Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The U & U Show 357 | A Fun-Sized Edition as I Play in SF

Benjamin Booker : Violent Shiver (2014)
-       Debut single 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

Dune Rats : Funny Guy (2014)
-       Latest single. 3 EPs 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


Hector's Pets : Station Wagon : Station Wagon b/w Teenacher 7″ (2014)
-       Latest single.
-       Heavy vintage garage rock at their catchiest here.

The War On Drugs : Burning : 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.

Future Islands : A Dream of You and Me : Singles (2014)
-       4th full length. Out March 25.
-       Upbeat beach pop with more power here than ever before.
-       Baltimore band.
-       Best of SXSW 2014

Slasher Flicks : A Sender : Enter the Slasher House (2014)
-          Debut album.
-          Solo project from Animal Collective’s Avey Tare.

Timber Timbre : Bring Me Simple Men : Hot Dreams (2014)
-          5th album.
-          3rd album, self-titled, was their best to date.
-          Dark Canadian indie folk rock.
-          SXSW 2014

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

tUnE-yArDs : Wait For A Minute : Nicki Nack (2014)
-       3rd album’s first single.
-       Led by the extremely and uniquely talented Merrill Garbus.

Willis Earl Beal : Like A Box II : Curious Cool EP (2014)
-       2nd EP of unreleased material of 2014.
-       2nd full length, Nobody Knows, was one of 2013's best albums.
-       Debut was lo-fi, unflattering and didn't show off his insanely powerful voice.
-       Big time comparisons to Tom Waits.

Cloud Nothings : Just See Fear : 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

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