Thursday, February 7, 2013

The U & U Show 306! SXSW Preview Show #1!

Thao Nguyen & the Get Down Stay Down : We the Common (For Valerie Bolden) : 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 were to propose to me, I would say yes.
-          SXSW 2013

Mikal Cronin : Shout It Out : MCII (2013)
-          S/t solo debut out in 2011.
-          Album is produced by fellow west coaster, Ty Segall.
-          Also in a surf-punk band called the Moonhearts & Ty Segall's backing band, just like Ty's in Mikal's band.

The Black Angels : Don't Play With Guns : Indigo Meadow (2013)
-          4th album from the ominous psych rockers.
-          Formed in 2004 in Austin, TX
-          One of the greatest and loudest bands I've seen perform.

Night Beds : Even If We Try : Country Sleep (2013)
-          Debut album.
-          Very talented vocalist.
-          Sounds like a cross between Ryan Adams and the Cave Singers.
-          SXSW 2013

Jim James : State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U) : Regions Of Light And Sound Of God (2013)
-          Solo debut from the My Morning Jacket frontman.
-          Part funk, part Phil Collins, all good.
-          One of music's greatest voices on display more than ever before.

Blaudzun : Flame On My Head : Heavy Flowers (2012)
-          3rd album
-          Very successful Dutch singer-songwriter.
-          Reminds me of a bit of Frightened Rabbit.
-          SXSW 2013

Frightened Rabbit : Holy : Pedestrian Verse (2013)
-          4th album and first on a major label.
-          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.
-          The construct some of the most beautifully powerful and layered indie rock songs I've ever heard.
-          SXSW 2013

Allah-Las : Catamaran : Catamaran/Long Journey 7" Single (2011)
-          Debut Single.
-          SXSW 2013.

Mac DeMarco : Ode To Viceroy : 2 (2012)
-          2nd album
-          An album I slept on and never was too sold on despite massive critical praise, then their live show won me over.
-          The live performance was looser, heavier and more upbeat.

Foxygen : Bowling Trophies : We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (2013)
-          2nd full length.
-          Debut album that was just rereleased after Jagjaguwar signed them in 2011.
-          Funkier Rolling Stones feel.
-          SXSW 2013

DUNE RATS! : Wooo! : SEXY BEACH 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 the Grizzled Mighty for best band of CMJ 2012
-          Just released 2 new videos for 'Red Light Green Light' from a forthcoming release. Red Version | Green Version
-          SXSW 2013

Black Lips : Starting Over : 200 Million Thousand (2009)
-          5th album and one of the best tracks of '09.
-          Their 6th album, Arabia Mountain, was my pick for Best Album of 2011.
-          New album due out in late 2013/early2014.
-          One of the most fun bands to listen to and see live.
-          Gloriously sloppy, garage rock.
-          SXSW 2013

Shout Out Louds : Blue Ice : Optica (2013)
-          4th album
-          Swedish indie rock/pop band leaning more mellow and poppier here.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra : So Good At Being In Trouble : II (2013)
-          2nd full length, II, is out on Jagjaguwar.
-          Debut album, 2011's s/t, was a huge critical hit.
-          SXSW 2013

Local Natives : You & I : Hummingbird (2013)
-          First single off forthcoming album.
-          debut album was 2010's L'Aventure.
-          Check out their DayTrotter Session Here!

Nightlands : Time and Place : Oak Island (2013)
-          2nd full length
-          Act on Secretly Canadian, sister label of Jagjaguwar.

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