Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Unknown & Unheard Show 290!

Menomena : Plumage : Moms (2012)
-          5th full length
-          This is the best track on the album.
-          One of the most innovative bands going. Even after Brent Knopf left to form Ramona Falls.

Divine Fits : Baby Get Worse : A Thing Called the Divine Fits (2012)
-          The long awaited collaborative album from Spoon's Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner.
-          This album is powered by the Boeckner led tracks but this cover is pretty hard to deny as the album's highlight.
-          Rowland S. Howard was the guitarist in the Boys Next Door, Nick Cave's first band, and Cave covered it brilliantly himself for them.

A.C. Newman : Not Talking : Shut Down the Streets (2012)
-          Latest solo release from the New Pornographers' frontman.
-          The New Porno's released their fourth album, Together, in 2010.
-          One of the brightest, good-mood-evoking voices in the indie rock world.

Natural Child : Derek's Blues : Hard In Heaven (2012)
-          2nd full length.
-          Big fun and loose, vintage 1970's classic rock sound here. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd.
-          Debut, 1971, was on more than a few best of '11 lists.


Tony Castles : One Tone Man : Sharon Stone EP (2012)
-          2nd EP. Out 10/23/12
-          Debut EP, No Service was out in 2010
-          Download for free at RCRDLBL!
-          Brooklyn band that I feel are going to be massively successful once they get some more music rolling out.

Slam Donahue : C'mon C'mon : Hemlock Tea EP (2012)
-          Forthcoming 2nd EP
-          One of the catchier songs I've come across in quite a while

Withered Hand : Heart Heart : Heart Heart EP (2012)
-          Latest EP of 3.
-          2011 debut full length, Good News, was one of my favorite releases of the year.
-          Neil Young-heavy sound.
-          His best song and unfortunately very profane. The FCC would not appreciate it if I didn’t edit… or maybe they would because it would result in them getting more cash for no good reason!
-          Favorite new (to me) band!

Dusted : Property Lines : Total Dust (2012)
-          Debut full length
-          Collaborative band from a member of Holy Fuck and Final Fantasy.
-          Big Neil Young folk sound.

Goodnight, Texas : Jesse Got Trapped In a Coal Mine : A Long Life of Living (2012)
-          Forthcoming debut album
-          Great slightly more country brand of folk.

Raymond Byron & the White Freighter : You'll Never Surf Again : Little Death Shaker (2012)
-          Debut full length from this new project from Ray Raposa, of the Castenets.
-          Out on Asthmatic Kitty Records… Sufjan's label.
-          Rootsy, easy folk.
-          RIYL The Tallest Man on Earth

Tame Impala : Elephant : Lonerism (2012)
-          2nd album
-          Australian classic psych outfit.
-          Members also responsible for the excellent band POND.

The UFO Club : Chapel In My Mind : The UFO Club/Night Beats 10" (2012)
-          Split 10" with Night Beats
-          Also one LP from collaboration between The Black Angels and Night Beats.
-          Great dark psych rock… not a surprise considering the band's family tree.

Psychic Ills : Take Me With You : Zoned b/w Take Me With You (2012)
-          Latest split single with Moon Duo.
-          3rd full length, Hazed Dream was out in 2011, but numerous other EP and single releases.
-          Trippy garage psych rock.

The xx : Chained : Coexist (2012)
-          2nd album. Debut was a massive indie hit.

FIDLAR : Cheap Beer : FIDLAR (2012)
-          Latest single. 2 EPs out as well.
-          Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
-          So glad to see these guys getting a bit of publicity.
-          FIDLAR = Fuck It Dude Life’s A Risk.
-          SXSW 2012

Why? : Jonathon's Hope : Mumps, Etc. (2012)
-          4th album
-          An incredibly unique blend of Alt hip hop, spoken word and alt indie rock.
-          Some of their rock-heavy songs bring forth some of the most interesting combinations of sounds.
-          This is one of their best to date.

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