Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 272! SXSW Preview Show 6 of 6!

Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievances (2008)
-          Opening track on debut
-          2nd album The Monitor was my pick for best album of 2010.
-          Named after the Shakespeare play
-          A Rolling Stone ‘Best new band of 2010’ even though their debut came out in 2008.
-          SXSW 2012

WATERS - For the One - Out In the Light (2011)
-          Debut album. Out 9/20.
-          New project led by Van Pierszalowski (previously of Port O'Brien).
-          SXSW 2012

Arcade Fire – Abraham’s Daughter – The Hunger Games OST (2012)
-          Contribution to the much anticipated movie.
-          The soundtrack is pretty stacked as well.
-          They’ve blown up to an extreme level of popularity. Right there with Bon Iver as two of the biggest indie to mainstream crossovers that have maintained the same musical quality!
-          I am a big time sucker for anything with a military-esque snare drum right up front like this song features.

Yellow Ostrich - The Shakedown - 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.
-          SXSW 2012

We Were Promised Jetpacks – It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning – These Four Walls (2009)
-          Debut 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.
-          This week’s track that is lodged in my head.
-          SXSW 2012

Todd Snider – In the Beginning – Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables (2012)
-          9th album
-          He’s truly a great song writer.
-          His 8th, The Devil You Know, garnered him tons of praise.
-          todd snider and the Nervous Wrecks
-          first album, Songs for the Daily Planet’ came out in 1994
-          SXSW 2012

Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins - Motel Stationary - 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!
-          SXSW 2012

These United States – Dead and Gone – These United States (2012)
-          5th album
-          Their debut was one that I immediately latched onto, but it took a re-release to drive up the following this band deserves.
-          Jesse Elliot, lead singer, writes some fantastic lyrics to go along with the layered Americana progressions.
-          This is about the most poppy they've ever sounded.
-          SXSW 2012

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

You Won't - Who Knew - Skeptic Goodbye (2011)
-          Debut album
-          SXSW 2012

Yearbook Committee - We Let Our Grades Slip - Sing Til You Die (2011)
-          Debut release.
-          Terre Haute music collective.
-          SXSW 2012

We Are Augustines - Book of James - 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.
-          SXSW 2012

Wet Hair - The Labor of Love - Wet Hair/NOTV Split Single (2010)
-          Big 70's psych rock!
-          SXSW 2012

Perfume Genius – Hood – Put Your Back N 2 It (2012)
-          2nd album
-          Debut album, Learning, was a massive critical hit.
-          Another easy and catchy piano track.
-          This week's band that is blowing up out of the blue. They are everywhere!

Two Gallants – Steady Rollin' - What the Toll Tells (2006)
-          debut release
-          First was called ‘The Throes’
-          formed by Adam Stephens (vocals/guitar/harmonica) and Tyson Vogel (drums/vocals) in 2002 in san Francisco
-          named after a James Joyce short story
-          on the Saddle Creek Records… same as Bright Eyes
-          opened for Les Claypool this summer
-          SXSW 2012

The War on Drugs – Baby Missiles – Slave Ambient (2011)
-          2nd full length. 3 EPs out also.
-          This is a reworking of a previously released track.
-          Kurt was formerly the lead guitarist for them.
-          SXSW 2012

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