Thursday, January 31, 2013

The U & U Show 305!




Pickwick : Lady Luck (feat. Sharon Van Etten) (Richard Swift Cover) : Can't Talk Medicine (2013)
-       Debut album
-       Seattle band
-       One of my all-time favorite songs.
-       Get this track for free on their official site!



Tame Impala : Mind Mischief : Lonerism (2012)
-          2nd album
-          Australian classic psych outfit.
-          Members also responsible for the excellent band POND.
-          Tied for 2nd best album of the U & U 2012.
-          Enjoyable NSFW video.



Foxygen : No Destruction : 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.
-       CMJ 2012



Frightened Rabbit : The Woodpile : 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.



Fidlar : Gimmie Something : Fidlar (2013)
-          Debut full length.
-          Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
-          So glad to see these guys getting a bit of publicity.
-          FIDLAR = Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk.
-          SXSW 2012



Ty Segall : Woodland Rock : Ty Rex (2011)
-          T. Rex themed EP of covers for Record Store Day. This release has completely sold me on Ty.
-          Huge critical hit.
-          Ty released 3 albums in 2012, rereleased 2 plus a 2-song single for his new project Fuzz this year.
-          Played one of the loudest, most rockin' sets at SXSW



Black Rebel Motorcycle Club : Let the Day Begin : Specter at the Feast (2013)
-          7th album, but it's been a while since their last truly noteworthy album.
-          An exceptional live band.



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



Wooden Wand : Outsider Blues : Blood Oaths of the New Blues (2013)
-       James Jackson Toth project's forthcoming album.
-       This song will be on my best of 2013, and I know I'm saying that in January.
-       Last release was 2011's Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins.
-       Also released music as WAND after his band left him.
-       SXSW 2012



David Bowie : Where Are We Now? : The Next Day (2013)
-       Forthcoming 25th album. First in 10+ years.
-       Very big Pink Floyd feel here… 'Us & Them' specifically.



Nightlands : Born To Love : Oak Island (2013)
-          2nd full length
-          Act on Secretly Canadian, sister label of Jagjaguwar.



Local Natives : Bowery : Hummingbird (2012)
-          First single off forthcoming album.
-          debut album was 2010's L'Aventure.
-          Check out their DayTrotter Session Here!



The Amazing : Gentle Stream : Gentle Stream (2012)
-          2nd full length
-          Swedish 60's-ish folk rock.
-          Founded by two members of the band Dungen



Richard Swift : Lady Luck : The Atlantic Ocean (2009)
-       4th full length
-       Hops from genre to genre
-       This track has some serious vintage sounds, Motown in particular, and was released on a primer EP that was filled with similar feels.
-       Been doing a lot more album producing in 2012+


Sunday, January 27, 2013

The U & U Show 304!




Foxygen : On Blue Mountain : 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.
-          CMJ 2012



VietNam : Kitchen Kongas : A.merican D.ream (2013)
-          Forthcoming 2nd album
-          Brooklyn soulful, bluesy classic psych rock



Nightlands : 300 Clouds : Forget the Mantra (2010)
-          Debut full length
-          2nd full length is coming soon
-          Act on Secretly Canadian, sister label of Jagjaguwar.



Youth Lagoon : Dropla : Wondrous Bughouse (2013)
-          Forthcoming 2nd album.
-          Trevor Powers recorded the debut at 20 yrs old
-          Beachy (at times), spacey indie pop.



Christopher Owens : A Broken Heart : Lysandre (2012)
-          Solo debut from the former leader of Girls.
-          I've loved his solo releases far more than his stuff with Girls… same goes for Girls; drummer's side project PAPA.
-          This track has a 60's folk rock vibe to it. Very pleasant track



Fidlar : Stoked and Broke : Fidlar (2013)
-          Debut full length.
-          Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
-          So glad to see these guys getting a bit of publicity.
-          FIDLAR = Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk.
-          SXSW 2012



Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin : Drop Dead Baby : Reverse Shark Attack (2009)
-          One of two rereleased collaborative albums.
-          San Fran friends powering the Psych rock scene.



Fuzz : This Time I Got A Reason : 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.



Guadalupe Plata : El Blues Es Mi Amigo : Guadalupe Plata (2013)
-          2nd full length.
-          Spanish band.
-          Incredibly enjoyable Black Keys/White Stripes feel here.



Akron/Family : Last Year : Set 'em Wild, Set 'em Free (2009)
-          5th album
-          Forthcoming 7th album, Sub Verses, was just announced.
-          Stream their first single, No-Room, on their official site.



Wooden Wand : Supermoon (The Sounding Line) : Blood Oaths of the New Blues (2013)
-          James Jackson Toth project's forthcoming album.
-          This song will be on my best of 2013, and I know I'm saying that in January.
-          Last release was 2011's Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins.
-          Also released music as WAND after his band left him.
-          SXSW 2012



Wymond Miles : Pale Moon : Under the Pale Moon (2012)
-          Debut full length
-          One of many superb acts on Sacred Bones Records.



Tom Waits : Potter's Field : Foreign Affairs (1977)
-          4th full length
-          Album features Bette Midler on one track.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

The U & U Show 303!




