Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The U & U Show 295! Halloween 2012!

Nick Cave : Stagger Lee : Murder Ballads (1996)
-          9th album
-          One of Cave’s best and darkest albums
-          Album is all about crimes of passion.
-          Cave's latest releases were two with side project Grinderman.

Mark Lanegan : On the Steps of the Cathedral : Here Comes That Weird Chill EP (2003)
-          EP that led into the release of his 6th and final solo album.
-          Man of many projects and styles… most of them dark.
-          Initially the leader of Seattle grunge band Screaming Trees.
-          Member of QOTSA
-          Collaborations with: Greg Dulli in the Gutter Twins; Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell; Soulsavers.

Deerhoof : Sexy, But Sparkly : Deerhoof/Half Waif (split single) (2012)
-          Latest single release.
-          San Fran catchy noise rock band.
-          12 full lengths out since 1997.

PAPA : Put Me To Work (2012)
-          New single!
-          Debut EP was on my Best of 2011 list.
-          Led by the drummer for the band Girls.
-          There is something triumphant in their tracks that really draws me in.

Local Natives : Breakers : Hummingbird (2012)
-          First single off forthcoming album.
-          debut album was 2010's L'Aventure.
-          Check out their DayTrotter Session Here!

Fang Island : Asunder : Major (2012)
-          2nd full length album.
-          Their 2010 s/t debut was excellent.
-          They describe their music as 'everyone high fiving everyone.'
-          Very high energy, frenetic pop/rock

Christopher Owens : Lysandre's Theme / Here We Go : Lysandre (2012)
-          Solo debut from the former leader of Girls.
-          I've loved his solo releases far more than his stuff with Girls… same goes for Girls; drummer's side project PAPA.
-          This track has a 60's folk rock vibe to it. Very pleasant track

The Amazing : Flashlight : Gentle Stream (2012)
-          2nd full length
-          Swedish 60's-ish folk rock.
-          Founded by two members of the band Dungen

Lord Huron : She Lit a Fire : Lonesome Dreams (2012)
-          Debut full length from a band that has made a significant mark already with only 2 EPs
-          Rich, easy going tropical feel to this track.
-          Very reminiscent of Fleet Foxes.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra : Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) : Tour 7" Single (2012)
-          2nd full length, II, is due out on Jagjaguwar next year.
-          Debut album, 2011's s/t, was a huge critical hit.

Fidlar : American Steel (2010)
-          Older single. Video HERE.
-          Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
-          So glad to see these guys getting a bit of publicity.
-          FIDLAR = Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk.
-          SXSW 2012

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

Thee Oh Sees : Putrifiers II : Putrifiers II (2012)
-          Title track from their13th album.
-          San Fran garage psych band.

Twerps : Dreamin : Twerps (2011)
-          Debut Album
-          A spacey brand of indie pop.
-          CMJ 2012

Titus Andronicus : My Eating Disorder : Local Business (2012)
-          3rd album.
-          2nd album The Monitor was my pick for best album of 2010 and one of my all time favorites.
-          A Rolling Stone ‘Best new band of 2010’ even though their debut came out in 2008.
-          SXSW 2012

Field Mouse : Falling (Twin Peaks theme) : How Do You Know (single) (2012)
-          Cover of the theme from David Lynch's cult classic tv show.
-          I admit to being a sucker for all things Twin Peaks and this is no exception.
-          Field Mouse was a band that I caught twice at CMJ this year and enjoyed a lot!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The U & U Show 294! CMJ Recapped!

Titus Andronicus : In The Big City : Local Business (2012)
-          3rd album.
-          2nd album The Monitor was my pick for best album of 2010 and one of my all time favorites.
-          A Rolling Stone ‘Best new band of 2010’ even though their debut came out in 2008.
-          SXSW 2012

Ty Segall : The Hill : Twins (2012)
-          3rd full length of 2012 from this ultra-prolific artist.
-          Fuzzy nd energetic blast of garage sounds from usual San Fran collaborators.
-          San Fran 60’s psych/garage rock leader.
-          Mikal Cronin is also in his backing band.
-          There are few people I have a bigger musical crush on than these two.

DUNE RATS! : Pogo : Social Atoms EP (2011)
-          Latest single. 2 2011 EPs.
-          Sloppy garage, REM-leaning act starting to carve out a name for themselves in a similar way as FIDLAR.
-          Tied for best act of CMJ 2012 with the Grizzled Mighty

The Grizzled Mighty : Let You Know : The Grizzled Mighty (2012)
-          Debut full length.
-          Huge Seasick Steve and Black Keys sound. Mean blues rock.
-          Tied for best act of CMJ 2012 with Dune Rats

Friend Roulette : On Her Own Tonight : Hi, Hello EP (2012)
-          2nd EP
-          Brooklyn based band that was a extremely pleasant surprise.
-          Feature a violin and clarinet, male and female singers and very intracate songs.

Twerps : Don't Be Surprised : Twerps (2011)
-          Debut Album
-          A spacey brand of indie pop.
-          CMJ 2012

Foxygen : Make It Known : Take the Kids Off Broadway (2011)
-          Debut album that was just rereleased after Jagjaguwar signed them.
-          Funkier Rolling Stones feel.
-          CMJ 2012

Poor Moon : Birds : Poor Moon (2012)
-          Debut full length.
-          Debut EP was entitled Illusion.
-          Features two members of the Fleet Foxes and has the sound of the first 2 Fleet Foxes EPs.

Mal Blum : Baltimore : Every Time You Go Somewhere (2010)
-          3rd Album. 1 EP as well.
-          NY folk singer songwriter
-          CMJ 2012

Wild Cub : Jonti : Youth (2012)
-          Debut album
-          Led by singer/songwriter/film score composer Keegan DeWitt and Nashville musician Jeremy Bullock.
-          RIYL NewVillager

Way Yes : Singing : Walkability (2012)
-          Debut full length.
-          If you like this band look up the Listening Party. Also reminiscent of mellower Yeasayer and Yellow Ostrich.
-          CMJ 2012

Born Ruffians : Five Years (David Bowie cover) : Paper Bag Records VS The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012)
-          Compilation of Bowie covers from Paper Bag Records artists.

Savages : Flying To Berlin : Flying To Berlin b/w Husbands (single) (2012)
-          Latest single. Full length debut is still yet to be officially announced.
-          London-based female post-punk group that was the 'Have you seen ___ yet?' at CMJ 2012.

Slam Donahue : I Turn On : Hemlock Tea EP (2012)
-          2nd EP. Both out in 2012
-          Their older EP has a little fuzzier sound than this one.
-          CMJ 2012