Wednesday, April 29, 2015

U & U Show 405 | Strong New Ezra Furman & Sheer Mag

Ezra Furman : Lousy Connection : Perpetual Motion People (2015)
-          Forthcoming 2nd solo LP.
-          This one is a fun, slightly demented punky do-wop track.
-          Formerly recorded as Ezra Furman & the Harpoons.
-          Brother of KRILL's leader Jonah Furman.
-          Longtime show favorite.

Sheer Mag : Fan the Flames : EP II (2015)
-          2nd EP available on BandCamp.
-          Latest single, Button Up, is their best song to date.
-          Awesome blend of punk and catchy vintage rock and roll.
-          One of the best bands at SXSW 2015.


Viet Cong : Throw It Away : Cassette EP (2013)
-          Debut 7 song EP
-          Self titled debut LP is one of the best albums of 2015
-          Made up from members of Women after a member died and they broke up.
-          Women was a highly acclaimed indie rock band.
-          Jagjaguwar label.
-          One of the best bands at SXSW 2015.

Thee Oh Sees : The Ceiling : 50 Bands and A Cat for Indiana Equality (2015)
-          Compilation supporting equality after Indiana's recent issues.
-          Put together by Joyful Noise Recordings.
-          The 1st single, Web, from forthcoming LP, Mutilator Defeated At Last, is just out.
-          Prolific San Fran garage psych from John Dwyer.
-          Their last 2 LPs, Floating Coffin and Drop, were two of the best of the past 2 years.
-          One my most highly anticipated SXSW 2015 bands.

Warm Soda : I Wanna Know Her : Symbolic Dream (2015)
-          3rd Album.
-          Led by Matthew Melton who released his solo debut in 2014 and led Bare Wires previously.
-          Another highlight of the Burger Records SXSW 2015 showcase.

Stealing Sheep : I Am The Rain : Noah & The Paper Moon EP (2011)
-          One of their first releases.
-          2nd album, Not Real, is just out as well.
-          Liverpool haunting psych folk band.

Elvis Depressedly : Thou Shall Not Murder : New Alhambra (2015)
-          Debut LP, but also has 6 other releases.
-          Most is available for whatever you want to pay via BandCamp.
-          Rough, dark, bedroom pop.
-          RIYL Allison Crutchfield's solo stuff.
-          SXSW 2015

John Andrews & The Yawns : Trouble (Yapes) : Bit By The Fang (2015)
-          Debut LP.
-          Dylan-esque big band, steady-rolling, Americana-tinged, jangly classic rock.
-          Andrews is also Quilt's drummer and Woods' keyboardist.

Jacco Gardner : Hypnophobia : Hypnophobia (2015)
-          2nd album.
-          Dutch multi-instrumentalist making 60's psych, pop and folk. Think early Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett.

Ryan Adams : English Girls Approximately : Live at Carnegie Hall (2015)
-          Career-spanning live compilation from a 2-night performance at the NYC theatre.
-          One of my favorite all-time artists who has faded a bit recently.
-          Responsible for some of the best alt-country and folk music of the past 15 years.

Sufjan Stevens : Blue Bucket Of Gold : Carrie and Lowell (2015)
-          I believe it's officially his forthcoming 6th album, but he's also but out numerous other compilations and releases from side projects.
-          One of the most talented musicians that I've been able to enjoy every step of the way.
-          This first teaser sounds like a hope-elevating return to his early stripped back folk days.

Courtney Barnett : Close Watch (John Cale cover) : Kim's Caravan 12" (2015)
-          Record Store Day single.
-          This is a single off her debut LP, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.
-          Huge critical success with the re-release of her first two EPs, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.
-          One of the best bands at SXSW 2015 playing the new album in its entirety.

Total Babes : Heydays : Heydays (2015)
-          Debut LP from members of Cloud Nothings.
-          Doesn't pack quite the intensity that Cloud Nothings does.

Speedy Ortiz : The Graduates : Foil Deer (2015)
-          3rd LP. 3 EPs out as well.
-          Alt-indie rock. Almost like a more muscular guitar version of Waxahatchee.
-          SXSW 2015

Algiers : Claudette : Algiers (2015)
-          Forthcoming debut LP
-          This track was also released as the title track of their debut single in 2013.
-          Just released their first track from their forthcoming debut in Jan 2015.
-          Only 2 singles out previously and many of those songs will be on this LP.
-          My newest, biggest and hardest band crush.

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