Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 271! SXSW Preview Show 5 of 6!

Tim Fite – We Are All Teenagers – Ain’t Ain’t Ain’t (2012)
-          3rd full length.
-          Truly unique blender of styles.                
-          Has numerous self released albums on his official site.

The Mynabirds - Generals - Generals (2012)
-          2nd album.
-          Full length debut was 2010's What We Lose In the Fire We Gain In the Flood.
-          if this doesn’t fit perfectly with the brand new She & Him track, nothing does.

Deer Tick – Walls – Tim EP (2012)
-          Latest EP
-          ‘Divine Providence’ was their latest and 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.

Ezra Furman - That's When It Hit Me - The Year of No Returning (2012)
-          Debut solo album.
-          3 album albums with The Harpoons and numerous Best of the U & U selections!
-          One of the most talented and refreshing artists going.
-          SXSW 2012

Turf War – Bad Moon Rising (CCR)
-          Debut album is 'Years of Living Dangerously.'
-          Produced by Ian St. Pe’ of the Black Lips.
-          Atlanta band.

Fidlar - No Waves - No Waves/No Ass 7" (2012)
-          Latest single. One EP out in 2011.
-          Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
-          SXSW 2012

TEENS - Golden Years - TEENS (2012)
-          Big fuzzy garage sound like that of the Black Lips and Turf War.
-          This album is $3!!!
-          SXSW 2012

Night Beats - Ain't Dumbo - Night Beats (2011)
-          Garage and soul coming together nicely.
-          Bigger fuzz and fidelity than their previous efforts.
-          SXSW 2012

Suckers – Easy Chairs – Suckers EP (2009)
-          Debut EP
-          big pounding, distorted anthem with a couple huge builds
-          This lead into what became my 2nd favorite 2010 album, only behind Titus Andronicus
-          2nd full length just announced and on its way!
-          SXSW 2012

Slow Club - Two Cousins - Paradise (2011)
-          2nd album
-          Debut album was 2009's 'Yeah So.'
-          Guy/girl duo
-          Rolling folk rock sound.

Shearwater – Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five - Palo Santo (2007)
-          4th, and best, album.
-          Animal Joy is their newest and out in Feb 2012.
-          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
-          SXSW 2012

Team Me - With My Hands Covering Both of My Eyes I Am Too Scared to Have a Look At You Now - To the Treetops (2012)
-          Debut full length.
-          Debut EP warming the waters for their forthcoming full length debut.
-          Norwegian indie pop that makes me think of the Antlers and the Kissaway Trail.

Geographer - Life of Crime - Myth (2012)
-          2nd album. Also one EP out.
-          There aren't many out there but this is another band that puts off a sound very reminiscent of Yeasayer and Bravestation.
-          Played SXSW 2011 and playing SXSW 2012

Bravestation – Signs of the Civilized – Signs of the Civilized (2012)
-          Debut full length!
-          Also have a 2010 debut EP.
-          It’s about time Yeasayer fans have another band addressing their needs.

White Rabbits – Temporary – Milk Famous (2012)
-          3rd album.
-          First two albums were big successes.
-          I think their music has gotten significantly better with every album.
-          SXSW 2012

Todd Snider – The Highland Street Incident – The Devil You Know (2006)
-          8th album
-          Tons of praise for this album but still a pretty underrated musician and creative songwriter
-          played with Buffett
-          todd snider and the Nervous Wrecks
-          first album, Songs for the Daily Planet’ came out in 1994
-          SXSW 2012

The Sheepdogs - I Don't Know - Learn & Burn (2010)
-          2nd album
-          big classic rock feel. Think Humble Pie.
-          'I Don't Know' is another great track.
-          SXSW 2011 & 2012.

The Strange Boys – This Girl’s Taught Me a Dance – The Strange Boys & Girls Club (2009)
-          debut full length
-          Latest was out last year and called 'Live Music.'
-          in the same vein as the Black Lips… lo-fi mash-up of 60’s/70’s rock, old r&b and punk.
-          SXSW 2012

Tennis - Marathon - Cape Dory (2011)
-          Debut LP was out January 2011.  Debut EP was out in July of 2010.
-          2nd album, Young & Old, just came out.
-          Pop husband and wife duo.
-          Bought a sailboat and sailed around the east coast for eight months and now are sharing their experiences in song form for you.
-          Played SXSW and playing SXSW 2012

