2009, Be Safe.
-          Shoegaze from Chicago.



The Rapture - It Takes Time To Be A Man - In the Grace of Your Love (2011)
-          4th album
-          An easier upbeat style of rock that reminds me of some of Ryan Adams more enjoyable work.
-          On James Murphy’s (of LCD Soundsystem) DFA Records.



Paley and Francis - Praise - Paley and Francis (2011)
-          Album from Black Francis and his long time collaborator Reid Paley.
-          This track has a big Velvet Underground feel to it.



The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat - White Light/White Heat (1968)
-          2nd Album.
-          Pretty much as influential as a band gets.
-          John Cale and Lou Reed.



Richard Swift – Broken Finger Blues - Walt Wolfman EP (2010)
-          Latest EP. 4 full lengths out.
-          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.



Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire - 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.



PAPA - Song For Mike Gigliotti - 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.
-          There is something triumphant in their tracks that really draws me in.



Sigur Ros -Festival (Live) - Inni (2011)
-          New live album from unique Icelandic band. 5 LPs.
-          Album translates to ‘With a Buzz in our ears we play endlessly.’
-          Song translates into ‘Within Me a Lunatic Sings’
-          Lyrics are usually big for me to get into a band, but here, the fact I can’t understand them gives their music a certain mystique.
-          This album is a soundtrack to a Movie/Documentary