Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 276!

M. Ward – Me And My Shadow – A Wasteland Companion (2012)
-       8th LP.
-       Also done work Zooey Deschanel in She & Him and with Jim James and Conor Oberst in the Monsters of Folk.
-       AKA Matthew Ward
-       SXSW 2012

Suckers - Chinese Braille - Candy Salad (2012)
-          2nd full length
-          Eclectic rock that might could be RIYL Wolf Parade or Menomena. (I do)
-          Debut EP and LP each received Best of the U & U honors.
-          SXSW 2012.

Quiet Hooves - Too Hard - 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.

Ramona Falls - Sqworm - Prophet (2012)
-          2nd album.
-          Led by Brent Knopf, formerly of Menomena.
-          SXSW 2012

Moonface - I'm Not the Phoenix Yet - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery (2012)
-       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.

Timber Timbre – Bad Ritual - Creep on Creepin' On (2011)
-          2nd album, debut was out in 2007 ‘Medicinals’
-          M. Ward + Bon Iver + Tom Waits’ ‘What’s He Building In There?’
-          Eerily cool spooky tracks.
-          Toronto duo

The Great American Canyon Band - Burn - Tumbleweed EP (2012)
-          Debut EP
-          Husband and wife duo from Chicago.
-          Big building folk rock track.

Devin - White Leather - Romancing (2012)
-          Debut full length.
-          Formerly Devin Therriault.
-          brash 70's style rock

Leatherbag - Poor Misguided Boy - 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.

Diamond Rugs - Out On My Own - 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.’
-       SXSW 2012

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

Free Energy – Electric Fever - Love Sign (2012)
-       2nd full length
-       Debut full length 'Stuck On Nothing' was a fun, hard not to like 70's pop rock treat.
-       Formerly known as Hockey Night
-       On James Murphy's (of LCD Soundsystem) DFA Records.

Anais Mitchell - Ships - Young Man In America (2012)
-          6th album.
-          folk singer songwriter.
-          Previous album, Hadestown, featured numerous appearances from Justin Vernon.
-          Playing The Bishop in Bloomington April 17th.

Ben Kweller - Gossip - 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.

Mr. Gnome – The Way - Softly Mad (2012)
-          Latest single.
-          3rd album 'Madness In Miniature' was out last here and was recorded in Josh Homme’s studio.
-          2nd album ' Heave Your Skeleton' was really solid as well.
-          Cleveland, OH band

Yellow Ostrich - I Got No Time For You - 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

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