Steve Poltz – A Brief History of My Life - Traveling (2008)
-          Quirky Singer Songwriter
-          Not sure if this song has been put on an album but it’s brilliant
-          Got his big break after he became friends with Jewel, and wrote her hit song ‘You Were Meant For Me’
-          released 6 albums… 2 were live
-          one album was called Answering Machine and had 60 shorts songs that could be answering machine messages
-          2 major releases were One Left Shoe and Chinese Vacation
-          He’s a favorite on the Bob and Tom Show
-          SXSW 2012

Tim Fite Just Wowed Me

Tim Fite : We Are All Teenagers : Ain't Ain't Ain't (2012)

Monday, February 27, 2012

SXSWer Steve Poltz : A Brief History Of My Life

I love Steve Poltz, and I rarely have anyone who shares that love with me. I've bought his musit, I've been to a concert all by my lonesome and I've listened to this song over 100 times. It's a great folk track that will especially hit home for those of you that are Baseball fans.

Steve Poltz : A Brief History Of My Life

Sunday, February 26, 2012


The authors of my 2nd favorite 2010 album; the band I want to see 2nd most at SXSW; and now, the album I am craving almost more than any other... Candy Salad! (Titus Andronicus tops them in all three categories)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 270! SXSW Preview Show 4 of 6!

M. Ward – Primitive Girl – A Wasteland Companion (2012)
-          2nd single out from this forthcoming LP.
-          SXSW 2012

Rademacher - Magic Words - Baby Hawk (Part II of III)
-          2nd part of a set of 3 mini albums
-          3rd just came out.
-          SXSW 2012

Tennis - Petition - Young and Old (2012)
-          2nd single out off their 2nd Album
-          Debut LP was out this past January.  Debut EP was out in July of 2010.
-          Pop husband and wife duo.
-          Bought a sailboat and sailed around the east coast for eight months and now are sharing their experiences in song form for you.
-          Played SXSW and playing SXSW 2012
-          Playing Radio Radio in Indy on Monday!

Ramona Falls - Spore -  Prophet (2012)
-          Led by Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena.
-          SXSW 2012

Black Mountain – Mary Lou – Year Zero Original Soundtrack (2012)
-          Forthcoming soundtrack for the post-apocalyptic surf movie, Year Zero!
-          3 albums from this group of Canadians
-          Jagjaguwar Band… Bloomington’s star loaded label.

Sleigh Bells – End of the Line - 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.'

Band of Skulls - Lies - Sweet Sour (2012)
-          2nd album
-          UK alt-rock band that makes me think of JEFF the Brotherhood.
-          SXSW 2012

Jack White - Love Is Blindness - AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered
-          Solo debut is forthcoming.
-          U2 cover.
-          SXSW 2012

Little Scream - Cannons - The Golden Record (2011)
-          Debut album
-          Eclectic, tempo-swinging, folk rock track.
-          SXSW 2012

Maps & Atlases - Winter - Beware and Be Grateful (2012)
-          1st single from forthcoming full length.
-          Chicago experimental folk outfit.
-          Played SXSW 2011 and playing 2012

Plants & Animals - Crisis! - The End of That (2012)
-          5th album
-          Montreal band.
-          La La Land, their 4th, was excellent catchy pop rock.
-          Best song of the week!
-          SXSW 2012

River City Extension - Our New Intelligence - The Unmistakable Man (2010)
-          New album on its way soon!
-          SXSW 2012

Howlin Rain – Can't Satisfy Me Now - The Russian Wilds (2012)
-          3rd album
-          2nd album, Magnificent Fiend, was out in 2008.
-          Another Jagjaguwar band.
-          Most energy of any live show I’ve ever seen.
-          SXSW 2012

My Jerusalem – Sweet Chariot - Gone For Good (2010)
-          debut full length
-          Members of The Twilight Singers, Great Northern and Polyphonic Spree.
-          made a big impression at SXSW 2011
-          This was their first single and was released like over a year ago! Time to revisit and remember why the anticipation was so massive for this record.
-          SXSW 2012

Le Blorr - A Baby Is Born - Bim Bom EP
-          Debut EP
-          Bastard Lovechild of Rock n Roll
-          Hard rocking psych band from Florida.
-          Best new to the U & U band this week!
-          SXSW 2012

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.
-          SXSW 2012

Neon Indian - Fallout - Era Extrana (2011)
-          Hugely hyped and praised latest album.
-          Brooding synth with a last dance at prom scene from a John Hughes film.
-          I really like it for as cheesy and out of place I feel it should be.
-          Kind of the same vibe as some of Justin Vernon's work. The quality of the end product transcends all else.
-          SXSW 2012