Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Unknown and Unheard Show 266!

First Aid Kit - Blue - 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.

M. Ward – Rave On – Hold Time (2009)
-          6th album and a 2009 Best of the U & U selection.
M. Ward - Magic Trick - Post-War (2006)
-          5th album
-          Also in the Monsters of Folk with Jim James and Conor Oberst.
-          a 2012 SXSW headliner.

Lucero - Sometimes - Women & Work (2012)
-          New album due out in March!
-          Ben Nichols, lead singer, has been working on solo stuff since this came out.
-          Best bar rock band going!

Craig Finn – Apollo Bay – Clear Heart Full Eyes (2012)
-          Opening track on The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn’s solo debut.
-          This seems to have a looser feel than most of what you get from the Hold Steady.

Brendan Benson – Bad For Me – What Kind of World (2012)
-          5th solo album
-          Co-leader of the Raconteurs with Jack White.
-          Polished power pop rock style, though this one’s more of a ballad.

Shearwater – You As You Were - Animal Joy (2012)
-          7th album
-          6th album, Golden Archipelago was out in Feb of 2010
-          they pack so much intensity in their songs. No one sounds quite like them.
-          Austin band with ties to Okkervil River
-          Almost a voice you’d expect at the opera
-          Palo Santo is their best album.
-          This is the most frantic track I’ve ever heard by them.
-          Almost sounds like the band Wilderness here which would normally sound like a ridiculous comparison. Hooray for the evolution and open mindedness of musicians.

Yellow Ostrich - Marathon Runner - Strange Land (2012)
-          2nd full length.
-          Debut full length was 'The Mistress' and made the 2011 Best of the U & U.
-          Sounds a bit like the Beatles and the White Stripes and even at times Menomena.

St. Vincent - Dilettante - 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.

Tennis - Tears in the Typing Pool (Broadcast cover)
-          New album is on it's way.
-          Playing an Indy show in Feb.
-          Debut was out in very early 2011. 2010 Debut EP made the Best of the U & U.

Zoo Animal - Worker Bee - Zoo Animal (2010)
-          2nd album
-          debut out in 2008.

Delta Spirit – When In Roam - I Think I've Found It EP (2012)
-          One of two simultaneaously released free EPs. The Waits Room EP is the other.
-          New album is out March 13th.
-          debut album was 'Ode To Sunshine' and it exploded in 2008.
-          I admit to not being totally sold on these guys, but I've come around on them.
-          If you get into the Cold War Kids or the Strokes you should like this band.

Heartless Bastards – Late In the Night - Arrow (2012)
-          4th full length. Out on Valentines day 2012.
-          Powered by the big voice of lead singer Erika Wennerstrom and some big rock riffs
-          Out of Dayton

Eagle Eye Williamson - Black Gold / Comanche Peak - Black Gold (2011)
-          Debut album from hard blues rock one man band.

Dirty Three - Rising Below - Toward the Low Sun (2012)
-          Instrumental act that includes members of Nick Cave's bad seeds.

Cloud Nothings - No Sentiment - Attack on Memory (2012)
-          2nd album.
-          Band led by 20 year old from Cleveland.
-          Brooding, building track that starts like a Pixies song then explodes into something like that found on a raucous Nirvana track, or some other early 90's grunge act.

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