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

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