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

Marnie Stern : Immortals : 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.

Scout Niblett : Gun : It's Up to Emma (2013)
-          3rd album
-          Debut release was a split single with Songs:Ohia.
-          Slow building, strong, dark, snarling rock.

Waxahatchee : Tangled Envisioning : Cerulean Salt (2013)
-          2nd full length.
-          Project from Kate Crutchfield.
-          Played an impressive solo set at SXSW.
-          Debut was lo-fi and a rougher DIY style album.

Okkervil River : Plus Ones : The Stage Names (2007)
-          One of best albums to come out in the time I've been obsessing over music on this show.
-          Just played a one of a kind show at Grand Central Station.

Mikal Cronin : Weight : 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.

Damien Jurado & Richard Swift : Crazy Like a Fox : Other People's Songs Vol. 1 (2010)
-          Collaborative project from the two singer/songwriters.
-          Richard Swift most recently produced Pickwick incredible debut album, Can’t Talk Medicine.
-          Link Cromwell & The Zoo cover.

Hiss Golden Messenger : Cheerwine Easter : Haw (2013)
-          Provided a perfect solo acoustic set on the back patio on a sunny afternoon at SXSW 2013
-          His album Poor Moon is a highlight of 2012.

Night Beds : No Other Love (Jo Stafford Cover) : Aquarium Drunkard Session (2013)
-          Live cover for the blog Aquarium Drunkard.
-          Debut album, Country Sleep, is one of the most gorgeous vocal performances of 2013.
-          Very talented vocalist.
-          Sounds like a cross between Ryan Adams and the Cave Singers.

Small Houses : Oh, Hiding Out : Exactly Where You Wanted To Be (2013)
-          3rd alb um
-          Really beautiful folk.
-          Philly based band led by Jeremy Quentin.

King Khan and the BBQ Show : Crystal Ball : Invisible Girl (2009)
-          3rd album
-          They are both in the Almighty Defenders with the Black Lips
-          They just had a falling out in late 2010 and may not make any more music together.
-          The end of this track picks up so much and it's almost impossible to sing along!

Fuzz : Fuzz's Fourth Dream : This Time I Got A Reason 7” (2013)
-          2 song single.
-          Latest project from the ever-prolific Ty Segall
-          Heavier psych blues sound here than his usual style.

White Fence : Pink Gorilla : Cyclops Reap (2013)
-          5th album
-          Most recently did a collaborative album with Ty Segall, Hair, in 2012
-          Wild, manic psych rock.

Warm Soda : Jeanie Loves Pop : Someone For You (2013)
-          2nd full length
-          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.

Dune Rats : Color Television : Rollo & Grady Session (2013)
-          Second song to sneak out of their yet to be announced forthcoming release.
-          2 EPs and 2 Singles out so far.
-          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 Thermals : The Sunset : Desperate Ground (2013)
-          First single from 6th album.
-          High energy indie punk rock band.

Turf War : Born to Run Free : The Great Escape EP (2013)
-          2nd EP of the year.
-          Also just released an EP of covers, Turf War Plays the Hits.
-          Favorite band of SXSW 2012

Jake Bugg : Trouble Town : Jake Bugg (2012)
-          Debut full length. Also one EP.
-          Very talented 18yr old UK folk singer songwriter.
-          Huge Dylan sound at times.
-          SXSW 2013

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