Friday, May 3, 2013

The U & U Show 317! New Favorite Live Band

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. : Nothing But Our Love (DayTrotter Session) (2010)
-          Original is on their debut full length, It’s A Corporate World.
-          Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
-          They have just overtaken the Hold Steady and Titus Andronicus as my favorite live band. This is the live recording that is the closest to their smile-inducing energy.

Cold Specks : Steady : I Predict A Graceful Expulsion (2012)
-          Full length debut
-          Powerful rough female vocalist.
-          An awesome video for the track 'Holland' can be found HERE.

Savages : She Will : Silence Yourself (2013)
-          Debut full length… Long awaited to say the very least.
-          One of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ 2012.
-          All female post-punk rock from the UK
-          Seriously intense crowd-capturing CMJ 2012 and SXSW 2013 performances.

Turf War : Still Around : 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

Dune Rats : Burning Bridges : Smile EP (2013)
-          3rd EP. 2 Singles out as well.
-          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

Fletcher C. Johnson : Gone Down The River : It Rained Something Wicked (2010)
-          Debut album.
-          2nd album, Salutations, made a significant number of best of '12 lists despite its small release.
-          He is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to good mood musicians.
-          A truly fun, loose and uplifting highlight performance at SXSW.

The Hold Steady : Criminal Fingers : Criminal Fingers 7" (single) (2013)
-          2013 Record Store Day single. Other side is a song for Game of Thrones.
-          5th and latest full length was 2011's Heaven Is Whenever.
-          This track feels like a Heaven Is Whenever leftover. That's not a bad thing, but just carry the same swagger as their older stuff.
-          Lead singer Craig Finn released his solo debut in 2012.
-          This is one of the best bands we are lucky enough to enjoy in their prime.

Frank Turner : Plain Sailing Weather : Tape Deck Heart (2013)
-          5th album
-          Formerly of the English punk rock band Million Dead, now plays like a blend of Counting Crows and the Hold Steady.

Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle : 1936 : Perils From the Sea (2013)
-          Collaborative album from the leaders of Sun Kil Moon and the Album Leaf.
-          Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek and his uniquely sleepy vocals are featured on this track.

Advance Base : Mother's Last Words To Her Son (Washington Phillips cover) : The World is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP (2013)
-          EP of Washington Phillips' covers.
-          Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.
-          His excellent debut under this alias was 'A Shut In's Prayer'
-          Always has a metronome accompanying his mellow, steady, slightly-vinyl quality vocals.

Golden Gunn : Let Me Shine (Deathhouse) : Golden Gunn (2013)
-          Record Store Day collaboration between Hiss Golden Messenger and Steve Gunn.
-          Hiss Golden Messenger had one of 2012's best folk albums.

Brazos : How the Ranks Was Won : Saltwater (2013)
-          3rd full length. First since 2009's Phosphorescent Blues.
-          Broke out with this at the 2008 SXSW

Nurses : Trying To Reach You : Dracula (2011)
-          3rd Album.
-          In my post-Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr show ecstasy and pushiness, a friend I couldn't help but rave to created a DEJJ Pandora station after and stumbled onto this band.
-          On Dead Oceans, which is the final third of the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian consistently impressive record label triumvirate.
-          Sound a bit like a blend of Slam Donahue and DEJJ.

Gauntlet Hair : Human Nature : Stills (2013)
-          First single off their 2nd album.
-          Slightly fuzzy experimental pop.
-          Represented by Dead Oceans.

Wolf People : All Returns : Fain (2013)
                - 3rd full length
                - Heavy vintage blues psychedelia from the UK.
                - One of the trickiest bands to Google, though that's getting better as they're getting more publicity.

Akron/Family : No Room : Sub Verses (2013)
-          7th album.
-          Wildly eclectic, spacey, experimental folk rock.

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