Wooden Wand : No Bed For Beatle Wand/Days This Long : Blood Oaths of the New Blues (2013)
-          James Jackson Toth project's forthcoming album.
-          This song will be on my best of 2013, and I know I'm saying that in January.
-          Last release was 2011's Wooden Wand and the Briarwood Virgins.
-          Also released music as WAND after his band left him.
-          SXSW 2012



Todd Snider : West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown : Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables (2012)
-          9th album
-          He’s truly a great song writer.
-          His 8th, The Devil You Know, garnered him tons of praise.
-          todd snider and the Nervous Wrecks
-          first album, Songs for the Daily Planet’ came out in 1994
-          SXSW 2012



Raymond Byron & the White Freighter : Some Kind Of Fool : Little Death Shaker (2012)
-          Debut full length from this new project from Ray Raposa, of the Castenets.
-          Out on Asthmatic Kitty Records… Sufjan's label.
-          Rootsy, easy folk.
-          RIYL The Tallest Man on Earth



DUNE RATS! : Lie and the Liar : Sexy Beach EP (2011)
-          Debut EP of 2
-          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 : Happy Birthday : Salutations (2012)
-          2nd album.
-          One album out in 2010.



Donnie & Joe Emerson : My Heart : Dreamin' Wild (1979)
-          17 & 19 year old brothers who had their catalog rereleased in 2012.
-          I feel a little sad I've not found this song til now.



Devendra Banhart : Für Hildegard von Bingen : Mala (2013)
-          8th studio album
-          Full Name: Devendra (Hindu god of rain and thunder) Obi (Star Wars inspired) Banhart
-          He has perfected and pioneered the genre called ‘freak folk’



Turf War : Where I Belong : Years of Living Dangerously (2011)
-          Debut album
-          2nd full length has been recorded in NYC
-          Produced by Ian St. Pe’ of the Black Lips.
-          Atlanta band.
-          CMJ 2012



The Grizzled Mighty : Stuck In My Head : Thick Hand Grip (2013)
-          Latest release.
-          Debut s/t full length out in 2012.
-          Huge Seasick Steve and pre-Dangermouse Black Keys sound. Mean blues rock.
-          Tied for best act of CMJ 2012 with Dune Rats



Local Natives : Heavy Feet : Hummingbird (2012)
-          First single off forthcoming album.
-          debut album was 2010's L'Aventure.
-          Check out their DayTrotter Session Here!



Phosphorescent : Song for Zula : Muchacho (2013)
-          6th album
-          Singer/songwriter alias for Matthew Houck.



Nightlands : So Far So Long : Oak Island (2013)
-          2nd full length
-          Act on Secretly Canadian, sister label of Jagjaguwar.



Tunde Adebimpe : Unknown Legend (Neil Young) 
-          Lead singer of TV on the Radio
-          Track he did for the Soundtrack for ‘Rachel Gets Married’
-          He has a new band just playing their first shows in NYC, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band.
-          Hear their first recording here!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The U & U Show 302! Best of Leftovers 2012!




King Tuff : Bad Thing : King Tuff (2012)
-          2nd full length album
-          out of the Vermont
-          psychadelic/powerpop/rock… a little like T Rex vocals



Fidlar : Got No Money : Don't Try EP (2012)
-          2nd EP. One EP out in 2011.
-          Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
-          So glad to see these guys getting a bit of publicity.
-          FIDLAR = Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk.
-          SXSW 2012



Yellow Ostrich : Marathon Runner : Strange Land (2012)
-          2nd full length.
-          Debut full length was 'The Mistress' and made the 2011 Best of the U & U.
-          Sounds a bit like the Beatles and the White Stripes and even at times Menomena.



Dusted : (Into the) Atmosphere : Total Dust (2012)
-          Debut full length
-          Collaborative band from a member of Holy Fuck and Final Fantasy.
-          Big Neil Young folk sound.



Diamond Rugs : Country Mile : Diamond Rugs (2012)
-          Debut release from garage/folk supergroup featuring Deer Tick's John McCaualey, Ian Saint Pe of the Black Lips and Hardy Morris from Dead Confederate.
-          Their name is a play on the phase ‘I’m on drugs.’



Cloud Nothings : No Future/No Past : Attack on Memory (2012)
-          2nd album.
-          Band led by 20 year old from Cleveland.
-          Brooding, building track that starts like a Pixies song then explodes into something like that found on a raucous Nirvana track, or some other early 90's grunge act.



The Tallest Man On Earth : 1904 : There's No Leaving Now (2012)
-          3rd album.
-          Swedish singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson
-          Powerful voice.
-          2008 self-titled debut was very well received.



Sun Kil Moon : The Moderately Talented Yet Attractive Young Woman Vs. The Exceptionally Talented Yet Not So Attractive Middle Aged Man : Among the Leaves (2012)
-          5th full length
-          Mark Kozelek's main band.
-          First album was comprised of all AC/DC reworkings. 2nd was all Modest Mouse. Both are great.



First Aid Kit : The Lion's Roar : The Lion's Roar (2012)
-          2nd full length.
-          Swedish folk outfit.
-          They also have one EP out and a DayTrotter session well worth your time.



Slam Donahue : C'mon C'mon : Hemlock Tea EP (2012)
-          2nd EP
-          One of the catchier songs I've come across in quite a while



Langhorne Slim & the Law : Fire : The Way We Move (2012)
-          First album with backing band The Law.
-          Great first single that you can get for free on his site.
-          Passionate and exciting live performer.



Maps & Atlases : Old Ash : Beware and Be Grateful (2012)
-          Latest full length.
-          Chicago experimental folk outfit.
-          Played SXSW 2011 and playing 2012



Twin Shadow : Beg For The Night : Confess (2012)
-          2nd album
-          There might not be a song I've listened to more since my move than this one
-          Band led by George Lewis Jr.
-          Part pop, part 80's synth rock, part dance and all wrapped up in Lewis' dynamic vocals.