Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 275!!!

Moonface - Yesterday's Fire - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery (2012)
-          Forthcoming 2nd album. First with Siinai as backing band
-          First full length was out last year, Organ Music.
-          Debut EP was out last year and was one 20+ minute track.
-          Wolf Parade's and Sunset Rubdown's Spencer Krug's solo project.

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

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit (Gil Scott Heron cover) - It's A Corporate World (2011)
-          Full length debut.
-          Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
-          Playing the White Rabbit Cabaret Friday, June 17th

Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built - Celebration Rock (2012)
-          2nd album.
-          raucous anthem-filled post punk rock
-          huge energy and distortion. You’ll want to see this song live and as loud as possible.
-          SXSW 2012

Lucero - Downtown (Intro) & On My Way Downtown - Women & Work (2012)
-          New album!
-          Ben Nichols, lead singer, has been working on solo stuff since this came out.
-          Best bar rock band going.

Ben Kweller - Mean To Me - Go Fly a Kite (2012)
-          6th full length.
-          Indie pop/rock singer songwriter that's been making extremely consistent, not overly ground breaking records since 2009.

Pond -    Moth Wings - 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.

Quiet Hooves - The Beat - Stallin' (2012) & Saddle Up (2012)
-          Double album featuring a rerelease of their 1st album plus their 2nd.
-          Eclectic pop/rock. Reminds me a bit Man Man and Menomena.
-          A bit wacky at times, but not  coming off as tacky or trying to hard.

Leatherbag - Patience - Patience (2011)
-          Debut EP. 2 Full lengths as well.
-          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.

Yellow Ostrich - Daughter - 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

Gentleman Jesse - Take It Easy On Me - Leaving Atlanta (2012)
-          This track is reminiscent of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
-          Easy, singable folk rock.

Portugal, The Man - Telling Tellers Tell Me - Church Mouth (2007)
-          2nd (and best) album.
-          Released their 7th album in 2011.
-          RIYL The Raconteurs/Jack White/Brendan Benson

Heavy Cream - John Johnny - Super Treatment (2012)
-          2nd album. Debut was out in 2010
-          Ty Segall produced amped up rocker of an album.

Magnolia Electric Co. - What's Broken Becomes Better- Sojourner (2007)
-          4 disc compilation of the band's travels in 2005
-          An exhaustive exploration into all the sounds leader Jason Molina brings with his music.
-          Just read he is currently in recovery and has no recording or tour plans.
-          A sad, but fitting time to promote one of my personal favorites.

Black Mountain – In Sequence – Year Zero OST (2012)
-          Soundtrack for the post-apocalyptic surf movie, Year Zero.
-          3 albums from this group of Canadians
-          Jagjaguwar Band… Bloomington’s star loaded label.

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