Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 273! SXSW Recap!

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

Pond -    Fantastic Explosion of Time - Beard Wives Denim (2012)
-          Debut Full length
-          Made of members of Tame Impala.
-          By far the greatest lead singer I saw at SXSW. Young, tiny, wild aussie.

The Black Angels – Black Grease – Passover (2006)
-          First full length album
-          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

Titus Andronicus - Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape With the Flood of Detritus - Mixtape(2012)
-          New single from yet to be named new album!
-          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

Jack White – Sixteen Saltines - Blunderbuss (2012)
-          Debut solo album
-          First release since he announced the end of the White Stripes.

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - Mysterious Power - Mysterious Power (2011)
-          3rd album
-          One of the most talented and refreshing artists going.
-          Played SXSW 2012 in his boxers and with no backing band and was one of the greatest shows!
-          Played an incredible cover of 'Sweet Jane'

Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane - Loaded (1970)
-          4th album of 5, but the final with Lou Reed.

Leatherbag - Imitation Generation - Yellow Television (2011)
-          Debut full length. Also on EP out last year
-          Austin band
-          2nd band I saw at SXSW 2012 and one that I didn’t know at all going in. Ended up being a favorite.

Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town - Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
-          4th album
-          He was the SXSW Keynote speaker this year and gave a really great address.

Black Lips – Bad Kids – Good Bad Not Evil (2007)
-          fifth album.
-          full length debut came out in 2003,
-          garage/punk rock
-          out of control live shows led them to be banned from performing at some venues.

Deer Tick – Virginia Girl – 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.

Dead Confederate - Start Me Laughing - Wrecking Ball (2008)
-          Lead singer is a member of Diamond Rugs, one of the SXSW 2012 highlight performers.

Suckers - Turn On the Sunshine - Candy Salad (2012)
-          2nd full length
-          Played SXSW 2012.

Horse Feathers – Nearly Old Friends – Cynic’s New Year (2012)
-          4th album.
-          If you like this band check out Rosemont Family Reunion
-          Blown away by live performance… a unique experience only rivaled by Iron & Wine
-          The songs are played so softly the crowd is almost silent focused on the music.
-          SXSW 2012

Lucero - Go Easy - 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!

PAPA - Collector - 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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought - It's A Corporate World (2011)
-          Debut full length.
-          Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
-          Playing the White Rabbit Cabaret Friday, June 17th

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.
-          SXSW 2012

Hanni El Khatib - You Rascal – Will the Guns Come Out (2011)
-          Debut album
-          If you love the old Black Keys you will get into this guy for sure!
-          Hard, dirty garage blue rock.

Mikal Cronin - Apathy - Mikal Cronin (2011)
-          Solo debut.
-          Album is produced by fellow west coaster, Ty Segall.
-          Ty Segall played guitar with him at SXSW!

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