Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The U & U Show 316! Post Record Store Day

Cold Specks : Restless : When the City Lights Dim (single) (2013)
-          Latest single.
-          Powerful rough female vocalist.
-          An awesome video for the track 'Holland' can be found HERE.

The National : Don’t Swallow the Cap : Trouble Will Find Me (2013)
-          6th album
-          One of two lead singles out now.
-          Has the vibe of their last full length album, 2010's High Violet.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Record Store Day 2013 | 16 Releases To Hunt For Saturday

The post-SXSW let down is a real thing. Even before I was migrating down to Austin, February and March were a flood of new music. Nothing really rivals it. This puts a lot of pressure on April. After weeks of drinking music out of a firehose how does one deal with the fallout following this glut. Thankfully, April has an answer. A day full of special, appetizer-sized bites of new music celebrating brick, mortar, vinyl and community. Record Store Day is a good thing and I'm thrilled to see what the New York shops have to offer. Here's the little wish list I came up with after combing through the list of releases found here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The U & U Show 315!

Pond : Giant Tortoise : Hobo Rocket (2013)
-          5th full length album. First of 2 announced 2013 albums.
-          Features members of Tame Impala.
-          By far the greatest lead singer I saw at SXSW. Young, tiny, wild aussie.

The National : Demons : Trouble Will Find Me (2013)
-          6th album
-          One of two lead singles out now.
-          Has the vibe of their last full length album, 2010's High Violet.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How many packs of cigarettes do I need to burn through?

If I ever get enough of Mark Lanegan's matte-finished, 60 grit sandpaper, cat's tongue of a voice, I'll let you know... but don't hold your breath. Check out his bleak new collaboration with Moby. He and Josh Homme have also co-penned the theme to Anthony Bourdain's new show, Parts Unknown. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Some days the escape music provides is more vital...

This is certainly one of those days. Thank you Foxygen and La Blogotheque.

One of the best Take Away Shows that exists: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The U & U Show 314! New Album of the Year Leader...

Kurt Vile : Shame Chamber : Wakin On A Pretty Daze (2013)
-          5th album.
-          Former guitarist for the War On Drugs.
-          The opening track on this album, 'Wakin on a Pretty Day,' might be the year's best so far.
-          He said he was inspired by the album Tusk when making this album.

Way Yes : Get Healed : Tog Pebbles (2013)
-          2nd full length.
-          One of the year’s releases I’m most excited for.
-          Debut full length, Walkability, was out in 2012 and featured the amazing track 'Important.'
-          If you like this band look up the Listening Party. Also reminiscent of mellower Yeasayer and Yellow Ostrich.
-          CMJ 2012

Monday, April 1, 2013

The U & U Show 313!

Marnie Stern : The Chronicles Of Marnia : The Chronicles of Marnia (2013)
-          4th album. Out in March 2013
-          Her previous album was a 2010 Best of the U & U.
-          A wild mix of the joyous unpredictability of Ponytail and the harder Yeah Yeah Yeahs tracks.
-          The band I'm most excited to see play SXSW 2013 of the announced acts so far.

Pickwick : Window Sill : Can’t Talk Medicine (2013)
-          Debut full length
-          This has catapulted itself to the forefront of the best album of ’13 discussion.
-          Tied for my favorite show at SXSW 2013.