Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The U & U Show 297!

Bare Wires : Impossible Things : Idle Dreams (2012)
-          4th and final album.
-          T. Rex styled, fuzzy, rolling, raunchy 70’s rock.
-          Broke up at SXSW 2012. I thankfully saw their final performance

Warm Soda : Reaction (2012)
-          One of the first tracks out from the project started by Matthew Melton formerly of Bare Wires
-          Very similar vibe to Bare Wires
-          Slogan on BandCamp: 'JUST SAY NO to SXSW 2013' referencing Bare Wires' break up.

Guards : Coming True : In Guards We Trust (2013)
-          Debut full length
-          Their BandCamp is loaded with previously released singles and EPs.

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

Line & Circle : Roman Ruins : Roman Ruins/Carelessness 7' (2012)
-          Debut single.
-          I want to time travel my way into an 80's coming of age movie and crank this song up while driving a convertible up the California coast. Very specific, but it'd be the perfect song.
-          I seriously typed that before the actual video! I was close!

Francisco The Man : Tiger : Tiger/Broken Arrows 7" (2012)
-          3rd of 3 singles released.
-          Big blend of styles… shoegaze, garage, pop rock.

William J Le Petomane : The Moon King (2011)
-          Very hard to Google classic psych rock songwriter from the Netherlands
-          I cant find anything really other than a bunch of songs posted on his SoundCloud.
-          Goes by WJLP as well.

Sam Flax : Backwards Fire : Age Waves (2012)
-          Debut full length. One EP out as well.
-          Catchy, fuzzy, eclectic psych rock.
-          For fans of Kurt Vile's heavier tracks.

Prince Rupert's Drops : Plague Ride : Run Slow (2012)
-          Debut album
-          Vintage 60's psych rock
-          Named after the tadpole-shaped glass that results after you drip molten glass into cold water.

The Electric Mainline : Let Me Drift Away : All Too Much (2011)
-          Debut EP
-          huge modern psych rock sound.
-          Take their name from a Spiriualized song.

Sufjan Stevens : Christmas In the Room : Silver & Gold (2012)
-          This is the final and highlight track of this 5 EP, 58 song, Christmas box set.
-          This gives him an even 10 Christmas albums full of classics and originals.
-          I don't listen to any other holiday music anymore.

Asaf Avidan : Weak : Avidan In A Box (2012)
-          Live acoustic album.
-          4 total LPs.
-          Hugely popular Israeli rock/folk-rock artist.
-          His vocals are reminiscent of Janis Joplin.

Frightened Rabbit : Dear Chicago (Ryan Adams cover) (2012)
-          Their most recent song as they get set to put out their new full length, Pedestiran Verse, in early 2013.
-          2 EPs released since their last full length (2010's The Winter of Mixed Drinks).
-          Midnight Organ Fight is their best to date.
-          Scottish accent stands out, but there seems to be something more than that to his vocals and make them truly unique.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The U & U Show 296!

Sufjan Stevens : Christmas Unicorn : Silver & Gold (2012)
-          This is the final and highlight track of this 5 EP, 58 song, Christmas box set.
-          This gives him an even 10 Christmas albums full of classics and originals.
-          I don't listen to any other holiday music anymore.

Thao Nguyen & the Get Down Stay Down : Holy Roller : We The Common (2013)
-          4th album. Also one collab album with Mirah called Thao & Mirah.
-          if you are unfamiliar with Thao you need to correctly that quickly
-          If she ever wer to propose to me, I would say yes.

Asaf Avidan : We Forgot : Avidan In A Box (2012)
-          Live acoustic album.
-          4 total LPs.
-          Hugely popular Israeli rock/folk-rock artist.
-          His vocals are reminiscent of Janis Joplin.

Bob Dylan : Tomorrow Is a Long Time : The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (2010)
-          47 track set of stripped back demos.
-          Originally released as a live track on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
-          This track caught my attention at the end of the Walking Dead season 1 finale and I've been on a huge Dylan kick since.

The Amazing : Dragon : The Amazing (2009)
-          Debut full length of 2.
-          Swedish 60's-ish folk rock.
-          Founded by two members of the band Dungen

Big Harp : You Can't Save 'Em All : Chain Letters (2013)
-          2nd album
-          Mixed by the indie-producer extrordanaire, Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward, First Aid Kit)
-          Great vocals somewhere between the National, Nick Cave Mark Kozelek and Rufus Wainwright.

My Jerusalem : Born In The Belly : Preachers (2012)
-          2nd full length.
-          debut full length, Gone For Good, was out in 2010
-          Members of The Twilight Singers, Great Northern and Polyphonic Spree.

