Tuesday, March 18, 2014

U & U Show 354 | SXSW Recap 2014

Hüsker Dü : Celebrated Summer : New Day Rising (1985)
-          3rd album.
-          Pioneering band punk rock band that, along with the Replacements, led the hugely influential Minnesota rock scene.
-          Bob Mould is touring solo now and was one of the best of SXSW 2014
-          Introduced at SXSW with: 'If you like a band now, you have this man to thank.'

The Hold Steady : Killer Parties : Almost Killed Me (2004)
-          Debut LP
-          6th full length, Teeth Dreams, is out March 25. First since 2010.
-          One of the greatest live bands I’ve ever seen.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Future Islands : Tin Man : In Evening Air (2010)
-          2nd album.
-          4th full length, Singles, out March 25.
-          Upbeat beach pop with more power here than ever before.
-          Baltimore band.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Cloud Nothings : Psychic Trauma : Here and Nowhere Else (2014)
-          4th album’s first single
-          Higher production values that cleaned up and brought his vocals more into the forefront.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Benjamin Booker : Violent Shiver (Album Teaser) (2014)
-          Teaser for forthcoming debut LP
-          Sounds like it’s even just demo quality, but the potential for something good is definitely there.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Natural Child : Don't The Time Pass Quickly : Dancin’ With Wolves (2014)
-          4th full length album.
-          Also contributed to a brilliant Burger Records tribute compilation album covering Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat.
-          Their southern rock drawl is makes for an incredibly enjoyable take on the title track.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Perfume Genius : Mr. Peterson : Learning (2010)
-          Debut album
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Wet : Don't Wanna Be Your Girl : Wet EP (2013)
-          Debut EP.
-          Falls somewhere between Fiona Apple’s latest release and the XX.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Weaves : HULAHOOP (2013)
-          Debut single
-          Forthcoming debut s/t LP is on its way.
-          Each song they release is better than the last.
-          Toronto band led by Jasmyn Burke, formerly of Rat Tail.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Kishi Bashi : Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! : Lighght (2014)
-          2nd full-length.
-          Debut full length. 151a, was out in 2012
-          Multi-instrumentalist that plays with Regina Spektor and of Montreal.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Mutual Benefit : Advanced Falconry : Love’s Crushing Diamond (2013)
-          Debut studio album, but numerous other releases on their BandCamp.
-          A band I’m kicking myself for sleeping on.
-          Mellow electronic indie folk.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Mark McGuire : Silent Weapons (The Architects of Manipuation) : Along the Way (2014)
-          Debut full length after at least 8 minor releases. All available on his BandCamp.
-          Plays very jammy, elaborate, psychedelic guitar tracks.
-          Guitarist for the band the Emeralds.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Black Lips : Make You Mine : Underneath the Rainbow (2014)
-          7th studio album.
-          Recorded with the help of the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and blues and soul man Charles Bradley.
-          1st release since 2011’s incredible Arabia Mountain.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Fat White Family : Heaven On Earth : Champagne Holocaust (2013)
-          Debut album.
-          UK band that reminds me of the young wilder, weirder Black Lips.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

Coachwhips : You Gonna Get It : Bangers & Fuckers (2004)
-          5th album
-          Long-retired, recently reignited project from Thee Oh Sees leader John Dwyer.
-          By far the biggest energy of any band at SXSW 2014

The War On Drugs : Eyes to the Wind : Lost In The Dream (2014)
-          Latest single from their forthcoming 3rd full length.
-          Kurt Vile’s former outfit is still providing long time Vile fans sounds more in the vein of his older, soaring, drone- heavy work.

Mac DeMarco : Brother : Salad Days (2014)
-          Forthcoming 3rd album
-          Got a lot of indie press and praise for 2012’s 2.
-          Best of SXSW 2014

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