Wednesday, August 27, 2014

U & U Show 371 | A Fire Reviewed, A Crutchfield Debuted

Allison Crutchfield : You : Lean In to It EP
-          Bedroom electronic pop solo effort.
-          Also the leader of pop punk band, Swearin’.
-          Twin sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield.

Tobias Jesso Jr. : Just A Dream (2013)
-       One of 2 demos out via YouTube
-       RIYL Nilsson, early Perfume Genius, or early solo Christopher Owens.

Perfume Genius : Learning : Learning (2010)
-          Track 1 on debut album.
-          Intimate, warm, lo-fi piano pop.
-          Their 3rd album, Too Bright, is on its way and about is going to be their most powerful statement yet.

Operators : Start Again : EP1 (2014)
-          Self-released debut EP from Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs & Divine Fits) latest project.
-          I just attended their ‘5th or 6th’ concert and it came off like a big blend of LCD Sounsystem and Handsome Furs.

Kissaway Trail : The Springsteen Implosion : Breach (2014)
-       3rd full length. Plus 2 EPs.
-       The make big pop anthems.
-       Smother + Evil = Hurt is their best song to date.
-       Denmark Band

Terror Pigeon : Girl! : Live It Up Before You Die It Up!  (2014)
-          2nd album.
-          Self described as 'like a band meets gym class meets group therapy'
-          Quirky, eclectic. catchy, charming upbeat pop.
-          SXSW 2013

The New Pornographers : Wide Eyes : Brill Bruisers (2014)
-          First single from the AC Newman led Canadian super-ish group.
-          Also features Destroyer’s Dan Bejar & Neko Case.
-          Bursting from the start bright pop rock anthem.

Hiss Golden Messenger : Mahogany Dread : Lateness of Dancers (2014)
-          Just announced 4th album that sounds more polished than anything else they’ve done.
-          3rd album, Bad Debt, was their latest and most stripped back, almost demo quality, warm tracks.
-          ‘Jesus Shot Me In the Head’ is their highlight track to date.

J Mascis : Me Again : Tied to a Star (2014)
-          First single from forthcoming solo album
-          Latest solo album was 2011's brilliant Several Shades of Why.
-          Dinosaur Jr. leader, but I think I like him better in this role.

Wooden Wand : Staying Up : AZAG-TOTH (2014)
-       James Jackson Toth’s latest album and his most subdued in a few years.
-       His last album, Blood Oaths of the New Blues, was a Best of the U & U 2013.
-       His track ‘No Bed For Beatle Wand/Days This Long’ was my favorite song of 2013.

The Arcade Fire : My Body Is A Cage : Neon Bible (2008)
-          2nd album.
-          Reflektor is their latest and produced by James Murphy and this track sounds like it especially.
-          Currently seeing the most popular success of their career.

Cold Specks : A Season Of Doubt : Neuroplasticity (2014)
-          Powerful, fuller track from one of the best vocalists in all of music.
-          An awesome video for the track 'Holland' can be found HERE.

Courtship Ritual : Abuela : Pith (2014)
-          Debut album
-          Electronic indie-pop.
-          RIYL Wet or the XX.

My Brightest Diamond : Pressure : This Is My Hand (2014)
-          Shana Worden’s 3rd album.
-          Debut album was out in 2006, 2nd in 2011.
-          Previously with Awry and Sufjan Stevens

Ought : Pill : One More With Feeling (2014)
-       Debut LP
-       2 EPs out as well.
-       Montreal by way of the States post-punk rock band.
-       Name your own price for all their music on their bandcamp.

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