Guided By Voices : She Lives In an Airport : The Bears For Lunch (2012)
-          3rd GBV album of 2012.
-          The prolific Robert Pollard's primary outfit. Amazingly consistent icon of independent music.
-          This one has a fat swaggering GBV riff driving thoughout.

Tyvek : Wayne County Roads : On Triple Beams (2012)
-          2nd album
-          Debut out in 2011.
-          Detroit punk band.
-          Makes me think of Velvet Underground a bit.

Moonface : Faraway Lightning : 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.

Titus Andronicus : Tried To Quit Smoking : 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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Very Happy Day : SXSW Bands Wave 1

This excites me a great deal…

The first wave of invited acts scheduled to perform at SXSW Music includes:
Akron/Family (Los Angeles CA)
Albatross (Kathmandu NEPAL )
Alt-J (Cambridge UK-ENGLAND)
Lauren Aquilina (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Atlas Genius (Adelaide SA)
Attomica (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Authorities (Vancouver BC)
Autosalvage (Santa Cruz CA)
The Away Days ( TURKEY)
Daniel Bachman (Fredericksburg VA)
Baishui ( CHINA)
Bastille (London UK-ENGLAND)
Battleme (Portland OR)
Bernhoft (Nittedal NORWAY)
The Black and White Years (Austin TX)
The Blackout (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Black Pistol Fire (Austin TX)
Blackstone Rangers (Dallas TX)
The Blue Van (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers (San Francisco CA)
BNegão & Seletores de Frequência (Rio De Janeiro BRAZIL)
Boats (Winnipeg MB)
The Boxing Lesson (Austin TX)
Jesse Boykins III (New York NY)
Brendan Benson (Nashville TN)
Broncho (Norman OK)
Brothers In Law (Pesaro ITALY)
Brutality Will Prevail (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Brutal Juice (Austin TX)
Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown (Nashville TN)
Buck 65 (Toronto ON)
The Bug (London UK-ENGLAND)
Eric Burdon (Brooklyn NY)
Tego Calderon (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
The Calm Blue Sea (Austin TX)
Campo (Montevideo URUGUAY)
Cave Painting (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Cayucas (San Luis Obisbo CA)
Cello Fury (Pittsburgh PA)
Cheers Elephant (Philadelphia PA)
The Chevelles (North Fremantle WA )
Charlotte Church ( UK-WALES)
Churchill (Denver CO)
Civil Twilight (Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA)
Chris Cohen (Shaftsbury VT)
Coldcut (London UK-ENGLAND)
Congo Natty (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Congregation (Chicago IL)
Constantina (Belo Horizonte BRAZIL)
John Cooper Clarke (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Crooks (Austin TX)
Current Swell (Victoria BC)
Dash Rip Rock (New Orleans LA)
Sammy Decoster (Grenoble FRANCE)
Dels (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mac DeMarco (Montreal QC)
Luther Dickinson (Hernando MS)
DJ Edu (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dolores Boys (Brooklyn NY)
Doyle (San Antonio TX)
Driver Friendly (Austin TX)
Drop The Lime (New York NY)
Ben Dukes (Hollywood CA)
The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Dusted (Toronto ON)
Eagulls (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Tim Easton (Nashville TN)
Elias Haslanger (Austin TX)
Ronnie Fauss (Dallas TX)
Fear Of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Fister (St Louis MO)
Follakzoid (Santiago CHILE)
fo/mo/deep (Columbus OH)
Forests (Taipei TAIWAN)
Fredda (Paris FRANCE)
Funeral Suits (Dublin IRELAND)
Ezra Furman (San Francisco CA)
Galaxy Express (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Gallows (Watford UK-ENGLAND)
Gato 6 (Austin TX)
Ghost to Falco (Portland OR)
GHXST (New York NY)
Colin Gilmore (Austin TX)
Gliss (Los Angeles CA)
Gold Fields (Ballarat VIC)
Jenn Grant (Halifax NS)
Guards (New York NY)
Haim (Los Angeles CA)
Hashback Hashish (New Delhi INDIA)
Hawthorne Heights (Dayton OH)
Heidi Happy (Luzern SWITZERLAND)
Ryan Hemsworth (Halifax NS)
He's My Brother She's My Sister (Los Angeles CA)
Hexvessel (Helsinki FINLAND)
Highasakite (Oslo NORWAY)
Hiss Golden Messenger (Chapel Hill NC)
The Holydrug Couple (Santiago CHILE)
