Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 265!

King Khan & The Shrines – Bite My Tongue - Bruise Cruise Records Split 7" (2012)
-          latest single from King Khan. Split with Mikal Cronin.
-          Best album was 'The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines’

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – She’s So Scandalous – Scandalous (2011)
-          Second full length.
-          foul-mouthed soul/R&B frontman… reminds you a bit of James Brown
-          this track mixes in some talking blues and a bit of humor.

First Aid Kit - This Old Routine - 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.

Withered Hand - Religious Songs - Good News (2011)
-          Best of 2011 leftover.
-          Debut full length, but has two previously released EPs
-          Neil Young-heavy sound.
-          His best song and unfortunately very profane. The FCC would not appreciate it if I didn’t edit… or maybe they would because it would result in them getting more cash for no good reason!
-          Favorite new (to me) band!

He's My Brother She's My Sister - Escape Tonight - Escape Tonight Single (2011)
-          Latest single. Available on their BandCamp site.
-          One EP out in 2010 as well.
-          Catchy male/female folk pop group.

Thao & Mirah - Squareneck - Thao & Mirah (2011)
-          Best of 2011 leftover.
-          Debut collaboration between Thao Nguyen and Mirah
-          if you are unfamiliar with Thao you need to correct that quickly. Look up Thao Nguyen & the Get Down Stay Downs
-          Her last album, We Brave Bee Stings And All, was highlighted by the track 'Bag of Hammers."

Mikal Cronin - Am I Wrong - Bruise Cruise Records Split 7" (2012)
-          Solo debut
-          Album is produced by fellow west coaster, Ty Segall.
-          Also in a surf-punk band called the Moonhearts.

Diamond Rugs - Gimme A Beer - Diamond Rugs (2012)
-          Debut release from garage/folk supergroup featuring Deer Tick's John McCaualey and Ian Saint Pe of the Black Lips (that’s the guy who produced the Turf War debut album).
-          An appropriately titled first single from a band who says their name is a play on the phase ‘I’m on drugs.’

WU LYF – Such a Sad Puppy Dog – Go Tell Fire To the Mountain (2011)
-          Debut album.
-          ‘World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation’ or ‘Love You Forever’
-          Sound like Wilderness or Explosions in the Sky with lyrics.
-          Cinematic pulses and swells of powerful spacey guitars.
-          RIYL: Explosions in the Sky, Wilderness or Lord Dog Bird

Spirit Family Reunion - When My Name Is Spoken - Spirit Family Reunion (201
-          New single.
-          Rolling style track from a moderately traditional folk band.

The Decemberists – Don't Carry It All – The King Is Dead (2011)
-          Best of 2011 leftover.
-          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.

Delta Spirit – French Quarter - 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.

Lana Del Ray - Video Games - Born To Die (2012)
-          Debut album that is already getting a ton of hype.
-          This is the lead single.
-          She just played SNL and got ripped for her 'terrible' showing. Craziness!

Sleigh Bells - Comeback Kid - Reign of Terror (2012)
-          2nd album.
-          HUGE hype engulfs everything this band does.
-          One of the biggest breakouts of 2010.
-          Debut full length was 'Treats' and featured one of the best tracks of 2010 'Rill Rill.'

NewVillager - Rich Doors - NewVillager (2011)
-          Best of 2011 leftover.
-          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.

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