Holy Esque (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
HolySexyBastards (Valencia VENEZUELA)
Howling Brothers (Nashville TN)
Peggy Hsu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Huehuetl (Tonala, Guadalajara MEXICO)
Humans (Vancouver BC)
Il Pan del Diavolo (San Lorenzo Colli ITALY)
Immanu El (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
In-Flight Safety (Halifax NS)
Tiago Iorc (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Islet (Cardiff UK-WALES)
ITAL (Brooklyn NY)
Sarah Jaffe (Denton TX)
Jonathan Toubin (New York NY)
Matthew Perryman Jones (Nashville TN)
Jung People (Calgary  AB)
Grace Kelly (Brookline MA)
Klaxons (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jess Klein (Austin TX)
La Chiva Gantiva (Brussels BELGIUM)
La Cuneta Son Machín (Managua NICARAGUA )
Language Room (Austin TX)
Marit Larsen (Oslo NORWAY)
The Last Bison (Chesapeake VA)
League of Extraordinary G’z (Austin TX)
Lecrae (Atlanta GA)
Les Mentettes (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
The Linus Pauling Quartet (Houston TX)
Los Bunkers (Concepcion CHILE)
the Lost Maples (Nashville TN)
Emma Louise (Toowong QLD)
Lu Horta (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Luke Sital-Singh (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mahogany (Chicago IL)
Massive Scar Era (Cairo EGYPT)
Mavin All Stars (Lagos NIGERIA)
Mike and the Moonpies (Austin TX)
Andy Mineo (New York NY)
Derek Minor (Nashville TN)
Modestep (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mompox (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Monster Cat (Singapore SINGAPORE)
Ian Moore (Seattle WA)
Thurston Moore (Northampton MA)
Daniel Mustard (New York NY)
Muthoni The Drummer Queen (Nairobi KENYA)
My Education (Austin TX)
My Jerusalem (Austin TX)
Nerves Junior (Louisville KY)
Nubes en mi Casa (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Of Mice & Men (Costa Mesa CA)
Pacific Air (San Diego CA)
Doe Paoro (Brooklyn NY)
Paper Lions (Charlottetown PE)
Triana Park (Riga LATVIA)
Peterson Brothers Band (Bastrop TX)
Pokey LaFarge (Ballwin MO)
The Postelles (New York NY)
Promise (Toronto ON)
Pumcayo (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Quiet Company (Austin TX)
David Ramirez (Austin TX)
The Relatives (Dallas TX)
Remate (Madrid SPAIN)
Reptile Youth (Copenhagen DENMARK)
The Rocketboys (Austin TX)
Roge (Rio De Janeiro BRAZIL)
Said The Whale (Vancouver BC)
The Sam Willows (Singapore SINGAPORE)
San Cisco (Fremantle WA)
Satchel Grande (Omaha NE)
Danny Schmidt (Austin TX)
Seth Sentry (Melbourne VIC)
Shakey Graves (Austin TX)
Silencio (Pittsburgh PA)
Six60 (Dunedin NEW ZEALAND)
Sizarr (Mannheim GERMANY)
Small Black (Brooklyn NY)
Sahara Smith (Wimberley TX)
Smoosh (Chaos Chaos) (Brooklyn NY)
Social Studies (Phoenix AZ)
Soley (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Somebody's Darling (Dallas TX)
The Sour Notes (Austin TX)
Spain (Los Angeles CA)
Spindrift (Los Angeles CA)
The Spring Standards (New York NY)
Star & Micey (Memphis TN)
The Staves (London UK-ENGLAND)
Marnie Stern (New York NY)
Jake Stone Garage (Tokyo JAPAN)
Suie Paparude (Bucharest ROMANIA)
Supersubmarina (Madrid SPAIN)
Suuns (Montreal QC)
Swamp Cabbage (Savannah GA)
Swim Deep (Birmingham UK-ENGLAND)
Tako Lako (Copenhagen DENMARK)
TAM (Plateau Mont-Royal QC)
Hudson Taylor (London UK-ENGLAND)
Tedashii (Dallas TX)
Kristian Terzic Band (Rovinj CROATIA)
Tesoro (Tucson AZ)
The Harlequins (Cincinnati OH)
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic (Richmond CA)
Thi'sl (St Louis MO)
Tipo Uísque ( BRAZIL)
Amon Tobin (San Francisco CA)
Toddla T (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
The Trews (Toronto ON)
Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)
Turbina (Mexico City MEXICO)
Turbo Fruits (Nashville TN)
Two Hours Traffic (Charlottetown ON)
Vaudeville Smash (Melbourne VIC)
The Vespers (Nashville TN)
Virals (Worcester UK-ENGLAND)
Zak Waters (Los Angeles CA)
While She Sleeps (Sheffiled UK-ENGLAND)
Glenn White (New York NY)
White Lung (Vancouver BC)
Why? (Cincinnati OH)
Wild Cub (Nashville TN)
Wizkid (Lagos NIGERIA)
Carolyn Wonderland (Austin TX)
WonFu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Woodpigeon (Vienna AB)
Young Von (Houston TX)
The Zombies (St. Albans UK-ENGLAND)